Monthly Archives: May 2010

THEATRE REVIEW: Arthur Miller’s ‘All My Sons’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – In Howard Davies’s suspenseful and moving production, Arthur Miller’s 1947 play “All My Sons,” which tells of a man who puts his own and his family’s well being above his responsibility to others, remains as … Continue reading

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CANNES FILM REVIEW: Julie Bertucelli’s ‘The Tree’

By Ray Bennett French-born filmmaker  Julie Bertucelli’s “The Tree” takes tree hugging to extremes. It will appeal to those who like to believe that upon death human beings take other forms, in this case a towering woody perennial, and bore … Continue reading

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CANNES FILM REVIEW: ‘Carlos’ by Olivier Assayas

By Ray Bennett CANNES – Long, but illuminating and engrossing, “Carlos” directed by Olivier Assayas, details the extraordinary career of the international terrorist known as Carlos the Jackal. Shot in three parts for television, the five-hour and 33-minute production was … Continue reading

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CANNES FILM REVIEW: Stephen Frears’s ‘Tamara Drewe’

By Ray Bennett CANNES – A film that claims to be a literary comedy set in England’s West Country based loosely on Thomas Hardy’s “Far From the Madding Crowd” had better deliver the goods, and Stephen Frears’ new film, “Tamara … Continue reading

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CANNES FILM REVIEW: Janus Metz’s ‘Armadillo’

By Ray Bennett CANNES – Danish filmmaker Janus Metz’s gripping documentary feature “Armadillo”, named for a base in Afghanistan where soldiers from Denmark are fighting against the Taliban, already has created controversy in his homeland. The film depicts six months … Continue reading

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CANNES FILM REVIEW: ‘5 by Favelas: Now By Ourselves’

By Ray Bennett CANNES – Five short films set in the hillside slums of Rio de Janeiro and directed by young filmmakers who live there make up a film titled “5 by Favelas: Now By Ourselves” that renews faith in … Continue reading

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CANNES FILM REVIEW: Cam Archer’s ‘Shit Year’

By Ray Bennett CANNES – Ellen Barkin looks pretty good in black and white, but that’s about all that can be said for California director Cam Archer’s vacuous “Shit Year,” which practically demands the observation that the title is one … Continue reading

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CANNES FILM REVIEW: Gilles Marchand’s ‘Black Heaven’

By Ray Bennett CANNES – The potential perils of anonymity on the Internet are employed for sinister effect in Gilles Marchand’s “Black Heaven” (L’Autre Monde), an intelligent thriller in which the suspense takes its time but pays off well at … Continue reading

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CANNES FILM REVIEW: Mike Leigh’s ‘Another Year’

By Ray Bennett CANNES – Mike Leigh’s latest slice of British life picture is titled “Another Year,” and many viewers will be grateful it’s just the one. Acutely observed but gloomy and lacking narrative, it tells of 12 months in … Continue reading

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CANNES FILM REVIEW: Cheol-soo Jang’s ‘Bedevilled’

By Ray Bennett CANNES – Cheol-soo Jang’s “Bedevilled” tells of two young Korean women raised on a remote island in a brutally uncaring community. One has escaped to the big city but remains wrapped seriously tight and when she returns … Continue reading

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