Monthly Archives: June 2010

EDINBURGH FILM REVIEW: Hattie Dalton’s ‘Third Star’

By Ray Bennett EDINBURGH – Four men go on a camping trip to Wales seeking a memorable beach from childhood, but one of them is dying and his motives might be different in Hattie Dalton’s gloomy drama “Third Star.” Screened … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: ‘As You Like It’, ‘The Tempest’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Sam Mendes brings his Bridge Project back to the Old Vic for the second year but while the pairing of “As You Like It” and “The Tempest” makes enjoyable theater, the productions lack the vitality … Continue reading

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EDINBURGH FILM REVIEW: ‘Jackboots on Whitehall’

By Ray Bennett EDINBURGH – Some top UK stars, including Ewan McGregor, Alan Cumming, Tom Wilkinson and Rosamund Pike, lend their voices to the characters in “Jackboots on Whitehall,” a puppet animation comedy in the spirit of “Team America” but … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Ruth Wilson in ‘Through a Glass Darkly’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – A sense of claustrophobia permeates the films of Ingmar Bergman and it’s especially strong in his 1961 Oscar-winner “Through a Glass Darkly” so high marks are due to Michael Attenborough who matches that in his … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Terence Rattigan’s ‘After the Dance’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Portraying apparent wastrels who actually have genuine character and feelings is never easy but the National Theatre’s production of Terence Rattigan’s seldom produced 1939 play “After the Dance” succeeds wonderfully. Rattigan’s hit plays included “Separate … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Simon Gray’s ‘The Late Middle Classes’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Simon Gray’s “The Late Middle Classes” is an exquisite delineation of 1950s English pretensions when snobbery and prejudice strived to hold their own against the post-war shattering of illusions. It’s a brittle little tale that … Continue reading

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