Monthly Archives: December 2012

Best in film in 2012: ‘Lincoln’ tops my list

By Ray Bennett For the first time in a long time there are several films this year that would make an excellent choice as best picture along with a raft of great performances. Below are my picks. My yardstick has … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: Tom Cruise in ‘Jack Reacher’

By Ray Bennett For the millions of fans of crime writer Lee Child’s bestselling novels, Jack Reacher is 6-foot-5 with a barrel chest and fists like hams. Tom Cruise is not. For the majority of Cruise fans who have not … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: Ang Lee’s ‘Life of Pi’

By Ray Bennett Ang Lee’s extraordinary film “Life of Pi” is a shaggy tiger story with the best computer generated images and most delicately effective 3D yet achieved in a mainstream film. The tale of an Indian boy’s adventures at … Continue reading

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‘The Master’, ‘Amour’ top London critics awards nominations

By Ray Bennett Entertainment Film’s “The Master” and Artificial Eye’s “Amour” topped the 33rd London Critics’ Circle Film Awards nominations with seven each including film of the year. “The Master”, which Entertainment in Video will release on Blu-ray and DVD … Continue reading

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PREVIEW: Q1 movies to engage and entertain

By Ray Bennett The barrage of outdoor summer entertainment did not have the negative impact on moviegoing the industry feared and with awards season under way prospects for Q1 look good. The directors of Warner Bros.’ upcoming “Cloud Atlas”, an … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: Brad Pitt in ‘Killing Them Softly’

By Ray Bennett Andrew Dominik’s “Killing Them Softly”, starring Brad Pitt, is a crime picture with punks, hoodlums, and hit-men but it’s really about banking and the callous, ruinous way Wall Street cowboys go about their selfish business. J.C. Chandor’s … Continue reading

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Charlie Rich loved the blues more than country music

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Sam Phillips, the Memphis record producer who discovered Elvis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, told me what he told everyone who ever asked him: “Charlie Rich was the best commercial … Continue reading

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Riseborough, Jones, ‘Broken’ top British Indie Film Awards

By Ray Bennett Andrea Riseborough was named best actress for “Shadow Dancer”, Toby Jones won as best actor for “Berberian Sound Studio” and “Broken” picked up the best British film prize at the 15th British Independent Film Awards. Riseborough (pictured) … Continue reading

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When Ziggy Stardust came to Detroit City

By Ray Bennett One of the very good things about working at The Windsor Star in the early 1970s was that I was able to see some of the greatest entertainers perform across the river in Detroit City. One of them … Continue reading

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