Monthly Archives: January 2013

Gregory Peck on Abraham Lincoln: ‘A secular saint’

By Ray Bennett In 1982, Gregory Peck achieved a lifetime ambition to portray his idol Abraham Lincoln onscreen. It was a cameo appearance in the CBS miniseries “The Blue and the Gray”, which became the subject of a special issue … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

By Ray Bennett Kathryn Bigelow’s taut and exciting “Zero Dark Thirty” tells how a single-minded CIA officer drove the decade-long hunt for Osama Bin Laden and does not stop for politics or personal lives. Unlike Ben Affleck’s CIA film “Argo”, … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’

By Ray Bennett Steven Spielberg has done a very bold thing with his film “Lincoln” and elected with Daniel Day Lewis to portray a truly great man over one intense period toward the end of his life rather than attempt … Continue reading

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London Critics’ Circle Awards honour ‘The Master’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Joaquin Phoenix (pictured) was named best actor and Philip Seymour Hoffman best supporting actor for “The Master” while Ang Lee won as best director for “Life of Pi” as Michael Haneke’s “Amour” picked up three … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’

By Ray Bennett In all that time Quentin Tarantino spent in his storied video store as a young man, you’d think he would have seen one or two decent films instead of the rubbish he re-peddles. There might be a … Continue reading

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Entertainment industry moves to support HMV rebirth

By Sam Andrews and Ray Bennett / This story appears in Cue Entertainment Provided a buyer can be found, administration could be the best thing for HMV in the long run, according to entertainment industry leaders. Executives said the opportunity to … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: Woe are they: ‘Les Miserables’

By Ray Bennett Fans of the musical “Les Miserables” guarantee that it will make you cry, and they are right. Like the stage show, the film is a near three-hour wallow in a swamp of misery with an endless litany … Continue reading

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‘Lincoln’ with 10 tops Bafta nominations

By Ray Bennett Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” (pictured) led the British Academy Film Awards nominations with 10 followed by the musical “Les Miserables” and fantasy film “Life of Pi” both with nine. Nominations for “Lincoln”, which 20th Century Fox will release … Continue reading

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