Monthly Archives: December 2015

THEATRE REVIEW: Frank Loesser’s ‘Guys and Dolls’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – If you like musical theatre, beg, borrow or steal a ticket to see the Chichester Festival Theatre’s dazzling production of Broadway classic “Guys and Dolls”, which opens at the Savoy Theatre on Jan. 6 and … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: Saoirse Ronan in John Crowley’s ‘Brooklyn’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – A finely nuanced performance by Saoirse Ronan as a young Irish ex-pat in New York is one of the many pleasures of John Crowley’s warm and entertaining “Brooklyn”.

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Why Frank Sinatra was called The Voice

By Ray Bennett There were several reasons why Frank Sinatra, who was born 100 years ago today, was known as The Voice. In 1992, Daily Variety gave me the chance to research just how he earned the sobriquet.

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FILM REVIEW: Daniel Craig as James Bond in ‘Spectre’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – The latest James Bond film, “Spectre”, has grossed around $800 million around the world, so it’s clear that the filmmakers know what sells. It’s just a shame that it’s not really a James Bond film. … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: Danny Boyle’s ‘Steve Jobs’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Danny Boyle apparently blames the box-office failure of his film “Steve Jobs” in the U.S. on the decision by distributor Universal Studios to break it wide too early.  Universal reportedly blames the film’s leading actor, Michael … Continue reading

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