Tag Archives: 20th Century Fox

Oscars envelope snafu boosts ‘Moonlight’ box office

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Worldwide headlines about the Oscar fiasco over mixed-up envelopes that saw “Moonlight” triumph over “La La Land” as best picture has been a big help to the low-budget picture’s international theatrical release. I’m happy to … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’

By Ray Bennett “Kingsman: The Secret Service” could put the nail in the coffin of secret agent movies just as “Blazing Saddles” put the kibosh on westerns in the 1970s. It takes the increasingly absurd violent action of recent James … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’

By Ray Bennett Gillian Flynn’s hit crime novel “Gone Girl” is great fun but it turns out the book’s huge plot twist is such a vital part of its enjoyment that many who enjoyed it will find the film a … Continue reading

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TIFF FILM REVIEW: Tom Hardy in ‘The Drop’

By Ray Bennett London-born actor Tom Hardy cements his increased movie stardom as a slow-burning tough-guy on the fringes of organised crime in Michaël R. Roskam’s vivid Brooklyn-based noir tale “The Drop”. “Nobody sees you coming, do they,” a cop … Continue reading

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FILM PREVIEW: Will and Ben: funny men

By Ray Bennett American comedian Will Ferrell gives fans what they want in December with a return to his cult alter ego Ron Burgundy in “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” while Ben Stiller fulfils a long held dream to re-make … Continue reading

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TIFF FILM REVIEW: ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’

By Ray Bennett TORONTO – “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” is altogether earnest and honourable with fine performances by Idris Elba and Naomie Harris but its natural home appears to be television rather than the movies. Director Justin Chadwick is … 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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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 Artist’ top in Golden Globes

By Ray Bennett Entertainment’s “The Artist” and 20th Century Fox’s “The Descendants” were the big winners at the Golden Globes last night. “The Artist” took three awards including best comedy or musical, while “The Descendants” won two including best drama. … Continue reading

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PREVIEW: George Clooney in ‘The Descendants’

By Ray Bennett When Kaui Hart Hemmings’ novel “The Descendants”, about a family in Hawaii troubled by modern anguish and ancient concerns, was published in the UK, the Daily Mail’s response was typical. Her assured touch and fine grasp of … Continue reading

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