Tag Archives: George Clooney

TIFF FILM REVIEW: George Clooney’s ‘Suburbicon’

By Ray Bennett TORONTO – Joyless, witless and pointless, “Suburbicon” is a would-be black comedy that is simply murky and not in the least comic. It boasts some big names – director George Clooney, stars Matt Damon and Julianne Moore … Continue reading

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TIFF FILM REVIEW: Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Gravity 3D’

By Ray Bennett TORONTO – Digital and 3D filmmaking will win more fans if the movies are anywhere as good as Alfonso Cuaron’s spectacularly fine “Gravity”. The picture shows none of the seams of CGI as it depicts with breath-taking … 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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TIFF FILM REVIEW: George Clooney’s ‘The Ides of March’

By Ray Bennett TORONTO – The title “The Ides of March” gives away what George Clooney thinks about politics: it’s a place where people will stab you in the front. As director, star and one of the writers, Clooney delivers … Continue reading

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TIFF announces another great movie selection

By Ray Bennett After several years as a regular at the Venice International Film Festival, it was a pleasure last year to review films at the Toronto International Film Festival, and I hope to again this year. There’s a terrific set-up … Continue reading

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VENICE FILM REVIEW: Coen Bros’ ‘Burn After Reading’

By Ray Bennett VENICE – When Randy Newman was writing the score for the Mel Gibson western “Maverick,” director Richard Donner asked him if he could write some funny music. “Funny music? What’s funny music?” asked Newman. “I could stick … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: George Clooney in ‘Michael Clayton’

By Ray Bennett Tony Gilroy’s gripping thriller “Michael Clayton” starring George Clooney, which previews in the U.K. today and opens Friday, is the writer turned director’s second topnotch film in 2007. Paul Greengrass directed Gilroy’s script for the hugely entertaining … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: Steven Soderbergh’s ‘The Good German’

By Ray Bennett If ever there was an example of false advertising it is to place on current paperback editions of Joseph Kanon’s terrific novel “The Good German” the key art for Steven Soderbergh’s wretched vanity film version. Why Soderbergh … Continue reading

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