Tag Archives: Javier Bardem

TIFF FILM REVIEW: Darren Aronofsky’s ‘mother!’

By Ray Bennett TORONTO – Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!” is pure hokum but it is very enjoyable hokum, a tub-thumping thriller with a gorgeous young woman (Jennifer Lawrence) spiralling into all kinds of fiendish and inexplicable horror. It’s completely pointless but, … Continue reading

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‘Skyfall’ tops $287m in 10 days

By Ray Bennett “Skyfall” in the UK grossed £53.7 million in 10 days after the James Bond train steamed past the all-time UK 7-day box office record with £37.2 million ($60 million) in the first week of the Sony Pictures … Continue reading

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CANNES FILM REVIEW BRIEF: ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’

By Ray Bennett CANNES – Woody Allen and cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe (“The Sea Inside,” “The Others”) make the most of the scenery in the comedy “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”, which screened Out of Competition at the Festival de Cannes, but the … Continue reading

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CANNES FILM REVIEW: Coen Bros.’ ‘No Country For Old Men’

By Ray Bennett CANNES – Joel and Ethan Coen’s In Competition film is titled “No Country for Old Men” but it is set in an unforgiving 1980s West Texas landscape that appears to be populated with nothing but old men. Lawmen, … Continue reading

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VENICE FILM REVIEW: Alejandro Amenabar’s ‘The Sea Inside’

By Ray Bennett VENICE – Why does Ramon Sampedro smile so much? He says, “When you can’t escape and you depend on others so much, you learn to cry by smiling.” Ramon has been a quadriplegic for 28 years following … Continue reading

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