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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: Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’

By Ray Bennett Christopher Nolan’s entertaining sci-fi epic “Interstellar” is a swashbuckling adventure set in the far reaches of space with a mix of scientific fact and flimflam, and lots of black holes, wormholes and plot holes.

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FILM REVIEW: Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’ (spoilers)

By Ray Bennett Darren Aronofsky’s epic “Noah” is uproarious fun because it’s hard to tell if it’s an impressionist but serious take on the biblical tale or a giant piss-take. (Note: This review contains many spoilers.) It has splashy special effects, … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: J. J. Abrams’s ‘Super 8’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Pity the poor kids who flock to see “Super 8”, the new film from J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg about kids and aliens that Paramount releases in the UK today. It’s not just that once … Continue reading

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VENICE: Guillermo Arriaga worries about ‘The Burning Plain’

By Ray Bennett VENICE – Veteran screenwriter and first-time director Guillermo Arriaga sat by the pool at a hotel on the Venice Lido and confessed that he was not calm, not calm at all. He completed his film “The Burning … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: ‘Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging’

By Ray Bennett LONDON — British movies have a history of exporting incorrigibly phony portraits of life in the country from village green coppers to plucky wartime Cockneys to country house families. Gurinder Chadha’s “Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging” adds … Continue reading

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