Tag Archives: Sally Hawkins

TIFF FILM REVIEW: Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’

By Ray Bennett TORONTO – Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” is a dazzling piece of cinema, a fairy tale for grownups that celebrates the joys of life amid every day banality with the occasional touch of horror. It … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: Woody Allen’s ‘Blue Jasmine’

By Ray Bennett TORONTO: Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine” is the work of a seasoned filmmaker in full command of his considerable gifts as he tells of two sisters who each in their way rely on the kindness of strangers. Cate … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Nick Payne’s ‘Constellations’

By Ray Bennett The infinite variety of chance and choice is the subject of Nick Payne’s funny and touching 70-minute play “Constellations” at the Duke of York’s Theatre in which Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall spin considerable enchantment. The chance … Continue reading

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TIFF FILM REVIEW: Richard Ayoade’s ‘Submarine’

By Ray Bennett TORONTO – Joe Dunthorne’s delightfully idiosyncratic 2008 novel “Submarine,” in which a smart and eccentrically gifted 15-year-old muses about school, girls, movies, parents and life in general, is the kind of book that almost never is made … Continue reading

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TIFF FILM REVIEW: ‘Made in Dagenham’

By Ray Bennett TORONTO – The real-life tale of a group of female machinists who took on the Ford Motor Company in England and earned equal pay for women gets a rousing and entertaining telling in Nigel Cole’s crowd-pleasing “Made … Continue reading

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BERLIN FILM REVIEW: Mike Leigh’s ‘Happy-Go-Lucky’

By Ray Bennett BERLIN — No one expects confection from British sobersides Mike Leigh and so his light-as-air new film “Happy-Go-Lucky” is as surprising as it is delicious with an indelible performance by new star Sally Hawkins (pictured). As breezy … Continue reading

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VENICE FILM REVIEW: Woody Allen’s ‘Cassandra’s Dream’

By Ray Bennett VENICE, Italy — Woody Allen’s “Cassandra’s Dream” is a humourless misfire that wastes the talents of some fine actors including Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell and Tom Wilkinson as it continues the mystery of Colin Farrell’s appeal to … Continue reading

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TV REVIEW: Sally Hawkins in ITV’s ‘Persuasion’

By Ray Bennett ITV’s excellent new version of “Persuasion” airing Sunday is the best of the U.K. commercial channel’s season of new Jane Austen adaptations. All three were coproductions with WGBH Boston and will be seen in the United States … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: Matthew Vaughn’s ‘Layer Cake’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – In Matthew Vaughn’s cleverly made British gangster film, the thing crooks always overlook is that the criminal world, like the English class system, is made up of layers. It’s very dangerous to forget what layer … Continue reading

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