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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: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper in ‘Serena’

By Ray Bennett Among the many good things about the new Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper period drama “Serena” is that you’re never quite sure where it’s headed but the trouble is that when it’s over you’re not entirely certain … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: Scarlett Johansson in ‘Under the Skin’

By Ray Bennett The vivid old Scots word “eldritch” could have been coined for Jonathan Glazer’s spooky new film “Under the Skin” starring Scarlett Johansson as an alien on the prowl in Scotland. Based on Michael Faber’s novel of the … Continue reading

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What an Oscar or Bafta means to home entertainment

By Ray Bennett The Oscars and the Bafta Film Awards generate huge publicity but it’s very hard to say how much they benefit specific titles. HMV’s Andy Anderson observes drolly that the best case scenario for a film in awards … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: The Coen Bros.’ ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – In the 1960s, the sign that it was time to leave a party was when the humourless bloke with the beard pulled out his guitar. The Coen Bros. make that guy the focus of “Inside … Continue reading

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FILM PREVIEW: ‘Rush’ – the hunt for F1 glory

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Although car chases are the backbone of most action adventure movies, few Hollywood directors have braved the circuits of real racing but now Ron Howard steps up with “Rush”. Due in the UK from StudioCanal … Continue reading

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Coppola’s ‘Conversation’ set for Blu-ray in UK

StudioCanal said it will release Francis Ford Coppola’s 1974 drama “The Conversation” starring Gene Hackman on Blu-ray Disc for the first time in the UK on Oct. 31. The film won the Palme d’Or at the Festival de Cannes and … Continue reading

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TIFF FILM REVIEW: Paddy Considine’s ‘Tyrannosaur’

By Ray Bennett TORONTO – Joseph is the kind of man you wish never to encounter in a pub. Played with savage intelligence by Peter Mullan in Paddy Considine’s gripping if hard to watch drama “Tyrannosaur”, Joe’s default setting is … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – The pleasures of a John le Carré novel on top of the sublime writing come less from plot than from atmosphere and character and that is why his best spy novels make splendid miniseries, not … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: Edgar Wright’s ‘Shaun of the Dead’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – A great joke is recycled to very funny effect at the start of this engaging zombie movie spoof. In “Love at First Bite” in 1979, George Hamilton fetched up in full Dracula regalia on the … Continue reading

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