Category Archives: Film

FILM REVIEW: Billy Wilder’s ‘Some Like It Hot’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Billy Wilder’s 1959 comedy ‘Some Like It Hot’, which is running in selected theatres in the United Kingdom ahead of its 60th anniversary, is the funniest comedy you’ll see this year, or any year. Restored in 4K … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: Drew Goddard’s ‘Bad Times at the El Royale’

By Raymond Bennett  LONDON – A priest, a traveling salesman, and two young women walk separately into a hotel-casino on the California/Nevada border and all hell breaks loose. They aren’t who they seem to be and neither is the exotic … Continue reading

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TIFF18 BRIEFS: ‘Roma’, ‘Non-FIction’, ‘Vox Lux’

By Ray Bennett in Toronto ‘Roma’ Oscar-winning director Alfonso Caron (‘Gravity’) offers a warm, moving and engrossing portrait of the neighbourhood in Mexico City, Roma, that he recalls from the turbulent 1970s. He’s also producer, writer and cinematographer and he … Continue reading

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TIFF FILM REVIEW: David Mackenzie’s ‘Outlaw/King’

By Ray Bennett TORONTO – Chris Pine keeps his Scots burr soft and believable in ‘Outlaw/King’, the saga of Robert the Bruce, the 14th century leader who succeeded where William (Braveheart) Wallace failed in uniting the Scottish clans to fight … Continue reading

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TIFF FILM REVIEW: Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows’

By Ray Bennett TORONTO – Forget the shallow glitz of ‘Ocean’s 8’, the women in Steve McQueen’s full-of-surprises caper movie ‘Widow’ really mean business. The British filmmaker (‘Hunger’, ‘2 Years a Slave’) brings his serious view of the world to … Continue reading

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TIFF18 BRIEFS: ‘American Woman’, ‘The Front Runner’, ‘Red Joan’, ‘Vita & Virginia’, ‘Destroyer’

By Ray Bennett ‘American Woman’ Sienna Miller (pictured above) is outstanding in Jake Scott’s portrait of a beautiful and reckless but determined working-class woman who must overcome not only her lousy taste in men but the sudden disappearance of her … Continue reading

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TIFF FILM REVIEW: Bradley Cooper’s ‘A Star Is Born’

By Ray Bennett TORONTO – Enjoyment of Bradley Cooper’s reimagined ‘A Star is Born’ depends almost entirely on having a taste for the singing of Lady Gaga. Her many fans will surely love it. For those less enamoured, probably not. … Continue reading

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TIFF FILM REVIEW: Mike Leigh’s ‘Peterloo’

By Ray Bennett TORONTO – British director Mike Leigh’s latest, ‘Peterloo’, is a handsome period piece about a terrible incident in British history following victory over Napoleon at Waterloo when working class protestors in a 19th century English town were cut … Continue reading

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TIFF FILM REVIEW: Bardem, Cruz in ‘Everybody Knows’

By Ray Bennett TORONTO – Married Spanish Oscar-winners Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem have become a reliable partnership onscreen and their latest feature together, ‘Everybody Knows’, is a bright addition to their canon. Written and directed by Iranian filmmaker Asghar … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Passionate and provocative but also at times great fun, Spike Lee’s new film ‘BlacKkKlansman’, which opens today in the United Kingdom, tells an only slightly exaggerated true story about a black cop who infiltrated the … Continue reading

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