Monthly Archives: May 2009

CANNES FILM REVIEW: Jane Campion’s ‘Bright Star’

By Ray Bennett CANNES – A treat for romantics and those who take their poetry seriously, Australian director Jane Campion’s gorgeously filmed Festival de Cannes Competition entry “Bright Star” might not be a joy forever but it will do until … Continue reading

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CANNES FILM REVIEW: Andrea Arnold’s ‘Fish Tank’

By Ray Bennett CANNES — Following her Festival de Cannes Jury Prize-winning debut feature “Red Road” in 2006, British director Andrea Arnold creates another vivid portrait of a woman in Competition entry “Fish Tank,” in which newcomer Katie Jarvis (pictured) … Continue reading

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CANNES: Pixar’s animated ‘Up’ and away in 3D

By Ray Bennett CANNES – Pixar’s 10th movie, “Up” opened the Festival de Cannes on Wednesday and it should prove as popular at the box office as all their other creations. Walt Disney releases ‘Up’ in the US on May 29 … Continue reading

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Colin Firth on ‘A Summer in Genoa’ and spandex tights

By Ray Bennett LONDON – It was a demonstration of Colin Firth’s considerable acting range when he donned Spandex tights and cavorted about to Abba tunes at Pinewood Studios for the monster hit “Mamma Mia!”. An even greater testament to the … Continue reading

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MUSIC REVIEW: ‘Filmharmonic’ at the Royal Albert Hall

By Ray Bennett The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual Filmharmonic concert at the Royal Albert Hall on Friday night kept a large crowd of film music enthusiasts entertained with scores by top composers including John Williams, Maurice Jarre, John Barry, Lalo … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: McKellen and Stewart in ‘Waiting for Godot’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – So much portentous meaning has been read into Samuel Beckett’s play “Waiting for Godot” that it’s pleasure to be reminded by Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart what an entertaining show it is. The two “X-Men” … Continue reading

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