Monthly Archives: September 2016

TIFF FILM REVIEW: Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’

By Ray Bennett TORONTO – Oliver Stone’s docudrama “Snowden”, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt as NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden, is a typically well-crafted Stone film that combines biography with a passionate defense of the man’s actions. Snowden is a hero in Stone’s … Continue reading

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TIFF FILM REVIEW: Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Arrival’

By Ray Bennett TORONTO – Science-fiction movies that threaten to depict creatures from outer-space generally leave me cold but Denis Villeneuve’s “Arrival” presents a plausible “what if?” grounded in a contemplative question for humankind with another standout performance by Amy … Continue reading

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TIFF FILM REVIEW: Pedro Almódovar’s ‘Julieta’

By Ray Bennett TORONTO – Pedro Almódovar’s sublime “Julieta” is a reminder of how, in the hands of a master, a lifetime’s drama can be shown movingly and memorably in little more than an hour and a half of great … Continue reading

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TIFF FILM REVIEW: ‘The Magnificent Seven’

By Ray Bennett TORONTO – Antoine Fuqua’s “The Magnificent Seven” is a rousing Western adventure with stylish set pieces, interesting characters sketched quickly, and a great deal of carnage. It moves fast and loud and should please action fans and … Continue reading

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Mark Harmon always had the right moves

By Ray Bennett LONDON – I first met Mark Harmon, who turns 65 today, when he was 29 years-old and it was clear then that he had the talent and determination to become one of the most enduring and popular … Continue reading

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