Tag Archives: Dominic Cooper

CANNES FILM REVIEW: Stephen Frears’s ‘Tamara Drewe’

By Ray Bennett CANNES – A film that claims to be a literary comedy set in England’s West Country based loosely on Thomas Hardy’s “Far From the Madding Crowd” had better deliver the goods, and Stephen Frears’ new film, “Tamara … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Helen Mirren in ‘Phaedre’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – The National Theatre’s production of Jean Racine’s tragedy “Phaedre,” in a version by British poet Ted Hughes, is so full of “woe is me” lamentations that when John Shrapnel as Theramene begins his round-the-houses description … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: ‘Mamma Mia!’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – No matter how many blockbusters there are, Universal Pictures’ screen version of the global hit stage musical “Mamma Mia!” is the most fun to be had at the movies this or any other recent summer. … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: ‘His Dark Materials Parts 1 & 2’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – For kids and adults who like to read children’s books, Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” trilogy of fantasy novels are second in popularity only to the Harry Potter stories. They are rich with colorful characters … Continue reading

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