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Edinburgh film fest announces 2015 programme

By Ray Bennett KRAKOW – The 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival announced today that it will screen 164 feature films from 36 nations including 24 world premieres, 8 international, 16 European, 84 U.K. and two Scottish premieres.

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TIFF FILM REVIEW: Streep, Roberts in ‘August: Osage County’

By Ray Bennett TORONTO: At the start of “August: Osage County” an ageing poet and lifetime alcoholic leaves his family home to go drown in the lake and as the film goes on, the puzzle is why he hadn’t done … Continue reading

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TIFF FILM REVIEW: Juan Antonio Bayona’s ‘The Impossible’

By Ray Bennett TORONTO – Based on a true story about a Spanish family caught up in the ferocious 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, “The Impossible” is terrifying and moving with best-ever performances by stars Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor.

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EDINBURGH FILM REVIEW: ‘Jackboots on Whitehall’

By Ray Bennett EDINBURGH – Some top UK stars, including Ewan McGregor, Alan Cumming, Tom Wilkinson and Rosamund Pike, lend their voices to the characters in “Jackboots on Whitehall,” a puppet animation comedy in the spirit of “Team America” but … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: Hilary Swank in ‘Amelia’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Freckle-faced, prairie-voiced and fiercely independent, Hilary Swank’s depiction of aviator Amelia Earhart in Mira Nair’s biographical film “Amelia” is of a high order. It ranks with recent real-life portrayals of Ray Charles by Jamie Foxx … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: ‘Othello’ at the Donmar Warehouse

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Audiences who flock to see “Othello” at the Donmar Warehouse because of stars Ewan McGregor and Chiwetel Ejiofor will not be disappointed, but it’s Shakespeare’s women who steal the show. Kelly Reilly and Michelle Fairley … Continue reading

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VENICE FILM REVIEW: Woody Allen’s ‘Cassandra’s Dream’

By Ray Bennett VENICE, Italy — Woody Allen’s “Cassandra’s Dream” is a humourless misfire that wastes the talents of some fine actors including Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell and Tom Wilkinson as it continues the mystery of Colin Farrell’s appeal to … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Frank Loesser’s ‘Guys and Dolls’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Movie star Ewan McGregor has chosen well for his West End musical debut as Frank Loesser’s American classic “Guys and Dolls” spreads the heavy lifting across the entire cast and director Michael Grandage has assembled … Continue reading

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