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FILM REVIEW: Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren in ‘Trumbo’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – The infamous treatment of filmmakers in Hollywood during the communist witch hunt of the 1940s and 1950s should have made for a powerful movie but Jay Roach’s “Trumbo” misses the target.

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TIFF FILM REVIEW: Rowan Joffe’s ‘Brighton Rock’

By Ray Bennett TORONTO – Rowan Joffe’s film of Graham Greene’s 1938 novel “Brighton Rock” takes a gothic approach to the story of a young thug obsessed with hell with little of the writer’s subtlety and too much reliance on … 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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Helen Mirren wins Critics’ Circle’s top award

Helen Mirren was awarded with Critics’ Circle’s 2006 Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts at a lunch at the National Theatre on April 11. The star of the film “The Queen” and TV’s “Elizabeth I”has already won the Oscar, BAFTA, … Continue reading

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