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VENICE FILM REVIEW: Joe Wright’s ‘Atonement’

By Ray Bennett VENICE – “Atonement,” Ian McEwan’s best-selling novel of love thwarted by juvenile fantasy, ranks among the best novel adaptations of recent times. With compelling, charismatic performances by Keira Knightley and James McAvoy (pictured)  as the lovers and a stunning … Continue reading

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‘Atonement’: Striking all the right notes in Venice

By Ray Bennett VENICE – Composer Dario Marianelli has created a wonderfully inventive score for Joe Wright’s new film “Atonement,” which features the tapping of typewriter keys as percussion. It’s a very effective device that plays off the title and it … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: Anne Hathaway in ‘Becoming Jane’

By Ray Bennett The new Austen biography, “Becoming Jane,” provided the lone oasis of moderate pleasures in the Top 5 U.K. box office at the weekend. Eddie Murphy’s latest embarrassment, “Norbit,” claimed the top spot with $3.8 million with noisy … Continue reading

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An Irish eye for Austen film ‘Becoming Jane’

By Ray Bennett Production notes provided by film companies to journalists are often full of bumpf and drivel but the press pack for “Becoming Jane” has lots of good stuff about the movie’s locations. Julian Jarrold’s film treats Jane Austen … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: Stephen Fry’s ‘Bright Young Things’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Stephen Fry’s “Bright Young Things” will be judged at two levels: as an adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s classic novel “Vile Bodies” and as a film on its own merits. Possibly torn between the two, writer/director … Continue reading

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