Tag Archives: Michael Fassbender

FILM REVIEW: Danny Boyle’s ‘Steve Jobs’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Danny Boyle apparently blames the box-office failure of his film “Steve Jobs” in the U.S. on the decision by distributor Universal Studios to break it wide too early.  Universal reportedly blames the film’s leading actor, Michael … Continue reading

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‘The Artist’, ‘A Separation’ wow London critics

By Ray Bennett Entertainment’s “The Artist” and Artificial Eye’s “A Separation” were the big winners with three prizes apiece at the 32nd annual London Film Critics Circle Awards presented on Thursday. French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius was on hand to collect … Continue reading

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TIFF FILM REVIEW: Michael Fassbender in ‘Shame’

By Ray Bennett TORONTO – If Turner Award-winning artist turned film director Steve McQueen focussed less on Michael Fassbender’s naked willy and more on character and plot then his second feature “Shame” might be much more interesting. The title is … Continue reading

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London Critics’ Circle awards pick some real winners

By Ray Bennett My votes had little bearing on the outcome at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards for movies released in 2009 but there’s no argument that several winners deserved their prizes, especially “Fish Tank.” It claimed honors as best … Continue reading

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CANNES FILM REVIEW: Andrea Arnold’s ‘Fish Tank’

By Ray Bennett CANNES — Following her Festival de Cannes Jury Prize-winning debut feature “Red Road” in 2006, British director Andrea Arnold creates another vivid portrait of a woman in Competition entry “Fish Tank,” in which newcomer Katie Jarvis (pictured) … Continue reading

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‘Slumdog Millionaire’ tops British Indie Film Awards

  By Ray Bennett LONDON – Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire” (pictured), a tale of a young boy from Mumbai who becomes a surprise success on “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire”, was named best film at the British Independent Film … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: James Watkins’s ‘Eden Lake’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – British director James Watkins’ “Eden Lake” has the trappings of a low-IQ thriller but it’s really a contemptible tract that feeds the prejudices of the U.K.’s rightwing tabloids who claim the country is overrun by … Continue reading

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CANNES FILM REVIEW: Steve McQueen’s ‘Hunger’

By Ray Bennett CANNES – Turner Prize-winning artist Steve McQueen brings the key tenets required to win Britain’s top honor for modern art to directing his first film, “Hunger,” and so it is trite, grim and feebly provocative. It tells … Continue reading

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