Tag Archives: Philip Seymour Hoffman

FILM REVIEW: ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Prince Philip once landed at Heathrow and someone asked him how was his flight. The Prince said, ‘Have you ever been on a plane? It was like that.” Much can be said of movie sequels. … Continue reading

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TIFF FILM REVIEW: Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘The Master’

By Ray Bennett TORONTO – Paul Thomas Anderson’s complex and accomplished film “The Master” addresses the conflict between the puritan and hedonist traditions of the United States as it adjusts to its new potential and place in the world after … Continue reading

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TIFF FILM REVIEW: ‘Moneyball’ starring Brad Pitt

By Ray Bennett TORONTO – “Moneyball” is very much about baseball, a traditional sports yarn about trying to beat the odds, but it is much more about family, breaking with tradition and economics, and it allows Brad Pitt to show … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: Richard Curtis’s ‘The Boat That Rocked’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Richard Curtis’ new comedy “The Boat That Rocked”, about the pirate radio stations that sprang up briefly in the United Kingdom in the 1960s, is like a long, slow cruise where all the fun is … Continue reading

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CANNES: Charles Kaufman’s ‘Synecdoche, New York’

By Ray Bennett CANNES – Oscar-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman’s first film as a director, “Synecdoche, New York,” will mesmerize some and mystify others, while many will be bored silly. It’s not a dream, Kaufman says, but it has a dreamlike … Continue reading

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