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When Hans Zimmer worried about a gladiator’s kiss

By Ray Bennett Hans Zimmer will relax tonight at the Krakow Film Music Festival where a live orchestra will play his and Lisa Gerrard’s score at a screening of “Gladiator” but I recall a winter’s day in London almost 15 … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’ (spoilers)

By Ray Bennett Darren Aronofsky’s epic “Noah” is uproarious fun because it’s hard to tell if it’s an impressionist but serious take on the biblical tale or a giant piss-take. (Note: This review contains many spoilers.) It has splashy special effects, … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: Woe are they: ‘Les Miserables’

By Ray Bennett Fans of the musical “Les Miserables” guarantee that it will make you cry, and they are right. Like the stage show, the film is a near three-hour wallow in a swamp of misery with an endless litany … Continue reading

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Films about newspapers, like newspapers, are a dying breed

By Ray Bennett Watching the final edition of The Los Angeles Herald Examiner roll off the presses in November 1989 remains one of the most haunting memories of my life and it’s a tragedy that more papers are going bust. … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: Ridley Scott’s ‘American Gangster’

By Ray Bennett Ridley Scott has been saying in interviews lately that he likes to make his movies quickly. Maybe that’s why “American Gangster,” which opens in the U.K. Friday, lacks his customary visual flair. It’s a workmanlike crime picture … Continue reading

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