Tag Archives: The Hollywood Reporter

THEATRE REVIEW: Mike Leigh’s ‘Grief’ at the National

By Ray Bennett LONDON (The Hollywood Reporter) – Mike Leigh’s new play “Grief” is the complete opposite of his film “Happy-Go Lucky” with a family rendered almost cataleptic by personal loss and the gloom of post-World War II England. Given … Continue reading

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BERLIN FILM REVIEW: Jonathan Sagall’s ‘Lipstikka’

By Ray Bennett BERLIN – Canadian director Jonathan Sagall’s intriguing drama “Lipstikka” tells of two women whose memory of a dramatic incident when they were teenagers is markedly different and affects their lives in complicated ways. Set in London with … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: ‘Flashdance the Musical’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – There is so much exciting singing and dancing talent onstage in the West End debut of “Flashdance the Musical” that it makes you wonder how all the other musicals in town are making out. Fans … Continue reading

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‘Up In the Air’ tops my 2009 Top 10 list

By Ray Bennett Jason Reitman’s ‘Up In the Air’, starring George Clooney and Vera Farmiga (pictured) with Anna Kendrick, is my pick as the best movie released in the United States in 2009. My Top 10 list for The Hollywood … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’

By Ray Bennett LONDON — Designed to give devoted fans of the 2007 “Transformers,” which grossed more than $700 million worldwide, more of the same, Michael Bay’s sequel “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” is a nonstop whirl of flying, battling … Continue reading

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Headed to the Rio de Janeiro film festival

  By Ray Bennett LONDON – The Hollywood Reporter has assigned me to cover the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival in the first week of October. The 10th Rio festival kicks off Thursday with Brazilian director Bruno Barreto’s “Last … Continue reading

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