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All consuming

Volume 17, Issue 7 The Squid and the WhaleStarring Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg and Owen Kline. Written and directed by Noah Baumbach. 82 minutes. Rated MA.BERNARD BERKMAN (DANIELS) is a professor of English literature at the New York University, and was once a celebrated author. He cannot get his most recent novel published. His wife Joan, was once his student, and he encouraged her to write. She has just had her first book published. Joan’s success and Bernard’s resentment highlights all that’s wrong in their marriage. Joan has an affair and Bernard moves out.

Inside Man

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Starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen and Jodie Foster. Rated MA 15+ 129 mins.

AFRICAN-AMERICAN DIRECTOR Spike Lee is known for his edgy films. She Hate Me, Girl 6, Do The Right Thing, Clockers and 25th Hour among them. Inside Man is his most accessible and mainstream film to date. But there are enough interesting turns in the plot of this thriller that I need to be careful what I say, so as not to spoil the surprise.

Genius and Madness

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Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins and Jake Gyllenhaal. Directed by John Madden. 99mins. Rated M.

FILMS ABOUT MATHEMATICS, especially at university level, are not the first titles that come to mind in wondering what would be most popular at the box-office. However, during the 1980s, there was an interesting and challenging film about difficulties faced in the schools of Hispanic East Los Angeles. The subject being taught was calculus. The film was Stand and Deliver with Edward James Olmos as a dedicated teacher who wanted to improve the standards and possibilities in life for his students. It turned out to be quite popular.

Woody's London calling

Match Point
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers. Directed by Woody Allen. Rated M. 124 mins.

LONDON HAS GIVEN WOODY Allen a new lease of life. He obviously loves the city, with more than enough sights of well-known and unknown locations. He also communicates differently in this film from his New York stories despite similarities in characters and themes through a principally British cast – their different accents, vocabulary and voice inflections. At times, Match Point is more British than British.

Compelling!

Volume 17, Issue 3 

Film Review: Capote
Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Kenner, Clifton Collins Jnr. and Chris Cooper. Directed by Bennett Miller. Rated MA 15 +. 98 minutes.

TRUMAN CAPOTE WAS FAMOUS during his lifetime for his extraordinary writing, his acerbic tongue, his wit and his public homosexuality. Director Bennett Miller captures all of these elements in this compelling film.

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