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Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh's 'Mr. Turner' Premieres at Cannes

Karin Badt | Posted 07.17.2014 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

Mike Leigh's "Mr. Turner" was roundly appreciated by critics here at Cannes, for its down-to-earth rendering of the famous British landscape artist, J...

A Pair of Pitch Perfect Productions

George Heymont | Posted 02.08.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Earlier this year, two plays by two of Britain's most beloved playwrights were presented within a block and a half of each other in downtown San Francisco.

Live from Toronto International Film Festival: Monday, Sept. 9

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.10.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Secrets and lies carried the day in most of the five films I saw Monday at the Toronto International Film Festival. But then, aren't the most interesting movies built around them? It's so obvious that Mike Leigh used the idea as the title of one of his finest efforts.

Amy Glazer On 'Abigail's Party' And Other Creative Passions

Greg Archer | Posted 07.20.2013 | San Francisco
Greg Archer

photo by Lisa Keating It's hard to walk away from a Mike Leigh production and not appreciate the brilliance in the Brit's wit and ability to make...

Lucas Kavner

The Boycott Against An Israeli Theater Company

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucas Kavner | Posted 04.19.2012 | Home

When Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London invited the prominent Israeli theater company Habima to perform at their nonpartisan "Globe to Globe" festi...

Movie Review: Mike Leigh's Another Year

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Nothing happens in Mike Leigh's Another Year -- and everything happens. A miracle of virtuoso acting and understated filmmaking, Leigh's film is a ye...

Mike Leigh on Another Year

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Is it marketing genius on the part of Sony Classics that they usher in 2011 with a film called Another Year? Nah, more likely they just wanted to get Oscar tongues a-buzzing for Mike Leigh's latest glimpse into joys, pains, hopes, and desperations of ordinary life.

2010: The Year in Non-Audience-Friendly Movies

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's that time of year when critics get all nostalgic -- or up on their high horses, depending -- about the year that is rapidly drawing to a close. ...

Sally Hawkins: Made in New York

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

When Mike Leigh cast her as the lead in his film Happy Go Lucky, Sally Hawkins knew it was a good role - but she didn't realize how good. Then she wa...

I Wish Those Who Boycott Israel Would Speak out for What They Believe in

Ruth Eglash | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ruth Eglash

While there is nothing wrong with cultural icons using their power to speak out against injustices, cancelling a music gig is unlikely to have much of an impact on Israeli government policies.

Cannes 2010 Day Four and Five: Mike Leigh's New Gem and Inside Job Rocks The Fest

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

For director Mike Leigh, a truly inspired film is often followed by a smaller, less ambitious one, a sort of throat-clearing before the next big effort.

Cannes 2010 Preview Video: Stroll Down the Croisette!

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

2010-05-12-pullpic2.jpgRobin Hood debuts on Wednesday at Cannes, though in a rather deflating move, it's been screened for critics everywhere and already reviewed. But enough griping. The festival looks very promising.

Hanging with Motherhood Writer-Director Katherine Dieckmann

Thelma Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Thelma Adams

I was frustrated by the absence of movies where a mother is the lead and her issues are the film's main focus, where she is a significant character expressing her soul and existence.

Mike Leigh, Randy Pausch, Reader's Digest and an End to Miserablism

Margaret Heffernan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Margaret Heffernan

Mike Leigh, who more or less invented miserablism as an art form, has changed his tune. His new film, Happy-Go-Lucky is, as the title suggests, cheerful. What's he doing?