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TV review: Mad Men - Season 7

18 Apr 20144 stars

The 60s ad drama returns with the 70s on the horizon

The world of Mad Men has always been rich with visual metaphors. You only have to look at the opening credits to see a central character who has no identity (faceless and blank, his back to us most of the time) falling through the sky and out of…

Review: Fargo - TV series

18 Apr 20144 stars

Coen brothers classic gets a brand new life on TV with Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton

For the first ten minutes you’ll wonder why the heck they bothered. The fears of anyone who couldn’t get through a day during the mid to late 90s without watching, thinking or breathing the Coen brothers snowy cult classic, Fargo, appeared to be…

The Love Punch

18 Apr 20143 stars

Brosnan and Thompson generate enjoyably sparky chemistry in this breezy middle-aged heist comedy

Emma Thompson re-teams with Last Chance Harvey writer-director Joel Hopkins for The Love Punch, an entertaining middle-aged heist comedy with one eye firmly on the grey pound. A British / French co-production, the film stars Pierce Brosnan as Richard…

We are the Best!

18 Apr 20144 stars

Lukas Moodysson's hymn to adolescent mischievousness is a delight from start to finish

You could be forgiven for thinking Swedish director Lukas Moodysson has spent the last decade under a black cloud, making films like teen prostitution tale Lilya-4-Ever, lurid amateur porn drama A Hole In My Heart and the nihilistic Container. But from…

All Saints, Atomic Kitten, East 17 and more confirmed for Another Time, Another Place UK tour

14 Apr 2014

The pop nostalgia fest will take place in November 2014; tickets are on sale now

All Saints, Atomic Kitten, East 17, Let Loose, Big Brovaz, and Jenny Berggren (Ace of Base) have united for Another Time, Another Place, a night of 90s and 00s pop taking place at London’s O2 on Fri 11 Apr. Expect to hear all the hits, from East 17’s…

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Interview: Chris Corsano of the Flower-Corsano Duo

11 Apr 2014

The drummer discusses what fuels his many collaborations ahead of his Edinburgh gig

Time was that if you lived in Edinburgh it felt like you could see drummer Chris Corsano play live pretty much any night of the week. During his time living in the capital in the mid to late noughties, the New England-sired drummer whose collaborators…

The Last Catch and Musicwood among the highlights of the UK Green Film Festival 2014

10 Apr 2014

The nationwide-documentary fest focuses on socio-ecological issues around the world

The UK Green Film Festival, celebrating the best environmental filmmaking from around the globe, is set to take place across 14 UK cities from Sun 1–Sun 8 Jun 2014. The festival, which is a champion of independent documentary filmmaking with an…

Alain Resnais and Jean-Pierre Melville among the highlights of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2014

10 Apr 2014

The UK-wide French film festival will also feature new films by Albert Dupontel and agnes b.

French film continues to celebrated as one of the most diverse, entertaining and engaging forms of cinema this month with Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the UK-based French film festival that takes place from Wed 23–Wed 30 Apr throughout the…

Mad Men, True Detective and the rise of the TV auteur

9 Apr 2014

Nic Pizzolatto and Cary Fukunaga ensure the seminal cop noir remains true to their voices

In last year’s Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad, author Brett Martin charts this period, posits that 1999 kicked off a third golden age of television, and says that the…

The Space Lady, Ai Aso & Ela Orleans with Maja Borg - Garnethill Centre, Glasgow, Fri 4 April 2014

9 Apr 20144 stars

A characteristically diverse line-up as part of the experimental Counterflows Festival

The feast of contemporary music that was Counterflows 2014, a weekend festival in Glasgow, kicked off in characteristically diverse fashion with an early-evening showcase of experimental music from around the globe. That includes a cult San Francisco…

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Tom at the Farm

9 Apr 20144 stars

Xavier Dolan's fourth feature is insightful, intriguing & darkly lovely, if a little self-important

Filmmaker Xavier Dolan errs a little on the self-important side here, but so might you if you were only in your early twenties, on your fourth feature film as a writer / director (adapting, in this case, from a stage play by Dolan's fellow…

The Last Days on Mars

9 Apr 20143 stars

An intelligent and engaging sci-fi thriller with strong performances and, oh yes, space zombies

Based on a 1975 short story ('The Animators') by pulp sci-fi author Sydney J Bounds, The Last Days on Mars is directed by Ruairi Robinson and stars Liev Schreiber, Romola Garai, Johnny Harris and Olivia Williams as members of a team of astronaut…

The Quiet Ones

9 Apr 20142 stars

Hammer's latest horror gets too bogged down in cod-scientific mumbo jumbo

The return of Hammer films has so far been a mixed bag; The Resident was barely released, their Let The Right One In remake flopped, and only period ghost story The Woman in Black hit the mark. The Quiet Ones is another uncertain entry, with journeyman…

The Raid 2

9 Apr 20143 stars

Some astonishing set-pieces underwhelmed by this sequel's over-complicated narrative

The first film in writer / director Gareth Evans’ proposed trilogy of martial arts thrillers was a kick-in-the-pants to the genre: a simple, fluid action film that showcased the art of pencak silat via the story of Jakarta policemen fighting their way…

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

9 Apr 20144 stars

Marc Webb's superhero sequel delivers a sparky blend of thrills, laughs and heartfelt emotion

Marc Webb's sequel to 2012's franchise reboot finds Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) juggling his daily superhero duties as costumed crime fighter Spider-Man while agonising over whether or not he should honour the promise he made to girlfriend Gwen…

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Half of a Yellow Sun

9 Apr 20142 stars

The adaptation Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel is beautiful and well-acted but lacks depth

This adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s prize-winning novel comes unstuck in the same way as many literary adaptations before it, feeling too often like a story that is just skimming the surfaces of its characters and plot-lines, never digging…

The Goonies: who would be available for a sequel?

7 Apr 2014

Director Richard Donner says he wants the original cast back for a remake - but are they available?

Director Richard Donner surprised a showbiz photographer recently when he casually mentioned he's working on a sequel to 1980s family adventure The Goonies – and that he hopes the original cast will be back on board. The seminal 1985 kids' film starred…

Interview: producer of intelligent house music Heatsick

4 Apr 2014

The DJ and producer prepares to play the Counterflows festival alongside Golden Teacher & Joe McPhee

Steven Warwick, who’ll be better known to many as the intelligent house producer, and maker of intensely danceable, cyclical-tropical, minimal disco beats, Heatsick, has ordered in lavender room sprays, hula hoops, fortune cookies and yoga mats before…

Franz Ferdinand - Barrowland, Glasgow, Tue 25 Mar 2014

4 Apr 20144 stars

A triumphant hometown show for Glasgow's indie kingpins

‘Alright Glasgow? It’s good to see you!’ Frontman Alex Kapranos beams at a rapturous reception from a sold-out Barrowlands. Dressed impeccably – in matching black, white and grey suits and looking no older than they did 10 years ago – Franz Ferdinand…

Teju Cole - Every Day is For the Thief

4 Apr 20144 stars

A powerful blend of fiction, memoir and travelogue set in modern Nigeria

Returning home for the first time in 15 years, the unnamed narrator of Teju Cole's novel Every Day is for the Thief plunges into the chaos and exhausting inefficiency of a Nigeria plagued by corruption. Bribes are disguised as tips while extortion and…

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A Story of Children and Film

4 Apr 20143 stars

Mark Cousins’ film essay/poem is an impassioned look at childhood in cinema

A fervent supporter of world cinema, Mark Cousins’ new documentary provides some examples of the way childhood has been captured by filmmakers around the globe in the hundred years since cinema’s birth. Focusing on filmmakers from Francois Truffaut to…

Peter Buwalda - Bonita Avenue

4 Apr 20144 stars

A compelling tale that grips from its innocuous start to its pitch-black conclusion

University Rector, judo champion and famed mathematician Siem Sigerius is slowly being driven mad with suspicions that his step-daughter's boyfriend may be pimping her out on an internet porn site. The boyfriend, meanwhile, is barely managing to control…

Peter Sellers, Monty Python and John Otway among programme highlights of Southend Film Festival 2014

3 Apr 2014

A collection of rare Peter Sellers films is among the highlights at this year's Southend Film Festival, which takes place over the first spring Bank Holiday from Fri 2–Mon 5 May. Before going on to play classic roles like Dr Strangelove and…

WATCH: The hilarious teaser trailer for Aardman's Shaun the Sheep movie

3 Apr 2014

The scene-stealing sheep from Wallace and Gromit is set for his own big-screen adventure

A teaser trailer for Aardman Animation's Shaun the Sheep movie has landed, and it's reassuringly hilarious. While the new footage doesn't offer any plot details – the movie itself won't be released until 2015 – Aardman's signature talent for humanising…

Interview: Liam Murray Bell discusses his new novel The Busker

2 Apr 2014

The author of So It Is tackles the music industry, Occupy and homelessness in his latest novel

Would you rather be a musician or a writer? I’m happy being a writer because I don’t think I was quite cut out to be a musician to be quite honest. I was in a band as a teenager – it was myself and another singer but I was the sort of ‘Bez’ character…