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Ghostbusters

27 Oct 20145 stars

This 30th anniversary reissue of Ivan Reitman's 1984 classic is most welcome

For many of us, the fact that Ghostbusters is in a position to have a 30th anniversary re-release is one of those chilling little reminders of how shockingly old we seem to have inadvertently become. For others, it may be a chance to experience in…

Highlights of the BFI's Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder film and TV festival

24 Oct 2014

Inculding events at Bletchely Park, the Eden Project, Caerphilly Castle and Dungannon Film Club

The BFI’s new film and television festival Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder is taking place across the length and breadth of the UK at 124 locations, from the Isle of Skye to Falmouth. Until December, 576 screenings and events are set to take place…

Interview: Sara Pascoe discusses life after the Fringe ahead of 2014 UK tour

22 Oct 2014

Comic has extended her critically acclaimed show exploring sexual anthropology and falling in love

Sara Pascoe topped off a critically acclaimed August at the Fringe with an Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination. On the cusp of taking her show Sara Pascoe vs History on tour, the comedian reflects on the attention: 'It's like when you watch those American…

Five things you might not know about . . . Lee Mack

22 Oct 2014

Some lesser known facts about the TV funnyman ahead of his 2014 UK tour Hit The Road Mack

1 His real name is Lee McKillop, and school nickname was Curly, due to him apparently looking a lot like Corrie’s Curly Watts. 2 Among his jobs prior to comedy were picking apricots, mucking out Red Rum’s stable and being a Pontins Bluecoat. His…

The best film releases and events – Oct / Nov 2014

22 Oct 2014

Including Fury, Mr Turner, Love is Strange, Ghostbusters and Frankenstein

Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder This autumn’s BFI screenings celebrate sci-fi on screen all over the UK. From October to December, its Scottish programme includes classics like Alien and The Thing, with screenings spanning the length and breadth of the…

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My Comedy Hero: James Acaster on The Rock

22 Oct 2014

'It's nice to have a big muscly guy being funny and stupid'

The Rock was one of my favourite comedy characters growing up, and I still think he is. Mainly because he took himself so seriously by being ridiculous and a buffoon all the time but always took the high status. I liked all his little catchphrases and…

Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Screenings

21 Oct 2014

Celebrate Hallowe'en with this classic 80s comedy starring Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver

In 1984, the story of four disgraced parapsychologists who set themselves up as freelance ghostbusters burst its way onto the big screen and found itself embedded in popular culture forever. In celebration of its 30th birthday, the movie is returning to…

Love, Rosie

20 Oct 20142 stars

Manic, barrel-scraping rom-com from Christian Ditter starring Lily Collins and Sam Claflin

Based on the novel Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern, Love, Rosie pitches, nay flings itself at the less discerning end of the romantic comedy crowd. German director Christian Ditter (French for Beginners) proves an unsteady hand at the helm of a…

The best comedy gigs – Oct / Nov 2014

20 Oct 2014

Including Frankie Boyle, Billy Connolly, Paul Foot, Dylan Moran and Lee Mack

Frankie Boyle More work-in-progress doings as Frank prepares to unleash some merry hell. The Stand, Glasgow, Thu 16 Oct. Billy Connolly Still hoppping around the country on his sold-out High Horse, so he is. Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Thu 16…

Just for Laughs

15 Oct 20144 stars

New collection of standup footage including comedy greats Bill Hicks, Mitch Hedberg and Louis CK

Comedy buffs who heard that Just for Laughs was releasing footage of stand-ups entertaining the people of Montreal down the years might have got excited about the prospect of witnessing an especially notorious moment in the career of Jerry Sadowitz. Of…

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Northern Soul

13 Oct 20143 stars

Elaine Constantine's directorial debut takes a look at the titular youth scene

For the uninitiated, northern soul was a youth movement that gripped the North of England during the 60s and 70s, fuelled by high octane funk and soul records from the States. DJs were on a permanent quest for ever more elusive tracks, unearthing gems…

David O'Doherty Has Checked Everything

13 Oct 2014

Irish jester embarks on a hunt for genuine happiness

The story of those who win the Edinburgh Comedy Award doesn’t always play out exactly the same way each and every time. For every Al Murray, Frank Skinner and Steve Coogan who go on to become comedy monoliths and household names, there are a whole bunch…

Brighton Comedy Festival highlights include Bridget Christie, Jo Brand and Simon Amstell

9 Oct 2014

Rich Hall, Jon Richardson, Dave Gorman and Sara Pascoe also set to perform

Brighton will be transformed into the UK’s comedy hub this month for the 14th annual Brighton Comedy Festival. From 10–25 Oct over 70 performances will take place at various venues, including the Brighton Dome and the Krater Comedy Club at Komedia, as…

The Rewrite

7 Oct 20143 stars

Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei star in Marc Lawrence's likeable if imperfect comedy

This engaging comedy marks the fourth collaboration between actor Hugh Grant and writer-director Marc Lawrence, following Two Weeks Notice, Did You Hear About The Morgans? and Music and Lyrics. The result is pretty much exactly what you're expecting…

Kevin Bridges announces UK tour for 2015

7 Oct 2014

Comedian set to perform in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Belfast and London

Kevin Bridges has announced that he will embark on a UK arena tour in autumn 2015. The Glasgow funny-man has confirmed that tickets for his show, ‘A Whole Different Story’, will go on sale on Friday 10 Oct, stopping off at Glasgow, Aberdeen, London…

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

6 Oct 20144 stars

Fun family comedy adapted from the kids' book featuring Jennifer Garner and Steve Carell

Ever had one of those days where nothing goes right? 11-year-old Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould) seems to have more than his fair share. And when his latest day from hell is largely ignored by his family, Alexander makes a midnight birthday wish for the…

Andoni Aduriz and Icíar Bollaín amongst highlights of first Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival

3 Oct 2014

Series of film screenings, talks, Q&A sessions and workshops to take place from 8–12 Oct

‘With 20,000 Hispanic speakers craving for Hispanic culture, the launch of the first Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival was a no-brainer,’ says festival director Marian A. Aréchaga, ahead of its launch at the Filmhouse next week. In collaboration with the…

Highlights of Edinburgh's Christmas and Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2014 programme

1 Oct 2014

Lily Allen, Al Murray, Briefs and Hot Dub Time Machine set to help city celebrate the festive period

Edinburgh's Christmas 2014/15 tickets are now on sale, with a programme that promises to be bigger and better than ever. Opening on Friday 21 Nov, the attractions span two locations in the heart of the city centre, at St Andrew Square and East…

Dolphin Tale 2

29 Sep 20142 stars

Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman feature in a bland, aquarium-set sequel

The seam of true-life marine stories mined in 2011's anodyne Dolphin Tale is further depleted by this return visit to the underwater denizens of Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida. The bright-looking yet colourless live-action narrative and…

Rachel Maclean – The Weepers

24 Sep 20144 stars

Superb darkly comic retelling of Celtic Bean Nighe myth from Glasgow film-maker

The Scotch mist that wafts around Duart Castle at the opening of Rachel Maclean's new film speaks volumes about where she's coming from; this major commission for the Mull-based Comar organisation looks like a big leap towards something even more…

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Julian McCullough: Dream Girls

23 Sep 20142 stars

Meek comedy from American comedian at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The mini-flood of American comics to this year’s Edinburgh Fringe didn’t really set much heather alight and the relatively low standard was encompassed perfectly in Julian McCullough’s Dream Girls. He may have a mischievous glint in his eye and Jim…

What We Did on Our Holiday

22 Sep 20144 stars

David Tennant, Billy Connolly and Rosamund Pike head up a charming comedy

From the creators of TV's Outnumbered comes this enjoyable British comedy that takes the show's winning formula (talented and adorable children, a script that allows those children to improvise much of their dialogue) and successfully translates it to…

Interview: Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill - First and last

19 Sep 2014

The Still Game stars talk Neil Diamond, Farrah Fawcett and a shared love of Italian cooking

First record you ever bought Ford: ‘Cars’ by Gary Numan, still a big favourite. Greg: The Police’s ‘So Lonely’. Last extravagant purchase you made Ford: A rowing machine: I'll never use it but it looks good. Greg: A flight to California. First…

Ten days of music, film, comedy and spoken word at The Pleasance Sessions 2014

19 Sep 2014

Confirmed performers include The Twilight Trio, Vic Galloway, Roddy Hart, Neu! Reekie! and Paul Foot

It’s one of Edinburgh’s grandest venues, yet the Pleasance is often overlooked outside the month of August when it’s transformed into a bustling Fringe venue. Thankfully, after a successful first year – including a nomination for Best Small Festival at…

My Comedy Hero: Bennett Arron on Monty Python, Laurel & Hardy, Tommy Cooper and more

19 Sep 2014

The Welsh funnyman discusses the influence of old-school comedians on his material

Over the years I‘ve had several comedy heroes. My first, and the one who remains the best, is my dad. Although not every joke is a gem, his ability to make light of situations by means of a joke is unequalled. My father introduced me to some other early…