Film, Issue 695

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Guys or dolls? A spoiler-ridden top five list of cross-dressing cinema

16 Apr 2012

Some of the best gender-swapping roles from film

A spoiler-ridden top five list of cross-dressing cinema featuring Albert Nobbs, The Crying Game, Tootsie, TransAmerica and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

This is Not A Film

12 Apr 20124 stars

A snapshot into the life of embattled Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi

(U) 75mins This is Not a Film shows us the world of acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi - currently under house arrest in Tehran and facing a 6 year prison sentence and 20 year ban on filmmaking - all for planning to make a film that was deemed…

The Cold Light of Day

12 Apr 20121 star

Clumsy, by-the-numbers action thriller starring Henry Cavill, Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver

(12A) 93min Wall Street trader Will Shaw (Henry Cavill) is taking a break from his Stateside business worries to visit his family in Spain, despite terse relations with his father (Bruce Willis). Unfortunately, he barely has time to sip a sangria…

Watch the trailer for US indie American Animal

12 Apr 2012

A dark comedy from writer/director/star Matt D'Elia

This one looks interesting... Matt D'Elia writes, directs and stars in the story of Jimmy, a terminally ill (and, from the evidence available, totally unhinged) young man who discovers his best friend and roommate James (Brendan Fletcher) is getting a…

Elle Fanning to star in film adaptation of Stuart Murdoch's God Help the Girl

11 Apr 2012

Glasgow-set musical to commence filming in June

When Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch created God Help the Girl back in 2009, he knew that he was writing a 60s girl-group soundtrack for a film that didn't yet exist. Now, after years of fund-raising and producing, a film adaptation of the album…

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Battleship

11 Apr 20122 stars

Michael Bay-inspired blockbuster burdened by bog-standard plot and uneven tone

(12A) 131mins Inspired by the Hasbro board-game, Battleship is part Michael Bay-inspired planet-trashing mayhem and part love letter to the US Navy, with whom director Peter Berg shares an intimate family history (his father was both a former Marine…

Shinji Somai retrospective announced for Edinburgh International Film Festival 2012

11 Apr 2012

PP Rider, The Catch, Typhoon Club and more to screen at EIFF 2012

Japanese director Shinji Somai will be the subject of a major retrospective at this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival. The director, who died in 2001, is greatly admired in Japan, and is slowly starting to achieve international…

Bonsai

10 Apr 20123 stars

A likeable drama about past love and missed opportunities

There’s much to like in this gentle drama about young love and missed opportunities but Chilean feature Bonsái feels a little too familiar to make a lasting impact. Julio (Diego Noguera) is an aspiring writer, working in a bookshop by day and…

Trailer for new Oliver Stone film Savages

10 Apr 2012

John Travolta, Uma Thurman and Benicio del Toro star in the director's drug war action movie

It's been a while since Oliver Stone has made an unequivocally brilliant film. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps was fair, but not brilliant; W. was a bit of a damp squib; World Trade Centre contained graphic scenes of flag-waving; and Alexander was just…

Simon Pegg stars in new trailer for A Fantastic Fear of Everything

10 Apr 2012

Pegg plays a hyper-phobic children's author in the new comedy

After high profile action appearances in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and JJ Abrams' rebooted Star Trek (not to mention the forthcoming sequel), it's nice to see Simon Pegg still has time to nurture his comedy roots. While we eagerly await the…

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Mirror Mirror

5 Apr 20122 stars

Snarky re-telling of the Snow White myth, with the odd visual flourish

Tarsem Singh is a frustrating director; he has a canny eye for striking imagery, but an uncanny knack for picking scripts with little or no charm (The Fall being his sole exception so far). So it was with J-Lo vehicle The Cell and Clash of the Titans…

Revisiting: La Grande Illusion

4 Apr 2012

The chance to see Jean Renoir’s eloquent anti-war statement on the big screen should not be missed

It’s usually described as an anti-war statement, and La Grande Illusion is certainly and eloquently that, but Jean Renoir’s masterpiece – re-released this month – is warmer and less didactic than that tag suggests. The film makes its moral point about…

Woody Allen's To Rome with Love - trailer

4 Apr 2012

The director delivers another Europe-set ensemble piece, with Alec Baldwin, Ellen Page and more

Woody Allen looks set to continue his love affair with Europe (following on from Midnight in Paris and Vicky Cristina Barcelona) with his latest release, To Rome With Love. The Eternal City forms a backdrop to various intersecting comedic tales…

Return

3 Apr 20123 stars

A fine example of independent filmmaking, despite familiar subject matter

American filmmaker Liza Johnson is by no means the first to take a crack at the ‘soldier comes home from war’ story, and she certainly won’t be the last, but Return is a worthwhile addition to the genre. It’s a focused, unshowy character study, light on…

The trailer for Lovely Molly, the new film from Blair Witch director Eduardo Sánchez

3 Apr 2012

More close-up crying from the found footage pioneer

Since pretty much inventing the found footage horror genre with The Blair Witch Project back in 1999, Eduardo Sánchez has been keeping kind of a low profile, with only a couple of (poorly-received) horrors to his name. The trailer for his newest…

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Colin Farrell kicks ass in new Total Recall trailer

2 Apr 2012

Updated CGI, a Biel v Beckinsale punch-up and Bill Nighy among the trailer highlights

Fans of 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle Total Recall have had little reason to be impressed by the forthcoming remake of Arnie's second best film (it’s not a patch on T2): casting Colin Farrell in the lead alongside almost forgotten female leads…

StreetDance 2

2 Apr 20122 stars

A sequel of so-so dances, hackneyed plotting and wooden performances

(PG) 85mins The ‘kids dancing their way out of the ghetto’ trope has been a staple of cinema since the 1950s but taking inspiration from recent US products like Step Up and Stomp the Yard, StreetDance 3D inexplicably became the UK’s most popular…

Act of Valour

2 Apr 20122 stars

Impressive technique and verisimilitude delivered at the expense of plot and characterisation

(15) 110min The on-screen pursuit of combat verisimilitude is the driving force behind Act of Valour, an anti-terrorist action flick which aims to make a virtue of casting real life Navy SEALs (United States Navy's Sea, Air, and Land Teams) as…

Wrath of the Titans

2 Apr 20122 stars

Sloppy sequel with poorly defined characters, starring Sam Worthington and Liam Neeson

From its flimsy concept to its similarly sloppy use of post-conversion 3D, Wrath of the Titans is a sequel that fails to improve on the original in any way. Set 10 years after the events of Clash of the Titans, this pointless follow-up invents a…

Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass star in indie comedy Safety Not Guaranteed

2 Apr 2012

A time-travel romcom with impeccable indie credentials

It's not often we get to have a look at indie trailers well in advance of their release - smaller-budget films from outside the UK are less certain of overseas distribution, so we often don't hear about them until they're practically upon us. However…

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Anchorman sequel announced by Will Ferrell

29 Mar 2012

The actor appeared in character on US talk show Conan O'Brien to reveal the plans

‘Mr Burgundy, we would be honoured if you will play some “yazz” flute for us one more time.’ That’s right, Ron Burgundy is due to hit our screens once more. Will Ferrell appeared in character as the moustachioed, suited and booted newsman on US talk…

Northern Lights film project launched

28 Mar 2012

The nation is encouraged to pick up their cameras and capture their Scotland on film

Today saw the launch of Scotland's first ever mass participation documentary film project, Northern Lights. Not to be confused with the Aurora Borealis, this part-film, part-art project comes from the mind of award-winning Scottish filmmaker Nick…

The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists 3D

27 Mar 20123 stars

An enjoyable, if occassionally laboured, family animation from Aardman

(U) 88min Aardman's Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists is the most ambitious undertaking yet from the Bristol-based clay-mation specialists but while often enjoyable it's not all plain sailing. The madcap story of a pirate captain, who…

Rendez-vous with French Cinema preview

26 Mar 2012

The chance to see upcoming French films before they hit cinemas later this year

Now that The Artist has cleaned up at the Oscars, attention can turn to other French films that will be released in the UK during 2012. The Rendez-vous with French Cinema event, which runs in London until Sat 24 Mar and at Edinburgh's Filmhouse from Fri…

Profile: Aksel Hennie - star of Jo Nesbo's Headhunters

23 Mar 2012

Norwegian actor from Max Manus: Man of War and Age of Heroes

Born 29 October, 1975, Oslo Background Aksel is a popular Norwegian actor, writer and director who was once arrested and sentenced for tagging during his late teens. The experience helped to inform one of his films, Uno, which he wrote, directed…