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George Clooney had no time for pranks on The Monuments Men

12 Feb 2014

Film gossip

George Clooney didn't have time to play pranks while filming 'The Monuments Men'. The 52-year-old actor stars as Lieutenant Frank Stokes in the action drama which he also produced and directed, and because of the intensity of his involvement in the…

Interview: Director Jon Baird on Filth and new TV satire Babylon

11 Feb 2014

Filth star James McAvoy delivered 'one of the great movie performances'

Can you give a brief synopsis of Filth? It's about a cop in Edinburgh who appears to be in control of his life. He is manipulating everyone around him to get a promotion at work because he thinks it'll help him get his wife and daughter, who have…

The Lego Movie

11 Feb 20143 stars

A genuinely funny film from the makers of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Fast, funny and created with loving attention to detail, The Lego Movie will delight anyone who has ever played with those universally-recognised little yellow figures. Beginning at a blistering pace that never lets up, the film (from Cloudy With A…

Love is in the Air

11 Feb 20143 stars

A fluffy French twist on a typical high concept Hollywood romantic comedy

True romance is marked by missed opportunities and second chances in Love is in the Air, a slick, fluffy French confection that slides down as easily as an extra helping of tarte tatin accompanied by a dollop of creme chantilly. It is a very French…

The Monuments Men

11 Feb 20142 stars

George Clooney's WWII art heist movie is a monument to bad filmmaking

Ocean’s Eleven does The Dirty Dozen sounds like a fun movie, right? And this George Clooney-directed WWII comedy-drama tries, all too hard, to deliver on that very idea. But even low expectations won’t help you here, with a story that’s neither amusing…

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Joel Kinnaman: RoboCop costume was uncomfortable

11 Feb 2014

Film gossip

Joel Kinnaman's 'RoboCop' costume was a "challenge to put on". The 34-year-old actor plays cop Alex Murphy who is turned into a cyborg law enforcement officer in the movie and claims his iconic black costume was "uncomfortable" and he dreaded the…

Endless Love

11 Feb 20142 stars

A by-the-numbers love story starring Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde

Franco Zeffirelli's original 1981 film Endless Love (itself based on Scott Spencer's 1979 novel) was notable for featuring a very young Tom Cruise in a minor role as an arsonist. Shana Feste's remake, however, struggles to be notable for anything at…

Sandra Bullock: 'Gravity one of best filming experiences'

11 Feb 2014

Film gossip

Sandra Bullock enjoyed "one of the best filming experiences" ever while making 'Gravity'. The 49-year-old actress, who has been nominated for an Oscar Award for female lead Dr. Ryan Stone in the sci-fi thriller, admits that she enjoyed working on…

Rob Minkoff talks animation changes

11 Feb 2014

Film gossip

'Mr Peabody and Sherman' used even more artists than 'The Lion King', says director Rob Minkoff. The new animated comedy is helmed by the 51-year-old filmmaker who is also responsible for Disney's tale about loveable lion Simba, which was released in…

The Book Thief

10 Feb 20143 stars

Brian Percival's moving and well-acted WWII adaptation let down by hurried plotting

Brian Percival’s adaptation of Markus Zusak’s global best-seller The Book Thief is, like Mark Herman's take on John Boyne’s The Boy In The Striped Pajamas, a film that unfolds from the German perspective during World War II. Unlike that film, however…

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George MacKay celebrated sex scene with hug

10 Feb 2014

Film gossip

George MacKay and his 'How I Live Now' co-star and crew celebrated filming their first sex scene with a hug. The 21-year-old actor stars as Eddie who falls in love with Daisy (Saoirse Ronan) in 2013's drama, and although it wasn't awkward filming the…

Joel Kinnaman loved RoboCop drama

8 Feb 2014

Film gossip

Joel Kinnaman loved mixing action and drama in 'Robocop'. The Swedish-born star - best known for his work in 'The Killing' - was excited to work on a script that asks philosophical questions as well as allowing for explosions and all out gun toting…

RoboCop

7 Feb 20143 stars

A slick but sanitised remake

Following Total Recall and the most recent entries in the Die Hard and Terminator franchises, RoboCop becomes the latest violent action film to get a family friendly, pimped-up makeover. José Padilha's film has contemporary resonance and is different…

Terry Gilliam, Richard Dreyfuss and Richard Ayoade to attend Glasgow Film Festival 2014

5 Feb 2014

Mark Millar, CHVRCHES' Lauren Mayberry and magician Ricky Jay will also be in attendance

The guest line-up for the Glasgow Film Festival 2014 has been announced, with actor Richard Dreyfuss and director/Python Terry Gilliam topping the A-list. Dreyfuss will be attending in support of his road trip comedy Cas & Dylan, which is directed by…

Philip Seymour Hoffman - a personal top 10

4 Feb 2014

Film journalist Niki Boyle lists his most memorable performances, good and bad, from the late actor

Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died on Sunday aged 46, will be rightly remembered as one of the finest actors of his generation. There are numerous obituaries and 'best of' lists circulating the internet in the wake of his death, so rather than replicate…

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Preview of 2014: The most intriguing films of the coming year

4 Feb 2014

10 of the films you won't want to miss this year, including Noah, Godzilla and Interstellar

Noah Director: Darren Aronofsky Starring: Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins Most immediately on the cinematic horizon is the big budget biblical bombast of Noah. Having already approached the worlds of drug addiction…

The Patrol

4 Feb 20143 stars

A low-key, low-budget antidote to the Hollywood approach to soldiers at war

With Morocco doubling effectively for Afghanistan, The Patrol is a low-budget British film from first time writer/director Tom Petch. Although working in an oversubscribed genre running from John Ford’s 1934 drama The Lost Patrol to Kathryn Bigelow’s…

Mr Peabody & Sherman

4 Feb 20142 stars

A weak, overstretched revival of the super-intelligent pooch and his human son

Dreamworks Animation’s latest attempt to recapture Shrek’s hit combination of pop culture references and unforgettable characters fails due to an overabundance of the former and none of the latter. The titular pair are a dog and a boy, with the twist…

WATCH: The teaser trailer for Scarlett Johansson sci-fi Under the Skin

4 Feb 2014

The film, adapted from the novel by Michel Faber, is directed by Jonathan Glazer

Many modern movie trailers can be accused of giving away too much information, with patrons feeling they no longer need to actually watch the film having witnessed the entire extent of the plot. The latest piece of footage for Michel Faber adap Under…

I, Frankenstein

31 Jan 20141 star

Repetitive CGI battles and lumpen dialogue result in a corpse that shouldn't have been reanimated

There are some stories that reverberate through the ages. Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein was first published in 1818 and has since been adapted multiple times in film (most notably with Boris Karloff in 1931) and theatre (including Danny Boyle’s recent…

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WATCH: A mock trailer for a remake of 1979 gang movie The Warriors

30 Jan 2014

The mock-up of an 1992 LA-set reboot was created by filmmaker Ram Bhat

A new trailer has appeared online for a reboot of The Warriors, set in LA circa 1992 (you can watch it below). Before you start gnashing your teeth about how Hollywood has run out of new ideas and should stop molesting classic properties, relax – the…

WATCH: New red band trailer and character posters for Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways to Die in the West

30 Jan 2014

The comedy western stars Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Neil Patrick Harris and Amanda Seyfried

Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Silverman, Giovanni Ribisi and Amanda Seyfried feature in the newly released character posters for Seth MacFarlane's upcoming comedy western, A Million Ways to Die in the West. MacFarlane, who…

The Armstrong Lie

29 Jan 20143 stars

Alex Gibney finds an interesting resonance in the story of disgraced athlete Lance Armstrong

Alex Gibney delivers another smart and enthralling documentary with The Armstrong Lie, a look at cyclist Lance Armstrong and his spectacular fall from grace following confirmation, after many years of allegations, that he had been involved in…

Sunshine on Leith, Filth and Riddick released on DVD

27 Jan 2014

A Belfast Story, The Colony, Blood Glacier and Frost also released

January and February are usually quiet months. It’s cold outside and your bank balance is still in recovery from December’s excesses, fortunately there are plenty of DVDs being released to keep you entertained. 2013 was a strong year for Scottish cinema…

That Awkward Moment

27 Jan 20142 stars

Romantic comedy is watchably bad rather than just plain awful

A romantic comedy from the perspective of three male friends has the potential to offer something new to the genre but despite one or two comedy highlights That Awkward Moment largely makes a mess of things. Zac Efron, Michael B Jordan and Miles…