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The Canyons

9 May 20142 stars

Lindsay Lohan stars in this seedy noir plagued by cardboard characters and flimsy dialogue

It seemed like such a good idea at the time: the author of American Psycho meets the writer of Taxi Driver for a Kickstarter-funded Los Angeles tale of sex, murder and intrigue. But The Canyons is largely set to go down as an embarrassing footnote in…

Sabotage

9 May 20142 stars

Arnold Schwarzenegger's presence weighs down what should have been a gritty thriller

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s post-governorship acting comeback appeared to be heading in an intriguing new direction when he signed on to star in David Ayer’s gritty thriller Sabotage. But despite some decent moments the film struggles to realise its…

Interview: Crispin Hellion Glover on Back to the Future, working with his father and his 'It' trilogy

2 May 2014

'The producers of Back to the Future punished a 20 year old actor for asking questions'

How would you describe the content of your show? What should audience members look forward to? First I will perform Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Slide Show Part 1. Then I present the 35mm feature film What is it? Then there is a 1.5 hour questions and…

Bad Neighbours

30 Apr 20143 stars

Good performances and plenty of laughs make up for the occassional misstep

If you were to compile a list of potential neighbours-from-hell, an American fraternity would surely be right up there. Especially one whose all-night parties are ‘turned up to eleven’ as they seek to secure their place in hell-raiser history. That's…

Brick Mansions

29 Apr 20141 star

Paul Walker's last completed film is a disappointing, badly made remake of District 13

A remake of parkour-showcasing French thriller District 13 (2004), Brick Mansions is notable for being the final film completed by star Paul Walker before his tragic death in a car crash last year. Sadly, that's the only thing that's notable about it…

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Plastic

29 Apr 20142 stars

An appealing young cast can't save this idiotic heist movie

The art of a good con movie is populating it with likeable characters, articulating it with a witty script and having them pull off something ingenious. It should also make you forget that what’s unfolding on-screen is actually illegal! Unfortunately…

Willow Creek

29 Apr 20144 stars

Well-honed horror from former stand-up Bobcat Goldthwait

They say there are no second acts in American lives – then there's Bobcat Goldthwait. A stand-up comic most famous for playing helium-voiced punk Zed in Police Academy 2 (1985), Goldthwait has since been busy making sly, often filthy, indie films such…

The Cine Files: Seth Rogen

28 Apr 2014

All you need to know about the Canadian funnyman, whose next film, Bad Neighbours, is out in May

Rogen is from Vancouver, the offspring of ‘radical Jewish socialists’ who met on an Israeli kibbutz. He began doing stand-up comedy in his early teens, when, he says, ‘there were a lot of jokes about my bar mitzvah and my grandparents, then when I got…

Interview: Bill Forsyth, director of Gregory's Girl, Local Hero and That Sinking Feeling

24 Apr 2014

The acclaimed Scottish director discusses the guerrilla tactics that formed his career

‘Youth required for film production company,’ was the advert which would shape the course of the young Bill Forsyth’s life. In his final year of school and feeling decidedly unmotivated about the world of work awaiting him in post-war Glasgow, the…

Interview: Juno Temple, star of Killer Joe, Maleficent and The Dark Knight Rises

24 Apr 2014

The daughter of Julien Temple also stars in psychedelic drama Magic Magic alongside Michael Cera

Getting work certainly doesn't seem to be a problem for Juno Temple. At 24, the pixie-like daughter of filmmaker Julien Temple and producer Amanda Pirie, has already been involved in around 30 movies, ranging from independent projects including Kaboom…

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The Other Woman

24 Apr 20142 stars

Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton are a likeable but poorly served trio in this weak comedy

A romcom with what seems like a refreshing sisterly twist, The Other Woman sees a trio of wronged women team up to get their own back on a real weasel of a guy. So far so fun, right? Unfortunately Nick Cassavetes' eighth film squanders its subversive…

188th RSA Annual Exhibition: Focus on Film

23 Apr 20144 stars

An expansive and essential Scottish film art showcase, featuring Rachel Maclean and Peter Capaldi

Perhaps the biggest criticism that can be levelled at this year’s Royal Scottish Academy annual members’ exhibition is that there’s almost too much to soak up. Between the vast submission-based selection upstairs and the curated rooms downstairs, there…

Blue Ruin

21 Apr 20144 stars

Backwoods thriller mixing Gothic melancholia with artfully foreshadowed bursts of violent action

A big hit of the festival circuit, writer/director Jeremy Saulnier’s backwoods drama is a twisty thriller that sits somewhere in the jet-black hinterland between Winter’s Bone and the less showy Coen brothers films like Blood Simple or Fargo. The…

Tracks

21 Apr 20143 stars

Blends the hallucinogenic beauty and horror of the desert

Australian cinema has frequently explored the lure of the outback, from 1970s classics like Picnic At Hanging Rock, Walkabout and the just re-released Wake In Fright to more recent films like The Proposition and Wolf Creek. Now, director John Curran…

The Wind Rises

21 Apr 20144 stars

An engaging, deeply moving and mature Studio Ghibli film that exudes intelligence and compassion

Studio Ghibli founder Hayao Miyazaki has taken a few curtain calls in the past; if his final film is to be The Wind Rises, then he’ll be going out at the very top of his game. A beautifully animated study of Japanese aircraft designer Jiro Horikoshi…

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Frank

21 Apr 20144 stars

Frank Sidebottom's story of musical chaos and mental instability is both hilarious and moving

Hiding Michael Fassbender's striking mug inside a papier-mâché Frank Sidebottom head for potentially an entire movie might seem like a crime against handsomeness. Instead, it's the appealing centre of the fourth feature from versatile Irish director…

Pompeii

21 Apr 20143 stars

Essential bad-movie fan viewing from Paul WS Anderson, with ill-judged performances and CGI chaos

Following up on his 2012 version of The Three Musketeers, which fancifully adorned Dumas’ classic tale with exploding airships, critically reviled director Paul WS Anderson turns his attention to volcanic action with Pompeii. The results are as…

Before the Winter Chill

21 Apr 20142 stars

Kristin Scott Thomas in domestic drama which awkwardly meshes family crisis with thriller elements

Writer/director Philippe Claudel enjoyed a successful collaboration with Kristin Scott Thomas in I've Loved You So Long, and they re-team for this domestic drama, in which a family crisis is somewhat awkwardly meshed with thriller elements. Scott Thomas…

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…

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Chris Pine to star in The Finest Hours

18 Apr 2014

Film gossip

Chris Pine is in talks to star in 'The Finest Hours'. The 33-year-old actor is in negotiations to take on the leading role in Disney's Coast Guard drama, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Craig Gillespie is believed to be directing the film…

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…

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…