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Interview: Jeff Baena discusses new film Life After Beth

19 Sep 2014

Director talks suburbia, working with his girlfriend and the psychology of smooth jazz

Life After Beth stars Dane DeHaan as Zach, an affluent suburbanite moper whose girlfriend, Beth (Aubrey Plaza), has recently died. Luckily for Zach, it turns out she’s not gone for good. We had a sit-down with director Jeff Baena (and, briefly, his star…

WATCH: The new trailer for Sex Tape is raunchy, funny... and great product placement

1 Apr 2014

The film follows a couple - Cameron Diaz & Jason Segel - whose sex tape turns up on gift iPads

The trailer for Sex Tape, a new comedy starring Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz, has landed, providing an idea of the plot and sense of humour involved – as well as a healthy dose of product placement for Apple. Segel and Diaz play Jay and Annie, a…

Student Guide 2014: The best places to watch movies in Edinburgh and Glasgow

10 Sep 2014

A guide to the cities' cinema scenes, with info on money-off deals at all your local picturehouses

First, some bad news: even with student discounts, it still costs between £6–£9 to see a movie in your average multiplex. So it’s worth paying attention to the money-off offers available at the big chains: Vue’s Super Tuesday deal knocks a third off…

Russell Crowe: the Noah story 'predates religion... it's more of a shared human experience'

31 Mar 2014

The A-list actor shares his opinion on the historical accuracy of Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic

Biblical blockbuster Noah made its UK debut at a handful of ‘fan screenings’ on Saturday, with star Russell Crowe making a personal appearance. The film, directed by Black Swan helmer Darren Aronofsky, is an adaptation of the story of the great flood…

Jay and Silent Bob creator Kevin Smith plans UK tour for summer 2014

13 Mar 2014

The writer-director will be joined by Jason Mewes and Ralph Garman

American writer/director Kevin Smith is set to tour the UK in June & July 2014 with a series of comedy dates. Smith, whose credits include Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Clerks I & II, will make five live appearances, accompanied variously by…

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Interview: producer Jason Blum talks The Purge: Anarchy, micro-budget filmmaking and franchises vs creativity

22 Jul 2014

'If all I’m ever making is sequels, I should look for work elsewhere - that would be bad'

In the future, crime, unemployment and homelessness in America are at an all time low, thanks to one night a year where all crime is made legal. That's the concept behind The Purge, a low-budget action-horror that came out of nowhere to become a…

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…

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…

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: Jack Thorne, BAFTA-winning writer of A Long Way Down

19 Mar 2014

The screen writer talks Travolta, taps and extra-terrestrials

First record you ever bought Jive Bunny’s ‘Swing the Mood’. Yes, I know. Last extravagant purchase you made I just bought a house with my wife Rach and we’re currently doing it up. And it turns out taps are really expensive. So, taps. First…

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Life After Beth

25 Jun 20144 stars

Superlative zombie dramedy starring Dane DeHaan, Aubrey Plaza, Anna Kendrick and John C Reilly

‘Imagine The Graduate, but with zombies.’ That seems to have been Jeff Baena’s brief for Life After Beth, a ‘zomromcom’ that couldn’t be further from the Shaun of the Dead vibe that label suggests. Dane DeHaan is expertly cast as Zach, a gothier version…

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014: Is it time for Nicolas Cage's resurgence?

10 Jun 2014

The mercurial actor stars in David Gordon Green's Joe alongside Tye Sheridan

Matthew McConaughey, eh? Who saw that coming? One minute, he’s headlining forgettable romcom dross like Failure to Launch and Fool’s Gold; the next, he’s stealing scenes in intriguing indie projects. A look at his resumé shows a clear line in the sand…

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014: Take a trip to the Island of Lemurs

10 Jun 2014

Writer-producer Drew Fellman discusses the IMAX doc, which is narrated by Morgan Freeman

It’s a cute, furry, animals-acting-like-humans narrative that could have been lifted straight from a Disney storyboard: a group of primates, fearing extinction on the mainland, board a naturally made raft and set sail for distant shores. ‘It’s the sort…

God Help the Girl and Roger Christian's Black Angel among highlights of Dunoon Film Festival 2014

27 Aug 2014

The fest aims to bring international and local cinematic gems to Scotland's west coast

Corinne Orton, co-director of the Dunoon Film Festival, is reflecting on the level of audience commitment shown at the inaugural 2013 fest. ‘We had a screening of Wadjda, which is a Saudi Arabian film, and there was a problem with the subtitles, but…

Autumn film preview 2014: Anton Corbijn, Zach Braff and Tommy Lee Jones among top director comebacks

27 Aug 2014

David Cronenberg and the Farrelly brothers are also signalling hopeful returns to form

A Most Wanted Man Photographer Anton Corbijn burst onto the filmmaking scene with his 2007 Ian Curtis biopic Control. 2010’s The American was less attention-grabbing, but hopes remain high for this new espionage drama starring the late Philip Seymour…

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Set Fire to the Stars

23 Jun 20143 stars

Elijah Wood and Celyn Jones star in this often overwrought portrayal of Dylan Thomas

Writer-director Andy Goddard has enlisted some world class assistance in creating his debut feature film, an account of Dylan Thomas’ 1950 visit to the United States at the behest of literary academic John Malcolm Brinnin. Cinematographer Chris Seager…

Hellion

23 Jun 20143 stars

Newcomer Josh Wiggins delivers a stellar performance in this delinquent drama

Josh Wiggins makes a startling debut in Kat Candler’s Hellion, bringing to mind the scorching presence of River Phoenix in his portrayal of delinquent youngster Jacob Wilson. When he’s not setting fire to cars or tearing around on his dirtbike, Jacob…

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar

16 Jun 20143 stars

A beautiful but over-simplified family-friendly nature doc narrated by Morgan Freeman

At 40 minutes, David Douglas’ slender, family-friendly IMAX lemur doc is a hark back to the format’s days as a short-form edutainment outlet. Friendly, photogentic primates leap across the massive screen while Morgan Freeman’s subterranean tones…

The Raindance Festival on tour showcases truly independent cinema across the UK

11 Jun 2014

The Raindance Film Festival – a London-based film fest that aims to promote the best in independent (and often low-budget) cinema – is going out on tour this month, bringing a selection films that showcase their tastes to cities around the UK. Each of…

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014: a chance to meet your heroes

10 Jun 2014

Elijah Wood, Don Johnson, Aubrey Plaza and America Ferrera among the special guests at EIFF14

The EIFF has faced some whispered accusations of obscurity in the past, producing programmes which, regardless of their high quality, fell short on recognisable names that filmgoers could get excited about. It’s an issue that’s squarely addressed at…

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Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014: 5 rising stars

10 Jun 2014

Featuring Dane DeHaan, Kelly Reilly, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Amy Seimetz and Laura Fraser

Dane DeHaan Following recurring roles in two semi-popular TV series (Timbo in vamp drama True Blood; Jesse in Gabriel Byrne psychology series In Treatment), DeHaan was able to fully showcase his vulnerable-but-dangerous side in underrated handheld…

Eddie Izzard, James Franco and Kristen Wiig among the stars of Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014

28 May 2014

The EIFF programme also features Nicolas Cage, Elijah Wood and Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul

New films featuring Robert Duvall, Eddie Izzard, Nicolas Cage and Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul are among the highlights of the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014, the programme for which was unveiled today. Projects featuring input from James…

Martin Scorsese, Jarvis Cocker, Julien Temple and Jeremy Deller among highlights of inaugural Art Screen doc fest

19 Mar 2014

The new film festival will take place in Glasgow in April 2014

Jarvis Cocker, Julien Temple and Jeremy Deller will be among the live guests at Art Screen, a new Glasgow-based documentary film festival set to take place in April 2014. Martin Scorsese's name is also being hailed as a highlight of the programme…

WATCH: There's a new Transformers: Age of Extinction trailer around - does anyone still care?

5 Mar 2014

Do we really need another instalment of Michael Bay's brainless, CGI-heavy shenanigans?

A new trailer has landed for Transformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth film in Michael Bay's robotic smash-'em-up franchise – you can have a look at it below. Once again, it features a small, human element caught between two technologically advanced…

WATCH: 'Growth', the new motion poster for Darren Aronofsky's Noah, is a thing of beauty

5 Mar 2014

New gallery and mini-trailer for the ark-based epic, also starring Emma Watson and Anthony Hopkins

A new motion poster for Darren Aronofsky's Noah has just debuted and, while 'motion poster' is usually just a euphemism for 'oddly formatted, super-short trailer with no plot details' this one is actually kind of beautiful. It's titled 'Growth', which…