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Interview: Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero of The Room

25 Feb 2014

The two filmmakers discuss their so-bad-it's-good movie and Sestero's book, The Disaster Artist

When I meet Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero, I am woefully under-prepared. I’d come along to tonight’s screening of The Room – part of the Cameo Cinema’s centenary celebrations – as a paying punter, expecting to witness a bit of Tommy’s madness on-stage…

A brief guide to the many guests at The Grand Budapest Hotel

4 Mar 2014

Wes Anderson's latest stars Ralph Fiennes, Billy Murray, Jason Schwartzman and more

Wes Anderson's latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is 'perfectly realised caper' set in a continental hotel between the wars (at least, that's what our reviewer thought). The hotel setting provides Anderson with an ideal venue for showcasing the…

Witching and Bitching

27 Feb 20143 stars

Alex de la Iglesia's action-horror-comedy starts well but stumbles halfway through

Cult director Alex de la Iglesia owes a lot to Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn in this fast-paced action-horror-comedy. As with FDTD, Witching and Bitching picks up with a gang of crooks on the run following a heist. Instead of hiding out in a…

Alan Carr, Lee Evans & Michael McIntyre announced for Channel 4 Comedy Gala 2014

25 Feb 2014

Line-up also features Jack Dee, Jason Byrne, Jo Brand, John Bishop, Kevin Bridges and more

Have you ever noticed how many comedians have names beginning with J? Jack Dee, Jason Byrne, Jason Manford, Jo Brand, John Bishop, Jon Richardson, Jonathan Ross and Josh Widdicombe have been announced as part of the line-up for Channel 4's annual Comedy…

The House of Him

24 Feb 20143 stars

Rob Florence's ultra-low budget horror is an intriguing treatment of gender and violence in cinema

When considering the term 'low budget' in filmmaking, it's often worth remembering that the term is relative to the industry – even lo-fi legend The Blair Witch Project cost at least $20,000, which is still a trifle more than most of us have down the…

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The LaFontaines, New City Kings and Fizzy Blood lined up for ListLive

13 Mar 2014

The latest edition of our live gig series explores the various subgenres of rock

Our next ListLive event is shaping up to be yet another genre-crossing affair, this time exploring the various subgenres of rock. Scottish quintet The LaFontaines specialise in combining danceable indie rock with a lyrical hip hop overlay (not to…

Disclosure with Joey Bada$$ - Corn Exchange, Edinburgh, Wed 5 Mar 2014

6 Mar 20144 stars

Poor sound quality can’t hamper a night of near-perfect pop-house

Given that the Corn Exchange is used as much for wedding fayres and corporate events as for live music performances, it’s not surprising that it lacks the decent acoustics of purpose-built gig houses. Tonight’s support act, Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$…

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…

Gary Shteyngart – Little Failure

3 Mar 20144 stars

A truthful and humourous memoir from the author of Absurdistan and Super Sad True Love Story

‘They fuck you up, your mum and dad’. Philip Larkin’s most famous opening line doesn’t appear as an epigram for Gary Shteyngart’s memoir, but it wouldn’t be out of place. The novelist’s life, from early childhood in Soviet Russia to panic…

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Killers

3 Mar 20144 stars

A confident and well-made Indonesian/Japanese horror from The Mo Brothers

Following the failure of a major investigation, Indonesian reporter Bayu (Oka Antara) is feeling deeply depressed - the only things that even arouse his attention any more are his estranged family and the online snuff videos created by Japanese serial…

Mindscape

3 Mar 20141 star

An outdated and unoriginal 'subconscious thriller' starring Mark Strong and Brian Cox

Poor dialogue, wooden acting and a lack of originality are the major sins which scupper this pseudo-cerebral neo-noir from Jorge Dorado. Mark Strong frowns his way through his first leading role as John, a 'memory detective' tasked with investigating…

Dan Rhodes – When the Professor Got Stuck in the Snow

28 Feb 20143 stars

A broad farce focusing on an irascible character by the name of Richard Dawkins

Dan Rhodes provides several reasons as to why this, his sixth novel, is his first to be self-published. Mainly, it’s a case of speed – going down the traditional route would involve a year-long delay between completion and publication; now we can enjoy…

Fatboy Slim and Jamie Cullum announced for Alex James and Jamie Oliver's Big Feastival 2014

28 Feb 2014

Find out more and get tickets to the music and foodie festival

Foodie friends Jamie Oliver and Alex James are once again throwing their annual Big Feastival, taking place at James’ Oxfordshire farm from Fri 29-Sun 31 Aug. As well as stages dedicated to food events and kids’ entertainment, there’ll also be an…

The Congress

27 Feb 20143 stars

Psychedelic animation/live action hybrid from Waltz with Bashir director Ari Folman

Robin Wright hasn't had a good part in 15 years. Her entire career has been blighted by poor choices – in relationships as well as roles. At this point in time, it'd be better for her if she bowed out of showbusiness entirely. This is the rather…

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Calvary

27 Feb 20144 stars

Brendan Gleeson, Dylan Moran and Chris O'Dowd star in a thoughtful Catholic comedy-drama

Brendan Gleeson and John Michael McDonagh reteam following lacklustre 2011 comedy The Guard in this much more thoughtful examination of Catholic guilt. They're joined by the cream of Irish film and TV talent, including Chris O'Dowd, Dylan Moran, Aidan…

The German Doctor (Wakolda)

27 Feb 20143 stars

A well-made, low-key true story set in 1960s Argentina

12 year old Lilith (Florencia Bado) is travelling with her family across the wilderness of Argentina’s Patagonia region in 1960. They’re hoping to renovate a hotel they’ve inherited; en route, they’re joined by a German physician (Alex Brendemuhl…

Legendary film composer Ennio Morricone's World Tour to call at The O2, London in December 2014

27 Feb 2014

Tickets for the concert on sale from 9am on Fri 28 Feb

Legendary film composer Ennio Morricone will be appearing in concert at London's O2 on Wed 10 Dec 2014, as part of his world tour. The composer, who made his name collaborating with former classmate Sergio Leone on several spaghetti westerns (notably…

The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears

24 Feb 20143 stars

A maximalist, bewildering giallo horror in the vein of Dario Argento

A maximalist, bewildering horror in the overflowing vein of Dario Argento, The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears is part of Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani's determined attempt to pump new blood into the giallo genre (following 2009's Amer and the…

Salvo

24 Feb 20143 stars

A slow-burning mafia crime drama in homage to Le Samourai

A slow-burning homage to Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Samouraï, Salvo uses the familiar trope of a stone-cold killer (Saleh Bakri) who falls for a female character connected to one of his victims. This time round it's blind woman Rita (Sara Serraiocco)…

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LFO

24 Feb 20143 stars

Lo-fi black comedy about a trance-inducing sound engineer

Maladjusted sound technician Robert (Patrik Karlson) has stumbled upon an amazing discovery: a sound frequency which immediately puts the listener into a hypnotic trance, susceptible to any suggestion they might hear. Armed with speakers, a pair of…

Shrek theme park to open in London in summer 2015

24 Feb 2014

The attraction will be run by Merlin Entertainment, who also operate Madame Tussauds

A new theme park inspired by the adventures of Shrek is set to open in summer 2015. Shrek’s Far Far Away Adventure will open just ahead of Shrek's 15 year anniversary, and will feature an interactive walkthrough adventure, a character courtyard where…

Arctic Monkeys and One Direction among winners at BRIT Awards 2014

20 Feb 2014

David Bowie uses speech to pick a side on Scottish independence

The 2014 BRIT Awards ceremony took place in London last night, with Arctic Monkeys and One Direction the only winners to take away more than one award apiece. The Sheffield foursome picked up Best British Group and British Album of the Year for AM…

Scottish indie-pop group Camera Obscura announce UK and Ireland tour for May 2014

20 Feb 2014

The band will tour in support of latest album Desire Lines and forthcoming Sessions EP

Scottish indie-poppers Camera Obscura are set to tour the UK and Ireland in May 2014, calling at Belfast, Dublin, London and Birmingham before finishing off with a hometown show in Glasgow. The band will most likely be playing material from their latest…

Chart-topping pop star John Newman to tour UK in October 2014

20 Feb 2014

The 'Love Me Again' singer will visit Edinburgh, Manchester, London, Plymouth and Wolverhampton

John Newman, the pop singer behind chart-topping hits 'Love Me Again' and 'Cheating', has announced he'll be embarking on a UK tour in October 2014. The singer will visit Edinburgh, Manchester, London, Plymouth and Wolverhampton in support of his 2013…