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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer leaks online

17 Apr 2015

Trailer for Warner Bros' prestige picture leaked online in cameraphone footage

It would take a man with nerves of steel to release a film trailer mere hours after THAT one made its debut. Unfortunately for Warner Bros, someone seems to have concealed their cameraphone at a secret screening of the trailer for next year's Zack…

Doctor Who film and other TV series we want made into movies

17 Apr 2015

As reports of Doctor Who on the big screen emerge, we dream of a Friends movie and more

Whovians, brace yourselves. According to the Independent, a series of leaked emails between Sony executives reveal that a Doctor Who film is being planned, and will be hitting the silver screen within the next eight years (which is basically nothing in…

Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer frame-by-frame analysis

17 Apr 2015

Many Bothans died to bring us this information

JJ Abrams, you're really spoiling us. The new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit the web last night and caused everyone to collective lose their minds, whilst simultaneously regressing to the childhood selves. Unless you were born mid-90s…

Cannes full lineup announced

16 Apr 2015

Films from Todd Haynes, Stephane Brize and Gus van Sant are included in Palme d'Or

The full lineup for the 68th Cannes Film Festival was announced today. Films selected for competition in Palme d'Or include Todd Haynes' Carol, Stephane Brize's A Simple Man and Gus van Sant's Sea of Trees. Award-winning directors Joel and Ethan…

Glasgow Film Theatre expands its GFF Sound & Vision strand

15 Apr 2015

Events include a Record Store Day screening of Empire Records and mini-fest Live at Glasgow

The Glasgow Film Theatre is expanding its Sound & Vision programme of live events throughout April and May. There are screenings of rarely-seen movies with live music, a preview of the new Elliott Smith documentary Heaven Adores You, and an entire…

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All the Top Five Lists from High Fidelity

13 Apr 2015

The List celebrates the many lists of High Fidelity, published twenty years ago this week

'Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?' Nick Hornby's debut novel High Fidelity was published 20 years ago this week, and Stephen Frears' equally-beloved movie adaptation was released…

Child 44

13 Apr 20153 stars

Tom Hardy is at the centre of an ambitious thriller from Daniel Espinosa

'There can be no murder in paradise.' That's the intriguing backbone of both Tom Rob Smith’s 2008 bestseller and this solid adaptation from Daniel Espinosa (Safe House, Easy Money), which casts Tom Hardy as Leo Demidov, a battle-hardened member of the…

The Last Five Years

13 Apr 20153 stars

Anna Kendrick is wonderful in this mostly successful and moving musical

Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan star in a musical adapted for the screen by writer-director Richard LaGravenese (the original 2001 off-Broadway show was written by Jason Robert Brown) that explores the difficult balancing act between reaching for your…

Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance

13 Apr 20154 stars

Louise Osmond tells the inspiring story behind a champion racehorse

Animal films are usually weepies and stories of racehorses even more so, especially as their endings are typically problematic. So the cheery documentary Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance is a welcome addition to this tear-smeared…

Glassland

13 Apr 20153 stars

Moving Irish drama from Gerard Barrett starring Toni Collette and Jack Reynor

Young Irish writer-director Gerard Barrett follows up his 2013 debut Pilgrim Hill with the equally gritty Glassland, a powerful study of the personal battles being fought behind myriad nondescript doors. Addressing the same themes of isolation, despair…

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The Town That Dreaded Sundown

13 Apr 20153 stars

Ingenious slasher sequel / remake from Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

The vogue for horror remakes reached its oversaturated nadir during the 00s with precious few of the films saying anything notably new. However, The Town That Dreaded Sundown offers something more complex and intriguing than a straightforward trudge…

Gente de Bien

13 Apr 20153 stars

This overly earnest debut is lifted by spirited newcomer Brayan Santamarià

In modern day Colombia, just as in the rest of the world, the gap between rich and poor grows ever wider, swallowing entire generations in the process. This is the bleak reality at the heart of Gente de Bien, the debut feature from Colombian director…

Home from Home: Chronicle of a Vision

13 Apr 20153 stars

Edgar Reitz's Heimat prequel is a story of 19th century aspiration and struggle

The original Homeland (Heimat) was one of the landmarks of European television in the 1980s. Over 16 hours, director Edgar Reitz told the story of three related families in the fictional German village of Schabbach from 1919 to 1982. Sequels followed…

Luna Cinema announces biggest ever season of outdoor cinema in UK

9 Apr 2015

Open air screenings to tour England, Scotland, Wales and Isle of Wight

Fancy Jaws from the comfort of an inflatable dingy? How about Robin Hood Prince of Thieves in a castle? Or how about The Grand Budapest Hotel in a suitably royal botanic garden? Well, you can enjoy all of the above and more across the UK this summer…

Download Star Wars: all six films coming to Digital HD online

7 Apr 2015

Star Wars episodes I-VI now available to legally download in HD with bonus features

Huge news for sci-fi fans as Disney, Lucasfilm and Fox have announced that for the first time ever the Star Wars franchise will be available to download on Digital HD. Even if you already own all six films on DVD, the release includes new bonus features…

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John Wick

6 Apr 20154 stars

Elegant, exciting actioner marking a return to form for star Keanu Reeves

A dog dies. But a sharp-suited Keanu Reeves fighting the good fight is more than enough consolation in bonny existential action fantasy John Wick. A retired hitman mourning his wife (Bridget Moynahan), Wick's striving to keep an even keel. Reclusive in…

Hot Tub Time Machine 2

6 Apr 20152 stars

Lame sequel from Steve Pink, with Rob Corddry and Adam Scott

The moderate success of Hot Tub Time Machine owed as much to a resurgence of nostalgia about middle-aged machismo as it did to hefty servings of crass, frat-boy humour and a plethora of anarchic pop-culture references. Returning director Steve Pink’s…

Lost River

6 Apr 20152 stars

Style is no substitute for coherence in Ryan Gosling's directorial debut

Clint Eastwood, Richard Attenborough and Ida Lupino are just some of the names one could cite as proof that actors often make the best directors. On the evidence of his lurid gothic fairytale Lost River, Ryan Gosling is not about to join that list any…

Cobain: Montage of Heck

6 Apr 20154 stars

The late Nirvana frontman is the subject of an eye-opening documentary

This authorised but nevertheless raucous documentary builds a complex and impressively detailed picture of the Nirvana frontman's life, while stopping short of directly addressing his death. It brings together home movies, photos, the talking heads of…

Good Kill

6 Apr 20153 stars

Ethan Hawke excels in Andrew Niccol's revealing, ultimately compromised film

With its hot topic and scorching cast, Good Kill should be better than it is. The writer-director is the thoughtful Andrew Niccol, the screenwriter of The Truman Show who previously penned and directed Gattaca and Lord of War, both featuring Ethan…

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Woman in Gold

6 Apr 20152 stars

Muddled art restitution drama starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds

Like his 2011 feature debut My Week with Marilyn, Simon Curtis’ new film is based on a true story. You won’t find the likes of Marilyn Monroe or Sir Laurence Olivier here, though. Woman in Gold tells the story of Maria Altmann, an Austrian who escaped…

The DUFF

6 Apr 20154 stars

Superior high school comedy featuring a stand-out turn from Mae Whitman

26-year-old Mae Whitman shines as a confident teenage outsider in this hysterical high school comedy, adapted from a novel written by Kody Keplinger when she was just 17. DUFF is an odious acronym for Designated Ugly Fat Friend – a term Keplinger came…

Interview: Carol Morley, ‘Mass hysterias tend to centre on the anxieties of their times’

2 Apr 2015

The director of Dreams of a Life talks about her new film, The Falling, starring Maisie Williams

Best known thus far for the dynamic and thought-provoking documentary Dreams of a Life, which examined how a once-popular young woman could die alone and lie forgotten for years, writer / director Carol Morley is now making waves with new fiction film…

Disney to follow Cinderella with Mulan and Beauty and the Beast

1 Apr 2015

Disney add more films to their live-action remakes including Dumbo and The Jungle Book

Children’s film powerhouse Disney recently released their third live-action version of an animated film, Cinderella. Released in the USA on Fri 13 March, the retelling of the classic rags-to-riches fairy tale starring Lily James and Cate Blanchett has…

Seven film series that have clocked up seven entries (so far)

1 Apr 2015

With Fast & Furious 7 out later this week, we tenuously examine some other seven film-series

It started as a Point Break rip-off and has become one of the most successful franchises in history, grossing over $2.3 billion (not including part seven). After only the late Paul Walker stuck around for 2 Fast 2 Furious, and even he bailed on Tokyo…