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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…

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…

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

20 Apr 20154 stars

Roy Andersson concludes his 'living' trilogy with considerable style and humour

Vampire teeth, Charles XII of Sweden, a sexually inappropriate flamenco class and an opportunistic bar-owner known as 'Limping Lotta' are just some of the diverse ingredients in Roy Andersson's latest collection of absurdist anguish. A Pigeon Sat on a…

Au Revoir L'Ete

20 Apr 20153 stars

Éric Rohmer-inspired Japanese drama that's heavy on charm, light on answers

With a title like that disregarding comparison to the work of French New Waver Éric Rohmer seems almost criminal. Rohmer sent the young and beautiful to bask in the rays in Conte d'été (A Summer's Tale), to talk of love whilst falling in love; yet…

The Good Lie

20 Apr 20154 stars

Moving true-life drama about Sudanese orphans, with Reese Witherspoon

A celebration of decency and humanity, this drama illuminates the ordeal of the Lost Boys of Sudan, the millions of children orphaned and displaced by brutal civil war. As a story of loss, courage and noble deeds inspired by real events it has enough of…

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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…

The Dark Horse

30 Mar 20154 stars

Cliff Curtis astounds in a nuanced biopic of chess champion Genesis Potini

His presence in films like The Piano, Once Were Warriors and Whale Rider has made Cliff Curtis into a mark of quality for everything that is good in New Zealand cinema. The Dark Horse is no exception to that rule; Curtis gives the performance of his…

Exit

20 Apr 20154 stars

Touching Taiwanese drama about longing and loneliness from Chienn Hsiang

A fine film surely influenced by the work of Tsai Ming-liang (Vive L’Amour, The River) but that manages to steer clear of his shadow, this quiet, internally restless movie is directed by Chienn Hsiang, its camera always at the service of its sensitive…

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…

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…

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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…

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…

Interview: Force Majeure director Ruben Östlund – ‘Sometimes we’d rather die than lose our identity’

31 Mar 2015

The Swedish director talks to us about YouTube, the ‘worst man cry’ and survival instincts

If you’ve seen the YouTube video of Ruben Östlund’s reaction when his latest film wasn’t nominated for a Best Foreign Film Oscar, you’ll go some way towards understanding the offbeat humour of said film, Force Majeure. In the video, the Swedish…

Kidnapping Freddy Heineken

30 Mar 20152 stars

Anthony Hopkins distinguishes himself in an otherwise curdled caper

The true story of the 1983 kidnapping in the Netherlands of the chairman and heir of the Heineken brewing company, which resulted in the largest ransom ever paid for an individual, is told here in the language of the superficial, blokey caper movie.

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…

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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…

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…

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…

The Face of an Angel

23 Mar 20153 stars

Michael Winterbottom uses a real-life murder case as a springboard for drama

After sending funny men Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon munching their way around Italy for TV series / film The Trip to Italy, prolific British director Michael Winterbottom stays in the region for his latest movie. This, however, is anything but comedy…

I Used to Live Here

30 Mar 20154 stars

Frank Berry's riveting drama explores the effect of suicide on a Dublin community

Previously lauded for his documentary Ballymun Lullaby, Frank Berry initially intended to make I Used to Live Here as a non-fiction film. In choosing to not do so, the writer-director has achieved a rare feat: his first narrative feature is both an…

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Something Must Break

30 Mar 20152 stars

Well-intentioned but overwrought transgender drama from Ester Martin Bergsmark

An unconventional love story set in Stockholm’s LGBT scene, transgender filmmaker Ester Martin Bergsmark’s first narrative feature joins recent movies like Let the Right One In, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Force Majeure and Roy Andersson's 'Living…

The Water Diviner

30 Mar 20153 stars

Earnest drama which finds Russell Crowe behind as well as in front of the camera

While any director who chooses to end a film on his own smiling face clearly needs reining in, Russell Crowe’s directorial debut is a well-mounted and surprisingly assured piece of historical drama. Looking into the aftermath of World War I, Crowe…

Glasgow Film Theatre launches deaf and hard of hearing film club

24 Mar 2015

Visible Cinema is run in partnership with Film Hub Scotland and Solar Bear

Independent cinema Glasgow Film Theatre has launched Visible Cinema, a new initiative designed to both increase awareness about cinema access and to provide a relaxed and welcoming environment, where those who are deaf or hard of hearing can enjoy a…

The Gunman

16 Mar 20152 stars

Clumsy thriller which reinvents Sean Penn as an action star

Sean Penn is not an actor known for vanity projects. But there’s no other way to describe this risible thriller, produced by the man himself. Directed by Pierre Morel, who gave Liam Neeson a career injection as an ageing action star in Taken, it would…

Suite Française

9 Mar 20153 stars

Michelle Williams enters into a dangerous liaison in Saul Dibb's wartime drama

Briefly touched on in the end credits, the story behind Suite Française is fascinating. It's based on the novellas by Irène Némirovsky whose work was discovered in a notebook by one of her daughters some 50 years after her death in Auschwitz, becoming a…