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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

23 Feb 20153 stars

Spry sequel to the cross-cultural smash featuring Judi Dench and Maggie Smith

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel's happy resolution didn't leave much room for a sequel; the film's extraordinary commercial success, however, made this an inevitability. Although the motivations behind its existence are certainly cynical, The Second Best…

Far from the Madding Crowd R/I (1967)

9 Mar 20155 stars

Reissue of John Schlesinger's enchanting interpretation of Thomas Hardy's novel

Rightly or wrongly, the expression 'period drama' has become synonymous with spiritedly performed but staidly directed TV adaptations and unadventurous films. John Schlesinger's 1967 interpretation of Thomas Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd could…

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…

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…

Still Alice

20 Feb 20154 stars

Glasgow Film Festival: Julianne Moore excels as an Alzheimer's sufferer

'I wish I had cancer,' rages Alice (Julianne Moore). The focus may be soft, the music melancholy but, make no mistake, Still Alice is furious. This film from directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland sees a celebrated intellectual ravaged by…

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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…

Focus

25 Feb 20152 stars

Vacuous, less-than-thrilling con artist flick starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie

It's been 22 years since Will Smith starred in Six Degrees of Separation, a wonderfully subtle adaptation of John Guare's play about a young con artist who takes in a well-to-do Manhattan couple. Watching Smith's new film Focus, his first lead since the…

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…

Difret

2 Mar 20153 stars

Moving Ethiopian drama focusing on the fight for a young girl's freedom

There are a lot of good films being made in Africa and we rarely get to see any of them outside of festivals, so Ethiopian filmmaker Zeresenay Mehari’s eye-opening social justice drama, based on a groundbreaking true story, deserves an…

X+Y

24 Feb 20154 stars

Glasgow Film Festival: Moving drama with Asa Butterfield and Rafe Spall

The story of a young maths prodigy with autism, Morgan Matthews’ film could be viewed as a juvenile Rain Man. At least that would be the case if a Hollywood studio had made it. But actually, this British tale of the difficulties of adolescence and…

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The New Girlfriend

20 Feb 20152 stars

Glasgow Film Festival: Jumbled, Ruth Rendell-inspired drama from François Ozon

François Ozon’s latest feature takes Ruth Rendell’s short story, 'The New Girlfriend', as its jumping-off point. But fans of Rendell’s gripping thrillers won’t find much stylistic likeness in this plodding drama, which is buoyed by its…

Clouds of Sils Maria

20 Feb 20154 stars

Glasgow Film Festival: Juliette Binoche shines as an insecure actress

The inquisitive and enchanting Clouds of Sils Maria came about when Juliette Binoche challenged her Summer Hours director Olivier Assayas to deliver a daring examination of the feminine, based on her original idea. The result is a story which revolves…

A Second Chance

20 Feb 20154 stars

Glasgow Film Festival: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau impresses in this potent drama

Danish policeman Andreas (Game of Thrones' Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is adjusting to life as a new parent with wife Anna (Maria Bonnevie) when he visits the home of drug addicts Tristan (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) and girlfriend Sanne (May Andersen) to discover…

Force Majeure

26 Feb 20155 stars

Glasgow Film Festival: Ruben Östlund's masterful dramedy foregrounds weakness

A family skiing holiday turns rivetingly sour in Swedish writer-director Ruben Östlund's impeccably executed, discomforting dramedy, which holds humanity under an unflattering, unflinching microscope. It benefits from a simple but terrifically fruitful…

Full list of Oscar 2015 winners

23 Feb 2015

The 87th Academy Awards took place in Hollywood last night – here's the full list of who won what

After weeks and months of hype, the Oscars have all been handed out, the speeche made and the GIFs generated. Some of >our predictions were locks, others were busts. With nine nominations each, Birdman and Boyhood were the front runners, Birdman came…

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White God

23 Feb 20154 stars

Gripping canine drama from Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó

Kornél Mundruczó’s arresting, prize-winning drama imagines a revolutionary movement of cruelly abused dogs rebelling against their oppressors, and forcefully makes the point that the people running things are not as superior as they think. This…

Bad boys: Hyena filmmakers talk dirty cops

6 Mar 2015

Director Gerard Johnson and actor Peter Ferdinando on British crime drama

Gerard Johnson’s Hyena opened the 2014 Edinburgh International Film Festival, and is on general release from this week. A grisly thriller about a group of Albanian gangsters in London, we caught up with Hyena’s director and its star, Peter Ferdinando…

Kill the Messenger

2 Mar 20153 stars

Jeremy Renner heads up Michael Cuesta's informative take on a true story

'Some stories are just too true to tell,' warns federal prosecutor Fred Weil (Michael Sheen) in director Michael Cuesta's crime drama, which recounts the real-life experiences of reporter Gary Webb. Played with considerable spark by Jeremy Renner, we…

GFF interview: Richard Johnson, Radiator

26 Feb 2015

Screen and stage legend Richard Johnson discusses his new film, Radiator, directed by Tom Browne

Acting since he was 16-years old and having enjoyed a storied career interrupted just once by wartime national service, Richard Johnson has seen it all and then some. A founding member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Johnson's movie credits included…

Eden

26 Feb 20154 stars

Glasgow Film Festival: Mia Hansen-Løve's heady take on the French house scene

Mia Hansen-Løve has created an insightful and involving cinematic experience with her fourth feature, which centres on the rise and fall of a French house DJ from the 1990s to the 2000s. It’s a heady trip into the electronic dance music scene that…

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Boychoir

25 Feb 20153 stars

Glasgow Film Festival: Likeable music school drama featuring Dustin Hoffman

Boychoir, from French-Canadian director François Girard, is a charming, thoughtful music school drama that dials down the expected sentimentality and plays like a PG version of Whiplash. Newcomer Garrett Wareing plays Stet, a rebellious 11-year-old…

Jauja

24 Feb 20154 stars

Glasgow Film Festival: Lisandro Alonso's singular western stars Viggo Mortensen

Argentinean director Lisandro Alonso fuses Scandinavian and South American sensibilities in a spectacularly shot existential western which evokes both Ingmar Bergman and Alejandro Jodorowsky. The craggily handsome Viggo Mortensen makes for a compelling…

Live blog: the 87th Academy Awards as they happened

23 Feb 2015

We stayed up late to deliver a serving of snark from the Oscar 2015 ceremony, so you didn’t have to

We've finally come to the climax of awards season with the biggest night of all. Snacks, coffee, patience and sense of humour at the ready, The List's Scott Henderson is braced for Oscar 2015 liftoff

Hinterland

23 Feb 20153 stars

Childhood friends are reunited in this sincere but uneventful debut

This British two-hander is prettily shot, credibly performed and sure of what it wants to achieve – though its particular aspirations won’t do much for viewers who prefer films in which stuff happens, or who have an aversion to post-adolescent…

Rosewater

20 Feb 20154 stars

Glasgow Film Festival: Gael García Bernal heads up Jon Stewart's directorial debut

Whatever satirist Jon Stewart decides to do after ending his stint as host of The Daily Show, he’s got a promising sideline as a writer-director to fall back on. His debut film Rosewater is a small-scale but heartfelt drama that delivers a simple and…