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Five underrated film adaptations from classic English Lit

25 Apr 2015

A fresh look at some under-respected movies of books you may have been forced to write essays about

Thomas Vinterberg's movie of Far From the Madding Crowd is to be released next week. And like every other adaptation of a classic novel it'll have a life depending on whether fans of the book think it was faithful enough, and non-fans think it was fun…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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Fifty Shades of Grey

13 Feb 20153 stars

Adaptation of EL James' sadomasochist sensation looks set to dominate cinemas

Whatever your thoughts on EL James' S&M bonkbusters they've certainly set pulses racing with their admirably frank exploration of female desire; and they've now put sex back on the big screen in a pretty emphatic fashion, with Sam Taylor-Johnson's take…

Disney releases trailer for live-action Cinderella

12 Feb 2015

Is Disney missing the chance to do for Cinderella what Maleficent did for Sleeping Beauty?

The official trailer has been released for Disney's Cinderella, a live-action retelling of the story of an abused girl rescued from a life of drudgery by a strange woman with the power of converting vegetables into modes of transport. Directed by…

Alternatives to Fifty Shades of Grey

12 Feb 2015

Mr Grey doesn't have to see you now, we've got plenty of other saucy film suggestions

Fifty Shades of Grey may be the film on everyone’s lips, but your hands aren’t tied to the romance du jour. Here’s our choice of films to check out if your feelings about this latest bonkbuster are more ‘meh’ than ‘oh yeah’. The Dreamers Starring…

Sea Without Shore – a love story in extreme conditions

11 Feb 2015

Dance film shot in rural Sweden tells the story of the love of two women

A lot of things can happen between rehearsal studio and final performance, as Brazilian choreographer and co-director Fernanda Lippi discovered when working on her new film with André Semenza, Sea Without Shore. After creating the movement in advance…

Two Night Stand

9 Feb 20151 star

Sexist and uninspired rom-com starring Analeigh Tipton and Miles Teller

The morning after her first one night stand, Megan (Analeigh Tipton) is desperate to leave the Brooklyn apartment of her conquest Alec (Miles Teller), but a blizzard stands in the way of her escape. Trapped together, the mismatched pair are forced to…

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Jupiter Ascending

3 Feb 20152 stars

Derivative sci-fi from the Wachowski siblings comes crashing down to Earth

It’s clear that Jupiter Ascending is a labour of love for its creators Andy and Lana Wachowski, who have jam-packed their ambitious intergalactic fantasy adventure full of ideas concerning genetics, reincarnation, the growing wealth divide and the…

Amour Fou

2 Feb 20153 stars

Jessica Hausner crafts an enjoyably overblown tale of romantic longing and suicidal urges

A melancholic poet who longs for death — but only if the vivacious woman he loves will agree to a suicide pact, ideally to take place somewhere wild and scenic — is devastated when she laughs him off. Sensible woman! Then the depressed but persistent…

The Best Films of 2014

22 Dec 2014

As the year comes to a close here are our cinematic highlights

After much scratching of heads, pulling of hair and changing of minds, The List's film team have assembled our Christmas present to you. It’s our five favourite films of 2014. Drum roll please...

The Face of Love

8 Dec 20144 stars

Powerful romantic drama starring Annette Bening, Ed Harris and Robin Williams

Originally called 'The Look of Love', Arie Posin's love story assumes the guise of a compelling psychological drama, taking in grief and obsession and overcoming its cheesier moments to deliver something unexpectedly powerful. Set in Los Angeles…

The Circle

8 Dec 20144 stars

Swiss love story about a real-life romance and the struggle for gay rights

Hogmanay 2014 will bring the first same-sex marriages in Scotland. In terms of the struggle for equality it should be a moment to reflect on battles won, rights achieved and how far the UK has come. Sadly, global events from Uganda and Russia to the…

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2015 Highlights: Film

5 Dec 2014

From arthouse to multiplex, The List previews the must-see cinema of 2015

Romance gets salacious, Julianne Moore vies for an Oscar, Marvel enters the age of Ultron and, well, Star Wars does its thing – 2015 promises to be a bumper year for movie-goers. Emma Simmonds previews the cream of the cinematic crop...

DVD Roundup: Winter 2014

27 Nov 2014

Including François Truffaut classics, Alain Robbe-Grillet: Six Films, The Lunch Box and Frank

Most of the recent François Truffaut films released on DVD by Artificial Eye don’t need much of a recommendation: films like 400 Blows, Shoot the Pianist and Jules et Jim are masterpieces well-acknowledged. But two that might need a bit of a push are…

Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy

17 Nov 20144 stars

A Twitter inspired Thai love story from director Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit

'Love stories are hard to write,' muses the central character in Thai director Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit’s second film Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy. This is itself a love story of sorts, however, like Thamrongrattanarit’s highly impressive debut 36…

Third Person

10 Nov 20141 star

Painfully poor effort from Paul Haggis that squanders the talents of an all-star cast

Paul Haggis' 2006 Best Picture Oscar winner Crash (still a sore point for Brokeback Mountain fans) was famously inspired by a real-life car-jacking incident that saw the writer-director work through his subsequent feelings of prejudice and guilt in…

Say When

3 Nov 20143 stars

Likeable life crisis dramedy from Lynn Shelton starring Keira Knightley

Writer-director Lynn Shelton has made her name with lo-fi relationship dramas – Humpday, Your Sister’s Sister and Touchy Feely among others. Say When is no different, albeit with a higher-profile cast than Shelton is used to. It’s also the first time…

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The Possibilities Are Endless

3 Nov 20144 stars

Striking documentary charting the trauma and triumph of singer Edwyn Collins

In 2005 the Scottish singer-songwriter Edwyn Collins suffered a massive cerebral haemorrhage that left him with very limited speech and movement. Devastating doesn’t even begin to describe it. And yet, as this impressionistic and moving documentary from…

The best film releases and events – Oct / Nov 2014

22 Oct 2014

Including Fury, Mr Turner, Love is Strange, Ghostbusters and Frankenstein

Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder This autumn’s BFI screenings celebrate sci-fi on screen all over the UK. From October to December, its Scottish programme includes classics like Alien and The Thing, with screenings spanning the length and breadth of the…

Love is Strange to show at Glasgow Film Theatre

21 Oct 2014

Special October screenings of film months before its general release in Feb 2015

It’s not on general release until February 2015, but Glasgay! and Luminate Festival are holding special October screenings of this tender drama from Keep the Lights On writers Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias. After nearly 40 years together, Ben (John…

Love, Rosie

20 Oct 20142 stars

Manic, barrel-scraping rom-com from Christian Ditter starring Lily Collins and Sam Claflin

Based on the novel Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern, Love, Rosie pitches, nay flings itself at the less discerning end of the romantic comedy crowd. German director Christian Ditter (French for Beginners) proves an unsteady hand at the helm of a…

The Best of Me

16 Oct 20142 stars

Insipid romantic drama that wastes the talent of James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan

The ninth adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel is as soft focus and simple minded as its predecessors but with a whiff of fatigue which suggests even the filmmakers involved have grown weary of identikit romantic tragedies. Michael Hoffman steers a far…