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Point and Shoot

12 Jan 20152 stars

Marshall Curry's flawed film documents Matt VanDyke's quest for masculinity

You can tell a lot about a documentary from its closing frames. In Point and Shoot the Oscar-nominated writer-director Marshall Curry asks a summing-up question of his subject Matt VanDyke, an OCD-suffering Baltimore filmmaker turned Arab Spring…

BAFTA 2015 nominations announced

9 Jan 2015

Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel leads the BAFTA field with nods in 11 categories

The ink has barely dried on critic's end of year lists and already nominations for the 2015 BAFTAs are in and sure to be the start of great debate and disagreement. It looks like a straight fight between The Grand Budapest Hotel (11 nominations)…

Ticket giveaway: Son of a Gun

7 Jan 2015

We're hosting an exclusive preview of Ewan McGregor's new film, here's why you should check it out

When the country's most notorious criminal offers you protection in jail and your next best offer is a shiv in the back, there’s only one realistic answer. So when career crook Brendan Lynch takes 19-year old JR under his wing, greater danger inevitably…

Taken 3

6 Jan 20152 stars

Liam Neeson returns in this tired third instalment of the actioner franchise

You know the drill by now. If you're an evildoer, Liam Neeson’s grizzled ex-CIA operative will find you and he will kill you. Like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ‘I’ll be back’ battle cry, this catchphrase helped turn Neeson into an ageing action hero back in…

Into the Woods musical stars serenade

5 Jan 2015

Director Rob Marshall and actors who sing Anna Kendrick and James Corden talk Disney's latest

Disney's Into the Woods is a big screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's witty, satirical musical that sees a collection of familiar fairy-tale characters venturing into the titular woods to achieve their hearts' desires. Understandably, when it…

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Erebus: Into the Unknown

5 Jan 20153 stars

Chilling yet stirring documentary from Charlotte Purdy and Peter Burger

On 28 November 1979 a flight took off from New Zealand loaded with 257 passengers heading on a sightseeing tour over Antarctica. They would never be seen alive again. This documentary mixes archive footage, interviews and reconstructions to bring to…

Into the Woods

5 Jan 20153 stars

Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt enliven Rob Marshall's latest musical

There's a sequence in Disney's adaptation of stage musical Into the Woods which will rank as one of the greatest movie moments of 2015. As Cinderella's Prince and Rapunzel's Prince respectively, Chris Pine and Billy Magnussen engage in an emotionally…

The Last of the Unjust

5 Jan 20155 stars

Claude Lanzmann revisits the subject of the Holocaust in this fine documentary

Claude Lanzmann's Shoah is one of the most important documentaries ever made. His monumental oral history of the Holocaust was constructed over 12 years. In 1975 in Rome, Lanzmann interviewed Benjamin Murmelstein, the last president of the Jewish…

National Gallery

5 Jan 20154 stars

Frederick Wiseman's compelling documentary examines the great museum

Given the current trend for museum themed pictures, the timing is right for venerable documentary maker Frederick Wiseman to place his distinctive, considered mark on London’s National Gallery. Taken from 12 weeks' worth of behind the scenes snooping…

Foxcatcher Q&A

30 Dec 2014

Director Bennett Miller and actors Steve Carrell and Channing Tatum discuss the Oscar contender

Directed by Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher is a tragic true story about the increasingly twisted and violent relationship between eccentric millionaire John E. du Pont (Steve Carell) and Mark (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo), the two Olympic…

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The Woman in Black: Angel of Death

29 Dec 20142 stars

Suspense-free sequel to the 2012 frightener starring Jeremy Irvine and Phoebe Fox

When Hammer brought The Woman in Black back to life in 2012 (it was previously a TV movie directed by Herbert Wise, based of course on the hugely successful novella) the revival was an atmospheric effort aided by a confident screenplay from Jane…

The Theory of Everything

29 Dec 20143 stars

Eddie Redmayne shines as Stephen Hawking in a sentimentalised biopic

If love is the ultimate conundrum then The Theory of Everything suggests that Stephen Hawking cracked that one too, with the celebrated physicist and cosmologist inspiring heroic levels of devotion as motor neurone disease took hold. Based on Jane…

Enemy

29 Dec 20144 stars

Jake Gyllenhaal is his own co-star in an unnerving psychological thriller

'Chaos is order yet undeciphered,' states the film’s opening epigraph, an idea taken from José Saramago's The Double on which Enemy is loosely based. It's a sentiment which Québécois director Denis Villeneuve boldly transfers onto his puzzling and…

Birdman

29 Dec 20144 stars

Michael Keaton soars in an imaginative, enjoyably bitchy, highly meta comedy

What happens to actors who play superheroes? Birdman, the arthouse comedy from Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu (Biutiful, Amores Perros), answers that so fully it may never be asked again. Michael Keaton’s performance as ex-leading man…

Dying of the Light

29 Dec 20142 stars

Nicolas Cage and writer-director Paul Schrader reteam for a forgettable spy thriller

The ridiculously prolific Nicolas Cage has films lining up for release like circling planes waiting for a safe landing slot. On paper, spy thriller Dying of the Light is one of his more promising recent ventures. Originally set to be directed by Nicolas…

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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...

Unbroken

22 Dec 20143 stars

Angelina Jolie takes the helm of an exciting but overambitious WWII survival story

Angelina Jolie’s second film as director, following her bleak 2011 Bosnian war drama In the Land of Blood and Honey, is another conflict saga. This time, it’s the true tale of Louis Zamperini, a US Army Air Force bombardier in World War II who died last…

Big Eyes

22 Dec 20143 stars

Fascinating if slightly flimsy biopic of painter Margaret Keane from Tim Burton

Amy Adams turns in a superb performance as artist Margaret Keane in this biopic from Tim Burton that tells the stranger-than-fiction tale of the time when her husband Walter took credit for her paintings, fooling the art world for many years. When…

Annie

22 Dec 20143 stars

Middling revival of the musical comedy featuring Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx

When the complaining tune 'It’s the Hard Knock Life' is applied to minor housecleaning, you know somebody’s been messing with the musical Annie. Director Will Gluck is at the helm of this realignment of John Huston’s 1982 film, itself based on the 1977…

Exodus: Gods and Kings

22 Dec 20144 stars

Revisionist, highly entertaining biblical epic from Ridley Scott, starring Christian Bale

Trust Ridley Scott to give us a bold, revisionist take on the foundation story of three major world religions. Like his gritty Robin Hood his version of the epic Old Testament adventure sheds some time-honoured elements for an earnest stab at realism…

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Edinburgh Film Festival appoint new Artistic Director

16 Dec 2014

Film critic and programmer Mark Adams to head Edinburgh International Film Festival

Edinburgh International Film Festival has appointed Mark Adams as its new Artistic Director. Adams has been Chief Film Critic and Reviews Editor for trade publication Screen International for four years and is also a critic for the The Sunday Mirror.

Profile: Christoph Waltz

15 Dec 2014

Two-time Oscar winner on his latest film, working with Tim Burton, choosing roles, and critics

Born in Vienna, Christoph Waltz had been acting for many years before he got his first big Hollywood break in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds as the evil Col. Hans Landa, for which he was awarded the Oscar for best supporting actor. Since then…

Dumb and Dumber To

15 Dec 20143 stars

Hit-and-miss sequel from the Farrelly brothers featuring returning star Jim Carrey

Twenty years have passed since Dumb and Dumber provided Bobby and Peter Farrelly with a box-office smash. Since then, their brand of comedy has become something of an endangered species, with both the writer-directors and star Jim Carrey no longer…

Guys and Dolls

15 Dec 20145 stars

Joseph L Mankiewicz’s musical starring Brando and Sinatra returns to the big screen

The gritty, gutsy, funny short stories of Damon Runyon form the basis for this most rousing and delightful of big studio musicals, which boasts Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, a smart script and some of the best screen songs ever. The setting is a…

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

15 Dec 20142 stars

Ben Stiller and co return for the third film in Shawn Levy's family friendly franchise

Even in a dual role, Ben Stiller can’t keep the bored look off his face as he fronts the third instalment of the Night at the Museum franchise. What started eight years ago as a charming kids’ romp has evolved into a series of overlong ‘comic’ sequences…