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A new cinematic direction for Spider-Man

12 Feb 2015

What exactly are the implications of the rights for Spider-Man reverting to Marvel/Disney?

Spider-Man is Marvel’s figure head. He’s has been the comic publishers’ mascot pretty much since Stan Lee and Steve Ditko invented the character back in 1962. The scarlet webslinger has appeared on TV and was almost brought to the big screen by James…

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…

Glasgow Film Festival 2015: Audience Award Shortlist

11 Feb 2015

GFF's inaugural Audience Award focuses on first and second-time directors

This year, the Glasgow Film Festival will be handing out its first ever Audience Award. The accolade is exclusively for movies by debut or second time directors, and will be dished out on the festival’s final day. Matthew Turner and Scott Henderson take…

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…

Sequels announced for Paddington and Fifty Shades of Grey

10 Feb 2015

We look at some upcoming sequels and ask: really?

In keeping with the entertainment industry's fundamental principle that if it worked once then do it all over again, it's been announced that sequels are in the works for two very different films: Paddington and Fifty Shades of Grey. According to…

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Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema announces its 2015 programme

10 Feb 2015

The annual celebration of music and movies presents its most ambitious programme yet

Highlights include three world premieres commissioned by the festival. The first is a new score for Salt for Svanetia written by Edinburgh-based Moishe's Bagel. The band mix klezmer and Balkan dance music to complement this rarely-seen example of 1930s…

Glasgow Film Festival 2015 Closing Gala: Force Majeure

9 Feb 2015

Ruben Östlund questions modern masculinity in this clever subversion of the disaster movie

Confrontational Scandinavian filmmaker Ruben Östlund’s previous feature, Play was button-pushing, state-of-the-nation cinema based on an account of real-life bullying which tackled tough societal issues. It caused much controversy among the Left in…

Noah Baumbach's While We’re Young opens Glasgow Film Festival 2015

9 Feb 2015

The director's films include The Squid and the Whale, Greenberg & Frances Ha

Born in Brooklyn to a novelist and a film critic, Noah Baumbach has a privileged intellectual’s squeamish loathing of privileged intellectuals: the characters in his films very often combine ample cerebral and creative gifts with an utter dearth of…

BAFTA 2015 winners include Eddie Redmayne, Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel

9 Feb 2015

Redmayne picks up Best Actor gong, and The Lego Movie wins Best Animated Film

Eddie Redmayne won best actor at last night's BAFTA Film Awards for his portrayal of Professor Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. The film won a trio of gongs, rounded off with outstanding British film and adapted screenplay. Julianne Moore…

Watch N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton Red Band trailer

9 Feb 2015

Brilliant trailer showcases highly anticipated and potentially electric film on 80s rap group's rise

Dropping with a bombastic beat is the debut trailer for Straight Outta Compton, the F Gary Gray directed N.W.A biopic, dramatising the birth of late 80s/early 90s rap group and building up to the 1992 L.A. Riots

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Dancing in Jaffa

9 Feb 20153 stars

Dancer Pierre Dulaine returns to his homeland in Hilla Medalia's doc

Ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine makes a naïve attempt to bring Jewish and Palestinian-Israeli children together via the medium of dance in this heart-warming but uneven documentary from Hilla Medalia. This also marks Dulaine's return to his city of birth…

Down Dog

9 Feb 20152 stars

Tedious, infantile Britcom starring Jason Durr and Nick Moran

The opening shot of writer-director Andres Dussan’s Britcom is of a woman in an armchair making good use of a sex toy; sadly, her sense of satisfaction is a world away from the experience of watching this tedious effort. Co-written by Lawrence Tallis…

Love is All

9 Feb 20153 stars

Delightful, slightly rudderless documentary from the great Kim Longinotto

The noted British documentarian Kim Longinotto – director of Divorce Iranian Style and Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go, among many others – oversees one of those whirling carousels of dusted-off archive footage that serve to remind us what a busy and…

Snow in Paradise

9 Feb 20153 stars

Gangland thriller from Andrew Hulme that's undermined by clichés

If nothing else, British gangland thriller Snow in Paradise provides a fantastic showcase for Frederick Schmidt. Previously seen in Starred Up, the lean, charismatic Schmidt shows signs of the brooding intensity that has propelled Tom Hardy and Jack…

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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Love Is Strange

9 Feb 20154 stars

A charming, truthful look at love in later life with John Lithgow and Alfred Molina

Get married and your life goes to pot. This is what happens in Ira Sachs' Love Is Strange, a confidently uncomfortable, New York-set story co-written with Mauricio Zacharias. This is real love: there is old age, there is debt, there is misunderstanding.

Coherence

9 Feb 20154 stars

Micro-budget, character-driven sci-fi from James Ward Byrkit

Coherence suggests that the thing which should scare us the most is our own potential, presenting us with a carefully crafted exploration of this unsettling notion. With its quantum mechanics-referencing title and Twilight Zone-style plot, it's a…

Fifty Shades of Bricks

6 Feb 2015

Animators recreate the Fifty Shades of Grey trailer in Lego form

If you have a working internet connection, then there’s a fairly strong chance that you will have come across the official Fifty Shades of Grey trailer. Evidently, animators Antonio and Andrea Toscano did, as the pair have recreated it in Lego.

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…

Selma

2 Feb 20155 stars

Astonishing Martin Luther King biopic from Ava DuVernay, starring David Oyelowo

In his iconic 1963 speech, Martin Luther King shared his dream that one day all Americans would be judged not by 'the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character'. While King's words echo down the years, his optimism remains largely…

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Shaun the Sheep Movie

2 Feb 20154 stars

This big screen adaptation of the stop-motion kids' TV show boasts bags of charm

Hot on the heels of Postman Pat and Paddington, the latest British children's TV show to receive the big screen treatment is Shaun the Sheep, the wildly successful stop-motion animated series from the geniuses at Aardman Animations. Happily, the show's…

The Interview

2 Feb 20152 stars

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's controversial comedy proves hugely disappointing

At a time when satire is an increasingly rare commodity, The Interview became a cause célèbre when Sony temporarily pulled its release after threats from cyber-terrorists. A fictitious tale of a plot to assassinate Kim Jong-un, Seth Rogen and Evan…

Best Super Bowl 2015 film trailers: Jurassic World, Tomorrowland and Furious 7

2 Feb 2015

This year's Super Bowl breaks featured a number of summer blockbuster trailers

As well as being some sort of sports thing, last night's Super Bowl played host to a cavalcade of film trailers during its numerous commercial breaks. While there was sadly no footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens or Batman v Superman: Dawn of…

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…

Still Life

2 Feb 20153 stars

Eddie Marsan shines in Uberto Pasolini's moving life-and-death drama

The quiet and contemplative Still Life casts Eddie Marsan in the leading role of John May, a Kennington-based funeral officer for Lambeth council, whose job it is to arrange the services of those who die alone and who have no relatives.