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The Wedding Ringer

16 Feb 20152 stars

Mirthless matrimonial comedy squandering the talented Kevin Hart and Josh Gad

At one point earmarked as a vehicle for Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson (the first draft of the screenplay predates their similar hit Wedding Crashers), The Wedding Ringer is a low-brow comedy pairing Kevin Hart (Ride Along) with rising star Josh Gad, who…

Project Almanac

16 Feb 20152 stars

Dean Israelite's derivative sci-fi follows a group of teen time-travellers

A MTV Films co-production whose producers include Michael Bay, this found-footage teen time travelling adventure from director Dean Israelite is pitched at those too young to be well versed in time travel / time loop flicks. That's just as well since it…

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…

Mr Holmes

13 Feb 20154 stars

Berlinale 2015: Ian McKellen and Bill Condon offer their own take on Sherlock Holmes

17 years after they made the Oscar-winning James Whale biopic Gods and Monsters, director Bill Condon and star Ian McKellen reunite for this unique spin on Sherlock Holmes. Certainly, the two films bear comparison, with the esteemed thespian once again…

Cat Video Festival gets Scottish premiere at Glasgow Film Festival

13 Feb 2015

Don't know your Keyboard Cat from your Bane Cat? We've got you covered

Glasgow Film Festival and GOMA present the first offline celebration of online cat videos to take place in Scotland. The Internet Cat Video Festival has been produced and curated by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and offers viewers continuous…

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The Diary of a Teenage Girl

13 Feb 20154 stars

Berlinale 2015: Provocative coming-of-ager with Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgård

Smartly drawn in more ways than one, Marielle Heller's directorial debut is a high-wire act. Adapted from Phoebe Gloeckner’s semi-graphic coming-of-age novel, in the wrong hands this could easily have become lurid and exploitative, as it delves brazenly…

Glasgow Film Festival 2015 day planner

13 Feb 2015

2014’s most meteoric rise to fame came from Shailene Woodley, who capitalised on her memorable turn opposite George Clooney in The Descendants to star in all-conquering teenage hits Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars. Cult director Gregg Araki…

US TV movies retrospective coming to Edinburgh International Film Festival

13 Feb 2015

Films by Steven Spielberg, Michael Mann and Tobe Hooper to headline 'Little Big Screen' strand

If you were wondering what EIFF’s lineup might look like under new director Mark Adams, the festival has just teased a rare opportunity to enjoy classic American TV movies of the 60s and 70s on the big screen. The 2015 retrospective, ‘Little Big…

Behind-the-scenes video from new James Bond film Spectre released

13 Feb 2015

New footage shows Daniel Craig and co-stars filming in the Austrian mountains

Lights, camera, beautiful snow-covered mountain: it can only mean that filming has begun on the new James Bond film. A behind-the-scenes video has been released which shows the cast and crew shooting a scene from Spectre in Austria.

Queen of the Desert

13 Feb 20152 stars

Berlinale 2015: Werner Herzog and Nicole Kidman tell the story of Gertrude Bell

From Fitzcarraldo to Rescue Dawn, Werner Herzog is no stranger to exploring inhospitable lands in his films. So it makes sense that he should be drawn to the story of the indefatigable Englishwoman Gertrude Bell for his latest feature Queen of the…

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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…

Glasgow Film Festival 2015: Music Highlights

12 Feb 2015

2015 GFF programme includes glimpses of Daft Punk, the Mekons and Talking Heads

We pick out some musical highlights from Glasgow Film Festival's 2015 programme, including Stop Making Sense, Revenge of the Mekons and The Fall of the House of Usher

Glasgow Short Film Festival hosts Vertical Cinema's first Scottish outing

12 Feb 2015

Dutch creators Sonic Acts use 35mm but film vertically

Glasgow’s Short Film Festival moves to a new, post-Glasgow Film Festival slot in 2015, with a high-end selection of short film screenings and events in mid-March. One of the most intriguing is Vertical Cinema (Wed 11 Mar), in which Glasgow’s Briggait…

Highlights of 2015's Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema

12 Feb 2015

The Dodge Brothers, Neil Brand and Synthetic Sin are top picks at silent film festival

If you thought silent film was all about damsels in distress roped to railway lines and melodramatic piano accompaniment – well, admittedly some of it is. But Bo’ness’ Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema sets out to put a whole new slant on this…

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…

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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…

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…

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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

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…