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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…

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…

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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…

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...

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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…

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.

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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…

Kon-Tiki

15 Dec 20143 stars

A ripping, Oscar-nominated yarn from Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg

Seventy years ago Thor Heyerdahl's epic voyage from Peru to Polynesia was the real-life, high seas equivalent of Interstellar, as daring young men risked their lives on an adventure into the great unknown. Norwegian directors Joachim Rønning and Espen…

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Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast

10 Dec 20143 stars

The fairy franchise's latest is charming if somewhat lacking in laughs

Directed by Steve Loter, this is the sixth instalment in Disney's series of animated Tinker Bell movies. Like its predecessors, it's an entertaining adventure that should play well with its young target audience without annoying dragged-along…

Glasgow Film Festival announce more events for 2015

10 Dec 2014

Strictly Ballroom, Paul Merton and British Sea Power provide major programme highlights

A glitter-strewn homage to Australian director Baz Luhrmann and a festival of internet cat videos are among the first events confirmed for the 2015 Glasgow Film Festival, it’s been announced today. The grand hall of the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and…

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 Green Prince

8 Dec 20143 stars

Fascinating but flawed documentary focussing on an Israeli informant

‘The Green Prince’ was the codename used by Israel’s intelligence service for its most highly placed informant, Mosab Hassan Yousef, when he was passing information to them on Hamas’ activities during the Second Intifada. So, at least, runs Yousef’s own…

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…