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Big Hero 6

26 Jan 20154 stars

Appealing animation combining cutting-edge visuals with classic Disney charm

In the bustling metropolis of San Fransokyo, 14-year-old tearaway Hiro (Ryan Potter) has just been persuaded by older brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney) to channel his engineering talents into robotics when tragedy throws his life into turmoil. Struggling…

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…

Kingsman: The Secret Service

26 Jan 20154 stars

Colin Firth is the cool centre of Matthew Vaughn's riotously entertaining spy pastiche

Writer-director Matthew Vaughn and screenwriter Jane Goldman (Stardust, Kick-Ass) reteam for their second adaptation of a Mark Millar comic with this hugely entertaining spy thriller pastiche that plays, appropriately, like James Bond meets Kick-Ass.

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…

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…

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No Manifesto: A Film About Manic Street Preachers

26 Jan 20154 stars

Elizabeth Marcus' insightful film disabuses numerous notions about the band

'We've sold millions of albums, and nobody knows who we are,' says Manic Street Preachers drummer Sean Moore in Elizabeth Marcus' excellent documentary about the Welsh band. It may sound churlish, but the film gives credence to his lament; whatever you…

Au Revoir les Enfants

26 Jan 20154 stars

Louis Malle's minor classic returns to cinemas to haunt a new generation

After making a few films in the States in the late 70s and 80s (including My Dinner with Andre and Atlantic City), Louis Malle returned to his native France to direct this 1987 tale of two Catholic schoolboys living in a French boarding school during…

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.

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.

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.

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A Brief Guide to The Room Screenings

27 Jan 2015

Want to join in the fun at the best worst film ever? Here’s our guide to enjoying The Room

Despite its inauspicious debut in 2003, actor/director Tommy Wiseau's vanity project The Room has become a huge cult phenomenon, regularly playing in cinemas around the world, to the delight of film fans ready for a raucous night at the movies. This…

Tales of the Grim Sleeper

26 Jan 20154 stars

Gripping and disturbing serial killer documentary from Nick Broomfield

Nick Broomfield’s latest documentary hones in on the strange and disturbing case of a serial killer nicknamed the 'Grim Sleeper' by the press, due to an apparent period of slumber from his crimes, which stretch back more than a quarter of a century.

The troubled cinematic history of The Fantastic Four

29 Jan 2015

A look back at the difficult journey of comics' first superteam to the big screen

As the trailer for the new Fantastic Four reboot drops, we finally get a (very) brief glimpse of Mr Fantastic (Miles Teller), The Invisible Woman (Kate Mara), The Thing (Jamie Bell) and The Human Torch (Michael B Jordan). It’s suitably dark and brooding…

Scottish Independent Film Awards announced

28 Jan 2015

Inaugural awards ceremony to debut at Tartan Features Film Festival

Tartan Features has announced that the first ever Scottish Independent Film Awards will take place at the Tartan Features Film Festival in October. Brought to you by the people behind the Write Shoot Cut monthly short film screenings in Edinburgh and…

I Am Yours

26 Jan 20153 stars

Amrita Acharia excels in the feature debut of Norwegian director Iram Haq

Anchored by a splendid lead performance from Amrita Acharia, but a little directionless otherwise, this semi-autobiographical Norwegian drama from debut writer-director Iram Haq examines one young woman’s struggle to accommodate the pressures of single…

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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…

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…

The Turning

2 Feb 20154 stars

Tim Winton's stories become scintillating cinema in this abbreviated adaptation

An adaptation of Australian author Tim Winton's 2005 collection of short stories, The Turning is a beguiling piece of storytelling. Producer Robert Connolly tasked 18 Australian directors (including himself) to each bring a segment of the book to life…

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Men Gather, In Speech studies artists’ complex relationship with dialogue and the voice

29 Jan 2015

Curator Sophia Hao brings together films by Rose English, Abri de Swardt and Emma Charles

For Men Gather, in Speech, curator Sophia Hao has brought together Rose English, Abri de Swardt and Emma Charles. It’s the artists’ complex relationship to dialogue and the voice that will be studied through the exhibition. ‘While it’s a site for the…

Ghostbusters 3 cast announced

28 Jan 2015

Who you gonna call? Rumours of an all-female Ghostbusters cast confirmed

After years of speculation, a new Ghostbusters film is officially in the works. Bridesmaids and The Heat director Paul Feig confirmed recent rumours of an all-female cast of 'busters starring Bridesmaids co-stars Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy…

Listen to director John Carpenter’s new album Lost Themes

26 Jan 2015

Filmmaker famed for his iconic scores as much as his cult classic films releases standalone album

It’s impossible to talk about John Carpenter’s cult classic films of the 70s and 80s without also recognising the importance, and the influence, of his work composing the scores those films. Films like Assault on Precinct 13, Halloween and Escape from…

Trash

26 Jan 20152 stars

Hopeful but sanitised slum drama from Stephen Daldry and Richard Curtis

It’s quite a gutsy move to name your film Trash but director Stephen Daldry and screenwriter Richard Curtis clearly have confidence in this feel-good adventure set in the Brazilian favelas, which follows a trio of teenage boys as they team up to solve a…

Pelo Malo (Bad Hair)

26 Jan 20154 stars

Courageous Venezuelan drama from Mariana Rondón gives us a child's-eye-view

Childhood can be seen as a fight between a child and its parents for control of the child's identity, and for the right to decide their path. Taking this idea as a starting point, Pelo Malo (Bad Hair) turns a home into a battleground. From…