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Boychoir

25 Feb 20153 stars

Glasgow Film Festival: Likeable music school drama featuring Dustin Hoffman

Boychoir, from French-Canadian director François Girard, is a charming, thoughtful music school drama that dials down the expected sentimentality and plays like a PG version of Whiplash. Newcomer Garrett Wareing plays Stet, a rebellious 11-year-old…

The Boy Next Door

23 Feb 20152 stars

Rob Cohen directs Jennifer Lopez in an unintentionally amusing erotic thriller

Jennifer Lopez plays a classics teacher in The Boy Next Door. If she taught something else, we wouldn't be treated to the best joke in a film so far this year. Hot neighbour Noah (the Step Up series' Ryan Guzman) seduces almost-divorced older woman…

Chappie

6 Mar 20152 stars

Disappointing third film from Neill Blomkamp that melds Short Circuit and RoboCop

Do androids dream of electric sheep? A question Neill Blomkamp’s third feature (co-written with his wife Terri Tatchell) approaches with a childlike sensibility, often recalling the PG-rated Short Circuit (thankfully minus Fisher Stevens browning-up…

FrightFest Friday Report 2015

4 Mar 2015

News and reviews from the opening day of the horror film festival at this year’s GFF

There’s no better audience in the world to watch horror movies with than the FrightFest faithful. They know the genre inside and out with an encyclopaedic knowledge of film history. And with a banner proudly proclaiming ‘FrightFest the Dark Heart of…

Unfinished Business

4 Mar 20153 stars

Mixed bag comedy from Ken Scott starring Vince Vaughn and Sienna Miller

What happens to those who don’t fit corporate America? They become small business owners like Daniel Trunkman (Vince Vaughn), a doting father and husband, and the sensitive, indefatigable boss to two loyal employees: Tim (Tom Wilkinson) – fired from his…

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March DVD/VOD Review Round-up

2 Mar 2015

Including Broadchurch, Wolf Hall, The Imitation Game, '71, Horns, Nightcrawler and more

The second series of Broadchurch (Acorn) ●● has already been much discussed but unfortunately we concur: it's a mess. The courtroom drama veers all over the place while everyone involved in the old Sandbrook case suddenly seems to remember vital clues…

Watch Edward Snowden documentary CitizenFour online

2 Mar 2015

Filmmaker Laura Poitras' Academy Award-winning doc available to stream

This year's Best Documentary Oscar went to the critically-acclaimed CitizenFour, which captures one of the most important news stories of our time by one of the people who was there as it happened. It was through filmmaker Laura Poitras that US…

Dreamcatcher

2 Mar 20154 stars

Kim Longinotto's documentary shines a light on a truly wonderful woman

Forget all those lycra-clad crime-fighters who constantly jostle for position at the box office, Dreamcatcher is a documentary about a bona fide superhero. By day, Brenda Myers-Powell works with prostitutes in prison and disadvantaged young girls in…

Difret

2 Mar 20153 stars

Moving Ethiopian drama focusing on the fight for a young girl's freedom

There are a lot of good films being made in Africa and we rarely get to see any of them outside of festivals, so Ethiopian filmmaker Zeresenay Mehari’s eye-opening social justice drama, based on a groundbreaking true story, deserves an…

Appropriate Behaviour

2 Mar 20154 stars

Hilarious, accomplished and idiosyncratic debut from Desiree Akhavan

Appropriate Behaviour is a beautifully observed breakup comedy told from the perspective of a Persian-American bisexual woman, living in Brooklyn, who is afraid to come out to her parents. Desiree Akhavan (recently seen in Lena Dunham’s Girls…

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Kill the Messenger

2 Mar 20153 stars

Jeremy Renner heads up Michael Cuesta's informative take on a true story

'Some stories are just too true to tell,' warns federal prosecutor Fred Weil (Michael Sheen) in director Michael Cuesta's crime drama, which recounts the real-life experiences of reporter Gary Webb. Played with considerable spark by Jeremy Renner, we…

Life of Riley

2 Mar 20154 stars

Alain Resnais' final film is an elegant closer to a fine career

Alain Resnais died last March at the age of 91, just three weeks after his final work was among the prize winners at Berlin. It's heartening to discover that the playful, experimental instincts that marked his 70 year career remained constant until the…

Harrison Ford to return in Blade Runner 2

27 Feb 2015

Craggy leading man confirmed for long-awaited future-noir sequel

Harrison Ford will return to the rain-lashed future-noir streets of Los Angeles in a sequel to Blade Runner, with Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve in negotiations to direct. The long-mooted follow-up will be produced by original director Ridley Scott…

GFF interview: Richard Johnson, Radiator

26 Feb 2015

Screen and stage legend Richard Johnson discusses his new film, Radiator, directed by Tom Browne

Acting since he was 16-years old and having enjoyed a storied career interrupted just once by wartime national service, Richard Johnson has seen it all and then some. A founding member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Johnson's movie credits included…

Eden

26 Feb 20154 stars

Glasgow Film Festival: Mia Hansen-Løve's heady take on the French house scene

Mia Hansen-Løve has created an insightful and involving cinematic experience with her fourth feature, which centres on the rise and fall of a French house DJ from the 1990s to the 2000s. It’s a heady trip into the electronic dance music scene that…

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Force Majeure

26 Feb 20155 stars

Glasgow Film Festival: Ruben Östlund's masterful dramedy foregrounds weakness

A family skiing holiday turns rivetingly sour in Swedish writer-director Ruben Östlund's impeccably executed, discomforting dramedy, which holds humanity under an unflattering, unflinching microscope. It benefits from a simple but terrifically fruitful…

EastEnders star Ben Hardy announced for X-Men: Apocalypse

25 Feb 2015

Bryan Singer’s X-Men sequel gets a new addition to the cast, while Fox’s superhero universe expands

After a week of shocking revelations and argy bargy on Albert Square as part of EastEnders’ 30th anniversary celebrations, Ben Hardy (aka Peter Beale), a key player in the ‘Who Killed Lucy Beale?’ storyline, should be well prepared for future film work.

Focus

25 Feb 20152 stars

Vacuous, less-than-thrilling con artist flick starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie

It's been 22 years since Will Smith starred in Six Degrees of Separation, a wonderfully subtle adaptation of John Guare's play about a young con artist who takes in a well-to-do Manhattan couple. Watching Smith's new film Focus, his first lead since the…

Best kids films to watch on Netflix

24 Feb 2015

Looking for child-friendly entertainment to stream? We've picked out the best Netflix has to offer

Navigating Netflix to find something to watch can be a time-consuming process at the best of times, but with an attention-seeking tweenie or a squabbling brood at your feet it can be near impossible. So we've picked out eight of the best kids films to…

Jauja

24 Feb 20154 stars

Glasgow Film Festival: Lisandro Alonso's singular western stars Viggo Mortensen

Argentinean director Lisandro Alonso fuses Scandinavian and South American sensibilities in a spectacularly shot existential western which evokes both Ingmar Bergman and Alejandro Jodorowsky. The craggily handsome Viggo Mortensen makes for a compelling…

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Stonehearst Asylum

24 Feb 20152 stars

Glasgow Film Festival: Brad Anderson's thriller is a star-studded misfire

The lunatics have quite literally taken over the asylum in Brad Anderson's latest, an inept effort that maintains some interest due to its overqualified cast. Anderson has form with mental hospital-set thrillers – having impressed with Session 9 back in…

X+Y

24 Feb 20154 stars

Glasgow Film Festival: Moving drama with Asa Butterfield and Rafe Spall

The story of a young maths prodigy with autism, Morgan Matthews’ film could be viewed as a juvenile Rain Man. At least that would be the case if a Hollywood studio had made it. But actually, this British tale of the difficulties of adolescence and…

Live blog: the 87th Academy Awards as they happened

23 Feb 2015

We stayed up late to deliver a serving of snark from the Oscar 2015 ceremony, so you didn’t have to

We've finally come to the climax of awards season with the biggest night of all. Snacks, coffee, patience and sense of humour at the ready, The List's Scott Henderson is braced for Oscar 2015 liftoff

Full list of Oscar 2015 winners

23 Feb 2015

The 87th Academy Awards took place in Hollywood last night – here's the full list of who won what

After weeks and months of hype, the Oscars have all been handed out, the speeche made and the GIFs generated. Some of >our predictions were locks, others were busts. With nine nominations each, Birdman and Boyhood were the front runners, Birdman came…

Catch Me Daddy

23 Feb 20154 stars

Daniel and Matthew Wolfe's hugely promising debut is both poetic and brutal

Positioned somewhere between a contemporary Romeo and Juliet and a fatalistic film noir, Catch Me Daddy marks a grimly impressive debut from music promo director Daniel Wolfe and his brother Matthew, who co-writes. Cinematographer Robbie Ryan (Fish…