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Avengers: Age of Ultron

21 Apr 20154 stars

Joss Whedon is back at the helm for the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

'None of this makes sense,' admits Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) in a way that suggests logic matters little. The 11th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and sequel to Joss Whedon's Avengers Assemble once again combines the irreverent charm of its…

Luna Cinema announces biggest ever season of outdoor cinema in UK

9 Apr 2015

Open air screenings to tour England, Scotland, Wales and Isle of Wight

Fancy Jaws from the comfort of an inflatable dingy? How about Robin Hood Prince of Thieves in a castle? Or how about The Grand Budapest Hotel in a suitably royal botanic garden? Well, you can enjoy all of the above and more across the UK this summer…

Five underrated film adaptations from classic English Lit

25 Apr 2015

A fresh look at some under-respected movies of books you may have been forced to write essays about

Thomas Vinterberg's movie of Far From the Madding Crowd is to be released next week. And like every other adaptation of a classic novel it'll have a life depending on whether fans of the book think it was faithful enough, and non-fans think it was fun…

Child 44

13 Apr 20153 stars

Tom Hardy is at the centre of an ambitious thriller from Daniel Espinosa

'There can be no murder in paradise.' That's the intriguing backbone of both Tom Rob Smith’s 2008 bestseller and this solid adaptation from Daniel Espinosa (Safe House, Easy Money), which casts Tom Hardy as Leo Demidov, a battle-hardened member of the…

Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance

13 Apr 20154 stars

Louise Osmond tells the inspiring story behind a champion racehorse

Animal films are usually weepies and stories of racehorses even more so, especially as their endings are typically problematic. So the cheery documentary Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance is a welcome addition to this tear-smeared…

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer frame-by-frame analysis

17 Apr 2015

Many Bothans died to bring us this information

JJ Abrams, you're really spoiling us. The new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit the web last night and caused everyone to collective lose their minds, whilst simultaneously regressing to the childhood selves. Unless you were born mid-90s…

Fast & Furious 8 release date set for April 2017

24 Apr 2015

Vin Diesel confirms that eighth installment of the movie franchise is a go-er

So, you’d just about gotten over the excitement of Fast & Furious 7’s release, when Vin Diesel goes and announces there’s to be a Fast & Furious 8. Speaking at a ComicCon event in Las Vegas, the actor confirmed that the film will be released on Fri…

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

20 Apr 20154 stars

Roy Andersson concludes his 'living' trilogy with considerable style and humour

Vampire teeth, Charles XII of Sweden, a sexually inappropriate flamenco class and an opportunistic bar-owner known as 'Limping Lotta' are just some of the diverse ingredients in Roy Andersson's latest collection of absurdist anguish. A Pigeon Sat on a…

The Emperor's New Clothes

22 Apr 20153 stars

Russell Brand takes centre stage in this passionate and timely documentary

Whatever your personal feelings towards comedian Russell Brand, this entertaining 'agit-doc' is well worth a watch in the run-up to the general election on May 7th. Directed by Michael Winterbottom, The Emperor's New Clothes takes aim at a handful of…

Au Revoir L'Ete

20 Apr 20153 stars

Éric Rohmer-inspired Japanese drama that's heavy on charm, light on answers

With a title like that disregarding comparison to the work of French New Waver Éric Rohmer seems almost criminal. Rohmer sent the young and beautiful to bask in the rays in Conte d'été (A Summer's Tale), to talk of love whilst falling in love; yet…

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The Good Lie

20 Apr 20154 stars

Moving true-life drama about Sudanese orphans, with Reese Witherspoon

A celebration of decency and humanity, this drama illuminates the ordeal of the Lost Boys of Sudan, the millions of children orphaned and displaced by brutal civil war. As a story of loss, courage and noble deeds inspired by real events it has enough of…

Home from Home: Chronicle of a Vision

13 Apr 20153 stars

Edgar Reitz's Heimat prequel is a story of 19th century aspiration and struggle

The original Homeland (Heimat) was one of the landmarks of European television in the 1980s. Over 16 hours, director Edgar Reitz told the story of three related families in the fictional German village of Schabbach from 1919 to 1982. Sequels followed…

Exit

20 Apr 20154 stars

Touching Taiwanese drama about longing and loneliness from Chienn Hsiang

A fine film surely influenced by the work of Tsai Ming-liang (Vive L’Amour, The River) but that manages to steer clear of his shadow, this quiet, internally restless movie is directed by Chienn Hsiang, its camera always at the service of its sensitive…

Gente de Bien

13 Apr 20153 stars

This overly earnest debut is lifted by spirited newcomer Brayan Santamarià

In modern day Colombia, just as in the rest of the world, the gap between rich and poor grows ever wider, swallowing entire generations in the process. This is the bleak reality at the heart of Gente de Bien, the debut feature from Colombian director…

Spider-Man: Phil Lord and Chris Miller developing animated film

23 Apr 2015

Yet another cinematic outing for the webbed one, due out in 2018

Not content with rebooting the live action Spider-Man franchise twice in recent years, Sony have announced that Phil Lord and Chris Miller, responsible for the phenomenally successful Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street (plus its sequel), are writing and…

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Glasgow Film Theatre expands its GFF Sound & Vision strand

15 Apr 2015

Events include a Record Store Day screening of Empire Records and mini-fest Live at Glasgow

The Glasgow Film Theatre is expanding its Sound & Vision programme of live events throughout April and May. There are screenings of rarely-seen movies with live music, a preview of the new Elliott Smith documentary Heaven Adores You, and an entire…

All the Top Five Lists from High Fidelity

13 Apr 2015

The List celebrates the many lists of High Fidelity, published twenty years ago this week

'Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?' Nick Hornby's debut novel High Fidelity was published 20 years ago this week, and Stephen Frears' equally-beloved movie adaptation was released…

The Town That Dreaded Sundown

13 Apr 20153 stars

Ingenious slasher sequel / remake from Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

The vogue for horror remakes reached its oversaturated nadir during the 00s with precious few of the films saying anything notably new. However, The Town That Dreaded Sundown offers something more complex and intriguing than a straightforward trudge…

Rigor Mortis

20 Apr 20154 stars

Creepy Hong Kong horror from director Juno Mak paying tribute to past masters

It's an interesting coincidence that Rigor Mortis (which premiered at Venice back in 2013) hits UK cinemas just a couple of months after Kung Fu Killer. Whereas the latter paid homage to Hong Kong's martial arts movies, Rigor Mortis is a tribute to the…

Doctor Who film and other TV series we want made into movies

17 Apr 2015

As reports of Doctor Who on the big screen emerge, we dream of a Friends movie and more

Whovians, brace yourselves. According to the Independent, a series of leaked emails between Sony executives reveal that a Doctor Who film is being planned, and will be hitting the silver screen within the next eight years (which is basically nothing in…

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Cannes full lineup announced

16 Apr 2015

Films from Todd Haynes, Stephane Brize and Gus van Sant are included in Palme d'Or

The full lineup for the 68th Cannes Film Festival was announced today. Films selected for competition in Palme d'Or include Todd Haynes' Carol, Stephane Brize's A Simple Man and Gus van Sant's Sea of Trees. Award-winning directors Joel and Ethan…

Breaking Bad’s Vince Gilligan working on Disney live-action film

23 Apr 2015

Jack and the Beanstalk script will also be written by series collaborator Tom Schnauz

Poor Jack. His family are going through a bit of a rough financial time, selling off their wares to make ends meet. At his lowest point, he finds a guy on the street selling ‘magic beans’, and before you know it he’s in too deep with the whole business.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer leaks online

17 Apr 2015

Trailer for Warner Bros' prestige picture leaked online in cameraphone footage

It would take a man with nerves of steel to release a film trailer mere hours after THAT one made its debut. Unfortunately for Warner Bros, someone seems to have concealed their cameraphone at a secret screening of the trailer for next year's Zack…

The Last Five Years

13 Apr 20153 stars

Anna Kendrick is wonderful in this mostly successful and moving musical

Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan star in a musical adapted for the screen by writer-director Richard LaGravenese (the original 2001 off-Broadway show was written by Jason Robert Brown) that explores the difficult balancing act between reaching for your…

Glassland

13 Apr 20153 stars

Moving Irish drama from Gerard Barrett starring Toni Collette and Jack Reynor

Young Irish writer-director Gerard Barrett follows up his 2013 debut Pilgrim Hill with the equally gritty Glassland, a powerful study of the personal battles being fought behind myriad nondescript doors. Addressing the same themes of isolation, despair…