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The Dark Horse

30 Mar 20154 stars

Cliff Curtis astounds in a nuanced biopic of chess champion Genesis Potini

His presence in films like The Piano, Once Were Warriors and Whale Rider has made Cliff Curtis into a mark of quality for everything that is good in New Zealand cinema. The Dark Horse is no exception to that rule; Curtis gives the performance of his…

Fast & Furious 7

30 Mar 20153 stars

The franchise's latest insane instalment adds Jason Statham to the mix

In Fast & Furious 6 a character was afflicted with amnesia in a bid to reboot the romance. If that suggested that the filmmakers were running out of ideas then the continued, not inconsiderable, presence of Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and the casting of…

Cinderella

23 Mar 20154 stars

Kenneth Branagh helms a lavish rendition of the fairytale, starring Cate Blanchett

After delivering the likes of Maleficent, Snow White and the Huntsman and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, commercial cinema has finally woken up to the idea that audiences don’t always want their fairytales spiced-up and rejigged. Kenneth Branagh’s…

I Used to Live Here

30 Mar 20154 stars

Frank Berry's riveting drama explores the effect of suicide on a Dublin community

Previously lauded for his documentary Ballymun Lullaby, Frank Berry initially intended to make I Used to Live Here as a non-fiction film. In choosing to not do so, the writer-director has achieved a rare feat: his first narrative feature is both an…

Dead by Dawn 2015 at Edinburgh’s Filmhouse

27 Mar 2015

The horror film festival returns with Ava's Possessions, When Animals Dream, Re-Animator and more

Since 1993, Dead by Dawn has been giving Scotland nightmares. As the UK's longest continually running horror film festival, it has unearthed some truly terrifying treasures within the genre. 'It's a discovery festival which means it showcases the finest…

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Home

16 Mar 20152 stars

Irksome animation featuring the voices of Jim Parsons and Jennifer Lopez

The DreamWorks Animation brand has recently delivered some notable misses (Rise of the Guardians, Mr Peabody & Sherman) alongside its hits and Home is a painful example of a studio going once-too-often to a well that’s running rather dry. Director Tim…

Profile: Fast & Furious 7 director James Wan

30 Mar 2015

We put James Wan’s most notable films in the driving seat, as the world gears up for Furious 7

Inspired by a magazine article about street racing (as well as the entire plot of Point Break), 2001's The Fast and the Furious was a modest commercial (if not critical) success. Certainly no one could have predicted it would go on to spawn six sequels…

The Water Diviner

30 Mar 20153 stars

Earnest drama which finds Russell Crowe behind as well as in front of the camera

While any director who chooses to end a film on his own smiling face clearly needs reining in, Russell Crowe’s directorial debut is a well-mounted and surprisingly assured piece of historical drama. Looking into the aftermath of World War I, Crowe…

Altman

30 Mar 20154 stars

Brisk yet insightful documentary celebrating the legendary American filmmaker

Robert Altman remains the very definition of a maverick filmmaker. He worked inventively with the resources of big Hollywood studios when such a thing was possible, and made the most of the greater creative freedoms that came with the smaller budgets of…

Kidnapping Freddy Heineken

30 Mar 20152 stars

Anthony Hopkins distinguishes himself in an otherwise curdled caper

The true story of the 1983 kidnapping in the Netherlands of the chairman and heir of the Heineken brewing company, which resulted in the largest ransom ever paid for an individual, is told here in the language of the superficial, blokey caper movie.

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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

23 Mar 20153 stars

Fun cinematic return for the animated TV star, featuring Antonio Banderas

Life in Bikini Bottom is chugging along as usual for our animated hero SpongeBob (voiced by Tom Kenny). Plankton (Mr Lawrence) is still determined to steal the secret recipe for the delicious Krabby Patties, launching a major attack on the Krusty Krab.

Something Must Break

30 Mar 20152 stars

Well-intentioned but overwrought transgender drama from Ester Martin Bergsmark

An unconventional love story set in Stockholm’s LGBT scene, transgender filmmaker Ester Martin Bergsmark’s first narrative feature joins recent movies like Let the Right One In, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Force Majeure and Roy Andersson's 'Living…

Get Hard

25 Mar 20153 stars

Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart pair up for a rollercoaster of a race relations comedy

Race relations are placed under a comic spotlight, but Blazing Saddles this ain't. When innocent hedge fund exec James King (Will Ferrell) finds out that he is being sent to prison for fraud, he assumes car-wash owner Darnell Lewis (Kevin Hart) can…

Seventh Son

23 Mar 20153 stars

Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges enliven a thoroughly daft fantasy

'Help yourself to the blood-cakes, little one,' coolly enjoins Julianne Moore as witch Mother Malkin in Sergei Bodrov’s demented fantasy. Such ripe dialogue abounds as Moore and Jeff Bridges struggle valiantly to make sense of an effects-heavy…

Robot Overlords

23 Mar 20152 stars

Derivative British sci-fi adventure featuring Ben Kingsley and Gillian Anderson

The worldwide popularity of young adult franchises The Hunger Games and Divergent certainly hasn't escaped the attention of UK filmmakers. After Kevin Macdonald’s How I Live Now mined the dystopian sci-fi seam, Robot Overlords – from Northern Irish…

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Glasgow Film Theatre launches deaf and hard of hearing film club

24 Mar 2015

Visible Cinema is run in partnership with Film Hub Scotland and Solar Bear

Independent cinema Glasgow Film Theatre has launched Visible Cinema, a new initiative designed to both increase awareness about cinema access and to provide a relaxed and welcoming environment, where those who are deaf or hard of hearing can enjoy a…

Wild Card

18 Mar 20151 star

Messy, misjudged actioner from Simon West, starring Jason Statham

Jason Statham has gravitated towards certain types of characters to such a degree that his name has become cinematic shorthand for 'thug with a heart of gold'. His latest, Nick Wild, is cast from exactly the same mould, but operates in an environment so…

Interview: Russ Gomm, ‘The Woods is the world's first found footage documentary'

24 Mar 2015

The UK director discusses his documentary on the making of The Blair Witch Project

The Blair Witch Project changed the face of modern horror. It wasn't the first found footage film, but it ushered in a new wave of inferior imitators. What most people didn't appreciate was that directors Eduardo Sánchez and Daniel Myrick didn't just…

The Signal

23 Mar 20153 stars

Promising indie sci-fi with Laurence Fishburne and Brenton Thwaites

US indie sci-fi has been booming since Colin Trevorrow went from directing Safety Not Guaranteed to being handed the reins of Jurassic World. William Eubank’s The Signal might seem like just another entry for the ongoing pile of lo-fi, stargazing fare…

Dior and I

23 Mar 20153 stars

Low-key, engaging documentary focusing on the iconic fashion house

There has been a small glut of fashion documentaries over recent years, and director Frédéric Tcheng has been involved with some of the best of them: he co-directed, wrote and edited the wonderful Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, and co-edited…

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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

16 Mar 20154 stars

Beautiful, feminist animation from Studio Ghibli's Isao Takahata

Not every little girl aspires to be a princess. Something that’s important to keep in mind while watching Isao Takahata’s feminist-slanted adaptation of an old Japanese folktale, 'The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter'. What may be Takahata’s last Studio Ghibli…

The Russo brothers to direct Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and 2

24 Mar 2015

Anthony and Joe Russo set to take over the superhero blockbuster franchise from Joss Whedon

After their sterling work on Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the Russo Bothers are set to become two of the most important players in the world of Marvel movies as they take on the company's flagship Avengers franchise. Winter Soldier was probably…

The Face of an Angel

23 Mar 20153 stars

Michael Winterbottom uses a real-life murder case as a springboard for drama

After sending funny men Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon munching their way around Italy for TV series / film The Trip to Italy, prolific British director Michael Winterbottom stays in the region for his latest movie. This, however, is anything but comedy…

Book-to-film adaptations that deserve another shot

20 Mar 2015

With a new Little Women film coming up, we look at adaptations that could have gone better

It has been announced that Sarah Polley is to direct a new version of Little Women. Alongside producer Amy Pascal, the pair are introducing a new take on the 1868 novel by Louisa May Alcott, adding to the line of Little Women films, the most recent…

Jesse Eisenberg looks terrifying as Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

25 Mar 2015

First image of actor as evil genius is far more intimidating than Hackman or Spacey ever were

We've all met Ben Affleck as Sad Batman already, and we know Henry Cavill as Superman took the whole 'man of steel' thing quite seriously. But for those who have been waiting and wondering what kind of Lex Luthor we're getting our of Jesse Eisenberg…