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New on Netflix UK: June 2015

19 May 2015

Orange is the New Black season 3, Sense8 and Obvious Child make up the June highlights on Netflix

Look out for season three of female prison drama Orange is the New Black premiering on Netflix on June 12th. We see the return of Piper’s ex-girlfriend Alex and find out whether Vee really is dead on the side of the road. Another Netflix original…

Film in the City returns: free outdoor cinema coming to Edinburgh

21 May 2015

Grassmarket and St Andrew Square to host interactive, family-friendly screenings in June

Free outdoor cinema is coming to the heart of city in June, thanks to a partnership between This is Edinburgh and Edinburgh International Film Festival. And in case that didn’t sink in the first time, yes, we really did say free. Screenings take…


20 May 20153 stars

Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt head up this so-so update of the 80s horror classic

A nice family move into a blighted house, things go bump in the night and the youngest child is kidnapped by vengeful spirits, necessitating a psychic showdown with the help of some paranormal experts. Whether or not you know the influential 1982…

Inside Out

20 May 20154 stars

Cannes 2015: Truthful and delightful Pixar animation, with Amy Poehler

Pixar deliver the goods yet again with a delightful, poignant and hysterically funny animation which takes us inside the mind of a troubled young girl named Riley (voiced by Kaitlyn Dias). Her brain is imagined as a well-oiled factory hub commanded by…

Big year for Scottish films at Edinburgh film festival

19 May 2015

Hector, Karen Gillan’s short Coward, and docs on Marillion's Fish and cyclist Graeme Obree announced

An exciting showcase of Scottish filmmaking talent is headed to the 2015 Edinburgh International Film Festival on top of already announced world premieres of Robert Carlyle’s Glasgow-set The Legend of Barney Thomson and Scott Graham’s…

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21 May 20154 stars

Cannes 2015: Emily Blunt impresses in this tense thriller from Denis Villeneuve

Emily Blunt is superb in French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve’s tense and stylish action thriller set in a lawless land of drugs and guns. When her FBI agent, Kate Macy, is offered a new mission after her exemplary handling of a particularly grim…

Tomorrowland: A World Beyond

18 May 20154 stars

Positive and progressive sci-fi from Brad Bird, featuring George Clooney

Disney's futuristic family adventure is not just solid summer entertainment, but also one of the most forward-thinking films to come out of any major studio. While George Clooney may have been given top billing, he plays a gracious second fiddle to the…


21 May 20154 stars

Cannes 2015: More fabulous Fellini-esque antics from Paolo Sorrentino, with Michael Caine

Youth is a state of mind in the latest extravagant cinematic opera from Italian director Paolo Sorrentino. A baroque reflection on the regrets and indignities of old age, it finds Sorrentino increasingly happy to claim the title of a 21st century…

The List's Ultimate Summer Movie Preview Part 1

15 May 2015

20 of the biggest films coming to a cinema near you this summer

Mega-disasters, dinosaurs, strippers, zombies, tiny superheroes – the summer lineup of films has plenty to shout about and a surprisingly limited number of sequels, remakes, or reboots for us to complain about. In fact, several sequels are welcome…


18 May 20154 stars

This hybrid of indie romance and comedy horror has both charm and chills

What if one of the sweet, grungy lovebirds from Before Sunrise had a dark secret? Not along the lines of a pre-existing partner, or an unsavoury past, but something a bit more… ancient, gory, tentacled and vampiric? Ordinary lives crossing over with…

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A Royal Night Out

11 May 20154 stars

Entertaining dramedy from Julian Jarrold, inspired by a true story

A charming blend of whimsy and romance, Julian Jarrold's new film is a beauty. It's an affectionate depiction of the royal family that resists swaying into parody, while the seed of the story is based on a real event. On VE Day 1945 the teenage…

The Lobster

18 May 20154 stars

Cannes 2015: High-end lunacy from the director of Dogtooth, with Colin Farrell

As Pat Benatar so wisely observed in the 80s, love is a battlefield or, in the case of Greek New Wave director Yorgos Lanthimos’ English-language debut, it is a bizarre hunting ground with a strict code of conduct. This surreal black comedy concerned…

The best films and events at 2015's Sheffield Doc/Fest

21 May 2015

Highlights from the UK's premier documentary film festival

We pick just some of the highlights form this year's packed programme at the Sheffield Doc/Fest which boasts an impressive 150 features and shorts alongside workshops, art instillations, music and interviews. The Look of Silence This year's opening…

Mad Max: Fury Road

12 May 20154 stars

Thrilling return for George Miller's antihero, with Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron

The antithesis to dour dystopias, this belated fourth instalment in the Mad Max franchise puts the fun back in fucked-up futures as it delivers precision-executed lunacy, alongside a generous helping of heart. George Miller, director of Happy Feet and…

Moomins on the Riviera

18 May 20154 stars

Elegant, hand-drawn animation which finds the childhood favourites on holiday

In these days of souped-up CGI animations, with relentless chases and Rihanna-inspired soundtracks, it’s heartening to see the return of the Moomins. Created by Finnish author and illustrator Tove Jansson, this family of gentle white hippo-like…

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The List's Ultimate Summer Movie Preview Part 2

15 May 2015

21 of the biggest films coming to a cinema near you this summer

Mega-disasters, dinosaurs, strippers, zombies, tiny superheroes – the summer lineup of films has plenty to shout about and a surprisingly limited number of sequels, remakes, or reboots for us to complain about. In fact, several sequels are welcome…


18 May 20155 stars

Cannes 2015: Cate Blanchett dazzles in Todd Haynes' exquisite romance

Patricia Highsmith conceived her 1952, Manhattan-set story of forbidden love The Price of Salt in a paranoid political climate, when sexism was rife and homosexuality shunned. When the paperback was released she started to receive mail from men and…

Dino Time

18 May 20153 stars

Kids will love this energetic if uninspired dinosaur-themed animation

The anticipation surrounding the forthcoming Jurassic World has chiselled out an opportunity for the belated release of this 2012 production from Korea's Toiion Animation Studios. Directed by Yoon S Choi and John Kafka and featuring a distinctly B-list…

Preview: Industrial Soundtrack for the Urban Decay, Art School, Glasgow

12 May 2015

New film about the industrial music scene of the 70s and 80s screens at Glasgow Art School

More challenging, innovative and representative of the darkness of its times than the more widely-celebrated punk, industrial channelled the sound of heavy industry in its final throes. Amelie Ravalec and Travis Collins’ hour-long documentary examines…

Anne Hathaway monster movie sued by Godzilla owners

20 May 2015

Legal trouble for film described as 'Godzilla meets Being John Malkovich'

Voltage Pictures, makers of serious Oscar-awarded films such as The Hurt Locker and Dallas Buyers Club, have run into a spot of trouble with an upcoming project. Colossal, currently seeking funding, is about Gloria, an 'ordinary woman' played in the…

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Tale of Tales

14 May 20152 stars

Cannes 2015: Eccentric, sprawling fairytale hodgepodge from Matteo Garrone

You cannot accuse Italian director Matteo Garrone of playing it safe. He followed his 2008 international breakthrough crime thriller Gomorrah with an old-fashioned satire of reality television’s fatal attraction in 2012's Reality. Now, he offers a loose…

Louder Than Bombs

18 May 20153 stars

Cannes 2015: Intelligent drama featuring Gabriel Byrne and Jesse Eisenberg

Having established his reputation with Oslo, August 31st, Norwegian writer-director Joachim Trier makes a successful transition to a larger scale, English-language production with Louder Than Bombs. Continuing his screenwriting collaboration with fellow…

The Sea of Trees

18 May 20152 stars

Cannes 2015: Matthew McConaughey stars in Gus Van Sant's muddled drama

Within minutes of its first press screening at Cannes word spread that Gus Van Sant’s latest effort had been met by boos and dismissive tweets from senior critics. That seems a little unkind but this soft-hearted muddle of a film does bite off more than…

Natalie Portman to play Jackie Kennedy in upcoming biopic

15 May 2015

Black Swan star to reunite with producer Darren Aronofsky for biopic Jackie

Perennially in-demand actress Natalie Portman shows no signs of slowing down. As well as recently signing up to play women's rights campaigner (and the first Jewish female US judge) Ruth Bader Ginsburg in On the Basis of Sex, the 33-year-old…

World premiere of Iona to close Edinburgh International Film Festival

11 May 2015

The second feature from Scott Graham set to close the 69th EIFF

This year's Edinburgh International Film Festival is to close with a screening of Iona, written and directed by Scott Graham. The film features Ruth Negga, Douglas Henshall, Tom Brooke and Michelle Duncan, with debuts from young Scottish actors Ben…