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The Love Punch

18 Apr 20143 stars

Brosnan and Thompson generate enjoyably sparky chemistry in this breezy middle-aged heist comedy

Emma Thompson re-teams with Last Chance Harvey writer-director Joel Hopkins for The Love Punch, an entertaining middle-aged heist comedy with one eye firmly on the grey pound. A British / French co-production, the film stars Pierce Brosnan as Richard…

We are the Best!

18 Apr 20144 stars

Lukas Moodysson's hymn to adolescent mischievousness is a delight from start to finish

You could be forgiven for thinking Swedish director Lukas Moodysson has spent the last decade under a black cloud, making films like teen prostitution tale Lilya-4-Ever, lurid amateur porn drama A Hole In My Heart and the nihilistic Container. But from…

The Last Catch and Musicwood among the highlights of the UK Green Film Festival 2014

10 Apr 2014

The nationwide-documentary fest focuses on socio-ecological issues around the world

The UK Green Film Festival, celebrating the best environmental filmmaking from around the globe, is set to take place across 14 UK cities from Sun 1–Sun 8 Jun 2014. The festival, which is a champion of independent documentary filmmaking with an…

Alain Resnais and Jean-Pierre Melville among the highlights of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2014

10 Apr 2014

The UK-wide French film festival will also feature new films by Albert Dupontel and agnes b.

French film continues to celebrated as one of the most diverse, entertaining and engaging forms of cinema this month with Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the UK-based French film festival that takes place from Wed 23–Wed 30 Apr throughout the…

Tom at the Farm

9 Apr 20144 stars

Xavier Dolan's fourth feature is insightful, intriguing & darkly lovely, if a little self-important

Filmmaker Xavier Dolan errs a little on the self-important side here, but so might you if you were only in your early twenties, on your fourth feature film as a writer / director (adapting, in this case, from a stage play by Dolan's fellow…

The Last Days on Mars

9 Apr 20143 stars

An intelligent and engaging sci-fi thriller with strong performances and, oh yes, space zombies

Based on a 1975 short story ('The Animators') by pulp sci-fi author Sydney J Bounds, The Last Days on Mars is directed by Ruairi Robinson and stars Liev Schreiber, Romola Garai, Johnny Harris and Olivia Williams as members of a team of astronaut…

The Quiet Ones

9 Apr 20142 stars

Hammer's latest horror gets too bogged down in cod-scientific mumbo jumbo

The return of Hammer films has so far been a mixed bag; The Resident was barely released, their Let The Right One In remake flopped, and only period ghost story The Woman in Black hit the mark. The Quiet Ones is another uncertain entry, with journeyman…

The Raid 2

9 Apr 20143 stars

Some astonishing set-pieces underwhelmed by this sequel's over-complicated narrative

The first film in writer / director Gareth Evans’ proposed trilogy of martial arts thrillers was a kick-in-the-pants to the genre: a simple, fluid action film that showcased the art of pencak silat via the story of Jakarta policemen fighting their way…

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

9 Apr 20144 stars

Marc Webb's superhero sequel delivers a sparky blend of thrills, laughs and heartfelt emotion

Marc Webb's sequel to 2012's franchise reboot finds Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) juggling his daily superhero duties as costumed crime fighter Spider-Man while agonising over whether or not he should honour the promise he made to girlfriend Gwen…

Half of a Yellow Sun

9 Apr 20142 stars

The adaptation Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel is beautiful and well-acted but lacks depth

This adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s prize-winning novel comes unstuck in the same way as many literary adaptations before it, feeling too often like a story that is just skimming the surfaces of its characters and plot-lines, never digging…

The Goonies: who would be available for a sequel?

7 Apr 2014

Director Richard Donner says he wants the original cast back for a remake - but are they available?

Director Richard Donner surprised a showbiz photographer recently when he casually mentioned he's working on a sequel to 1980s family adventure The Goonies – and that he hopes the original cast will be back on board. The seminal 1985 kids' film starred…

A Story of Children and Film

4 Apr 20143 stars

Mark Cousins’ film essay/poem is an impassioned look at childhood in cinema

A fervent supporter of world cinema, Mark Cousins’ new documentary provides some examples of the way childhood has been captured by filmmakers around the globe in the hundred years since cinema’s birth. Focusing on filmmakers from Francois Truffaut to…

Peter Sellers, Monty Python and John Otway among programme highlights of Southend Film Festival 2014

3 Apr 2014

A collection of rare Peter Sellers films is among the highlights at this year's Southend Film Festival, which takes place over the first spring Bank Holiday from Fri 2–Mon 5 May. Before going on to play classic roles like Dr Strangelove and…

WATCH: The hilarious teaser trailer for Aardman's Shaun the Sheep movie

3 Apr 2014

The scene-stealing sheep from Wallace and Gromit is set for his own big-screen adventure

A teaser trailer for Aardman Animation's Shaun the Sheep movie has landed, and it's reassuringly hilarious. While the new footage doesn't offer any plot details – the movie itself won't be released until 2015 – Aardman's signature talent for humanising…

WATCH: The new trailer for Sex Tape is raunchy, funny... and great product placement

1 Apr 2014

The film follows a couple - Cameron Diaz & Jason Segel - whose sex tape turns up on gift iPads

The trailer for Sex Tape, a new comedy starring Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz, has landed, providing an idea of the plot and sense of humour involved – as well as a healthy dose of product placement for Apple. Segel and Diaz play Jay and Annie, a…

Top 5 movies featuring product placement gone wrong

1 Apr 2014

Featuring Torque, Mac and Me, Evolution, You've Got Mail and I, Robot

Torque In the 2004 film about undercover motorcycle gangs, there’s a scene where two female riders are preparing to go at it on their bikes. But wait, is it girl vs girl? Or Pepsi vs Mountain Dew? Answer: neither. It's just abysmal. I, Robot Will…

Rio 2

1 Apr 20143 stars

The sequel to 2010's animated parrot adventure is amiable but forgettable family entertainment

The brief appearance of the acorn-loving Scrat character over the Blue Sky logo at the start of Rio 2 is a reminder that this animation studio has now authored four films in the Ice Age franchise to date. These films had a strong, evolving plotline, but…

Noah

1 Apr 20143 stars

Darren Aronofsky's blockbuster bible-story is compellingly weird & occasionally wonderful to behold

2014 box-office hit Son of God was a straight-faced version of the Jesus story that Christian audiences lapped up, but letting a maverick like Darren Aronofsky loose on the story of Noah was always likely to create a controversy of biblical proportions.

Karen Gillan, Vincent Price and William Castle feature in Dead By Dawn 2014

31 Mar 2014

The horror festival will screen a mixture of new releases, short films and established classics

If you’re a fan of horror and all things dark, you’re probably pretty bummed around this time of the year, as April is not an especially spooky month: the clocks have gone forward, giving us sunlight until 8pm or so (at least in theory), and spring has…

Russell Crowe: the Noah story 'predates religion... it's more of a shared human experience'

31 Mar 2014

The A-list actor shares his opinion on the historical accuracy of Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic

Biblical blockbuster Noah made its UK debut at a handful of ‘fan screenings’ on Saturday, with star Russell Crowe making a personal appearance. The film, directed by Black Swan helmer Darren Aronofsky, is an adaptation of the story of the great flood…

Divergent

31 Mar 20142 stars

Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet star in this derivative adaptation of Veronica Roth’s YA series

It’s always disappointing when a film that places so much emphasis on the need to be free-thinking and different from the masses conforms so rigidly to other movies. Yet Divergent, the latest adaptation of a young adult book series hoping to become the…

McLaren 2014 festival shines a light on underappreciated experimental filmmaker Norman McLaren

27 Mar 2014

Filmmaker Iain Gardner: 'Were he still alive today he’d be at the forefront of digital technology'

When it comes to Scottish icons, we hear a lot about bards and Bonds, hip musicians and blockbusting painters – but some trailblazers still slip under the radar, even when their work has transformed an industry or an art form. The Stirling-born…

Mark Cousins curates season of rare childhood films, the Cinema of Childhood

27 Mar 2014

The selection is inspired by Cousins' own doc/film essay, A Story of Children and Film

In Mark Cousins’ documentary, A Story of Children and Film, the critic and filmmaker trawls through the canons of film history and pulls out the most memorable, revealing and poignant portrayals of childhood. Steven Spielberg’s ET receives a mention, as…

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

24 Mar 20144 stars

The Cap's latest adventure cleverly taps into topical fears surrounding the activities of the NSA

The second Captain America movie is a terrific, stand-alone thriller that delivers exciting action sequences and engaging characters wrapped up in a satisfying and cleverly resonant plot. Co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo (best known for TV's…

Interview: Ted Kotcheff, director of uncompromising Aussie drama Wake in Fright

21 Mar 2014

The claustrophobic drama is experiencing a resurgence after almost 40 years in obscurity

Wake in Fright is a powerful film. Gary Bond plays John Grant, a teacher who gets trapped in 'The Yabba', a rough mining town in the middle of the Australian outback, where he gets dragged into a world of drinking, gambling and violence. 'It's an…