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Only Lovers Left Alive

14 Feb 20144 stars

Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston star in Jim Jarmusch's anti-vampire, vampire film

Jim Jarmusch has made a career out of subverting the norms of genre filmmaking – indeed, his work is a genre unto itself. After the divisive The Limits of Control, his latest film (which is best described as an anti-vampire vampire film) signals a…

Interview: Director Jon Baird on Filth and new TV satire Babylon

11 Feb 2014

Filth star James McAvoy delivered 'one of the great movie performances'

Can you give a brief synopsis of Filth? It's about a cop in Edinburgh who appears to be in control of his life. He is manipulating everyone around him to get a promotion at work because he thinks it'll help him get his wife and daughter, who have…

The Lego Movie

11 Feb 20143 stars

A genuinely funny film from the makers of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Fast, funny and created with loving attention to detail, The Lego Movie will delight anyone who has ever played with those universally-recognised little yellow figures. Beginning at a blistering pace that never lets up, the film (from Cloudy With A…

Love is in the Air

11 Feb 20143 stars

A fluffy French twist on a typical high concept Hollywood romantic comedy

True romance is marked by missed opportunities and second chances in Love is in the Air, a slick, fluffy French confection that slides down as easily as an extra helping of tarte tatin accompanied by a dollop of creme chantilly. It is a very French…

The Monuments Men

11 Feb 20142 stars

George Clooney's WWII art heist movie is a monument to bad filmmaking

Ocean’s Eleven does The Dirty Dozen sounds like a fun movie, right? And this George Clooney-directed WWII comedy-drama tries, all too hard, to deliver on that very idea. But even low expectations won’t help you here, with a story that’s neither amusing…

Endless Love

11 Feb 20142 stars

A by-the-numbers love story starring Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde

Franco Zeffirelli's original 1981 film Endless Love (itself based on Scott Spencer's 1979 novel) was notable for featuring a very young Tom Cruise in a minor role as an arsonist. Shana Feste's remake, however, struggles to be notable for anything at…

The Book Thief

10 Feb 20143 stars

Brian Percival's moving and well-acted WWII adaptation let down by hurried plotting

Brian Percival’s adaptation of Markus Zusak’s global best-seller The Book Thief is, like Mark Herman's take on John Boyne’s The Boy In The Striped Pajamas, a film that unfolds from the German perspective during World War II. Unlike that film, however…

RoboCop

7 Feb 20143 stars

A slick but sanitised remake

Following Total Recall and the most recent entries in the Die Hard and Terminator franchises, RoboCop becomes the latest violent action film to get a family friendly, pimped-up makeover. José Padilha's film has contemporary resonance and is different…

Terry Gilliam, Richard Dreyfuss and Richard Ayoade to attend Glasgow Film Festival 2014

5 Feb 2014

Mark Millar, CHVRCHES' Lauren Mayberry and magician Ricky Jay will also be in attendance

The guest line-up for the Glasgow Film Festival 2014 has been announced, with actor Richard Dreyfuss and director/Python Terry Gilliam topping the A-list. Dreyfuss will be attending in support of his road trip comedy Cas & Dylan, which is directed by…

Philip Seymour Hoffman - a personal top 10

4 Feb 2014

Film journalist Niki Boyle lists his most memorable performances, good and bad, from the late actor

Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died on Sunday aged 46, will be rightly remembered as one of the finest actors of his generation. There are numerous obituaries and 'best of' lists circulating the internet in the wake of his death, so rather than replicate…

Preview of 2014: The most intriguing films of the coming year

4 Feb 2014

10 of the films you won't want to miss this year, including Noah, Godzilla and Interstellar

Noah Director: Darren Aronofsky Starring: Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins Most immediately on the cinematic horizon is the big budget biblical bombast of Noah. Having already approached the worlds of drug addiction…

The Patrol

4 Feb 20143 stars

A low-key, low-budget antidote to the Hollywood approach to soldiers at war

With Morocco doubling effectively for Afghanistan, The Patrol is a low-budget British film from first time writer/director Tom Petch. Although working in an oversubscribed genre running from John Ford’s 1934 drama The Lost Patrol to Kathryn Bigelow’s…

Mr Peabody & Sherman

4 Feb 20142 stars

A weak, overstretched revival of the super-intelligent pooch and his human son

Dreamworks Animation’s latest attempt to recapture Shrek’s hit combination of pop culture references and unforgettable characters fails due to an overabundance of the former and none of the latter. The titular pair are a dog and a boy, with the twist…

WATCH: The teaser trailer for Scarlett Johansson sci-fi Under the Skin

4 Feb 2014

The film, adapted from the novel by Michel Faber, is directed by Jonathan Glazer

Many modern movie trailers can be accused of giving away too much information, with patrons feeling they no longer need to actually watch the film having witnessed the entire extent of the plot. The latest piece of footage for Michel Faber adap Under…

I, Frankenstein

31 Jan 20141 star

Repetitive CGI battles and lumpen dialogue result in a corpse that shouldn't have been reanimated

There are some stories that reverberate through the ages. Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein was first published in 1818 and has since been adapted multiple times in film (most notably with Boris Karloff in 1931) and theatre (including Danny Boyle’s recent…

WATCH: A mock trailer for a remake of 1979 gang movie The Warriors

30 Jan 2014

The mock-up of an 1992 LA-set reboot was created by filmmaker Ram Bhat

A new trailer has appeared online for a reboot of The Warriors, set in LA circa 1992 (you can watch it below). Before you start gnashing your teeth about how Hollywood has run out of new ideas and should stop molesting classic properties, relax – the…

WATCH: New red band trailer and character posters for Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways to Die in the West

30 Jan 2014

The comedy western stars Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Neil Patrick Harris and Amanda Seyfried

Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Silverman, Giovanni Ribisi and Amanda Seyfried feature in the newly released character posters for Seth MacFarlane's upcoming comedy western, A Million Ways to Die in the West. MacFarlane, who…

The Armstrong Lie

29 Jan 20143 stars

Alex Gibney finds an interesting resonance in the story of disgraced athlete Lance Armstrong

Alex Gibney delivers another smart and enthralling documentary with The Armstrong Lie, a look at cyclist Lance Armstrong and his spectacular fall from grace following confirmation, after many years of allegations, that he had been involved in…

Sunshine on Leith, Filth and Riddick released on DVD

27 Jan 2014

A Belfast Story, The Colony, Blood Glacier and Frost also released

January and February are usually quiet months. It’s cold outside and your bank balance is still in recovery from December’s excesses, fortunately there are plenty of DVDs being released to keep you entertained. 2013 was a strong year for Scottish cinema…

That Awkward Moment

27 Jan 20142 stars

Romantic comedy is watchably bad rather than just plain awful

A romantic comedy from the perspective of three male friends has the potential to offer something new to the genre but despite one or two comedy highlights That Awkward Moment largely makes a mess of things. Zac Efron, Michael B Jordan and Miles…

How to create your own Wes Anderson film

24 Jan 2014

With The Grand Budapest Hotel looming, we nail down the essential Anderson ingredients

Ahead of his new film being premiered at the Glasgow Film Festival, Hannah McGill helps build the perfect Wes Anderson movie

Glasgow Youth Film Festival 2014: a round-up of the best events

24 Jan 2014

The Glasgow Film Fest's youth strand presents films about young people for all ages

You might not think it at first glance, but the Glasgow Youth Film Festival isn’t just for children and teens. Now in its sixth year, the ten-day event attracts audiences of all ages to see its showcase of films about young people. Aside from the…

Grudge Match

24 Jan 20143 stars

Stallone and De Niro go head to head in this flawed but worthwhile boxing picture

Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro are undoubtedly two of cinema’s heavyweights yet much of their recent material has been of the lightweight variety. Grudge Match does little to change that perception even if it does manage to land a few telling…

WATCH: the new trailer for Indonesian martial arts sequel The Raid 2

24 Jan 2014

Gareth Evans and Iko Uwais re-team for another high energy action blow-out

The trailer for Indonesian martial arts sequel The Raid 2 has landed on the internet, and it is a doozy. The film picks up once again with supercop Rama (Iko Uwais), who's now going undercover to take on the entire criminal underworld (vastly expanding…

Glasgow Film Festival 2014: Day-by-day guide to the best events

23 Jan 2014

One event for every day of the fest, including Starred Up, Goodfellas and Under the Skin

Ten of the best events coming up at this year’s Glasgow Film Festival - one for each day. Featuring Under the Skin, Starred Up, Mood Indigo, The Congress, Tracks, The Punk Singer and The Past.