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In Fear

12 Nov 20134 stars

Impressive horror debut set in Ireland from Jeremy Lovering

Seeing other people scared is often the scariest thing of all. That’s why found-footage flicks like The Blair Witch Project still unnerve. For his feature debut, an impressive, immersive chiller, TV director Jeremy Lovering filmed his two lead actors…

Doctor Who at 50: A personal history

7 Nov 2013

A look back over five decades of time-travelling sci-fi adventures

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, our resident Whovian David Pollock looks back over five decades of time-travelling sci-fi adventures 1963–1974 Cannily pitched to well-intentioned Beeb execs as a time-travel show that might help…

Opinion: Blue is the Warmest Colour is great on love, bad on lesbian sex

7 Nov 2013

Director Abdellatif Kechiche says that 'love is cosmic', but his film fails to convey queer nuances

‘There’s a banality to how a lot of directors represent female bodies and female pleasure, partly because they borrow from the industrial handbook of male-oriented pornography,’ wrote Manohla Dargis in The New York Times, after viewing Blue Is The…

Interview: Kick-Ass star Chloë Grace Moretz on the remake of Brian De Palma's Carrie

7 Nov 2013

'I had Julianne Moore and I had Kimberly Peirce... It was like a bunch of sisters in one room'

If the first thought you had on hearing that Brian De Palma's iconic horror movie, Carrie, was being remade was, 'Please, don't do it,' you weren't alone. Even the movie's star, Chloë Grace Moretz, admits that this news initially made her spine tingle…

Arrambam

6 Nov 20132 stars

Ajith Kumar stars in a derivative but splashy and colourful action-fest

The tonal shifts of a Bollywood blockbuster sit uneasily in Arrambam, a crowd-pleasing melodrama that’s two thirds a revenge story set in the world of computer espionage in the style of Swordfish, with the other third a mixture of musical sequences and…

French Film Festival 2013 celebrates work by Daniel Auteuil, Bruni Dumont and Costa Gravas

6 Nov 2013

Juliette Binoche, Gérard Depardieu, Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou star in this year's selection

'After the previous box office highs of The Artist and The Intouchables,' says French Film Festival UK director Richard Mowe, 'le cinéma français shows no signs of resting on its laurels and as usual we have been spoiled for choice.’ The lineup for…

Leviathan

5 Nov 20135 stars

Remarkable, thought-provoking documentary filmed on fishing trawler off New England coast

Anthropologists Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel have created a remarkable cinematic experience in Leviathan, a documentary shot in one night on a fishing trawler off the New England coast.

Kill Your Darlings

5 Nov 20133 stars

Daniel Radcliffe and Michael C. Hall in well-cast account of emergence of Beat Generation

Currently, the Beat Generation is to American independent cinema what Marvel’s superheroes are to blockbusters, with each year bringing a new incarnation of the same characters. Following Walter Salles’ long-awaited adaptation of On the Road last year…

Nebraska

5 Nov 20134 stars

Quiet, subtle study of family life from The Descendants and Sideways director Alexander Payne

Alexander Payne’s sixth film Nebraska feels like it could only have been made by him. Returning to the state where he grew up, and where he set his first three films, it’s also the third road movie of his career, after Sideways and About Schmidt. Like…

Jeune & Jolie

5 Nov 20133 stars

Troubling examination of female adolescence leaves subject matter inadequately explored

Luis Buñuel’s Belle de Jour is an obvious reference point in François Ozon’s latest feature about a 17-year-old girl Isabelle (Marine Vacth) who, having lost her virginity on holiday, takes the not-so-very-logical step to become a prostitute. But this…

¡Vivan Las Antipodas!

5 Nov 20133 stars

Heady cinematic documentary exploring four antipodal places on earth

Is beauty enough in a film? It’s a question often pondered by critics and after watching Russian documentarist Victor Kossakovsky’s latest, ¡Vivan las Antipodas!, it’s raised once again. Transitioning between four antipodal places on earth (sites…

Blue is the Warmest Colour

4 Nov 20135 stars

2013 Cannes Palme d’Or winner an example of exquisite, vital and very brave filmmaking

Billed as a French lesbian coming-of-age drama, Blue is the Warmest Colour has been mired in controversy since winning the Palme d’Or in Cannes (as much for an invective launched against the film’s director by both main actresses as for the frank…

Seduced and Abandoned

4 Nov 20134 stars

A look behind-the-scenes at Cannes Film Festival with James Toback and Alec Baldwin

The Cannes Film Festival is the place where high art meets low commerce. It's where the new Michael Haneke can claim as many column inches as the new Michael Bay. In 2012, cult writer/director James (Fingers) Toback and actor Alec Baldwin headed to a…

Dom Hemingway

4 Nov 20132 stars

Confused gangster drama starring Jude Law, Richard E Grant and Emilia Clarke

What is Dom Hemingway? That’s the question you might well ask yourself after watching Richard Shepard’s misfire. Is it a gangster movie? Is it a comedy? Is it a touchy-feely family film? Somehow, it tries to be all three, though doesn’t really succeed…

Carrie

4 Nov 20132 stars

Kimberly Peirce's re-imagining of Carrie feels as redundant as countless other genre remakes

Kimberly Peirce’s update on Stephen King’s Carrie slavishly follows the path taken by Brian De Palma’s 1976 film and fails to make any real impact. Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz) leads a sheltered existence under the care of her deeply religious…

The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia

1 Nov 20132 stars

The latest Hollywood ghost story is an unsubtle, underwhelming and anonymous effort

Horror films seem to go through cycles. In the 1930s monster movies were all the rage, slashers ruled the 80s and right now we're neck deep in ghosts. The illogically titled The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (Georgia is over 800 miles…

Krrish 3

1 Nov 20133 stars

Entertaining Bollywood sci-fi superhero sequel from Rakesh Roshnan

The latest in a confusingly-titled sci-fi franchise (there is no Krrish 2, but this is a third instalment), Krrish 3 picks up with Mumbai superhero Krishna (Hrithik Roshan), who lives in domestic harmony with his TV reporter wife Priya (Priyanka Chopra…

Short Term 12

1 Nov 20133 stars

Tender US drama set in a foster home, with a stand-out performance by Brie Larson

The first scene of Short Term 12 both sets the tone and sums up this indie drama from second-time director Destin Cretton. Light banter, outside a foster care facility, is suddenly overshadowed by the darkest of clouds, as one of their number bursts…

Milius

1 Nov 20134 stars

Insightful documentary about the influential Hollywood screenwriter

If the term ‘maverick’ is an overused one when it comes to describing 1970s Hollywood veterans, it’s more than fitting for John Milius. Just his screenwriting credits alone are enough to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. An…

Gloria

1 Nov 20134 stars

Sebastian Lelio's gentle character study is elevated by Paulina Garcia's glowing central performance

One constant criticism of Hollywood films is that older women become invisible. Forty is a dangerous age in an industry beguiled by a teenage demographic. Ironic then that some of the autumn's best films focus on older women, from Judi Dench's…

Drinking Buddies

1 Nov 20133 stars

Olivia Wilde steals the show in this low key romantic comedy

This fresh and rebellious quasi rom-com liberates the glamorous Olivia Wilde from the shackles of two-dimensional studio fare, reinventing her as a laidback tomboy involved in a romantic quadrangle. Joe Swanberg (Hannah Takes the Stairs) is one of the…

Thor: The Dark World

30 Oct 20132 stars

Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston return in this uneven sequel to 2011's epic adventure

Having kicked off the next phase of Marvel’s seemingly insatiable quest to dominate blockbuster movie-making with Iron Man 3, it’s now back to Thor to further fuel excitement ahead of the next Avengers extravaganza in 2015. Yet while Thor: The Dark…

WATCH: New trailer for X-Men sequel Days of Future Past

30 Oct 2013

Bryan Singer returns to unite the original franchise cast with that of X-Men: First Class

Time travel. Superheroes. A Hans Zimmer theme. That’s what Marvel have unveiled in the first trailer for the latest film in the X-Men series. The stars of Bryan Singer’s original trilogy are combined with that of X-Men: First Class, with Wolverine…

WATCH: The Lego Movie character trailers

30 Oct 2013

Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Chris Pratt and Nick Offerman star in 2014 Lego Movie

After providing the medium for many movie poster homages and reenactments of well-known film scenes through the years, it's good to see the interlocking construction toy making it to the big screen in its own right. In the days running up to the first…

2013 BAFTA Scotland nominations

30 Oct 2013

I Am Breathing, For Those in Peril and Fire In The Night among films nominated

Peter Mullan, Martin Compston, Ford Kiernan and Sharon Rooney are just a clutch of the Scottish talent nominated for this year’s coveted BAFTA Scotland awards. The winners will be announced at the British Academy Scotland Awards ceremony in Glasgow, on…