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George Mackay, Limmy and Peter Mullan among winners at British Academy Scotland Awards 2013

18 Nov 2013

TV series Murder, Bank of Dave and Sins of our Fathers also pick up awards

The winners of the 2013 British Academy Scotland Awards (also known as the Scottish BAFTAs) were announced last night, with Limmy's Show, George Mackay and Peter Mullan all walking away with awards. TV drama Murder was the biggest winner of the night…

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

15 Nov 20134 stars

Tight plotting and great performances make for a strong sequel

The first Hunger Games movie – with its substantial story and tenebrous thrills – had much more than tween-appeal. Yet things looked ominous for the sequel after Gary Ross, who helmed the first picture with such sensitivity and style, was replaced by…

I Dream of Wires documentary charts history, demise and resurgence of the modular synthesiser

15 Nov 2013

4-hour doc on instrument and culture that surrounds it featuring some high-profile contributors

The synthesizer might not be the sound of the future any more, but it's one of the few instruments invented within living memory. Highly-anticipated independent documentary I Dream of Wires explores the history, demise and resurgence of the modular…

All This Can Happen / I Play Dead

15 Nov 20134 stars

A Dance:Film 2013 double bill exploring the different ways movement can be incorporated into film

The debate on what constitutes dance, and who can do it, is a never-ending dialogue. So it comes as no surprise that dance on film poses the same questions – especially at a festival dedicated to both genres. Compared to the more obvious screenings…

Pandora’s Promise

15 Nov 20132 stars

Lecturing documentary from Robert Stone about nuclear power

If there is one thing which can be sure to universally attract grumbles from a room full of people, it’s the process of being lectured at. What’s even more bothersome is a lecture which propounds the notion that we are all misinformed creatures worthy…

The Counsellor

15 Nov 20132 stars

Ridley Scott and Cormac McCarthy's collaboration is disappointingly distant & needlessly convoluted

On paper, this collaboration between Sir Ridley Scott, one of cinema’s great visual stylists, and Cormac McCarthy, one of the literary world’s foremost writers, should be a match made in movie heaven. Unfortunately, The Counsellor is closer to cinema…

The Butler

13 Nov 20133 stars

Entertaining and ritzy drama about a White House butler, with big name cameos

Director Lee Daniels elected himself as a righteous spoke-person for social rights issues with the award-winning Precious, only to crash and burn with the ridiculously sleazy all-star potboiler The Paperboy. The Butler sees Daniels get his teeth into…

Utopia

12 Nov 20134 stars

Provocative documentary from John Pilger about the treatment of Australia's aboriginal people

There's much that's truly shocking in John Pilger's ironically-titled documentary about the plight of Australia's aboriginal or 'First People' population. There's the shamefully abusive treatment while in police custody of one young man that lead to him…

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…