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23 Jun 20173 stars

EIFF 2017: Emily Beecham radiates charisma in Scottish director Peter Mackie Burns' debut

Young women in crisis are still a rarity onscreen, especially outside of rom-coms. The narrative feature debut of Scottish director Peter Mackie Burns has its share of unconventionally packaged romance and comedy but eventually plumps for a more sombre…

Song to Song

23 Jun 20173 stars

EIFF 2017: Terrence Malick's latest is a starry and spectacular but largely soulless affair

The stars really are out for Terrence Malick's latest, which brings together Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett and Holly Hunter. Unfolding against the backdrop of Austin's music scene, it's a sometimes…


22 Jun 20174 stars

EIFF 2017: Sally Hawkins astonishes in a charming biopic of the eponymous folk painter

A portrait of a painter who's as meek as they come and whose recognition as an artist fails to lift her from poverty, Maudie is rich with modest charms. It tells the story of Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis (played by Sally Hawkins), famed for her…

Transformers: The Last Knight

21 Jun 20172 stars

Fifth entry in Michael Bay's robot wars series delivers yet more joyless carnage

'Logic has left the building,' Laura Haddock's lecturer Viviane laments in The Last Knight, seemingly oblivious to the absence of logic from every other building routinely obliterated by director Michael Bay in the four previous Transformers films. Yet…

God's Own Country

21 Jun 20174 stars

EIFF 2017: Beautifully judged rural / romantic drama from debut director Francis Lee

Domestic discord gives way to a transformative romance on a struggling Yorkshire farm in the assured debut of director Francis Lee. God's Own Country is a film that reaches beyond its modest setting and low-key love affair to make a potent plea for…