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Babylon AD (12A) 90min •• Post-apocalyptic thriller starring Vin Diesel as Russian mercenary Toorop who is escorting a very special woman (Michelle Yeoh) to China. This woman carries inside her the possibility of a spiritual future for all mankind. Silly, derivative and clearly hacked up by the studios and distributors this potentially interesting sci-fi from once promising French director Mathieu La Haine Kassovitz based on Maurice G Dantec compelling techno thriller novel Babylon Babies, is a frustrating, occasionally interesting affair. General release from Fri 29 Aug.

Badlands (15) 94min ••••• Rarefied, lyrical US filmmaker Terrence Malick’s stunning and mega-influential 1973 crime spree drama is brought back to life in a beautiful new 35mm print. Malick’s other four films will be shown around the same time by way of celebration. Visit www.filmhousecinema.com or telephone 0131 228 2688 for more details. Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Fri 29-Thu 4 Sep.

Killer of Sheep (12A) 80min ••••• Charles Burnett’s seminal 1977 ultra naturalistic portrayal of urban African-American life gets a very welcome re-release. See where latter day auteur David Gordon Greene (George Washington, All the Real Girls, the forthcoming Pineapple Express) stole all his ideas from. Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Fri 22-Mon 25 Aug.

Badlands

  • 5 stars
  • 1973
  • US
  • 94 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Terrence Malick
  • Written by: Terrence Malick
  • Cast: Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren Oates

Rarefied, lyrical US filmmaker Terrence Malick's stunning and mega-influential 1973 crime spree drama is brought back to life in a beautiful new 35mm print.

Killer of Sheep

  • 5 stars
  • 1977
  • US
  • 80 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Charles Burnett
  • Written by: Charles Burnett
  • Cast: Henry G Sanders, Kaycee Moore, Charles Bracy, Angela Burnett

Charles Burnett's seminal 1977 ultra naturalistic portrayal of urban African-American life gets a very welcome re-release. See where latter day auteur David Gordon Green ('George Washington', 'All the Real Girls', the forthcoming 'Pineapple Express') stole all his ideas from.

Babylon AD

  • 2 stars
  • 2008
  • US/France
  • 90 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Mathieu Kassovitz
  • Cast: Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh, Mélanie Thierry, Lambert Wilson, Mark Strong, Charlotte Rampling, Gerard Depardieu

Post apocalyptic thriller with Diesel as Russian mercenary Toorop who is escorting a very special woman (Yeoh) to China. This woman carries inside her the possibility of a spiritual future for all mankind. Silly, derivative and clearly hacked up by the studios, this potentially interesting sci-fi is a frustrating…

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