New film & DVD releases

  • The List
  • 4 September 2008

Witness the fitness of this autumn's movie schedule.

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The stoner movie comes of age in this hilarious comedy. Directed by ‘sensitive indie’ filmmaker David Gordon Green ‐ this is another blunted delight from producer Judd Apatow and writer/performer Seth Rogen. General release from Fri 12 Sep.

The Pope’s Toilet

Charming comical drama from Venezuela about the economic miracle that overtakes a small impoverished town when Pope John Paul II comes to visit. GFT, Glasgow & Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Fri 5-Thu 11 Sep.

Jar City

Gripping Icelandic detective thriller. GFT, Glasgow & Cameo, Edinburgh from Fri 12 Sep.

Take One: Action!

The UK’s first major film festival about the folk and the films that are changing the world. Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Sat 13 Sep.

Annie Hall & Manhattan

Special commemoration screenings of two Woody Allen classics in memory of his gifted producer Charles H Joffe. Filmhouse, Edinburgh on Wed 10 and Thu 11 Sep.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Lovely new digital print of Leone’s magnificent third spaghetti western finally arrives in Glasgow. GFT, Glasgow on Sun 7 and Mon 8 Sep.


Decent football hooligan tale (based on a true story) ends its run. Matinees only. Cameo, Edinburgh from Fri 12-Thu 18 Sep.

The John Carpenter Collection

Tremendous value DVD box set featuring all the classics and more from this suspense/horror master. Out Mon 8 Sep (Optimum).

Death Race

Jason Statham and Ian McShane take over from David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone in this big budget (ish) remake of Roger Corman’s 1975 schlock car classic. (26 Sep)


Happy-Go-Lucky’s Eddie Marsan and Spaced’s Jessica Hynes star in this rom-com set against the backdrop of nerdy medieval battle re-enactments, which has made cinema history by dint of being the first MySpace-fuelled film. (26 Sep)


Machismo-fuelled playwright/filmmaker David Mamet flexes his muscles again in this thriller about a Hollywood studio executive/martial artist who finds he must fight one more time … (26 Sep)


Liam Neeson channels the spirit of old school tough guy Charles Bronson in this revenge thriller about an ex-spy on a mission to rescue his estranged daughter from the slave trade. (26 Sep)

88 Minutes

Al Pacino’s womanising forensic scientist has less than the running time of the average Hollywood thriller to solve a murder – his own! – in this real-time romp. Who-ha! (3 Oct)

The Fall

In a hospital in 1920s Hollywood Lee Pace’s injured stuntman takes a little girl’s mind off her broken arm with tales of five mythical heroes in director Tarsem Singh’s follow-up to The Cell. (3 Oct)

Fear(s) of the Dark

Scary-as-hell portmanteau horror movie, despite being made in French and black and white by five comic book creators working in conjunction with animation boffins. (3 Oct)

How To Lose Friends and Alienate People

Simon Pegg plays a thinly disguised Toby Young in a star-studded adaptation of the British writer’s scandalous memoir about working for a high profile New York magazine with the initials VF. (3 Oct)

Body of Lies

Russell Crowe makes his umpteenth film with Ridley Scott and Leonardo DiCaprio ditches Scorsese for the Scottster for a thriller about a journalist hunting an al-Qaeda leader in Jordan.
(10 Oct)

The House Bunny

When Anna Faris’ Playboy bunny is thrown out of Hugh Hefner’s mansion she ends up in a sorority house where the glamour puss teaches the girls a thing or two. Not as filthy as it sounds, unfortunately. (10 Oct)

Burn After Reading

Following the exquisitely grim No Country For Old Men, the Coen brothers opt for knockabout comedy O Brother, Where Art Thou?-style in this blackmail caper starring George Clooney and Brad Pitt. (17 Oct)

Pride and Glory

Heavyweight drama about a multi-generational family of NYPD officers caught up in a nasty corruption case starring young turks Colin Farrell and Edward Norton. (24 Oct)

Ghost Town

Ricky Gervais in his first leading man role stateside in this rom-com about a cantankerous and beligerant middle aged man who starts seeing ghosts after a near death experience. Greg Kinnear and Téa Leoni offer comic support. (24 Oct)

Where The Wild Things Are

Spike ‘Being John Malkovich’ Jones and Dave ‘A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius’ Eggers collaborate on an adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s bonkers kids’ fantasy picture book. Let the wild rumpus commence! (24 Oct)


Britpop artist Steve McQueen and Irish playwright Enda Walsh (Disco Pigs, New Electric Ballroom) collaborate on an unconventional biopic about the life and death of hunger striker Bobby Sands. (31 Oct)

Quantum of Solace

Hunky Daniel Craig beats the living daylights out of terrorists in this sequel to the 007-revamp Casino Royale that’s surely laden with the most unwieldy Bond title ever. (31 Oct)

Easy Virtue

Bugger knows where Stephan Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Elliot has been the for last nine years, but thank Christ the wacky Aussie’s back – and with an adaptation of a Noel Coward play no less. (7 Nov)

The Baader-Meinhof Complex

The story of notorious German terrorist group The Red Army Faction starring Martina Gedick and Moritz Bleibtreu. It could be this year’s The Lives of Others. (14 Nov)


Fernando City of God Meirelles directs Julianne Moore in an adaptation of Jose Scaramago’s chilling novel about an epidemic that blinds the inhabitants of an unnamed city. Can Latin America filmmakers do no wrong? (28 Nov)

Lemon Tree

Fact-based drama about a Palestinian widow (the excellent Hiam Abbass, last seen in The Visitor) who defends her fruit grove when the Israeli defence minister moves in next door and demands the trees be uprooted. (12 Dec)


Hollywood lost no time remaking the creepily effective Spanish horror [REC], relocating the action to LA where a news crew gets locked into an apartment building with some seriously scary inhabitants.
(14 Nov)


Sam Rockwell and Kelly Macdonald star in only the second adaptation of a Chuck Palahniuk novel, this bizarre tale concerning a sex-addict con-man who fakes his own death to pay for his Ma’s hospital bills. (21 Nov)

The Changeling

Grandpa Clint Eastwood directs super-mama Angelina Jolie in this thriller about a mother whose prayers for her kidnapped son to be returned to her come true … or do they? (28 Nov)

The Day The Earth Stood Still

Blockbuster remake of the sci-fi thriller about a spaceman who comes to Earth warning of the it’s imminent destruction only to be taken as an invader. In a perfect piece of casting, Keanu Reeves plays the alien. (12 Dec)

Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr Hunter S Thompson

Everyone from Johnny Depp through Tom Wolfe, Jimmy Carter, Jefferson Airplane and Hell’s Angel Sonny Barger pay tribute to the late and lamented American writer, gun-lover and drug-taker. (19 Dec)