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Barry Lyndon (PG) 187min ●●●●● Kubrick’s epic adaptation of William Makepeace Thackery’s picaresque novel about the attempts of an Irish upstart to become a member of the English aristocracy in the 18th century re-emerges for re-evaluation on a beautiful, fully restored print. Dismissed by many on its original release as slow, boring and overly concerned with period detail, the film now looks like one of Kubrick’s greatest achievements. It’s a stunning, sumptuous and sustained meditation on man’s ultimate powerlessness. Filmhouse, Edinburgh, Fri 20–Thu 26 Mar.

Knowing (15) 121min ●● Another year, another incredibly silly Nic Cage thriller. This one has him as a maths teacher who discovers that a recently unearthed sheet of paper (with numbers on it) holds predictions of many upcoming disasters. It’s a nice idea that fuses Cage box office success National Treasure and its sequel (without the camp humour though) to something more suggestive and creepy like the exemplary Final Destination horrors. Unfortunately, neither director Alex I, Robot Proyas or the many credited screenwriters are up to the task, and what could have been as sophisticated a dialectic on immovable forces and fate as, say, M Night Shyamalan’s 2000 film Unbreakable quickly descends into bad CGI set-ups and portentous, hysterical exchanges. Selected release, from Wed 25 Mar.

The Haunting in Connecticut (15) 102min ●●● Solidly made, watchable horror based, allegedly, on real events in the tradition of The Exorcist and The Amityville Horror. When a family moves to a new suburban house, their son becomes a target for the undead. With the requisite number of spooks, chills and jumps this won’t disappoint but you may have forgotten all about it within ten minutes of leaving the cinema. General release, Fri 27 Mar.

Better Things (15) 93min ●●●● The Dardennes brothers meet Mike Leigh in Brit writer/director Duane Hopkins excellent feature debut about drugs and doomed lives in the Cotswolds. This film has already shown in Glasgow but now has a short Edinburgh run before going to DVD. Filmhouse, Edinburgh, Tue 31 Mar–Thu 2 Apr.

Knowing : trailer

The Haunting in Connecticut: trailer

Better Things: trailer

Barry Lyndon

  • 5 stars
  • 1975
  • UK
  • 187 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
  • Cast: Ryan O'Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee, Hardy Krüger, Gay Hamilton, Godfrey Quigley, Steven Berkoff

Kubrick's epic adaptation of William Makepeace Thackery's picaresque novel about the attempts of an Irish upstart to become a member of the English aristocracy in the early part of the 19th century re-emerges for re-evaluation on a beautiful fully restored print. A stunning, sumptuous and sustained meditation on man's…

Better Things

  • 4 stars
  • 2008
  • UK
  • 93 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Duane Hopkins
  • Written by: Duane Hopkins
  • Cast: Liam McIlfatrick, Megan Palmer, Betty Bench, Frank Bench, Rachel McIntyre, Che Corr, Tara Ballard, Freddie Cunliffe, Patricia Loveland, Kurt Taylor, Michael Socha

The Dardennes brothers meet Mike Leigh in Brit writer/director Hopkins' excellent feature debut about drugs and doomed lives in the Cotswolds.

Knowing

  • 2 stars
  • 2009
  • US
  • 121 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Alex Proyas
  • Cast: Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Chandler Canterbury, Lara Robinson

This incredibly silly Nic Cage thriller has him as a maths teacher who discovers that a recently unearthed sheet of paper holds predictions of many upcoming disasters. What could have been a sophisticated dialectic on immovable forces and fate quickly descends into bad CGI set ups and portentous, hysterical exchanges.

The Haunting in Connecticut

  • 3 stars
  • 2009
  • US
  • 102 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Peter Cornwell
  • Written by: Adam Simon, Tim Metcalfe
  • Cast: Virginia Madsen, Kyle Gallner, Martin Donovan, Amanda Crew, Elias Koteas

When a family moves to a new suburban house, their son becomes a target for the undead. Solidly made, watchable horror based, allegedly, on real events.

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