Die Hard 4.0 (15) 128min, 3 Stars Renegade cop and one man destroyer of municipal property John McClane (Bruce Willis) steps up to the plate one more time. Older, but not much wiser this time out, he has to contend with a bunch of über geek terrorists. Good over the top action pieces and lots of reactionary quips make this a worthy inclusion in the franchise. See Maggie Q interview. General release from Wed 4 Jul.
Dead Silence (15) 89min, 2 Stars When newlyweds Jamie (Ryan Kwanten) and Lisa Ashen discover an unmarked box containing an eerie lifelike ventriloquist’s dummy in their new apartment, they get more than just a vaudeville act. Simple, low-key horror which uses gore with discretion to deliver some old-fashioned shocks. Saw team writer/directors James Wan and Leigh Whannell’s ambitious plans are, however, undone by some appalling acting and uneven characterization. Go rent 1945 horror portmanteau film Dead of Night for Brazilian filmmaker Alberto Cavalcanti’s ‘The Ventriloquist’s Dummy’ section instead. General release from Fri 6 Jul.
Edmond (18) 82min, 3 Stars More or less uncensored film version of David Mamet’s controversial, vituperative, racial slur heavy 1982 one act play about white collar worker Edmond (William H Macy) who decides to leave his wife and embarks on an odyssey through New York’s seedy underbelly with tragic consequences. Directed by Stuart Re-Animator Gordon this, like the original play is powerful, rabid and uneven. See William H Macy interview. Cineworld Renfrew Street, Glasgow from Fri 13 Jul.