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Far from the Madding Crowd

27 Apr 20154 stars

Straight but stirring adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel starring Carey Mulligan

Danish director Thomas Vinterberg helming an adaptation of a Thomas Hardy novel is a curious notion. From provocative Dogme 95 film Festen to nail-biting modern morality tale The Hunt, his anti-establishment sensibility might seem an odd fit for a…

Two By Two

27 Apr 20152 stars

Predictable and derivative animation centred around Noah's Ark

As Lady Gaga once so gloriously put it, 'Put your paws up, cos you were born this way.' A sentiment at the core of this Old Testament-inspired, cliché-ridden animated feature that nonetheless delivers a positive message about the beauty of diversity…

Samba

27 Apr 20154 stars

Heartwarming immigration drama with Omar Sy and Charlotte Gainsbourg

French writing-directing team Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano follow up their 2011 crowd-pleaser Untouchable with the equally charming Samba, which again blends social issues with a heartwarming relationship narrative. Whereas Untouchable focused on…

Unfriended

27 Apr 20153 stars

So-so cyber frightener in which a group of teens are terrorised online

Here’s a prophecy from the seeress in the stalls: as tired as we are of found-footage horror flicks, the online-style cyber frightener – in which everything unfolds in real-time on a laptop screen – is going to get old even faster. This…

I Am Big Bird

27 Apr 20152 stars

Drama-free documentary about Sesame Street stalwart Caroll Spinney

The second Muppet documentary of late, Dave LaMattina and Chad N Walker’s film follows Constance Marks’ 2011 effort, Being Elmo. While Marks’ film looked at Kevin Clash, the man behind Sesame Street’s beloved furry red monster, I Am Big Bird plays like…

We Are Monster

27 Apr 20153 stars

British thriller based on a real-life crime that's both bold and blunt

Bold in conception and presentation, if somewhat blunt and samey in the way it makes its points, this British thriller takes its story from a distressing real-life crime. Leeshon Alexander – also the film’s screenwriter – plays Robert Stewart, a violent…

Five underrated film adaptations from classic English Lit

25 Apr 2015

A fresh look at some under-respected movies of books you may have been forced to write essays about

Thomas Vinterberg's movie of Far From the Madding Crowd is to be released next week. And like every other adaptation of a classic novel it'll have a life depending on whether fans of the book think it was faithful enough, and non-fans think it was fun…

Fast & Furious 8 release date set for April 2017

24 Apr 2015

Vin Diesel confirms that eighth installment of the movie franchise is a go-er

So, you’d just about gotten over the excitement of Fast & Furious 7’s release, when Vin Diesel goes and announces there’s to be a Fast & Furious 8. Speaking at a ComicCon event in Las Vegas, the actor confirmed that the film will be released on Fri…

Spider-Man: Phil Lord and Chris Miller developing animated film

23 Apr 2015

Yet another cinematic outing for the webbed one, due out in 2018

Not content with rebooting the live action Spider-Man franchise twice in recent years, Sony have announced that Phil Lord and Chris Miller, responsible for the phenomenally successful Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street (plus its sequel), are writing and…

Breaking Bad’s Vince Gilligan working on Disney live-action film

23 Apr 2015

Jack and the Beanstalk script will also be written by series collaborator Tom Schnauz

Poor Jack. His family are going through a bit of a rough financial time, selling off their wares to make ends meet. At his lowest point, he finds a guy on the street selling ‘magic beans’, and before you know it he’s in too deep with the whole business.

The Emperor's New Clothes

22 Apr 20153 stars

Russell Brand takes centre stage in this passionate and timely documentary

Whatever your personal feelings towards comedian Russell Brand, this entertaining 'agit-doc' is well worth a watch in the run-up to the general election on May 7th. Directed by Michael Winterbottom, The Emperor's New Clothes takes aim at a handful of…

Avengers: Age of Ultron

21 Apr 20154 stars

Joss Whedon is back at the helm for the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

'None of this makes sense,' admits Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) in a way that suggests logic matters little. The 11th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and sequel to Joss Whedon's Avengers Assemble once again combines the irreverent charm of its…

The Good Lie

20 Apr 20154 stars

Moving true-life drama about Sudanese orphans, with Reese Witherspoon

A celebration of decency and humanity, this drama illuminates the ordeal of the Lost Boys of Sudan, the millions of children orphaned and displaced by brutal civil war. As a story of loss, courage and noble deeds inspired by real events it has enough of…

Rigor Mortis

20 Apr 20154 stars

Creepy Hong Kong horror from director Juno Mak paying tribute to past masters

It's an interesting coincidence that Rigor Mortis (which premiered at Venice back in 2013) hits UK cinemas just a couple of months after Kung Fu Killer. Whereas the latter paid homage to Hong Kong's martial arts movies, Rigor Mortis is a tribute to the…

Au Revoir L'Ete

20 Apr 20153 stars

Éric Rohmer-inspired Japanese drama that's heavy on charm, light on answers

With a title like that disregarding comparison to the work of French New Waver Éric Rohmer seems almost criminal. Rohmer sent the young and beautiful to bask in the rays in Conte d'été (A Summer's Tale), to talk of love whilst falling in love; yet…

Exit

20 Apr 20154 stars

Touching Taiwanese drama about longing and loneliness from Chienn Hsiang

A fine film surely influenced by the work of Tsai Ming-liang (Vive L’Amour, The River) but that manages to steer clear of his shadow, this quiet, internally restless movie is directed by Chienn Hsiang, its camera always at the service of its sensitive…

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

20 Apr 20154 stars

Roy Andersson concludes his 'living' trilogy with considerable style and humour

Vampire teeth, Charles XII of Sweden, a sexually inappropriate flamenco class and an opportunistic bar-owner known as 'Limping Lotta' are just some of the diverse ingredients in Roy Andersson's latest collection of absurdist anguish. A Pigeon Sat on a…

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer leaks online

17 Apr 2015

Trailer for Warner Bros' prestige picture leaked online in cameraphone footage

It would take a man with nerves of steel to release a film trailer mere hours after THAT one made its debut. Unfortunately for Warner Bros, someone seems to have concealed their cameraphone at a secret screening of the trailer for next year's Zack…

Doctor Who film and other TV series we want made into movies

17 Apr 2015

As reports of Doctor Who on the big screen emerge, we dream of a Friends movie and more

Whovians, brace yourselves. According to the Independent, a series of leaked emails between Sony executives reveal that a Doctor Who film is being planned, and will be hitting the silver screen within the next eight years (which is basically nothing in…

Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer frame-by-frame analysis

17 Apr 2015

Many Bothans died to bring us this information

JJ Abrams, you're really spoiling us. The new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit the web last night and caused everyone to collective lose their minds, whilst simultaneously regressing to the childhood selves. Unless you were born mid-90s…

Cannes full lineup announced

16 Apr 2015

Films from Todd Haynes, Stephane Brize and Gus van Sant are included in Palme d'Or

The full lineup for the 68th Cannes Film Festival was announced today. Films selected for competition in Palme d'Or include Todd Haynes' Carol, Stephane Brize's A Simple Man and Gus van Sant's Sea of Trees. Award-winning directors Joel and Ethan…

Glasgow Film Theatre expands its GFF Sound & Vision strand

15 Apr 2015

Events include a Record Store Day screening of Empire Records and mini-fest Live at Glasgow

The Glasgow Film Theatre is expanding its Sound & Vision programme of live events throughout April and May. There are screenings of rarely-seen movies with live music, a preview of the new Elliott Smith documentary Heaven Adores You, and an entire…

All the Top Five Lists from High Fidelity

13 Apr 2015

The List celebrates the many lists of High Fidelity, published twenty years ago this week

'Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?' Nick Hornby's debut novel High Fidelity was published 20 years ago this week, and Stephen Frears' equally-beloved movie adaptation was released…

Child 44

13 Apr 20153 stars

Tom Hardy is at the centre of an ambitious thriller from Daniel Espinosa

'There can be no murder in paradise.' That's the intriguing backbone of both Tom Rob Smith’s 2008 bestseller and this solid adaptation from Daniel Espinosa (Safe House, Easy Money), which casts Tom Hardy as Leo Demidov, a battle-hardened member of the…

The Last Five Years

13 Apr 20153 stars

Anna Kendrick is wonderful in this mostly successful and moving musical

Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan star in a musical adapted for the screen by writer-director Richard LaGravenese (the original 2001 off-Broadway show was written by Jason Robert Brown) that explores the difficult balancing act between reaching for your…