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A Second Chance

20 Feb 20154 stars

Glasgow Film Festival: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau impresses in this potent drama

Danish policeman Andreas (Game of Thrones' Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is adjusting to life as a new parent with wife Anna (Maria Bonnevie) when he visits the home of drug addicts Tristan (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) and girlfriend Sanne (May Andersen) to discover…

Clouds of Sils Maria

20 Feb 20154 stars

Glasgow Film Festival: Juliette Binoche shines as an insecure actress

The inquisitive and enchanting Clouds of Sils Maria came about when Juliette Binoche challenged her Summer Hours director Olivier Assayas to deliver a daring examination of the feminine, based on her original idea. The result is a story which revolves…

Still Alice

20 Feb 20154 stars

Glasgow Film Festival: Julianne Moore excels as an Alzheimer's sufferer

'I wish I had cancer,' rages Alice (Julianne Moore). The focus may be soft, the music melancholy but, make no mistake, Still Alice is furious. This film from directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland sees a celebrated intellectual ravaged by…

Predicting the Oscars 2015: Best Picture

20 Feb 2015

In the final part of our Oscars previews, we turn our eyes to the main prize

As we lead up to the 87th Academy Awards, our Film Reviews Editor Emma Simmonds makes her predictions on this year's likely Oscar winners. Here, we look at the contenders for Best Picture (last year's winner: 12 Years a Slave). Best Picture The…

Ewan McGregor to make directorial debut on American Pastoral

19 Feb 2015

Actor takes over from Phillip Noyce, will adapt Philip Roth’s Pulitzer-winning Vietnam-era drama

Ewan McGregor is stepping behind the camera to direct his first feature, an adaptation of Philip Roth’s 1998, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, American Pastoral. McGregor will also star in the film as Levov along with Dakota Fanning and Jennifer…

Neill Blomkamp's Alien project gets green-light

19 Feb 2015

District 9 and Elysium director to direct new film in the franchise

It's one of the most beloved yet badly treated properties in Hollywood. Its first four films were helmed by some of the best directors in the world, and now District 9 and Elysium director Neill Blomkamp is to join the illustrious list after confirming…

Blind

19 Feb 20154 stars

Glasgow Film Festival: Eskil Vogt's impressive debut explores the titular condition

Norwegian writer-director Eskil Vogt's intriguing directorial debut skilfully investigates the experience of blindness and of social alienation more generally, probing the anxieties of a woman suffering from sight-loss who's become physically and…

While We're Young

19 Feb 20154 stars

Glasgow Film Festival: Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts star in Noah Baumbach's latest

The threat of the young is at the centre of writer-director Noah Baumbach's perceptive, funny and cringingly honest eighth film, whose satirical swipe reaches across the age spectrum. It follows a cross-generational friendship which inspires adulation…

Predicting the Oscars 2015: Best Actress / Actor

19 Feb 2015

Our attention turns to the stars of the show as we look at lead performers

Actress in a Leading Role The nominees: Marion Cotillard - Two Days, One Night Felicity Jones - The Theory of Everything Julianne Moore - Still Alice Rosamund Pike - Gone Girl Reese Witherspoon - Wild What we say: That this has become a…

Peppa Pig: The Golden Boots

18 Feb 20152 stars

The animated kids' favourite hits the big screen in a cobbled-together collection

With over ten years as a beloved children’s entertainer, Peppa Pig makes the jump from television to cinema screens with a disappointingly small splash in this animated adventure for tots. A brand new 15-minute Peppa Pig adventure, The Golden Boots, is…

Strange Electricity: Jim Tenors recalls making Sähkö The Movie

18 Feb 2015

Ahead of a rare screening in Glasgow, the director shares his memories of filming the documentary

Only the few will have seen Sähkö The Movie – regarded among certain technoheads as the ‘Holy Grail of electronic music documentaries’. Rarely screened live, besides the odd special event like Sonar festival, or a night at MoMA in New York, it’s coming…

10 Glasgow Comedy Festival comedians pick their favourite films

18 Feb 2015

Which funny films make the comics laugh the hardest? We asked some to find out

With the Glasgow International Comedy Festival just around the corner, Brian Donaldson caught up with 10 comedians and asked each of them what they favourite big screen comedies were.

Predicting the Oscars 2015: Best Director

18 Feb 2015

The Academy Award-nominated helmsmen and the woman they missed

As we lead up to the 87th Academy Awards, our Film Reviews Editor Emma Simmonds makes her predictions on this year's likely Oscar winners. Here, we look at the contenders for Best Director (last year's winner: Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity). Best…

Scotland’s first 48 hour animation competition comes to Glasgow

17 Feb 2015

Ani Jam gives animators and creatives the chance to produce a short film in a tight time frame

Smudge Digital and Glasgow Short Film Festival have partnered up to offer animators and creatives the chance to produce an animated film in just 48 hours. Participants can enter Ani Jam in teams of two to ten and have just two short days to produce a…

Predicting the Oscars 2015: Best Supporting Actress / Actor

17 Feb 2015

Eye-catching support makes it into the spotlight in the second of our series

As we lead up to the 87th Academy Awards, our Film Reviews Editor Emma Simmonds makes her predictions on this year's likely Oscar winners. Here, we look at the contenders for Best Supporting Actress (last year's winner: Lupita Nyong'o) and Supporting…

Interview: Maika Monroe on playing Jay in arresting horror film It Follows

17 Feb 2015

Maika Monroe talks about her role in the excellent new slasher

Maika Monroe’s first experience of the film industry came when she was plucked from her dance class at the age of 13 to appear in a horror film as an extra. The now 21-year-old actress managed to persuade Bad Blood’s director to give her one line after…

Jamie Dornan to star in Netflix movie about UN peacekeepers

16 Feb 2015

Jadotville commemorates a heroic stand by Irish UN soldiers during the 1960s Katangese War

Given that the quivering juggernaut that is Fifty Shades of Grey stormed the box office on its opening weekend, nobody should be surprised at the timing of Netflix's announcement that it's signed Fifty Shades star Jamie Dornan as the lead in Jadotville…

Predicting the Oscars 2015: Best Adapted / Original Screenplay

16 Feb 2015

Kicking off our Oscars previews, we look at the best of the big screen's scribes

As we lead up to the 87th Academy Awards, our Film Reviews Editor Emma Simmonds makes her predictions on this year's likely Oscar winners. Here, we look at the contenders for Best Adapted Screenplay (last year's winner: 12 Years a Slave) and Best…

The best of FrightFest at Glasgow Film Festival 2015

16 Feb 2015

The scariest films from the horror celebration including The Clown, The Woods and Blood & Black Lace

Once again it's time to get your fright on as Glasgow Film Festival presents three days of terror with FrightFest. As per usual it's an essential snapshot of the genre with zombies, serial killers and Satanism.

Blackhat

16 Feb 20152 stars

Chris Hemsworth heads up Michael Mann's disappointing cyber-crime thriller

With a plot that couldn't be more timely, Michael Mann's latest thriller tackles the subject of computer hacking. However, while there's some fun to be had in the urgent, explosive action sequences, Mann's characteristic style can't conceal the…

Predestination

16 Feb 20153 stars

Confident, puzzling sci-fi from the Spierig Brothers, starring Ethan Hawke

Strangely alluring and memorably absurd, Predestination – written and directed by the German-born, Australia-raised identical twins Peter and Michael Spierig – is a guilty pleasure sci-fi that’ll almost have you leaving the cinema believing you’ve just…

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

16 Feb 20154 stars

David Zellner's heartbreaking and humorous film focusses on an unusual quest

Fuzzy images from an over-watched VHS tape open David Zellner’s fifth feature, which he co-wrote with his brother Nathan. The movie that our protagonist Kumiko is watching, and currently fixated on, is the Coen brothers' Fargo. The focus on that film's…

Kung Fu Killer

16 Feb 20154 stars

Stylish and fast-paced martial arts thriller from Teddy Chan, starring Donnie Yen

However hard they try, action stars like Jason Statham, Steven Seagal, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dwayne Johnson can't hope to match the speed and grace of their Asian counterparts. Over the years Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais and…

Maidan

16 Feb 20154 stars

Excellent documentary from Sergei Loznitsa which shows the power of protest

On February 20th, 2014, a clash between protestors and police in Kiev's Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) saw over 50 people lose their lives, and marked the beginning of the end of Viktor Yanukovych's contentious presidency. Released on the…

Cake

16 Feb 20153 stars

Jennifer Aniston shines in Daniel Barnz's sentimental and predictable drama

Cake has been gaining a lot of attention as the film in which a Golden Globe-nominated Jennifer Aniston dares to dispense with make-up and act mean. In truth, it is a thoroughly respectable performance and a welcome change from the inanities and…