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Mortdecai

22 Jan 20151 star

Johnny Depp is reunited with director David Koepp in this crude, charmless caper

Ay, caramba! Johnny Depp has given us quite a catalogue of eccentric and goofy characterisations in his time. But none of them has been as thoroughly unamusing and charmless as his Charlie Mortdecai, eponymous anti-hero of a badly misjudged action comedy.

Glasgow Film Festival 2015 highlights

21 Jan 2015

An overflowing GFF programme boasts plenty to get excited about

The programme for the 2015 Glasgow Film Festival has been announced and it features an embarrassment of riches for the city's movie fans and those planning on visiting for what has fast become one of the best film fests in the whole UK.

Glasgow Film Festival 2015 programme announced

21 Jan 2015

Noah Baumbach's While We're Young opens the festival's 11th year

Ten European premieres, 11 world premieres, an internet cat video festival, a 1970s roller disco and a ballroom extravaganza at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum – all these and plenty more form part of the 11th Glasgow Film Festival, whose programme…

Preview: LOCO London Comedy Film Festival 2015

20 Jan 2015

Love to laugh? We've picked out the must see films at the 2015 London Comedy Film Festival

LOCO has been cheering up London in the most miserable week of the year with films, parties, networking sessions and courses for three years now. The fourth edition not only tackles the theme of social class with UK premieres featuring the best comedies…

La Maison de la Radio

19 Jan 20152 stars

Nicolas Philibert's Radio France documentary proves both fascinating and frustrating

French filmmaker Nicolas Philibert will be best known to international audiences for his excellent 2002 documentary Être et Avoir, a portrait of a single-room school in rural France. His latest work, La Maison de la Radio, takes the same fly-on-the-wall…

The Gambler

19 Jan 20154 stars

Modern twist on the 70s crime drama starring an impressive Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg has transcended his boy-rapper roots to become a dependable leading man but, although he's proved adept with lighter roles, he's sometimes struggled to be taken seriously. Reviving Karel Reisz’s 1974 heavyweight drama – which starred James…

Beyond Clueless

19 Jan 20153 stars

Charlie Lyne's entertaining documentary celebrates and dissects the teen movie

Ever since James Dean set light to the establishment in the 50s, teens have been central to cinema, both as audience and subject. Every generation since has films that define adolescence: from the antics of The Beatles and the students of Rydell High in…

Ex Machina

19 Jan 20154 stars

Smart, skilfully constructed sci-fi from Alex Garland featuring Alicia Vikander

Novelist and screenwriter Alex Garland’s directorial debut is an unsettling, teasing and thought-provoking sci-fi, centred around artificial intelligence. When Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) wins a work competition to fly to his CEO’s home to take part in a…

A Most Violent Year

19 Jan 20154 stars

Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac shine in JC Chandor's elegant crime flick

'I spent my whole life trying to not become a gangster,' Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac) tells his wife Anna (Jessica Chastain) in a striking subversion of the famous line from Goodfellas. JC Chandor's third film as writer-director (after Margin Call and All…

Q&A: Charlie Lyne on directing Beyond Clueless

16 Jan 2015

An homage to the glorious teen movies of the 90s

British film critic Charlie Lyne pays tribute to the teen movie, in particular its 1990s incarnation, with Beyond Clueless, an affectionate but determinedly anti-ironic appreciation. With reference to some 200 films, narration by actress and teen movie…

Profile: Alicia Vikander on Ex Machina

16 Jan 2015

She's Hollywood's next big thing with a huge 2015 ahead, so we decided to find out more

Born in Gothenberg, Sweden in 1988, Alicia Vikander trained as a ballerina for nine years before switching to acting. She's currently best known for her roles in A Royal Affair and Anna Karenina. Her latest film is British sci-fi thriller Ex Machina…

Oscar nominations 2015 announced

15 Jan 2015

You've gotta be in it to win it: find out who got nominated for the 87th Academy Awards

Besides Birdman and Boyhood, this year's Oscar race is as wide-open as any in recent memory. With the Golden Globes already dished out and BAFTA nominations announced, announced, the runners and riders were already in the gates, now they're off to the…

Interview: Derek Mears (Dead Snow 2)

13 Jan 2015

Horror icon discusses his career playing monsters in Dead Snow 2, Friday the 13th, Predator and more

It's rare but every now and then a sequel comes along that blows the original out of the water. Dead Snow 2: Red vs Dead is gorier, nastier and funnier than the first film in just about every way. This time Herzog (Ørjan Gamst) is leading his Nazi…

Roll with the punches: Whiplash interview

13 Jan 2015

Flying cymbals, myths and jazz legends: Damien Chazelle explains the inspiration behind Whiplash

Since when did jazz become fashionable again? This season, you can see Alejandro González Iñárritu’s showbiz satire Birdman in cinemas, driven by a ceaseless percussive score by acclaimed jazz drummer Antonio Sánchez. John Hawkes is starring in the much…

American Sniper

12 Jan 20153 stars

Sympathetic but simplistic true-life drama featuring a formidable Bradley Cooper

As a Republican Party stalwart, Clint Eastwood has never been shy of addressing the role of the military. From the gung-ho Heartbreak Ridge to his more thoughtful Flags of Our Fathers / Letters from Iwo Jima double-header, Eastwood’s frontline sojourns…

Duck Soup

12 Jan 20155 stars

The Marx Brothers' masterpiece returns to cinemas in all its madcap glory

Featuring the kind of disruption to the cinematic status quo which couldn't be outdone by a feathered friend in a flap, 1933's Duck Soup was the fifth film fronted by the Marx Brothers and the last to feature straight-man Zeppo. Directed by Leo McCarey…

Paper Souls

12 Jan 20152 stars

Disappointing supernatural dramedy from Vincent Lannoo about love and loss

It’s not unreasonable to say that, in recent times, the French have set the standard for eccentric existential comedies; from Jeunet to Gondry, there is clearly something about the Gallic sense of humour that compliments wildly absurd situations. It’s…

Point and Shoot

12 Jan 20152 stars

Marshall Curry's flawed film documents Matt VanDyke's quest for masculinity

You can tell a lot about a documentary from its closing frames. In Point and Shoot the Oscar-nominated writer-director Marshall Curry asks a summing-up question of his subject Matt VanDyke, an OCD-suffering Baltimore filmmaker turned Arab Spring…

BAFTA 2015 nominations announced

9 Jan 2015

Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel leads the BAFTA field with nods in 11 categories

The ink has barely dried on critic's end of year lists and already nominations for the 2015 BAFTAs are in and sure to be the start of great debate and disagreement. It looks like a straight fight between The Grand Budapest Hotel (11 nominations)…

Ticket giveaway: Son of a Gun

7 Jan 2015

We're hosting an exclusive preview of Ewan McGregor's new film, here's why you should check it out

When the country's most notorious criminal offers you protection in jail and your next best offer is a shiv in the back, there’s only one realistic answer. So when career crook Brendan Lynch takes 19-year old JR under his wing, greater danger inevitably…

Taken 3

6 Jan 20152 stars

Liam Neeson returns in this tired third instalment of the actioner franchise

You know the drill by now. If you're an evildoer, Liam Neeson’s grizzled ex-CIA operative will find you and he will kill you. Like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ‘I’ll be back’ battle cry, this catchphrase helped turn Neeson into an ageing action hero back in…

Into the Woods musical stars serenade

5 Jan 2015

Director Rob Marshall and actors who sing Anna Kendrick and James Corden talk Disney's latest

Disney's Into the Woods is a big screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's witty, satirical musical that sees a collection of familiar fairy-tale characters venturing into the titular woods to achieve their hearts' desires. Understandably, when it…

Erebus: Into the Unknown

5 Jan 20153 stars

Chilling yet stirring documentary from Charlotte Purdy and Peter Burger

On 28 November 1979 a flight took off from New Zealand loaded with 257 passengers heading on a sightseeing tour over Antarctica. They would never be seen alive again. This documentary mixes archive footage, interviews and reconstructions to bring to…

Into the Woods

5 Jan 20153 stars

Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt enliven Rob Marshall's latest musical

There's a sequence in Disney's adaptation of stage musical Into the Woods which will rank as one of the greatest movie moments of 2015. As Cinderella's Prince and Rapunzel's Prince respectively, Chris Pine and Billy Magnussen engage in an emotionally…

The Last of the Unjust

5 Jan 20155 stars

Claude Lanzmann revisits the subject of the Holocaust in this fine documentary

Claude Lanzmann's Shoah is one of the most important documentaries ever made. His monumental oral history of the Holocaust was constructed over 12 years. In 1975 in Rome, Lanzmann interviewed Benjamin Murmelstein, the last president of the Jewish…