Reviews & features

Sharon Rooney: 'I didn't see many people like me growing up but here we are! Why has it taken so long?'

26 Mar 2019

Glaswegian actress discusses her role in Tim Burton's new live-action version of Disney's Dumbo

Ever since her breakout role in My Mad Fat Diary as the vivacious Rae Earl, Sharon Rooney has been a welcome presence in television with regular roles in numerous shows including No Offence and Zapped. Six years on since the acclaimed coming-of-age show…

At Eternity's Gate

25 Mar 20194 stars

This superb Vincent van Gogh biopic starring Willem Dafoe may be the definitive film about the artist

There have probably been more films about Vincent van Gogh than any other artist, from the Kirk Douglas-starrer Lust for Life in 1956, to last year's animated Loving Vincent. But, rather than feeling like overkill, Julian Schnabel may well have made the…

Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story

25 Mar 20193 stars

The colourful character behind Frank Sidebottom is the subject of an affectionate documentary

For those of a certain generation, Frank Sidebottom was a perennial presence on children's Saturday morning TV shows. For others he was a rock star. With his bulbous papier-mâché head, he was certainly unique. But who was he? Directed by Steve Sullivan…

Eaten By Lions

25 Mar 20193 stars

Mostly charming cultural identity comedy, featuring a cast of beloved British comedians

Films about mixed-race families are so rare it's refreshing to be presented with a British comedy about a young man who, as he attempts to track down his biological father, manages to connect with his Indian roots. In the 90s, Made in America approached…

The Highwaymen

25 Mar 20192 stars

Kevin Costner stars in a sanctimonious crime drama about the men on the trail of Bonnie and Clyde

Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson buddy up as real-life Texas Rangers in a film about taking down the infamous Bonnie and Clyde. It's based on the lives of Frank Hamer and Maney Gault, who were part of the posse who eventually caught up with the couple…

Lords of Chaos

25 Mar 20194 stars

Disturbing, fact-based story of music and murder from director Jonas Åkerlund

Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund (Spun) returns with a disturbing story of music and murder. Unfolding in the early 1990s, it follows the formation of an obscure sub-genre: Norwegian black metal. The hardcore sights and sounds are liable to alienate most…

The Vanishing

25 Mar 20192 stars

A long-debated mystery becomes a rather drab thriller starring Gerard Butler and Peter Mullan

The mysterious disappearance of three lighthouse keepers from a remote Scottish lighthouse at Flannan Isles in 1900 has provoked much creative conjecture, from WW Gibson's atmospheric 1912 poem to a classic 1977 Doctor Who episode ('Horror of Fang…

Taiwan Film Festival to celebrate the island's diverse cultural offerings

20 Mar 2019

Screenings include Tsai Ming-Liang's cutting-edge VR film The Deserted and the martial arts classic Dragon Inn

From Wed 3–Thu 14 April, the Taiwan Film Festival will be bringing tales from another distant island to the shores of the UK. With screenings at iconic venues across London, including the Curzon Soho and the Tate Modern's Starr Cinema, the festival's…

Edinburgh International Film Festival and Scottish National Jazz Orchestra to play Miles Davis' Sketches of Spain live

20 Mar 2019

Young English trumpeter Laura Jurd takes the trumpet seat in this one-off performance of one of the great jazz classics of the Sixties

Jazz fans, rejoice in that way that you rejoice: by nodding very slightly and murmuring 'Cool, cool.' The Edinburgh International Film Festival and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra are teaming up to present a special one-off performance of Miles…

All the ways to get cheap cinema tickets

19 Mar 2019

Your favourite pass-time just got a whole lot cheaper

Remember when cinema tickets cost a fiver? Well those days are long gone but don't lose hope, there are still a number of ways to see the latest must-see releases on the cheap. From kids clubs to bargain days to unlimited cards, we've created a…

Ralph Fiennes on The White Crow: 'It was always about this moment of choice in 1961'

19 Mar 2019

Director Fiennes and lead actor Oleg Ivenko discuss the new film about the life of ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev

Marking his third film as director, Ralph Fiennes' The White Crow explores the young life of iconic Russian ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev. Initially, Fiennes wasn't particularly au fait with Nureyev's art form. 'I had no interest in ballet as such,' he…

Us

19 Mar 20194 stars

Lupita Nyong'o is phenomenal in Jordan Peele's beautifully crafted nightmare

If, as some believe, encountering your doppelganger can spell disaster or death, heaven help the cast of Us, Jordan Peele's eagerly awaited follow-up to the Oscar-winning Get Out. In a neat twist on home invasion horror's 'stranger danger' trope, a…

Edinburgh International Film Festival introduces new filmmaking competition

18 Mar 2019

Festival teams up with Johnnie Walker with opportunity to be showcased at the 73rd EIFF in June

Edinburgh International Film Festival has announced a new filmmaking competition, Walk With Us, aimed at Scotland-based filmmakers. Not only is the name of the project a reference to sponsor Johnnie Walker, it is also the theme filmmakers are…

Five Feet Apart

18 Mar 20193 stars

Touching YA drama about the romance between two teens with cystic fibrosis

A YA drama set almost entirely in a hospital, Five Feet Apart rises far above terminally ill teen clichés for much of its running time thanks to a smart script and touching performances from Cole Sprouse, Moises Arias, and, most notably, lead actress…

Minding the Gap

18 Mar 20195 stars

Extraordinary, Oscar-nominated documentary from debut director Bing Liu

Filmed over a period of several years, this extraordinary, autobiographical documentary from debut director Bing Liu is a strikingly intimate coming-of-age story about three skateboarding friends whose lives are all touched, in different ways, by the…

Sorry Angel

18 Mar 20193 stars

Thoughtful romantic drama from French director Christophe Honoré

Christophe Honoré's Sorry Angel (Plaire, Aimer et Courir Vite) might make the perfect companion piece to 120 BPM. The bustling energy of Robin Campillo's ACT UP fresco is complemented by Honoré's narrower, novelistic focus on an individual negotiating…

The White Crow

18 Mar 20194 stars

Ralph Fiennes takes the helm of an impressive biopic focusing on legendary ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev

Rudolf Nureyev, the world's first pop icon ballet star, defected from the Soviet Union at Paris's Le Bourget airport in 1961. History has it that the dancer threatened suicide if he was not allowed to remain in the west. In The White Crow the moment is…

Luna Cinema's 2019 season is the biggest and best ever

15 Mar 2019

Full programme details including venues, films, screening dates and times

The Luna Cinema are bringing their biggest, boldest ever season of cinema screenings to 62 venues across the UK this spring and summer. Going into its eleventh year, the club shows no sign of wavering anytime soon and has instead announced another…

Brian Welsh on Beats: 'This a story about being young, it's relevant to then but it's also relevant to what's happening now'

13 Mar 2019

Playwright Kieran Hurley and film director Welsh discuss the Scottish rave movie

As if inventing penicillin was not enough, Scots gave the world one huge shot in the arm through the pioneering of rave culture in the 1990s. Originally performed at Glasgow's Arches Theatre, Kieran Hurley's play Beats captures a dynamic experience of…

Bing Liu on Minding the Gap: 'It's an exploration of other people's journeys... growing up and escaping patterns'

13 Mar 2019

Oscar nominated director discusses his skateboarding documentary ahead of its screening at The Human Rights Watch Film Festival

'I was very depressed... I was a borderline alcoholic in my adolescence. I never really let myself become angry, that was one of the ways I tried to shield myself from becoming like my stepfather,' explains Oscar nominated director Bing Liu when…

The Prodigy

12 Mar 20193 stars

Taylor Schilling stars in a watchable possession horror featuring a smattering of effective scares

Horror is the most dependably lucrative genre in film; fans will brave no-name casts, cheap productions and uninspired ideas in the hope of a few decent scares. Nicholas McCarthy's The Prodigy offers a more upscale package: a familiar face from TV…

Yuli: The Carlos Acosta Story

11 Mar 20195 stars

Beautifully shot, poignant and fascinating biopic about one of the greatest dancers the world has ever known

'He was born to dance – he just doesn't know it yet.' So says Pedro Acosta, father of 10-year-old Carlos, as he tries to shoehorn his young son into ballet school. Carlos, however, would far rather play football, 'than be a faggot'. For those who…

Fisherman's Friends

11 Mar 20193 stars

Undemanding, cockle-warming British comedy inspired by a singing sensation

For the uninitiated, the Fisherman's Friends are a real-life, all-male Cornish folk troupe who leapt to fame when they signed a £1 million record deal with Island Records in 2010. The journey of these fishermen-turned-chart-toppers forms the basis of…

Girl

11 Mar 20194 stars

Tough, empathetic drama from Lukas Dhont about a young ballerina born into the wrong body

Issues of identity lie at the heart of Girl. Belgian director Lukas Dhont's poised, remarkably assured debut feature focuses on 15-year-old Lara (Victor Polster). Born male, Lara identifies as female and cannot wait to fully transition. As she conceals…

Ben Is Back

11 Mar 20194 stars

Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges join forces for an emotive drama centring on the anguish of addiction

A prodigal son comes home to his mother for Christmas – but has he really reformed? Add actors Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges to this scenario and it's surprising that this emotive domestic drama, centring on the anguish of addiction, didn't make more…