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Comes a Bright Day

  • 2 stars
  • 2012
  • UK
  • 1h 35min
  • Directed by: Simon Aboud
  • Written by: Simon Aboud
  • Cast: Craig Roberts, Imogen Poots, Kevin McKidd
  • UK release: 29 June 2012

Dogsbody Sam Smith (Craig Roberts) is taken hostage in a jewellery heist along with the object of his affections, Mary (Imogen Poots). As a thriller it's almost completely devoid of tension and even lacks credibility as a romance.

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

  • 2010
  • Canada / US
  • 1h 58min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Chris Columbus
  • Cast: Logan Lerman, Brandon T Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Jake Abel, Sean Bean, Pierce Brosnan, Melina Kanakaredes, Steve Coogan, Rosario Dawson, Catherine Keener, Kevin McKidd, Joe Pantoliano, Uma Thurman, Ray Winstone

Big screen adaptation of Rick Riordan's first fantasy adventure novel featuring Greek mythology-baiting child Percy Jackson. Possible franchise? We think so.

One Night in Emergency

  • 2009
  • UK
  • 59min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Michael Offer
  • Cast: Kevin McKidd, Michelle Ryan, Ewen Bremner

The television debut of Gregory Burke, the playwright behind 'Blackwatch', tells the story of a man's 'Odyssey'-inspired journey through a hospital in search of his wife, who has been admitted to A&E.

Made of Honour

  • 2 stars
  • 2008
  • US / UK
  • 1h 41min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Paul Weiland
  • Cast: Patrick Dempsey, Michelle Monaghan, Kevin McKidd, Kathleen Quinlan, Sydney Pollack, Chris Messina

Tom (Dempsey) is a wealthy New York City playboy who only realises his best friend Hannah (Monaghan) is the love of his life when she plans to marry dashing stranger Colin (McKidd). Predictable 'ménage a trois' rom-com, which relocates to Scotland for some cultural stereotyping.

The Last Legion

  • 2 stars
  • 2007
  • US / UK / France / Slovakia / Italy
  • 1h 41min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Doug Lefler
  • Written by: Valerio Massimo Manfredi (book), Jez Butterworth, Tom Butterworth, Carlo Carlei, Peter Rader
  • Cast: Colin Firth, Thomas Sangster, Ben Kingsley, Aishwarya Rai, Peter Mullan, Kevin McKidd

A risible slice of sword and sorcery buffoonery, with the miscast Firth playing Roman warrior Aurelius with the air of a suburban bank manager in fancy dress and an ensemble of Scottish acting talent hiding shamefacedly behind a host of unlikely beards and names. The stream of innuendos makes this film of accidental comic…

AfterLife

  • 2003
  • UK
  • 1h 40min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Alison Peebles
  • Cast: Lindsay Duncan, Kevin McKidd, Paula Sage, Shirley Henderson

May (Duncan) looks after Roberta (Sage), her 21-year-old daughter with Downs. Her other child Kenny (McKidd) is an ambitious journalist. He drifts in and out of their lives, always putting the stress of his workload over spending time with his old mum and sis. But then May discovers she has cancer and Kenny has to…

The Rocket Post

  • 2 stars
  • 2003
  • UK
  • 1h 58min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Stephen Whittaker
  • Written by: James MacInnes, William Morrissey
  • Cast: Ulrich Thomsen, Shauna Macdonald, Kevin McKidd, Patrick Malahide

Based on a true story in which an intriguing German scientist brightens up the remote Hebridean island of Scarp by trying to establish a rocket postal system, with mixed reactions from the locals. Playing more like a Sunday evening TV drama, the laboured ideology leads to a risibly overblown ending.

Dog Soldiers

  • 2002
  • UK / Luxembourg / US
  • 1h 45min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Neil Marshall
  • Written by: Neil Marshall
  • Cast: Sean Pertwee, Kevin McKidd, Emma Cleasby

The werewolves that prowl the Highlands sink their teeth into a Special Ops training unit.

Trainspotting

  • 4 stars
  • 1996
  • UK
  • 1h 33min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Danny Boyle
  • Cast: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Robert Carlyle, Kelly Macdonald
  • UK release: 23 February 1996

John Hodge's screenplay perfectly captures the desperate humour of Irvine Welsh's novel, keeping the episodic structure of junkie scenes for the first half before concentrating on Renton in London in the later stages. Fast and stylish direction, with a creative soundtrack and acting that's off-the-rails excellent, this…

Comes a Bright Day

16 Jul 20122 stars

Attractively shot but dramatically hollow British heist flick

Reminding us that all that glitters certainly isn’t gold, Comes a Bright Day dazzles superficially but is dramatically hollow. Simon Aboud’s debut as writer and director boasts a cross-generational cast of British talent, alongside immaculate interiors…

Hot 100 2012: Brave

11 Dec 2012

Pixar's first foray onto Scottish soil was one of the cultural events of the year

Just casting a glance over the 2012 edition of our annual Hot 100, you can see how pervasive Brave’s influence is. Kelly Macdonald (Hot 100 #3) and Billy Connolly (#51) took leading roles as Highland princess Merida and her father King Fergus;…

Made of Honour

24 Apr 20082 stars

ROMANTIC COMEDY (12A) 101min Tom (former teen heartthrob Patrick Dempsey) is a wealthy New York City playboy. Hannah (Michelle Monaghan) is Tom’s best friend and the single constant female companion in the life of a serial shagger. But when Hannah is…

New Pixar film Brave set in Scottish highlands

17 Nov 2011

Stars Kelly MacDonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson and Robbie Coltrane

Pixar – the CG animation powerhouse behind hits such as Finding Nemo, Up and Wall-E – are turning their attention to Scottish shores for their next feature, Brave. Due to be released on Fri 22 Jun 2012, it stars Kelly Macdonald as the voice of Merida, a…

Preview of 2012 - Brave

6 Jan 2012

Pixar’s highland fling has a lot of heart

After dropping the ball with Cars 2 last summer – the only one of their 12 feature-length releases so far to have been deemed a bit lacklustre – the award-winning animation house will be looking to score big again with Brave. Set in the misty and…

DVD - Round-up

19 Jun 2007

‘Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.’ The great American writer, actor and boxing analyst Al Bernstein wrote that. But then he also said, ‘A fool and his money get a lot of publicity’ so perhaps we shouldn’t pay too much attention to…

Glasgow Film Festival 2015 day planner

13 Feb 2015

2014’s most meteoric rise to fame came from Shailene Woodley, who capitalised on her memorable turn opposite George Clooney in The Descendants to star in all-conquering teenage hits Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars. Cult director Gregg Araki…

The Last Legion

18 Oct 20072 stars

ACTION/ADVENTURE (12A) 101min Director Doug Lefler honed his questionable skills directing episodes of Xena: Warrior Princess before legendary producer Dino de Laurentiis let him loose on this risible slice of sword and sorcery buffoonery. Falling well…

Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief

25 Feb 20103 stars

Having passed on the Harry Potter directing reigns after the second instalment, Chris Columbus attempts to kick-start another fantasy franchise with this adaptation of the first book in Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and The Olympians series.

Profile: Simon Hynd, director of horror thriller Senseless

24 Mar 2011

Jason Behr plays US businessman who is kidnapped

Born 20 January, 1974, Edinburgh Background Hynd studied Film & Television at Napier, making a few shorts that got him noticed by the Scottish film industry, going on to win a Scottish BAFTA for his short Tumshie Mcfadgen’s Bid for Ultimate Bliss.