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Eddie Izzard, James Franco and Kristen Wiig among the stars of Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014

28 May 2014

The EIFF programme also features Nicolas Cage, Elijah Wood and Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul

New films featuring Robert Duvall, Eddie Izzard, Nicolas Cage and Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul are among the highlights of the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014, the programme for which was unveiled today. Projects featuring input from James…

Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

  • 3 stars
  • 2021
  • US
  • 1h 47min
  • Directed by: Josh Greenbaum
  • Written by: Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo
  • Cast: Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo, Jamie Dornan, Damon Wayans Jr.
  • UK release: 12 February 2021

Barb and Star are two best friends that decide to leave their small Midwestern town for the first time to go on vacation. When they visit Vista Del Mar, Florida, they find themselves tangled up in adventure, love, and a plot to kill everyone in town.

A Boy Called Christmas

  • 2021
  • UK / Czech Republic
  • Directed by: Gil Kenan
  • Cast: Jim Broadbent, Zoe Colletti, Sally Hawkins, Toby Jones, Maggie Smith, Kristen Wiig

Wonder Woman 1984

  • 4 stars
  • 2020
  • US
  • 2h 31min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Patty Jenkins
  • Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen
  • UK release: 16 December 2020

Superhero sequel.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

  • 3 stars
  • 2019
  • US
  • 1h 44min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Dean DeBlois
  • Cast: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill, Kit Harington, Justin Rupple, Kristen Wiig, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, F. Murray Abraham, Gerard Butler
  • UK release: 1 February 2019

Hiccup (voiced by Baruchel) is now a chief with growing responsibilities, while Toothless the dragon is in love; but then dragon hunter Grimmel (Abraham) is determined to spoil people’s fun. The franchise is running out of steam; there’s too much going on and the central bond is obscured.

Downsizing

  • 3 stars
  • 2017
  • US
  • 2h 15min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Alexander Payne
  • Cast: Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis
  • UK release: 19 January 2018

When a Norwegian institute develops a successful process of human miniaturisation, people flock to take part so as to minimise the impact of humans on the planet. Mild-mannered comedy and gentle romance which looks beautiful but is sentimental and meandering.

Despicable Me 3

  • 3 stars
  • 2017
  • US
  • 1h 30min
  • U
  • Directed by: Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda
  • Cast: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Nev Scharrel, Steve Coogan, Julie Andrews, Jenny Slate, Pierre Coffin
  • UK release: 30 June 2017

Gru (Carell) and new wife and fellow agent Lucy (Wiig) are ensconced with their adorable adopted daughters when supervillain Balthazar Bratt (Parker) decides to take revenge on Hollywood for neglecting him. It’s all a bit familiar but it skilfully balances kid and adult appeal with its madcap approach and embarrassment of…

Sausage Party

  • 4 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 1h 29min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon
  • Written by: Evan Goldberg, Kyle Hunter, Seth Rogen, Ariel Shaffir
  • Cast: Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, James Franco
  • UK release: 2 September 2016

Frank (Rogen), a sausage, lives in a grocery store where he and his fellow foods excitedly look forward to life after being bought; but then he and hot-dog bun girlfriend Brenda (Wiig) learn the horrible truth. Rude, funny and unexpectedly profound, the best slice of adult animation since South Park.

Ghostbusters

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 1h 56min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Paul Feig
  • Cast: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon
  • UK release: 11 July 2016

Physicist Erin (Wiig) finds herself teaming up with estranged high school pal Abby (McCarthy) and her eccentric engineer Jillian (McKinnon) in search of ghosts. Marred only by excessive reverence for the original, it's a spirited, funny and touching reboot which sticks two fingers up at sexist trolls.

Nasty Baby

  • 4 stars
  • 2015
  • 1h 41min
  • Directed by: Sebastian Silva
  • Cast: Sebastian Silva, Tunde Adebimpe, Kristen Wiig
  • UK release: 8 April 2016

Pertinent drama written and directed by Sebastián Silva (who also stars alongside Kristen Wiig), following free-spirited New York doctor Polly (Wiig) who agrees to act as surrogate for her gay best friend Freddy and his partner Mo. The process is far from straightforward however, and the film ends up working as a damning…

Zoolander 2

  • 2 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 1h 42min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Justin Theroux
  • Written by: Justin Theroux
  • Cast: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Penélope Cruz, Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen
  • UK release: 12 February 2016

Derek Zoolander (Stiller) is living in the New Jersey woods as a 'hermit crab' after the collapse of his centre for 'kids who can't read good' and the death of his wife, but then he and former rival Hansel (Wilson) are drawn into a plot. Chaotic, scattershot, largely laugh-free sequel to the fondly-remembered 2001 original.

The Martian

  • 4 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 2h 10min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Ridley Scott
  • Cast: Matt Damon, Kate Mara, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig
  • UK release: 30 September 2015

When a NASA Mars mission is struck by a storm and the team decides to abort, fallen colleague Mark Watney (Damon) is believed dead. But he isn't, and he goes about trying to survive until a rescue can happen. Spectacular, tension-filled, top-quality popcorn from Scott, centred on Damon's wryly funny and understated…

Masterminds

  • 2015
  • US
  • Directed by: Jared Hess
  • Cast: Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, Mary Elizabeth Ellis
  • UK release: 28 August 2015

A comedy heist film.

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

  • 4 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 1h 42min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Marielle Heller
  • Cast: Bel Powley, Kristen Wiig, Alexander Skarsgård
  • UK release: 7 August 2015

Adaptation of Phoebe Gloeckner's graphic novel about Minnie (Powley), an exuberant teen in 1970s San Francisco, who reveals that she lost her virginity to Monroe (Skarsgård), boyfriend of her mother (Wiig). Powley is a real find, with a compelling screen presence; Heller captures the era well, and the cast is never less…

The Skeleton Twins

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 1h 31min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Craig Johnson
  • Written by: Mark Heyman/Craig Johnson
  • Cast: Kristen Wiig, Ty Burrell, Boyd Holbrook
  • UK release: 7 November 2014

Having both coincidentally cheated death on the same day, estranged twins reunite with the possibility of mending their relationship.

How to Train Your Dragon 2

  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 1h 42min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Dean DeBlois
  • Cast: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T. J. Miller, Kristen Wiig, Djimon Hounsou, Kit Harington
  • UK release: 10 July 2014

Sequel to the 2010 hit film with the original cast returning.

Welcome to Me

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 1h 28min
  • Directed by: Shira Piven
  • Cast: Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Linda Cardellini, Wes Bentley

When self-obsessed Alice (Wiig) goes off her meds and wins the state lottery, she spends the money on her own TV show about herself. The basic conceit is good, but the film is confused about how serious it wants to be and the unrelenting focus on Wiig wastes a fine supporting cast.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

  • 3 stars
  • 2013
  • US
  • 1h 54min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Ben Stiller
  • Cast: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott
  • UK release: 26 December 2013

Based on the famous 1939 short story and subsequent 1947 film starring Danny Kaye about an office worker who lives in his own fantasy world.

Girl Most Likely

  • 3 stars
  • 2012
  • US
  • 1h 43min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Shari Springer Berman/Robert Pulcini
  • Cast: Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, Matt Dillon
  • UK release: 27 September 2013

A failed New York playwright awkwardly navigates the transition from Next Big Thing to Last Year's News.

Despicable Me 2

  • 3 stars
  • 2013
  • US
  • 1h 38min
  • U
  • Directed by: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
  • Cast: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan, Ken Jeong, Elsie Fisher, Dana Gaier, Moisés Arias, Nasim Pedrad, Kristen Schaal, Pierre Coffin
  • UK release: 28 June 2013

Gru (Carell), now-reformed supervillain, is adjusting to life as the suburban dad of three small girls when the Anti-Villain League, led by Silas Ramsbotttom (Coogan), forces him to go undercover with stringy sidekick Lucy (Wiig) in search of a criminal mastermind. Although hardly stretching itself in terms of ideas, it's…

Bridesmaids

  • 4 stars
  • 2011
  • US
  • 2h 5min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Paul Feig
  • Written by: Annie Mumolo, Kristen Wiig
  • Cast: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, Chris O'Dowd, Jill Clayburgh
  • UK release: 24 June 2011

When her newly-engaged best friend Lillian (Rudolph) asks her to be chief bridesmaid, Annie (Wiig) is delighted, until she meets Lillian's new chum: a beautiful, rich bitch. The cast list overflows with comedy talent and the jokes are very funny.

Despicable Me

  • 3 stars
  • 2010
  • US
  • 1h 34min
  • U
  • Directed by: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
  • Cast: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Elsie Fisher, Will Arnett, Kristen Wiig, Julie Andrews, Pierre Coffin
  • UK release: 15 October 2010

Universal's latest offering is a good-humoured tale of a curmudgeonly aspiring supervillain (Carrell) whose wicked ways are transformed when the three orphaned girls he adopts to help him steal the moon end up capturing his heart instead. Engaging, if not quite a classic.

How to Train Your Dragon

  • 3 stars
  • 2010
  • US
  • 1h 37min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois
  • Cast: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T. J. Miller, Kristen Wiig
  • UK release: 31 March 2010

Commendable new DreamWorks animation set in the mythical world of Vikings and dragons, and based on the book by Cressida Cowell. Hiccup, a Viking teenager, befriends a dragon.

MacGruber

  • 4 stars
  • 2010
  • US
  • 1h 38min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jorma Taccone
  • Written by: Jorma Taccone, Will Forte, John Solomon
  • Cast: Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillippe, Powers Boothe, Maya Rudolph, Val Kilmer

This revival of 'Saturday Night Live' character MacGruber, an 80's action hero complete with body warmer, shades and a removable car stereo he carries around with him, is a welcome return to the 'Airplane!' tradition of dry cinematic observation leavened with crude, silly jokes.

Adventureland

  • 4 stars
  • 2009
  • US
  • 1h 46min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Greg Mottola
  • Written by: Greg Mottola
  • Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds, Martin Starr, Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig

Part fish-out-of-water comedy, part coming-of-age tale, Mottola's sweet and funny character driven, clearly biographical 'Adventureland', is a film out of its time, both literally and culturally. Unexpectedly forced to find a summer job, graduate James ends up as a coconut shy boy at the decrepit local amusement park in…