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20 Dec 20164 stars

Andrew Garfield stars in this faith-based passion project from the great Martin Scorsese

The result of a self-described obsession, Martin Scorsese brings his formidable experience to bear on Shūsaku Endō's 1966 novel, following the delirious excess of The Wolf of Wall Street with a work of courageous severity and contemplation. Its…

The Wolf of Wall Street

16 Jan 20143 stars

Martin Scorsese's latest is too busy reveling in excess to consider any moral complexities

As with his wonderfully fluent Goodfellas, which chronicled the rise and fall of real-life gangster Henry Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street sees Martin Scorsese bring exhaustive meticulousness to Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio). This dodgy share-trader’s…

Opinion - The 2012 BAFTA nominations

17 Jan 2012

Scorsese, Streep, Tintin and The Artist all nominated - but do they deserve it?

The announcement of any film awards nominations list is guaranteed to stir up debate about which films are missing, which are undeserving of their placement, and most of all, who's most likely to win. The 2012 BAFTA nominations list has all that, plus…

Monsters director Gareth Edwards and producer Graham King at EIFF

20 Jun 2010

Edinburgh International Film Festival Blog

Saturday 19 June The days, as Calvin & Hobbes astutely observed, are just packed. Saturday began with two great things: the first was Toy Story 3, which was possibly the best threequel I’ve ever seen (I’m meeting its two chief animators later today…

EIFF 2009 - Roger Corman

11 Jun 2009

The Hollywood legend Roger Corman is guest of honour at the 63rd EIFF, which is this year hosting a very welcome retrospective dedicated to the man they rightly call the king of the Bs. Given the 83-year-old auteur has written, directed and/or produced…

Take One Action Film Festival 2012 returns to Glasgow and Edinburgh

16 Aug 2012

Groundbreaking festival to open with Martin Scorsese produced film and features workshops and Q&As

Returning to Glasgow and Edinburgh for the fifth year in a row, the Take One Action Film Festival’s aim is as much to celebrate great work that is being done around the world to fight injustice, as it is to provoke audiences to get up and do something…

The Red Shoes

30 Jul 20095 stars

Martin Scorsese proclaimed Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s masterpiece ‘truly the most beautiful Technicolor film ever made.’ Marty should know, given he oversaw the restoration of the 1948 classic through his Film Foundation and then premiered…

Shutter Island

25 Feb 20104 stars

Just as he followed his gangland classic Goodfellas with his pulpy remake of Cape Fear, so Martin Scorsese’s first feature film proper since The Departed is thriller Shutter Island. Based on the 1954-set novel by Dennis Lehane, like Cape Fear, it’s…

The Young Victoria

5 Mar 20093 stars

ROMANCE/HISTORY Young Queen Victoria (Emily Blunt) kicks against the royal pricks but is tamed by a man whose name has become synonymous with penile piercing. Who would of thought it. Miserable old Queen Victoria was the proto feminist. As a young…

American Hustle, 12 Years a Slave and The Wolf of Wall Street among Oscar 2014 nominations

16 Jan 2014

Philomena, Blue Jasmine, Dallas Buyers Club and Captain Phillips also pick up multiple nominations

The nominations have been announced for the 2014 Academy Awards, with The Wolf of Wall Street, 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle picking up multiple nominations in several categories apiece. The list of nominees in the main categories is below - for…

One Direction: This Is Us

29 Aug 20133 stars

Harry Styles' hyperventilating fans emerge as the truly special effects in Morgan Spurlock's pop doc

Behind Harry Styles, there are a lot of harried stylists. You actually get to see some of them in this Simon Cowell-produced monument to the astonishing first chapter of the One Direction story. It’s a work-for-hire gig for extrovert documentary-maker…

The Queen of Spades

17 Dec 2009

Following its recent rediscovery, re-mastering and reissue in cinemas, this criminally overlooked British masterpiece receives its DVD debut 60 years after it was made. Adapted from a story by Alexander Pushkin, it was directed by the largely…

The River

10 Sep 2009

Described by Martin Scorsese as one of the most beautiful films ever made, Jean Renoir’s 1951 adaptation of Rumer Godden’s novel about a British family’s colonial experiences in Bengal in the last days of the Raj brings a short Jean Renoir retrospective…

Side by Side

18 Feb 20133 stars

A-list directors on film vs digital debate in doc produced and presented by Keanu Reeves

The title of this reasonably interesting and fairly comprehensive documentary about traditional photochemical film and pioneering digital technology is slightly misleading. Although filmmakers have been using both forms for roughly the last decade and a…


1 Nov 20134 stars

Insightful documentary about the influential Hollywood screenwriter

If the term ‘maverick’ is an overused one when it comes to describing 1970s Hollywood veterans, it’s more than fitting for John Milius. Just his screenwriting credits alone are enough to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. An…

The Departed

2 Oct 20063 stars

Ghosts are always a problem for Martin Scorsese. Each film he makes is inevitably compared to his own past masterpieces, so let’s start by saying that The Departed (those ghosts are even in the title now) is not as good as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull or…

In a League of Their Own - the best sports movies ever

19 Mar 2009

The release this month of controversial documentary Tyson and Michael Sheen football drama The Damned Utd reminded us just how unreliable the sports movie can be. So here, in no particular order, are some gold medal contenders and some first round exits

Gravity, 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle among the BAFTA 2014 nominees

8 Jan 2014

Captain Phillips, Philomena and The Wolf of Wall Street also in the running for awards

The nominees for the 2014 BAFTAs have been announced, with Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle and Captain Phillips the main contenders for multiple awards. All four have received nominations for Best Film and Director, with Philomena also in the…


29 Feb 20164 stars

Documentary looking at a legendary tome and its influence on several generations of filmmakers

In 1966 renowned filmmaker François Truffaut published his appreciation of the man he considered the world’s greatest director, Alfred Hitchcock. The book, a definitive and highly accessible study, contains the in-depth conversations the two men had on…

Fifty Dead Men Walking

2 Apr 20093 stars

THRILLER A Northern Irish Catholic Del Boy turns undercover informer in this liberal adaptation of Martin McGartland’s autobiography. Besieged by recession, shootings and paranoia (sound familiar?), west Belfast in the 1980s was not a great place…

Lymelife - Derick Martini profile

24 Jun 2010

Name Derick Martini Born 2 December 1975 Background Born in New York City, he spent most of his childhood on Long Island until he was accepted into NYU as a film student. He dropped out after a month. He immediately wrote a play about…

Full Oscar nominations list 2012

24 Jan 2012

Best picture features The Artist, War Horse and Midnight in Paris

Best Picture. The Artist, The Descendants, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, War Horse. Actor in a Leading Role: Demián Bichir, George Clooney, Jean Dujardin, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt.

A Fuller Life

11 May 20153 stars

Samantha Fuller's documentary celebrates her legendary filmmaker father

Question the likes of Quentin Tarantino or Martin Scorsese on their cinematic influences and cult director Sam Fuller's name is always close to the top of their lists. This entertaining documentary paints a vivid portrait of Fuller's life and career…

Interview: Director Spike Jonze on the Oscar-nominated Her

21 Jan 2014

The former music video maker discusses techno-romance and replacing Samantha Morton

At 44, he may be approaching middle age, but there’s still something unspeakably cool about Spike Jonze. In his teens, he was photographing skateboarders and BMX bikers. In his twenties, he was making landmark music videos like the Beastie Boys…

Leonardo DiCaprio: An appreciation - The Great Gatsby, unknowability and ultimate fractured hero

22 Apr 2013

DiCaprio and Baz Luhrmann work together again 17 years after Romeo + Juliet

At the beginning of this year Leonardo DiCaprio said that he was planning to take a ‘long, long break from acting’. He appears to be sticking with that plan. Following the The Great Gatsby, released in May, we’ll see him at the end of 2013 in The Wolf…