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Oscars 2012 - predictions

25 Jan 2012

Some of The List's film critics give their predictions on who'll win what at the Oscars

Best Picture. The Artist; simplicity is the reason that is soars above the other Oscar bait. The Artist probably will win, as it has won pretty much everything else going. It deserves it - when was the last time a film came along that made everyone fall…

A Journey Through French Cinema

11 Sep 20175 stars

Enthralling, informative and deeply personal documentary from the celebrated filmmaker

Released elsewhere as 'My Journey Through French Cinema', as that title suggests, Bertrand Tavernier's three-hour documentary is a personal, nay autobiographical account of French cinema, charting the films and filmmakers that made him fall in love with…

Emily Blunt - Yo majesty!

5 Mar 2009

When people got an eyeful of Emily Blunt’s striking good looks and acting ability in My Summer of Love, winner of the Best New British Feature award following its world premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2004, the general consensus…


9 Sep 20194 stars

Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu front a glamorous caper based on a real-life crime

Martin Scorsese was originally approached to direct the film optioned from Jessica Pressler's New York magazine article about a group of former strippers who conned Wall Street clients out of money by drugging them and maxing out their credit cards.

The Red Shoes

17 Dec 2009

Filmmaker Martin Scorsese proclaimed Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1948 classic, ‘the most beautiful Technicolor film ever made’. Scorsese should know, given he spearheaded the restoration to its original glory of this breathtaking melodrama…

Robert De Niro

4 Sep 2008

Family affair

What better way to kick off a preview of this autumn’s movie highlights than with a bona-fide legend, Robert De Niro. The two-time Oscar winner has always been notoriously reticent about his private life, but here Richard Mowe finds him playing a family…

War Dogs

22 Aug 20164 stars

Excellent performances from Miles Teller and Jonah Hill bring genuine laughs to this arms-dealing comedy

On paper, director Todd Phillips reuniting with Bradley Cooper in a real-life tale of international arms dealers might sound like The Hangover with guns. But War Dogs has more in common with Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street – and not just…

Why Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom is as startling and prescient as ever

30 Nov 2010

50th anniversary re-issue of film that dissects vicarious thrill of the audience

Peeping Tom, which this month celebrates its 50th anniversary, is a film that was truly ahead of its time, writes Niki Boyle. Upon its release, Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom was regarded as an abomination in celluloid, denounced by critics with a…

Glasgow Film Theatre introduces year-round CineMasters sessions

22 Mar 2017

Following their success at the Glasgow Film Festival, regular Cinemasters are now available monthly

One of the most popular strands of Glasgow Film Festival will now be available to enjoy year-round at Glasgow Film Theatre. The CineMasters sessions celebrate the work of the most influential filmmakers from across the world. At Glasgow Film Festival…

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints

27 Feb 20074 stars

(15) 98min

First time filmmaker and writer Dito Montiel’s vivid, inventive and energetic adaptation of his own allegedly true biographic novel may be the most self-indulgent and wilfully engaging US film of the year. The film is based around two narratives…

Berlin Film Festival

28 Feb 2008

Martin Scorsese’s Rolling Stones documentary Shine a Light kicked off the BFF, and, while it wasn’t terrible, it lacked the emotional pull of the director’s 1978 live concert film The Last Waltz. At least the Panorama section boasted more music…

The best upcoming film releases for autumn 2013

6 Sep 2013

The best new movies coming your way in 2013 and 2014

Woody Allen has been a dormant force in the last decade, Midnight In Paris aside, but his latest, Blue Jasmine, is winning plaudits as his best film in decades. Cate Blanchett heads the usual eclectic Allen cast. Maritime drama Captain Phillips sees…

Cage-A-Rama: 'If someone like Daniel Day Lewis is a chameleon, Nicolas Cage is a chimera'

4 Jan 2018

Scotland's first Nicolas Cage festival to celebrate some of the actor's greatest hits

No film star occupies as unique a place in popular culture as Nicolas Cage, the wild-eyed nephew of Francis Ford Coppola - and cousin of Sofia and Roman Coppola, and Jason Schwartzman - who bears a career of quite staggering versatility. In the 1980s he…

Cate Blanchett interview

30 Jan 2007

Woman of note

‘If I knew that my son’s art teacher was banging his brains out in the art room, I’d be in there with a meat cleaver.’ Cate Blanchett is reflecting on her new film, Notes on a Scandal, in which she plays an art teacher who has an affair with one of her…

DVD round-up of 2006

11 Dec 2006

Film Editor Paul Dale picks his DVD releases of th

As internet rental services continue to dent the once all-consuming (not to say exorbitant) high street video shop, interesting patterns seem to be emerging.

Five films to get excited about at Dunoon Film Festival

5 Oct 2016

Including a live score by Ela Orleans, scratch'n'sniff Matilda and a Dunoon-shot film back on home turf

November sees the fourth edition Dunoon's annual film festival. Running over a long weekend (Fri 11-Sun 13 Nov) this year's focus is reinvention. As their home venue, Dunoon Burgh Hall, continues its refurbishment the festival looks at the ways in which…

Free Fire

17 Oct 20163 stars

LFF 2016: Ben Wheatley's latest has its moments but isn't quite the sharp shooter you'd expect

With guns a-blazin' and crooks cracking wise, Free Fire is the latest from Britain's own Ben Wheatley. Executively produced by Martin Scorsese and co-written by Wheatley's wife and regular collaborator Amy Jump, this single location, 70s-set actioner…

German cinema comes into Fokus

11 Nov 2015

Films from Germany season hits cinemas across the country

The ineffable cool of Berlin might seem a cliché if it wasn’t for the regular stream of brilliant film-makers who found their muse in Germany’s capital city. The centerpiece of Fokus: Films from Germany, a programme of new and vintage cinema touring…

GFT Heartworn Highways season screens 1970s Americana

12 Jan 2011

Fat City, Wise Blood, The Last Picture Show and documentary Heartworn Highways

Featuring small-time boxers, bible-thumping preachers, teenagers stumbling toward adulthood and outlaw country singers, this short season offers a rare opportunity to savour four idiosyncratic snapshots of 1970s Americana. From the filmography of John…

The Good Shepherd

12 Feb 20074 stars

In 1977 a US Privacy Study Commission surmised that the real danger of the Central Intelligence Agency is ‘the gradual erosion of individual liberties through automation, integration, and interconnection of many small, separate record-keeping systems…


8 Oct 20134 stars

An expertly performed human drama contained within a technically flawless space age blockbuster

Few directors have mastered the art of using 3D in a way that enhances and deepens the human story. Martin Scorsese in Hugo perhaps. James Cameron in Avatar without doubt. Alfonso Cuarón makes it look effortless in Gravity, sculpting exemplary sound…

Gravity and American Hustle win big at the BAFTAs 2014

17 Feb 2014

12 Years a Slave, The Great Gatsby, Blue Jasmine, Philomena, Captain Philips & Rush also recognised

The ceremony for the British Academy of Film and Television Awards 2014 took place last night, with Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity scoring six awards. The sci-fi blockbuster, which was shot in the UK, picked up awards for Director, Cinematography, Original…

Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema 2012

17 Feb 2012

Programme includes The First Born, Another Fine Mess, The Black Pirate and Safety Last!

Shhh...! Whisper it quietly, but it’s fair to say that 2012 is likely to be the biggest year in silent cinema for nearly eight decades. The global success of Michel Hazanavicius’ glowing tribute The Artist means that silent films currently have their…

The Iceman

17 May 20134 stars

Impressive mafia-themed dramatic thriller starring Michael Shannon, James Franco and Ray Liotta

Is there no film Michael Shannon doesn’t excel in? Here the star of Take Shelter plays real-life New Jersey hitman Richard Kuklinski, who – upon his arrest in 1986 – is thought to have committed over 100 assassinations. Directed by Israeli-born…

Interview - Jeff Bridges on his role in the Coen brothers’ True Grit

1 Feb 2011

From Oscar-winning Crazy Heart, via digital makeover in Tron, to classic western

After his Oscar for Crazy Heart and his digital makeover in Tron: Legacy, Jeff Bridges is now stepping into John Wayne’s old role for the Coen brothers’ True Grit. Alistair Harkness meets the most relaxed man in Hollywood