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Film Review: The Eyes of My Mother review...

**** Director: Nicholas Pesce It is all too easy to feel inured at the moving image in the modern age. Bombarded as we are with...

Film Review: Creating a film score:...

For a musician, the idea of exploring the various channels in which to communicate and express oneself is an endlessly enticing...

Film Review: The Highs and the Lows of...

The 2016 edition of the London Film Festival has closed its doors. The last popcorn bucket has been swept away. The final...

Film Review: Interview: "There wasn’t as...

"The effect that my dad’s death had on Paul and Ringo, for instance…There’s this bond and the sad thing...

Film Review: Jason Bourne

**** Director: Paul Greengrass Duration: 123 mins (US) After an extended break, and motivated perhaps by the collective sigh...

Film Review: Exclusive Interview: Julien...

“… I had this weird, squeaky voice on the phone saying, ‘Hey, it’s Michael here’. I was like,...

Film Review: Star Trek Beyond

** Director: Justin Lin Duration: 120 mins (US) After the nerve calming success (lest we forget, one that was met with both...

Film Review: Who still likes Editors? We...

Flick on a Joy Division record, push a vacuum against your temple and listen. Is that empty Joy Divison? No, it's the...

Film Review: Watch - Interview with...

Set in a sleepy, quaint Chilean beach town, a collection of four disgraced priests live secluded: cast out and damned by...

Film Review: Berlin International Film...

The bitter chill of Berlin in February. It is on these streets and in these cinemas that the 66th Berlinale aka the...

Film Review: '13 Hours: The Secret...

*** Director: Michael Bay Duration: 144 mins (USA) Where do we start? Okay, let’s get this off of our chest first. This...

Film Review: 'The Revenant'

Director: Alejandro Inarritu Duration: 156mins (USA) Traversing the chilly, expansive landscape of British Columbia in grizzly...

Film Review: Carol (2015)

**** Director: Todd Haynes Duration: 118 minutes (US) We are not talking of the middle ages or even the 19th century. As...

Film Review: Stop Making Sense - Seminal...

***** Director: Jonathan Demme Duration: 88 minutes Pivotal and substantial. Over thirty years on, Jonathan Demme’s...

Film Review: Interviews: 'Kill Your...

By Greg Wetherall Record company A&R men: those scrupulous, heartless figures of the record label cloth, stereotyped as...

Film Review: Interview: "Hip Hop is a...

“Being fresh is more important than having money. The entire time I grew up, I only wanted money so I could be...

Film Review: Interview: Songhoy Blues on...

Music is the beating heart of Malian culture, but when Islamic jihadists took control of northern Mali in 2012, they enforced...

Film Review: 'Brand: A Second Coming'...

His film Brand: A Second Coming may have had its European Premiere in London at the London Film Festival, but that wasn’t...

Film Review: The Decline of Western...

**** Director: Penelope Spheeris See Foo Fighter Pat Smear in 1979 talk of hitting girls, see Lemmy provide the etymology for...

Film Review: Cult king Jodorowsky returns...

Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky Duration: 133 mins (Chile/France)  Sitting through a Jodorowksky film is a bit like...

Film Review: 'The Gift' that's a pleasant...

**** Director: Joel Egderton Duration: 108 minutes (US) It is there in Joel Edgerton’s resemblance to an Apocalypse...

Film Review: Interview: "You’re dealing...

By Greg Wetherall Georg Elser is finally being brought into the spotlight. It's about time. In 1939, prior to the start of...

Film Review: He tried to kill Hitler...

**** Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel Duration: 114 mins (Germany) After his highly acclaimed drama, Downfall (2004), any sort of...

Film Review: Interview: Tom Meadmore on...

By Greg Wetherall "When I sent it to her, she told me to go fuck myself"  In 2008, former...

Film Review: 'Amy' - Why this Amy...

***** Director: Asif Kapadia Duration: 128 minutes (UK) By Greg Wetherall Asif Kapadia’s follow-up documentary to his...

Film Review: 'Slow West' - Fassbender's...

**** Director: John Maclean Duration: 84 minutes (UK/New Zealand) Michael Fassbender steps into some spurs and onto a horse in...

Film Review: Oscar nominated 'Wild Tales'...

By Greg Wetherall **** Director: Damian Szifron Duration: 122 minutes (Argentina) Bristling with flair, panache and a fair...

Film Review: 'Results' - Bujalski's...

***1/2 Director: Andrew Bujalski Duration: 105 minutes (US) Dashes of British humour and a restless jazzy score reminiscent of...

Film Review: Interview: Kevin Corrigan on...

By Greg Wetherall It’s more than likely that you’ve seen a film with Kevin Corrigan in it. You might not have...

Film Review: 'A Girl Walks Home Alone At...

By Greg Wetherall ***** Director: Ana Lily Amirpour Duration: 101 minutes (USA) (Language: Persian) The vampire film has...

Film Review: 'We Are Many' - The 2003...

By Greg Wetherall **** Director: Amir Amirani Duration: 110 minutes (UK) If you were to raise the topic of America and...

Film Review: The Who's management team...

By Greg Wetherall ***1/2 Director: James D. Cooper Duration: 117 minutes As we edge closer to the twilight years of rock...

Film Review: Interview: Manics...

Nina Hoss is the phenomenal, statuesque German actress who has etched her impressive talent on such fare as A Most Wanted Man...

Film Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron...

By Greg Wetherall **** Director: Joss Whedon Duration: 141 minutes (US) Shrouded in secrecy and keenly anticipated in a manner...

Film Review: 'Cobain: Montage of Heck' -...

** Director: Brett Morgan Duration: 132 minutes (US) Over 20 years after his death, what is the enduring appeal of Kurt Cobain?...

Film Review: Fast and Furious 7 packs a...

Mission Improbable? It doesn’t take Ed Miliband in a leadership debate to give a ‘hell yeah’ to that...

Film Review: Interview: Michael...

By Greg Wetherall (@gregwetherall) “If they had said, 'this is terrible', it would have been an extremely...

Film Review: Interview: "It should be...

“I think that really does a huge disservice to film criticism and to film…. It should be worth more than...

Film Review: Documentary on a larger than...

**** Director: Steve James Duration: 120 mins (US) By Greg Wetherall (@gregwetherall) Is it an essential requisite that anyone...

Film Review: Interview: Goblin's Claudio...

The films of Dario Argento are famous for many reasons; the direction, the blood and the music. And it was Claudio...

Film Review: 'Love and Mercy' - Brian...

By Greg Wetherall (@gregwetherall) Director: Bill Pohlad Duration: 118 mins (US) *** John Cusack is Brian Wilson. Yes, that...

Film Review: 'Inherent Vice' - stylish...

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Duration: 148 minutes (US) **** The master of suggestion. The master of rich, sumptuous...

Film Review: 'Son of a Gun' takes aim and...

Director: Julius Avery Duration: 108 min (Australia) ***1/2 I’m sure we’re all a little weary from prison-set...

Film Review: 'Big Hero 6' - Disney...

Dir: Don Hall, Chris Williams Duration: 102 min (US) *** Is it time to realise that animation stopped its furious, breakneck,...

Film Review: A look at the teen film -...

Cinema is of such an age now that we’ve all grown up in its shadow. We each have our own beloved film that offers a...

Film Review: Whiplash (2014) - In cinemas...

Review by Jake Sayer Undoubtedly you’ll have heard of ‘Whiplash’ by now. If you haven’t, then we have...

Film Review: Unbroken review - Out in...

Angelina Jolie has not had the best of times recently. Scathing emails leaked through the Sony system hack, plus early lukewarm...

Film Review: Interview: Oscar nominated...

What a story. It goes something like this: In 1947, Norwegian Thor Heyerdahl defied the scientific community. His theory, that...

Film Review: "Trying to be a woman and...

By Greg Wetherall (@gregwetherall) She sits pert and pretty, with straightened dark hair, a smart brown coat and black...

Film Review: Peter Jackson Interview:...

With the final instalment of J.R.R Tolkien's Hobbit film adaptations ready for release (our review is here), we caught time...

Film Review: 'Goodbye to Language' - Out...

“In Russian, Kamera means prison”, says one of the protagonists in Jean-Luc Godard’s new 3D feature (yes, you...

Film Review: Interview: Discussing...

By Greg Wetherall Released onto DVD and Blu Ray on 8th December 2014 is film...

Film Review: In (Dragon) Sickness and in...

And so all things must pass. After 13 years and a whopping 17 hours 12 minutes (and that’s not even including the...

Film Review: Michel Gondry's 'Mood...

Set the quirk factors to eleven. Michel Gondry, fresh off of the back of his Noam Chomsky interview film Is The...

Film Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation...

Well, here we are again. As is par for the course with any of these Peter Jackson Tolkein epics, the  time has come for...

Film Review: 'Serena' Interview - We talk...

Serena is arriving in cinemas after a fair time lying in wait. As can be seen below, at the point this was made its central...

Film Review: 'Fury' - Brad Pitt leads a...

Director: David Ayer Duration: 134 minutes (US) By Greg Wetherall April 1945. The last chapter of the Second World War. White...

Film Review: 'Electricity'....

Director: Bryn Higgins Duration: 90 minutes (UK) By Greg Wetherall The faint whiff of seaside town melancholia - that...

Film Review: The Daily Show's Jon Stewart...

Director: Jon Stewart Duration: 103 mins (US) Say hello to one of the best comedies of the year. Okay, so this may be...

Film Review: Mike Leigh talks 'Mr Turner'...

By Greg Wetherall The legendary film director, Mike Leigh, has spoken to us about his latest film, Mr Turner. Featuring an...

Film Review: Thatcher and the harsh...

Director: Owen Gower Duration: 112 minutes Decimated land and bulldozed communities. Thatcher had called the mining contingent...

Film Review: Grit a-plenty in 'Joe'...

Director: David Gordon Green Duration: 117 mins (US) Nicolas Cage doesn’t help himself a lot of the time. There was the...

Film Review: 'Magic In The Moonlight'...

Director: Woody Allen Duration: 97 minutes (US) Aged 78 and showing no signs of slowing down from his impressive...

Film Review: As 'The Two Faces of...

Oscar Isaac on being cast in the new Star Wars film, Kirsten Dunst on whether she could have worked with Hitchcock and how the...

Film Review: 'The Last Impresario' (2013)...

Director: Grace Otto Duration: 92 minutes His name is Michael White and he is a pioneer. He is also quite possibly the most...

Film Review: Interview with Kelly...

Writer/director Kelly Reichardt has taken a step towards the mainstream in her latest release Night Moves. This story of...

Film Review: 'The Internet's Own Boy: The...

Director: Brian Knappenberger Duration: 105 min (US) In an ideal world, the role of a documentary is to take an important...

Film Review: Lucy (2014)

Director: Luc Besson Duration: 89 minutes What a mess. The tragedy placed in audiences' lap in Lucy is that of a director...

Film Review: Interview with Belle and...

Stuart Murdoch is a busy man. Not one to rest on his laurels, aside from being the prominent songwriter with Scottish indie...

Film Review: Sin City: A Dame To Die For...

Directors: Frank Miller & Robert Rodriguez Duration: 102 minutes (US) Nine years after the 2005 critical and commercial...

Film Review: The Congress (2013) - Out in...

Director: Ari Folman Duration: 122 mins (Israel/Germany/Poland/Luxembourg/Belgium/France) Okay, this is a strange one. Without...

Film Review: Mood Indigo (2013)

Director: Michel Gondry Duration: 94 mins (France/Belgium) Set the quirk factors to eleven. Michel Gondry, fresh off of the...

Film Review: 'Now: In The Wings On A...

Director: Jeremy Whelehan Duration: 97 mins (US) Kevin Spacey has been burning holes through TVs, tablets, laptops and phones...

Film Review: Hide Your Smiling Faces (2013)

Director: Daniel Patrick Carbone Duration: 81 mins (US) There is a certain kind of hidden, sinister, violent undertone to the...

Film Review: A Hard Days Night - 50th...

Dir: Richard Lester Duration: 87 minutes (UK) Spruced up and dolled up to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of its release,...

Film Review: Dawn of the Planet of the...

Director: Matt Reeves Duration: 130 minutes (US) The early indicators and buzz had already been strikingly positive. The...

Film Review: Transformers: Age of...

‘WILL IT NEVER END?!?!’ No, this isn’t the internal monologue of a man/woman sat in the dentist’s chair...

Film Review: Part 2 of our Edinburgh...

Further to our first dispatch from EIFF 2014, you'll find reviews below of Eli Roth's directorial return, Michel...

Film Review: The 2014 Edinburgh...

By Greg Wetherall The winding cobbled streets of Edinburgh, a place more instantly associated with August’s annual Fringe...

Film Review: A Portrait of the Artist -...

In 1915, sculptor Camille Claudel was confined by her own family to an asylum in a remote part of France. As a result of her...

Film Review: Chinese Puzzle (2013)

French director Cedric Kaplisch rallies the troops for a 3rd colourful instalment in the lives of a group French men and women....

Film Review: The Past (2013) - Out on DVD...

Asghar Farhadi shows that lightning can strike in the same place twice in the layered, multi-faceted French drama ‘The...

Film Review: "I did ask Jarvis if I could...

  This year has seen much trumpeting of the 20 year anniversary of the advent of Britpop. It might therefore seem a rather...

Film Review: The National painfully...

  The National's frontman Matt Berninger invites his slacker, louche, unemployed filmmaker brother, Tom, on the road....

Film Review: Fading Gigolo (2013) - In...

Fading Gigolo - In Cinemas from 23rd May 2014 Director: John Turturro Duration: 90 minutes (US) For those looking for a stellar...

Film Review: Oscar Isaac on being cast in...

Oscar Isaac on being cast in the new Star Wars film, Kirsten Dunst on whether she could have worked with Hitchcock and how the...

Film Review: Made in America (2013) - Jay...

Made in America - Out on DVD and VoD from 19th May The Jay Z-founded festival that celebrates musical diversity gets the...

Film Review: Arnie talks 'Terminator:...

Currently in cinemas is the hard-hitting Sabotage (reviewed here), starring action megastar Arnold Schwarzenegger. Prior to...

Film Review: American Interior (2014) -...

American Interior Super Furry Animals shaggy frontman, Gruff Rhys, takes his curious, peripatetic and inquisitive spirit on a...

Film Review: The Railway Man (2013) - Out...

Director: Jonathan Teplitzky Duration: 116 minutes (Australia/UK) Beautiful cinematography and a strong set of performances...