Taking Woodstock (15) ●●●●● (Ang Lee, US, 2009) Henry Goodman, Edward Hibbert, Imelda Staunton. 110min. See review and profile, page 45. General release from Fri 13 Nov. The Tale of Despereaux (U) ●●●●● (Sam Fell/Robert Stevenhagen, UK/US, 2008) Voices of Dustin Hoffman, Matthew Broderick, Emma Watson. 93min. British animated feature about the medieval adventures of a mouse, a rat and a servant girl. Cineworld Fountainpark, Edinburgh. Tales from the Golden Age (Amintiri Din Epoca de Aur) (12) ●●●●● (Ioana Uricaru, Hanno Höfer, Razvan Marculescu, Constantin Popescu, Cristian Mungiu, Romania, France, 2009) Tania Popa, Liliana Mocanu, Teodor Corban. 131min. A beautifully executed portmanteau box of delights that is the brainchild of Palme D’Or-winning Romanian director Mungiu. These vignettes of everyday life under brutal dictator Ceausescu sensitively combine the inbuilt horror of history with a wry humour and a certain affection for this much sinned-against country to form a smart and accessible whole. Glasgow Film Theatre. The Thing (18) ●●●●● (John Carpenter, US, 1982) Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, David Clennon. 108min. Carpenter’s excellent 1982 monster flick revived on digital big screen projection. Glasgow Film Theatre. The Time Traveler’s Wife (Senior Screening) (12A) ●●●●● (Robert Schwentke, US, 2009) Eric Bana, Rachel MacAdams, Michelle Nolden. 107min. Sturdy adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger’s best selling novel about a time travelling librarian and the more grounded love of his life. Bana and MacAdams are well cast and Schwentke’s execution of a complicated timeline is admirable, but the screenplay is lacking in oomph and passion. Vue Ocean, Edinburgh.
✽✽ Traffic (U) ●●●●● (Jacques Tati, France/Italy, 1971) Jacques Tati, Marcel Fravel, Honoré Bostel. 96min. Tati’s comedy sees Monsieur Hulot drive a camper car decked out with wild and marvellous gadgetry from Paris to Amsterdam in his usual disastrous fashion. Part of French Film Festival. Filmhouse, Edinburgh. Triangle (15) ●●●●● (Christopher Smith, Australia, 2009) Melissa George, Liam Hemsworth, Rachel Carpani. 98min. Single mother Jess (George) joins Greg (Michael Dorman) for a day aboard a yacht, but following a sudden storm she’s forced to board an ocean liner she feels she has visited before, with violent consequences. A psychological thriller with supernatural elements, the film is designed to chill and keep you guessing but is ultimately sunk by a repetitive plot that struggles to grip or stand up to scrutiny. Vue Omni, Edinburgh. Tricks (Sztuczki) (12A) ●●●●● (Andrzej Jakimowski, Poland, 2007) Damian Ul, Iwona Fornalczyk, Ewelina Walendziak. 95min. Naturalistic but sweet natured Polish drama about one six-year-old boy’s attempt to change his family’s destiny by meditative will alone. Well observed, performed and directed by promising Kieslowski-influenced filmmaker Andrzej Jakimowski. Cameo, Edinburgh. The Ugly Truth(15) ●●●●● (Robert Luketic, US, 2009) Katherine Heigl, Gerard Butler, Bree Turner. 92min. This by-the- numbers romantic comedy pairs lovelorn TV producer Heigl with alpha male Butler, a public-access agony-uncle with a misogynist streak that hides a vulnerable, equally lovelorn man, for a mindless run through of familiar genre clichés. A disposable time waster for incurable romantics. Selected release. Under the Sea 3D (U) (Howard Hall, UK, 2009) Jim Carrey. 65min. Carrey narrates an underwater 3D look at the impact of global warming upon the diverse coastal regions of Southern Australia, New Guinea and the Indo-Pacific areas. IMAX Theatre, Glasgow. Up 2D (U) ●●●●● (Pete Docter/Bob Peterson, US, 2009) Voices of Christopher Plummer, Edward Asner, Paul Eiding. 96min. Seventy-eight–year-old curmudgeon Carl Fredericksen and eight-year-old Junior Wilderness Explorer Russell embark on the adventure of a lifetime in South America.
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While it unfolds on a grand scale, at its heart is a human story that will resonate with viewers of every age. Marrying sadness with triumph, Pixar have created another masterpiece. General release. Up 3D (U) ●●●●● (Pete Docter/Bob Peterson, US, 2009) Voices of Christopher Plummer, Edward Asner, Paul Eiding. 96min. See above. Selected release.
✽✽ Versailles (18) ●●●●● (Pierre Scholler, France, 2008) Guillaume Depardieu, Max Baissette de Malglaive, Judith Chemla. 102min. Homeless single mother Nina (Chemla) leaves her son in the care of hermit Damien (Depardieu), who lives in an isolated shack in the forests of Versailles. Although Damien is devoted to little Enzo (Baissette de Malglaive), as a former criminal, he’s not sure that he is cut out to be his guardian. Part of French Film Festival. Filmhouse, Edinburgh. Vertigo (PG) ●●●●● (Alfred Hitchcock, US, 1958) James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes. 128min. Detective Stewart, a man afraid of heights, falls in love with a woman who apparently commits suicide. When he meets her double, he becomes obsessed with the possibility that she is still alive. Extraordinary plotting in this undervalued Hitchcock study of romantic mania, with Stewart memorably cast against type as the distinctly on-the-edge cop. The Bernard Herrmann score is simultaneously lush and disturbing. Scotsman Screening Room, Edinburgh. The Wall (15) (Jurgen Bottcher, Germany, 1991) 99min. Filmmaker and painter Jurgen Bottcher’s documentary records the deconstruction of the Berlin Wall by projecting archive footage directly onto the rough, spray-painted surface of the Wall itself. Part of Fall of the Wall season. Goethe Institut, Glasgow; Filmhouse, Edinburgh. The Waterfowl People (15) (Lennart Meri, Estonia, 1972) 55min. This renowned Estonian documentary tells the story of the history, genealogy, linguistic and cultural relations of the Finno-Ugric peoples. Part of Uralic Peoples - Anthropological Film Festival. Gilmorehill G12, Glasgow.
✽✽ We Live in Public (15) ●●●●● (Ondi Timoner, US, 2009) Tom Harris,
David Amron, Alex Arcadia. 89min. See Also Released, page 47. Cameo, Edinburgh. Welcome (15) ●●●●● (Phillippe Lioret, France, 2009) Vincent Lindon, Firat Ayverdi, Audrey Dana. 109min. See review, page 46 and profile, page ??. Glasgow Film Theatre; Filmhouse, Edinburgh. The Welts (15) (Magdalena Piekorz, Poland, 2004) Michal Zebrowski, Jan Frycz, Agnieszka Grochowska. 91min. Following the death of his mother, 12-year-old Wojciech (Zebrowski) suffers at the hands of his abusive father. Loosely adapted for the screen by Wojciech Kuckoz, from his quasi- autobiographical novel Muck, Piekorz’ work proffers a powerful exploration of the effects of child abuse. Filmhouse, Edinburgh.
✽✽ The White Ribbon (15) ●●●●● (Michael Haneke, Germany/Austria,
2009) Christian Friedel, Ulrich Tukur, Burghart Klaussner. 143min. See feature, page 26 and review, page 47. Glasgow Film Theatre. Yuri Vella’s World (E) (Liivo Niglas, Estonia, 2003) 58min. Portrait of Yuri Vella, writer, reindeer breeder, social activist and moral leader of the Forest Nenets, a semi- nomadic people in Western Siberia. Part of Uralic Peoples - Anthropological Film Festival. Gilmorehill G12, Glasgow. Zombieland (15) ●●●●● (Ruben Fleischer, US, 2009) Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone. 80min. Pitched somewhere between From Dusk Till Dawn and Anchor Man, with a nod of the stetson to George A Romero’s zombie flicks, this big, dumb and fun flick features four disparate characters hell-bent on surviving a world overrun by zombies. Selected release.
For films showing between Fri 13–Thu 19 Nov see www.list.co.uk
Films are listed by city, then alphabetically by cinema. Listings are compiled by Suzanne Black. Glasgow CCA
350 Sauchiehall Street. Bookings: 0141 352 4900. Prices vary.
THURSDAY 5 NOV Cryptic Nights (18) 8.00.
FRIDAY 6 NOV
Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo (18) 7.00.
SATURDAY 7 NOV The Age of Stupid Film Extravaganza (12A) 7.00.
TUESDAY 10 NOV The Battle of Algiers (15) 7.00.
WEDNESDAY 11 NOV
Counter Images: East German Underground Films from the 1980s (18) 7.00.
THURSDAY 12 NOV The Man Who Fell to Earth (18) 7.00.
TUESDAY 17 NOV L’Avventura (18) 7.00.
The Forge, Parkhead. 24hr bookings & info: 0871 200 2000. Adults £5.70 (£5 Mon–Thu before 5pm); Children £4 (£3.70 Mon–Thu); Students £4 (£3.50 Mon–Thu); OAPs £4. Family ticket £16. Early bird (all performances before noon): £3.70. Movies for Juniors (Sat am): £1. Yearly pass (unlimited movies): £10.99 per month.
THURSDAY 5 NOV Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant (PG) 11.05am, 1.30, 4.00, 6.35. Couples Retreat (15) 9.00. Fantastic Mr Fox (PG) 1.40, 3.50, 6.00, 8.10. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (12A) 12.30, 3.10, 5.50, 8.30. The Invention of Lying (12A) 8.40. Jennifer’s Body (15) 9.10. Michael Jackson’s This is It (PG) 11.30am, 2.00, 4.30, 7.00, 9.30. 9 (12A) 11.40am, 1.50, 4.10, 6.30. Saw VI (18) noon, 2.20, 4.35, 6.50, 9.15. Up 2D (U) 11.00am, 1.20, 3.40, 6.20.
FRIDAY 6–THURSDAY 12 A Christmas Carol 2D (PG) Daily: 11.00am, 1.30 (not Sun), 4.00, 6.30 (not Mon), 9.00. A Christmas Carol 2D (Subtitled) (PG) Sun: 1.30. Mon: 6.30. Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant (PG) Sat & Sun: 11.15am, 1.40. Fantastic Mr Fox (PG) Daily: 11.45am, 2.00, 4.25. The Fourth Kind (15) Daily: 11.55am & 2.15 (not Sat & Sun), 4.35, 6.55, 9.15. G-Force 2D (PG) Sat: 11.30am. Harry Brown (18) Wed & Thu: 6.50, 9.15. Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (U) Sat: 10.00am. Jennifer’s Body (15) Daily: 11.30am & 1.50 (not Sat & Sun), 4.10, 6.35, 8.55. The Men Who Stare at Goats (15) Daily: noon (not Sat), 2.20, 4.40, 7.00, 9.20. Michael Jackson’s This is It (PG) Daily: 11.10am, 1.45, 4.15, 6.45, 9.10. 9 (12A) Sat & Sun: 11.50am, 1.50. Saw VI (18) Fri–Tue: 6.40, 8.45. The Tale of Despereaux (U) Sat: 10.00am.
Up 2D (U) Daily: 11.20am, 1.35, 3.50, 6.05, 8.20.
Cineworld Renfrew Street
7 Renfrew Street. 24hr bookings & info: 0871 200 2000. Bar. Adults £6.40 (£5.50 Mon–Fri before 5pm); Concs £4.40. Family ticket £17 (£15.60 Sun–Thu). Early bird (all tickets before 1pm): £4. Yearly pass (unlimited movies): £10.99 per month.
THURSDAY 5 NOV
Aladin (12A) noon, 3.00, 6.00, 9.00. Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant (PG) 11.30am, 2.30, 5.20, 8.00. Couples Retreat (15) 11.30am, 2.30, 5.30, 8.30. Dead Man Running (15) noon, 2.20, 4.40, 7.00, 9.40. An Education (12A) 11.00am, 1.30, 4.00, 6.30, 9.00. Fantastic Mr Fox (PG) 10.30am, 1.10, 3.40, 6.15, 8.45. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (12A) 11.30am, 2.30, 5.30, 8.20. The Invention of Lying (12A) 11.10am, 2.00, 5.00, 8.00. Jennifer’s Body (15) 10.30am, 1.10, 3.45, 6.40, 9.20. London Dreams (12A) 1.15, 5.00, 8.30. Michael Jackson’s This is It (PG) 10.00am, 11.40am, 12.40, 1.00, 2.30, 3.30, 4.00, 5.20, 6.20, 7.00, 8.00, 9.00, 9.50. 9 (12A) 11.10am, 1.40, 4.15, 6.50, 9.30. Saw VI (18) 11.00am, 1.30, 4.00, 6.30, 9.00. Up 3D (U) 10.00am, 12.40, 2.00, 3.20, 4.50, 6.10, 7.30, 9.00. Zombieland (15) 11.10am, 1.40, 4.15, 6.50, 9.30.
FRIDAY 6–THURSDAY 12 Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (tbc) Daily: 12.30, 4.30, 8.30. An American Werewolf in London (15) Fri & Sat: 10.10. Bright Star (PG) Daily: 11.30am, 2.30, 5.30, 8.30. Also late Fri & Sat: 11.15. A Christmas Carol 2D (PG) Daily: 11.00am, 4.10. A Christmas Carol 3D (PG) Daily: 10.20am, 11.40am (not Fri), 1.00, 1.40, 2.20, 3.40, 5.10, 6.10, 6.40, 8.00, 9.00. Also late Fri & Sat: 10.40, 11.40. Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant (PG) Daily: 4.20. Also Sat & Sun: 11.00am, 1.30. Couples Retreat (15) Daily: 6.10 (not Mon & Tue), 9.00. Dead Man Running (15) Daily: noon & 2.20 (not Sat & Sun), 4.40, 7.00, 9.40. An Education (12A) Daily: 11.00am, 1.30, 4.00, 6.30, 9.10. Fantastic Mr Fox (PG) Daily: 11.00am, 1.30 (not Sun), 4.00, 6.10 (not Mon), 8.15. Also Sat & Sun: noon, 2.10. Fantastic Mr Fox (Subtitled) (PG) Sun: 1.30. Mon: 6.10. The Fourth Kind (15) Fri & Sat: 10.20am, 12.40, 3.20, 6.00, 8.50, 11.30. Sun–Thu: 11.00am, 1.40, 4.20, 7.00, 9.40. Harry Brown (18) Wed & Thu: 10.50am, 1.15, 3.40, 6.00, 8.20. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (12A) Daily: 11.30am, 2.30, 5.30, 8.20. Jennifer’s Body (15) Daily: 10.30am, 1.10, 3.45, 6.40, 9.20. Also late Fri & Sat: 11.50. The Men Who Stare at Goats (15) Daily: 10.30am, 12.45, 3.20, 6.00, 8.40. Also late Fri & Sat: 11.15. Michael Jackson’s This is It (PG) Daily: 11.40am (not Wed & Thu), 12.50, 2.30 (not Wed & Thu), 3.30, 5.20 (not Wed & Thu), 6.20, 8.00 (not