control when he happens across film reels of an incomplete horror film from the 1980s and tirelessly works to uncover its mysterious origins. Filmhouse, Edinburgh.
✽✽ Revanche (15) ●●●●● (Gotz Spielmann, Germany, 2008) Johannes
Krisch, Irina Potapenko, Andreas Lust. 121min. See review, page 44. Glasgow Film Theatre; Filmhouse, Edinburgh. Road to Perdition (15) ●●●●● (Sam Mendes, US, 2002) Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Jude Law. 117min. A Depression era gangster picture with solid American family values. If only Mendes’ empty, over- dressed spectacle had done justice to the fine photography and performances. Scotsman Screening Room, Edinburgh. The Secret (Hemligheten) (18) (Stephan Apeigren, Sweden, 2005) Krister Henriksson, Johanna Sallstrom, Ola Rapace. 90min. In this Kurt Wallander TV adaptation, a boy’s body is found in a barn but the crime and suspects don’t seem to match up. Part of Nordic Noir season. Filmhouse, Edinburgh. Shutter Island (15) ●●●●● (Martin Scorsese, US, 2010) Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley. 138min. Marking his fourth collaboration with Scorsese, DiCaprio plays US Marshall Teddy Daniels who arrives on the storm- drenched rock off the coast of Boston with his new partner to investigate the disappearance of a patient from a mental institution run by a suspicious shrink. Based on the 1954-set novel by Dennis Lehane, this is expertly cast and executed – and way over the top. Selected release. Sky Crawlers (15) ●●●●● (Mamoru Oshii, Japan, 2009) 122min. Oshii’s new animation fuses 2D and 3D techniques to deliver a powerful message about the place of youth in our contemporary culture. Glasgow Film Theatre. The Spy Next Door (PG) ●●●●● (Brian Levant, US, 2010) Jackie Chan, Amber Valletta, Madeline Carroll. 94min. Chan follows in the footsteps of Arnold Schwarzenegger in Kindergarten Cop and Vin Diesel in The Pacifier in a role as a put- upon babysitter to bratty kids. After an
opening sequence of fabulous stunt-work from Chan’s earlier work, the action hero struggles gamely to inject any reality into this patronising comedy-thriller. Showcase Cinema, Coatbridge, Glasgow; Showcase Cinema, Paisley. Up in the Air (15) ●●●●● (Jason Reitman, US, 2009) George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick. 109min. Thank You For Smoking and Juno director Reitman presents a timely and absorbing examination of our recession-hit world. Adapted from Walter Kirn’s novel, the film centres on well- groomed executive Ryan Bingham (Clooney). Flying from city-to-city, Bingham is hired to fire, but the rub comes when we learn that Bingham’s life on the road is being threatened thanks to a new scheme by a grad- school whiz. Poignant, prescient, sharp and incisive. Empire, Clydebank; Vue Ocean, Edinburgh.
✽✽ Valhalla Rising (15) ●●●●● (Nicolas Winding Refn, Denmark/UK, 2009) Mads Mikkelsen, Alexander Morton, Jamie Sives. 92min. See review, page 44 and profile, page 43. Glasgow Film Theatre; Cameo, Edinburgh. Varg Veum – Bitter Flowers (15) (Ulrik Imtiaz Rolfsen, Norway/Sweden/Germany, 2007) Trond Espen Seim, Bjorn Floberg, Kathrine Fagerland. 96min. Private Investigator Varg Veum is called upon to solve the mysterious disappearance of the lover of a successful politician. The first in a series of six Varg Veum films, adapted from Gunnar Staalesen’s novels. Part of Nordic Noir season. Filmhouse, Edinburgh. The War on Democracy (12A) ●●●●● (John Pilger/Chris Martin, UK/Australia, 2007) 97min. Journalist and BAFTA winner Pilger has teamed up with archivist Carl Dean to make this documentary demonstrating the brutal reality of America’s continuing project of ‘spreading democracy’ to South America. Filmhouse, Edinburgh. We All Loved Each Other So Much (C’eravamo tanto amati) (15) ●●●●● (Ettore Scola, Italy, 1974) Vittorio Gassman, Nino Manfredi, Stephania Sandrelli. 136min.
The trials that three comrades-in-arms endure throughout World War II pale in comparison with the tribulations of the heart that each suffers at the hands of one woman. Will Antonio (Manfredi) stay true to himself and win the love of the actress (Sandrelli)? This comic tale spans 30 years of cinematic history. Part of Italian Film Festival. Filmhouse, Edinburgh. Where the Wild Things Are (PG) ●●●●● (Spike Jonze, US, 2009) Max Records, Pepita Emmerichs, Mark Ruffalo. 100min. Maurice Sendak’s nine-sentence children’s tale about a boy whose bedroom turns into a forest full of huge creatures gets the Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich) treatment. Cineworld Parkhead, Glasgow; Cineworld Fountainpark, Edinburgh. Whip It (12A) ●●●●● (Drew Barrymore, US, 2010) Ellen Page, Marcia Gay Harden, Kristen Wiig. 111min. When the quietly rebellious Bliss (Page) falls in with the local roller derby team, and realises she’s good at the sport, she’s on a one-way ticket to confrontation with her Texan firebrand of a mother. A pleasant surprise, Barrymore’s directorial debut, adapted by Shauna Cross from her own novel Derby Girl, is by turns clichéd, silly, old fashioned and a whole load of fun. Selected release. White Space (15) (Francesca Comencini, Italy, 2009) Margherita Buy, Antonia Truppo, Gaetano Bruno. 98min. A close character examination of a footloose teacher who falls pregnant during a short- lived affair and then gives birth to a premature baby. Part of Italian Film Festival. Filmhouse, Edinburgh. Who is Kurt Wallander? (15) (Elaine Donnelly Pieper, UK, 2008) 60min. Documentary about internationally bestselling Swedish writer Henning Mankell, creator of the Kurt Wallander series. Part of Nordic Noir season. Filmhouse, Edinburgh. Yatterman (18) ●●●●● (Takashi Miike, Japan, 2009) Sho Sakurai, Saki Fukuda, Kyoko Fukada. 119min. Live-action anime adaptation about genius prima donna Doronjo, played by Kyoko Fukada from Kamikaze Girls. Part of FAB Fest.
FAB Fest In the wake of Edinburgh’s much-loved horror festival Dead By Dawn taking a one year break comes this three day festival of horror and fantasy. There’s plenty to enjoy for single film or
weekend pass buyers. Feted French survivalist horror High Lane kicks things off, while there are also UK premieres of Indonesian actioner Merantau and nightmarish Canadian horror The End. Takashi Miike’s bizarre live action anime adaptation Yatterman (pictured) also makes an appearance, as does a new restoration of Lucio Fulci’s 1980 City of the Living Dead and the original cut of Grindhouse. Book now. ■ Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Fri 30 Apr-Sun 2 May.
Index Film Films are listed by city, then alphabetically by cinema. Listings are compiled by Suzanne Black.
Filmhouse, Edinburgh. Glasgow
350 Sauchiehall Street. Bookings: 0141 352 4900. Prices vary.
THURSDAY 29 APR
Privilege (18) 7.00. THURSDAY 6 MAY
Cryptic Nights: Craftwork (E) 8.00. THURSDAY 13 MAY
Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (12) 7.00.
Forge Shopping Centre, 1221 Gallowgate. 0871 200 2000. Adults £6.30 (£5.70 Mon–Thu before 5pm). Children & Students £4.60 (£4.20 Mon–Thu). Seniors £4.60. Family ticket £18. Early bird (before noon): £4.20. Movies for Juniors (selected films Sat am): £1. THURSDAY 29 APR
Clash of the Titans 2D (12A) noon, 5.30. Date Night (15) 11.50am, 2.00, 4.10, 6.20, 8.30. Dear John (12A) 6.25, 9.00. The Ghost (15) 2.30, 8.00. How to Train Your Dragon 2D (PG) 11.30am, 1.50, 4.05. Iron Man 2 (12A) 12.20, 3.10, 6.00, 8.50. It’s a Wonderful Afterlife (12A) 11.20am, 1.40, 4.00, 6.35, 8.50. FRIDAY 30–THURSDAY 6
Astro Boy (PG) Sat: 11.30am. Clash of the Titans 2D (12A) Fri: 6.30. Clash of the Titans 3D (12A) Sat–Thu: 10.50am, 1.15, 3.40, 6.10, 8.40. Date Night (15) Daily: 11.40am (not Sat), 1.50, 4.00, 6.15, 8.30. Dear John (12A) Daily: 11.00am (not Sat), 1.30, 4.10, 6.40, 9.10. Furry Vengeance (PG) Sat–Mon & Thu: noon, 2.00, 4.00, 6.00. The Ghost (15) Daily: 8.45. Also Fri: 6.00. Also Tue & Wed: 12.20, 3.10, 6.00. How to Train Your Dragon 2D (PG) Fri: 11.05am, 1.20, 3.40. How to Train Your Dragon 3D (PG) Sat–Thu: 11.20am, 1.40, 4.05, 6.25. Iron Man 2 (12A) Daily: 11.50am, 2.50, 5.30, 8.20, 9.00 (not Fri). It’s a Wonderful Afterlife (12A) Daily: 6.30 (not Fri), 8.50. Nanny McPhee & The Big Bang (U) Daily: 10.50am, 1.20, 3.50. Ponyo (U) Sat: 10.00am. Where the Wild Things Are (PG) Sat: 10.00am.
Cineworld Renfrew Street
7 Renfrew Street. 0871 200 2000. Adults £7 (£6 Mon–Thu before 5pm). Children 14 and under / Seniors / Students £4.90. Family ticket £20 (£18.60 Mon–Thu). Early bird (before 1pm): £4.70. 3D Supplement: Adult £1.90; Children / Students / Seniors / Unlimited £1.30; Family Ticket £5; Glasses 80p per pair. THURSDAY 29 APR
Agora (12A) 11.50am, 5.00. The Bounty Hunter (12A) 1.10, 3.40, 6.20, 9.00.
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