Co-operative Film Festival Free event screening of short films made by young people aged 8-22 years old who entered their ideas into the Co-operative Film Festival in
2009. The screenings will take place between 1-2pm and there will be free filmmaking workshops between 2- 2.45pm. Visit www.youngfilm-makers.coop for more information. ■ Filmhouse, Edinburgh, Sun 22 May.
Krueger’s charred make-up. Unfortunately his teen victims are disposable, there are a few glaring lapses in logic and, much like the later entries in the original series, over exposure lessens Freddy’s fright factor. General release. No Greater Love (PG) ●●●●● (Michael Whyte, UK, 2009) 100min. Whyte’s debut feature film is the result of a ten-year-long correspondence between himself and a community of Carmelite nuns based in the heart of Notting Hill. Whyte is among the few men who have been granted access to the convent; yet despite his status as an outsider within this religious community, this beautiful film captures unobtrusively the essence of the religiously devout life. Cameo, Edinburgh. Offside (PG) ●●●●● (Jafar Panahi, Iran, 2006) Sima Mobarak-Shahi, Shayesteh Irani, Ayda Sadeqi. 91min. A vibrant, bittersweet Iranian comedy shot on handheld digital video cameras and engagingly acted, Panahi’s film tracks the efforts of teenage girls to sneak into a crucial World Cup qualifying game in a country where women are forbidden from attending soccer matches. CCA, Glasgow. Old Dogs (PG) ●●●●● (Walt Becker, US, 2009) John Travolta, Robin Williams, Kelly Preston. 84min. Charlie (Travolta) and Dan (Williams) are friends and business partners who unexpectedly have to take care of twin children. For a children’s movie, the crude humour is inappropriate at any age. Cineworld Parkhead, Glasgow; Vue Omni, Edinburgh. Our Family Wedding (12A) ●●●●● (Rick Famuyiwa, US, 2010) Forest Whitaker, America Ferrera, Carlos Mencia. 102min. See review, page 44. General release from Fri 14 May.
✽✽ Pandora & The Flying Dutchman (PG) ●●●●● (Albert
Lewin, UK, 1951) James Mason, Ava Gardner, Nigel Patrick. 123min. See Also Released, page 45. Filmhouse, Edinburgh. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (PG) ●●●●● (Chris Columbus, Canada/US, 2010) Brandon T Jackson, Steve Coogan, Uma Thurman. 118min. Big screen adaptation of Rick Riordan’s first fantasy adventure novel featuring Greek mythology-baiting child Percy Jackson. Possible franchise? We think so. Filmhouse, Edinburgh. Prince of Persia – The Sands of Time (12A) (Mike Newell, US, 2010) Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley. 115min. Full review at www.list.co.uk. See Also Released, page 45. General release from Fri 21 May.
✽✽ Revanche (15) ●●●●● (Gotz Spielmann, Germany, 2008) Johannes
Krisch, Irina Potapenko, Andreas Lust. 121min. A brooding contemporary fable exploring how a traumatic event impacts emotionally on human lives, relying on examining the characters rather than on plot twists. Impressively acted, Revanche is an absorbing, sympathetic and appropriately open-ended work. Filmhouse, Edinburgh. Robin Hood (12A) ●●●●● (Ridley Scott, USA/UK, 2010) Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Matthew MacFadyen. 140min. See review, page 44. General release. The Royal Opera: La Bohème (E) (, 2010) Pyotr Beczala, Hibla Gerzmava. 105min. Join the Royal Opera for Puccini’s La Bohème. Vue Omni, Edinburgh. Run Lola Run (15) ●●●●● (Tom Twyker, Germany, 1999) Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu. 80min. Young Berlin punk Lola (Potente) has 20 minutes to raise
100,000 marks to save her stupid, but beloved boyfriend from murderous drug dealers. Not an easy task, but writer/director Tom Twyker gives Lola three chances and helps her pound the streets with a thumping, self-composed techno soundtrack. Using every style trick in the book, Twyker astounds with an adrenaline rush of a movie. A Science and Film presentation. Filmhouse, Edinburgh. Sherlock Holmes (12A) ●●●●● (Guy Ritchie, UK/Australia/US, 2009) Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law, Rachel McAdams. 128min. Ritchie’s long-awaited, high-octane action interpretation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary hero. Brunton Theatre, 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. Cineworld Renfrew Street, Glasgow. A Single Man (12A) ●●●●● (Tom Ford, USA, 2009) Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Nicholas Hoult. 99min. The fashion industry’s Ford adapts Christopher Isherwood’s spare, lyrical study of alienation and loss for his film debut. Tracing a day in the life of George Falconer (Firth), a middle-aged English college professor, a series of flashbacks outline George’s 16-year relationship with the recently deceased Jim (Matthew Goode). A
frustrating experience, this is at times achingly moving, but ultimately it relies too heavily on redundant visual gimmicks. Filmhouse, Edinburgh. 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. StreetDance 2D (PG) ●●●●● (Max Giwa/Dania Pasquini, UK, 2010) Nichola Burley, Charlotte Rampling, George Sampson. 98min. See review, page 44. Selected release. StreetDance 3D (PG) ●●●●● (Max Giwa/Dania Pasquini, UK, 2010) Nichola Burley, Charlotte Rampling, George Sampson. 98min. See above. Selected release. Tibet: Cry of The Snow Lion (15) (Tom Peosay, US, 2003) 104min. A moving and disturbing documentary about the reality of life for Tibetans, who, since 1950, have lived under the oppressively violent shadow of Beijing. Part of Himalayan film and culture festival. Filmhouse, Edinburgh. Travellers and Magicians (PG) (Khyentse Norbu, Australia/Bhutan, 2003) Tsewang Dandup, Sonam Lhamo, Lhakpa Dorji. 108min. A government official in a small Bhutan village is obsessed with Western culture and finally gets his chance to move to America. But when he misses the bus to the nearest city he is forced into a road trip journey with unexpected companions. Part of Himalayan film and culture festival. Filmhouse, Edinburgh.
✽✽ Vincere (15) ●●●●● (Marco Bellocchio, Italy/France, 2009)
Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Filippo Timi, Corrado Invernizzi. 125min. See review, page 43. Glasgow Film Theatre; Filmhouse, Edinburgh. Virsa (12A) (Pankaj Batra, Pakistan, 2010) Arya Babbar, Gulshan Grover, Mehreen Raheal. 132min. Punjabi musical about two friends from India and Pakistan living in Australia and coping with cultural changes. Cineworld Renfrew Street, Glasgow. Welcome (15) ●●●●● (Phillippe Lioret, France, 2009) Vincent Lindon, Firat Ayverdi, Audrey Dana. 109min. The plight of the immigrant and the viciousness of casual racism are the backdrop for this warm and engrossing drama about Bilal (Ayverdi), a young Iraqi refugee on his way to England who enlists the help of a former Olympic swimmer to help him swim the Channel. Filmhouse, Edinburgh. Wild at Heart (18) ●●●●● (David Lynch, US, 1990) Nicholas Cage, Laura Dern, Diane Ladd, Willem Dafoe. 127min. Cage and Dern are the energetic young lovers on the run, pursued by ultrastrange hitman Dafoe on a sometimes comic, sometimes disturbing, trail towards the ultimate rendezvous with Elvis and the Wizard of Oz. Glasgow Film Theatre.
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