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Hitchcock, US, 1960) Anthony Perkins, about a week in the life of a Soho pimp. This low life mockney parade is sadly nothing to do with Iceberg Slim’s seminal novel. Grosvenor, Glasgow. Prince of Persia – The Sands of Time (12A) ●●●●● (Mike Newell, US, 2010) Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley. 115min. This video game adaptation sees Gyllenhaal star as a prince who must keep a powerful, mythical object called the Sands of Time out of the hands of villains. Tedious, zero chemistry big budget adventure. General release. The Princess and the Frog (U) ●●●●● (Ron Clements/John Musker, US, 2010) Voices of Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Keith David. 97min. Set in 1920s Louisiana and featuring Disney’s first African-American Princess, this culturally important, beautiful and evocative (of a New Orleans that no longer exists) film may not have the standout musical numbers of some of its stablemates but is an old fashioned treat all the same. Selected release. ✽✽ Psycho (18) ●●●●● (Alfred Vera Miles, John Gavin. 108min. Digital reissue of Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal 1960 exercise in terror. Accept no imitations and witness the birth of the modern slasher/horror film. Filmhouse, Edinburgh. The Purple Rose of Cairo (PG) ●●●●● (Woody Allen, US, 1985) Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels. 84min. A dowdy waitress meets the man of her dreams when a matinee idol steps down off the movie screen and into her life. Unfortunately, the studio bosses are not amused as the character involved is their property, and the actor who played the role worries about the possibility of a paternity suit. A one-joke movie, it’s well worked out, offering a few barbs of wisdom on the illusory nature of romance. Part of Allen retrospective. Filmhouse, Edinburgh. [REC] 2 (15) ●●●●● (Jaume Balagueró/Paco Plaza, Spain, 2009) Manuela Velasco, Jonathan Mellor, Óscar Zafra. 85min. See review, page 56. Selected release. Red Shoes (U) ●●●●● (Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger, UK, 1948) Anton Wallbrook, Marius Goring, Moira Shearer. 127min. Powell and Pressburger’s seminal dance film based on Hans Christian Andersen’s story goes back into cinemas on digital. Part of Jack Cardiff season. Filmhouse, Edinburgh.
Germany, 2008) Johannes Krisch, Irina ✽✽ Revanche (15) (Gotz Spielmann, 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. Cameo, Edinburgh. Robin Hood (12A) ●●●●● (Ridley Scott, USA/UK, 2010) Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Matthew MacFadyen. 140min. Ridley Scott’s fifth film with Crowe never quite musters up the epic power of its predecessor Gladiator, yet still, with Scott going for a gritty take on the legend of the outlaw who robbed the rich to give to the poor, at least Crowe lends the character a level of credability Kevin Costner never attained. General release. A Room and a Half (Poltory komnaty ili sentimentalnoe puteshestvie na rodinu) (12A) ●●●●● (Andrey Khrzhanovsky, Russia, 2008) Alisa Freyndlikh, Artem Smola. 130min. See Also Released, page 57. Glasgow Film Theatre.
Stage (12A) ●●●●● (Sam Dunn/Scot ✽✽ Rush: Beyond the Lighted McFadyen, Canada, 2010) 106min. See review, page 56. Cineworld Edinburgh, Cineworld Glasgow Renfrew St. Saturday Night & Sunday Morning (15) ●●●●● (Karel Reisz, UK, 1960) Albert Finney, Rachel Roberts, Shirley Anne Field. 89min. A defining moment in British cinema history, made at a time when the UK was finding its feet in the postwar industry by transforming new stage successes into movies. Finney is the Nottingham factory worker determined he won’t ‘let the bastards grind you down’, as he rails at the dead-end nature of his life. Cameo, Edinburgh.
TAMSIN EGERTON Born 26 November 1988, Hampshire, England
Background Having followed her older sister to a BBC audition at their local youth theatre as a child, Egerton started to get TV parts immediately, traveling the world for various productions before she had turned 15. She bagged her first movie role in 2005 in British comedy Keeping Mum, after which her head- turning looks kept the ‘stunning blonde’ roles coming, including teen sexpot Chelsea in the recent St Trinian’s remakes.
What’s she up to now? Starring in Noel Clarke’s multi- stranded action caper 4321 as Cassandra, the naïve rich-girl who travels to New York for a web- organised blind date that goes horrifically wrong. Egerton features in the film’s most bizarre scene, when cult American director Kevin Smith pops up as a fellow passenger on her flight. On Cassandra ‘She’s not grown up on an estate and seen friends lose their virginity at 13; she’s naive and innocent. That’s what drew me to her, because I’m known for promiscuous Chelsea, whereas this character is not all about guys, she hasn’t lost it, she covets it and she falls in love.’
On doing nude scenes ‘I would never do an American Pie and “get my tits out” for no reason, because it’s grotesque, it’s unnecessary. But for my storyline you need the nudity, because you need to feel uncomfortable in the scene. It was very awkward, but that’s what it’s meant to be. I think, being a girl, it’s hard [to avoid]. Guys get to play with guns and we get to be in our lingerie.’
On acting with Kevin Smith ‘He was a bundle of energy, and very sweet, but he got really personal really quickly! He was asking about my sex life after five minutes of meeting, and I was like ‘erm, Kevin?’ while he’s saying ‘well me and my lady ...’ and I’m like ‘no, this is so weird!’’ Interesting fact Egerton was in the final audition to play the 9- year old Joan of Arc in Luc Besson’s 1999 film The Messenger. (Paul Gallagher) ■ 184.108.40.206, general release from 2 June. See review, page 57.
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