loved children’s tale. While kids may enjoy it, Anderson’s typically arch humour is aimed more at their parents, who will also be impressed by the star-studded voice cast – Bill Murray as a badger lawyer anyone?. Empire, Clydebank. The Films of Maya Deren (15) (Maya Deren, US, Various) 69min. Five films from the avant-garde female auteur whose motion picture work bridged the gap between Surrealism and a new experimental genre of filmic art. Part of Screening Surrealism. Filmhouse, Edinburgh. Fit (12) (Rikki Beadle Blair, UK, 2010) Rikki Beadle Blair, Duncan MacInnes, Jay Brown. 108min. A dance class becomes a therapeutic encounter between adolescents struggling with their ideas about sexuality and adulthood. Part of Glasgay! Glasgow Film Theatre. 5150 Rue Des Ormes (18) (Eric Tessier, Canada, 2009) Marc-André Grondin, Normand D’Amour, Sonia Vachon. 141min. Dark and original thriller centred on the fate of Yannick, a boy who falls off his bike and has the misfortune to knock on the wrong door for help. Dead By Dawn: Un- Hallowe'en. Filmhouse, Edinburgh.
✽✽ From Here to Eternity (PG) ●●●●● (Fred Zinnemann, US, 1953) Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, Frank Sinatra. 118min. Restoration and reissue of Fred Zinneman’s iconic adaptation of James Jones’ epic multi-character tale of love in a time of war. Stars Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, Montgomery Clift, Frank Sinatra, Donna Reed and a beach. Filmhouse, Edinburgh. The Girl who Played with Fire (15) ●●●●● (Daniel Alfredson, Sweden, 2009) Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Sofia Ledarp. 129min. With Lisbeth Salander (Rapace) accused of murder, Blomkvist (Nyqvist) works to find out who is really guilty. Kept apart for most of the film, the duo’s chemistry isn’t given a chance to shine; yet the film is nonetheless engrossing, even if its major revelation is no real surprise. Selected release. Going the Distance (15) ●●●●● (Nanette Burstein, US, 2010) Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Charlie Day. 102min. Journalism student (Barrymore) and A&R man (Long) embark on a six-week romance that leaves them convinced they are meant to be together. Tragedy strikes when Erin returns to her studies, leaving them long-distance. A dispiriting movie experience from two perfectly competent romcom stalwarts. Vue Omni, Edinburgh. Great Expectations (PG) ●●●●● (David Lean, UK, 1946) John Mills, Bernard Miles, Finlay Currie. 118min. Lean’s adaptation of the Dickens novel remains cinema’s definitive version, even after half a century. An orphan meets an escaped convict and is introduced into a new world of adventures and finely observed characters. Photography and design at its best. Part of Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival. Filmhouse, Edinburgh. Grown Ups (12A) ●●●●● (Dennis Dugan, US, 2010) Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Salma Hayek. 102min. Five school friends reunite 30 years after graduating on the fourth of July weekend and much high jinks ensue. Regrettably predictable buddy comedy featuring almost the entire Saturday Night Live early 1990s cast. General release. Have you Heard from Johannesburg?: Programme 1 (E) (Connie Field, South Africa, Various) 176min. The first in a series of screenings of documentaries by Connie Field detailing the global anti-apartheid struggle, examining the lives of those who fought for it either at home or in exile, the history and achievements of the movement and the current state of play. This week the bill features The Road to Resistance 1948-1964, Hell of a Job and The New Generation. Glasgow Film Theatre. The Hole 3D (12A) ●●●●● (Joe Dante, US, 2009) Teri Polo, Haley Bennett, Ali Cobrin. 91min. Three children find a mildly terrifying trapdoor in their basement and decide to investigate, which seems silly in hindsight. A quasi return to form from director Dante with a horror film aimed at thrill-seeking children, but packed with
cinematic in-jokes which may go over their heads. General release. I’m Still Here (15) ●●●●● (Casey Affleck, US, 2010) Joaquin Phoenix, Antony Langdon, Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs. 107min. Much-hyped is-it-real-or-not documentary charting the supposed breakdown of actor Joaquin Phoenix and his subsequent attempts to pursue a career as a hip hop artist (including that apparently career-ending appearance on Letterman) filmed by his brother-in-law Casey Affleck. Having just been revealed as an extremely elaborate hoax, this is possibly Phoenix’s performance of a lifetime. Cameo, Edinburgh.
✽✽ The Illusionist (12A) ●●●●● (Sylvain Chomet, UK/France, 2010)
Voices: Jean-Claude Donda, Eilidh Rankin. 83min. The product of five years’ work in an animation studio that Chomet (Belleville Rendezvous) set up in Edinburgh when he fell in love with the capital after attending its International Film Festival, this is an uncannily accurate portrayal of Edinburgh and Scotland. The story is an unfilmed script from Jacques Tati and the main character, an ageing magician whose beloved act no longer interests the rock’n’rolling 1950s youth, is based somewhat on Tati himself and is carefully and emotively rendered by Chomet and his team. Selected release. Inception (12A) ●●●●● (Christopher Nolan, US, 2010) Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Ellen Page. 147min. DiCaprio stars as Don Cobb, a thief who is the master of the art of extraction, stealing secrets from the minds of the unconscious. The business is risky and has resulted the loss of everything he once held dear. Now he is being offered a chance of redemption, but at a cost, and up against a dangerous enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming. Selected release. Incident at Loch Ness (12A) ●●●●● (Zak Penn, UK, 2004) 94min. Werner Herzog ‘stars’ as the ‘director’ in this ‘documentary’ about making a movie about Nessie as events spiral out of control. Amusing mockumentary. CCA, Glasgow. Is it Just Me? (15) (JC Calciano, US, 2010) Nicholas Downs, David Loren, Michelle Laurent. 93min. Frustrated by his ongoing failure to meet Mr Right, Blaine (Downs) stumbles upon what might be his perfect match in an online chat room, but matters are complicated by an unusual case of mistaken identity. Part of Glasgay! Glasgow Film Theatre. The Karate Kid (PG) ●●●●● (Harald Zwart, US/China, 2010) Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith, Taraji P Henson. 139min. The remake of the 1984 hit in which a bullied boy becomes a karate master delivers a half- decent punch, despite Smith’s lazy performance. The training scenes and a downbeat performance from Jackie Chan playing Mr Han lend the film unmerited but welcome pizzazz and charm. Glasgow Film Theatre. Kirikou and the Wild Beasts (U) ●●●●● (Bénédicte Galup, Michel Ocelot, France, 2005) Voices of Pierre-Ndoffé Sarr, Awa Sene Sarr, Robert Liensol. 75min. An animated, subtitled adventure tale in which Kirikou learns to become a gardener, detective, potter, merchant, traveller and doctor. Suitable for children aged 5●. Cineworld Parkhead, Glasgow. The Last Exorcism (15) ●●●●● (Daniel Stamm, US, 2010) Patrick Fabian, Ashley Bell, Louis Herthum. 86min. Yet another reprisal of the popular horror mock- doc genre, featuring a Louisiana preacher (Fabian) who sets out to prove that demonic possession doesn’t exist. A couple of gripping performances from Fabian and Bell (as a possessed farmer’s daughter) can’t make up for the nausea-inducing camera work, lack of proper scares and abrupt ending that make this a distinctly underwhelming experience. Selected release. Last Summer of La Boyita (tbc) ( Julia Solomonoff, Argentina/Spain/France, 2009) Guadalupe Alonso, Nicolás Treise, Mirella Pascual. 93min. On the sun-drenched pampas of Argentina, a young woman reunites with her childhood playmate, who she soon discovers is harbouring a secret that even he does not fully understand. Part of Glasgay! Glasgow Film Theatre.
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