Review: Sunshine On Leith

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Starring: George MacKay, Kevin Guthrie, Peter Mullan, Jane Horrocks, Freya Mavor, Antonia Thomas

Directed by: Dexter Fletcher

I knew nothing of Sunshine On Leith, until seeing the trailer for it a couple of months ago. I also know practically nothing about The Proclaimers, the band who originally sung the songs, apart from one song, I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), but even that I knew from the US sitcom How I Met Your Mother. It’s been a while since we had a proper feel-good film musical though, so I couldn’t help look forward to this. 

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Review: Filth

FILTH-POSTERStarring: James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan, Imogen Poots, Jim Broadbent, Martin Compston
Directed by: Jon S. Baird

With any film that’s based on something by Irvine Welsh, the expectations are inevitably for it to live up to the standard of Trainspotting, and with a cast consisting of the likes of James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Jim Broadbent and Eddie Marsan, even more so. While the Danny Boyle film may have set the bar too high when it comes to Irvine Welsh adaptations, Jon S. Baird’s adaptation of Filth is in no way a failure.

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Review: Prisoners

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Starring: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Terrence Howard, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Melissa Leo

Directed by: Denis Villeneuve

Child kidnapping is not a new subject in cinema, and so it isn’t enough for a film to just be about that, and so Prisoners works well in trying to tell a deeper story, showing the effect missing children has on people’s humanity, not only of the parents’.

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Review: Rush

rush_ver4_xlgStarring: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl, Alexandra Maria Lara, Olivia Wilde, Pierfrancesco Favino, Natalie Dormer

Directed by: Ron Howard

Many reviews for Rush will begin with, or at least include, the critic declaring a lack of interest or much knowledge in the area of Formula 1 racing. I wish I could be different, but I can’t. I sort of see the appeal, but have never gotten into it. Thankfully, Ron Howard’s latest doesn’t require or assume the audience to have knowledge of or an interest in the sport, just a desire to be entertained.

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Bollywood Trailer: Dhoom 3

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I know a few people who refuse to watch Bollywood movies, but will happily watch an Aamir Khan film, and so his next, Dhoom 3, will no doubt be one of the biggest films of the year, if not all time, in India. Especially since we’ve been kind of deprived of good films in mainstream Hindi films this year.

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Preview of The 57th BFI London Film Festival

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Today the full programme for the 57th BFI London Film Festival was announced, which runs in the city from 9th to 20th October, mainly in Leicester Square and the BFI’s home on Southbank, but also featuring screenings all over London.

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