The best film releases in July

As blockbuster season continues, Alan Laidlaw is on hand to give you a look at the biggest cinema events around the UK, along with a round-up of the must see films coming to the big-screen. The big nationwide releases in July Amy Out July 3 Following on from his critically acclaimed Senna, Asif Kapadia takes a tender and thoughtful …

Film What's On June 30, 2015

Film review: Dope

Dope is a refreshing and subversive comedy which showcases a vibrantly impressive young cast. Review by Alan Laidlaw at Edinburgh International Film Festival It may come as a surprise when you realise that director Rick Famuyiwa has been making films for the past 16 years. His latest, and perhaps greatest film to date, Dope, has a wild-natured and …

8 of the best female protagonists to watch on Netflix

  The use of gender-as-genre in Netflix’s suggested list of ‘films with strong female leads’ doesn’t sit comfortably, but the streaming service has achieved more than Hollywood by showcasing realistic and relatable female characters. (And in fairness, Netflix has now seemingly stopped recommending titles under that heading.) So in testament to their (mostly) pioneering work in supporting equal representation in films …

Film review: Maggie

Alan Laidlaw reviews Maggie at Edinburgh International Film Festival – a zombie-drama starring Arnold Schwarzenegger that’s more of a snore-fest than a gore-fest There’s a good chance you’ll hear someone say that Arnold Schwarzenegger gives a great performance in Maggie, a film which sees him tackle a role far removed from his usual flex-and-quote machismo routine. But …

The Foodie Trend Spotter: Digital Dining

This week The Foodie Trendspotter is going into the future to show us what dining might be like in the 21st century and beyond – with the aid of technology. We live in the Digital Age. Much like the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages that have gone before, we’re forced – whether we like it or …

Web Culture June 22, 2015

Film review: Franny

Richard Gere delivers a late career highlight in Franny, an emotionally complex drama from debut director Andrew Renzi. Review by Alan Laidlaw at Edinburgh International Film Festival During his long and successful career, Richard Gere hasn’t strayed too far from a character formula that – regardless of how you may feel about him – he’s perfected to the …

Watch the tense new trailer for Sicario

When Canadian director Denis Villenueve’s Sicario was premiered at Cannes last month it received rare reviews (although not from us), drawing favourable comparisons to the films of Michael Mann. Boasting an impressive cast including Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin, it’s set to be one of the biggest releases of the latter part of the year. …

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