V/H/S

V/H/S – review and trailer

Scotsman film critic Alistair Harkness gives his verdict on V/H/S, an anthology of “found footage” centred on a home invasion… Age rating: 15 Directed by: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, David Bruckner, Tyler Gillett, Justin Martinez, Glenn McQuaid, Radio Silence, Adam Wingard, Joe Swanberg, Chad Villella, Ti West Starring: Calvin Reeder, Lane Hughes, Adam Winguard, Melissa Boatright, Bryce …

Culture Film January 18, 2013

Django Unchained – review, ratings, reaction, trailer

Quentin Tarantino’s violent revenge western has generated plenty of controversy, but the critics are widely hailing the movie as a thrilling return to form for the director. Storyline: Jamie Foxx plays Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). Schultz is …

Culture Film January 18, 2013

Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan – review and trailer

Scotsman film critic Alistair Harkness gives his verdict on a fans’ tribute to special effects artist Ray Harryhausen from director Gilles Penso… Age rating: PG Directed by: Gilles Penso ★★★ This affectionate fan tribute to the legendary stop-motion special effects artist is distinguished by the fact that the fans paying tribute are among the most …

Culture Film January 18, 2013

Strictly Come Dancing stars and dancers hit the road

Through 10 series of Strictly Come Dancing, celebrities have enjoyed the limelight, but the professional dancers have gained a big boost from it too. Kelly Apter spoke to some of them as they embark on a UK tour. The mix of professional dancers, contestants of varying dance ability, backstage banter and caustic judges has proved …

Culture January 17, 2013

Gig review: Paul Jones & Dave Kelly

Paul Jones and Dave Kelly wear their credentials lightly, but their status is well deserved. The duo brought their interpretation of the blues to promoter David Mundell’s Kinross stage… ★★★★ Promoter David Mundell, formerly of the Bein Inn in Glenfarg, has a good thing going with his semi-regular gigs out in the country at the …

Gigs January 15, 2013

10 things to do in Scotland this week: 14 – 20 January

This week’s arts and entertainment highlights from across Scotland, including live music, theatre, film, clubs, comedy, art and exhibitions… Music: Celtic Connections 20th Celebration Concert The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Thursday, 7.30pm, £20-£23 More info / tickets  It’s a landmark for the annual festival of folk as it celebrates entering a third decade and the …

Film review: American Mary

The Scotsman film critic Alistair Harkness reviews American Mary, a revenge horror about a medical student who stumbles into an underground world of extreme ‘body modification’. Not for the faint-hearted… Age rating: 18 Directed by: Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska Starring: Katherine Isabelle, Antonio Cupo, Tristan Risk ★★★ There’s a deliciously twisted idea at the heart …

Culture Film January 12, 2013

#WOWwknd: Use your weekend wisely, 11 – 13 January

Are you checking the time every 10 minutes? That means it’s Friday afternoon, and the weekend/freedom is almost upon us. We’re here to keep you entertained until Sunday night. Know what you’re looking for? Try a quick search above. Need some inspiration? Filter events by genre, date and location. What are your plans for the …

Comedy Theatre January 11, 2013

The daily bulletin – 3 January, 2013

It’s a music-heavy round-up today, with news of the latest album sales figures (not so good), the return of the Homegame festival, a new Hadouken! tour and a(nother) Dave Grohl supergroup. But there’s also the Costa Book Awards shortlist and an unusual appearance from a Hollywood couple to chew over… [<a href=”//storify.com/nickmitchell/top-entertainment-news-3-january” target=”_blank”>View the story …

Review: Kevin Bridges, Kings Theatre, Southsea

Coarse but kind-hearted; friendly, but with a razor-sharp put-down, Glaswegian Kevin Bridges bridges the north-south divide in hilarious fashion. Live stand-up can be unpredictable and this show certainly was, with constant audience banter and heckles – many from a large contingent of Kevin’s compatriots. In fact, one of the funniest lines of the night came …

Comedy December 9, 2012

Book Week Scotland: 5 events for avid readers

Whether it’s by electronic screen or good ol’ fashioned papyrus, book lovers in Scotland have plenty to keep them occupied this week. The Scottish Book Trust has recruited a wealth of authors, poets and storytellers for Book Week Scotland, a series of literary events that’s happening right now. Pop Up Festival Mitchell Library, Glasgow – …

Culture What's On November 27, 2012

What’s on in Scotland: Top 10 events of the week

There’s plenty to whet your cultural appetite in Scotland this week. Here are our picks of the week’s best events throughout the country… Crystal Castles O2 ABC, Glasgow  – Monday (26 Nov) Canadian duo Crystal Castles kick off the week with some demented electro from their latest critically acclaimed album III. Event listing Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping …

Theatre November 26, 2012

What’s on in… the West of England

Choosing something to keep you all entertained can be a difficult process, especially if you’ve got a really eclectic range of interests. One of you might be into football, another ballet, maybe even going to the theatre, but one thing is for certain – there’s always something on somewhere near you. To make things a …

Comedy November 24, 2012

Panto season: Celebs treading the boards near you

Interactive, entertaining and uniquely British, panto is the unsung hero of Christmas. As well as delighting the kids, what better chance is there to see unlikely combinations of C-list celebrities in unflattering costumes? In 2012 there are plenty of treats to be had – we look at some of the classic pantos and which celebs …

Theatre November 24, 2012

What’s on in… the North of England

Finding something to do isn’t as easy as it should be, especially if the whole family want to do different things on the same day; or maybe you’re trying to work the activities around your free time from work. Whatever takes your fancy, though, there’s plenty to see and do around the North of England, with …

Comedy November 23, 2012
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