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 …

Film review: Bereave

Malcolm McDowell was scheduled to appear in person at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival, but pulled out at the eleventh hour with little explanation. Watching Bereave, the film he stars in that is premiering at the Festival, it becomes clear why: here is a misconceived, turgid, corpulent movie, tonally confused and actively unpleasant to watch. Review by Katrina …

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 …

Film review: The Overnight

Sharp comic performances from Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black), Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) and Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore, Listen Up Philip) and a nifty script elevate director Patrick Brice’s new marital sex comedy The Overnight into genuinely comedic territory. Review by Katrina Conaglen at Edinburgh International Film Festival The phrase “marital sex comedy” should …

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 …

Film review: It's Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong

Alan Laidlaw reviews the sloppy, misjudged romantic drama It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong at Edinburgh International Film Festival While watching Before Sunrise or Lost in Translation have you ever found yourself thinking that making a film based solely on two people walking around a beautiful city saying beautiful things can’t be all that difficult to make, that surely such …

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