Cannes 2015: Sicario (Denis Villeneuve, 2015)

Denis Villeneuve is fast becoming one of the most exciting Hollywood/indie crossover directors in recent years. Following on from the success of the engrossing abduction drama Prisoners and the lesser success of his Jake Gyllenhaal doppelganger movie Enemy, he presents Sicario – a drug cartel movie that has a bite that’s vicious, but struggles More...

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By Douglas James Greenwood On Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
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Cannes 2015: Edinburgh’s Avaritia and Catching up with Un Certain Regard

Walid Salhab’s Avaritia, playing in the Cannes Court Métrage The rain finally came today – albeit just a little drop, but it was great to feel something that wasn’t searing heat on my Scottish More...

By Douglas James Greenwood On Monday, May 18th, 2015
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Cannes 2015: Inside Out (Pete Docter, 2015)

I admit it, 100 per cent without shame: I’m a massive Disney/Pixar fan. I managed to stick with them through the years, even through the little blips in the repertoire, namely Cars and Monsters University More...

By Reader On Monday, May 18th, 2015
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We Are Many in Edinburgh this Thursday

We Are Many, a film documenting the largest ever protest on the UK mainland, will be debuting at cinemas across the country this Thursday 21st May. In Edinburgh, it will be showing, with live Q&A, at the following More...

By Douglas James Greenwood On Monday, May 18th, 2015
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Cannes 2015: Louder than Bombs (Joachim Trier, 2015)

A director making a big splash in a foreign territory often means that their next piece of work will grab a wider, more mainstream release. For many of these films, they’re heckled into a corner by a studio’s More...

By Douglas James Greenwood On Sunday, May 17th, 2015
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Cannes 2015: The Sea of Trees (Gus Van Sant, 2015)

It is difficult to deliberate upon The Sea of Trees in the manner in which Gus Van Sant would like you to. Supposedly, it is life affirming; an example of how journeys and courage can pull you through and make More...

By Douglas James Greenwood On Sunday, May 17th, 2015
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Cannes 2015: Carol (Todd Haynes, 2015)

It has been eight years since Todd Haynes last made a movie. The inventive Bob Dylan biopic ‘I’m Not There’ gained Cate Blanchett an Oscar nod for her performance. The tables have now turned from More...

By Douglas James Greenwood On Saturday, May 16th, 2015
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Cannes 2015: Amy (Asif Kapadia, 2015)

It may have been nearly three years ago, but to this day I still remember the palpably discomforting atmosphere when I visited Amy Winehouse’s home in the days following her death. The pavement was festooned More...

By Douglas James Greenwood On Saturday, May 16th, 2015
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Cannes 2015: Tale of Tales (Matteo Garrone, 2015)

The label of ‘dark fantasy’ is as overused and rehashed as nearly every other, more accessible genre these days. Its definition is indelibly hazy, but the resultant pieces of work that attach themselves More...

By Douglas James Greenwood On Saturday, May 16th, 2015
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Cannes 2015: Irrational Man (Woody Allen, 2015)

Ahh, Woody Allen. Fond lover of the sardonic and inquisitive female lead and renowned director of seemingly interesting, everyday people. It goes without saying that films from his heyday, such as Manhattan and More...