EIFF 2016: American Hero Review

Thursday, 21 July 2016 22:00

Brit director Nick Love has made a name for himself with tough, gritty and often ridiculous geezer crime flicks like The Football Factory, The Business and Outlaw. With American Hero, he makes the trip across the Atlantic for the first time for a New Orleans-set, found footage superhero flick.

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EIFF 2016: Take Down Review

Thursday, 21 July 2016 21:52

Formerly known as Billionaire Ransom, Jim Gillespie's Take Down sees a batch of spoiled, trust fund kids sent to a remote Scottish island to teach them some discipline. What their wealthy parents don't count on is a group of slick mercenaries attacking the island and holding the kids ransom.

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EIFF 2016: Sticky Notes Review

Thursday, 21 July 2016 21:44

Amanda Sharp's debut Sticky Notes is a solidly made and well-acted indie drama that's hampered by its reliance on cliches and a clunky narrative device that isn't as clever or well-crafted as it needs to be.

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Ghostbusters Review

Sunday, 17 July 2016 22:52

Updating a series as beloved as Ghostbusters is always going to be met with scepticism but the ire that Paul Feig's reboot has inspired is unprecedented; could that have anything to do with Feig's decision to cast four funny women as his leads? Hmm. However, after 18 months of controversy, it's refreshing to actually be able to discuss the movie itself and the good news is Feig has delivered a massively enjoyable slice of summer blockbuster entertainment.

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EIFF 2016: Kids in Love Review

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 22:05

Chris Foggin’s feature debut Kids in Love is a film so light and flimsy, it feels like it might float away in the gentle breeze caressing its characters – a group of insufferable trust-fund kids – as they saunter through an idyllic, hipsters-paradise version of London. With more money than they need, unlimited options and problems any ordinary person would wish for, not only is it hard to root for these kids, it’s difficult to even spend 90 minutes with them.

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EIFF 2016: Becoming Zlatan Review

Sunday, 10 July 2016 22:29

In a summer when footballing superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic has made headlines for retiring from international football after Sweden crashed out of Euro 2016 and sealing a big move to Manchester United, Fredrik and Magnus Gertten’s biodoc Becoming Zlatan feels very timely. Like a superhero origin story, the film focuses on the early days of Zlatan’s club career, using a mix of archive footage and fresh talking heads to get a handle on this uniquely charismatic player.

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EIFF 2016: Shepherds and Butchers Review

Saturday, 09 July 2016 22:43

In apartheid-era South Africa, where unprecedented numbers of people were executed, the hangmen were both shepherds and butchers, caring for the prisoners one day and pulling the lever the next. The mental toll that can take on a person is at the centre of Shepherds and Butchers, the new courtroom drama from South African helmer Oliver Schmitz.

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Since her directorial debut in 1995, Rebecca Miller has built up a quietly impressive CV as both a writer and director. Her latest film, smart dramedy Maggie’s Plan, was one of the many highlights of this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival, and Miller was on hand to discuss the film, her casting process and Bruce Springsteen…

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