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EIFF 2015: Scottish Mussel Review

Friday, 17 July 2015 00:00

It's always a welcome change to see a film set in Scotland that isn't routine British miserablism centred around gangs and/or drugs but, much like 2013's Not Another Happy Ending, Scottish Mussel has a stab at setting a romcom up here and sadly falls short on just about every level.

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EIFF 2015: The D Train Review

Friday, 17 July 2015 00:00

Jack Black delivers one of his best performances to date in The D Train, a surprisingly insightful and often hilarious comedy from first time directors Andrew Mogel and Jarred Paul.

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EIFF 2015: Iona Review

Friday, 17 July 2015 00:00

When her son Bull (Ben Gallacher) commits a serious crime, Iona (Ruth Negga) retreats back to the island where she was born and reconnects with the family who raised her. The circumstances in which she left the island mean her reappearance doesn't sit well with everyone but she and Bull slowly start to integrate into the small community.

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EIFF 2015: Len and Company Review

Friday, 17 July 2015 00:00

Rhys Ifans stars as Len, a successful music producer who became so disillusioned with the music industry, he packed up and quit right in the middle of an awards ceremony. Now living in a quiet neighborhood in upstate New York, Len spends his days listening to music, watching old British TV shows and hanging out with local kid William (Keir Gilchrist).

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EIFF 2015: North v South Review

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 22:23

Shakespeare adaptations come in many forms. As well as straight up adaptations of the bard's work (Laurence Olivier's Hamlet) and modern retellings that use the original text (Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet, Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing), there are also more furtive adaptations that use the plot and themes as the basis of their story. Films as diverse as The Lion King, 10 Things I Hate About You and My Own Private Idaho fit into that latter category.

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EIFF 2015: Cop Car Review

Monday, 13 July 2015 21:47

Wandering through the woods, two young boys stumble upon a cop car, parked in a clearing. There's an empty beer bottle on the hood but no-one around. The boys work up the gumption to try the door. It's open, and the keys are in it...

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EIFF 2015: Dope Review

Sunday, 12 July 2015 15:10

With its fresh, witty spin on both the high school comedy and the gritty ghetto flick, it's easy to see why Rick Famuyiwa's fourth feature Dope was such a hit at Sundance earlier this year. It's set in the same ghetto milieu as the likes of Boyz n' the Hood and Menace II Society but side-lines the gang warfare in favour of focusing on three geeks surviving life in high school.

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EIFF 2015: Bereave Review

Friday, 10 July 2015 21:43

Written and directed by sibling duo Evangelos and George Giovanis, Bereave is a difficult film to pin down. It seems like the brothers were aiming to make a gravely serious drama about an aging man coming to grips with his mortality and the relationships he shares with various family members but the result is a mish-mash of strange characters and their unbelievable behaviour.

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