EIFF 2016: Starfish Review

Thursday, 16 June 2016 22:16

Bill Clark’s Starfish tells the harrowing true story of Tom Ray, an ordinary family man who was suddenly struck with sepsis which led to the loss of his lower arms, lower legs and much of his face. It’s an illness that isn’t talked about often and its effects can be devastating or, in many cases, fatal. Clark’s film is effective in raising awareness about the illness while also highlighting the struggle of a real family whose life has been turned upside by this awful affliction.

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EIFF 2016: Finding Dory Review

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 22:19

The announcement of a sequel from Pixar always stirs up some mixed emotions. While the prospect of spending time with some beloved characters again, it's always slightly disappointing to see the studio behind such original works of near-genius as Wall-E and Inside Out go back to the same well again. It doesn't help that Pixar's sequel/prequel track record is patchy: the Toy Story series is great but Cars 2 and Monster's University are no-one's favourites.

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EIFF 2016: Mom and Me Review

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 21:04

For Mom & Me, Irish documentarian Ken Wardrop travelled to Oklahoma, the "manliest state in the US", to explore the relationships a wide variety of men share with their mothers. Told via a series of intimate interviews, this deceptively simple film has a growing power that creeps up on you over the course of its brief run time.

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Based on Barry Crump’s novel Wild Pork and Watercress, Hunt for The Wilderpeople is another comedic gem from What We Do in the Shadows writer, director and star Taika Waititi. The multi-talented Kiwi is set to move into big budget territory with next year’s Thor: Ragnarok but this is a decidedly smaller and weirder affair, charting the coming-of-age of a portly teenager in the New Zealand wilderness.

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EIFF 2016: Tommy's Honour Review

Monday, 13 June 2016 22:12

Kicking off the Edinburgh International Film Festival this year – or should that be teeing off? – is Tommy's Honour, the story of Tom Morris and his son Tommy, who together helped golf evolve into the game we know today. The focus on a story of Scottish innovation feels apt as a curtain-raiser for an historic edition of the festival, which turns seventy this year.

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Sing Street Review

Friday, 10 June 2016 21:41

If Once was director John Carney's raw, intimate debut album and Begin Again his overly glossy sophomore slump then latest effort Sing Street might just be his masterpiece. Blending the authenticity of Once with the broader scope and crowd-pleasing beats of Begin Again, the film brings together everything that's great about Carney's work: catchy tunes, likeable characters and tons of heart.

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The Nice Guys Review

Tuesday, 07 June 2016 20:58

After penning the Lethal Weapon series and making his directorial debut with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, it's safe to say Shane Black is something of a buddy comedy expert. The writer/director goes back to that well with his latest: The Nice Guys, a sleazy LA noir that rests on a pair of revelatory performances from Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe as two lowlifes who find themselves embroiled in a particularly twisted missing persons' case.

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Money Monster Review

Thursday, 02 June 2016 22:14

With an eye on the likes of Network and Dog Day Afternoon, Jodie Foster’s Money Monster aims to satirise the current financial climate through a hostage thriller with a sly sense of humour. While it doesn’t come close to matching its 70’s influences, this is not only a rare mid-budget, star-driven thriller – the sort Hollywood doesn’t do very often anymore – but it’s a pretty good one too.

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