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Review: Silvana, Take One Action 2018 Rating 72%

Review: Silvana, Take One Action 2018

Having heard much about Take One Action, I had still yet to attend this film festival which has always intrigued me. It has empowering and questioning as it’s two core visions. Stepping into the Scottish Youth Theatre building in Glasgow, I had no more to expect but to witness precisely that, and I was certainly not disappointed with the screening of Swedish documentary, Silvana, which documents the LGBT activist and rapper, Silvana Imam.

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Review: The Predator Rating 40%

Review: The Predator

When an army sniper witnesses an attack by a seemingly invisible extraterrestrial hunter, he and his estranged family are dragged into both a government conspiracy and an alien civil war.

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Review: The Meg Rating 50%

Review: The Meg

When their billionaire owner commands the multi-national crew of a reserach rig to breach the crust at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, they unleash a monster from the depths…and only one man can stop it.
Back in the early part of the century, a film magazine bestowed the mediocre 2003 remake of The Italian Job with a mere three out of ten, with the reason being that the sole redeeming feature was a former Commonwealth Games diver who had lit up Guy Ritchie’s early mockney efforts from a few years previously.

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Review: Hearts Beat Loud Rating 81%

Review: Hearts Beat Loud

That summer before university is fertile ground for coming of age stories, but the roles are inverted in Hearts Beat Loud. Daughter Sam has her life planned out, choosing to spend her last holiday at home taking extra classes before school begins. Her dad Frank is not so certain, after seventeen years, he can no longer afford to run his record store. A lifelong musician, both father and daughter unwind by making music together in a kitted-out rehearsal space at home.

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Review: Iceman Rating 76%

Review: Iceman

The discovery of a 5,000-year-old man preserved in ice is bound to raise some questions. Ötzi, found by two German tourists in the Ötzal Alps at the border of Austria and Italy, had an arrow through his left shoulder, a fatal wound. Felix Randau’s Iceman christens him Kelab, the head of a small clan, a hunter-gatherer, who returns home one day to a raped and pillaged settlement.

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Review: Apostasy Rating 94%

Review: Apostasy

It would be trite to say that Apostasy might be preaching to the converted. In fact, the opposite may be more correct. When writer/director, Daniel Kokotajlo, took part in the Q&A after the preview screening at Filmhouse he asked if there were any ‘ex-Witnesses’ in the audience. There were, indeed, very many.

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Review: Testament, EIFF 2018 Rating 83%

Review: Testament, EIFF 2018

For many people, Film Festivals are all about the red carpet: premieres, new and recent films, galas, celebrities, and a smattering of classics, all clubbed together under various themes or focuses. Perhaps it’s the case that screenings of ‘retrospective’ cinema get overlooked.

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Review: The Ciambra Rating 72%

Review: The Ciambra

The Ciambra is a darkly lit, sketchy story about a small Romani community in Calabria, Italy. With real people acting out their real lives, there is somewhat of a documentary feel to this feature which highlights the outsider tensions in Italy. The main character Pio Amato is desperate to grow up fast, following his brother, Cosimo, around, wanting to fill his shoes. But when he feels he has to, after his brother and dad are arrested one evening, there are many questions that arise about the factions that exist and where his identity lies.

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Ryan Hendrick: Sundown is a film that celebrates the Scottish Highlands, it feels incredibly fitting

Scotland’s creative industries festival, XpoNorth is showcasing films on 27th and 28th June, showcasing the work of filmmakers from the Highlands and Islands and beyond. Over fifty films will screen during the two-day event in The Playhouse Cinema, Eden Court in Inverness, one of which is Sundown, by multi-award winning and BAFTA Nominated film director and actor, Ryan Hendrick.
Ryan spoke with The Fountain about working under several guises on film sets, a feature he has been hoping to release and bringing Sundown to XpoNorth.

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Films at Hidden Door Festival Rating 65%

Films at Hidden Door Festival

One of the disappointments of Hidden Door is that, unless you take a week’s holiday, you’ll be left wishing you’d seen more. This Festival has gone from pop-up to fully-fledged, this year spreading its wings into a second venue. I was particularly looking forward to seeing a selection from the film programme, being screened in the iconic, but dilapidated State Cinema.

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Review: Deadpool 2 Rating 16%

Review: Deadpool 2

Having shrugged my way through the first Deadpool film I wasn’t exactly desperate to see the follow up. Deadpool for me is just a sweary version of Chandler from Friends. Having hit cinemas so quickly after Infinity War it was strange to see Josh Brolin in another key role, this time playing Cable, another impossible-to-kill character with a time-changing device.

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