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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Review: On Chesil Beach Rating 71%

Review: On Chesil Beach

Question: should you read the book before going to see the film of the book? In the case of an author as popular as Ian McEwan, the chances are that you’ve read it already. When his novella, On Chesil Beach came out in 2007, I read it straightaway. I couldn’t help re-reading it when I heard about the film, and that was my mistake, perhaps.

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Review: Divas, Despots and Dancing – Assunta Spina with Live Score Rating 77%

Review: Divas, Despots and Dancing – Assunta Spina with Live Score

Programmed as part of this year’s Glasgow Film Festival but postpones due to the epic snow feature in the country, A Kind of Seeing’s event, Divas, Despots and Dancing, which included a screening of silent Italian film, Assunta Spina, accompanied by a live scoring by The Badwills, was scheduled for May. Disappointing as this was, with the change in venue (it was originally to be in St Andrews in the Square) and the lack therefore of dancing (the GFT cinema screen rooms are not really catered for that kind of event) it was still an enriching experience and idea viewing for a Wednesday night, an Italian drama with an evocative, cinematic piece performed live.

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Review: Avengers, Infinity War Rating 85%

Review: Avengers, Infinity War

The Avengers find themselves reconciling and teaming up with the Guardians Of The Galaxy to stop galactic über-baddie Thanos (Josh Brolin) from assembling The Infinity Stones, elemental crystals from the dawn of the The Big Bang. The collective strength of these stones would give Thanos the power he needs to enact his lifelong wish: to eradicate half of all life in the universe.

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