Mockingjay: Part 1

Turns a political struggle into something thrillingly personal.

The Beat Beneath My Feet

A toe-tapping indie that is, quite simply lovely.


An extraordinary true tale made disappointingly ordinary.

The Battle of the Five Armies

"Why does it hurt so much?" Because the rest of it felt so real.

Star Ratings

Well good


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Glasgow Film Festival Review: Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Sunday, 24 February 2013 12:03

Comic-Con Episode IV A Fan's Hope - film review

Director: Morgan Spurlock
Cast: Kevin Smith, Stan Lee, Holly Conrad, Chuck Rondanzi
Certificate: TBC

Despite being a geek, I’ve never really had the urge to go to Comic-Con. But every year, millions of comic book lovers, artists and cinemagoers flock en masse to San Diego to buy merchandise, idolise heroes and dress up in coloured tights. Morgan Spurlock’s amiable documentary is a heartfelt tribute to all of them.

Glasgow Film Festival Review: Shell Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Saturday, 23 February 2013 00:41

Shell - Chloe Pirrie

Director: Scott Graham
Cast: Chloe Pirrie, Joseph Mawle, Michael Smiley

It’s not easy growing up. It’s even harder if you do it in the middle of nowhere with only a petrol pump and your dad (Mawle) for company. That’s Shell’s (Pirrie) life. A car comes by. She fills it up. The car drives away. More often than not, no cars come at all. But still she stays put, manning the shop while Pete tears up wrecked vehicles for scrap money.

Glasgow Film Festival Review: The Thieves Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Thursday, 21 February 2013 16:39

A woman opens the window in her fiancée's museum. She speaks into an earpiece, climbs out, then walks up the wall to the roof. From that moment on, The Thieves well and truly captures your attention.

Choi Dong-hoon's film has been billed as South Korea's answer to Ocean's Eleven. From its über-cool editing and all-star cast to the absurdly complex plot, it's every bit as stylish – and thanks to its globe-trotting locations and relentless pace, at times, even more impressive.

Glasgow Film Festival Review: Sleep Tight Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Tuesday, 19 February 2013 13:44

Sleep Tight - Glasgow Film Festival review

Director: Jaume Balagueró
Cast: Luis Tosar
Certificate: 15

A man wakes up in bed next to a woman. He brushes his teeth with a purple toothbrush. He leaves the flat, closing the door quietly behind him. He goes downstairs. He changes into his uniform and starts his shift on the apartment block’s front desk. Three hours later, she descends in the lift.

"Good day, Miss Clara. How did you sleep?" asks the concierge.

Glasgow Film Festival Review: Village at the End of the World Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Tuesday, 19 February 2013 08:36
Village at the End of the World review
Director: Sarah Gavron
Certificate: TBC

The Inuit language has hundreds of words for snow. So goes the urban legend. But what's it really like to live in a tiny house in the middle of nowhere? Pretty awesome, judging by this documentary.

Sarah Gavron follows the day-to-day goings on in the community of Niaqornat. One of the smallest settlements in Greenland, it's bordered by water on one side and snowy wilderness on the other. There are more dogs than people. It really is a village at the end of the world.

Glasgow Film Festival Review; Arbitrage Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Monday, 18 February 2013 07:50
Brit Marling, Arbitrage
Director: Nicholas Jarecki
Cast: Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Brit Marling

Arbitrage. Is it a verb? Is it a noun? Apparently it's both. What does it mean? I have no idea. Even after watching this film, which uses that dull word for its title, I don't have a clue.

Glasgow Film festival Review: Populaire Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Friday, 15 February 2013 09:45
Populaire film
Director: Régis Roinsard
Cast: Romain Duris, Déborah François

Populaire is without a doubt the best speed-typing film of all time. One, because there probably aren't any others. Two, because it's fantastic.

Valentine's Day no doubt had an influence in picking it for last night's opening gala for the Glasgow Film Festival, but the good news is that it's just as lovely on any other day of the week.