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EIFF 2016: Moon Dogs (2016)
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EIFF 2016: Moon Dogs (2016)

Jack Parry Jones and Christy O’Donnell play two brothers who end up making their way from their home in Shetland to Glasgow, both with very different agendas. They meet a pretty young woman (Tara Lee) on their travels and things start to get complicated. Or maybe they’re actually getting simpler, […]

EIFF 2016: The Library Suicides (2016)
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EIFF 2016: The Library Suicides (2016)

AKA Y Llyrgell Go figure. I go many years without seeing any Welsh movies (i.e. movies in which the dialogue is actually spoken in Welsh) and then I catch two in the same year. So far. The first was the beautiful, if glacially-paced, The Passing (which I caught at Dead […]

EIFF 2016: Slash (2016)
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EIFF 2016: Slash (2016)

Neil (Michael Johnston) is a confused young man who finds himself insecure in the company of his classmates, a feeling that is compounded when someone gets a hold of his writing and shares it around the school. Because he writes fan fiction that places some of his favourite sci-fi characters […]

EIFF 2016: Belladonna Of Sadness (1973)
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EIFF 2016: Belladonna Of Sadness (1973)

Although you may not have heard of it before this year, or last year, Belladonna Of Sadness has fast gained a reputation in recent months as a bit of a lost classic that many are happy has been cleaned up and given over to audiences to rediscover. While I don’t love […]

EIFF 2016: Macbeth Unhinged (2016)
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EIFF 2016: Macbeth Unhinged (2016)

This is the second adapatation of Macbeth I have watched in the past year, and the second time I have left the cinema feeling disappointed at the untapped potential of such classic source material. It’s fair to say, however, that the movie directed by Justin Kurzel had substantially more resources […]

EIFF 2016: To Steal From A Thief (2016)
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EIFF 2016: To Steal From A Thief (2016)

AKA Cien años de perdón. It’s a shame that I rewatched Inside Man only a couple of weeks ago, because that movie then popped to the forefront of my mind while watching To Steal From A Thief, a heist movie that involves some smartypants bank robbers, a deposit box containing […]

EIFF 2016: Tommy’s Honour (2016)
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EIFF 2016: Tommy’s Honour (2016)

One of the safer choices that I have seen as the big opening movie for EIFF, that doesn’t make Tommy’s Honour any less deserving of the spotlight that will be shining on it this week. It’s a period drama that looks at two men who arguably contributed more to the […]

EIFF 2016: Barbarella (1968)
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EIFF 2016: Barbarella (1968)

One of the shining examples of a cult film, Barbarella is a heady mix of fun sci-fi and titillating erotica. Starting off with a famous “zero gravity” striptease by Jane Fonda, who plays the main character, this may take a surprisingly familiar, and surprisingly predictable, path but it does so […]

The Boss (2016)
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The Boss (2016)

Since breaking out in Bridesmaids, Melissa McCarthy isn’t afraid of putting herself as a larger-than-life character. However, this seeming typecasting has led to lacklustre comedic roles in The Heat, Tammy and The Identity Thief. Her latest film is based on a character she created in comedy group Los Angeles Groundlings, […]