The Divide (2011)

The first shot of the film is of Manhattan being destroyed by what appear to be several nuclear explosions. As the residents of an apartment building over the bridge panic and scramble for safety, several of them manage to gain access to…

Rabies (2010)

As a debut it certainly shows a great deal of promise so it would be unfair to judge too harshly, but Rabies AKA Kalevet isn't exactly top-drawer horror even making allowances for the low budget. Four friends are driving to play a…

Miracle at St. Anna (2008)

New York City, 1983: an elderly African-American bank clerk shoots an elderly white customer dead in an unprovoked attack. The police investigation reveals the assailant was a decorated WW2 hero, and is in possession of a priceless missing…

By Day and By Night (2010)

This low budget Mexican sci-fi drama-thriller has a neat jumping off point: In the future, overpopulation has become such a problem that human beings are segregated into day and night shifts triggered by sunlight. The two shifts never meet,…

Our Day Will Come (2010)

A powerful French road movie with occasional outbursts of violence, Our Day Will Come deals with themes such as alienation, identity, family, and confused sexuality. So not exactly a barrel of laughs then, but delivered with a light enough…

Truth About Men (2010)

Nicolaj Arcel's relationship comedy from Denmark is a pretty bog-standard and predictable affain, but not without some fine moments. 34-year-old Mads (Thure Lindhardt) finds himself in a bit of a mid-life crisis. He's unhappy with his…

Perfect Sense (2011)

I was lucky enough to catch the first screening anywhere in Europe of Perfect Sense, held the night before the premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival before even Ewan McGregor had seen it! At the time of writing I've seen…

EIFF 65: A Diary

Morrisey had the right idea: Spending warm sunny days indoors is indeed a wonderful thing. What better way to spend a truly glorious Edinburgh day than within the friendly confines of the Filmhouse and the Cameo enjoying day one of the…

The Turin Horse (2011)

Hungarian director Bela Tarr - in what he says will be his last film - delivers another highly original tale. Exquisitely shot, stately, and hopelessly oppressive. Whether the famous story the film uses as its starting point is true or…

The Borrower Arriety (2010)

Studio Ghibli's adaptation of Mary Norton's classic The Borrowers is a fairly faithful one, grounding the film in a reality that's unusual for the studio. However it's still about tiny people living under a house unbeknownst to the…