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Victoria and Abdul (2017)

If you are offended by portrayals of non-pc British upper-class superiority and power over those seen as less 'fortunate' than themselves, Victoria and Abdul is likely to get your hackles up. If, however, you enjoy wonderfully atmospheric…

Quartet (2012)

Based on a play by Ronald Harwood (who also wrote this movie adaptation), Quartet sees Dustin Hoffman stepping in to the role of director for the first time (not counting the short time that he spent in the big chair on the 1978 movie…

Quartet (2012)

This year the Cornwall Film Festival closed with Dustin Hoffman’s enjoyable comedy drama Quartet and what a lovely way to end. The film features a plethora of British acting gems including Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Tom Courtenay and…

Potty About Potter

A creation that has as much magic in the backstory behind it as it does on the page and on the screen, young Harry Potter was brought to life by J. K. Rowling in the wonderful city of Edinburgh while the woman struggled to cope with life as…

The Omen Pentology (1976 – 2006)

I don't think I need to say too much about The Omen before moving on to review the movies in the series. It's a very particular type of horror movie but it's quite possibly the best of that type and stands tall as yet another classic of the…

EIFF 2011 – An Overview

So that's it then. The credits have rolled, everyone can breathe a sigh of relief and cinema staff in Edinburgh can stop being irritated by a swarm of people turning up at free screening after free screening to try and catch "the next big…

Page Eight (2011)

Written and directed by David Hare, Page Eight is simply good fun with great performances and clever writing. While there’s nothing in the movie that will blow you away it provides consistent entertainment from start to finish and benefits…

The King’s Speech (2010)

The King's Speech is the true life story of the incredible and unlikely friendship between a reluctant monarch at pains with his life long affliction and the defiant and maverick therapist who helps him overcome it. Beautifully shot and…

The King’s Speech (2010)

Tom Hooper deserves credit. What he achieved in The King’s Speech demands close scrutiny for what it represents to the future of cinema. Hooper succeeded in making a movie that for two hours puts forth not a single idea that may stimulate…