Glasgow Film Festival reviews: Handsome Devil, All This Panic, My Life As A Courgette, The Age of Shadows

This year’s Glasgow Film Festival got off to a lightweight start on Wednesday with the UK premiere of Handsome Devil (**), a chaste coming-of-age tale about a gay teens wlearning to be true to themselves in a rugby-obsessed private school in Ireland.

Octavia Spencer in Hidden Figures

Film reviews: Hidden Figures | John Wick Chapter 2 | The Founder | Lost in France

By detailing the endless daily prejudice and barriers facing the black women who worked on America’s space programme, Hidden Figures takes a classic Hollywood underdog story and makes it greater than the sum of its parts

Terese Palmer in Berlin Syndrome

Glasgow Film Festival reviews: Berlin Syndrome | Hello, My Name is Doris | Catfight | Here Come the Videofreex

Backpacking abroad and locked-room thrillers are common exploitation movie scenarios, but writer/director Cate Shortland (Somersault) uses both to stoke fear and dread in more artful ways in Berlin Syndrome (****), her unsettling adaptation of Melanie Joosten’s novel about an Australian photographer whose instant attraction to a local Berlin man develops into an all-too-plausible nightmare scenario.

Syrian refugees to work on Huntly art project inspired by Middle East conflict

Syrian refugees to work on Huntly art project inspired by Middle East conflict

Syrian refugees in the north-east of Scotland are to join forces with a Damascus-born artist for three months to create a new body of work inspired by the conflict in the Middle East.

Andrew Lincoln, left, and Keira Knightley are expected to appear in the  charity short film. Picture: Contributed

Love Actually ‘set for TV sequel’

Love Actually, the popular Christmas film, is to get a television sequel of sorts, it has announced.

Handsome Devil's director John Butler and star Fionn O'Shea launched the 13th Glasgow Film Festival tonight.

Irish comedy-drama opens 13th Glasgow Film Festival

The European premiere of an acclaimed Irish high-school drama has raised the curtain on the 13th annual Glasgow Film Festival.

Audrey Tautou stars as the eponymous Amelie. Picture: Contributed

10 movies to watch if you’re staying in on Valentine’s Day

If you don’t fancy going out this Valentine’s Day, and an evening in is more your scene - and research suggests you’re in the majority - then a romantic movie night is a perfect choice for a date.

Mark Wahlberg as Sgt. Tommy Saunders in Patriots Day

Five films to see at Glasgow Film Festival

The 2017 Glasgow Film Festival runs from 15-27 February. Scotsman critic Alistair Harkness picks his highlights

Olivier Assayas PIC: Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images

Interview: Olivier Assayas on directing Kristen Stewart in Personal Shopper

When Kristen Stewart was looking to move on from the Twilight franchise, she sought out veteran French director Olivier Assayas. The pair made the acclaimed Clouds of Sils Maria in 2014 and their latest collaboration, Personal Shopper, is playing at Glasgow Film Festival this week. It feels like the start of a beautiful friendship, the director tells Alistair Harkness

Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Darker. PIC: Doane Gregory/Universal Pictures via AP

Film review: 50 Shades Darker

“Vanilla – your new favourite flavour,” says Anastasia Steele as she tosses her billionaire boyfriend Christian Grey a tub of ice cream early on in 50 Shades Darker. It’s a reference to her desire for a normal relationship with the BDSM-obsessed Christian, but it could just as well serve as a symbol for this sequel to 50 Shades of Grey, which isn’t many shades darker at all (unless one counts the diminished prominence of polished chrome amid the set design). If the first film – made by Turner Prize-nominated artist Sam Taylor-Johnson – was an artfully bland, somewhat self-aware exercise in delivering sexual kinks in the form of sleekly packaged blockbuster entertainment, this one (directed by Glengarry Glenn Ross’s James Foley) delivers more of the same, albeit with an even more boring conclusion that seems intent on delaying gratification in order to set up yet another instalment that probably won’t satisfy either. Maybe that’s the point, but it makes 50 Shades Darker increasingly tedious to sit through, which is a shame, as there are hints early on that this has a sense of humour about itself.


Star Wars philosophy course to launch at Glasgow University

Fans of Star Wars know the hugely successful film franchise is about more than spaceships, lightsabers and death stars.

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With beautifully pitched performances, a moving story and a willingness to trade showy for subtle, Moonlight deserves all the attention and awards nominations it’s getting

A street performer on the Royal Mile during the 2016 Edinburgh festivals. Picture: Steven Scott Tyalor/JP Resell

Creative industries worth £3.7 billion to Scotland

The creative industries in Scotland comprises more than 15,000 registered enterprises and employs some 73,600 people, official figures have revealed.

Caravanners are said to support the equivalent of more than 680 full-time jobs north of the Border. Picture: John Devlin

Caravanners on movie trail contribute £37m to Scots economy

They are often maligned as nightmare road users, the bane of other drivers’ lives, holding up traffic as they slowly snake along the highways.

Toni Erdmann

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Touching, funny and odd, Toni Erdmann shows a father’s eccentric efforts to reconnect with his daughter, while Loving is a beautifully made character study which explores racism in 1950s America without theatrical grandstanding

Naomie Harris in Moonlight

Interview: Oscar nominee Naomie Harris on playing an addict in Moonlight

Naomie Harris tells Alistair Harkness about overcoming her concerns of playing a drug ravaged single mother in independent hit Moonlight. The decision resulted in the Bond star landing one of the film’s eight Oscar nominations

Movie being made about former Rangers favourite Fernando Ricksen. Picture: SNS

Fernando Ricksen MND movie to go ahead thanks to fans

A documentary film on ex-Rangers star Fernando Ricksen’s fight with motor neurone disease will be screened thanks to supporters helping raise cash for the project.

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Pne of Scotland's best-loved paintings which plays a key role in the new Trainspotting film. Picture: PA

Classic Scots painting gets new lease of life in T2 Trainspotting

An autographed reproduction of one of Scotland’s best-loved paintings, which plays a key role in the new Trainspotting film, is set to go under the hammer at a charity auction.

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Ewan McGregor and director Danny Boyle reunited on the set of T2 Trainspotting. Picture: SWNS

Danny Boyle feels ‘great shame’ over rift with Ewan McGregor

Danny Boyle has said he feels a “great shame” over his 10-year fall-out with Ewan McGregor and that he is very grateful to the actor for presenting him with a prestigious award after burying the hatchet.

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Director Danny Boyle (centre) with T2 cast members Ewen Bremner, Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle. Picture: PA

Danny Boyle reveals reasoning behind T2 Trainspotting title

Filmmaker Danny Boyle has revealed why he gave his new film the not-so-catchy title T2 Trainspotting.

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