Siobhan Synnot reviews the best of the new cinema releases
Ping Pong (PG)
Hugh Hartford traces the progress of eight players as they fight for supremacy at the 2010 championships in China, in the over-80s category. Funny, sprightly and rather inspiring.
Cameo, Edinburgh, Thursday
Another Olympic-themed offering, filmmaker Andrew Kötting and writer Iain Sinclair pedal a swan pedalo from Hastings to the Olympic Park in Hackney. Conceived as a snippy statement about London 2012, the finished film is more digressive – aimless, but not joyless.
Glasgow Film Theatre, 20-22 August
A Simple Life (PG)
Chinese superstar Andy Lau stars in this surprisingly simple story of a filmmaker and the amah (Deannie Yip) who has cared for him since he was born. Now he has to face a reversal of roles in this warm, delicate reflection on love and separation.
Filmhouse, Edinburgh, from Friday and Glasgow Film Theatre from 24 August
Flowers Of War (15)
Christian Bale stars as an American who protects a group of schoolgirls during the 1937 Japanese occupation of Nanking. Zhang Yimou directs an oddly gorgeous, clunkily scripted melodrama.
Dundee Contemporary Arts, from Friday
The Forgiveness Of Blood (12A)
A young man in Albania becomes the target of a blood feud after his father slays a neighbour. The conflict between past tribal traditions and modern teenage life is interesting, but when the boy is bored by imprisonment, it’s hard not to empathise.
Glasgow Film Theatre from Friday
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