Film reviews: McCullin | Parental Guidance | Playing for Keeps

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Siobhan Synnot reviews the rest of the week’s film releases

McCullin (15)

* * * *

War photographer Don McCullin is one of our best and bravest. Now 77, he still heads to war zones and has been known to venture into a hail of bullets to take a light reading for his camera. There’s not much here that isn’t covered in his autobiography, but it’s still an absorbing portrait of a committed shutterbug who never became inured to the brutality and pathos of his images.

Glasgow Film Theatre, Wednesday until 10 January

Parental Guidance (U)


Billy Crystal and Bette Midler star as grandparents who parachute in to babysit their three grandchildren for a few days. Cue too many gags about poo and getting hit in the crotch with a baseball bat.

General release

Playing For Keeps (12A)


Gerard Butler plays a washed-up former football star, who now coaches a children’s team to reconnect with his son and hang around his ex-wife (Jessica Biel). She seems unimpressed, but his habit of taking his shirt off is enough to attract three desperate soccer moms. Watching Uma Thurman, Judy Greer and Catherine Zeta-Jones compete for such a smarmy prize is like watching Bradley Wiggins and Chris Hoy fight over a tricycle.

General release