Footage of Charlie Chaplin and Harry Lauder together to be screened at Scotland's oldest cinema

Rarely-seen footage of the celebrated Scottish entertainer Harry Lauder performing alongside Hollywood legend Charlie Chaplin is to be screened to the public at Scotland’s oldest purpose-built cinema next month.

Is a lack of nerve killing the cinema?

Aidan Smith: Don’t blame Netflix, a lack of nerve is killing the cinema

All the best writing talent has now switched to television, so why bother going to the cinema, asks Aidan Smith

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Thomas Gioria in Custody

Film reviews: Custody | Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts | You, Me and Him

A boy caught up in an increasingly bitter and violent divorce is rich territory for Xavier Legrand’s tense Custody, while David Tennant once again fails to find a project to match his talents in lame comedy You, Me and Him

Maxine Peake's new film Funny Cow is out on Friday. Picture: Debra Hurford Brown

Interview: Maxine Peake takes on stand-up in new film Funny Cow

The working men’s clubs of the 1970s are a tough proving ground for the female comedian played by Maxine Peake in new film Funny Cow, she tells Janet Christie

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Avengers super fans attended the exclusive sneak preview. Louise Saul dressed as Scarlet Witch. Callum Macinnes dressed as Vision.

Video: Edinburgh fans marvel at Avengers: Infinity War preview

Avengers co-director Joe Russo thrilled fans with a personal introduction to an exclusive showing of footage from the latest blockbuster.

An Lanntair in Stornoway staged a Sunday opening experiment between January and March to gauge public opinion.

Regular Sunday opening for Stornoway's arts centre ‘as soon possible’

A Hebridean arts centre will open on open on Sundays “as soon as possible” in the wake of a controversial trial.
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Creative Scotland has launched a recruitment drive for a new figurehead for the film and TV sectors.

Creative Scotland to pay new film and TV chief up to £93k

A new figurehead for the Scottish film and television industries will be paid up to £93,000, it emerged today.

John Byrne was named most stylish male at Kelvingrove gallery in Glasgow.

Artist and playwright John Byrne named Scotland’s most stylish man

John Byrne, the celebrated artist and writer, has been named Scotland’s most stylish man at the age of 78.
Jaden Michael, Oakes Fegley, and Julianne Moore in WonderStruck, directed by Todd Haynes

Interview: Director Todd Haynes on making children’s film Wonderstruck

When Todd Haynes was three-years old, Mary Poppins blew his mind. It was the first film he’d ever seen on the big screen and the intensity of it felt like a psychic out-of-body experience. A few years later, when he was seven, he saw Franco Zeffirelli’s adaptation of Romeo & Juliet. It was maybe a little mature for him, a little erotic even, but as he sat in a Los Angeles cinema watching bare-footed hippy girls convulsing with tears as Romeo killed himself, he instinctively understood the power a moment like that could have. A few years after that, when Haynes was around 11 or 12, he saw The Miracle Worker and became fascinated with Helen Keller, particularly her ability to develop language skills that could pull her out of the savage state of isolation her deafness and blindness had plunged her into. “I won’t go on,” says Haynes, realising that there are probably countless other films he could list that influenced his decision to become a filmmaker. “But they entered my bloodstream and induced a response that was about making art back to the movie that I had seen. They were the films that affected me as a kid and made me kind of crazy and obsessed.”

A scene from Ready Player One

Film reviews: Ready Player One | Isle of Dogs | Journeyman | The Islands and the Wales

Steven Spielberg shows why he is still king of the blockbuster, though Wes Anderson’s fabulous, funny and touching Isle of Dogs is the best family film of the moment

Hippfest is an increasingly major national event that draws a substantial crowd

Film festival review: Hippodrome Silent Film Festival, Bo’ness

Bo’ness’s Hippodrome Silent Film Festival has gone way beyond simply challenging misconceptions that silent movies are all about moustached villains roping damsels to railway tracks.

Sanjeev Kohli in the Barras, Glasgow. Kohli plays Navid in BBC's Still Game, Ramesh Majhu in the radio sitcom Fags, Mags and Bags and AJ Jandhu in the BBC Scotland soap, River City

Interview: Sanjeev Kohli

The Still Game star tells Janet Christie about swapping a career in medicine for a role as Scotland’s favourite shopkeeker, getting serious in River City and why he’d love to play a hard man

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Film reviews: Unsane | Mark Felt | The Third Murder | Have a Nice Day | Here to be Heard

Shot on an iPhone, Steven Soderbergh’s claustrophobic horror Unsane sees Claire Foy trying to prove her sanity, while Liam Neeson is ill-served by plodding political tale Mark Felt

Eva Green and Daniel Craig in 2006 Bond film Casino Royale

Aidan Smith: TimesUp for the misogynistic dinosaur that is James Bond

The revolution in social attitudes towards sexual harassment means James Bond is more out-dated than ever, writes Aidan Smith.

Daniel Wu as Lu Ren and Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft. PIC: PA Photo/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc./Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc./Ilze Kitshoff

Film review: Tomb Raider

Alicia Vikander plays a punky trust-fund rebel with unresolved daddy issues

Vicky McClure Picture: Debra Hurford Brown

Interview: Vicky McClure

The Line of Duty star talks to Janet Christie about playing it for laughs in new ITV comedy Action Team and finding roles which reflect working class Britain. Portrait by Debra Hurford Brown

TV & Radio
Benjamin Bunny and and Peter Rabbit, voiced by Colin Moody and James Corden PIC:  Columbia/Sony Pictures/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock

Film reviews: Peter Rabbit | Mary Magdalene | Annihilation | The Square

The live action version of Beatrix Potter’s classic children’s story is horribly misjudged, while Rooney Mara sets about rehabilitating Mary Magdalene with her customary intensity

Avengers: Infinity War is the biggest ever film production to be made in Scotland.

Makers of Avengers: Infinity War blockbuster tell Edinburgh to 'get ready' for premiere

The makers of the new Avengers: Infinity War blockbuster have told Edinburgh to “get ready” for a huge premiere in the city that will have a starring role in the film.
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Joaquin Phoenix and Ekaterina Samsonov in You Were Never Really Here

Film reviews: You Were Never Really Here | Sweet Country | Mom and Dad | Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story | Walk Like a Panther

Lynne Ramsay’s intense and absorbing action film sees Joaquin Phoenix’s brutalised veteran find his humanity, while Outback western Sweet Country offers a poetic and pitiless vision of the Australian frontier


In pictures: Scotland’s best independent cinemas

Home to some of the oldest cinemas in the world, Scotland has a special place in its heart for both film and the pleasing tradition of ‘going to the pictures’.

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