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Film reviews: Hotel Artemis | Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again | A Prayer Before Dawn | Madame | Spitfire

Drew Pearce channels the spirit of John Carpenter to give Hotel Artemis instant cult appeal, while the stars come out to play in the excruciating Mama Mia sequel

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Drew Pearce on the set of Hotel Artemis

Film interview: Drew Pearce on persuading Jodie Foster to star in his directorial debut, Hotel Artemis

After years of scriptwriting on the likes of Iron Man 3 and the Mission: Impossible franchise, Scots-born Drew Pearce has just directed his debut feature, Hotel Artemis. He talks to Alistair Harkness about the joy of not having to compromise

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Incredibles 2

Film reviews: Incredibles 2 | First Reformed | The Secret of Marrowbone | Pin Cushion |Ex-Libris: The New York Public Library

The long-awaited sequel to The Incredibles has fun interrogating the gender divide, while Ethan Hawke excels as a pastor who is losing his faith in First Reformed

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Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan take on lead roles in Mary Queen of Scots (Photo: Focus Features)

First look at Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie in Mary Queen of Scots

The first images of Saoirse Ronan as Mary, Queen of Scots and Margot Robbie as Queen Elizabeth I have surfaced.
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George MacKay stars in The Secret of Marrowone Picture: Debra Hurford Brown (thanks to The Salon, The Waldorf Astoria)

Interview: George MacKay

From Lost Boy to Ned Kelly, George MacKay talks to Janet Christie about his journey to leading man and his latest, supernatural drama, The Secret of Marrowbone

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Film review: The Negotiator

HAVING premiered at Sundance earlier this year as Beirut, the title change of new political thriller The Negotiator feels appropriate for a movie that flirts with complexity and chaos but ultimately defaults to generic spy movie beats.

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Calibre. Picture: Calibre Film.

Netflix thriller set in Highlands wins Edinburgh film festival's major honour

A Neflix production has picked up the major honour at the Edinburgh Film Festival for the first time - with a dark thriller set which sees a country park in West Lothian stand in for the Scottish Highlands.
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Leave No Trace PIC: Sony Films

Film reviews: Leave No Trace | Adrift | Time Trial

The director who launched Jennifer Lawrence has found another star in Thomasin McKenzie, who excels as a girl living on the margins with her father in Leave No Trace

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Natalie Dormer attends the European Premier of 'In Darkness' at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.  Picture: SWNS

Natalie Dormer: Nowhere I’d rather have premiere than Edinburgh

Actress Natalie Dormer said she would not want her latest film to have its European premiere anywhere other than Edinburgh.

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Newcomer Neil Sutcliffe plays Murdo in Dirt Road to Lafayette

Edinburgh Film Festival reviews: Dirt Road to Lafayette | Hal | The Eyes of Orson Welles

Hopes were high for Dirt Road to Lafayette (**). Written by Booker-winning novelist James Kelman and directed by Scottish filmmaker Kenny Glenaan, it’s the sort of promising collaboration that could have resulted in a great piece of social realist cinema.

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Joanna Kulig as singer Zula puts in a star-making performance in Cold War

Edinburgh Film Festival reviews: Cold War | My Friend The Polish Girl | Incredibles 2

A LATE addition to this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival, Cold War (*****) provides a welcome injection of artistic brilliance into a lineup that’s a little short on top-tier arthouse fare. Pawel Pawlikowski’s first film since his Oscar-winning Ida sees the formerly British-based filmmaker burrowing ever further into his Polish roots with a haunting love story loosely inspired by his own parents’ tempestuous relationship.

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Ocean's 8

Film reviews: Ocean’s 8 | In the Fade | Boom for Real

Just as George Clooney floated out of her orbit in the opening scenes of Gravity, Sandra Bullock finds herself once again bidding adieu to the silver-haired charmer in Ocean’s 8. In this mostly female spin-off from the Clooney-led heist franchise, Bullock plays Danny Ocean’s sister, Debbie, whose first action after being newly paroled from prison is to visit a funeral home to pay tribute to her (apparently) dear departed brother.

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Kelly Macdonald stars in Puzzle. Picture: Contributed

Film review: Puzzle

The pieces don’t quite fit for muddled Gump-style savant, writes Alistair Harkness

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Actress Kelly Macdonald arrives on the red carpet for the opening night of the 2018 Edinburgh International Film Festival. Picture: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Kelly Macdonald calls for end to ‘madness’ of male-dominated film industry

Scottish screen star Kelly Macdonald has called for an end to the “madness” of the male-dominated film industry as her first lead role for more than 20 years was unveiled in Edinburgh.

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Jack Lowden as Vaughn in Calibre PIC: Calibre Films Ltd

Edinburgh Film Festival preview: Director Matt Palmer on his Highlands-set thriller Calibre, starring Jack Lowden

Inspired by films like Deliverance, Calibre was nine years in the making. Writer-director Matt Palmer talks to Alistair Harkness about the project, and persuading rising star Jack Lowden to play the ‘Everyman’ role

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Anna and the Apocalypse

Five must-see movies at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival

Scotsman film critic Alistair Harkness casts his expert eye over the 2018 EIFF programme

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Isabel Davis will start her role as executive director of Creative Scotland's new screen unit in September.

New figurehead revealed for Scottish screen industry

Scotland’s troubled screen industry has been given a major boost after poaching one of British film’s leading executives to become its new figurehead.

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Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter and Sandra Bullock in Ocean's 8

Film review: Ocean’s 8

Just as George Clooney floated out of her orbit in the opening scenes of Gravity, Sandra Bullock finds herself once again bidding adieu to the silver-haired charmer in Ocean’s 8. In this mostly female spin-off from the Clooney-led heist franchise, Bullock plays Danny Ocean’s sister, Debbie, whose first action after being newly paroled from prison is to visit a funeral home to pay tribute to her (apparently) dear departed brother.

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Bill Murray and Jan Vogler warm up for their show, Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends, New Worlds. Picture: Copyright www.peterrigaud.com

Interview: Bill Murray and Jan Vogler

Bill Murray and a chamber trio led by his friend, cellist Jan Vogler, are travelling the world sharing their love of words and music with New Worlds, a celebration of positive American values. The Hollywood star talks to Janet Christie ahead of their Edinburgh show

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Hereditary

Film reviews: Hereditary | Supertroopers 2 | The Happy Prince | Studio 54

Superior horror film Hereditary plays with genre expectations while still offering plenty of scares

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