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  • The Promise
    The Promise highlights little explored history of Armenian genocide

    The Promise is “a valuable memorial” to the Armenians who died as a result of Ottoman policies in 1915, writes Ruth Allen – “as well as a celebration of the lives of those who survived”. Also, a “mesmerising”...

    • Posted 11 months ago
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    When Marnie Was There: an exquisite production from Studio Ghibli

    Timeless, haunting and enchanting, When Marnie Was There is “unforgettable”, writes Ruth Allen.  The magic continues in Tale of Tales, although these adult fairytales are an anthology of gore, duplicity and obsessive love. Back to reality – yes, really  – in Elvis...

    • Posted 2 years ago
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    Florence Foster Jenkins is curiously inspiring – and stars Kelvingrove

    Gloriously entertaining, Florence Foster Jenkins “celebrates the human spirit, the power of music and the passion of amateurs”, writes Ruth Allen. And it puts Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum – posing as New York’s Carnegie Hall –...

    • Posted 2 years ago
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    Spotlight – compelling portrait of investigative journalism at its finest

    A sublime start to Ruth Allen’s spring film line-up with “outstanding” double Oscar-winning Spotlight, “delicious” comedy Hail, Caesar! and the “engrossing” documentary Hitchcock/Truffaut. There is an emotional performance from Richard Gere in Time Out of Mind and...

    • Posted 2 years ago
    He Named Me Malala: The story of a true hero

    Inspirational and intriguing, He Named Me Malala is the film everyone should see, says Ruth Allen. Coming of age tale from Australia Paper Planes charms, Brooklyn is elegant and understated … but there’s a  price to pay in black comedy Kill Your...

    • Posted 2 years ago
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    Macbeth: Bold, brutal and brilliant

    A dynamic and mesmerising re-working of Macbeth, writes Ruth Allen. This visceral interpretation features explosive central performances from Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard – and the notable presence of Glasgow actor David Hayman. Macbeth (15) (Run time: 113 mins; Director: Justin Kurzel; Cast: Michael Fassbender,...

    • Posted 2 years ago
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    Suffragette: The story that must be told and retold

    Rousing factual drama Suffragette is a story that needs to be told and retold, writes Ruth Allen. In contrast to the unsettling Sicario, The Intern is an easy watch – while The Program, chronicling the rise and fall of Lance Armstrong,...

    • Posted 2 years ago
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    Far From The Madding Crowd: exquisite and superbly crafted

    Carey Mulligan is mesmerising in Far From the Madding Crowd, a “perfect new interpretation of this classic work”, writes Ruth Allen. The topical and memorable Samba is a witty romantic comedy and just as timely is the...

    • Posted 3 years ago
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    The Water Diviner: A moving tribute 100 years after Gallipoli

    Russell Crowe’s directorial debut The Water Diviner is a moving tribute and contribution to the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings, writes Ruth Allen. Spring holiday films also include family laughs with The Spongebob Movie, teen angst with The Duff, a touch of middle-years...

    • Posted 3 years ago
  • Birdman – Keaton thrills in Iñárritu masterpiece

    A great line-up to kick-off 2015 is headed by the coruscating and unforgettable Birdman, joining The Theory of Everything to be early contenders for film of the year, writes Ruth Allen. Also reviewed are the thought-provoking Big Eyes, jaw-dropping epic Exodus and...

    • Posted 3 years ago