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Edinburgh film fest announces 2015 programme

By Ray Bennett KRAKOW – The 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival announced today that it will screen 164 feature films from 36 nations including 24 world premieres, 8 international, 16 European, 84 U.K. and two Scottish premieres.

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EDINBURGH FILM REVIEW: Hattie Dalton’s ‘Third Star’

By Ray Bennett EDINBURGH – Four men go on a camping trip to Wales seeking a memorable beach from childhood, but one of them is dying and his motives might be different in Hattie Dalton’s gloomy drama “Third Star.” Screened … Continue reading

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EDINBURGH FILM REVIEW: ‘Jackboots on Whitehall’

By Ray Bennett EDINBURGH – Some top UK stars, including Ewan McGregor, Alan Cumming, Tom Wilkinson and Rosamund Pike, lend their voices to the characters in “Jackboots on Whitehall,” a puppet animation comedy in the spirit of “Team America” but … Continue reading

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EDINBURGH FILM REVIEW: Robert Carlyle in ‘Summer’

By Ray Bennett EDINBURGH – Robert Carlyle and Steve Evets make a credible pair of survivors at the nasty end of life’s social stick as an ill-tempered dyslectic looking after his quadriplegic buddy in Kenny Glenaan’s uneven slice-of-life drama “Summer”. … Continue reading

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EDINBURGH FILM REVIEW: Manijeh Hekmat’s ‘3 Women’

By Ray Bennett EDINBURGH – A woman and her mother and daughter each lose their way in Manijeh Hekmat’s “3 Women,” an observant but choppy portrait of life in modern Iran that treats heavy traffic and savage traditional practices with … Continue reading

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EDINBURGH FILM REVIEW: Robert Beaucage’s ‘Spike’

By Ray Bennett EDINBURGH – When a car full of attractive people breaks down in the woods and things start to go bump in the night, American director Robert Beaucage’s creature feature “Spike” appears to be set on a well … Continue reading

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EDINBURGH FILM REVIEW: ‘A Film With Me In It’

By Ray Bennett EDINBURGH – The bodies keep piling up and so do the laughs in Irish director Ian Fitzgibbon’s clever and very funny black farce “A Film With Me In It.” With an attitude towards sudden death as droll … Continue reading

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EDINBURGH FILM BRIEF: Gerardo Olivares’ ’14 Kilometers’

By Ray Bennett EDINBURGH – The “14 Kilometers” in Gerardo Olivares’ ambitious tale of African refugees seeking a better life in Europe is the stretch of water that separates the northern tip of Africa from Spain. To reach it, the … Continue reading

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EDINBURGH FILM REVIEW: Juliette Binoche in ‘Summer Hours’

By Ray Bennett EDINBURGH – French filmmaker Olivier Assayas’s film “Summer Hours” was commissioned to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Musee d’Orsay in Paris. Its depth of character, therefore, comes as something of a surprise. He has chosen … Continue reading

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EDINBURGH FILM REVIEW: ‘Stone of Destiny’

By Ray Bennett EDINBURGH – The “Stone of Destiny” in Charles Martin Smith’s pedestrian new film is the macguffin that a group of Scottish nationalists plan to repatriate from the heart of England in order to encourage the movement for … Continue reading

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