Reviewing the Best of the Fest
This year's Best of the Fest is our biggest yet! Today we're sharing reviews of each of the films.
The Best of the Fest films screen throughout the day on Sunday 29 June.
Snowpiercer – 11.15am at Odeon 2 / 3.55pm at Cineworld 8
A critical hit of the Fest, Snowpiercer kicks off our Best of the Fest selection with 2 screenings. Andrew Pulver of The Guardian said, "It looks wonderful too: the exterior shots of the train barrelling its way through the ice-bound landscape are superbly realised, and each carriage – from the in-car aquarium to the strobe-and-mirrorball nightclub – is a beautifully detailed miniature."
Castles in the Sky – 11.15am at Cineworld 11 / 5pm at Filmhouse 1
Ben Rawson-Jones, reviwer at Digital Spy, says: "For those who ever wondered whether Eddie Izzard could cut the proverbial mustard with a Sonic Screwdriver as the next Doctor Who - watch this film."
Tony Benn: Will & Testament – 11.45am at Cineworld 5
This documentary about the life of late politician Tony Benn has just had its World Premiere, so there are no reviews online yet. Keep your eyes peeled...
Set Fire to the Stars – 1.55pm at Cineworld 8
Den of Geek reviewer Andrew Boyle, says: "Thomas and Brinnin look and feel like a comedy double act, with Wood the overawed straight man to Jones' mercurial man-child. The film is funny, and the presence of Kevin Eldon in the cast suggests, perhaps, a certain kind of outlandishness, but everything is played with a deadpan realism."
In Order of Disappearance – 5.50pm at Odeon 2
On CineVue, reviewer Harriet Warman remarks that, "Both the incongruity of mild-mannered Nils as a cold-blooded killer, and The Count's depiction as an oblivious clown announce that more than a state of the nation treaty, Moland's In Order of Disappearance is a dark fable played firmly for laughs" in this Fargo-esque Scandy crime.
A Practical Guide to a Spectacular Suicide – 5.55pm at Cineworld 11
The word of mouth hit of the Fest, A Practical Guide... was reviewed by Craig McKenzie of Nemesis, who said: "With a title like that, who'd have expected an upbeat comedy? I was pretty surprised but not as surprised as I was to find out that it actually works really well. The film takes such a dark subject very lightly and manages to find the humour in such a tragic act. It is massively helped by the cast of very likeable characters."
A Most Wanted Man – 6.35pm at Cineworld 8
Hannah McGill reviews this Anton Corbijn adapttion of John le Carré's novel for The List. She says that the director "knows how to keep tension high using personalities and politics rather than guns and car chases, and the late and greatly lamented Hoffman is a lovely fit as one of Le Carré’s dilapidated, disappointed anti-heroes, whose post-ideological bafflement regarding the point of what he’s doing feels wholly convincing.
The Anomaly – 11.55am at Cineworld 8 / 6.50pm at Filmhouse 1
Blogger Elaine MacIntyre saw the fun side of The Anomaly, saying that, "this film is plenty daft. But you know what? I thoroughly enjoy it. And you have to admire Clarke's chutzpah: can't afford to build a futuristic London set? Photoshop some extra gherkins into the skyline then run around in Docklands. Can't recreate New York? Film in Time Square – it's got flashing billboards and everything."
A Dangerous Game – 7.50pm at Cineworld 11
The Scotsman film critic Alistair Harkness gives A Dangerous Game the thumbs up, saying that, "Baxter weaves all this together into a fascinating and fairly damning indictment not so much of golf, but of the arrogant culture of exclusivity that has overtaken it worldwide. And while anyone who’s been following the story will know this film has a somewhat happier ending, it remains a plea for eternal vigilance."
Palo Alto – 8.20pm at Odeon 2
Victoria Bull, reviewer for The Hollywood News, congratulates Palo Alto for its coming-of-age leanings. She says, "First time director Gia Coppola shows an ability to encapsulate a time period that many find difficult; the transition from child to adulthood. The uncertainty and confusion that comes with the territory of being a teen is never looked down upon, simply explored."
We Are Monster – 8.30pm at Cineworld 5
The Hollywood Reporter says: "...a film which does for Englands juvenile detention system what Steve McQueens Hunger did for the Northern Irish prison service...We Are Monster is chiefly of interest for announcing a raw new talent in the glowering shape of writer-star Leeshon Alexander"
The Green Inferno – 8.40pm at Cineworld 12
Eli Roth returns for best of the Fest with The Green Inferno. Henry Northmore from The List says that, "The carnage is offset with some sick gags, including a delightfully twisted escape plan involving a bag of weed, but if you're not fond of the red stuff steer clear. However gorehounds will find plenty of gristle to chew on in The Green Inferno."
Cold in July – 8.50pm at Filmhouse 1
Chris Fyvie, reviewer for The Skinny, says that Cold in July is, "a moody piece full of moral dilemmas, paternal responsibilities and eye-for-an-eye justice, played out against a pumping synth score and brilliantly evoked time and place."
The Skeleton Twins – 9.05pm at Cineworld 8
Sophie Watson, blogger for the Telstar Film Review, points out that, "Finding the right balance between comedy and drama can be a knife edge away from flirting with disaster, especially when the subject matter involves depression and suicide. American indie director Craig Johnson thankfully has the right talent on his side for his third feature The Skeleton Twins; some savvy casting and a witty script make this an unexpected crowd pleaser."