Dir: Jesse Lawrence
With: Mena Suvari, Noel Clarke
Runtime: 91 minutes
ANOTHER, and hopefully the last, in a long line of dire wedding comedies, Jesse Lawrence's Britcom is a bore from start to finish. Alexandra and Jeremy (Talulah Riley and Matthew McNulty) are getting married, but not before they are subjected to calamities caused by bungling friends and a psycho ex-girlfriend. No joke is too low, including a Bridesmaids-style diarrhoea scene. Ghastly.
Dir: Scott Derrickson
With: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance
Runtime: 109 minutes
TELL me we haven't moved to a crime scene again, says the exasperated wife of true crime writer Ethan Hawke in this hokey but effective chiller. Ellison (Hawke) has what he thinks is one unsolved murder case to write about, but a box of old home movies in the attic suggests otherwise. Hawke, all furrowed brows and black specs, lends a touch of class to what would otherwise be a case of same old, same old. It also helps that the script has dashes of bleak humour, with James Ransone amusing as the not as dopey as he looks local cop.
The Bird (12A)
Dir: Yves Caumom
With: Sandrine Kiberlain, Bruno Todeschini
Runtime: 94 minutes
AFTER her performance in Polisse and Mademoiselle Chambon, Sandrine Kiberlain's name on a cast list is becoming a guarantor of a good evening's viewing. So it is with this French drama about a woman trying to piece her life together again. Like the pigeon that is trapped in a wall cavity in her flat, Anne (Kiberlain) doesn't look like she will ever escape from the past. Yves Caumom's picture, like Kiberlain, is a study in delicacy and restraint, moving the viewer while never straying into mawkishness.
Cameo, Edinburgh, October 9.
Dir: Guy Maddin
With: Jason Patric, Isabella Rossellini
Runtime: 93 minutes
JASON Patric, once of The Lost Boys and Speed 2, takes a trip into hardcore arthouse territory with this defiantly strange drama. A gang of hoodlums, pursued by the police, have holed up in an old house owned by their leader, Ulysses Pick (Patric).
With his wife (Isabella Rossellini) upstairs, Ulysses proceeds on a bizarre trek through the house and his past. Experimental theatre meets flu dream.
Glasgow Film Theatre, October 6-9.