The Pervert's Guide To Ideology (15)
Dir: Sophie Fiennes
With: Slavoj Zizek
Runtime: 133 minutes
A RIDICULOUSLY unlikely star of cinema was born when Slavoj Zizek appeared in The Pervert's Guide To Cinema in 2006. Now the Slovene cultural theorist is back, and just as thought-provoking, and sometimes plain old bonkers, as ever.
Using perfectly chosen scenes from pictures as diverse as Taxi Driver and The Sound Of Music, Zizek attempts to explain what ideology is and how it functions. At 133 minutes it is something of a mental marathon, but his enthusiasm is irresistible.
l Cameo, Edinburgh and Belmont, Aberdeen, October 4, plus satellite Q&A with Zizek. Glasgow Film Theatre, October 28-31.
Dir: Peter Webber
With: Matthew Fox, Tommy Lee Jones
Runtime: 105 minutes
PETER Webber's period drama has a suitably hefty performance from Tommy Lee Jones as General Douglas MacArthur. The Japanese have surrendered and the Allies must decide whether the emperor should be tried as a war criminal.
Matthew Fox plays General Bonner Fellers, the soldier leading the investigation all the while laying to rest ghosts of his own. While a fascinating enough tale, with Jones huffing and puffing as only he can, Webber's desire to play history straight down the middle makes for a worthy but dull picture.
Thanks For Sharing (15)
Dir: Stuart Blumberg
With: Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow
Runtime: 112 minutes
THIS comedy-drama about addiction - sex, drugs, booze, whatever - is a topsy-turvy affair. For the first half it plays like a horribly indulgent look at the piffling cares of rich, beautiful folk (played by Mark Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow, among others).
Just when all patience is ready to snap, the tone takes a turn for the bleak and an altogether chewier picture emerges. While the shift in tone is too jarring, the performances from Ruffalo and Tim Robbins are never less than impressive.
More Than Honey (N/C)
Dir: Markus Imhoof
With: John Hurt
Runtime: 95 minutes
WHERE are all the bees going? John Hurt (yes, that one) turns investigator to find out in this stunningly photographed documentary.
The actor, whose grandfather had an orchard, talks to farmers and other experts in an attempt to discover what has caused between half and 90% of the insects to vanish.
With Einstein reckoning that without bees humankind would only have four years left, the search for answers is becoming more urgent by the minute.
l DCA, Dundee, October 6; Filmhouse, Edinburgh, October 11