With: Bill Murray, Laura Linney
Runtime: 94 minutes
AS you might expect from the director of Notting Hill, Roger Michell's biopic of FDR is a little different from Spielberg's take on Lincoln. A cast including Bill Murray (playing Roosevelt) and Laura Linney as Daisy, the distant cousin who becomes much more, plays things largely for smiles.
The picture can't quite make up its mind, though, whether it wants to be a silly comedy of manners set in the home of the President's mother, or a moving drama about being the other woman. While that means the tone is all over the mansion (particularly in one horribly embarrassing scene), the performances just about make up for this. Britain's Olivia Colman steals the picture as the easily shocked Queen Elizabeth. "Do you mind if I call you Elizabeth?" asks Eleanor R. Elizabeth R surely does
Movie 43 (15)
Dirs: Elizabeth Banks, Peter Farelly, et al
With: Seth MacFarlane, Naomi Watts
Runtime: 90 minutes
THIS ensemble effort starring the likes of Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman, Richard Gere, and Naomi Watts should be subtitled: Never Indulge a Movie Star.
A gang of them, plus directors, recruit each other for a series of skits based around the idea of a top secret movie running on the internet. The result: in the course of a 90-minute film there is one half-decent joke.
The rest of it is desperately unfunny, gross-out humour that's more gag-inducing than gag-tastic.
The Punk Syndrome (15)
Dirs: Jukka Karkkainen, Jani-Petteri Passi
Runtime: 85 minutes
AFTER Scandi-noir and Scandi-comedy comes Scandi-punk, Finland-style. Pertti Kurikka's Name Day are not just unusual for keeping the flag of Sid V flying after all these years; they are also a band of musicians with learning difficulties.
Directors Jukka Karkkainend and Jani-Petteri Passi follow them as they travel from gig to gig, fall out, make up, rail against visits to the pedicurist – the usual stuff. A moving, honest film full of big characters, big issues (the right to a full, dignified life) and a bold heart.
If you want to see the band playing live, there's a gig on February 7 at the O2 ABC in Glasgow.
Cameo, Edinburgh, and GFT, February 6 (screening followed by Q&A with band); GFT, February 10.