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EIFF 2018: Ideal Home (2018) starring Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan

The double act of Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan, playing a wealthy gay couple suddenly saddled with a surrogate son (Jack Gore), generates enough hilarity to offset this film's soft and predictable approach to drama. Coogan, in particular, essays another of his classic celebrity buffoons.

Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd in Ideal Home

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EIFF 2018: Flammable Children aka Swinging Safari (2018)

Guy Pearce, Kylie Minogue, Radha Mitchell and Julian McMahon are cast against type in an off-colour retro comedy set in an Australian seaside town in the 1970s which was inspired by writer-director Stephan Elliott's own childhood. Lots of fun - provided that you are not easily offended.

Guy Pearce and Kylie Minogue in Swinging Safari

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EIFF 2018: Incredibles 2 (2018) written and directed by Brad Bird

Pixar's latest sequel improves on an already excellent superhero homage original with its near-perfect blend of spectacular action and touching comedy. The wonderful Bob Odenkirk adds his vocal talents this time around and there's some genuinely sinister villainy courtesy of the mysterious Screenslaver.

Incredibles 2

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EIFF 2018: Old Boys (2018) directed by Toby MacDonald

This Cyrano de Bergerac adaptation, set in a posh English boarding school, is marred by rather forced and weak humour. Nonetheless, it has a certain amount of charm as well as fine performances from Alex Lawther, Pauline Étienne and the rest of the cast.

Alex Lawthor in Old Boys (2018)

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Best F(r)iends: Volume One (2017) starring Greg Sestero & Tommy Wiseau

The first instalment of a two-parter featuring the two 'talents' behind The Room (2003) is a strange mix of self-aware deliberate badness and flashes of legitimately good artfulness. As you might expect, the highlights here are provided by Wiseau's in(s)ane performance.

Tommy Wiseau in Best F(r)iends: Volume One (2017)

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Isle of Dogs (2018) directed by Wes Anderson

This charming and affectionate homage to the wild idiosyncrasies of Japanese culture is a delight for both its visual storytelling and warm vocal performances.

Isle of Dogs (2018) directed by Wes Anderson

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Lady Bird (2017) written and directed by Greta Gerwig

Saoirse Ronan plays the brattishly eccentric titular adolescent who navigates an emotional rollercoaster ride at a Catholic high school in Sacramento. It moves from one humorous or dramatic highpoint to the next in a heady rush that creates a refreshingly honest picture of the cusp of adulthood.

Saoirse Ronan and Lucas Hedges in Lady Bird

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

Alternately hilarious and undeniably human, this drama of misunderstandings and small-town violence is a real showcase for the typically undervalued Oscar winner Frances McDormand as well as In Bruges writer/director Martin McDonagh.

Frances McDormand in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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Brigsby Bear (2017) starring Kyle Mooney and Mark Hamill

It's the other film coming out in the UK this December to feature Mark Hamill. Imagine Lenny Abrahamson mixed with an affectionate nod at the cult around fluffy 1980s childhood nostalgia and you have the recipe for this enjoyable comedy starring Kyle Mooney.

Kyle Mooney in Brigsby Bear

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The Disaster Artist (2017) directed by and starring James Franco

An intentionally hilarious adaptation of Greg Sestero’s autobiographical account of the making of Tommy Wiseau's unintentionally hilarious cult classic The Room.

James and Dave Franco in The Disaster Artist

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DVD/BLU RAY

The Changeling (1980) directed by Peter Medak

ARTICLES

Obey, written and directed by Jamie Jones

RETRO

Erik the Conqueror directed by Mario Bava

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