Christopher Robin

An adult Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) is encouraged to recapture his sense of fun and adventure when he reunites with his childhood friend in Marc Forster’s Christopher Robin. The basic structure of this film will be familiar to many people. On the surface it’s the same story as Hook; a film that also features one…

Beauty and the Beast

Disney retells the tale as old as time in Bill Condon’s live action adaptation of their animated classic Beauty and the Beast. Everyone surely knows the story by now. A prince is cursed to live out his days as a beast unless he can find true love before the last petal of a rose falls….

T2 Trainspotting

Danny Boyle brings the Trainspotting gang back together 20 years later when Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) decides to take a stroll down memory line in T2 Trainspotting. Doing a sequel to a film 21 years on is always going to be an uphill struggle because what worked back then doesn’t necessarily work now. There will…

American Pastoral

In 2017 the Edinburgh International Film Festival celebrates its seventieth year, and on a cold clear evening in November, they kicked off their run up to this notable milestone with a Gala Screening of Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut American Pastoral. Having managed to bag myself a ticket, I settled down amongst Edinburgh’s great and good…

Our Kind of Traitor

After being quiet for a while we seem to be getting a real slew of Ewan McGregor movies of late, and if you like to see him as part of a very strong ensemble cast in a tightly scripted and directed story based on a novel by John le Carré, you might want to take…

Miles Ahead

When is a biopic not a biopic? The answer comes in the form of Miles Ahead, staring Don Cheadle as the titular lead Miles Davis. This is also Cheadle’s directorial debut, and he further adds feathers to his already impressive hat with story and screenwriting credits, credits which he shares with Steven Baigelman (Feeling Minnesota),…

Jane Got a Gun

Natalie Portman heads to the Old West in Gavin O’Connor’s Jane Got a Gun to play a woman trying to defend her husband from a gang bent on killing him. I’ll preface this by saying that I’m not a huge fan of Westerns so my opinion might have been coloured by this but I have…

EIFF 2015 – Last Days in the Desert

Ewan McGregor stars as Jesus in Rodrigo Garcia’s Last Days in the Desert and gives audiences a different take on Jesus’ temptation by the Devil during his personal exile in the desert. Given that the subject matter is so intensely religious this film was going to be a challenge to put together from the start. Do you…