Also showing - Town of Runners / The Bad and the Beautiful / Breathing / Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy
Tim Walker is The Independent’s Los Angeles correspondent, covering entertainment and other concerns from the West Coast of the US. He was previously a features writer and the editor of the paper’s diary column. His first novel, Completion, is being published in January 2014.
Sunday 22 April 2012
Town of Runners (PG)
The winners of all four golds in the long-distance track events at the Beijing Olympics come from the same Ethiopian highland town, Bekoji, where they were trained by Sentayehu Eshetu. This documentary follows Eshetu and his young protégés as he prepares another cohort of champions.
The Bad and the Beautiful (PG)
Vincente Minnelli's classic 1952 critique of Hollywood ethics is a triptych of flashbacks depicting producer Jonathan Shields's ill-treatment of his collaborators. Kirk Douglas was Oscar-nominated for his performance, with Lana Turner as his star and spurned lover.
Compelling, coolly shot directorial debut for Karl Markovics. Teenager takes job at a morgue, after years in detention, tries to rebuild his life while coming to terms with guilt.
Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy (18)
Stars Kristin Kreuk of Smallville as one-half of a chemically enhanced Edinburgh romance. The marketing plays, perhaps rashly, on its connections to Trainspotting.
Arts & Ents blogs
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- 2 Miley Cyrus' homeless MTV VMAs date, Jesse Helt, is wanted by the police
- 3 Notting Hill Carnival: Woman shares selfie after being ‘punched in face for telling man to stop groping her’
- 4 Pamela Anderson rejects ice bucket challenge because of ALS experiments on animals: 'Mice had holes drilled into their skulls'
- 5 Homer Simpson has taken the ALS ice bucket challenge because of course he has
Exclusive: We share blame for creating 'jihad generation', says Muslim strategist
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
Jeremy Clarkson is a cultural tumour and needs to be removed, says comedian Frankie Boyle
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