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.
Final Top Gear reviewTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Isis propaganda video shows 25 Syrian soldiers executed by teenage militants in Palmyra
- 2 Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
- 3 The map showing the most dangerous tourist destinations in Europe, according to the Foreign Office
- 4 The biggest first date turnoff has been revealed
- 5 German man found living with 300 rats in tiny apartment
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture