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.
game of thrones reviewWarning: spoilers
North London meets The Exorcist in eerie suburban drama
Filming to begin on two new series due to be aired on Dave from next year
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Lucy Hawking: Stephen Hawking's daughter writes impassioned open letter to Katie Hopkins about rights of disabled people
- 2 #NotGuilty: Second Oxford student writes of brutal rape by two men who then threw her in a bin as part of campaign against victim blaming
- 3 How the language you speak changes your view of the world
- 4 Russell Brand backs Ed Miliband: 'You gotta vote Labour'
- 5 Uploading pictures to find out how old you are gives Microsoft the right to post them wherever they want
The C-Word - review: Sheridan Smith shines in a warm, honest adaptation of Lisa Lynch's book about living with cancer
X-Men Apocalypse: First look at Jubilee and Jean Grey played by Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner
American Horror Story: Hotel Angela Bassett set to make 'lots of trouble' with Lady Gaga in season 5
Game of Thrones season 5 episode 4 - review: Sansa is in danger of becoming another footnote in Westeros' bloody history
May the Fourth Be With You: The internet celebrates Star Wars Day with new Twitter symbols and memes
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: SNP and its activists 'openly racist' towards the English, Farage says
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils