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5 of the Best

October 9, 2013


Filth (18) Filth mixes a heady cocktail of sex, drugs and wanton violence then spikes the noxious brew with a generous dash of racism and homophobia. Most critics are agreed this James McAvoy-starrer is the best Irvine Welsh adaptation since Trainspotting.

Turbo 2D & 3D (U) From the makers of Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda, Turbo is a high-velocity 3D comedy about a snail who dares to dream big - and fast. After a freak accident infuses him with the power of super-speed, Turbo kicks into overdrive and embarks on an extraordinary journey to achieve the seemingly impossible: competing in the world's fastest race, the Indianapolis 500.

Blue Jasmine (12A) Cate Blanchett is strongly tipped to receive her sixth Oscar nomination for her tour-deforce portrayal of a cuckolded wife in this emotionally wrought comedy drama. The statuesque Australian's in almost every frame of Woody Allen's entertaining film, delivering his zinging dialogue with split- second timing and reducing herself to a blubbering wreck as her heroine's privileged life in New York crumbles after her husband is arrested for his dodgy business dealings. Distinguished by Blanchett's raw and bleakly funny performance, Blue Jasmine is one of Allen's best films on US soil for some time.

Sunshine on Leith (PG) Playwright Stephen Greenhorn drew inspiration from the lyrics of The Proclaimers for his critically acclaimed 2007 stage musical, Sunshine On Leith, which actor turned director Dexter Fletcher now brings to the big screen. George MacKay, Kevin Guthrie, Antonia Thomas and Freya Mavor sing their parts with conviction and charm, while Peter Mullan and Jane Horrocks lend emotional gravitas as a longtime married couple in emotional crisis. Musical sequences are delivered with gusto including a beer-soaked rendition of Let's Get Married in a bar, which is countered by Hate My Love as young dreams turn sour.

Thanks For Sharing (15) Directed by Stuart Blumberg, Thanks For Sharing is a sensitively handled drama comedy that address the thorny subject of sex addiction through the eyes of three men, who are at constant war with their physical desires. There's a lot of frank discourse in the script, co-written by Matt Winston, and vivid scenes of characters succumbing to temptation in front of their computer screens. While the online fantasises are undeniably X- rated, Blumberg's film aims for something less lurid, balancing brash comedy with tearful confessions.

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