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New Picture House, St Andrews

Baby Driver

Baby (Elgort) is an Atlanta getaway driver, forced by his boss Doc (Spacey) into doing one last heist. Exuberant crime caper full of stonking music; the story is hardly original, but Wright’s snappy dialogue and zesty direction reinvigorates the genre clichés, and the stars revel in it. Great fun.

1 Jul–6 Jul: Mon 8.45pm; Tue–Thu, Sat & Sun 5.25pm & 8.30pm

Despicable Me 3

Gru (Carell) and new wife and fellow agent Lucy (Wiig) are ensconced with their adorable adopted daughters when supervillain Balthazar Bratt (Parker) decides to take revenge on Hollywood for neglecting him. It’s all a bit familiar but it skilfully balances kid and adult appeal with its madcap approach and embarrassment of mischievous energy.

30 Jun–6 Jul: Fri 2.05pm; Sat–Thu 2.05pm & 5.45pm

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

Greg (Drucker) and Rodrick (Wright) go on a two-day road trip with their family in order to attend a birthday party. The fourth film in the sequence completely recasts the main characters (the previous ones having become too old) and despite likeable performances it’s only moderately amusing.

1 Jul–6 Jul: Mon–Thu, Sat & Sun 2pm

Transformers 5: The Last Knight

It turns out that the Transformers shape human history, as Oxford lecturer Viviane (Haddock), butch inventor Cade (Wahlberg) and an English Earl (Hopkins) charge about from action sequence to action sequence. Wahlberg and Haddock have zero chemistry and it’s a deadening pile-up of CGI carnage, grating quips and joyless pummelling.

1 Jul–6 Jul: Mon 8pm; Tue–Thu, Sat & Sun 5.20pm & 8pm

Wonder Woman

Diana (Gadot) is a princess of the Amazons, who rescues WW1 pilot / secret agent interest Steve (Pine) and resolves to end the war. Stylish and exciting, with a top cast, touches of real humour and tragedy, and spiffing action sequences, anchored by a strong and highly likeable performance from Gadot.

1 Jul–6 Jul: Mon–Thu, Sat & Sun 7.55pm

Dundee Contemporary Arts

Baby Driver

Baby (Elgort) is an Atlanta getaway driver, forced by his boss Doc (Spacey) into doing one last heist. Exuberant crime caper full of stonking music; the story is hardly original, but Wright’s snappy dialogue and zesty direction reinvigorates the genre clichés, and the stars revel in it. Great fun.

30 Jun–13 Jul: Fri Times vary

Berlin Syndrome

Australian photographer Clare puts her life on pause to travel to Berlin where she enters into a highly-charged fling with harmless-seeming teacher Andi. A nailbiting, yet rigorously humanised thriller based on Melanie Joosten's novel.

28 Jun–29 Jun: Wed 8.45–10.41pm; Thu 3.30–5.26pm & 8.45–10.41pm

Bookbinding from Tokyo to Timbuktu

Based on techniques spanning the continents, from Asia to Africa, learn some ancient skills and make a book.

1 Jul: Sat 11am

Churchill

The story of how Churchill (Cox) was vehemently opposed to the Normandy landings of 1944. Intelligent, sometimes moving drama with an exceptional cast (especially Purefoy as a touching George VI) but not notably cinematic, stringing together a series of confrontations with shots of Churchill being driven from one place to another.

28 Jun–29 Jun: Wed 3.30–5.08pm & 8.30–10.08pm; Thu 8.30–10.08pm

Clare Woods: Victim of Geography

A solo show of 13 raw and powerful new paintings.

24 Jun–10 Sep: Mon–Wed 10am–6pm; Thu 10am–8pm; Fri–Sun 10am–6pm

Despicable Me 3

Gru (Carell) and new wife and fellow agent Lucy (Wiig) are ensconced with their adorable adopted daughters when supervillain Balthazar Bratt (Parker) decides to take revenge on Hollywood for neglecting him. It’s all a bit familiar but it skilfully balances kid and adult appeal with its madcap approach and embarrassment of mischievous energy.

1 Jul: Sat 10.30am

Destiny

A newlywed bargains with Death for her husband's life, and finds herself transported to three different time zones – Arabia, Venice and China. A dark allegory with intricate plotting from the German expressionist master.

1 Jul: Sat 1.15pm

Hampstead

Emily (Keaton) is an American widow living in Hampstead who falls for the grumpy Donald (Gleeson), who lives in a shack on Hampstead Heath. Twee later-life rom-com with Ketaon in pure ditz mode; her and Gleeson’s chemistry is appealing, but there are no surprises.

28 Jun–6 Jul: Wed Times vary

In This Corner of the World

Suzu (Non) is a young female artist living in Japan during WW2, who is jolted from her daydreams by bombing campaigns, culminating in the attack on Hiroshima. Exquisitely rendered study of survival in wartime, all the more effective for focusing on day-to-day details.

28 Jun: Wed 6pm

The Red Turtle

A man washes up on a desert island; when he tries to build a raft, it’s destroyed by a mysterious red turtle. Breathtaking début feature by Dutch writer, director and animator, a stunning, life-affirming tale of man’s relationship with nature, entirely worthy of the Ghibli name (the studio co-produced it).

29 Jun: Thu 10.30am

Centre for Film Studies

University of St Andrews

Gifford Lecture Series 2017 - A God to Contend With

The fifth lecture in the University's Gifford Lecture Series for 2017, this year to be given by Professor Michael Rea on the theme 'Though The Darkness Hide Thee: Seeking the Face of the Invisible God'. Over the course of six lectures, Professor Rea, Director of the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame in the USA, will take a theologically informed approach to the topic of 'divine hiddenness', the idea that God’s existence is far less evident — and that vivid, unambiguous experience of God’s presence is much less frequent — than one might expect from a perfectly loving deity. Philosophers often treat divine hiddenness as evidence that God doesn’t exist but, according to Professor Rea, that line of thinking is based on drawing parallels between divine love and human love. In his lectures, he will contend that it is not reasonable to believe that perfect, divine love would resemble human perceptions of ideal parental or romantic love.

Searching for a New Science

Oxford physicist Ard Louis and filmmaker David Malone meet famous scientists, philosophers and writers (including agnostics and people of faith such as Peter Atkins, Frans de Waal, Jane Goodall, Roger Penrose, Ben Okri, John Cottingham, George Ellis, Sunetra Gupta and others) to discuss questions about meaning and the nature of the universe in this premiere of a new film on the big questions of science and religion.

Films and Artefacts Series: Death on the Nile

Relax, nobody’s been murdered at MUSA, but museums do sometimes hold dangerous objects in their collections. Join Morna Annandale, Curatorial Trainee, to discover how museums deal with hazards lurking behind-the-scenes.

Films and Artefacts Series: Suffragette

The University of St Andrews played a leading part in developing women’s higher education in the 19th century. Watch the award-winning film, Suffragette, and find out about the ‘Lady Literate in Arts’ scheme and its legacy with MUSA's Exhibitions and Collections Curator.

Explorathon

Ever wondered how to make solar cells out of raspberries? Or how the dancin' has affected our social and cultural history? If so, join us for our largest ever celebration for European Researchers’ Night across Scotland as we fill the Byre Theatre with activities and live shows. Our third extravaganza of discovery, debate and entertainment takes place in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and St Andrews.