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New Picture House, St Andrews

Beauty and the Beast

Belle (Watson) is forced to live with a Beast (Stevens) in this live-action retelling of the 1991 blockbuster. Watson is winsome but feisty, Evans as Gaston is splendid of voice and hilariously odious, McGregor brings much joie de vivre to ‘Be Our Guest’, and it’s an enchantingly realised delight.

28 Apr–4 May: Fri 5.30pm; Sat & Sun 1.40pm & 5.30pm; Mon–Thu 5.30pm

A Dog's Purpose

A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners.

29 Apr–30 Apr: Sat & Sun 2pm

Fast & Furious 8

Cyber-terrorist Cypher (Theron) pits rogue racer Dom (Diesel) against his fellow petrolheads, including wife Letty (Rodriguez). Baffling and inconsequential story aside, it’s all shamelessly about car-based action, and although human doorstop Diesel isn’t up to the story’s limited emotional demands, Johnson and Statham make up for it with some grade-A squabbling.

28 Apr–4 May: Fri–Thu 8.10pm

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

The gang are back, with a rollicking plot involving stolen batteries and Ego (Russell) who may or may not be the long-lost dad of Peter Quill (Pratt). It’s very CGI-heavy, sometimes tiringly so, but the humour still charms and the finale picks it up after a sluggish second act.

28 Apr–4 May: Fri 5.25pm & 8.20pm; Sat & Sun 1.40pm, 5.25pm & 8.20pm; Mon–Thu 5.25pm & 8.20pm

The Sense of an Ending

Tony Webster (Broadbent) is a grumpy old git who’s on good terms with his ex wife (Walter); when he’s bequeathed the diary of an old friend, he is prompted to relive his schooldays. This adaptation of a Julian Barnes novel feels hokey and safe, although it has a nice cast and the scenes between Broadbent and Walter are among the few highlights.

28 Apr–4 May: Fri–Thu 5.40pm

Their Finest

London, 1940: fledgling screenwriter Catrin Cole (Arterton) joins the Ministry of Information’s Film Division and starts working on a propaganda movie. Scherfig wraps the war in a cosy cloak of nostalgia in a way that dulls moments of high anxiety, and despite a fine ensemble it’s all too muffled and mild-mannered.

28 Apr–4 May: Fri–Thu 8.25pm

Dundee Contemporary Arts

Always Shine

Two actresses with differing degrees of success head off on a weekend forest retreat. Competitiveness and jealousy cause them to not only lose their friendship, but also sight of who they are.

30 Apr: Sun 8.45pm

The Autopsy of Jane Doe

Two morticians (Cox and Hirsch) carry out an autopsy on a mysterious murder victim (Kelly), revealing years of abuse and torture. Øvredal does a fantastic job at ramping up tension, and Hirsch and Cox have great comic timing, but the good intentions are considerably undermined by the principal female character being a silent naked corpse on a slab.

29 Apr: Sat 6pm

The Chamber

Mats (Kuhnke) is a Swedish submarine captain who is duped by covert US military operatives into going on a mission off the North Korean coast. Parker and the cast make good use of the claustrophobic setting, and while the screenplay tends to be clichéd it’s a talented debut.

29 Apr: Sat 8.15pm

Creepshow

Classic horror anthology from two masters of the genre (writer Stephen King and director Romero) that pays twisted homage to the EC comics of the 50s and takes both its horror and its comedy seriously.

29 Apr: Sat 10.30pm

Dundead Horror Film Festival

For the fifth year running Dundee indulges its more bloodthirsty side with a bank holiday weekend of cinematic thrills and scares. With a programme of sneak previews and terrifying classics, the event has an inclusive feel, welcoming suggestions via twitter and facebook.

29 Apr: Sat Times to be confirmed

Exhibition Tours: Mark Wallinger – Mark

Gallery assistants give tours of the Mark Wallinger exhibition.

4 Mar–3 Jun: Wed 11am; Sat 4pm

The Eyes of My Mother

Francisca (Magalhaes) is a young woman with no sense of right or wrong, who develops a taste for killing people. An arthouse coming-of-age drama cloaked in the conventions of a slasher film, it’s an impressive slice of American gothic but too mannered, eccentric and slow to entirely win you over.

30 Apr: Sun 6pm

Firestarter

29 Apr: Sat 3.30pm

Ghost in the Shell

Major (Johansson) is a human brain harvested from a body that cannot be saved, and placed in a cyborg shell to be an asset to elite crime busters Section 9. Barnstorming action, incredible production design, a nicely diverse cast with Johansson spectacularly measuring up to the role’s physical and emotional demands, and a killer geisha robot: what’s not to like?

4 May: Thu 10.30am

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

Exquisitely crafted, charming and true story about the 1962 world featherweight boxing match between Finnish challenger Olli Mäki (Lahti) and title holder Davey Moore (Bosco Jr). Mäki is the anti-Rocky: disliking the spotlight and the expectations, he just wants to be with his girlfriend Raija (Airola). It’s low on sweat-speckled montages and high on romance.

4 May: Thu 10.30am

Lady Macbeth

Katherine (Pugh) is a young bride shackled to a middle-aged man; when left alone in the grand manor house she begins an affair with a stable-hand (Jarvis) and it all goes downhill. Restrained, compulsively watchable debut feature with a chilling, droll performance from Pugh as the wicked but compelling Katherine.

5 May–11 May: Fri 3.30–4.59pm & 8.45–10.14pm; Sat 8.45–10.14pm; Sun 6.30–7.59pm & 8.45–10.14pm; Mon 1.30–2.59pm, 3.45–5.14pm & 8.30–9.59pm; Tue 1–2.29pm, 3.30–4.59pm & 9.15–10.44pm; Wed 1.15–2.44pm, 6.15–7.44pm & 8.30–9.59pm; Thu 1.15–2.44pm & 9.30–10.59pm

Letters From Baghdad

The story of Gertrude Bell and her influence on Iraq after World War I.

1 May–6 May: Mon 1–2.35pm & 8.30–10.05pm; Tue–Thu 1–2.35pm & 6.15–7.50pm; Fri & Sat 3.30–5.05pm & 6–7.35pm

Mark Wallinger: Mark

Artist Mark Wallinger’s first exhibition in Scotland focuses on his id Paintings (2015/16), an ambitious series of large-scale Rorschach blot-like images.

21 Mar–4 Jun: Mon–Wed 10am–6pm; Thu 10am–8pm; Fri–Sun 10am–6pm

Pet Sematary

Creepy Stephen King adaptation about a cursed Indian cemetery.

30 Apr: Sun 10.45pm

Photography Forum

A discussion group for amateur photographers. Compare notes on practising photography, get advice, show your work and look at others' portfolios.

Booking is essential.

29 Apr–26 Aug: Sat 11am–1pm

Printing with Paper Pulp

No inks or paint are used in this technique which involves using paper pulp to make prints.

30 Apr: Sun 11am

Raw

During a hazing ritual at veterinary school Justine (Marillier) eats meat for the first time and develops an unbidden appetite for it. Ducournau’s first feature film has received much attention for its horrific depiction of cannibalism, with reports of dry-heaving and fainting audience members when it was shown at the Toronto International Film Festival. Its subversion of classic tropes and surreal and vivid style of filming contributes to its overall effectiveness as both a coming-of-age horror and a gruesome dark comedy.

5 May–10 May: Mon & Tue 8.45–10.14pm; Wed 3.30–4.59pm & 8.45–10.14pm; Fri 8.45–10.14pm; Sat 8.30–9.59pm; Sun 8.45–10.14pm

The Sense of an Ending

Tony Webster (Broadbent) is a grumpy old git who’s on good terms with his ex wife (Walter); when he’s bequeathed the diary of an old friend, he is prompted to relive his schooldays. This adaptation of a Julian Barnes novel feels hokey and safe, although it has a nice cast and the scenes between Broadbent and Walter are among the few highlights.

28 Apr–4 May: Fri 1–2.48pm, 3.30–5.18pm & 6–7.48pm; Sat 1–2.48pm, 3.45–5.33pm & 6–7.48pm; Sun 1–2.48pm, 4–5.48pm & 6.15–8.03pm; Mon–Thu 1.15–3.03pm & 6–7.48pm

The Shining

Kubrick's overwrought, overlong horror film dispenses with much of the psychic apparatus of Stephen King's novel to concentrate on the deeper horror of a family turning in on itself. Nicholson, with all the stops out, is bug-eyed and demonic as the writer cracking up violently in an isolated hotel, and the final scenes are, literally, chilling.

30 Apr: Sun 11am

Stand By Me

Based on a Stephen King short story, this film recalls a childhood adventure for four small-town boys who discover the whereabouts of the corpse of a missing child, and decide to get there before the local toughs. A charming rite of passage movie which Reiner directs with a sure touch, carefully evading sentimentality.

30 Apr: Sun 3.30pm

Their Finest

London, 1940: fledgling screenwriter Catrin Cole (Arterton) joins the Ministry of Information’s Film Division and starts working on a propaganda movie. Scherfig wraps the war in a cosy cloak of nostalgia in a way that dulls moments of high anxiety, and despite a fine ensemble it’s all too muffled and mild-mannered.

5 May–18 May: Fri Times vary

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.