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The Old Man and the Gun

Director: David Lowery

Writer: David Lowery (script), David Grann (The New Yorker article)

Cast: Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek, Casey Affleck, Tom Waits, Danny Glover, Tika Sumpter, Elisabeth Moss

Cert: 12 (TBC)

Running time: 93mins

Year: 2018



What’s the story: Texas, 1981. Aged escaped convict Forrest Tucker (Redford) embarks on a string of bank robberies, but the law is close behind.

What’s the verdict: The Old Man and the Gun was initially announced as Robert Redford’s acting swansong. Reportedly this may no longer be the case, but David Lowery’s irresistible crime caper is a wonderful summation of Redford’s screen legend.

The Sundance Kid may now be an old man, but as career criminal Forrest Tucker both the actor’s baby blues and infectious smile shine brightly as ever.

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The Best Films of the 2015 BFI London Film Festival

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That was the 59th BFI London Film Festival then. 12 days and hundreds of films.

This year Electric Shadows is teaming with Rob Wallis’ Of All The Film Blogs to present the LFF Top 10 and the inaugural Leccie Awards, honouring those films we believe made this year’s festival shine.

Plus, left-of-field awards to show we’re not just ripping off the Oscars.

Before we begin, a full disclosure statement.

We were unable to check out the following films: Room, Dheepan, Bone Tomahawk and this year’s LFF Best Film winner Chevalier. We feel all are highly likely to have placed in our round-up, so the below is the best of what we did see.

THE ELECTRIC SHADOWS & OF ALL THE FILM BLOGS’ LFF TOP 10

  1. Carol
    “Exquisite, raw and sublime, expect the heat to rise between now and Oscar time” – Rob D...
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Truth (2015)

Truth-posterDirector: James Vanderbilt

Writer: James Vanderbilt (screenplay), Mary Mapes (book)

Cast: Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace, Elisabeth Moss, Stacey Keach, Philip Quast

Cert: 15 

Running time: 121mins

Year: 2015



The lowdown: The 2004 controversy around 60 Minutes’ reporting of George W. Bush’s National Guard record makes for intelligent, entertaining viewing. Cate Blanchett is Mary Mapes, producer of the story, and Robert Redford plays legendary anchor Dan Rather, who put his reputation on the line to ask the question, did Bush get accepted to the National Guard to avoid service in Vietnam and then go AWOL?

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The full verdict: Although set only 11 years ago, Truth seems like a period piece.

Set just before the explosion of social media, debuting director (an...

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