The Week in Film: 13-19 June

Blog by Jonathan Melville | 16 Jun 2008

Probably the biggest hitter at the box office this week is The Incredible Hulk, the much-hyped sequel to 2003’s Hulk. This time around Ed Norton dons those shorts for some of the runtime while Liv Tyler and Tim Roth lend support. Watch out for a cameo from Robert Downey Jnr as Iron Man’s Tony Stark.

Nine years after his success with The Sixth Sense, M Night Shyamalan returns with The Happening. A paranoid thriller about a family on the run from a natural disaster, expect much weirdness as Mark Wahlberg and Zooey Deschanel take on the lead roles of Elliot and Alma Moore.

For the romantics out there, Audrey Tatou (Amelie) stars as gold digger Irene in French comedy Priceless. Mistaking bartender Jean (Gad Elmaleh) for a rich suitor, the scene is set for much confusion as he tries to woo the girl of his dreams.

Away from the multiplex, Glasgow’s GFT is screening Wim Wender’s The American Friend (1977) on Sunday 15 and Monday 16. Dennis Hopper stars in the film based on Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley’s Game. Documentary The Devil Came on Horseback, showing on Tuesday 17/Wednesday 18, looks at the tragedy of Darfur through the eyes of retired Marine Corps captain Brian Steidle.

Dundee Contemporary Arts centre has a number of movies to tempt you away from the telly, including French rom-com Change of Address from Friday 13, smart comedy Smart People starring Juno’s Ellen Page also from Friday and Hitchcock’s fantastic 1935 thriller The 39 Steps from Monday 16 until Thursday 19.

Edinburgh’s Cameo cinema brings In Search of a Midnight Kiss to the masses following its UK premiere at last year’s Film Festival. Modern yet brilliantly traditional at the same time, Midnight Kiss is a wonder to behold. On Friday 13, and for one night only, head along to watch David Lynch’s The Straight Story being shown with a live musical accompaniment by ANIMAT

Edinburgh’s Filmhouse is showing French nouvelle vague classic Jules et Jim from Sunday 13. When two men fall in love with the same woman, Catherine (Jeanne Moreau), the scene is set for a memorable, exuberant snapshot of three entwined lives. The Bike Film Festival 2008 kicks of on Thursday 12 and runs until Sunday 15 while the Edinburgh International Film Festival starts on Wednesday 18.