The Week in Film: 6 - 12 June 2008

Blog by Jonathan Melville | 05 Jun 2008

Still on general release this week and continuing to make their mark at the box office are Indiana Jones and the Ludicrously Long Title and Sex and the City

Joining Indy and Carrie is the long-delayed, Ben Affleck directed, Gone Baby Gone. This tale of a young girl’s disappearance from her family home and the subsequent investigation was held back from UK release due to the Madeline McCann case, but we reckon it's top drawer stuff.

The epic Mongol is based on the 13th Century Mongolian text ‘The Secret of the Mongols’. It recounts the early life of Genghis Khan and is already tipped to be in with a chance of being nominated for Best Foreign language Oscar.

One to be wary of is Superhero Movie, a new comedy from the team behind the Scary Movie franchise that spoofs films such as Batman Begins and Fantastic Four. At a lowly 15% on the Rottentomatometer, this doesn’t sound promising.

On the arthouse scene, Edinburgh’s Filmhouse is screening its Tibetan Film Festival from Friday 6 – Wednesday 11 June, looking at what it means to be Tibetan today. Their Frank Sinatra season continues with Tony Rome on Monday 9, while California Dreamin’ is on all week.

Glasgow’s GFT is showing Flight of the Red Balloon from Friday 5 – Sunday 8, while Monday 9 – Wednesday 11 sees them screen Manufactured Landscapes focusing on the work of Canadian artist Edward Burtynsky.

Back in Edinburgh, The Cameo are showing ex-Stranglers frontman Hugh Cornwell’s new documentary, Blueprint, for one night only on Monday 9. The screening includes a Q&A with Cornwell. On Sunday 8 there’s a Double Bill of Casablanca with the Woody Allen comedy, Play it again, Sam.

Film of the week looks to be Mongol then, a welcome break from the gloss of the US imports currently doing the rounds.