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Sunday Herald Life - - FILM REVIEW - By Da­mon Smith

The Glass Cas­tle (12A)

Self-de­struc­tive bo­hemian par­ents nur­ture their chil­dren with cru­elty and cold com­fort in Destin Daniel Cret­ton’s un­even film, which asks us to be­lieve that for­ma­tive years marked by aban­don­ment could in­spire four sib­lings to dis­cover the in­ner re­silience that will stand them in good stead for the fu­ture.

It’s a harsh les­son in self-preser­va­tion, de­liv­ered with gusto by an im­pres­sive cast in­clud­ing Max Green­field, Woody Har­rel­son, Brie Lar­son and Naomi Watts.

The script jux­ta­poses ten­der­ness and ne­glect, beg­ging us to em­pathise with char­ac­ters whose be­hav­iour would – in an­other time – have de­manded in­ter­ven­tion from so­cial ser­vices.

The Moun­tain Be­tween Us (12A)

A plane crash brings to­gether two strangers in Hany Abu-As­sad’s ro­man­tic drama. Kate Winslet and Idris Elba star in this gooey col­li­sion of beau­ti­ful peo­ple in peril: a fe­male news pho­tog­ra­pher on a story about neo-Nazis, and a gifted male neu­ro­sur­geon, who as­serts the brain is the most im­por­tant or­gan in the body.

“What about the heart?” she asks. “It’s noth­ing but a mus­cle,” he replies.

The script goes into freefall well be­fore a bravura crash se­quence.

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