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Review: 'Filth,' Based On The Irvine Welsh Novel, Starring James McAvoy

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • October 21, 2013 11:29 AM
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One thing we resolved early on, having read around on the subject a little: to try, try, try to get through just the first sentence of our review of “Filth,” the Jon S. Baird-directed adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel, without mentioning “Trainspotting.” So, obviously, we’re pretty disappointed with ourselves. But disappointment is somewhat the order of the day, unfortunately, as it’s a comparison that occurred to us, not often to the benefit of "Filth," throughout our viewing of the film. However, Danny Boyle’s modern classic doth bestride the world of the Irvine Welsh adaptation like a colossus, its shadow seemingly impossible to escape from, so there is a glass-half-full way of looking at it: “Filth” is undoubtedly better than also-rans “The Acid House” and “Ecstasy.” In fact, when it comes to capturing some of the gonzo, amoral, substance-fueled verve that Welsh’s novels can display, “Filth” can take the silver medal with its head held relatively high. And that it can is largely down to two things: all the rest of the cast, and James McAvoy.

Watch: 2 Naughty Red Band Clips From 'Filth' Starring James McAvoy Plus Lots Of New Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 18, 2013 12:27 PM
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So what's the deal U.S. distributors? How come no one has swooped in and bought "Filth" yet? It seems like the perfect fit for someone like IFC Midnight or Drafthouse Films, and we really hope the poor performance of "Trance" isn't the reason folks are cautious on this James McAvoy flick. Because while it's not going to win any awards, it looks like the perfect kind of outlandish, ridiculous Irvine Welsh adaptation we've been waiting for since...well, "Trainspotting."

TIFF 2013: Our 5 Favorite Films Of The Festival, Plus Our Complete Coverage

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • September 16, 2013 4:17 PM
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TIFF 2013 Wrap-Up
Though coming hot on the heels of Telluride and overlapping this year with Venice, the Toronto International Film Festival is anything but a third string pony. In fact it's probably the largest, glitziest and most glamorous of the fall festival season players and no-one doubts that Toronto knows how to roll out the red carpet as well as any of them. But outside the stars, closed off streets and screaming fans, the programmers also make festivities a cinephile’s dream year after year. 2013 was no different.

Watch: PG Teaser Trailer For Naughty 'Filth' Starring James McAvoy Plus Lots Of New Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2013 9:19 AM
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When are North American audiences going to have a chance to get dirty with "Filth"? While the adaptation of Irvine Welsh's novel is gearing up for release overseas, there's no hint of it on the fall festival slate stateside, or even the whisper of a distributor. So we'll just have to keep looking at it from afar, and waiting to find out when we'll get our shot.

James McAvoy Will Build A Monster In 'Frankenstein' With Daniel Radcliffe

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 25, 2013 2:52 PM
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James McAvoy doesn't take the well traveled path, and frankly, his choices all the more interesting for it. Oh sure, he's one of the anchors of the new "X-Men" films, but he's also been using that clout to take on gnarlier roles in movies like Danny Boyle's erotic mindbender "Trance," and the gritty cop flick "Welcome To The Punch." He tips the bottle hard in the upcoming "Filth" and teams with Jessica Chastain for the double romantic drama "The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby" which is headed for TIFF. But Fox still wants to keep him in their blockbuster barn.

First Posters For 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' Debut Plus Watch The Entire Comic-Con Press Conference

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 22, 2013 4:57 PM
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A little event called the San Diego Comic-Con happened this past weekend and today finds nerds nationwide nursing superhero hangovers. But it seems there's still more to unveil from the movies that razzle-dazzled over the weekend, as one of the biggest—very literally—now has some fresh artwork.

Lucas Till Returns For 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past,' Peter Dinklage's Role Revealed & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2013 4:44 PM
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Let's say you're making a comic book sequel, and let's you already have this cast: Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Halle Berry, Daniel Cudmore and James Marsden. Do you add even more actors or do you think, "Y'know, maybe I'm good right here." Well, Bryan Singer was recently faced with this dilemma and made a choice. Can you guess which way he went?

Watch: More Sex, Pills & Mayhem In New Red Band Trailer For 'Filth' Starring James McAvoy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 10, 2013 9:20 AM
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While the much-discussed "Trainspotting" sequel remains a distant hope -- not shooting until 2016 at least, if it all comes together -- there's another Irvine Welsh adaptation coming along that should provide ample booze, pills, sex, general raunchiness and moral depravity to fill any need you might have. "Filth" has dropped yet another red band trailer and it continues to look perfectly wrong and outrageous.

Watch: New Raunchy & Rude Unrated Trailer For 'Filth' Starring James McAvoy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 7, 2013 11:47 AM
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"Trainspotting" was the first Irvine Welsh book to make it to the big screen, and still the best. "The Acid House" has faded into memory, while the forthcoming "Ecstasy" hasn't raised much heat on the festival circuit. And while we patiently await the "Trainspotting" sequel Danny Boyle hopes to make in 2016, "Filth" could be the Welsh movie fans have been waiting for since 1996.

Watch: Sweary Red-Band Trailer & Poster Arrive For James McAvoy-Starring Irvine Welsh Adaptation 'Filth'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 11, 2013 7:07 AM
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Filth, Trailer, James McAvoy
After a somewhat disappointing few years following his meteoric rise, with a slew of disappointing blockbusters like "Wanted" and "X-Men First Class", James McAvoy has had a stellar start to 2012. He's already given strong performances in two thrillers we liked a lot, in "Welcome To The Punch" and "Trance", toplined a starry radio version of Neil Gaiman's "Neverwhere" along with Benedict Cumberbatch, and he's won rave reviews for his Olivier-nominated Macbeth in London's West End. But the best could still be yet to come.

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