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Film Preview: February 2022

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Coming soon here is a selection of awards season favourites.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMMLRnXPPJk Debuting on 4 February 2022 is the biographical drama ‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye’ with Jessica Chastain (The 355) and Andrew Garfield (Tick, Tick......

Film Preview: January 2022

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Coming to a cinema near you soon there is a collection of awards season players. Here is what we will be watching:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzDr_tbL-es Released on 1 January 2022, the biographical comedy drama The Electric Life of...

Film Preview – December 2021

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Going to the cinema during the winter holidays there are some are anticipated tentpoles arriving on the big screen, including a musical remake, a series finale and a franchise return.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5GJLwWiYSg Directed by Steven Spielberg (Saving...

Film Preview: November 2021

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More awards season contenders will take to the big screen this month. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WllZh9aekDg Released on 5 November 2021, Kristen Stewart (Twilight) plays Diana, Princess of Wales in ‘Spencer’, directed by Pablo Larraín (Jackie). A biographical psychological...

Film Review: ‘The Last Duel’ ★★★★

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Audacious use of the Rashomon effect elevates this epic tale of blood, sweat and tears. Direction:Ridley ScottScreenplay:Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Nicole HolofcenerCast:Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer, Ben Affleck, Harriet Walter, Nathaniel ParkerLength:153 minutes Rating:R Based...

Film Preview: October 2021

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Coming soon to a cinema near you is a blockbuster drama, arthouse comedy and Broadway musical all featuring impressive ensemble casts of household Hollywood actors. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9xhJrPXop4 Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners), science-fiction epic Dune: Part One...

Film Review: Respect ★★★

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Handpicked to play Aretha Franklin in the film of her life by The Queen of Soul herself, Jennifer Hudson delivers with amazing grace. Direction:Leisl TommyScreenplay:Tracey Scott WilsonCast:Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald,Marc Maron,...

Film Review: ‘Our Ladies’ ★★★★

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Hilarious and heart-breaking, five girls from Fort William take Edinburgh by storm and return more in tune with themselves than the singing competition they went there for in the first place. Direction:Michael Caton-JonesScreenplay:Alan Sharp, Michael...

Film Preview: September 2021

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Coming to a cinema near you (with much fanfare) there are three major franchises from Marvel Studios, Columbia Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giWIr7U1deA On 3 September 2021, "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" the 25th...

Film Review: ‘Candyman’ ★★★★

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Disclaimer: Not based on the song of the same name by Christina Aguilera. Not sweet. Not sugar. A very different Candyman with a much more meaningful aftertaste. In this regard - what an improvement. Direction:Nina...

Film Preview: August 2021

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Films for all tastes are coming to a cinema near you this month with a psychological thriller, supernatural slasher and historical spy among the best features on offer.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-tqeQUbztE Benedict Cumberbatch (The Mauritanian), Rachel Brosnahan...

Films for July 2021

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There is a bundle of box office blockbusters coming soon to a cinema near you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fp9pNPdNwjI After a delay of 14 months (the same length of time as cinemas themselves have been closed), 9 July...

Film Review: In the Heights ★★★★★

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A summer musical of this calibre, much like the cinema-going experience itself, is both a spectacular return to a bygone era and a ground-breaking triumph of cultural celebration. A winner of four Tony Awards from...

Film Review: ‘The Father’ ★★★★★

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Awarded with two golden statues, the Oscars gets it right. Direction:Florian ZellerScreenplay:Florian Zeller, Christopher HamptonCast:Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Rufus Sewell, Olivia Williams, Mark GatissLength:97 minutesRating:PG-13 Anthony Hopkins plays Anthony and Olivia Colman plays Anne. Over the course...

Films to see in June

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Coming soon to a cinema near you (for the first time in 14 months) here are three film suggestions for you. These include subtle drama, unsubtle action and an even more unsubtle musical –...

Film Review: ‘Tenet’ ★★★★

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Cinema officially returns with an almighty arthouse blockbuster. Direction:Christopher NolanScreenplay:Christopher NolanCast:John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Kenneth Branagh, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Himesh Patel, Clémency Poésy, Michael CaineLength:150 minutesRating:PG-13 Christopher Nolan has done it again.  ‘Tenet’ is...

Film Review – ‘Greed’ ★★★

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Satire sowing the rise and fall of a high street fashion gladiator. Remind you of anyone? DirectionMichael WinterbottomScreenplayMichael WinterbottomCastSteve Coogan, David Mitchell, Isla Fisher, Shirley Henderson Length104 minutesRatingR Sir Richard McCreadie (Coogan) is a fashion magnate...

Film Preview: December 2019

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Coming soon to a cinema near you this month are many high quality productions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VLEPhfEN2M Tom Hanks (Big) portrays American television personality Fred Rogers in ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood’, released on 6 December 2019.  Matthew Rhys...

Film Review: ‘Le Mans ’66’ ★★★★

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A two and a half hours wonder of filmmaking tour de force. Direction:James MangoldScreenplay:Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, Jason KellerCast:Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Caitriona Balfe, Noah Jupe, Tracy Letts, Josh LucasLength:152 minutesRating:12A You hear the race cars...

Films to see this month – November 2019

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This month there is a plethora of awards season contenders.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rm4VnwCtQO8 Opening on 6 November 2019, the biographical adventure ‘The Aeronauts’ stars Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl) and Felicity Jones (Rogue One: A Star Wars...

Film Review: Farmageddon: A Shaun the Sheep Movie ★★★★

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Not just for children.  It’s adult friendly too. Direction:Will Becher, Richard PhelanScreenplay:Mark Burton, Jon BrownCast:Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Amalia VitaleLength:87 minutesRating:U As the eighth film release to be produced by Aardman Animations, ‘A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon’ follows in...

Film preview : September 2019

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This month there are high profile returns from both film and television. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhJ5P7Up3jA Two years ago, ‘It’ (based on the novel by Stephen King) became the highest grossing horror film in history after amassing $700...

Film Preview: February 2019

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Coming to a cinema near you this February is a selection of awards season favourites. Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) and Richard E Grant (Gosford Park) have both received BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for their performances...

Film Review: ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ ★★★

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Very well executed.  No pun intended. Direction (Josie Rourke), Screenplay (Beau Willimon), Cast (Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, David Tennant, Guy Pearce, Martin Compston, Adrian Lester, Joe Alwyn), Length (125 minutes), Rating (R) Chronicling...

Film fund generates £17m

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A fund to incentivise film production in Scotland has generated £17.5m for the economy returning £10 for every pound spent, Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop confirmed this week. The Production Growth Fund, a combination of Scottish...

Film Fest in the City 2017 was a shining success

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The organisers of Film Fest in the City, Essential Edinburgh along with the Edinburgh International Film Festival have claimed that the 2017 outdoor film fest was an outstanding success. The weather was outstanding and this,...

EIFF Announces ‘Cars 3’ Premiere

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The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) 2017 has announced that it will showcase the UK premiere of Disney.Pixar’s ‘Cars 3’ on Sunday, 25th June 2017 at 2pm at the Festival Theatre.   The film’s Story Supervisor,...

Five scary films you must see this week

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In the next few days we will be celebrating Halloween and you will have the chance to experience a bit of a scary atmosphere around the streets and cinemas as well. Here are five films we recommend you see this week in Edinburgh: 1. The...

Mark Cousins unearths Antonia Bird’s Safe (1993)

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Starring the wonderful Kate Hardie and Robert Carlyle, Safe, was shown at The Filmhouse on Tuesday as part of a season, with a post screening discussion from film enthusiast, Mark Cousins. Antonia Bird’s film, which was...

Cameo reintroduce ‘Cameo Curated By’….

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It's back! The Cameo cinema in Tollcross has reintroduced its Curated By strand which allows prominent locals to have a film of their choice screened there. On 25 August it is the turn of artist...

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