Top five films this week

There are loads of films to watch in Edinburgh’s cinemas this weekend – both old and new – but here’s the five currently on offer that I think you’d be silly to miss…

number1

Mistress America

The longer Noah Baumbach’s new film lingers in the mind, the better it becomes. Co-written by Greta Gerwig, who takes on one of the two lead roles (Lola Kirke is in the other), the film is a riotous affair, so clever and sharp that the brilliance of its first half more than makes up for the way in which it sort of unravels at it heads towards the end and almost runs out of plot.

number2

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Bel Powley is a marvel. Her performance as Minnie, a 15-year-old girl whose sexual awakening triggers all sorts of emotions and decisions, is spot on. And the film itself, written by Marielle Heller, taps into that awkward period between being a kid and being an adult when everything is out of whack and the smallest things feel like life-changing occurrences.

number3

The Wolfpack

This controversial film screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival earlier this summer – and has attracted buzz and controversy since. A documentary about seven siblings trapped inside a New York apartment by their controlling parents who turn to films for inspiration and transportation, The Wolfpack is fascinating, with dark and unsettling undertones.

number4

Inside Out

There’s no escaping Pixar’s latest, which continues to drum up interest right, left and centre. It’s hard to know where this will ultimately place on the Pixar spectrum, but it’s safe to say that Inside Out has entered the hearts and souls of many, the wizards at work creating a beautiful, inventive and magnificent film that should crack the Academy Awards.

number5

Paper Towns

Paper Towns is a tricky one. The latest adaptation of a John Green novel after the success of The Fault In Our Stars, Paper Towns works better as an emotional end of an era for three high school friends moving on to the next stage in their lives and a reflection on everything they’ll miss. It works less as a love story, with the central mystery lacking a reason for investment.