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

45 Years

Likely to be atop many film of the week lists, 45 Years is director Andrew Haigh’s follow-up to the sensational Weekend, which explored the intense relationship between two men over a single weekend. 45 Years, featuring career-best performances from Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courteney, is about another relationship, this time one torn apart by the past. It’s extraordinary.

number2

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Back up for the The Diary of a Teenage Girl, which remains one of the frankest films in cinemas right now. Bel Powley leads a brilliant cast in Marielle Heller’s ode to female sexuality, where Minnie experiences a rush of emotions, angst and sexual drive as she makes the transition from girl to adult. It’s well worth seeing if you haven’t already.

number3

Inside Out

Another week for Inside Out, which is more than likely to be on this list until The Good Dinosaur is released later in the year. Pixar at its finest, Inside Out continues to drum up box office business and charm audiences all the same. It’s a fine film, made all the more better for the fact it’s an original property, proving that audiences don’t always want superheroes and sequels.

number4

Mistress America

Greta Gerwig has had a few stumbles in recent years, but she’s always on fine form when collaborating with Noah Baumbach, whom she wrote Mistress America with. Witty and zippy, the film skips neatly through some big themes while remaining light, frothy and always engaging, particularly into its later half when things escalate.

number5

The Wolfpack

This documentary includes some very controversial subject matter but it’s also fascinating to watch. Six brothers who are locked up inside a New York City apartment turn to film for meaning, education and entertainment. It displays the real power of film, while lightly tapping into the darkness that underlies it – namely the shady father figure who has decided to keep his boys isolated.