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…




The Diary of a Teenage Girl

As soul-stirring as Inside Out is, The Diary of a Teenage Girl is a treasure of a debut from writer-director Marielle Heller, and deserves the top spot this week. Featuring a career-making, fearless performance from Bel Powley that’s already landing her future opportunities, this is a coming-of-age film with real bite and heart. It’s a ridiculously funny, powerful and beautifully shot snapshot into a young woman’s awakening, sexually and otherwise. If you’re 18 or over, then take a chance on this one.




Inside Out

It’s been out for weeks and likely everyone who wants to see it already has. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t trek down to the cinema right now for a re-watch. Pixar have come back after a year long absence with an original film that demonstrates why they’re top of the league. There’s life in every corner, and the imagination and smarts behind what co-directors Pete Doctor and Ronaldo Del Carmen have achieved is boundless enough to reveal new insights the more it’s seen.




Mistress America

A couple of years ago, Frances Ha came out of nowhere and reintroduced the world to Greta Gerwig through Noah Baumbach’s distinct voice and filmmaking style. Now, the two have reteamed for their sophomore effort, which is lighter and looser than its predecessor, but no less appealing. Cram packed with witticisms, colourful characters and a duo of top tier performances from Gerwig and Lola Kirke, who anchors the film as a bored student swept in her sister-to-be’s crazy life, Mistress America is a delight.




The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

The successful 1960s spy series receives a modern-day update from Guy Ritchie – and the results are surprising. Less successful in its clunky action sequences than its repartee and excellent use of locations such as Berlin and Rome, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. unravels with an easy on the eye charm that’s helped tremendously by some smart choices, namely the decision to cast Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander and – yes, really – Hugh Grant. It makes for a flabby but entertaining romp that’s nicely Bond-lite.





YouTube sensation Amy Schumer teams up with director and producer extraordinaire Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, 40 Year Old Virgin) for Trainwreck, a comedy that’s funny but never as cutting edge as it thinks it is. Amy (Schumer) lives a path of heavy drinking and one night stands, until she meets a sweet-talking sports doctor. This is one of those films that starts off really well, deconstructing typical views of woman, but sort of runs out of steam and ends up buckling to convention. Worth a watch, nevertheless.