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…


Inside Out:

It’s been out a few weeks now, but Pixar’s latest remains the film to beat and, considering it’s made over £400 million at the worldwide box office, it’s likely to stay in cinemas for a while longer. If you haven’t seen it yet, then what are you waiting for? Inside Out is arguably Pixar’s best film since Toy Story 3 and conjures up all sorts of magical feelings as Riley’s emotions battle to keep her afloat.


The Diary of a Teenage Girl:

This coming-of-age drama cooked up a storm at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. It subsequently received its UK premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. The tricky subject matter is handled delicately by writer-director Marielle Heller, who carves an insightful, honest, stylistic and supremely impressive film about a 15-year-old’s sexual discovery. Unfortunately though, due to a foolish decision by the BBFC, it can only been by over 18s.


Magic Mike XXL:

Not everyone loves it, but I have a soft spot for this sequel to 2012’s stripper smash. Channing Tatum and the cast cook up a sexy storm that targets women in a way that hasn’t been done in a long time. It lags a little here and there, but there’s plenty of treats and if the dances at the end don’t win you over, then nothing will.


Mission Impossible – Rouge Nation:

A sixth film has already been confirmed by studio Paramount in the two weeks since Rogue Nation started its worldwide release strategy. The fifth instalment is fun, containing a few truly exciting set-pieces and heralding the arrival – certainly to mainstream audiences – of Rebecca Ferguson, who gives Tom Cruise a run for his money in his own franchise.



David Gordon Green is a director known for his ability to draw out strong performances from actors – see Nicholas Cage in Joe – and Manglehorn is no different, providing Al Pacino with an excellent platform. The film itself is a little uneven at times. But for a wonderfully restrained performance from a seasoned pro, it’s worth the time.