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88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ
  • Telephone 0131 228 2688
  • Opening times Mon–Sat 10am–midnight; Sun noon–midnight.
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  • Website www.filmhousecinema.com

Arthur Christmas

Arthur Christmas
  • 2 stars
  • 2011
  • UK/US
  • 97 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Sarah Smith
  • Written by: Peter Baynham, Sarah Smith
  • Cast: James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy, Jim Broadbent, Imelda Staunton, Ashley Jensen, Ramona Marquez

Arthur Christmas (McAvoy) is the overlooked star of the Santa team, but when it looks like a small girl's present may not get delivered, he enlists the help of his curmudgeonly grandfather (Nighy). With characters boringly reflecting different degrees of niceness, this contrived family feud lacks the wit that made Aardman's name.

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Sun 21 Dec

Big Eyes

Big Eyes
  • 2014
  • US
  • Directed by: Tim Burton
  • Cast: Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman, Terence Stamp

Drama about the life of painter Margaret Keane, exploring her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.

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Fri 26 Dec
Sat 27 Dec
Sun 28 Dec
Mon 29 Dec
Tue 30 Dec
Wed 31 Dec
Thu 1 Jan

The Bishop's Wife

The Bishop's Wife
  • 3 stars
  • 1947
  • US
  • 105 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Henry Koster
  • Written by: Robert Nathan (novel), Leonardo Bercovici (screenplay)
  • Cast: Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven

An almost classic holiday film about a bishop (Niven) who neglects his wife and parishioners to save his cathedral, until an angel (Grant) intervenes.

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Sat 20 Dec
  • 18:10
Sun 21 Dec
Mon 22 Dec
Tue 23 Dec

The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • UK/USA
  • 113 min
  • Directed by: Morten Tyldum
  • Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode

Historical drama about Alan Turing (Cumberbatch), father of modern computer science; how he and a team of codebreakers figured out how to beat the German Enigma machine during WWII, and his tragically early death. Triumphant slice of British heritage drama, with great emotional force and a touching performance from Cumberbatch.

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Sat 20 Dec
  • 13:05
  • 15:35
  • 20:40
Sun 21 Dec
Mon 22 Dec
Tue 23 Dec
Wed 24 Dec

It's A Wonderful Life

It's A Wonderful Life
  • 5 stars
  • 1946
  • US
  • 129 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Frank Capra
  • Cast: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Henry Travers

Small-town boy Stewart runs into financial difficulties and is on the brink of suicide when an elderly angel descends to earth to show him all the good his life has done for those around him. Archetypal Capra sentimentality with a superbly detailed fantasy framework and one of Stewart's most lovable performances. One to warm even the most glacial heart.

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Sat 20 Dec
  • 15:00
  • 17:45
  • 20:30
Sun 21 Dec
Mon 22 Dec
Tue 23 Dec
Wed 24 Dec

Jour De Fete

Jour De Fete
  • 1948
  • France
  • 80 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Jacques Tati
  • Cast: Jacques Tati, Guy Decomble.

A rural French postie sees a film about the efficiency of the American mail service and decides to smarten up his act. This debut feature by Tati, effortlessly builds visual set-pieces and establishes the amiable duffer of a central role that was later to become the unforgettable M Hulot.

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Fri 26 Dec

Jacques Tati.

Sun 28 Dec

Jacques Tati.

Tue 30 Dec

Jacques Tati.

Kon-Tiki

Kon-Tiki
  • 3 stars
  • 2012
  • Norway
  • 118 min
  • Directed by: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg
  • Cast: Pål Sverre Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Odd-Magnus Williamson

Based on the true story of Thor Heyerdahl (Hagen)'s epic voyage from Peru to Polynesia, undertaken with a small crew on a primitive wooden raft just to prove that it could be done. A sincere, stirring enterprise, with breathtaking images of piercing blue skies, crystal clear waters and bronzed adventurers, if a little on the safe side.

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Fri 26 Dec
Sat 27 Dec
Sun 28 Dec
Mon 29 Dec
Tue 30 Dec

Me, Myself and Mum (Les garçons et Guillaume, à table!)

Me, Myself and Mum (Les garçons et Guillaume, à table!)
  • 3 stars
  • 2013
  • France/Belgium
  • 85 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Guillaume Gallienne
  • Cast: Guillaume Gallienne, André Marcon, Françoise Fabian

In this adaptation of his semi-autobiographical stage show, writer/director Gallienne plays himself and his sour, domineering mum, who raised him as the girl she never had. It blossoms into a quirky and unexpected coming-of-age story about sexual identity, with a likable, energetic central performance from Gallienne.

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Sat 20 Dec
  • 16:15
  • 18:15
Sun 21 Dec
Mon 22 Dec

Merry Christmas (Joyeux Noël)

Merry Christmas (Joyeux Noel)
  • 2005
  • France/Germany/UK
  • 115 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Christian Carion
  • Written by: Christian Carion
  • Cast: Benno Fürmann, Guillaume Canet, Daniel Brühl, Diane Kruger, Gary Lewis, Alex Ferns

On Christmas Eve 1914 opposing troops in the trenches made a truce and found some common ground – literally – as they played football on the muddy soil of No Man's Land. A quietly moving film that reveals just how helpless the German, British and French troops actually were.

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Wed 24 Dec

Monsieur Hulot's Holiday

Monsieur Hulot's Holiday
  • 4 stars
  • 1953
  • France
  • 91 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Jacques Tati
  • Cast: Jacques Tati, Nathalie Pascaud, Michelle Rolla.

M Hulot, the accident-prone bachelor, arrives at a jaunty coastal resort and devastation very soon ensues. Comic timing at its most irresistible, as Tati gets away with a number of memorable, slow-burning gags, all undercut by the stabbing notion that we all have an uncle exactly like Hulot.

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Fri 26 Dec

Jacques Tati.

Sun 28 Dec

Jacques Tati.

Wed 31 Dec

Jacques Tati.

The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • 4 stars
  • 1992
  • US
  • 85 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Brian Henson
  • Cast: Michael Caine, Steven Mackintosh, Muppet Performers:, Dave Goelz, Jerry Nelson, Frank Oz, David Rudman, Steve Whitmire

It's Christmas time, and nasty old miser Scrooge (Caine) needs to be taught a lesson by three seasonal ghosts. Colourful version of Dickens' classic tale that will please the kids and keep the adults smiling with its little irreverent spices.

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Sat 20 Dec
  • 13:00
Sun 21 Dec
Mon 22 Dec

Raymond Briggs Trilogy

Raymond Briggs Trilogy
  • 1982-98
  • UK
  • 78 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Various
  • Written by: Raymond Briggs

Three short animations based on Raymond Briggs' charming stories: The Bear, Father Christmas and The Snowman.

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Tue 23 Dec
Wed 24 Dec

White Christmas

White Christmas
  • 4 stars
  • 1954
  • US
  • 120 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Michael Curtiz
  • Written by: Norman Krasna, Norman Panama, Melvin Frank
  • Cast: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, Dean Jagger, Mary Wickes

Christmas staple starring Crosby and Kaye as a song-and-dance troupe who become involved with a sister act.

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Mon 22 Dec
Wed 24 Dec

Beginning in 1979, Edinburgh's Filmhouse was gradually converted from St. Thomas Church into a three screen cinema. Sometime host of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, it features a café bar and monthly quiz.

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