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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

A Christmas Star

A Christmas Star
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 82 min
  • Directed by: Richard Elson
  • Cast: Rob James-Collier, Suranne Jones, Bronagh Waugh

Noelle reckons she's able to perform miracles, since she was born under a Christmas star. When a developer threatens her peaceful life, she and her friends decide to use this gift to save the village.

Sun 11 Dec

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
  • 1994
  • Australia
  • 104 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Stephan Elliott
  • Written by: Stephan Elliott
  • Cast: Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Bill Hunter

Two transvestites and a transsexual team up for a trip across the Australian outback for a drag show in Alice Springs. Serious issues pop up from time to time, but the emphasis is on the camp humour of the in-bus bitchiness and outrageous musical set pieces.

Sat 17 Dec
Sun 18 Dec

Arrival

Arrival
  • 2016
  • US
  • 116 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
  • Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tzi Ma, Mark O'Brien

When 12 granite pod-like spaceships land on Earth, linguistic expert Dr Louise Banks (Adams) is recruited to try to communicate with their owners. Powerful, intelligent and profound sci-fi, with assured direction, impressive but restrained effects and anchored by a mesmerising performance from Adams as the brave, vulnerable and fallible central character.

Sun 11 Dec
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Thu 15 Dec

The Black Hen

The Black Hen
  • 2015
  • Nepal, France, Germany, Switzerland
  • 90 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Min Bahadur Bham
  • Cast: Khadka Raj Nepali, Sukra Raj Rokaya

During a temporary cease fire two friends of different caste and social creed (Nepali and Rokaya) travel together from their village in Northern Nepal to find a hen they raised. The young actors are charming and watchable and although extended dream sequences slow down an already weighty narrative, it's a moving portrait of the ravages of war.

Fri 16 Dec
Sat 17 Dec

Blue Velvet

Blue Velvet
  • 1986
  • US
  • 120 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: David Lynch
  • Cast: Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern, Hope Lange, George Dickerson, Dean Stockwell

In small-town Middle America, would-be boy detective MacLachlan finds a severed ear on some waste ground. When the police shoo him away he decides to do some investigating of his own. A singular fusion of the cosy and the terrifying which blends kitsch and nightmare, B-movie detection and brutal sex to deconstruct our complacent vision of normal society. This is filmmaking of remarkable imagination and skill.

Sun 11 Dec

Carol

Carol
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 118 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Todd Haynes
  • Cast: Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler

Manhattan, 1952: young department store clerk and aspiring photographer Therese (Mara) meets sophisticated older woman Carol (Blanchett), and feels inexplicably giddy. Achingly beautiful, slow-burning study of lesbian romance and female strength in the face of adversity, with outstanding performances from Blanchett and Mara. Exceptional filmmaking.

Sat 17 Dec
Tue 20 Dec

Comfort and Joy

Comfort and Joy
  • 1984
  • UK
  • 106 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Bill Forsyth
  • Written by: Bill Forsyth
  • Cast: Bill Paterson, Clare Grogan, Eleanor David, Alex Norton, Rikki Fulton

After his wife leaves him over Christmas, a DJ ends up mediating in an ice-cream war between two local factions, a process which helps rebuild his self-esteem.

Fri 16 Dec
Thu 22 Dec
Fri 23 Dec

The Edinburgh Humanist Society Scotland Meetup Group

Meet other local Humanists, people who believe that we can find our own path by relying on scientific naturalism and a bit of common sense, without the need for supernatural guidance of any kind. This meetup group will try to advertise the events of the Humanist Society of Scotland (Edinburgh Group) to a wider audience.

Sun 11 Dec

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Cinema outing to Paterson

The Elephant Man

The Elephant Man
  • 1980
  • US
  • 124 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: David Lynch
  • Cast: Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller

Moving story of real-life Victorian freak John Merrick, brilliantly played by Hurt under a grotesque make-up job, and his appalling mistreatment by society before he finally received the medical attention he deserved. Fascinating period detail and rich monochrome cinematography make this a real treat from a slightly unexpected filmmaker.

Thu 15 Dec

Home Alone

Home Alone
  • 1990
  • US
  • 103 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Chris Columbus
  • Written by: John Hughes
  • Cast: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard, Catherine O'Hara

Peter and Kate McCallister (Heard and O'Hara) have an eight-year-old brat and wisely – albeit accidentally – leave him behind in Chicago when they go on holiday to Paris. Left to his own devices young Kevin (Culkin) has to deal with two bungling burglars (Pesci and Stern) who threaten to invade his peaceful haven. Jolly, if sadistic, scare-comedy antics produced by teen flick veteran John Hughes.

Sat 17 Dec

Indignation

Indignation
  • 2016
  • US
  • 110 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: James Schamus
  • Cast: Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon, Tracy Letts

Ohio, 1951: Marcus (Lerman) is a young Jewish man attending a liberal college, where he meets Olivia (Gadon), a magnetic, troubled woman whose advances attract and also guilt-trip him. This deliberately low-key drama about sex and religion benefits from Schamus's refined storytelling, making it the best Philip Roth adaptation in decades.

Fri 16 Dec
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Wed 21 Dec
Thu 22 Dec

It's A Wonderful Life

It's A Wonderful Life
  • 1946
  • US
  • 129 min
  • U
  • 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.

Fri 16 Dec
Sat 17 Dec
Sun 18 Dec
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Fri 23 Dec
Sat 24 Dec

Miracle on 34th Street

Miracle on 34th Street
  • 1947
  • US
  • 114 min
  • U
  • Directed by: George Seaton
  • Cast: Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Natalie Wood, Edmund Gwenn, Porter Hall, Gene Lockhart

When an old man is persuaded to play a department store Santa Claus he becomes a sensation, but is that because he may be the real deal? Heartwarming Yuletide classic.

Sat 17 Dec
Tue 20 Dec
Fri 23 Dec
Sat 24 Dec

Mulholland Drive

Mulholland Drive
  • 2001
  • US
  • 146 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: David Lynch
  • Written by: David Lynch
  • Cast: Justin Theroux, Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Ann Miller, Robert Forster

Given the troubled production history of Lynch's nightmare noir – it was originally a pilot for a US television series which was cancelled – it's nothing short of miraculous that Mulholland Drive shines with the filmmaker's idiosyncratic brilliance. Although set in the present day (albeit with retro styling), Lynch draws on his fascination with 40s and 50s Hollywood and its secret history of crime, here involving two actresses, amnesiac Rita (Harring) and amateur sleuth Betty (Watts). The proceedings veer into the kind of waking nightmare territory that either flummoxes or delights viewers, as Lynch mixes the bizarre and almost laughable with the moments of electrifying fear.

Mon 12 Dec

The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • 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.

Fri 16 Dec
Sat 17 Dec
Tue 20 Dec
Wed 21 Dec
Fri 23 Dec
Sat 24 Dec

Paterson

Paterson
  • 2016
  • US/Germany
  • 113 min
  • Directed by: Jim Jarmusch
  • Cast: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani

Paterson (Driver) is a bus driver in Paterson, New Jersey. who lives with his partner Laura (Farahani). Jarmusch's latest film is an off-kilter ode to prose and poetry and a tribute to the titular city, presenting a unique and intricately crafted world.

Sun 11 Dec
Mon 12 Dec
Tue 13 Dec
Wed 14 Dec
Thu 15 Dec

Paths of Glory

Paths of Glory
  • 1957
  • US
  • 86 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
  • Written by: Screenplay:, Stanley Kubrick, Jim Thompson, Calder Willingham
  • Cast: Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou, George Macready

New print of this moving portrayal of the madness of war. Three men are selected for trial for cowardice after the unsurprising failure of a futile World War I mission. Douglas is superb as the defence lawyer during the court martial scenes, shot on location in a French castle. Kubrick's lengthy tracking shots through the trenches are among the most effective scenes of battle ever filmed.

Tue 13 Dec

Paths of the Soul

Paths of the Soul
  • 2015
  • China
  • 115 min
  • Directed by: Yang Zhang
  • Written by: Yang Zhang

A docu-drama following a group of Tibetan monks on a journey to Lasa, the holy capital of Tibet.

Wed 14 Dec
Thu 15 Dec

The Two Faces of January

The Two Faces of January
  • 2014
  • US/UK
  • 96 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Hossein Amini
  • Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Oscar Isaac

An American con artist and his wife strike up a relationship with a stranger in 1960s Athens, then get caught up in the murder of a police officer.

Sun 11 Dec

A United Kingdom

A United Kingdom
  • 2016
  • US / UK / Czech Republic
  • 111 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Amma Asante
  • Cast: Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo, Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael

In post-war London, Ruth (Pike) and black law student Seretse (Oyelowo) fall in love; the thing is, he's first in line to the throne of Bechuanaland (today's Botswana). Based on a true story; Pike and Oyelowo bring a warm human touch to this sentimental but well-crafted history lesson.

Sun 11 Dec
Mon 12 Dec
Tue 13 Dec
Wed 14 Dec
Thu 15 Dec

The Unknown Girl

  • 2016
  • Belgium
  • 113 min
  • Directed by: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardienne
  • Cast: Adèle Haenel, Fabrizio Rongione, Olivier Gourmet

Jenny (Haenel) is a brisk, kindly GP beloved of her patients. After a rare moment of carelessness, she is compelled to investigate the death of a young black woman. Haenel is compelling, and the story has plenty of resonance, but the surprisingly conventional narrative doesn't quite add up and it's worthy rather than inspired.

Fri 16 Dec
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Thu 22 Dec

The Wailing

The Wailing
  • 2016
  • US, South Korea
  • 153 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Hong-jin Na
  • Cast: Do-won Kwak, Jun Kunimura, Hwan-hee Kim, Jeong-min Hwang

Jong-Goo (Do-won) is a policeman in the rural village of Goksung when a wave of brutal crimes sweeps through the region. It suffers from unevenness: the early part of the investigation is played for broad laughs, while the later ones reach a fever pitch and it becomes hard to know or care what you're watching.

Sun 11 Dec
Mon 12 Dec

The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard Of Oz
  • 1939
  • US
  • 102 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Victor Fleming/Norman Taurog/Richard Thorpe
  • Cast: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger

Miserable Dorothy runs away from home but is soon whisked up into a magical land where her adventures teach her that happiness is to be found in her own back yard. Classic stuff indeed, just chockful of great songs, characterisation and memorably garish design. Perhaps marginally less enjoyable for the curmudgeonly element rooting for the Wicked Witch of the West, though.

Fri 16 Dec
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Sat 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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