Ryan McNeely

Inventor of the 5-Word Movie Review, as well as writing for TER I am currently on a mission to watch and review at least one new film every day in 2012. You can keep up with my progress at 5wordmoviereviews.com Also available for pub quizzes.

By Ryan McNeely On Monday, November 11th, 2013
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Scottish Films Among The Nominees For Upcoming Awards

Filth and Under the Skin lead the North-of-the-Border contingent for the Moët British Independent Film Awards, with five and four nominations respectively. Best Actor nominee James McAvoy having a moment of More...

By Ryan McNeely On Thursday, June 27th, 2013
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TER’s Picks For EIFF 2013 – Struck By Lightning, Frankenstein’s Army and Hawking

Chris Colfer and Rebel Wilson in Struck By Lightning   As the festival begins to wind down for another year, here are my recommendations for tomorrow. Struck By Lightning Screening as part of the festival’s More...

By Ryan McNeely On Saturday, June 22nd, 2013
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TER’s Picks For EIFF 2013 – Monsters University and Old Stock

  Tomorrow is Family Gala day at the festival, with two special screenings of the latest release from Disney-Pixar. If that sort of thing isn’t to your taste, there is plenty more to choose from. That More...

By Ryan McNeely On Friday, June 21st, 2013
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TER’s Picks For EIFF 2013 – Upstream Colour, The Bling Ring, And More

Emma Watson (2nd left) and her Bling Ring cohorts.   As always, the two weekends at EIFF are the busiest period, with almost twice as many films available to see as on the weekdays. Here are a few you might More...

By Ryan McNeely On Thursday, June 20th, 2013
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TER’s Picks For EIFF 2013 – Frances Ha and Svengali

Greta Gerwig throws some shapes in Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha   When I ask my friends if they’d like to come along to a film festival with me, a lot of them reply “no thanks, I’d prefer More...

By Ryan McNeely On Wednesday, June 19th, 2013
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TER’s Picks For EIFF 2013 – Days Of Grace and A Long Way From Home

Natalie Dormer and James Fox in A Long Way From Home (photo from EIFF)   As you would have seen in today’s “Five Things” column, the 2013 Edinburgh International Film Festival Opening Night More...

By Ryan McNeely On Saturday, April 27th, 2013
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Film Review – Flying Blind Flies Back Into Town – TONIGHT ONLY

Flying Blind is showing tonight at The Filmhouse – for one night only. In Flying Blind, a woman who has dedicated her life to her career, as a designer of military drones, finds her carefully constructed world More...

By Ryan McNeely On Sunday, April 7th, 2013
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Kenyan Film To Have UK Debut In Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s Brass Monkey bar will be hosting the first UK screening of Kenyan film Ni Sisi tonight at 6:30pm. Ni Sisi (It Is Us) is the second film produced by S.A.F.E., a Kenyan NGO and UK charity that uses More...

By Ryan McNeely On Friday, March 29th, 2013
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A Weekend of Maverick Filmmaking: Bootleg Edinburgh Day 3

And so to Sunday. Much like the weather outside, Sunday at Bootleg Edinburgh was a day of dark drama with light occasionally breaking through. The highlights for me included Irish short Kara, directed by Traolach More...

By Ryan McNeely On Thursday, March 28th, 2013
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A Weekend of Maverick Filmmaking: Bootleg Edinburgh Day 2

So what of Saturday, you ask? Amazingly the high standard from the previous day was maintained with the visually stunning Postcard From 1952, a dreamlike film that recreated the year in question with typical family More...