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...

By Ryan McNeely On Wednesday, March 27th, 2013
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A Weekend of Maverick Filmmaking: Bootleg Edinburgh Day 1

At 3am Monday morning, the latest Bootleg Film Festival came to a close, not with a whimper but with a bang; the bang of an Edinburgh cavern full of inebriated filmmakers and film lovers from all over the world More...

By Ryan McNeely On Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
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Bootleg Film Festival Makes Debut Edinburgh Appearance

Do you love movies? Are you looking for somewhere to go this weekend? If you answered yes to both of those questions, then here is the solution: the Bootleg Film Festival at Banshee Labyrinth. Now in its fifth More...

By Ryan McNeely On Sunday, October 28th, 2012
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Spend This Halloween At The Overlook Hotel

The Shining Everybody knows The Shining. The story of a man driven to madness and murder while working as the winter caretaker at an isolated hotel in the Rocky Mountains is one of the most famous and influential More...

By Ryan McNeely On Sunday, August 26th, 2012
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe Review – Ping Pong

Never too old for gold. When it comes to vitality, sportsmanship, strength, fitness, not to mention just the sheer fun of being alive, I have just been put to shame by a man three times my age. Les D’Arcy More...

By Ryan McNeely On Saturday, June 30th, 2012
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Edinburgh International Film Festival – Closing Night Gala Premiere – Brave

We’re almost at the end of the festival now for another year. I hope at least some of you have tried out one or two of the movies I’ve recommended over the last two weeks. If you have, feel free to drop More...

By Ryan McNeely On Thursday, June 28th, 2012
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Edinburgh International Film Festival – Something Else For The Weekend

Here are two more films for you to choose from this weekend, courtesy of our friends at the EIFF. God Bless America The land of the spree. Frank is at the end of his rope. Middle-aged and divorced, his daughter More...

By Ryan McNeely On Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
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Edinburgh International Film Festival – One to watch, one best avoided.

You may have noticed that I have quite enjoyed all the films I have reviewed at the festival, to one degree or another. Well, today marks my first negative experience at this year’s EIFF, and it is a doozy. Tim More...

By Ryan McNeely On Tuesday, June 26th, 2012
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Edinburgh International Film Festival – Picks For Next Weekend (part 1)

Shadow Dancer Some very good Belfast accents. Belfast, 1973. Young Collette McVeigh sees her younger brother shot to death during a skirmish between the British Army and the IRA. Twenty years later, Collette is More...

By Ryan McNeely On Sunday, June 24th, 2012
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Edinburgh International Film Festival – Top Pick For Sunday

Just one film today, I’m afraid. It’s a cracker though. Leave It On The Track Sex, violence and roller skates. Benjamin Pascoe’s debut feature documentary tells the story of modern roller derby More...

By Ryan McNeely On Sunday, June 24th, 2012
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Edinburgh International Film Festival – What’s Worth Catching On Monday

Day Of The Flowers Viva la revolución, big yin. When their father suddenly dies, two Glasgow sisters – one a socialist activist, the other a party girl – take his ashes to Cuba to scatter them at the More...