Hostages (Mdzevlebi) (2017) 104 mins ***

Made in Georgian and Russian with English subtitles, Hostages tells the true story of seven young Georgian people from elite families who decided to hijack a plane to get them to the west in 1983.  The tension builds as the young people exchange a Beatles’ album and money for guns and a fake hand grenade.  When the KGB get wind of their dissent More...

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By Mary Durkacz On Thursday, June 22nd, 2017
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EIFF – R.A.I.D. Special Unit (Raid Dingue) (2016) 105 mins ***

Johanna Paquali (Alice Pol) is desperate to become one of the elite police team in Paris but her attempts thus far have been hampered by her overt clumsiness and her ability to do the wrong thing at the wrong time. More...

By Mary Durkacz On Thursday, June 22nd, 2017
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EIFF – Kaleidoscope (2016) 100 mins ****

This unsettling, tense thriller moves back and forth through the film’s timeline causing the viewer to try and work out the sequence of events and to distinguish what is reality from what lies in Carl’s (Toby More...

By Mary Durkacz On Thursday, June 22nd, 2017
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EIFF – God’s Own Country (2017) 104 mins ****

Billed as the UK’s version of Brokeback Mountain, God’s Own Country is certainly about a love affair between two men on a farm.  But it is softer, more thoughtful and more romantic somehow than its US forerunner. More...

By Mary Durkacz On Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
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EIFF – Maya Dardel (2016) 104 mins ***

Maya Dardel, a poet and novelist of a certain age, living in seclusion in the Californian mountains, decides she that she is no longer able to write the literature and poetry which made her famous so she will kill More...

By Mary Durkacz On Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
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EIFF – Newton (2017) 104 mins ***

Newton (Rajkummar Raol) is a precise, pernickety young clerk in this Hindi-language film from second-time director Amit V Masurkar.  His principles will not allow the eponymous hero to be married to an underage More...

By Mary Durkacz On Tuesday, June 20th, 2017
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Vue Omni Centre Hosts EIFF Films

For the first time the Vue Omni Centre on Greenside Place will host films from the Edinburgh International Film Festival.  2017 sees the 70th Anniversary Year of the festival and an array of World Perspectives More...

By John Preece On Monday, June 19th, 2017
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Queen of the F*cking World – Marysia Trembecka

Never be a Princess – be the Queen  Don’t ever be a princess – be queen of your own f*cking world. Join Marysia Trembecka and her wild bass guitar on an audience-empowering ride through the ups and downs More...

By Rosemary Kaye On Saturday, June 17th, 2017
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Edinburgh International Book Festival – bringing New Zealand to Edinburgh

What do you think of when someone mentions New Zealand (Aotearoa)? Sheep? Fjords? Mountains? Outdoorsy types who’re good at rugby? Do you think of literature, poetry and plays? Maybe not. To my shame I must admit More...

By John Kennedy On Thursday, June 15th, 2017
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 – how much are the tickets?

The Edinburgh Reporter heard from one of our readers, Robert Terry, who was concerned about proposed booking fees that the Fringe are charging this summer. Mr Terry is a long time Fringe supporter who has until More...