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Filmhouse Recommends - showing Thursday 25 June

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Wed 24 Jun 2015

Filmhouse Recommends is our daily pick of three films from the 2015 Edinburgh International Film Festival that we think our audiences will particularly enjoy. Check back each day during the Festival for tomorrow's recommendations!

 

Love & Mercy (18:00, Cineworld)

This innovative biopic takes a look at the legendary Brian Wilson, from the perspective of two distinct periods in his life: the height of his 1960s Beach Boys powers, and his middle-aged wilderness years. Troubled by mental illness in the former and hamstrung by an overmedicating therapist in the latter, Wilson's battles to win control of his life are beautifully depicted by Paul Dano and John Cusack, who both take on the role.

 

Chuck Norris vs Communism (18:15, Odeon)

This fascinating documentary delves into the culturally isolated and ideologically censored world of 1980s Communist-controlled Romania. Here, one black-market VHS racketeer managed to smuggle millions of Hollywood films into the country, all of which were dubbed into Romanian by a single, courageous translator. And, as the stories of Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme entertained, the films' glimpses of freedom provided a tantalising view of a previously-invisible world beyond Romania's borders.

 

The Long Riders (20:45, Filmhouse 1)

Walter Hill's fourth film (his follow-up to The Warriors) was this elegaic Western about the lives of the notorious James and Younger gangs. Along with its stunning photography by Ric Waite and superb score by Ry Cooder, the film's most brilliant move was to underpin its story's verisimilitude by populating its cast with four sets of real-life acting brothers: James and Stacey Keach; David, Keith, and Robert Carradine; Randy and Dennis Quaid; and Christopher and Nicholas Guest.

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