Films, Ceilidhs, Theatre & Events at the Grassmarket Centre

Monday 11th February, 7:15pm (Valentine’s Screening)

FILM: When Harry Met Sally… (1989)

Dir: Rob Reiner
15, US, Rom-com, 95mins

Sally (Meg Ryan) offers to drive Harry (Billy Crystal) to New York one holiday season at university. Thus begins a will they won’t they romance that spans a significant part of their adult lives. A film that really helped to establish a whole new set of ground rules for one of cinemas most popular genres. Nora Ephron’s bitingly witty script makes this the perfect anti-Valentine’s film, as much as it is an obvi-ous Valentine’s choice. Just remember men and women can never be just good friends… because sex always gets in the way.

Tues 12th February 10:30am

FILM: Ratatouille (2007)

Dir: Brad Bird & Jan Pinkava
PG, US, Animation, 111mins
Tues 12th February, 10:30am
(School Hols Screening)
The crown jewel within Pixar’s selection of contemporary animated classics, this tale of a young kitchen porter who befriends a rat with the culinary skills of a Michel Roux, kicks off our half-term selection of films. This was the point at which Pixar ceased to be the Disney division behind Toy Story and began to be written about as the de-fining force in modern mainstream animation. Featuring the voice work of Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm, Brian Dennehy, and most brilliant-ly of all Peter O’Toole as the arrogant restaurant critic Anton Ego, this is a cinematic masterpiece that will enthral young and old alike. — 0131 225 3626— 8

FILM: The Princess Bride (1987)
Dir: Rob Reiner
PG, US, Adventure / Comedy, 98mins
Thurs 14th Feb 10:30am

(School Hols Screening – William Goldman Tribute)
The second film in our double-bill tribute to the late, great screen-writer William Goldman, is a classic adaptation of his own novel. Showing just how diverse a writer he was, Goldman partners up with Rob Reiner to deliver one of the most entertaining and comic fantasy adventures of the 1980s, as well as a beautiful paean to the power of children’s literature.

The Incredibles 2 (2018)
Dir: Brad Bird
PG, US, Animation, 118mins
Sat 16th February, 10:30am
(School Hols Screening)
Pixar returned to one of their earliest original works to bring things full circle. In the years between the first and this second Incredibles film comic book superhero films have come to dominate the summer cinema schedules. Writer-director Brad Bird is able to get plenty of mileage from the way in which the world has so keenly embraced the super hero over the last decade. There is also a neat little bit of smart gender-politicking at the heart of this all action animation, with Mr Incredible ceding super hero duties to his wife Elastigirl, while he stays at home to raise the kids. — 0131 225 3626— 9

FILM: The Children Act (2017)
Dir: Richard Eyre
12A, UK / US Legal Drama, 105mins
Monday 18th February, 7:15pm
Emma Thompson takes the lead role of High Court Justice Fiona Maye, in this timely adaptation of Ian McEwan’s 2014 novel of the same name. Adam (Fionn Whitehead) is a teenager who has been raised a Jehovah’s Witness. When he needs a blood transfusion due to a serious illness, his human rights rub up against the reli-gious convictions of his parents. Fiona Maye is left having to decide where the state should intervene in the domestic affairs of the Brit-ish family. Also starring Stanley Tucci and Ben Chaplin.

FILM: Cabin in the Sky (1943)
Dir: Vincente Minnelli & Busby Berkeley
U, US, Musical, 98mins
Sun 24th February, 2:00pm
(Matinee of the Month –
75th Anniversary Screening)
The Grassmarket Community Picture House is really proud to pre-sent the first of four films from 1943, that will screen over the course of this 75th Anniversary year. First up, we present a musical fo-cused on the African-American experience I the first part of the 20th century. Based on the hit Broadway show, this is a collaboration be-tween two of the titans of cinematic musicals in Minnelli and Berke-ley. Featuring a cast that includes Ethel Waters, Lena Horne, Rex Ingram, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong, this is a heady jazz-era fable of redemption and reform. — 0131 225 3626— 10

FILM: One Flew Over The Cuck-oo’s Nest (1975)
Dir: Milos Forman
18, US, Drama 133mins
Mon 25th February, 7:15pm
2018 so the passing of the great Czech-American filmmaker Milos Forman, and what better way to commemorate the great man than to screen one of two films he one an Oscar for. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is also one of only three films to have walked away with all five of the major Oscar awards. Jack Nicholson stars as the anarchic R.P. McMurphy, who steps into the world of the mental in-stitution thinking that it will be an easier slog than going to jail. How-ever, McMurphy hasn’t counted on Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher) and her inflexible and authoritarian style of ward management. An engrossing adaptation of Ken Kesey’s counter-culture classic.


EVENT: EAOP Archaeology Family Fun Day – 2nd March 11-3pm

Join the Edinburgh Archaeological Outreach Project for a free day of archaeology open to anyone of all ages!

Following on from the success of last year’s event, we’re excited to provide a day of games and activities like shield making, animal bones, and face painting! Representatives from Archaeology Scotland, the Young Archaeologist’s Club, and the Crannog Center will also be there throughout the day!
The cafe will be open so you can grab something to eat or drink.

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Film: The Wife (2018)
Dir: Bjorn Runge
15, UK / Swe / US, Drama, 100mins
Mon 4th March, 7:15pm
Either side of International Women’s Day we are screening two new releases with strong female performances and female-focused nar-ratives. At time of writing Glenn Close would seem a shoe-in for an Oscar nomination for her spellbinding work in this stately adaptation by Swedish filmmaker Bjorn Runge (Happy End). Close plays Joan Castleman, the wife of acclaimed novelist Joe Castleman (Jonathan Pryce) who, as the film opens, has just received news that he has won the Nobel Prize for Literature. In the build-up to receiving this career-capping award the Castleman’s marriage begins to unravel under the pressure of a long kept secret. Also starring Christian Slater. — 0131 225 3626— 11

Ocean’s 8 
Mon 11th March, 7:15pm (International Women’s Day Screening)
Sandra Bull-ock heist film

I Went Down (1997)
Dir: Paddy Breathnach
15, Ire / UK / US, Comedy / Crime 107mins
Monday 18th March, 7:15pm (Edinburgh’s Festival of Ireland Screening)
Once again we team up with the Edinburgh Festival of Ireland to screen a title from the Emerald Isle for St Patrick’s Day. This under-appreciated comic gem from the mid-nineties is well worth rediscov-ery. Git Hynes (Peter McDonald) is released from prison after serv-ing eight months for breaking and entering. Within 24hrs of his re-lease he will have become embroiled in a whole load of nightmarish-ly comic scenarios, while falling foul of humourless mobster Tom French (Tony Doyle). Paired with an idiot enforcer, called Bunny Kelly (a great early role for Brendan Gleeson), Git has to get to Dub-lin and back with a man Tom really wants to ‘talk to’. Hilarious fun. — 0131 225 3626— 12

Three Colours Blue (1993)
Dir: Krzysztof Kieslowski
15, Fra / Pol / Switzerland, Dra-ma, 98mins (United Europe Screening)
Monday 25th March, 7:15pm
Julie Vignon (Juliette Binoche) the wife of a composer who has been tasked with creating the anthem for a United Europe, is the sole survivor of a car crash involving said husband and their young children. Initially wracked with grief and guilt, Julie gradually begins to find a deeply personal sense of freedom connected with a secret she has kept for her entire married life. Master filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski died long before he was able to witness his native Po-land accede to the EU, this first film in his final trilogy is an ode to the possibilities of greater European cooperation.

Night on Earth (1991)
Dir: Jim Jarmusch
15, Fra / UK / Ger / US / Jap, Comedy / Drama, 129mins
Sunday 31st March, 2:00pm (Daylight Saving Matinee)
5 different cabs in 5 different cities. An exquisite cast including: Gena Rowlands, Winona Ryder, Isaach De Bankole, Beatrice Dalle, Roberto Benigni. This is still probably indie maestro Jim Jarmusch’s most ambitious work, and one which communicates directly the intri-cate weave of human relations across space and time.