This week’s new cinema releases

Sunshine on Leith
Sunshine on Leith

It has been a fairly decent year for Scottish films but this week’s offering - ‘Sunshine on Leith’ couldn’t be any more different from last week’s ‘Filth’ if it tried.

Featuring the music of Scottish “legends” The Proclaimers, ‘Sunshine on Leith’ follows the lives of two men who must negotiate life in Edinburgh after their return from Afghanistan.

So far the reviews have been mixed but if you can tolerate a film based around the music of The Proclaimers then it is sure to be a big hit.

Next up this week is ‘Emperor’.

Based on true events, at the end of WWII, an American general (Bonner Fellers) is forced to decide whether Emperor Hirohito should be charged and hanged for war crimes.

Influencing Fellers’ decision is his quest to find a Japanese exchange student whom he had met previously in the US and fallen in love with.

Journeying over a Japan savaged by the war, Fellers hones his wisdom and humanity helping him come to the decision that Emperor Hirohito should not be tried.

This in turn allowed the Emperor to become a symbol of a new state and leading Japan to become the world’s second largest economy by the end of his reign.

Finally, you are sure to have seen the promos for ‘How I Live Now’ as they’ve been on constantly for weeks now.

New Yorker Daisy is sent to live with her cousins in the remote English countryside, and quickly falls in love with Eddie.

However, their idyllic life is interrupted with the outbreak of World War Three.

It looks worth a watch if nothing more.