Five Things To Do In Edinburgh: Saturday September 29

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Your pick of the city’s nights out

• FILM: Looper (15). Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is an assassin, or ‘looper’, whose purpose is to gun down hooded targets that have been sent back in time by his mob bosses, represented in 2044 by the sadistic Abe (Jeff Daniels). Silver bars are strapped to the backs of each target - payment for the pull of a trigger - and once Joe has incinerated the lifeless body, he stashes his spoils in a hidden floor-space of his swanky apartment. Like his fellow loopers, Joe knows his life expectancy is finite and one fateful day he will “close the loop” by gunning down his future self. So when Joe hesitates from his bloody duties and allows Future Joe (Bruce Willis) to escape, the race between hunter and hunted begins in earnest. As a new present unfolds, Future Joe tracks down the younger incarnation of a shadowy figure called The Rainmaker, who will exert terrifying influence in 2074. Both Joes gravitate towards a remote farmhouse where fiercely protective mother Sara (Emily Blunt) is raising her son Cid (Pierce Gagnon) far from prying eyes. General release, various cinemas, times and prices

• MUSICAL: The Phantom of the Opera. Cameron Mackintosh presents a spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. The Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, 2.30pm, 7.30pm, £19.50–£56, 0844-871 3014

• THEATRE: I Dreamed A Dream. Leading an outstanding cast and orchestra and taking on the lead role of Susan Boyle is Elaine C Smith, and playing several roles alongside Elaine is Edinburgh pantomime favourite Andy Gray. Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, 2.30pm, 7.30pm, £15–£39.50 (£12–£36.50), 0131-529 6000

• COMEDY: The Saturdya Show. With David Kay, Michael Fabbri, Rory O’Hanlon and host Vladimir McTavish. The Stand, York Place, 9pm, £15, 0131-558 7272

• MUSIC: Marc Almond. The former Soft Cell man returns to the Captial. HMV Picture House, Lothian Road, 7pm, £23.50, 0844-847 1740