Cinema

Current highlights from Barcelona's English-language cinema scene

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Pitch Perfect 2

The first ladies of a cappella are back – and they’re hitting the high notes

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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The Gunman

The film has its heart in the right place, but it too often feels like just another slice of brainless Eurotrash

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  • 2 out of 5 stars
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Mad Max: Fury Road

This time around, Max leaves a generation of blockbuster cinema choking on his dust

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Suite Française

A handsome and intelligent adaptation of the writings of Irène Némirovsky, who died in Auschwitz

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Song of the Sea

Tomm Moore follows up 'The Secret of Kells' with this heartfelt and gorgeously rendered work of 2D animation

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Avengers: Age of Ultron

There's a definite mid-season feel to this sequel, telling a compelling but never game-changing story

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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The Captive

Atom Egoyan presents a puzzle, and it’s not obvious who’s right or wrong, as he toys with our perspective

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  • 2 out of 5 stars
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The Wedding Ringer

The plot’s old, the title’s borrowed and the jokes are blue in this wearying bromantic comedy

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  • 2 out of 5 stars
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Shaun the Sheep the Movie

An irresistible story of an amnesiac farmer and his flock at loose in the big city

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Original-language cinemas

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Cinemes Texas

This cinema in Gràcia has four screens and shows a variety of films. The big draw for the locals is the subtitles are in Catalan. The big draw for everyone else is the films are in their original language, and some Catalan films even have English subtitles. And everyone is happy about the low price of €2 or €3. This is likely due to the films showing here slightly later than their premiere release date.

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Phenomena

The Phenomena cinema, which holds 415 film fans and has one of the biggest screens in all of Catalonia, boasts a latest-generation 4k projector, as well as 35 mm and 70 mm projectors as well as the best sound systems, including DTS, SDDS and the multidimensional Dolby Atmos. The cinema project, led by Nacho Cerdà, carries the philosophy that has characterized the Phenomena Experience screenings for the last four years: a programme that features cycles dedicated to big-name directors, kids' sessions, Grindhouse, re-releases, films that were before never released in Barcelona, the legendary double feature, and other surprises. It's a varied programme where you can enjoy classics of the silver screen as well as contemporary films that will show in dubbed versions and in their original language with Spanish subtitles.

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Balmes Multicines

Cinema with 12 screens (two in 3D) specialising in commercial films in their original language with subtitles in Spanish.

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Cinemes Maldà

In its latest incarnation, the well-loved Cinema Maldà is now showing indie and arthouse films. Cinema in original version with subtitles.

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Verdi HD

The five-screen Verdi and Verdi Park, its four-screen annexe on the next street, have transformed this corner of Gràcia with a diverse programme of independent, mainly European and Asian cinema. At peak times, chaos reigns; arrive early and make sure you don't confuse the line to enter for the line to buy tickets.

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Cinemes Méliès

This small, two-screen cinema is the nearest that Barcelona comes to an arthouse theatre, with an idiosyncratic roster of accessible classics alongside more recent films that aren't quite commercial enough for general release. This is the place to bone up on your Wilder, Antonioni, Hitchcock and others, with up to eight films per week.

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Renoir Floridablanca

Renoir-Floridablanca screens up to eight independent, offbeat American, British and Spanish films in original version per day, though note that programming tends towards the worthy.

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Verdi Park HD

The five-screen Verdi and Verdi Park, its four-screen annexe on the next street, have transformed this corner of Gràcia with a diverse programme of independent, mainly European and Asian cinema. At peak times, chaos reigns; arrive early and make sure you don't confuse the line to enter for the line to buy tickets.

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Filmoteca de Catalunya

The government-funded Filmoteca is a little dry for some tastes, offering comprehensive seasons of cinema's more recondite auteurs alongside better-known classics. Overlapping cycles last two or three weeks, with each film screened at least twice at different times. Books of 10 and 50 tickets bring down the price per film to a negligible amount. The 'Filmo' also runs an excellent library of film-related books, videos and magazines.

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Yelmo Cines Icaria

This vast multiplex has all the atmosphere of the near-empty mall that surrounds it. But what it lacks in charm, it makes up for in choice, with 15 screens offering blockbusters plus mainstream foreign and Spanish releases. Weekends are seat-specific, so queues tend to be slow-moving; it's worth booking your seat online before you go.

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Our favourites

Film

Pitch Perfect 2

Aca-about time! The first ladies of a cappella are back – and they’re hitting the high notes

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Read more
Film

Mad Max: Fury Road

This time around, Max leaves a generation of blockbuster cinema choking on his dust

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Read more
Film

Song of the Sea

Tomm Moore follows up 'The Secret of Kells' with this heartfelt and gorgeously rendered work of 2D animation

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Read more
Film

Suite Française

A handsome and intelligent adaptation of the writings of Irène Némirovsky, who died in Auschwitz

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Read more
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