Cinema

Current highlights from Barcelona's English-language cinema scene

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Sala Montjuïc open-air film festival

From July 3 to August 7 the grounds at Montjuïc Castle turn into the city's favourite outdoor cinema, showing a selection of top feature films, accompanied by short films, concerts and a picnic area

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Pixels

Aliens disguised as beloved eight-bit avatars invade the planet, and gamers of yore are our only hope of survival

Time Out says
  • 2 out of 5 stars
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Ant-Man

There’s an Edgar Wright–sized hole in Marvel’s bland new micro-scaled comic-book blockbuster

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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She's Funny That Way

Director and friend of the stars Peter Bogdanovich makes a winning return with this likeable comedy

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Inside Out

The film’s bold thinking and journey into the mind of an 11-year-old girl will thrill Pixar fans of all ages

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Amy

An unflinching and thoughtful account of the life and death of the soul singer Amy Winehouse

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Unfriended

‘Unfriended’, which takes place entirely on a teenager’s laptop screen, is a horror film, so bad things will happen

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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True Story

'In Cold Blood' this is not – it’s made with too much slickness, and you’ll be way ahead of it

Time Out says
  • 2 out of 5 stars
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Original-language cinemas

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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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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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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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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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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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Multicines Balmes

This cinema has 12 screens (two in 3-D) and specialises in commercial films in their original language with subtitles.

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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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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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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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Our favourites

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Inside Out

The film’s bold thinking and journey into the mind of an 11-year-old girl will thrill Pixar fans of all ages

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Amy

An unflinching and thoughtful account of the life and death of the soul singer Amy Winehouse

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Love & Mercy

Watching 'Love & Mercy' is like having a piece of rock history re-created right before your eyes

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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What We Do in the Shadows

Comic horror mockumentary about four vampires living in a suburban semi

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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