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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Spy

Femme-friendly and frequently hilarious riff on the fusty gender roles of the James Bond movies

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Child 44

A weak script, bland direction and terrible accents mean no one emerges from this fiasco with much dignity

Time Out says
  • 1 out of 5 stars
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Tinkerbell and the Legend of the NeverBeast

Frisky aerial action, a sprinkling of fairy dust and much cuddly bonding with the massive furball of the title

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Clouds of Sils Maria

A heady psychosexual drama that’s steeped in dense anxieties and rich European glamour

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Jurassic World

Another theme park and another bunch of scientists cloned from the same strand of foresight-impaired DNA

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Far from the Madding Crowd

Carey Mulligan makes for a headstrong heroine in this lively adaptation of Thomas Hardy's romantic classic

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Get Hard

Like a small child with a set of steak knives, ‘Get Hard’ wields sharp ideas gleefully without inspiring confidence

Time Out says
  • 3 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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Clouds of Sils Maria

A heady psychosexual drama that’s steeped in dense anxieties and rich European glamour

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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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
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It Follows

In this age of torture porn and daily real-world outrage,  cinema can still offer up a truly frightening experience

Time Out says
  • 5 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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