Cinema

Current highlights from Barcelona's English-language cinema scene

Moana
Film

Moana

Charming animated film about a teenage Polynesian girl fighting to save her Pacific island’s future

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Arrival
Film

Arrival

Aliens come to earth in this smart – but not smart enough – slice of modern sci-fi

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Allied
Film

Allied

Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard lack chemistry in this watchable old-fashioned WWII romantic thriller

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Film

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

This entertaining first spin-off from the Harry Potter movies is both inventive and familiar

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Our Kind of Traitor
Film

Our Kind of Traitor

More smart sleuthing in exotic locations from the master of the spy thriller John Le Carre

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

Verdi HD
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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
Cinemas

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
Cinemas

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
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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
Cinemas

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
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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
Cinemas

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
Cinemas

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
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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
Cinemas

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

Blair Witch
Film

Blair Witch

If there were any film whose lightning would seem impossible to recapture in a bottle, it’s...

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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I, Daniel Blake
Film

I, Daniel Blake

Fifty years since Ken Loach raged against homelessness in his TV play 'Cathy Come Home'...

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Maggie's Plan
Film

Maggie's Plan

Decent romantic comedies are an endangered species. It’s getting harder to spot one that isn’t clichéd...

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Hardcore Henry
Film

Hardcore Henry

This revolution in action cinema works despite its utter silliness (or because of it). Directed by...

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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