Cinema

Current highlights from Barcelona's English-language cinema scene

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Captain America: Civil War

Two iconic heroes duking it out over two-and-a-half epic hours… Sound familiar? The good news is that, unlike some recent offerings, this is an intelligent, fun blockbuster

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Secret in Their Eyes

Despite an A-team cast, this remake of the Oscar-winning Argentinian thriller is a disappointment

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  • 2 out of 5 stars
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The Lady in the Van

The movie equivalent of cosying with a warm buttery crumpet in front of a fire on a winter’s day

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Race

Let’s not confuse the inspiring story of Jesse Owens with this flat-footed sports drama

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  • 2 out of 5 stars
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Victor Frankenstein

Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy mostly keep it watchable, but the dialogue is a horror show

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  • 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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Room

The full picture emerges slowly in ‘Room’, Lenny Abrahamson’s powerful, sensitive survival drama...

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Brooklyn

Forget about the hipster-bearded image of Brooklyn. Irish director John Crowley’s big-hearted adaptation...

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Hail, Caesar!

It couldn’t have been easy for the Coen brothers to just be silly again, especially after such recent soulful...

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Carol

With 'Carol', the American director Todd Haynes returns us to a place similar to the repressed 1950s...

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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