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Current highlights from Barcelona's English-language cinema scene

Captain Marvel
Film

Captain Marvel

This Marvel movie doesn't quite rise to the occasion of its own significance

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
The Mule
Film

The Mule

Clint Eastwood is nonagenarian drug mule in way over his head

Time Out says
2 out of 5 stars
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Film

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Two struggling souls come together to pull off a hoax on a world that’s rejected them

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Welcome to Marwen
Film

Welcome to Marwen

A true story of assault and creative mental rehabilitation gets a Hollywood gloss

Time Out says
2 out of 5 stars
On The Basis Of Sex
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On The Basis Of Sex

Brainy dramatisation of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s rise to legal prominence in the 1970s

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars

Destroyer
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Destroyer

Nicole Kidman goes grungy, to the disservice of an undernourished police thriller

Time Out says
2 out of 5 stars
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
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How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

This imaginative franchise mislays its mojo slightly in an overcrowded final outing

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
The Front Runner
Film

The Front Runner

Hugh Jackman plays Gary Hart, a US presidential candidate sunk by scandal

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
Film

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

It doesn't have the original’s breathless inspiration, but it’s still funny and warm-hearted

Time Out says
3 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.

Renoir Floridablanca
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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.

Cinemes Maldà
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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.

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.

Yelmo Cines Icaria
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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.

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.

Multicines Balmes
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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.

Verdi Park HD
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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.

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.

Cinemes Méliès
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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

Beast
Film

Beast

Immaculately composed yet skittish, edgy and surprising, a chill emanates from this...

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Green Book
Film

Green Book

Call this actors’ duet sentimental and simplistic at your own peril...

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
If Beale Street Could Talk
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If Beale Street Could Talk

‘What I do is to read a story only once,’ Alfred Hitchcock explained of his technique for...

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
The Old Man & the Gun
Film

The Old Man & the Gun

Loose-limbed and rascally, ‘The Old Man & the Gun’ is a throwback to an era when...

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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