Cinema

Current highlights from Barcelona's English-language cinema scene

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool
Film

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

Boy meets movie star in this soulful, real-life love story

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Lean on Pete
Film

Lean on Pete

A young boy in trouble finds comfort in an unwanted racehorse

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Borg/McEnroe
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Borg/McEnroe

These men sacrificed almost everything to get to the top of their game

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Deadpool 2
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Deadpool 2

The jokes start to wear thin in this second, more conventionally plotted outing

Time Out says
2 out of 5 stars
Truth or Dare
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Truth or Dare

An obvious bit of horror nonsense that could have been a lot more daring

Time Out says
2 out of 5 stars
The Hurricane Heist
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The Hurricane Heist

The weather outside is frightful – and so is the movie

Time Out says
2 out of 5 stars
Lucky
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Lucky

Harry Dean Stanton goes out with a quiet bang in this intense profile of a loner

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Blockers
Film

Blockers

A hilarious, parents'-eye view of teenage sexuality

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
12 Strong
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12 Strong

If it looks like a western, trots like a Western and neighs like a western, it must be a western. '12 Strong' comes from real life – specifically a covert Green Berets operation that went down in Afghanistan shortly after the Twin Towers fell – but the movie plays like the squarest of John Wayne cowboy flicks, riding tall in the saddle with a minimum of casualties. Snappily directed by Nicolai Fuglsig, the mission is presented excitingly enough: Drop into country from a high altitude at night (the near-sci-fi influence of 'Sicario' is never far from mind), meet with a surly local Afghan general and gain his trust, ride on horseback for miles, then do battle with the Taliban. It’s early days in the War on Terror, so the long slog of entrenchment isn’t on anyone’s mind. Afghanistan is the 'grave of empires', we hear twice in the movie, yet that wisdom doesn’t seem to register all that much. Chris Hemsworth looks persuasive enough on horseback as the squad’s captain; he’s got Michael Peña, Trevante Rhodes ('Moonlight') and nine other indistinguishable actors to lead into battle. Movies like 'The Magnificent Seven' and 'The Dirty Dozen' once pulled this off much better, giving each character an identifying trait (knife-throwing, being Ernest Borgnine, etc.) to help us pick them out when the action gets hairy. No such luck here. Perhaps ironically, it’s the allied Afghan warlord (played by an intense Navid Negahban) who comes off most charismatically. 'You don’t have killer eyes,

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

Isle of Dogs
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Isle of Dogs

If Wes Anderson’s 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' was a joyful slice of whimsy, his latest...

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
A Quiet Place
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A Quiet Place

‘A Quiet Place’ is like ‘Aliens’ retooled as a militant librarian’s fantasy. Actor-director John...

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Human Flow
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Human Flow

When we talk about ‘the refugee crisis’, which one do we mean? Is it the flow of people...

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Peter Rabbit
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Peter Rabbit

As irresistible as the fresh carrots that grow in Mr. McGregor’s garden...

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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