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Film reviews and trailers, plus the latest releases and cinema listings

Boy ErasedBoy Erased

Boy Erased

4 out of 5 stars

Gay conversion therapy gets the indictment it deserves, from an insightful script based on a you-are-there tell-all, and an outstanding cast

Shazam!

Shazam!

4 out of 5 stars

Finally, a DC superhero movie that doesn’t take itself (at all) seriously

Pet Sematary

Pet Sematary

3 out of 5 stars

This satisfyingly spooky film finds so-far unmined depth in Stephen King’s undead pet yarn

Dumbo

Dumbo

3 out of 5 stars

Tim Burton’s live-action take on the animation classic veers from bland to bonkers and back again

Assassination Nation

Assassination Nation

3 out of 5 stars

Gonzo feminist shocks meets male-gaze fantasy. Feminism comes out on top – just.

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Stan & Ollie

Stan & Ollie

4 out of 5 stars

This biopic about the classic comedy double act Laurel and Hardy is a delight

Beautiful Boy

Beautiful Boy

4 out of 5 stars

An emotional drug-addiction drama cements Timothée Chalamet as the real deal

Us

Us

3 out of 5 stars

Jordan Peele is back with more terror – but slightly less edge

Notes on Blindness

Notes on Blindness

4 out of 5 stars

This moving doc is built on audiotapes made by an academic as his eyesight failed

Original-language cinemas

Verdi

Verdi

This relative newcomer to the ranks of VO cinemas has five screens showing a lively mix of art-house, Spanish, independent and mainstream foreign films.

Golem

Golem

This legendary four-screener, until recently known as the Alphaville, was the first of Madrid's art-house cinemas and played a crucial role in the Movida...

Cineteca

Cineteca

Inside the Matadero de Madrid, this is the first and practically the only cinema in the country dedicated almost exclusively to non-fiction films. The...

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Tickets & Attractions

Palacio Real

Palacio Real

Commissioned by Philip V after the earlier Alcázar was lost to a fire in 1734, the Royal Palace is rarely used by the royal family, and many of its 3,000 rooms...

Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor

This famous square is in the heart of the city's historic district, built on the site of the old Plaza del Arrabal, which was home to the most popular market...

Segovia

Segovia

With an ancient Roman aqueduct and a 13th century castle, this city is full of symbols representing its past. Established by the Romans, the area became a...

Toledo

Toledo

Inhabited by everyone from the Romans to the Christians, Toledo has served as a homebase for each of its conquerors, with traces of each remaining throughout...

Cinema on the cheap

Spanish Film Academy – Free

Spanish Film Academy – Free

The Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematográficas de España, aka Academia de Cine ('The Spanish Film Academy'), responsible for the...

Cine Doré – €2.50

Cine Doré – €2.50

The Spanish Film Archive (Filmoteca Española) has its headquarters at this cinema, which has three auditoriums. The first is a reconstruction of the old...

Cines Golem – €4 on discount day

Cines Golem – €4 on discount day

Large seats and wide arms mean that watching an original-language film at this cinema is both comfortable and cheap. Its location in a street that runs...

La Casa Encendida – €3

La Casa Encendida – €3

Everything from documentaries and experimental screenings to short films, talks with directors and auter productions have a place in the audiovisual auditorium...

Our favourites

On The Basis Of Sex

On The Basis Of Sex

4 out of 5 stars

Thinkers debate with passion in Mimi Leder’s intellectual ‘On the Basis of Sex’...

Beast

Beast

4 out of 5 stars

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

Green Book

Green Book

4 out of 5 stars

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