Dial M For Murder 3D (dir: Alfred Hitchcock, 1954, cert PG)
As if Hitchcock’s thrillers were not frightening enough how about a murder sequence in 3D to really get those fright muscles stretched? Widely regarded as one of the best examples of the technology and the film that made the simpering Grace Kelly a star, the sight of her delicate hands reaching out of the screen as she struggles with Anthony Dawson’s murderer is unforgettable.
Thu 23 Aug 8.15pm at Electric, Station Street, Birmingham B5 4DY £10.50 www.theelectric.co.uk
Pope Francis: A Man of his Word (dir: Wim Wenders, 2018, cert PG)
The great German filmmaker Wim Wenders writes and directs this enlightening study of Pope Francis. Whatever one’s religious persuasion, or lack of, Pope Francis is an engaging individual whose words carry enormous weight. Were Wenders’ questions a little more taxing this would have made for an even more compelling documentary, but as it is Pope Francis’ words carry a calming authority which is very welcome in the gormless age of Trumpism.
Tue 21 Aug 6.15pm at Everyman, The Mailbox, Birmingham B1 1RF £10.90 www.everymancinema.com
Fri 24 Aug to Thu 30 Aug at The Mockingbird, Custard factory, Birmingham B9 4AA £5 veezi.com
Yellow Submarine (dir: George Dunning, 1968, cert U) + brunch & unlimited prosecco
A subversive joy from start to finish, The Beatles’ fourth film, which actually had little input from the band, is a hyper-coloured romp through the fab four’s oeuvre mischievously littered with with puns, double entendres, and Beatles in-jokes. A psychedelic hippy fairy tale that still manages to delight and within which a myriad cultural waypoints for animation that followed can be discerned. Enjoy the film with a variety of brunch options including pancakes and waffles swilled down with unlimited prosecco.
Sat 25 Aug 11am at The Mockingbird, Custard factory, Birmingham B9 4AA £29.95 veezi.com
Rear Window (dir: Alfred Hitchcock, 1954, cert PG)
One of Hitchcock’s smartest tricks was turning his whole audience into voyeurs in the classic thriller Rear Window. James Stewart’s Jeff, a photographer recuperating from a broken leg, passes the time by observing his neighbours behaviour, beginning to suspect one of murder. Stewart’s twitchy busy body and his implausible love interest Grace Kelly are hypnotic as the amateur sleuths, sublime cinema and one of Hitchcock’s best.
Sat 25 Aug to Sun 26 Aug at Electric, Station Street, Birmingham B5 4DY £10.50 www.theelectric.co.uk
Cold War (dir: Pawel Pawlikowski, 2018, cert 15) + recorded Q&A
Winner of the Best Film Award at Cannes, Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski’s follow up to the critically revered Ida, is shot in sumptuous monochrome and is inventive cinema of the highest order. Beginning in post war Poland of the forties and leaping across decades, it is one of the most stylish romance’s ever made, replete with exquisite score, gorgeous cinematography and a stunning cast. Following the screening there will be a recorded performance from Joanna Kulig, who plays Zula, and a Q&A.
Sat 25 Aug 6pm at Odeon, 220 Ladywood Middleway, Birmingham, B16 8LP £11.25 www.odeon.co.uk
Singalong Grease (dir: Randal Kleiser, 1978, cert PG)
Join the students of Rydell High School in 1958 as new term starts in a blaze of rock and roll and Danny and Sandy embark on a song and dance romance that is, electrifying. You know all the hits so fire up the 1948 Ford Deluxe and get yourselves down to The Lighthouse for a singalong and to raise some much needed funds to keep Wolverhampton’s premier arts venue going.
Sun 26 Aug 2pm at The Lighthouse, The Chubb Buildings, Fryer St, Wolverhampton WV1 1HT £7.20 light-house.co.uk
Funny Girl (dir: William Wyler, 1968, cert U) Outdoor screening w/ Ginny Lemon
Barbra Streisand’s greatest role, for which she deservedly won an Oscar, recounts the story of Ziegfried Folly and legendary entertainer, Fanny Brice. Chock full of classic songs including the rousing Don’t Rain on my Parade, it’s a perfect addition to the mac’s outdoor cinema season. Midland drag act Ginny Lemon hosts the screening.
Sun 26 Aug 7.30pm at mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH £10 macbirmingham.co.uk
Published on: Thu 19 Jul 2018