Outdoor cinema at The New Inn
If ever a pub garden was suited to outdoor screenings it’s the wonderful New Inn in Harborne, a huge well kept and delightful space attached to one of the village’s finest hostelries serving great beer and food, just bring your peepers and enjoy a week of big screen entertainment in the glorious weather that includes Labyrinth, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Grease. A fiver per screening and bring something to sit on.
Mon 9 Jul to Sun 15 Jul at The New Inn, 74 Vivian Rd, Harborne B17 0DJ £5 ticketlist.co.uk
Boom For Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat (dir: Sara Driver, 2017, cert 12A)
Basquiat blitzed through the art world of seventies and eighties New York in a tragically short career that left a potent legacy of work of 1500 drawings and 600 paintings before heroin permanently punctured his soul. The once homeless artist’s work now sells for shocking prices with one work recently fetching $110,487,500. Driver’s film explores Basquiat’s early life through a progressively mythologising lens and features stunning contemporary footage of the world’s finest film set, eighties New York.
Tue 10 Jul to Thu 12 Jul at mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH £9 macbirmingham.co.uk
A Ciambra (dir: Jonas Carpignano, 2018, cert 15)
Shot through with a powerful neo-realist bent, Carpignano’s searing drama sees a Roma family play fictionalised versions of themselves in a shocking indictment of the societal fractures scorching Italian society. Pio (Pio Amato) is an astonishing lead, whose insular teenage world of drinking, smoking and petty crime, is depicted with a naturalist close up grandeur. Selected as the Italian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards.
Fri 13 Jul to Sun 15 Jul at mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH £9 macbirmingham.co.uk
Yellow Submarine (dir: George Dunning, 1968, cert U)
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.
Fri 13 Jul & Sat 14 Jul at Electric, Station Street, Birmingham B5 4DY £10.50 www.theelectric.co.uk
Big Trouble in Little China (dir: John Carpenter, 1986, cert 15)
Forget the plot, essentially it’s irrelevant anyway, just enjoy Kurt Russell’s bumbling John Wayne machismo as he lurches from one adventure to another with varying levels of competency in Carpenter’s big budget big fun action movie. The genre mashing makes for wonderful viewing, mixing Saturday morning serial, kung-fu, ghosts, monsters, action, adventure and comedy. As the tag line goes, ‘Adventure doesn’t come any bigger!’
Fri 13 Jul 10.35pm at The Mockingbird, Custard factory, Birmingham B9 4AA £5 veezi.com
2001: A Space Odyssey (dir: Stanley Kubrick, 1968, cert U)
Beautifully restored under the direction of Christopher Nolan, the greatest sci-fi film ever made returns to the big screen fifty years after its original release. Kubrick’s masterpiece is an astonishing spectacle and under Nolan’s methodical care it is as close to the legendary director’s original vision as ever. The bliss of experiencing 2001’s perfection on the big screen is revelatory and unforgettable.
Sat 14 Jul & Sun 15 Jul at mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH £9 macbirmingham.co.uk
Sun 15 Jul 1.15pm at Electric, Station Street, Birmingham B5 4DY £10.50 www.theelectric.co.uk
The Italian Job (dir: Peter Collinson, 1969, cert 12) w/ live orchestra
‘Hang on a minute lads I’ve got a great idea’. The swinging sixties, Michael Caine, Noel Coward, a fleet of mini’s and Benny Hill, conspire to rob four million dollars worth of gold from a convoy in Turin during seminal crime caper The Italian Job. Enjoy this classic with a full live orchestra performing Quincy Jones’s unforgettable score, all together now, ‘this is the self-preservation society’.
Sun 15 Jul 7.30pm at Symphony Hall, Broad St, Birmingham B1 2EA from £30 www.thsh.co.uk
Published on: Fri 11 May 2018