Funny Girl (dir: William Wyler, 1968, cert U)
Barbara Streisand won an Oscar for her portrayal of Ziegfeld Girl Fanny Brice in Wyler’s glorious musical. Filled with show stopping numbers and dazzling choreography Streisand’s first film role, reprising the part she played in the earlier Broadway production, is a delight from start to finish. The chemistry between Streisand and dashing bad boy Omar Shariff, playing inveterate gambler and serial philanderer Nicky Arnstein, is electric. Presented by the wonderful Journey Film Club for zero of your pretty pennies. ‘Nobody, no, nobody is gonna rain on my parade!’
Tue 4 Jul 7pm at Birmingham LGBT, 38-40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham B1 1EQ Free www.journeyfilmclub.co.uk
L.A Confidential with Friels Cider (dir: Curtis Hanson, 1997, cert 18)
Much like Chinatown and The Long Goodbye did in the seventies, L. A Confidential manages to invoke the bleak, shadowy and dangerous feel of original film noir and invest it with a contemporary colour, albeit dreary, twang. The fifties setting is pitch black perfect and director Hanson, with screenwriter Brian Helgeland, has managed to film the unfilmable in adapting James Ellroy’s grimy crime novel. Screened as part of the Summer long ‘Cans Film Festival’ audience members will get to taste Friels Cider and hear an introduction of that brand.
Wed 5 Jul 6.15pm at Electric, Station Street, Birmingham B5 4DY £9.50 www.theelectric.co.uk
Stand By Me (dir: Rob Reiner, 1986, cert 15)
Possibly the ultimate coming of age drama that still resonates powerfully, which is surely in part reinforced by the early death of one of its stars River Phoenix. The simple tale of four young friends, self reflection and the discovery of a body is told beautifully. Reiner douses the narrative in a queasy and fragile innocence that we will come to learn, in life as in this film, is all too fleeting.
Wed 5 Jul 8pm at Mockingbird, The Custard Factory, Gibb St, Birmingham B9 4AA £6 veezi.com
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel + wine tasting (dir: John Madden, 2011, cert 18)
Whilst never breaking any new ground TBEMH is a sweetly good natured film featuring a wonderful cast of veteran actors with Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy excelling as part of a group of pensioners moving to a retirement home in India. Throughout the film wine experts, Tony Elvin from Hotel du Vin and Alok Mathur from Soul Tree Wines, will be giving the audience an opportunity to sample wines from the Nasik Valley in India.
Thu 6 Jul 6pm at Electric, Station Street, Birmingham B5 4DY £24.50 www.theelectric.co.uk
Whitney: Can I Be Me (Dir: Nick Broomfield, 2017, cert 15)
Guerilla filmmaker Nick Broomfield points his laconically sharp gaze into the life of the tragic Whitney Houston. The engrossing and heart rending decline of such an extraordinary talent is writ large in the tired and drawn eyes that stare back from the screen. Broomfield unearths a wealth of previously unseen footage and posits a world where celebrity is as much an addiction as the drugs that controlled her. The mac are also screening career highlight The Bodyguard on Friday.
Fri 7 Jul to Wed 12 Jul at mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH £9 macbirmingham.co.uk
The King and I (dir: Walter Lang, 1956, cert U)
The wonderful Rodgers and Hammerstein musical came to define Yul Bryner’s career, winning an Oscar for his role as the curmudgeonly King Mongkut of Siam, he reprised the role on stage 4,625 times. Filled with iconic songs and delightful performances from Bryner and Deborah Kerr, The King and I is perfect Sunday afternoon viewing. We’re going to be singing ‘Getting To Know You’ all week now.
Sun 9 Jul 1.30pm at mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH £9 macbirmingham.co.uk
Rocky (dir: John G. Avildsen, 1976, cert 12A)
Sly’s finest hour, written in only 3 and a half days by Stallone, the rousing tale of Rocky Balboa’s shot at the world heavyweight boxing championship is a gritty and raw spin on the rags to riches Hollywood trope. Stallone excels as the kind hearted, if a little dim, titular hero and was Oscar nominated for a career best performance he was never able to match again. Gripping and heartfelt with possibly the most recognisable theme ever recorded. If you’re not moved by Rocky’s flight up the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps to the tune of ‘Gonna Fly Now’ you aren’t human.
Sun 9 Jul 11.30am at Electric, Station Street, Birmingham B5 4DY £9.50 www.theelectric.co.uk
Published on: Mon 3 Jul 2017