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5 Star Review CITIZEN KANE  5 Star Review
Orson Welles utterly unmissable 1941 acting and directing film debut, aged just 25, is recognised by most critics as "the greatest film of all time" and has been digitally hoovered to pristine effect. Inspired by the real-life newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, its tale of will to power, excess and hubris has deep resonances today. (Black & White). [cinema club review]
Times BBC iPLAYER

 
5 Star Review BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN  5 Star Review
Portraying the true story of a sailors' revolt on board a battleship, and the subsequent massacre of the Odessa citizens who had come to greet it in port, Sergei Eisenstein's 1925 silent Soviet propaganda masterpiece remains one of the most influential films ever made. If you only ever see one silent film, this is the one it should be. (Black & White Silent Movie). [cinema club review]
Times AMAZON PRIME / YOUTUBE

   
5 Star Review TOP HAT  5 Star Review
If you want only one Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers movie, then this classy, Oscar-nominated Depression-era escapism musical from 1935, with great tunes, witty choreography, and a screwball confused identities plot is obligatory viewing. (Black & White). [cinema club review]
Times BBC iPLAYER

   
5 Star Review THE THIEF OF BAGDAD  5 Star Review
A ground-breaking early Technicolor movie from 1940, which is one of the most delightful fantasies ever put on film. A wonderfully atmospheric 'Arabian Nights' adventure for children of all ages - the last major movie started in England before the outbreak of the Second World War, and the last fantasy film released before America's entry into World War II. [cinema club review]
Times AMAZON PRIME

   
5 Star Review REAR WINDOW  5 Star Review
Disguised as a riveting comedy thriller, Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 flawless, essential classic study of voyeurism starring James Stewart & Grace Kelly has often been imitated, but never equalled - all those windows, shaped like movie screens, each containing a mini-drama of its own. [cinema club review]
Times SKY CINEMA / AMAZON (£2.49)

   
5 Star Review SUNSET BLVD.  5 Star Review
Legendary director Billy Wilder's witty, brilliantly constructed perfect 1950 Tinseltown satire in which silent-movie siren Gloria Swanson delivers one of the greatest of all film performances as a wild-eyed recluse driven mad by her fall from Hollywood stardom. (Black & White). [cinema club review]
Times SKY CINEMA / AMAZON (£5.99)

   
5 Star Review THE GODFATHER  5 Star Review
Francis Ford Coppola's flawless 1972 Oscar-winning masterpiece (no.2 in IMDB's Top 250 Best Films list) traces the handover of power within the Corleone mafia family, from the old world values of Don Vito (Marlon Brando) to his son, the white sheep (Al Pacino). [cinema club review]
Times SKY CINEMA / AMAZON (£5.99)
 
THE GODFATHER PART II  5 Star Review Times SKY CINEMA / AMAZON (£5.99)
The only sequel to match the original in winning an Oscar for best picture (no.3 in IMDB's Top 250), many believe the 1974 movie to be even better than the first. Alternately prequel and sequel, it interweaves the stories of a young Don Vito (Robert De Niro) in 1921 with his son (Al Pacino) in 1958. [cinema club review]
THE GODFATHER PART III  3.5 Star Review Times SKY CINEMA / AMAZON (£5.99)
Set in 1979, the belated, ill-advised 1990 return to the story is a crime worse than any committed by the Corleone family, despite strong performances from Al Pacino and Andy Garcia. [cinema club review]
 
   
5 Star Review VERTIGO  5 Star Review
Recently voted the best movie of all time in the highly prestigious BFI international critics poll, James Stewart & Kim Novak star in Alfred Hitchcock's most disturbing masterpiece; the intense 1958 romantic thriller about a former police detective who becomes obsessed with a hauntingly beautiful woman. [cinema club review]
Times NETFLIX / SKY CINEMA / AMAZON (£2.49)

   
5 Star Review TOY STORY  5 Star Review
Pixar's 1995 perfect animated extravaganza was the first ever full-length computer animated feature. Tom Hanks & Tim Allen provide the voices to a great adventure story that will not only entertain children but can also be enjoyed as a jokey parable by adults. [cinema club review]
Times DISNEY+ / AMAZON (£2.49)
 
TOY STORY 2  4.5 Star Review TimesDISNEY+ / AMAZON (£2.49)
There's no need to have seen the first movie to enjoy the 1999 follow-up, which is less of a sequel but more an upgrade in software refinement. [cinema club review]
TOY STORY 3  4.5 Star Review Times DISNEY+ / AMAZON (£2.49)
Pixar's third rummage in the toy box in 2010, delivers more appealing fringe benefits. [cinema club review]
TOY STORY 4  4 Star Review Times DISNEY+ / SKY CINEMA / AMAZON (£9.99)
The 2019 instalment caters both for children too young to have seen its predecessors and for adults who’ve grown up (or grown older) watching the previous films. [cinema club review]

   
5 Star Review SOME LIKE IT HOT  5 Star Review
Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon star in Billy Wilder's crackling cross-dressing 1959 gangster comedy, which is without doubt one of the greatest comedies ever and is still hilarious after all these years. (Black & White). [cinema club review]
Times BBC iPLAYER (until 6 Jun) / AMAZON (£2.49)

   
5 Star Review PSYCHO  5 Star Review
One of the most celebrated films in history, this 1960 thriller inspired by the real life gruesome career of the Wisconsin serial killer, Ed Gein, is easily the most shocking film produced by the "Master of Suspense" Alfred Hitchcock, and widely regarded as his best film, certainly his most imitated and perhaps his most influential. (Black & White). [cinema club review]
Times SKY CINEMA / AMAZON (£2.49)

   
5 Star Review ALIEN  5 Star Review
Ridley Scott's 1979 intergalactic horror masterpiece remains one of the most influential films in history and made Sigourney Weaver’s name. A beautiful revolutionary haunted house in space thrill-ride that stuns you with shock after shock. Celebrated equally for its H.R. Giger designed set, the organic innards of a derelict spaceship and its ghostly egg chamber. [cinema club review]
Times SKY CINEMA / AMAZON (£3.49)
 
ALIENS  4.5 Star Review Times SKY CINEMA / AMAZON (£3.49)
James Cameron's perfect 1986 sequel connects irrefutably with the events of the original (even to the point of starting exactly where the drama left off, albeit 57 years later), and surpasses its predecessor in terms of sheer spectacle. [cinema club review]

   
5 Star Review THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP  5 Star Review
Arguably the finest British film made during the second world war, Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger's 1942 wonderful salute to British decency was initially banned in the UK by Winston Churchill. A touching portrait of a friendship that bridges national boundaries, this is one of British cinema's undisputed masterpieces. [cinema club review]
Times BRITBOX / BFI PLAYER (£3.50)

   
5 Star Review MARRIAGE STORY  5 Star Review
Noah Baumbach's 2019 Oscar-nominated incisive and compassionate look at a marriage breaking up and a family staying together. Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson were also shortlisted for the Oscar, whilst support from Alan Alda and Laura Dern saw the latter win Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role. [cinema club review]
Times NETFLIX

   
5 Star Review STAR WARS  5 Star Review
From a galaxy far, far away, the endlessly imitated but never rivalled opening instalment of George Lucas's original space opera trilogy, which tells the timeless tale of good versus evil with ground-breaking special effects for 1977, and a dazzling array of intergalactic characters. Essential viewing and, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the greatest films ever made. [cinema club review]
Times SKY CINEMA / DISNEY+ / AMAZON (£9.99)
 
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK  5 Star Review Times SKY CINEMA / DISNEY+ / AMAZON (£9.99)
For many people, the 1980's follow up to George Lucas's "Star Wars", is the best film of the initial trilogy. Not a sequel as such, but the next part of a continuing story, it marks enormous progression both in terms of the mythos of the series and in the filmmaking quality itself". [cinema club review]
THE RETURN OF THE JEDI  4 Star Review Times SKY CINEMA / DISNEY+ / AMAZON (£9.99)
Although the weakest of the three, the 1983 conclusion to George Lucas's original "Star Wars" trilogy is still essential viewing and a a superb movie. The introduction of the cutesy Ewoks, making it a particular favourite with younger viewers. [cinema club review]

   
5 Star Review THE CONVERSATION  5 Star Review
With one of his greatest performances, Gene Hackman stars in Francis Ford Coppola's 1974 immaculate thriller - a small masterpiece he made in the same year as "The Godfather II" - as a lonely and paranoid surveillance expert who is paid to eavesdrop on an affair. [cinema club review]
TimesSKY CINEMA / AMAZON (£2.49)

   
5 Star Review MOONLIGHT  5 Star Review
Combining style and subtlety, Mahershala Ali & Naomie Harris star in Barry Jenkins genre-defying, "La La Land" Oscar-winning 2016 film about a black gay man’s journey from a deprived childhood through rage and towards self-realisation. [cinema club review]
TimesAMAZON (£3.49)

   
5 Star Review BRINGING UP BABY  5 Star Review
Reknown as the definitive screwball comedy, there are few pleasures cinema has on offer that are more enjoyable than this damn, damn funny romantic comedy of Hollywood’s golden age, starring Katharine Hepburn & Cary Grant, two of the most popular 'serious' actors around in 1938, making fools of themselves. (Black & White). [cinema club review]
Times BBC iPLAYER

   
5 Star Review BRIEF ENCOUNTER  5 Star Review
Voted the best romantic film of all time, David Lean & Noël Coward's 1945 masterpiece (filmed just up the road in Carnforth) about a passionate yet unconsummated relationship between a married woman and a married doctor that struck a deep chord with wartime Britain. (Black & White). [cinema club review]
Times BBC iPLAYER (until 14 Jun) / AMAZON (£3.49)

   
5 Star Review SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON  5 Star Review
Released in 1949, the most flamboyantly colourful of John Ford's John Wayne Cavalry & Indians Westerns, winning an Oscar for cinematography that expertly captures the breathtaking epic grandeur of Monument Valley. [cinema club review]
Times BBC iPLAYER

   
5 Star Review CALL ME BY YOUR NAME  5 Star Review
A full-hearted Oscar-winning romantic masterpiece from 2017. Set in 1980s Italy, it's a film that’s at once light, joyful and emotionally devastating, with deeply affecting central performances as a romance blossoms between a 17-year-old student (Timothée Chalamet) and the older man (Armie Hammer) hired as his father's research assistant. [cinema club review]
AMAZON (£2.49)

   
5 Star Review GOODFELLAS  5 Star Review
A masterwork on every artistic level, Martin Scorsese's most visceral movie from 1990 is a genuine challenger for the title of greatest Mafia flick ever made. Robert DeNiro, Ray Liotta and an Oscar-winning Joe Pesci star in this unflinching depiction of the real-life wiseguy turned snitch, Henry Hill. [cinema club review]
Times NETFLIX / AMAZON PRIME

   
5 Star Review THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY  5 Star Review
Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef & Eli Wallach star in Sergio Leone's 1966 classic Spaghetti Western; a grisly-brilliant story of three amoral gunslingers in the parched American west on the trail of hidden Confederate gold, described by Quentin Tarantino as "The Greatest Film of All Time". [cinema club review]
TimesYOUTUBE (£3.49)

   
5 Star Review NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD  5 Star Review
George A. Romero's hugely influential 1968 horror movie in which a ragtag group of Pennsylvanians barricade themselves in an old farmhouse to remain safe from a bloodthirsty, flesh-eating breed of monsters who are ravaging the East Coast of the United States. [cinema club review]
Times BBC iPLAYER / AMAZON PRIME / YOUTUBE

   
5 Star Review RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK  5 Star Review
The orginal 1981 product of the near-Holy trinity of Steven Spielberg, George Lucas & Lawrence Kasdan, in which Harrison Ford stars as an unorthodox archaeologist searching Egypt for the fabled Ark of the Covenant and finds himself up to his neck in booby-trapped caves, snake chambers, Nazi spies, religious demons, damsels in distress and even a spot of romance. [cinema club review]
Times AMAZON (£2.49)
 
INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM  4 Star Review TimesAMAZON (£2.49)
The 1984 follow-up, set in 1930's India, is a trifle overblown and unsubtle, but it still has great sets, fun performances and terrific action including a wild rollercoaster ride through a mine. [cinema club review]
INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE  4 Star Review TimesAMAZON (£2.49)
The masterstroke in the 1989 instalment was the introduction of Sean Connery as Indy's crotchety dad and the return of the Nazis as the baddies. [cinema club review]
THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL  3.5 Star Review TimesYOUTUBE (£2.49)
Released 19 years later, in 2007, Indy finds himself entangled in a 1950's Soviet plot in this minor triumph minor triumph plucked from the jaws of disappointment. [cinema club review]

   
5 Star Review SHIRKERS  5 Star Review
A true-life horror story for indie filmmakers, this multi-award winning documentary about Singapore's only hipsters making one of its only independent films in the early 90s, tells the tale of a a charismatic older man who promised to help – until he vanished with the finished reels. [cinema club review]
Times NETFLIX

   
5 Star Review HOMECOMING  5 Star Review
"A Film by Beyoncé" is one of the all-time great concert docs that goes behind the scenes of her landmark 2018 Coachella headline set - when she became the first African-American woman to headline the festival - with an extraordinary 200-person show that paid tribute to America’s Historically Black University Colleges and their homecoming parades. [cinema club review]
Times NETFLIX

   
5 Star Review 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY  5 Star Review
Awesome, influential, mind-blowing, cool, obsessional, pretentious Stanley Kubrick’s must-see 1968 science-fiction film, which was unlike any seen before, still towers, monolith-like, out on the high planes of the oh-so-verdant film landscape, and remains the greatest film that no one understands. [cinema club review]
Times SKY CINEMA / CHILI (£2.49)

   
5 Star Review KING KONG  5 Star Review
The 1933 masterpiece that more or less invented the monster film and the disaster movie in one go, this abiding take on 'Beauty and the Beast' has a mythic power that belies its years and has beome long established as part of modern folklore. (Black & White). [cinema club review]
Times BBC iPLAYER
 
KING KONG  4.5 Star Review Times NETFLIX / SKY / AMAZON (£2.49)
Epic escapism. Naomi Watts, Jack Black & Adrien Brody star in Peter Jackson's 2005 passionate remake of the RKO classic which has everything of the original movie to the power of a hundred. It’s a stunning technical achievement although arguably less haunting and affecting than the stop-motion effects of the 1933 film. [cinema club review]

   
5 Star Review THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS  5 Star Review
Thrilling and scary in equal measure, Anthony Hopkins and Jody Foster are outstanding in Jonathan Demme's 1991 masterpiece about a serial killer, an FBI student and the hunt for a murderer. One of only three movies to win the Big 5 Oscars: Best Actor, Actress, Screenplay, Director, and Picture. [cinema club review]
Times NETFLIX / YOUTUBE (£3.49)
 
HANNIBAL  3 Star Review Times NETFLIX / AMAZON (£2.49)
Ridley Scott's 2001 deeply disappointing sequel continues the story. [cinema club review]

   
5 Star Review THE LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING  5 Star Review
One of the finest pieces of Hollywood filmmaking this century, Peter Jackson deservedly won the best director Oscar for this 2003 powerful and enchanting concluding episode to his massively ambitious 9 hours 18 minutes adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy, with Mancunians amongst the strong cast including Dominic Monaghan, Ian McKellen, Bernard Hill, & Andy Serkis. It's important to watch the two previous instalments first... [cinema club review]
Times NETFLIX / AMAZON PRIME
 
THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING  4.5 Star Review TimesAMAZON PRIME
Funny, scary and, totally involving, 2001's first instalment of the Tolkein trilogy, genuinely looked like nothing ever seen before and remains one of the finest pieces of Hollywood filmmaking this century. [cinema club review]
THE TWO TOWERS  4.5 Star Review Times NETFLIX / AMAZON PRIME
2002's second essential chapter is both funnier and darker than the first film, and certainly more action-packed. [cinema club review]
 

   
5 Star Review 24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE  5 Star Review
Steve Coogan stars as Tony Wilson in Michael Winterbottom's 2002 hilarious true story of Factory Records, The Hacienda and the Madchester music scene. Also starring Andy Serkis, Peter Kay, Paddy Considine, Christopher Eccleston, John Simm, Shirley Henderson, Lennie James, John Thomson, Rob Brydon, Ralph Little and Dave Gorman amongst many other famous Mancunian faces. [cinema club review]
Times AMAZON PRIME

   
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Vue Manchester VUE MANCHESTER THE PRINTWORKS
23 screen 3D multiplex and IMAX cinema inside The Printworks in the city centre, showing all the latest blockbuster releases. Rebranded from Odeon in May 2017. With a total capacity of 4,407, screens range from 65 seats to 485.
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Address27 Withy Grove, Manchester M4 2BS map[map]
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Odeon Manchester ODEON MANCHESTER GREAT NORTHERN
16 screen 3D multiplex cinema inside The Great Northern Warehouse on Peter Street in the city centre, showing all the latest blockbuster releases. Rebranded from AMC in September 2017. With a total capacity of 3,257, screens range from 86 seats to 466.
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Address235 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4EN map[map]
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Home Manchester HOME CINEMA
Opened in 2015 when the Cornerhouse joined forces with the Library Theatre, Manchester's art house cinema is located in the city centre on First Street, just off Whitworth Street West between the Palace Theatre and Bridgewater Hall. With a total capacity of 504, there are five cinema screens, with the biggest seating 230 and the smallest just 33.
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Address2 Tony Wilson Place Manchester M15 4FN map[map]
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Vue Salford Quays VUE MANCHESTER THE LOWRY
9 screen 3D cinema inside The Lowry Outlet Mall at Salford Quays, showing all the latest blockbuster releases. Located 4 miles from the city centre, it's just 15 minutes on the Metrolink from Deansgate-Castlefield to MediaCityUK. With a total capacity of 2,080, screens range from 42 seats to 500.
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AddressThe Quays, Salford Quays,M50 3AH map[map]
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Showcase Manchester SHOWCASE MANCHESTER BELLE VUE
14 screen 3D multiplex cinema located 3 miles outside the city centre, next to Belle Vue train station (10 mins from Piccadilly). The largest screen has 390 seats
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AddressHyde Road, Belle Vue, M12 5AL map[map]
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Cineworld Didsbury CINEWORLD DIDSBURY
11 screen 3D cinema at the Parrs Wood Entertainment Centre, 6 miles from the city centre, next to East Didsbury train station (15 mins from Piccadilly). Showing all the latest blockbuster releases.
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Address Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 5PG map[map]
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The Savoy Cinema Heaton Moor SAVOY HEATON MOOR
Privately owned, 175 seat, single screen cinema in Heaton Moor which shows the latest releases. 6 miles from the city centre, or 15 mins walk from Heaton Chapel Station (8 mins from Piccadilly). Cash only.
Address 105 Heaton Moor Road, Heaton Moor, Stockport, SK4 4HY map[map]
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Odeon Trafford Centre ODEON TRAFFORD CENTRE
20 screen 3D and IMAX multiplex cinema inside The Trafford Centre, showing all the latest blockbuster releases, including 3D and Bollywood movies. With a total capacity of 3,940, screens range from 102 seats to 415.
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AddressThe Trafford Centre, Stretford, Manchester, M17 8DF map[map]
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