Cinema and Film

New Films 30th June 2022 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Nitram (15) For the follow-up to The True History Of The Kelly Gang,… Read more »

New Films 24th June 2022 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Elvis (12A) As highly melodramatic as it is stylised, Baz Luhrmann’s biopic of… Read more »

New Films 17th June 2022 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Lightyear (PG) Quite possibly the first film to give a toy a backstory,… Read more »

New Films 10th June 2022 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Jurassic World: Dominion (12A) Touted as the final instalment in the saga that… Read more »

Summer Family Fun at MAC

Get ready for a jam-packed summer this year with Midlands Arts Centre. Our selection of events range from sing-a-long cinema screenings, to critically acclaimed live theatre to… Read more »

Andre Rieu concert series to be screened in cinemas across the West Midlands

Dust off those dancing shoes – after two long years, cinema’s biggest music event is back! Maestro André Rieu will present his brand-new summer concert, Happy Days… Read more »

New Films 2nd June 2022 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Men (15) Thick with a Wicker Man atmosphere in the early stretches and… Read more »

Adil Ray cutting ribbon – officially opens two Birmingham colleges

British actor, comedian and radio/television presenter, Adil Ray was in Birmingham today (Thursday 26 May) to officially open Performers Collegeand Screen and Film School, where he is Patron. The two colleges share a brand… Read more »

New Films 26th May 2022 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms NEW Ennio (15) Rather more poetically titled The Glance Of Music in other territories,… Read more »

Flatpack ft Joe Lycett & Shaun Keaveny at the Town Hall review

Flatpack ft Joe Lycett & Shaun Keaveny at the Town Hall review

I had been eagerly awaiting comedian Joe Lycett at the Town Hall for the opening of The Flatpack Festival and was delighted at how laid back and… Read more »

New Films 20th May 2022 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Top Gun: Maverick (12A) Thirty-six years on since the original took your breath… Read more »

Hocus Pocus In Concert – Film With Live Orchestra – Iconic Film to Tour UK, October 2022

The iconic Disney film “Hocus Pocus” will be presented live in concert for the first time in the UK in October 2022 with a nationwide tour. The… Read more »

New Films 13th May 2022 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Everything Everywhere All At Once (15) If Doctor Strange’s trip through the multiverse… Read more »

New Films 5th May 2022 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness (12A) Director Sam Raimi returns to… Read more »

Comedy as therapy, cocktails, chemistry, One Bum Cinema club and a beach party – Flatpack Festival

Tickets are now on sale for Flatpack Festival which promises audiences a menu of delights from well-respected artists, filmmakers and musicians over six days this May. The… Read more »

New Films 29th Apil 2022 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Downtown Abbey: A New Era (PG) It starts with a wedding and ends… Read more »

New Films 22nd Apil 2022 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (15) Actors playing fictionalised versions of themselves… Read more »

John Akomfrah The Unfinished Conversation, 2012

Since the early 1980s, John Akomfrah’s moving image works have offered some of the most rigorous and expansive reflections on the culture of the black diaspora, both… Read more »

New Films 15th Apil 2022 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW The Lost City (12A) Essentially a revamp of Romancing The Stone (which it… Read more »

New Films 8th Apil 2022 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (12A) Top of Form The third of… Read more »

New Films 31st March 2022 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Morbius (15) A minor anti-hero on the Marvel universe – Spider-Man in particular… Read more »

Flatpack Festival programme is announced – Tues 17 May to Sun 22 May 2022

Comedy as therapy, cocktails and chemistry, the One Bum Cinema club and a beach party: Flatpack Festival’s programme dishes up a series of unexpected experiences  Tickets are… Read more »

New Films 24th March 2022 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Ambulance (15) Director Michael Bay’s first big screen outing in five years runs… Read more »

New Films 18th March 2022 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW The Phantom Of The Open (15) Essentially a golf version of Eddie The… Read more »

0121 – LEGACY A major film exploring the underground history of Birmingham’s Rap music scene

Award-winning, Birmingham-based filmmaker, Daniel Alexander will premiere his latest full-length documentary this March at Everyman Cinema, Mailbox Birmingham. Birmingham is home to some of the most successful… Read more »

New Films 11th March 2022 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW The Adam Project (12) “The future is coming sooner than you think”, harassed… Read more »

New Films 4th March 2022 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW The Batman (15) The second reboot of the character following The Dark Night… Read more »

New Films 24th Feb 2022 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Cyrano (12A) Written as a rhyming couplets play in 1897 by Edmond Rostand,… Read more »

New Films 17th Feb 2022 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Uncharted (12A) Some fifteen years in development, this finally sees the hugely successful… Read more »

Flatpack Festival returns this May with premiere of new short by Joe Lycett

Based in Digbeth, Flatpack Festival is known for its eclectic and surprising programming of live performances alongside archive, shorts and feature films. This year they return with… Read more »

New Films 11th Feb 2022 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Death on the Nile (12A) On the shelf for a couple of years… Read more »

New Films 3rd Feb 2022 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Moonfall (12A) While repairing a space satellite and bantering about the lyrics to… Read more »

New Films 28th Jan 2022 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Parallel Mothers (15) Returning to his frequent theme of mothers and children, Pedro… Read more »

New Films 20th Jan 2022 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Belfast (12A) Shot in black and white save for opening and closing contemporary… Read more »

New Films 15th Jan 2022 by Mike Davies

With cinemas now open this column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Scream (18) Making its debut back in 1996, directed… Read more »

New Films 6th Jan 2022 by Mike Davies

With cinemas now open this column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Licorice Pizza (15) Loosely based on the life of… Read more »

New Films Christmas 2021 Part 2 by Mike Davies

With cinemas now open this column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Matrix Resurrections (15) As comic book fans will know,… Read more »

Netflix animation Robin Robin starring Birmingham rising star, Amira Macey-Michael shortlisted for animated short film at the Oscars

Birmingham-based rising star, Amira Macey-Michael, has landed a prime role in the brand-new Netflix film, Robin Robin, shortlisted for animated short film at the Oscars. This is… Read more »

New Films Christmas 2021 by Mike Davies

With cinemas now open this column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Spider-Man: No Way Home (12A) Again directed by Jon… Read more »

New Films 5th Dec 2021 by Mike Davies

With cinemas now open this column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW House Of Gucci (15) In 1972, coming from humble… Read more »

New Films 25th Nov 2021 by Mike Davies

With cinemas now open this column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Ghostbusters: Afterlife (12A) Evicted from their home, Callie (Carrie… Read more »

New Films 17th Nov 2021 by Mike Davies

With cinemas now open this column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW King Richard (12A) Even before they were born, Compton… Read more »

New Films 12th Nov 2021 by Mike Davies

With cinemas now open this column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Spencer (12A) Following the liberties taken by The Crown… Read more »

New Films 6th Nov2021 by Mike Davies

NEW Eternals (12A) Those who know their Marvel, will know the Eternals as humanoid cosmic heroes from the planet Olympia assigned by the all-powerful Celestials to watch… Read more »

New Films 29th Oct 2021 by Mike Davies

With cinemas now open this column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Last Night In Soho (18) While familiar motifs like… Read more »

New Films 21st Oct 2021 by Mike Davies

With cinemas now open this column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Dune (12A) Originating in 1965, Frank Herbert’s impenetrable allegorical… Read more »

New Films 15th Oct 2021 by Mike Davies

With cinemas now open this column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW The Last Duel (18) The first script co-written by… Read more »

Casino Royale Is Still The Best Daniel Craig-Era James Bond Movie, But Why?

As celebrities gathered at the James Bond ‘No Time To Die’ premiere at the Royal Albert Hall on September 28, the average Joe sat at home reflecting… Read more »

New Films 7th Oct 2021 by Mike Davies

With cinemas now open this column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW The Addams Family 2 (PG) A follow-up to 2019’s… Read more »

New Films 01st Oct 2021 by Mike Davies

With cinemas now open this column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW No Time To Die (12A) Daniel Craig quite literally… Read more »