Cinema and Film

New Films 10th May 2024 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Kingdom Of The Apes (12A) Rebooted as a trilogy in 2011, Maze Runner… Read more »

This Town stars, musicians and fans mark 45 years of 2-Tone at special BBC event

This Town stars, musicians and fans mark 45 years of 2-Tone at special BBC event

Actors from the Steven Knight drama This Town joined members of pioneering British bands The Specials, The Selecter, and The Beat in marking the 45th anniversary of… Read more »

New Films 2nd May 2024 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW The Fall Guy (12A) Taking the 80s TV series of the same name… Read more »

Frankie Goes To Bollywood

FRANKIE GOES TO BOLLYWOOD is coming to Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from 11 – 15 June Rifco Theatre Company’s most spectacular and ambitious musical to date, in partnership with Watford Palace… Read more »

The first national celebration of Vietnamese film in cinemas Star Nha Ease Vietnamese Cinema is coming to Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham

The first national celebration of Vietnamese film in cinemas Star Nhà Ease: Vietnamese Cinema is coming to Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham. The season will introduce Vietnamese cinema to UK audiences… Read more »

TWILIGHT IN CONCERT – LIVE-TO-FILM WITH 12-PIECE ENSEMBLE – UK WIDE TOUR ANNOUNCED

The legendary romance fantasy film Twilight has been announced to tour the UK, just ahead of Halloween, in an in-concert format, live-to-film. The UK wide tour, which is set… Read more »

Coming Live to UK Cinemas | Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final – Saturday 11th May

It’s a date for the diary – Saturday May 11th. For one night only, cinemas up and down the UK will come together for the biggest night… Read more »

Tourism boost for Midlands from Steven Knight’s This Town anticipated by experts

Culture, music, and television professionals expect a significant increase in tourism for Birmingham and Coventry following the broadcast of the new BBC One prime-time drama This Town. Experts… Read more »

New Films 26th April 2024 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Boy Kills World (18) Rivalling Monkey Man for its copious bloodbaths and ultra-violence… Read more »

New Films 20th April 2024 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Abigail (18) Initially, it seems like your standard kidnap movie. A bunch of… Read more »

The Programme – World Premiere in Birmingham

We’re excited to announce that The Programme will have its world premiere in Digbeth at 6pm on the 9th of May. The film will show at the Mockingbird Cinema, close to… Read more »

New Films 12th April 2024 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Civil War (15) There’s no backstory as to why or how, but, unlikely… Read more »

Flatpack Festival 2024 Key Dates 10-19 May

Flatpack announces its 2024 festival programme including award-winning Japanese performance duo Usaginingen, Carrie screened outdoors at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, a BAFTA-qualifying short film competition and an artist-led… Read more »

New Films 5th April 2024 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Monkey Man (18) Looking to buy a gun from an arms dealer, Dev… Read more »

New Films 31st March 2024 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (12A) Having battled each other in Godzilla… Read more »

Martial arts documentary to premiere in Birmingham

A multi-award-winning documentary about an extraordinary martial arts challenge by a woman from Birmingham is to be given its UK theatrical release in the city. Lady Samurai:… Read more »

New Films 23rd March 2024 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW The Persian Version (15) Shaping up to be this year’s Past Lives, but… Read more »

Blade Runner Live In Concert – UK Wide Tour Announced – 80’s Classic Brought To Life In Concert

Ridley Scott’s multi-Academy Award®-nominated cult classic, Blade Runner, will be presented live in concert for a UK tour later this September. Having previously been premiered at the Royal Albert… Read more »

New Films 14th March 2024 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Drive-Away Dolls (15) Collaborating with wife and editor Tricia Cooke, this is Ethan… Read more »

New Films 8th March 2024 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Imaginary (15) Jeff Wadlow directed the execrable Fantasy Island and he fares no… Read more »

New Films 2nd March 2024 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Dune: Part Two (12A) Given there’s no previously on styled catch up, you’ll… Read more »

New Films 22nd February 2024 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Wicked Little Letters (15) Rivalling The Great as the sweariest period dramady ever,… Read more »

The Programme – First Film from award winning Birmingham Director

The Programme is the first short film from Sam Grierson, an award-winning writer and director of plays, and now filmmaker. The work began after a two-year writing hiatus… Read more »

New Films 16th February 2024 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Bob Marley: One Love (12A) In charting the rise to international stardom –… Read more »

New Films 08th February 2024 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW The Iron Claw (15) The title referring to their trademark pressure grip, written… Read more »

New Films 2nd February 2024 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Argylle (12A) Ignore the savage reviews, the latest screwball spy caper from Matthew… Read more »

New Films 26th January 2024 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW The Color Purple (12A) Like Mean Girls, this has taken an adapative journey… Read more »

New Films 18th January 2024 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW The Holdovers (15) Given the awards and nominations it’s already scooped (including two… Read more »

The Commitments – A celebration and reunion in Birmingham 

Two original stars of Cult Irish film The Commitments will be reuniting in Birmingham in September for a celebration of the 1991 Alan Parker film. The film,… Read more »

New Films 12th January 2024 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Poor Things (18) Already hoovering up awards and nominations, with Emma Stone pretty… Read more »

New Films 6th January 2024 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Night Swim (15) Burt Lancaster swam several of them, M Night Shyamalan had… Read more »

New Films 22nd December 2023 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom (12A) Given its troubled journey to the screen,… Read more »

New Films 14th December 2023 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW The Three Musketeers – Milady (12A) In April, Part 1, D’Artagnan, was released… Read more »

New Films 8th December 2023 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Wonka (PG) Right up there at the top of quality street, celebrations are… Read more »

New Films 1st December 2023 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Eileen (15) His first film since Lady Macbeth, director William Olroyd again offers… Read more »

This Weekend Coming to Cinemas across the UK | Andre Rieu’s White Christmas – In Cinemas only 2-3 December

Get ready for a Christmas celebration like no other as André Rieu, the world-renowned maestro of classical music, brings his inimitable holiday spirit to the silver screen… Read more »

New Films 23rd November 2023 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Napoleon (15) Turning 85, Ridley Scott still has the stamina of directors half… Read more »

New Films 18th November 2023 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW The Hunger Games: The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes (12A) Adapted from Suzanne… Read more »

New Films 10th November 2023 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW The Marvels (12A) Beset by delays and reshoots, directed and co-written by Nia… Read more »

New Films 2nd November 2023 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW The Killer (15) Reuniting with Se7en screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker, director David Fincher… Read more »

New Films 26th Oct 2023 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Five Nights At Freddy’s (15) His career on something of a downwards slope… Read more »

New Films 20th Oct 2023 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Killers Of The Flower Moon (15) Based on David Grann’s 2017 nonfiction bestseller… Read more »

New Films 12th Oct 2023 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Sumotherhood (15) Having starred in Noel Clarke’s inner-city teen crime dramas Kidulthood and… Read more »

New Films 6th Oct 2023 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW The Great Escaper (12A) Directed by Oliver Parker from a screenplay by William… Read more »

New Films 29th Sept 2023 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW The Creator (15) While this may tap into current concerns about artificial intelligence,… Read more »

Square Eyes TV Festival returns to Birmingham for its third year

The line-up will take place at Midlands Arts Centre and Mockingbird Cinema from Fri 3 – Sun 12 November 2023  Square Eyes TV Festival has been commissioned… Read more »

How Real-World Instruments Enhance Sound Effects in Film and TV

Music is a vital though often underestimated part of film and TV series. Filmmakers recognized the importance of music and other sound effects long before these became… Read more »

New Films 21st Sept 2023 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Dumb Money (15) If you think shorting has something to with an electrical… Read more »

MAC announces three-year supported project with Film Hub Midlands to make cinema more accessible

Expanding the Frame will open doors and break down barriers for disabled audiences. Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) have announced a three-year project supported by Film Hub Midlands… Read more »

New Films 15th Sept 2023 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW A Haunting In Venice (12A) Very loosely based on Hallowe’en Party, a lesser… Read more »