12Amoderate threat, violence, suicide references
In post-World War II Venice, Poirot, now retired and living in his own exile, reluctantly attends a seance, when one of the guests is murdered, it is up to the former detective to once again uncover the killer.
Les Hackel is a guy down on his luck who wakes to find an explosive device has been implanted in his neck. He must carry out heinous crimes in order to stay alive while trying to identify the mastermind manipulating the now twisted and strange world around him. Evan Marlowe’s innovative film is enacted entirely using life-size puppets and features horror luminaries such as Jordan Peele, Robert Englund and the late Sid Haig in prominent voice-over roles.
The Big Buffy Meet Up: Halloween Special After 3 sold out shows last year we're back at with a one-off Buffy Halloween party !! This time I’ve got a special guest…I’m so excited to reveal that after sold-out shows at Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe, Ben Lund-Conlon brings his critically acclaimed stand up show to Birmingham! “Lies, Damned Lies and Buffy the Vampire Slayer” is an hour-long comedy show about death, Buffy and statistical analysis. You may have heard about it on the Buffering podcast ! You can also expect ✨ a monsters and villains quiz ✨ party games ✨ decor ✨ prize for scariest costume ✨ themed cocktails There’s no better place to be in October than in a room full of fellow Buffy fans! 7-10pm on Saturday October 22nd
Every era has its visionaries, and ‘BlackBerry,’ co-written by Director Matt Johnson and Producer Matthew Miller, investigates the brilliance of the individuals that invented the world’s first smartphone. Recounting the Canadian company’s humble yet chaotic rise to market dominance, ‘BlackBerry’ is a darkly comedic telling of the tragic tale of a Canadian company that revolutionized the way we communicate, before swiftly plummeting into obsolescence. It’s 1996, and Mike Lazaridis (Jay Baruchel) and his business partner and best friend Douglas Fregin (Matt Johnson) are on the edge of creating the world’s first smartphone. Unfortunately for them, they are less business savvy than they are tech, and struggle to keep their company, Research in Motion, afloat. Everything changes when cunning business man Jim Balsillie (Glenn Howerton) agrees to join the company, bringing with him the money and experience needed to create and sell a prototype of their invention. Seemingly overnight the three men revolutionize the way people work, communicate and connect. Celebrities, politicians and businessmen are now addicted to their Blackberrys. The company's value skyrockets, yet within a few short years shady business dealings, personal grievances, and, perhaps most dangerously, the iPhone, threaten the company’s incredible success.
CASSIUS X: Becoming Ali follows the early years of Cassius Clay, from bright-eyed rookie to world heavyweight champion and from working class intellectual to one of America’s most influential civil rights campaigners. The film reveals how the teachings of Elijah Muhammad, reinforced by a friendship with revolutionary preacher, Malcolm X, set Clay on the journey to become "Cassius X", before his induction to the Nation of Islam and ascension to the name of the great Muhammad Ali. CASSIUS X: Becoming Ali is the extraordinary story of how one young boxer from Louisville, Kentucky became a cultural icon for the ages, forever to be known thereafter as “The Greatest”.
Working-class gay DJ Tony De Vit invented hard house music and made it mainstream – his fans included Madonna and Boy George when he was the star attraction at all-night London club Trade. In 1996, in his late 30s, he was on the cusp of becoming one the biggest DJs in the world. Robert Ferguson, already known as Fergie, was a 15-year-old budding DJ in a small town in Northern Ireland. At the same age, teenage rebel Andi Buckley had been kicked out of school and out of home in Birmingham – but had begun to work in the dance music industry. This powerful documentary tells the story of how the three men's lives became intertwined in a tale of love, loss, gay identity, hero worship, attitudes to AIDS and the 90s boom in dance music.
PGModerate fantasy violence, mild bad language
This is the story of a new Saiyan. Earth is peaceful following the Tournament of Power. Realising that the universes still hold many more strong people yet to see, Goku spends all his days training to reach even greater heights. Then one day, Goku and Vegeta are faced by a Saiyan called 'Broly' who they've never seen before. The Saiyans were supposed to have been almost completely wiped out in the destruction of Planet Vegeta, so what's this one doing on Earth? This encounter between the three Saiyans who have followed completely different destinies turns into a stupendous battle, with even Freiza (back from Hell) getting caught up in the mix.
Since 1989, the slowest metal band on the planet has conjured some of music’s most striking tectonic changes. Not only did the band Earth create a glacially paced subgenre of metal and play a pivotal role in the popularisation of grunge, but visionary leader Dylan Carlson also did it while battling small-town boredom, heroin addiction, and the tragic death of his roommate and best friend, Kurt Cobain. Despite the high volume of its beloved and beautiful drone metal, Earth has rarely had much to say for itself. For the first time, in a moving saga that respects the music as much as the ragtag cast of eccentrics and surreal Pacific Northwest majesty that shaped it, Clyde Petersen gets to the core of the could-have-been-tragic triumph of Earth, the slow band that changed everything it touched.
An independently made documentary following the birth of the free party movement in the late 80s and early 90s UK and the impact it's had on our present times. The film follows the inception of the movement, a meeting between urban ravers and the new age travellers during Thatcher's last days in power, and the explosive years that followed, leading up the infamous Castlemorton free festival in 1992 - the largest ever illegal rave, which provoked the drastic change of the laws of trespass with the notorious introduction of the Criminal Justice Act in 1994.
From director Hayao Miyazaki, "Howl’s Moving Castle", is an Academy Award®-nominated acclaimed fantasy based on the novel of the same name. Sophie, an average teenage girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl. But after this chance meeting, the young girl is turned into a 90-year old woman by the vain, conniving Witch of the Waste. Embarking on an incredible adventure to lift the curse, she finds refuge in Howl’s magical moving castle. As the true power of Howl’s wizardry is revealed, and his relationship with Sophie deepens, our young grey heroine finds herself fighting to protect them both from a dangerous war of sorcery that threatens their world. Dubbed in English on November 26 and subtitled on November 27, this special two-day event will also feature GKIDS Mini-Fest, an ongoing festival of the best animated shorts from around the world.
From the legendary Studio Ghibli and director Hayao Miyazaki comes "Kiki’s Delivery Service", the beloved coming-of-age story of a resourceful young witch who uses her broom to create a delivery service, only to lose her gift of flight in a moment of self-doubt. It is tradition for all young witches to leave their families on the night of a full moon and set out into the wide world to learn their craft. When that night comes for Kiki, she embarks on her life journey with her chatty black cat, Jiji, landing the next morning in a sea-side village, where a bakery owner hires her to make deliveries. Rarely has the animator’s art been so brilliantly rendered as in this delightfully imaginative film – a beautiful and timeless story of a young girl finding her way in the world. Dubbed in English on July 23 and subtitled on July 24, this special two-day event will also feature GKIDS Mini-Fest, an ongoing festival of the best animated shorts from around the world.
15strong violence, injury detail, racism
At the turn of the 20th century, oil brought a fortune to the Osage Nation, who became some of the richest people in the world overnight. The wealth of these Native Americans immediately attracted white interlopers, who manipulated, extorted, and stole as much Osage money as they could before resorting to murder. Based on a true story and told through the improbable romance of Ernest Burkhart (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Mollie Kyle (Lily Gladstone), “Killers of the Flower Moon” is an epic western crime saga, where real love crosses paths with unspeakable betrayal. Also starring Robert De Niro and Jesse Plemons, “Killers of the Flower Moon” is directed by Academy Award winner Martin Scorsese from a screenplay by Eric Roth and Martin Scorsese, based on David Grann’s best-selling book.
‘Welcome watchers of illusion, to the castle of confusion.’ For people of a certain age, the image of a helmeted CGI head slowly disintegrating to the sound of a heart beat can instantly bring on PTSD. Such is the enduring power of Knightmare, the late 80s/early 90s ITV kids’ show that blended a familiar Dungeons & Dragons set-up with what was then a completely unique video game aesthetic. Venture into a world of jesters, wizards and giant spiders as we welcome Tregard himself (aka Hugo Myatt) to the Square Eyes festival for a celebration of a show that still capture’s imaginations today. We’ll be watching some classic moments from the series and talking to Hugo about his memories of the show. And who knows? Perhaps an audience member or two will don the fabled Helmet of Justice and enter their very own castle of confusion…
Through exclusive never-before-seen footage, candid interviews, and untold stories, follow Cyndi as she fearlessly blazes her own trail after achieving chart-topping success in her 30’s and continuing to create, innovate, and champion her beliefs four decades later. \ The movie also shines a light on her activism, highlighting her unrelenting support for women’s and LGBTQ rights. The film features interviews with some of Cyndi’s closest friends and family members, including Boy George, Billy Porter, and Patti LaBelle. Director Alison Ellwood leaves the audience in awe of this groundbreaking artist’s unparalleled impact on the music industry.
12Abrief moderate violence, sex references
The iconic “gentleman thief” Lupin III returns in an action-packed, continent-spanning adventure, as Lupin III and his colorful underworld companions race to uncover the secrets of the mysterious Bresson Diary before it falls into the hands of a dark cabal that will stop at nothing to resurrect the Third Reich. The gang undertakes trap-filled tombs, aerial escapades, and daring prison escapes with the trademark wit and visual finesse that have made LUPIN THE 3RD one of the most storied animation franchises in the world, in a thrilling new caper that is sure to delight fans old and new.
From the minds of vision creator Shoji Kawamori and co-director Shinichiro Watanabe, and featuring renowned composer Yoko Kanno, MACROSS PLUS MOVIE EDITION is an action-packed animated masterpiece made for the big screen! In the year 2040, on the distant planet Eden, former childhood friends Isamu Dyson and Guld Bowman find themselves pitted against each other as test pilots of rival teams in a competition to decide the next generation of variable mecha fighters. The two must also deal with their own unresolved history with mutual love interest, Myung Fang Lone, who has returned as the manager of Sharon Apple, the AI pop star (virturoid) and the galaxy’s biggest singing sensation. When Sharon’s advanced artificial intelligence gains consciousness, Isamu, Myung, and Guld must face their turbulent past and come together as Sharon Apple becomes self-aware and takes control of the Macross battlefortress itself!
5 Centimeters Per Second 5 Centimeters per Second is a 2007 Japanese romantic drama animated film written and directed by Makoto Shinkai. It theatrically premiered on 3 March 2007. The film consists of three segments, each following a period in the protagonist Takaki Tōno's life and his relationships with the girls around him. & The Garden of Words When a lonely teenager decides to miss his morning lessons in favour of sitting in a lovely garden, he meets a mysterious older woman who shares his feelings of alienation.
18Strong gory images
Dani and Christian are a young American couple with a relationship on the brink of falling apart. But after a family tragedy keeps them together, a grieving Dani invites herself to join Christian and his friends on a trip to a once-in-a-lifetime midsummer festival in a remote Swedish village. What begins as a carefree summer holiday in a land of eternal sunlight takes a sinister turn when the insular villagers invite their guests to partake in festivities that render the pastoral paradise increasingly unnerving and viscerally disturbing. From the visionary mind of Ari Aster comes a dread-soaked cinematic fairytale where a world of darkness unfolds in broad daylight.
In this animated movie, filmmaker Genya Tachibana begins work on a documentary about famed Japanese actress Chiyoko Fujiwara. Now well into old age, Chiyoko has become reclusive and shy about any publicity, but she eventually warms up to Tachibana and starts to relate her life story. As the decades pass, Chiyoko is transformed from a teen with big dreams into a full-blown celebrity, while her cinematic characters span various eras, from ancient Japan to the distant future.
A young boy named Kun feels forgotten by his family when his little sister Mirai arrives. Running away from home, Kun stumbles upon a magical garden that serves as a time-travelling gateway where he encounters his mother as a little girl and has a series of adventures with his baby sister, who is all grown up, opening a new perspective on his world.
12Amoderate violence, bloody images
Uta — the most beloved singer in the world. Renowned for concealing her own identity when performing, her voice has come to be described as “otherworldly.” Now, for the first time ever, Uta will reveal herself to the world at a live concert. As the venue fills with all kinds of Uta fans — excited pirates, the Navy watching closely, and the Straw Hats led by Luffy who simply came to enjoy her sonorous performance — the voice that the whole world has been waiting for is about to resound. The story begins with the shocking fact that she is Shanks' daughter.
12Ainfrequent strong language
Nora and Hae Sung, two deeply connected childhood friends, are wrest apart after Nora’s family emigrates from South Korea. Two decades later, they are reunited in New York for one fateful week as they confront notions of destiny, love, and the choices that make a life, in this heartrending modern romance.
‘Four naan, Jeremy? That’s insane!’ Spewed forth from the minds of Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show ever so slowly built itself into a comedy juggernaut across nine quality seasons. Showing us the world from the perspective of both neurotic pedant Mark Corrigan and lazy bullshitter Jeremy Osborne, Peep Show was an often very dark comedy packed with weird flourishes and even weirder supporting characters like Johnson and Super Hans. The Mockingbird lookback at this classic comedy with a night sure to make Mark Corrigan break out into an anxious sweat, especially since his co-worker and rival for Sophie’s affections Jeff (aka Neil Fitzmaurice) will be on hand. Expect a quiz, a classic episode and an unnerving undertone of neurosis as you start to suspect everybody else in attendance is having a better time than you.
Like many of the best British comedies, Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights only produced twelve episodes before leaving on a high. An instant classic based around a working men’s club in Bolton, this Channel 4 sitcom turned Kay into a superstar and also helped raised the profile of a batch of fellow stand-up comedians, including Birmingham’s own Janice Connolly (aka Mrs Barbara Nice). Janice herself will be on hand for The Mockingbird’s tribute to the never ending joys of Phoenix Nights, quizzing audience members on Phoenix Nights trivia and introducing a screening of the series two episode Family Fun Day.
PGmoderate violence, threat, scary scenes, mild language
A beautifully realized tale of civilization versus nature, PRINCESS MONONOKE is a true epic by Japan’s master animator Hayao Miyazaki. While protecting his village from a rampaging boar-god, the young warrior Ashitaka becomes afflicted with a deadly curse. To find the cure that will save his life, he journeys deep into sacred depths of the Great Forest Spirit’s realm where he meets San (Princess Mononoke), a girl raised by wolves. It’s not long before Ashitaka is caught in the middle of a battle between iron-ore prospecting humans and the forest dwellers. He must summon the spirit-powers and all his courage to stop man and nature from destroying each other. One of Miyazaki’s most dark and mature films, and certainly violent, PRINCESS MONONOKE is a fantasy epic with a dire environmental message. The end result is almost Kurosawa-esque in story and structure. Whilst initial box-office was poor in the West, eventually became Studio Ghibli’s breakthrough film off the back of home video sales.
12AModerate fantasy violence
Thirty years have passed since the appearance of Burnish, a race of flame-wielding mutant beings, who destroyed half of the world with fire. When a new group of aggressive mutants calling themselves “Mad Burnish” appears, the epic battle between Galo Thymos, a new member of the anti-Burnish rescue team “Burning Rescue” and their leader, Lio Fotia, begins.
90s fantasy series Eerie, Indiana only lasted for 19 episodes, but its fanbase have never forgotten this wonderfully witty show and its off-the-wall storylines. Starring Omri Katz and Justin Shenkarow, Eerie, Indiana was a cut above most kids’ show, giving young audiences episodes in which crazy housewives use giant Tupperware to pack away human bodies and a super-meta instalment that saw the characters discover they were in a TV show. Join Becky Darke and Josh Tonks – hosts of the Return To Eerie, Indiana podcast – as they share their love for the series, highlighting specific episodes across the show’s short but glorious run. They’ll also be sharing clips from a number of interviews they’ve done with cast & crew (including Shenkarow and director/creative consultant Joe Dante) as well as hosting a live Zoom Q&A with the show’s co-creator Karl Schaefer.
After a hyper-contagious respiratory illness killed over a million Americans, people left their homes for the first time in two years to stand shoulder to shoulder in massive crowds for Marc Rebillet’s Third Dose Tour. Songs About Fucking is a document of that tour. Marc Rebillet is a lot of things. He’s a musician, a comedian, an artist, and some even say an innovator. Known for his improvised shows and signature tight boxers, he’s certainly someone you can’t put into a neat label. However, as this documentary, Songs About Fucking, proves, he wouldn’t have it any other way.
Tim, Daisy, Mike, Twist, Brian and Marsha. Names forever etched into the brains of anyone who worships at the altar of British comedy. Despite only lasting two series, Channel 4 sitcom Spaced has cemented itself as a true cult favourite since its initial broadcast in 1999, a kinetic blast of wit and popular culture worship that launched the careers of Simon Pegg, Jessica Hynes, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright. Whatever Pays The Rent will be paying homage to the world of Spaced with a screening of two classic episodes from the series, a Spaced quiz, a battle to see who can do the best slow motion gunfight and maybe even our very own (slightly cheap) version of Robot Wars. Basically, it’s the kind of night to replicate the feeling you get when you find some Jaffa cakes in your coat pocket.
PGmoderate violence, threat, scary scenes, mild language
Spirited Away tells the story of Chihiro Ogino (Hiiragi), a moody 10-year-old girl who, while moving to a new neighbourhood, enters the world of Kami (spirits) of Japanese Shinto folklore. After her parents are turned into pigs by the witch Yubaba (Natsuki), Chihiro takes a job working in Yubaba's bathhouse to find a way to free herself and her parents and return to the human world.
Newly restored in 4K to coincide with its 40th anniversary, the 1984 film was directed by renowned filmmaker Jonathan Demme and is considered by critics as the greatest concert film of all time. Stop Making Sense stars core band members David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz, and Jerry Harrison along with Bernie Worrell, Alex Weir, Steve Scales, Lynn Mabry and Edna Holt. The live performance was shot over the course of three nights at Hollywood's Pantages Theater in December of 1983 and features Talking Heads' most memorable songs.
The cultural phenomenon continues on the big screen! Immerse yourself in this once-in-a-lifetime concert film experience with a breathtaking, cinematic view of the history-making tour. Taylor Swift Eras Tour attire and friendship bracelets are strongly encouraged!
15strong violence, bloody images
In the aftermath of a brutal war, former soldier Van toils in a mine controlled by the ruling empire. One day, his solitary existence is upended when a pack of wild dogs carrying a deadly and incurable disease attack, leaving only Van and a young girl named Yuna as survivors. Finally free, the pair seek out a simple existence in the countryside but are pursued by nefarious forces. Intent on protecting Yuna at all costs, Van must uncover the true cause of the plague ravaging the kingdom—and its possible cure. The Deer King is a sweeping fantasy epic that marks the directing debut of Masashi Ando, whose work on such landmark films as Spirited Away, Paprika, and Your Name. helped shape the world of modern animation.
Charlie and Dustin plan to spend a tranquil weekend at their friend's countryside home, but their peace is shattered when a blood-splattered woman arrives and begins to stalk them. When Charlie realizes that the stalker is her sister, Lindy, things take a dangerous turn…
⚠ WARNING: MANY OF THE FILMS SCREENED IN THIS MARATHON WILL SHOW SCENES OF GRAPHIC VIOLENCE, GORE, CANNIBALISM, AND SADISM - ABSOLUTELY NO ONE UNDER 18 WILL BE ADMITTED. The DMP Birmingham Horror-a-thon Saturday October 14th ⏰ 22:00 - 10:00 The Mockingbird Cinema - Birmingham ☠ The Mockingbird Cinema and DMP Cinema invite you to the ultimate cinematic horror experience: FIVE horror classics back-to-back, fully UNCUT, and digitally remastered! PLUS an exclusive greatest hits concert film from legendary horror band GOBLIN, horror movie trivia, awesome prize giveaways, drinking games, classic horror trailer shows, classic grindhouse intermission pauses, and MORE! Tickets: £30 ⚰ Pillows, blankets, sleeping bags, and anything else to make you more comfortable in the cinema is welcome! Halloween (1978) Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin: “In The Studio” Greatest Hits Concert Film Sleepaway Camp (1983) House on Haunted Hill (1959) Night of the Living Dead (1968) Rumpelstiltskin (1995) Lady Frankenstein (1971) ⚠ 18+
12Amoderate violence, injury detail, bereavement theme
Hanamichi Sakuragi is a delinquent with a long history of getting dumped by girls. After enrolling in Shohoku High School, Hanamichi becomes interested in a girl named Haruko who loves the game of basketball.
15strong sex references
From the visionary mind of director Masaaki Yuasa (Mind Game, Adventure Time's "Food Chain") comes The Night is Short, Walk On Girl, a comedy about one epic night in Kyoto. As a group of teens go out for a night on the town, a sophomore known only as "The Girl with Black Hair” experiences a series of surreal encounters with the local nightlife… all the while unaware of the romantic longings of Senpai, a fellow student who has been creating increasingly fantastic and contrived reasons to run into her, in an effort to win her heart.
15very strong language, racism theme
The future for the last remaining pub, The Old Oak in a village of the Northeast England, where people are leaving the land as the mines are closed. Houses are cheap and available thus making it an ideal location for the Syrian refugees.
12moderate violence, threat, sex references
Against the backdrop of a cataclysmic war, Hiroki and Takuya both fall in love with a girl named Sayuri. When she falls into a coma, the only way to help her is to deal with something from their past, long ago.
UContains mild scary scenes
When the free-spirited, jazz-loving Prince Naveen of Maldonia comes to town, a deal with a shady voodoo doctor goes bad and the once suave royal is turned into a frog. In a desperate attempt to be human again, a favour in exchange for a fateful kiss on the lips from the beautiful girl, Tiana, takes an unexpected turn and leads them both on a hilarious adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana to the banks of the almighty Mississippi and back in time for Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
In 1991 Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins, Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes, and Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas form legendary TLC; a music group that has experienced more highs and lows than most. From bankruptcy and fallouts to illness and death, heartbreak and controversy have followed TLC’s career just as much as the momentous successes. What starts out as a manufactured group, picked by ex-manager-turned-nemesis Pebbles, quickly flourishes into a sisterhood. A blend of funk, hip hop and RnB, their sound and identity have evolved but they’ve always maintained their political edge. Now, nearly thirty years on, the group still strives to reach new heights. Through archive, verite and interview we dive into TLC’s world, both their past and present, seeing all the twists and turns thus far and exploring the legacy they continue to build.
‘Yes, I can hear you Clem Fandango…’ With these immortal words, a legend was born. The surreal travails of Steven Toast – actor extraordinaire and all round tosspot – was an instant cult hit thanks to the shining charisma and surreal syntax of star Matt Berry, a stellar supporting cast that included Doon Mackichan and a behind-the-scenes team who had worked on numerous British comedy classics. Director Michael Cumming (Brass Eye, Snuff Box) and writer Arthur Matthews (Father Ted, Big Train) have chosen two of their very favourite episodes for this special screening, and will be chatting in between about all things Toast, including the show’s genesis for Channel 4 and its eventual transformation into Toast Of Tinseltown for the BBC.
Set in the fictional town of Fuggy Swell, you'll find Uncle Tat's whimsical Art Shack. The show centres around the imaginative adventures of Uncle Tat and his wacky puppet and human friends. Expect a delightful blend of entertainment, interactive games with a live studio audience and engaging art tutorials that inspire creativity and learning for all ages, with a nod to TV shows of yesteryear like Noel’s House Party and Art Attack.
12Amoderate violence, threat, sex references
High school freshman Hodaka Morishima leaves his home on an isolated island and moves to Tokyo, but he quickly finds himself in financial trouble. Living his days in isolation, he eventually lands a job as a writer for a shady occult magazine. Then one day in an alley, Hodaka meets a young girl named Hina Amano, bright and strong-willed, who possesses a strange and wonderful ability: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky.
12Amoderate language, sex references
Mitsuha and Taki are total strangers living completely different lives. But when Mitsuha makes a wish to leave her mountain town for the bustling city of Tokyo, they become connected in a bizarre way. She dreams she is a boy living in Tokyo while Taki dreams he is a girl from a rural town he’s never visited. What does their newfound connection mean? And how will it bring them together? Find out in this highly acclaimed film by auteur director Makoto Shinkai.