Orson Welles utterly unmissable 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. [cinema club 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. [cinema club 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. [cinema club review]
A ground-breaking early Technicolor movie, 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]
Disguised as a riveting comedy thriller, Alfred Hitchcock's 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]
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. [cinema club 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]
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]
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]
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. [cinema club review]
One of the most celebrated films in history,this 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. [cinema club review]
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]
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. [cinema club review]
Arguably the finest British film made during the second world war, Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger's 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]
Noah Baumbach's 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]
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]
With one of his greatest performances, Gene Hackman stars in Francis Ford Coppola's 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]
Combining style and subtlety, Mahershala Ali & Naomie Harris star in Barry Jenkins genre-defying, "La La Land" Oscar-winning film about a black gay man’s journey from a deprived childhood through rage and towards self-realisation. [cinema club review]
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]
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. [cinema club review]
Voted the best romantic film of all time, David Lean & Noël Coward's 1945 masterpiece about a passionate yet unconsummated relationship between a married woman and a married doctor that struck a deep chord with wartime Britain. [cinema club review]
A masterwork on every artistic level, with Martin Scorsese's most visceral movie, and 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]
Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef & Eli Wallach star in Sergio Leone's 1966 classic Spaghetti Western in which a bounty hunter joins two other men in an uneasy alliance against a third, in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery. [cinema club 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]
The orginal 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]
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]
"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]
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]
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. [cinema club review]
Thrilling and scary in equal measure, Anthony Hopkins and Jody Foster are outstanding in this 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]
One of the finest pieces of Hollywood filmmaking this century, Peter Jackson deservedly won the best director Oscar for this 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. [cinema club 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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.