We’re also on the cusp of that most wonderful time of the year, and cinema programmers have been reaching for those Christmas classics. For something different this year, why not try some festive favourites from the comfort of the pool at Victoria Baths? Or perhaps Make A Scene’s bonkers, way-too-interactive screening of Gremlins is more your speed? There’s always It’s a Wonderful Life, which has multiple showings across Manchester.
For their Christmas season, HOME eschew the tinsel altogether, reasoning that the spirit of Christmas is found in family and friends. With that in mind, they’ve gathered a crowd-pleasing selection of ’80s hits that make for perfect group viewing. HOME is also the place to go for the latest releases, and we’ve got reviews of Mike Leigh’s Peterloo, Steve McQueen’s Widows and David Lowery’s The Old Man and the Gun.
Here are our picks
Joe Dante’s subversive Christmas classic gets the Make A Scene treatment this December. We’re told that there’ll be cocktails, slime and drag queen gremlins as part of this interactive event.
A first for the BBC Philharmonic and The Bridgewater Hall, this unusual concert under the banner of Symphonic Cinema pairs sound with vision in a way rarely heard or seen in the classical concert hall.
Difficult to see for so long, Dennis Hopper’s 1971 The Last Movie arrives at HOME courtesy of a new restoration. More than a New Hollywood curio, this booze-soaked, hallucinogenic work is by turns messy, incoherent and visionary.
Inspired by Lynda LaPlante’s 1980s TV series of the same name, Steve McQueens Widows is a modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion and corruption.
Where would any french speaking cultural institute be without a film club? Alliance Française creates a small cinema for people to watch a wide selection of French films with English subtitles.
Subjected to the infernal production rate of the factory, a model worker suddenly has a nervous breakdown and goes mad in Chaplin’s celebrated look at 20th century productivity.
It’s Christmas, Grimmfest style, as the horror movie specialists present alt-festive fave, Krampus.
Join the People’s History Museum for a festive screening of It’s A Wonderful Life, an iconic story of Christmas cheer and solidarity. Cinema snacks and treats available to buy from The Left Bank cafe bar on the night, including popcorn.
This ultimate feel-good, festive favourite, from Oscar-winning director Frank Capra, stars James Stewart as despairing businessmen George Bailey.
A tale of a man, a woman and a rabbit in a triangle of trouble. When toon-hating detective Eddie Valiant is hired to investigate a scandal, it quickly escalates and he becomes the only person who can prove that Roger Rabbit is innocent of murder.
Performing Howard Blake’s wonderful score, the Hallé will provide a live accompaniment for a screening of Raymond Briggs’ animated classic, The Snowman.