Whether it’s a unique outdoor cinema experience, the latest blockbuster at your local multiplex or a cosy viewing in your local pub you’re after, Leeds has a plethora of treats on offer for film fans throughout August.
Wednesday 5 – Friday 7 August: Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland – Picture the scene; Tim Burton’s gothic stylings, in the perfect Leeds twilight, surrounded by the ruins of one of the most iconic monasteries in the country. Yes, you have to be there. (Kirkstall Abbey, Abbey Road, LS5 3EH, 0113 230 5492 – more info)
Tuesday 11 August: Le Meraviglie – Part of the Hyde Park Picture House’s famed ‘Tuesday Wonders’ series, this bitter-sweet film about a family of bee keepers won the Grand Prize of the Jury at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. One to catch if you have a taste for European cinema. (Hyde Park Picture House, 73 Brudenell Road, LS6 1JD, 0113 275 2045 – more info)
Wednesday 12, 19 & 25 August: International Westerns Mini-Season – Korean, Australian and Mexican cinema is mixed with a host of big Hollywood names to make up the titles for Seven Arts’ mini-season of little known Westerns from across the globe. (Seven Arts, 31A Harrogate Rd, LS7 3PD, 0113 262 6777 – more info)
Saturday 15 August: The Matrix – Is it really 16 years since The Matrix was released? Time flies. To welcome the mind-bending classic into adulthood, the Hyde Park Picture House are throwing on this one-off late night screening as part of their ‘Creatures of the Night’ series. (Hyde Park Picture House, 73 Brudenell Road, LS6 1JD, 0113 275 2045 – more info)
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Thursday 20 August: The Mask of Zorro (Silent) – For a truly memorable film experience, head to the Little Reliance cinema on the 20th to take a step back in time. They’re showing Douglas Fairbank’s immortal classic ‘The Mask of Zorro’ in its full silent glory, complete with live piano accompaniment. (Little Reliance Cinema, 76-78 North Street, LS2 7PN, 0113 295 6060 – more info)
Monday 31 August: Chapel Allerton Short Film Festival – Squeezing in right at the end of the month, the Chapel Allerton Short Film Festival takes place at the Seven Artspace. The great and good of local film making will be on display and demand is usually high, so tickets are advised. (Seven Arts, 31A Harrogate Rd, LS7 3PD, 0113 262 6777 – more info)
Also out this month…
We haven’t forgotten the bigger films this month – here are some other big screen flicks worth tracking down.
Fantastic Four (from Thursday August 6th)
Directed by Chronicle’s Josh Trank, Fox’s attempted reboot of the Fantastic Four franchise (based on Marvel comics characters) stars Miles Teller, Jamie Bell, Kate Mara and Michael B Jordan as four young outsiders who acquire superpowers after visiting an alternate universe.
Pixels (from Wednesday August 12th)
Adam Sandler stars in this blockbuster comedy as a former video-game champ who’s called upon to help save the Earth after aliens misinterpret signals sent into space as a declaration of war and send giant classic arcade game characters (Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Donkey Kong etc) to destroy humanity.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (from Friday August 14th)
Guy Ritchie’s super-stylish reboot of the 1960s TV show stars Henry Cavill as CIA agent Napoleon Solo, who’s forced to team up with KGB agent Ilya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) in order to foil a plot to provoke hostilities between the US and the USSR during the Cold War.
Vacation (from Friday August 21st)
Ed Helms and Christina Applegate star in this sequel-slash-reboot of 1983’s cult comedy National Lampoon’s Vacation, in which a grown-up Rusty Griswold takes his wife and kids on a nostalgia-fuelled cross-country trip to America’s favourite theme park, Walley World.
Straight Outta Compton (from Friday August 28th)
Musical biopic about the rise of hip hop group NWA, whose music and songs about life in the ‘hood revolutionised pop culture in the mid-1980s.
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