Now that we have left lockdown 2.0, cinemas across London have reopened and as we advocated last week, there is nothing quite like watching a film on the big screen. In these dark winter days, the cinema provides the ultimate escape. And while we may not be able to see all the newest films, there is still plenty to watch. Here’s our round-up of the best showings at our favourite cinemas.
Citizen Kane – Prince Charles Cinema
With David Fincher’s Mank having just been released on Netflix (and in cinemas!), attention towards the classic film it is about has sky-rocketed. Citizen Kane is an incredible, timeless piece of art and watching it on a big screen just makes it that much better. Prince Charles, luckily, is screening it on 35mm this December. The way it’s meant to be seen.
Blade Runner: The Final Cut – BFI Southbank
A cult-classic, Blade Runner has received a new edit, which means we get to enjoy it in all it’s glory all over again. With stunning visuals, amazing performances by Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer, the film provides the ultimate escape in this strange and difficult year. The BFI Southbank is the place to go: they’re holding showings all through December.
The Godfather Coda: Death of Michael Corleone – Genesis Cinema
Quite possibly our favourite cinema in all of London, Genesis has been our go-to for many years. Among many films they’re screening (including some with director’s Q&A’s), a must-watch is certainly the re-edit of The Godfather Part 3. Perhaps, the most polarising of all three films within the series, thanks to Francis Ford Coppola’s need to revisit all of his work, we get to make up our minds all over again this December. And a big plus: many screenings are held in the luxury studios, which might be the most relaxing viewing experience you’ll ever have.
It’s A Wonderful Life – Prince Charles/BFI Southbank
When the 1st of December hits, it finally becomes socially acceptable to watch Christmas films. With plenty of classics available on Netflix and Amazon Prime, you might think you don’t need to leave your house to get the festive-spirit. However, we recommend taking a trip to either the Prince Charles or the BFI anyway: both are holding screenings of your favourite Christmas classics, but the must-see is still It’s A Wonderful Life.
A Bout de Souffle – Genesis
For any film lover, A Bout de Souffle (or Breathless) is about as good as it gets. The ultimate French New Wave film is turning 50, and naturally, it has received a restoration. Wether you have seen it or not, there’s nothing quite like being transported into the weird and wonderful world of Jean Luc Godard’s characters. Head over to Genesis on the 23rd of December to get a rare chance to see it on the silver screen.
La Haine – BFI Southbank
The 1995 film starring Vincent Cassel recently received a re-release in the UK. Centring around three friends trying to fight against police brutality, the story is now more relevant than ever. It is a classic in France, but its message can be universally applied. The film truly hits home when watched in a dark auditorium, so head over to the BFI to catch it this month.
Among these classics, there are also screenings of Mank, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and (soon) Wonder Woman 1984. So whether you are up for something new or old, our favourite London cinemas will have your back.