Showcase Cinema & Mini Film Reviews April 2017

Throughout April, due to lack of internet and boredom mostly, I ended up taking more frequent trips to the cinema. I thought I’d give a quick review of the films I’ve seen while they’re still in most cinemas.

Showcase Cinema, Leeds

Aside from the films, I felt the need to give a little shout out to the Showcase Cinema in Leeds. I love cinemas! I love independent ones, big ones, old ones, I love them all! Showcase has become a recent favourite though. It is out of town, so not too accessible for everyone at all times, but that’s part of the charm I think, being out of the city centre.

Can we just take a moment to appreciate how beautiful this picture is? I was walking to the cinema and couldn’t believe how amazing this spot looked so had to get a photo. Cue waiting for cars to get out of the way! Photo is unedited as it’s too pretty to touch!

Showcase Cinema, Leeds

Even though Showcase is a big cinema, it has a small cinema feel – I don’t know how to describe that! It feels more personal somehow. I’m not sure if it’s in every screen as I often end up in the same few, but every seat is like VIP seating , with comfortable chairs you can adjust to put your feet up, lay back, etc. It’s also much cheaper than the likes of Vue and you can get a pass that gives you cheap tickets too, so it ends up at £6.50 each. Amazing! There’s also a bar and diner, which is great if you’re too early for a film.

Film Reviews

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast promo poster

Most people know the story of this film, so I won’t bore you. Google it if you don’t!

If you’re a fan of Disney’s original Beauty and the Beast, then you’ll likely love this live action film. Bringing our favourite characters to life, Lumiere and Mrs Potts and the likes,  the film manages to keep everything as it should be, from sets to costumes, to keeping the humour. The story is somewhat sadder and more hard hitting, but I think that possibly comes with being an adult.

I have to admit that I wasn’t keen on the Beast when he transformed. He didn’t seem to fit the part as I imagined, but he wasn’t seen all that much anyway. It’s beautifully done, and well worth a watch. I really enjoyed it and thought it was a lovely film to watch with the family.

Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell is based on a Japanese manga series, but don’t let that put you off if it’s not your thing! Set in the future, the story of Major is a journey of self discovery as well as an action film. Major is a cyber-enhanced human created to be the perfect soldier and stop the world’s most dangerous criminals. While on her latest mission, Major learns that her life was stolen from her, rather than saved, so is torn between recovering her old life and fighting terrorists.

I was surprised by how much I liked it! The scenes of the future were well done, if a little gimmicky. The story itself was intriguing and the twists and turns along the way keep the film interesting. Ghost in the Shell gets you thinking and feeling, and is one that most can enjoy, so perfect for watching with your partner or friends with different film preferences. Definitely worth a watch!


In the near future, Logan/Wolverine cares for an ailing Professor X  in a remote location on the Mexican border. Hiding from the world is soon interrupted by a young girl who is very much like him. Logan must now protect the girl and battle the dark forces that want to capture her.

The story itself is brilliant, but I found the film more gore than substance. I’m not afraid of a little blood and the odd fight, but wow this film was gruesome! I definitely covered my face a few times! It was constant! The film was also a bit depressing. Some parts were great, and I wanted more so it’s good in that way, but I left the cinema feeling a bit sad, and I’m a happy film lover, I want to go away smiling at least! There were definitely some great laughs throughout the film though and if you enjoy the related movies, you’ll like it anyway. I did, despite all of this.

Have you been to the cinema lately or watched any good films at home? Any suggestions on what to watch next?