FILM REVIEWS: Twisters and Longlegs

FILM REVIEWS: Twisters and Longlegs

19th July 2024 - News / Reviews / by Graham Young

Hard to believe that it’s 19 years since a tornado swept across Birmingham very close to Westside on July 28 2005. At that very momen...Read more

FILM REVIEWS: Despicable Me 4, In a Violent Nature and Fly Me to the Moon

FILM REVIEWS: Despicable Me 4, In a Violent Nature and Fly Me to the Moon

12th July 2024 - News / Reviews / by Graham Young

The prospect of England winning Euro 2024 is set to fill many bars and pubs in good time for Sunday evening’s 8pm kick-off for the final...Read more

FILM REVIEW: Spot the Black Sabbath reference in new horror thriller MAXXXINE

FILM REVIEW: Spot the Black Sabbath reference in new horror thriller MAXXXINE

11th July 2024 - News / Reviews / by Graham Young

Everything is to the ‘max’ in Westside at the moment, with the prospect of England offering two more Euro 2024 knockout matches great fo...Read more

VIDEO: Watch our interview with cast members of RUSH: A Joyous Jamaican Journey

VIDEO: Watch our interview with cast members of RUSH: A Joyous Jamaican Journey

28th June 2024 - News / Reviews / by Luisa Huggins

After my "blissful" experience watching RUSH at The Rep, I had the pleasure of interviewing cast members for a new Westside Live video. ...Read more

FILM REVIEWS. Horizon: An American Saga Chapter One; A Quiet Place: Day One; and Kinds of Kindness

FILM REVIEWS. Horizon: An American Saga Chapter One; A Quiet Place: Day One; and Kinds of Kindness

- News / Reviews / by Graham Young

The titles of all three of this week’s films showing at both Odeon Broadway Plaza and Cineworld Broad Street offer curious reminders of ...Read more

REVIEW: The Rep’s staging of RUSH was pure bliss

REVIEW: The Rep’s staging of RUSH was pure bliss

26th June 2024 - News / Reviews / by Luisa Huggins

Nostalgic, heartwarming, thought-provoking and comical. Those are the key words that come to mind after watching RUSH: A Joyous Jamaican...Read more

FILM REVIEWS: The Bikeriders, Something in the Water and The Exorcist – plus Doctor Who extra!

FILM REVIEWS: The Bikeriders, Something in the Water and The Exorcist – plus Doctor Who extra!

21st June 2024 - News / Reviews / by Graham Young

Two 1970s classics – Jaws and The Exorcist – have inspired two of this week’s big releases, while there’s plenty of Goodfellas-style atm...Read more

FILM REVIEWS: Inside Out 2; Arcadian; Watched; Unsung Hero; and The Lord of the Rings trilogy

FILM REVIEWS: Inside Out 2; Arcadian; Watched; Unsung Hero; and The Lord of the Rings trilogy

14th June 2024 - News / Reviews / by Graham Young

Westside’s pubs and bars will be licking their lips with both England and Scotland at Euro 2024 from today, Friday 14 June. But we’ve a...Read more

REVIEW: Ballet Black evokes emotions at The Rep

REVIEW: Ballet Black evokes emotions at The Rep

- News / Reviews / by Luisa Huggins

Now in its 22nd year, Cassa Pancho‘s Ballet Black has finally made its long anticipated return to The Rep theatre on Westside. I atte...Read more

FILM REVIEWS: Bad Boys Ride or Die, and The Dead Don’t Hurt

FILM REVIEWS: Bad Boys Ride or Die, and The Dead Don’t Hurt

7th June 2024 - News / Reviews / by Graham Young

Will Smith is back in the building… 19 years after he really was at Cineworld Broad Street. Back in March 2005 he was promoting the f...Read more

REVIEW: live music from Henry’s Blueshouse relaunches at Snobs

REVIEW: live music from Henry’s Blueshouse relaunches at Snobs

5th June 2024 - News / Reviews / by Graham Young

Henry's Blueshouse relaunched its live music gigs last night at Snobs, Birmingham’s most famous nightclub on Broad Street. Snobs bega...Read more

REVIEW: Westside’s latest wellbeing lunch with ‘Grand Canyon’ VR walk thrown in

REVIEW: Westside’s latest wellbeing lunch with ‘Grand Canyon’ VR walk thrown in

31st May 2024 - News / Reviews / Wellbeing / by Graham Young

The latest monthly social and wellbeing event organised by Westside BID offered participants an unusual range of activities at All Bar O...Read more

FILM REVIEWS: Spider horror Sting and Disney’s Young Woman and the Sea

FILM REVIEWS: Spider horror Sting and Disney’s Young Woman and the Sea

- News / Reviews / by Graham Young

Every building has spiders, but there’s somewhere in Westside where they might make you jump out of your skin. The Park Virtual Reali...Read more

FILM REVIEWS. Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga and The Garfield Movie

FILM REVIEWS. Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga and The Garfield Movie

24th May 2024 - News / Reviews / by Graham Young

The BBC’s international hit Peaky Blinders held four of its six star-studded premieres in Westside at Cineworld Broad Street. Series one...Read more

ART: Ikon displays Italian masterpiece from National Gallery

ART: Ikon displays Italian masterpiece from National Gallery

- News / Reviews / by Graham Young

A 17th century Italian masterpiece has gone on display at Westside’s Ikon Gallery in Brindleyplace. The work by Artemisia Gentileschi...Read more

FOOD REVIEW: Broad Street’s newest place for lunches and weekend breakfasts

FOOD REVIEW: Broad Street’s newest place for lunches and weekend breakfasts

20th May 2024 - News / Reviews / by Graham Young

Hands up if you thought Snobs nightclub on Broad Street was always open from 10.30pm every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night for part...Read more

FILM REVIEW: IF – an all-star family drama about imaginary friends

FILM REVIEW: IF – an all-star family drama about imaginary friends

16th May 2024 - News / Reviews / by DanielDyson

With the National Sea Life Centre and Legoland Discovery Centre facing each other across the historic canal network, Westside is a great...Read more

REVIEW: The Rep gloriously injects touch of panto to Withnail and I

REVIEW: The Rep gloriously injects touch of panto to Withnail and I

15th May 2024 - News / Reviews / by Steve Dyson

For anyone who’s watched the film from 1987, there’s a certain artistic sophistication about Withnail and I that they will never forget....Read more

FOOD REVIEW: Ed’s Easy Diner at the Utilita Arena

FOOD REVIEW: Ed’s Easy Diner at the Utilita Arena

13th May 2024 - News / Reviews / by Graham Young

There’s a picture of a happy family in a 1958 car on the wall as soon as you enter Ed’s Easy Diner. And if that doesn’t take you back to...Read more

FILM REVIEWS: Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

FILM REVIEWS: Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

10th May 2024 - News / Reviews / by Graham Young

Two of the year’s best action movies are now running side by side at our two brilliant 12-screen multiplexes Cineworld Broad Street and ...Read more

FOOD REVIEW: enjoy lunch at Westside pub made famous by Bill Clinton

FOOD REVIEW: enjoy lunch at Westside pub made famous by Bill Clinton

7th May 2024 - News / Reviews / by Graham Young

Incredibly, next week will mark 26 years since that sunny Friday when the then US president Bill Clinton appeared on the balcony at The ...Read more

FILM REVIEWS: The Fall Guy, Love Lies Bleeding, Tarot and … unique chance to get sniffy about Star Wars!

FILM REVIEWS: The Fall Guy, Love Lies Bleeding, Tarot and … unique chance to get sniffy about Star Wars!

3rd May 2024 - News / Reviews / Uncategorised / by Graham Young

This week’s long-awaited big release at both Cineworld Broad Street and Odeon Luxe Broadway Plaza is a tribute to the stunt teams who br...Read more

FOOD REVIEW: float your boat at Bistro Pierre, overlooking Gas Street Basin

FOOD REVIEW: float your boat at Bistro Pierre, overlooking Gas Street Basin

30th April 2024 - News / Reviews / by Graham Young

We decided to help celebrate the 30th anniversary the Bistrot Pierre company by dining at its venue tucked away on Westside’s 250-year-o...Read more

FILM REVIEWS: Challengers,  I.S.S., Boy Kills World and Ordinary Angels

FILM REVIEWS: Challengers, I.S.S., Boy Kills World and Ordinary Angels

26th April 2024 - News / Reviews / by Graham Young

The subject of sport leads my film reviews this week which is a nice link for Westside, where workers in local businesses and residents ...Read more

FILM REVIEWS: Abigail and The Book of Clarence

FILM REVIEWS: Abigail and The Book of Clarence

20th April 2024 - News / Reviews / by Graham Young

Following on from TV comedy legend Peter Kay revisiting Westside’s giant Utilita Arena this week, both Odeon Broadway Plaza and Cineworl...Read more

FILM REVIEWS: Civil War and Back to Black

FILM REVIEWS: Civil War and Back to Black

12th April 2024 - News / Reviews / by Graham Young

The Amy Winehouse story is on the silver screen at both Cineworld Broad Street and Odeon Broadway Plaza. And if you fancy a glass of ...Read more

REVIEW: Blue Beard packs a punch at The Rep

REVIEW: Blue Beard packs a punch at The Rep

11th April 2024 - News / Reviews / by Tony Collins

This captivating play, which is enjoying its world premiere at The Rep, tells a sadly all-too-familiar story of a murderous man and the ...Read more

FILM REVIEWS: The Last Omen, Monkey Man and Seize Them!

FILM REVIEWS: The Last Omen, Monkey Man and Seize Them!

7th April 2024 - News / Reviews / by Graham Young

Our fascination with religious matters fuels the release of a sixth film in The Omen series. But if you want to visit a real Westside ch...Read more

FILM REVIEWS Kung Fu Panda 4, Mothers’ Instinct and Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire

FILM REVIEWS Kung Fu Panda 4, Mothers’ Instinct and Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire

30th March 2024 - News / Reviews / by Graham Young

A big Easter weekend for film fans includes a murder mystery for adults, a monster mash-up for teens and the return of a favourite anima...Read more

FILM REVIEWS: The Persian Version, a new Ghostbusters and two horrors

FILM REVIEWS: The Persian Version, a new Ghostbusters and two horrors

22nd March 2024 - News / Reviews / by Graham Young

Iranian filmmakers are invariably talented ‘world cinema’ storytellers who rarely break through in multiplexes. But if The Persian V...Read more

Huge film savings at Cineworld with giant screen festival and action season

Huge film savings at Cineworld with giant screen festival and action season

21st March 2024 - News / Reviews / by Graham Young

It can cost up to £16.69 to see new releases like Dune at peak time on the giant IMAX screen at Cineworld Broad Street. But the retur...Read more

FILM REVIEWS: Cabrini, Monster and Drive-Away Dolls will inform, educate and add spice

FILM REVIEWS: Cabrini, Monster and Drive-Away Dolls will inform, educate and add spice

18th March 2024 - News / Reviews / by Graham Young

There's a very strong Italian theme in one of this week’s films ... and if that puts you in the mood for food then there's plenty of app...Read more

Film reviews: Origin outclasses the stuffed bear in Imaginary horror

Film reviews: Origin outclasses the stuffed bear in Imaginary horror

12th March 2024 - News / Reviews / by Graham Young

Playing at both Cineworld Broad Street and Odeon Broadway Plaza, this week’s lead film Origin offers a nod to the impact of slavery on m...Read more

VIDEO: restored Westside pubs all set for bumper Mother’s Day weekend

VIDEO: restored Westside pubs all set for bumper Mother’s Day weekend

5th March 2024 - News / Reviews / by Graham Young

Pub giant Stonegate promised to reopen two of its flagship pubs in Westside by March 1, and both The Brasshouse and Slug & Lettuce w...Read more

FILM REVIEWS: sandblast your senses with Dune 2, plus Lisa Frankenstein

FILM REVIEWS: sandblast your senses with Dune 2, plus Lisa Frankenstein

4th March 2024 - News / Reviews / by Graham Young

Dune 2 is set to be this year’s biggest film to date, and the duty manager's eyes at the refurbished Slug & Lettuce in Brindleyplace...Read more

FILM REVIEW: Olivia Colman set to turn air blue at Cineworld and Odeon

FILM REVIEW: Olivia Colman set to turn air blue at Cineworld and Odeon

23rd February 2024 - News / Reviews / by Graham Young

This week’s big film about poison pen letters in a local community takes us back to village life after the First World War. But in mo...Read more

FILM REVIEWS: Madame Web, Bob Marley: One Love and The Promised Land

FILM REVIEWS: Madame Web, Bob Marley: One Love and The Promised Land

16th February 2024 - News / Reviews / by Graham Young

No matter which films play Cineworld Broad Street and Odeon Luxe Broadway Plaza, there’s always a connection with wonderful Westside. ...Read more

Breakfast review: Yorks blooms as Oozells Square’s blossom buds emerge again

Breakfast review: Yorks blooms as Oozells Square’s blossom buds emerge again

14th February 2024 - News / Reviews / by Graham Young

Christmas comes but once a year … but the amazing display of blossom in Oozells Square tends to last a whole month! And that magical...Read more

FILM REVIEWS: Westside cinemas offering extra choices for Valentine’s Day

FILM REVIEWS: Westside cinemas offering extra choices for Valentine’s Day

9th February 2024 - News / Reviews / by Graham Young

It’s Valentine’s Day on Wednesday 14 February, and Westside’s amazing range of pubs, bars and restaurants across Broad Street, Brindleyp...Read more

Breakfast review: eating at listed canalside pub that feels like a narrowboat

Breakfast review: eating at listed canalside pub that feels like a narrowboat

6th February 2024 - News / Reviews / by Graham Young

The Tap & Spile doesn’t look like one of Birmingham’s most historic, real ale pubs from its address on Gas Street, with various cars...Read more

FILM REVIEWS: Argylle, American Fiction, The Zone of Interest, and Migration

FILM REVIEWS: Argylle, American Fiction, The Zone of Interest, and Migration

2nd February 2024 - News / Reviews / by Graham Young

There’s something for everyone at the movies this week – mirrored in real life by Westside’s attractions ranging from seeing ducks on th...Read more

FILM REVIEWS: The Color Purple, All of Us Strangers and Baghead

FILM REVIEWS: The Color Purple, All of Us Strangers and Baghead

29th January 2024 - News / Reviews / by Graham Young

Fresh from Odeon Luxe Broadway Plaza winning the 'Best Family Destination' at the WOWs 2024 awards, GRAHAM YOUNG reports on what’s showi...Read more

FILM REVIEWS: Mean Girls, The Holdovers and Queen in concert

FILM REVIEWS: Mean Girls, The Holdovers and Queen in concert

19th January 2024 - News / Reviews / by Graham Young

Have you ever groaned in frustration at trying to reach the Odeon Luxe Broadway Plaza cinema by car? Travelling around the city’s A45...Read more

FILM REVIEWS: The latest movies from Emma Stone, Jason Statham and George Clooney

FILM REVIEWS: The latest movies from Emma Stone, Jason Statham and George Clooney

12th January 2024 - News / Reviews / by Graham Young

Westside has always taken a grown-up attitude towards adult entertainment in the Broad Street area. Now Cineworld and Odeon Luxe Broadwa...Read more

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