Some of the best crime thrillers and gangster movies will be screen in Belfast over the coming months.

Strand Arts Centre has teamed up with Belfast Film Festival to present a season of Criminally Good Classics including special anniversary screenings of Heat and Goodfellas on 35mm.

Tickets are a total steal at just £3.50.

1. Brighton Rock

June 9, 4 & 11

Pinkie Brown is a small-town hoodlum whose gang runs a protection racket based at Brighton race course. When Pinkie orders the murder of a rival, Fred, the police believe it to be suicide.

2. Heat

June 18 & 25


Directed by Michael Mann and featuring a memorable face-off between Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, a group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist.


To mark its 20 year anniversary the film will be shown on 35mm.


3. Mean Streets

July 2 & 9

Mean Streets

Small-time hoods and hustlers try to make a living on the streets of New York in Martin Scorsese’s seminal crime drama starring Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel. The story centres around Charlie, a loan collector for a mobster named Giovanni.

4. Goodfellas

July 16, 23 & 30

A young man grows up in the mob and works very hard to advance himself through the ranks, but is oblivious to the horror that he causes. Pure Scorsese gold. Robert De Niro and Ray Liotta are brilliant, but Joe Pesci steals the show in an Oscar-winning performance.

Like Heat, this will be shown on 35mm to mark its 25th anniversary.

5. Bugsy Malone

August 6 & 13

Alan Parker’s delightful mob movie where all the gangsters are played by children. Instead of real bullets they use “splurge guns” that cover the victim in cream. The story tells of the rise of Bugsy Malone and the battle for power between Fat Sam and Dandy Dan.

6. Fargo

August 21 & 27


Jerry Lundegaard’s inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen’s bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson. A Coen Brothers masterpiece, with a more than alrighty Best Actress performance by Frances McDormand.

For more details of the Criminally Good Classics season click visit the Strand’s website


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