CineMainiacs, an independent group of film fans collaborating with the Colonial Theatre to bring independent, foreign and documentary films to Belfast, will host Roman Polanski’s latest film, “The Ghost Writer,” at the cinema, 163 High St.

The drama will be shown as a Saturday late show April 24, a Sunday matinee April 25 and a Thursday evening early show April 29; more showings may be added. For specific show times and links to the film’s trailer, visit

Based on the novel “The Ghost” by Robert Harris, the 2010 film stars Ewan McGregor as a successful ghostwriter who gets in over his head when he agrees to complete the memoirs of a former British Prime Minister with an uncanny resemblance to Tony Blair (Pierce Brosnan) after the body of the initial ghostwriter washes up on a Cape Cod beach.

The following week, CineMainiacs will present “The Art Of The Steal: The Untold Story of The Barnes Collection,” a passionate documentary about one of the art world’s most fascinating controversies — the struggle for control of a remarkable private collection of paintings owned by Philadelphia’s Barnes Foundation. The 2009 film will be shown as a Saturday late show May 1, a Sunday matinee May 2 and Thursday evening early show May 6.

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VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to