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Thursday, March 30 - Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Journey
From Nick Hamm, loosely based on a true story in whichtwo implacable enemies in Northern Ireland - firebrand Democratic Unionist Party leader Paisley and Sinn Fein politician Martin McGuinness - are forced to take a short journey together. With Timothy Spall, Colm Meany, John Hurt, Freddie Highmore, Toby Stephens. The film premiered at teh Venice Festival and is set to open June 31 in the U.K. but early reviews were a bit mixed. In the Guardian, Peter Bradshaw wrote, "This film feels the need to be fair, to be balanced. That is understandable. But it is tiptoeing on eggshells of its own making. " In Variety, Owen Gleibermann wrote, "It's a movie that follows every trope in the book, and does so with pleasing fireworks and finesse."

Fiamma Multisala, Via Leonida Bissolati, 43 tel 06 8880 1284
3:30, 6, 8:30, 10:30 pm

Ghost in the Shell

A sci-fi thriller directed by Rupert Sanders. In the near future, Major (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people's minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her and stop them before they do it to others. Based on the Japanese Manga of the same name. With Michael Pitt, Pilu Asbaek, Christopher Obi.  The film opens worldwide March 31, but early reviews were mostly good. In Variety, Guy Lodge wrote, "Led by a resolute Scarlett Johansson, Rupert Sanders' pulse-quickening, formally stunning live-action take on the manga classic both honors and streamlines its source." And in the Guardian, Peter Bradshaw wrote, "Johansson is always convincing as the robot Major ... Her acting style is just elusive or unreadable enough to make her plausible here."

Multisala Lux, Via Matciuccoli 33 (Trieste) tel 06 86 391 361
9:30 pm

Barberini Multisala, Piazza Barberini, 24/26 tel 06 86 391 36
4, 6:20, 8:15, 10:30 pm

Beauty and the Beast
Disney's live-action re-telling of the studio's 1991 animated classic with Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans, Kevin Kline Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson directed by r Bill Condon. In the New York Times, A.O. Scott wrote, "Its classicism feels unforced and fresh. Its romance neither winks nor panders. It looks good, moves gracefully and leaves a clean and invigorating aftertaste. I almost didn't recognize the flavor: I think the name for it is joy."  And in the Chicago Sun-Times, Richard Roeper wrote, "Bill Condon's take on Beauty and the Beast is almost overwhelmingly lavish, beautifully staged and performed with exquisite timing and grace by the outstanding cast."

Multisala Lux, Via Matciuccoli 33 (Trieste) tel 06 86 391 361
6:30 pm

Fiamma Multisala, Via Leonida Bissolati, 43 tel 06 8880 1284
3:30, 6, 8, 10:30 pm

The six-member crew of the International Space Station is on the cutting edge of one of the most important discoveries in human history: the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars. As the crew begins to conduct research, their methods have unintended consequences and the life form proves more intelligent than anyone ever expected. Early reviews were mixed. In Variety  Peter DeBruge called the film "a thrill when it's smart, but it's even more exciting when the characters are dumb - which is ultimately a paradox the film wears proudly, to the possible extinction of the human race." But in the Hollywood Reporter,  John DeFore wrote, "Insatiable genre fans who do buy a ticket will likely send lukewarm responses back to the wait-and-see crowd."

Barberini, Piazza Barberini, 24/26 tel 06 86 391 36
10:30 pm

Hidden Figures
An Oscar-winner, the untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)-brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, despite their battles against sexism and racism.  In Rolling Stone, Peter Travers wrote, "This untold story of African-American females who helped NASA conquer the cosmos features three incredible performances. Corny at times, sure, but you'll still want to stand up and cheer. And in the New York Times, A.O. Scott wrote, "There is something to be said for a well-told tale with a clear moral and a satisfying emotional payoff."

Nuovo Olimpia, Via in Lucina 16/g  (near via del Corso, via Frattina) tel 06 8880 1283
3:30, 5:50, 8:10, 10:30 pm

The critically acclaimed film written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan. After the death of his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler), Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked to learn that Joe has made him sole guardian of his nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges). Taking leave of his job, Lee reluctantly returns to Manchester-by-the-Sea to care for Patrick, a spirited 16-year-old, and is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his wife Randi (Michelle Williams) and the community where he was born and raised. Winner of a BAFTA award for Best Screenplay, and for Casey Affleck for best actor, with multiple Oscar nominations. In The New Yorker, Richard Brody wrote, "It's less a movie of aesthetics than of synesthesia, transmitting an unbearable burden of inner coldness and emptiness by means of warmhearted wonder." And in  the New York Times,  A.O. Scott called the film "a finely shaded portrait, a study in individual misery set in a place that is observed with care and affection."

Fiamma Multisala, Via Leonida Bissolati, 43 tel 06 8880 1284
3:30, 5:30, 8, 10:30 pm


Lala Land
The first new movie musical in a long, long time, the film garnered an astounding 14 Oscar nominations. Written and directed by Damien Chazelle, the perfunctory plot, set in contemporary Los Angeles, tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet.  Reviews were almost universally good to great. In the New York Times, A.O. Scott wrote, "It doesn't so much look back longingly at past masters like Vincente Minnelli, Nicholas Ray, Stanley Donen and Jacques Demy (to name a few) as tap into their mojo, insisting on their modernity and its own classicism in the same gesture."  Peter Travers wrote in Rolling Stone, "La La does nothing less than jolt the movie musical to life for the 21st century. You leave exhilarated by Damien Chazelle's nonstop inventiveness, dazzled by Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, and thrilled how they made movies magic again."  And in The New Yorker, Anthony Lane suggested, "Catch the film on the largest screen you can find, with a sound system to match, even if that means journeying all day."

Dei Piccoli, Viale della Pineta, 15 ( Porta Pinciana, Villa Borghese)  tel 06 8553485
From Friday, March 31, 8:15 pm

T2 Trainspotting
In this sequel, Mark Renton returns to the only place he can ever call home.They are waiting for him: Spud, Sick Boy, and Begbie. Other old friends are waiting too: sorrow, loss, joy, vengeance, hatred, friendship, love, longing, fear, regret, diamorphine, self-destruction and mortal danger. Directd by Danny Boyle, starring Ewan McGregor. In the Los Angeles Times, Kenneth Turan wrote that the film "should not work as well as it does. In fact, it shouldn't work at all. But up there on the screen, where it matters, the dark magic remains intact and logic be damned." And in the New York Times, Janet Catsoulis wrote, "'While "T2' might be middle-aged, it's very far from moribund, the despondent base notes shouldering a story of revenge and regret, amity and acceptance.

Dei Piccoli, Viale della Pineta, 15 ( Porta Pinciana, Villa Borghese)  tel 06 8553485
9:45 pm through March 30, from March 31, 10:20 pm


UCI Cinemas
Porta di Roma, Roma Est, Parco Leonardo shopping malls and Marconi (Via Enrico Fermi)
The chain of multiplexes shows first-run films in English from time to time, on a one-day only basis.

Nuovo Cinema Aquila
Via L'Aquila 68 tel 06 70614390
Shows first run films, changing daily

Il Kino
Via Perugia 34 (Casilina, Pigneto) tel 06 965 25810
Now showing second-run films in the original language with Italian subtitles. €5 entrance.


The Casa del Cinema is located in a villa on the grounds of the Borghese Gardens. Inside you'll find projection rooms, a library, a cafe, and a 2,500 DVD library with 24 Toshiba laptops available for viewing movies in private cubicles. The auditorium shows both new and vintage films, sometimes in English. It's possible to purchase an "Amici Casa del Cinema" card, which gets you into the screenings and gives you preferred treatment when reserving space to view DVD's. To get there, enter the Borghese Gardens at the top of Via Veneto (Piazzale del Brasile) and proceed to Largo Marcello Mastroianni. For info call 06 423601.

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