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Thursday, March 15 - Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Finding Your Feet (Ricominciamo da Noi)
A British comedy with a cast of great character actors. When 'Lady' Sandra Abbott (Imelda Staunton) discovers that her husband of forty years (John Sessions) is having an affair with her best friend (Josie Lawrence) she seeks refuge in London with her estranged, older sister Bif (Celia Imrie). The two could not be more different. Sandra is a fish out of water next to her outspoken, serial dating, free-spirited sibling. But different is just what Sandra needs at the moment, and she reluctantly lets Bif drag her along to a community dance class, where she gradually finds her feet as she meets her sister's friends, Charlie (Timothy Spall), Jackie (Joanna Lumley) and Ted (David Hayman). Reviews were mixed. In the Guardian, Peter Bradshaw wrote, " Perhaps this film should have been a stage musical." In the Daily Mail, Brian Viner wrote "It's a kind of cinematic version of painting by numbers, and rather a waste of talent, and yet for all that, I amazed myself by quite enjoying it!"

Intrastevere. vicolo Moroni 3 tel 06 588 4320
6 pm


Lady Bird
Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird's father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape. Written and directed by Greta Gerwig, the film was nominated for multiple Academy Awards, including nominatins for Ronan and Metcalf. Reviews were enthusiastic. In the New York Times, A.O. Scott wrote, "If you pay the right kind of attention to 'Lady Bird' — absorbing its riffs and digressions as well as its melodies, its choral passages along with its solos and duets —you will almost certainly love it. It's hard not to."  In The New Yorker, Richard Brody wrote, "As writer and director, Greta Gerwig infuses this comedic coming-of-age drama with verbal virtuosity, gestural idiosyncrasy, and emotional vitality." And in Rolling Stone, Peter Travers called it "One of the best films of the year. In telling her own coming of age story, Gerwig proves herself a blazing talent and Ronan and Metcalf should have Oscar calling. Totally irresistible."

Nuovo Olimpia, via in Lucina 16/g  (near via del Corso, via Frattina) tel 06 8880 1283
3:30, 5:15, 7:00, 8:45, 10:30 pm


Phantom Thread
Nominated for multiple Academy Awards, including one for Daniel Day Lewis he insists this will be his last film. In glamour 1950s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses and socialites with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock's life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. An extraordinarilhy controlled and controlling man, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.  Reviews were very good. In the Washington Post, Ann Hornaday wrote, "It's an enchanting, eventually mischievous meditation on the lengths to which we go to control and camouflage our most intimate, undefended desires In The New Yorker, Anthony Lane wrote, "Despite everything, we continue to cling to the problems and pursuits of this obsessive dandy. And why? Simply because there has never been an actor as obsessive as Day-Lewis."  And in the New York Times, A.O. Scott called it "a profoundly, intensely, extravagantly personal film." While Rolling Stone's Peter Travers gushed; "Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day Lewis, both in peak form, use the fashion world to tackle the agony and euphoria of creation. Taking full measure of Phantom Thread may require more than one viewing. Our advice for now: just sit back and behold."

Intrastevere, vicolo Moroni 3 tel 06 588 4320
3:30, 5:40, 8:15, 10:35 pm


The Shape of Water
Directed by Guillermo del Toro, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. With Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones and Michael Stuhlbarg. The film has been nominated for multiple Oscars and reviews have been enthusiastic. In The New Yorker, Anthony Lane wrote, " At the start, I worried that the film might prove merely winsome, like a Maryland "Amélie," but Hawkins makes it taut and fierce." In the New York Times,  A.O. Scott wrote that the film "is partly a code-scrambled fairy tale, partly a genetically modified monster movie, and altogether wonderful." And in Rolling Stone, Peter Travers wrote, "Del Toro is a world-class film artist and he proves it in this Cold War romance about a mute cleaning lady (Sally Hawkins, unforgettable) who falls for an amphibious creature. Don't t analyze how del Toro does it. Just dive in. There's magic in it."

Nuovo Olimpia, via in Lucina 16/g  (near via del Corso, via Frattina) tel 06 8880 1283
15:00 17:15 20:00 22:30

Multisala Lux, Via Matciuccoli 33 (Trieste) tel 06 86 391 361
10:30 pm


Black Panther
The latest Marvel comics film follows T'Challa who, after the events of "Captain America: Civil War," returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T'Challa's mettle as King and Black Panther is tested as he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk. With Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o. Reviews were terrific. In the New York Times, Manoha Dargis wrote, "Most big studio fantasies take you out for a joy ride only to hit the same exhausted story and franchise-expanding beats. Not this one. Its axis point is the fantastical nation of Wakanda, an African Eden where verdant-green landscapes meet blue-sky science fiction. There, spaceships with undercarriages resembling tribal masks soar over majestic waterfalls, touching down in a story that has far more going for it than branding." In Rollng Stone, Peter Travers wrote, "Say this about Black Panther, which raises movie escapism very near the level of art: You've never seen anything like it in your life."  And in the Washington Post, Ann Hornaday called it, ". a film that fulfills the most rote demands of superhero spectacle, yet does so with style and subtexts that feel bracingly, joyfully groundbreaking."

Barberini, Piazza Barberini, 24/26 tel 06 86 391 36
3:30, 8 pm


The Post
Spielberg's drama about the  Nixon.era cover up of the Pentagon Papers, unveiled by Daniel Ellsberg.. partnership The Washington Post's Katharine Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), race to catch up with The New York Times and to overcome their differences Written by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer, with Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Plemons, Matthew Rhys, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford and Zach Woods.The film was nominated for a Best Film Oscar a and Streep was nominated as leading actress. In the Wall Street Journal, Joe Morgenstern wrote, "A much bigger hats off to the movie as a whole, a commercial feature film that focuses on a core concern of our time... and the unforced beauty of Meryl Streep's performance." In Rolling Stone, Peter Travers wrote, "Steven Spielberg's tense, terrific new drama, with Streep and Hanks at their finest, celebrates the passionate bond between a free press and every thinking human being, however diminished the species in Trump's America." And in The New Yorker, Anthony Lane wrote, "Nothing is more promisingly solid, to the moviegoer, than a major Spielberg production. You can foretell everything from the calibration of the craftsmanship to the heft of the cast, and "The Post" inarguably delivers."

Barberini, Piazza Barberini, 24/26 tel 06 86 391 36
10:15 pm


Call Me By Your Name
Nominated for four Oscars including best film, best screen adapted screenplay (James Ivory) and best leading actor (Timothée Chalamet) Based on the novel by André Aciman, directed by Luca Guadagnino. It's the summer of 1983 in the northern Italy countryside and Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet), a precocious 17-year-old American-Italian, spends his days in his family's 17th century villa transcribing and playing classical music, reading, and flirting with his friend Marzia (Esther Garrel). Elio enjoys a close relationship with his father (Michael Stuhlbarg), an eminent professor specializing in Greco-Roman culture, and his mother Annella (Amira Casar), a translator. While Elio's sophistication and intellectual gifts suggest he is already a fully-fledged adult, there is much that yet remains innocent and unformed about him. When Oliver (Armie Hammer), a charming American scholar working on his doctorate, arrives as the annual summer intern tasked with helping Elio's father, Elio and Oliver discover  awakening desire.

Intrastevere, vicolo Moroni 3 tel 06 588 4320
10:30 pm

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Frances McDormand won a Golden Globe for her performance and Sam Rockwell won for best featured actor, while the film itself won the best screenplay award. After months have passed without an arrest in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at police chief William Willoughby ( Woody Harrelson). When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother's boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing's law enforcement is only exacerbated. In the New York Times Manohla Dargis wrote "Everything fits together too neatly in "Three Billboards," even when chaos descends, but the performers add enough rough texture so that it doesn't always feel so worked."  In Rolling Stone, Peter Travers wrote "Frances McDormand is phenomenal in this surefire awards contender from Martin McDonagh-it's a renegade masterpiece that will get you good."  And in The New Yorker, Anthony Lane wrote "Not since "Fargo" (1996) has [McDormand] found a character of such fibre. She doesn't pitch it to us, still less try to make it palatable; she seems to state Mildred, presenting her as a given fact, like someone unrolling a map."

Dei Piccoli, Largo Marcello Mastroianni, 15, (Borghese Gardens) tel 06 855 3485
8:15 pm

Farnese, Campo de' Fiori 56
10:30 pm

The Disaster Artist
Based on the true story of writer/director Tommy Wiseau, the man behind what is often referred to as "The Citizen Kane of Bad Movies," The Room,, chronicling the odd film's troubled development and eventual cult success. With James Franco, Dave Franco and Seth Rogen. Directed by James Franco.  Reviews were good. In the New York Times, Manohla Dargis wrote, " Mr. Franco recreates the production of "The Room" - and the escalating behind-the-scenes nuttiness - with an assured, energetic touch ..."  In Rolling Stone, Peter Travers wrote, "James Franco is firing on all his creative cylinders in this comic bonanza about Tommy Wiseau, the worst filmmaker of the 21st century. Franco hits a new career peak by making sure his film is as heartfelt as it is hilarious." And in the Los Angeles Times, Justin Chang wrote, "Spelling out a joke may be the quickest way to kill it, but the obvious, expository nature of the mockery in 'The Disaster Artist' doesn't make it any less funny or illuminating."

Nuovo Sacher, Largo Ascianghi (Trastevere)1 tel 06 581 8116
Thursday-Friday, 4:15, 6:20, 8:30, 10:30 pm
Saturday, 4:15 pm

The Party
In Sally Potter's dark comedy, Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) is hosting an intimate gathering of friends in her London home to celebrate her political ascension, while her husband, Bill (Timothy Spall), seems preoccupied. Janet's acerbic best friend, April (Patricia Clarkson), arrives and others follow, some with their own dramatic news to share, but an announcement by Bill provokes a series of revelations that gradually unravel the sophisticated soiree, and a night that began with champagne may end with gunplay. In the Village Voice, April Wolfe wrote, "Potter isn't what you'd call subtle, but she also knows not to overstay her welcome, and this pithy comedy is a masterclass in all that a filmmaker can squeeze from the most basic theatrical concept." And in Variety, Guy Loge wrote, "A deliciously heightened, caviar-black comedy that sets up its brittle, bourgeois characters like bowling pins and gleefully knocks them down in 71 minutes flat."

Dei Piccoli
7 pm

Nuovo Sacher, Largo Ascianghi (Trastevere)1 tel 06 581 8116
Thursday-Friday, 3:30, 7 pm
Saturday, 3:30 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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