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Thursday, May 18 - Wednesday, May 24, 2017


King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
From director Guy Ritchie, a fantasy action adventure based on the King Arthur story, with Charlie Hunnam in the title role, traces Arthur's journey from the streets to the throne. When the child Arthur's father is murdered, Vortigern (Jude Law), Arthur's uncle, seizes the crown. Robbed of his birthright and with no idea who he truly is, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, his life is turned upside down and he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy...whether he likes it or not. The film is a box office success despite terrible reviews. In the New York Times, Manohla Dargis called the film, "A lot of shenanigans, detours and filler, some bad, some good and all of it disposable." And in Rolling Stone, Peter Travers wrote, " Director Guy Ritchie can turn London crime dramas into cinematic lightning, but apply his fast cuts and jagged pacing to the Arthurian legend and you get, well, a brutal, bleedin' mess." But in the Washington Post, Michael O'Sullivan called the film "a fun, if sacrilegious, first step in a franchise creation - one that observes the first commandment of storytelling: Thou shalt not be boring."

Barberini, Piazza Barberini, 24/26 tel 06 86 391 36
3:30, 5:50, 8:10, 10:30 pm


Alien: Covenant
Ridley Scott's latest film, i a new chapter in his Alien franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape. With Michael Fassbender, Billy Crudup, Katherine Waterston. Reviews were largely positive. In the New York Times, A.O. Scott wrote, "Mr. Scott is, in any case, a nearly spoiler-proof filmmaker. Even his lesser efforts are infused with enough craft and energy to keep you engaged and surprised, and Alien: Covenant is no exception."  And in Rolling Stone, Peter Travers wrote, "It's covering old ground - the shocking originality of the first Alien is a one-time thing. No worries. I'd rank Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant with the best of the series, right after the initial one-two punch. Fans are going to freak out."

Barberini, Piazza Barberini, 24/26 tel 06 86 391 36
3:30, 5:45, 8:10, 10:30 pm

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


A Monster Calls (Sette Minuti dopo la Mezzanotte)
Juan Antonio Bayona 's ("The Impossible") horror-thrille in which 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall), dealis with his mother's (Felicity Jones) illness, a less-than-sympathetic grandmother (Sigourney Weaver), and bullying classmates, and finds a most unlikely ally when a Monster appears at his bedroom window. Ancient, wild, and relentless, the Monster guides Conor on a journey of courage, faith, and truth. Toby Kebbell plays Conor's father, and Liam Neeson stars in performance-capture and voiceover as the nocturnally visiting Monster. Reviews were mixed . In The New Yorker, Richard Brody wrote, "The movie delivers its meaning repeatedly to make sure that no one misses the point; its lessons, rendered even more explicitly than the ones in Conor's classroom, are missing only the chalkboard and pointer."  And in the Atlantic, David Sims wrote, "As the movie rumbled toward its inevitably devastating conclusion, the chief emotion I felt wasn't sadness but annoyance at the dashed grander potential." And in the Chicago Sun-Times, Richard Roeper called the film "one overcrowded assemblage of issues."  On the other side of the equation, in the Los Angeles Times, Kenneth Turan called the film "almost too ambitious to be completely realized. But when it works, which is most of the time, its story has a power which lingers in the mind." And in Rolling Stone, Peter Travers called it "Evocative, mysterious and shot through with bruising humor and heartbreak."

Barberini, Piazza Barberini, 24/26 tel 06 86 391 36
6:10, 10:30 pm


Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No tales
And the beat goes on .... and on... and on. Johnny Depp returns as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow, now down-on-his-luck when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil's Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea. Jack's only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. No reviews yet. Opens in the USA May 26.

Lux, Via Matciuccoli 33 (Trieste) tel 06 86 391 361
5:30, 8, 10:30 pm


The Dinner
When Stan Lohman (Richard Gere), a popular congressman running for governor, invites his troubled younger brother Paul (Steve Coogan) and his wife Claire (Laura Linney) to join him and his wife Katelyn (Rebecca Hall) for dinner at one of the town's most fashionable restaurants, the stage is set for a tense night. While Stan and Paul have been estranged since childhood, their 16-year- old sons are friends, and the two of them have committed a horrible crime that has shocked the country. While their sons' identities have not yet been discovered and may never be, their parents must now decide what action to take. As the night proceeds, beliefs about the true natures of the four people at the table are upended, relationships shatter, and each person reveals just how far they are willing to go to protect those they love. Written and directed by Oren Moverman (Time Out of Mind, The Messenger).  In The New Yorker, Anthony Lane wrote, "Despite the skill of the cast, you spend much of the film trying to decide which of its characters most deserves to choke on an appetizer."  And in the New York Times, Jeanette Catsoulis wrote, "What we're left with is a morality play in which three deeply deplorable people - and one surprising white knight - wrestle with class privilege, mental illness and extremely silly food." But in Rolling Stone, Peter Travers called the film "a gripping psychological thriller with a sting in its tail." And in the Chicago Sun-Times, Richard Roeper wrote, "In a movie world filled with intergalactic explosions, it remains a welcome thing to experience the kind of fireworks that take place between three-dimensional, deeply flawed characters grappling with major issues in a civilized setting."

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


Woody Allen's 1979 masterpiece, with Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep, Mariel Hemmingway. Nomiated for two Oscars.
Nuovo Olimpia, Via in Lucina 16/g  (near via del Corso, via Frattina) tel 06 8880 1283
4:45, 6:40, 8:35, 10:30 pm

Song to Song
Terrence Mallick's new film is a modern love story set against the Austin, Texas music scene, in which two entangled couples--struggling songwriters Faye (Rooney Mara) and BV (Ryan Gosling), and music mogul Cook (Michael Fassbender) and the waitress whom he ensnares (Natalie Portman)--chase success through a rock 'n' roll landscape of seduction and betrayal. Reveiws were mixed. In the New York Times, Manohla Dargis called the film a "beautiful puzzle, but wrote, " There is.... much to admire in “Song to Song” and much to argue with, including its ideas about pleasure and women. So go, fall into its embrace, resist its charms, argue. This may not be a film to love, but it is a film to see. And in Rolling Stone, Peter Travers wrote, "Legendary filmmaker Terrence Malick hits all the wrong notes with this rambling, incoherent love-triangle story set against the Austin, Texas music scene." In the San Francisco Chronicle, Mick LaSalle called it "Terrence Malick's first truly awful film."

Fiamma Multisala, Via Leonida Bissolati, 43 tel 06 8880 1284
5:15, 8, 10:30 pm

Personal Shopper

A  French pyshcological thriller written and directed by Oilvier Assayas, in which Kristen Stewart plays a twin whose brother has died. They have made a pact that who ever goes first will send the other a sign from the other side, so she goes to his Paris apartment, hoping to hear from him.  At Cannes, director Assayas shared the Best Director Award with Christian Mungiu for his film "Graduation." It is not to open worldwide until April 13, but early reviews were mostly good. In The New Yorker, Anthony Lane wrote, "Without quite preparing you for it, 'Personal Shopper' becomes a sneakily effective horror film, complete with a gruesome murder and Hitchcockian flourishes of menace and misdirection. " And in Rolling Stone, Peter Travers wrote, "For those seeking resolution, this unlikely ghost story will be a frustrating exercise. But Kristen Stewart and director Assayas are chasing something ephemeral that is pure cinema." While in the Chicago Tribune, Michael Phillips wrote, "The movie barely hangs together, but there's a kind of magic in that word 'barely' when you're in that movie's thrall.

Dei Piccoli, Viale della Pineta, 15 ( Porta Pinciana, Villa Borghese)  tel 06 8553485
10 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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