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Thursday, May 24- Wednesday, May May 30, 2018


Solo: A Star Wars Story
Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot, Chewbacca, and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga's most unlikely heroes. Directed by Ron Howard, written by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan. With Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover and Thandie Newton. Reviews were mixed. In the Chicago Sun-Times, Richard Roeper called it, "One of the lighter of the Star Wars adventures... entertaining as hell but not particularly deep." And in the New York Times, A.O. Scott wrote, "It doesn't take itself too seriously, but it also holds whatever irreverent, anarchic impulses it might possess in careful check." But in Rolling Stone, Peter Travers wrote, "Howard and the Kasdans play the series game without ever raising the stakes, defaulting to dull and dutiful when they might have blasted off into creative anarchy."

Barberini, Piazza Barberini, 24/26 tel 06 86 391 36
4:15, 7, 9:30 pm

Lux, Via Matciuccoli 33 (Trieste) tel 06 86 391 361
3:30, 9 pm

Space Cinema Moderno, Piazza della Repubblica 43/45  tel 892 111
4:20 pm

And at these shopping centers:
UCI Parco Leonardo (near Fiumicino airport), 7 pm
UCI Porta di Roma (on the northern edge of the city off the GRA), 6:30 pm
UCI Roma Est(on the eastern edge of the city off the A24), 8 pm


Deadpool 2
After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef, Wade Wilson struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Miami's hottest bartender, while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his life, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor - finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World's Best Lover. Directed by David Leitch, with Josh Brolin, Zazie Beets and Ryan Reynolds. Reviews were mostly good. Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers wrote "Despite a tendency toward elephantitis in story and scope, not to mention blatant franchise pandering, Deadpool 2 still plays like the runt of the comic-book litter. We mean that as a compliment."  And in the Chicago Sun-Times, Richard Roeper wrote, "Deadpool 2 is wicked, dark fun from start to finish, with some twisted and very funny special effects, cool production elements, terrific ensemble work — and for dessert, perhaps the best end-credits 'cookie' scene ever." But in the New York Times, A.O. Scott had a different reaction: "What drives this franchise is the same force that drives so much culture and politics right now: the self-pity of a white man with a relentless need to be the center of attention."

Barberini, Piazza Barberini, 24/26 tel 06 86 391 36
3:30, 5;45, 8:10, 10:20 pm

Lux, Via Matciuccoli 33 (Trieste) tel 06 86 391 361
6:15 pm


Avengers: Infinity War
The sequel to 2012's The Avengers and 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron, and the 19th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). This time the Avengers join forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy to stop Thanos from amassing the all-powerful Infinity Stones. With an estimated budget of $300 million, it is one of the most expensive films ever made, and the most costly of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Directed by brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, with Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson,  Zoe Saldana, Don Cheadle, Idris Elba, Benedict Cumberbatch, Josh Brolin, Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans. Reviews were mixed. In the New York Times, A.O. Scott  wrote, "The noisy, bloated spectacles of combat were surely the most expensive parts of the movie, but the money seems less like an imaginative tool than a substitute for genuine imagination." Sam Adams wrote in Slate, "Sitting through its 2 hours and 30 minutes is like gorging on tapas: You wind up both overstuffed and unsatisfied." And Justin Chang wrote in the Los Angeles Times, "Not even the threat of universal annihilation, it seems, will keep this assembly line from chugging ahead with its signature polished, mechanized efficiency." But in Rolling Stone, Peter Travers wrote, "The Russo brothers have clearly never learned the concept that less is more. They've used the premise of an Avengers reunion to put on a fireworks explosion of action and laughs (those roguish Guardians!) that won't quit."  Cary Darling wrote in the Houston Chronicle, "Just when it looks as if all hope is smothered under the heavy weight of fan expectations [and] a reported $300 million budget, it comes roaring to life with a wake-'em-up battle on the fields of Wakanda and a quietly spectacular, sobering ending." And in Variety, Owen Gleiberman wrote that watching the film was "like going to a theme park and taking three spins on every ride there."

UCI Porta di Roma (at the shopping center in North Rome off the GRA)
10:30, 2:15, 9:30 pm

Isle of Dogs
 A stop-motion animated comedy, written, produced and directed by Wes Anderson.  In a dystopian future, an outbreak of canine flu in Japan leads all dogs to be quarantined on an island. A boy (voice of Koyu Rankin) journeys there to rescue his dog Spots (Liev Schreiber), and gets help from a pack of misfit canines who have also been exiled. His quest inspires a group of dog lovers to expose a government conspiracy. The voice cast also includes Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Bob Balaban, Greta Gerwig, and Yoko Ono. Reviews were mostly good. In Rolling Stone, Peter Travers wrote, "Wes Anderson's stop-motion canine fairy tale-with a timely political subtext-is a triumph of pure imagination. Expect to wag your metaphorical tail in delight,    In The New Yorker, Anthony Lane wrote, "Nothing is open to accident. The director, no less than the mayor, is averse to things that stray. Still, what a result: a trash-trove of tiny details."

Nuovo Olimpia, via in Lucina 16/g  (near via del Corso, via Frattina) tel 06 8880 1283
7:15 pm

Dei Piccoli, Villa Borghese, Viale della Pineta 15 tel  06 855 3485
8:15 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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