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Thursday, June 15 - Wednesday, June 21, 2017


From Cannes to Rome
A selection of films from the recent festival at Cannes are shown at these theaters through June 18:
Fiamma, Via Leonida Bissolati, 43 tel 06 8880 1284
Eden, Piazza Cola da Rienzo 74 tel  06 361 2449
Giulio Cesare, Viale Giulio Cesare, 229 (Piazza Cavour) tel 06 8880 1283

Films in English:


The Rider
After suffering a near fatal head injury, a young cowboy undertakes a search for new identity and what it means to be a man in the heartland of America. Directed by Chloé Zhao with Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau.  Winner of the Art Cinema Award. Early reviews were good. In Variety, Guy Lodge   wrote that the film "Gains artful integrity from Zhao's favored docu-fiction technique - roughly tracing a script around the experiences of her non-professional actors - and dusty-dreamy visual style. And in the Hollywood Reporter, Todd McCarthy wrote, that the film "Beautifully captures the way a handful of people stoically deal with the meager hands life has dealt them."
Eden, Thursday, June 15, 6:30 pm
Giulio Cesare, Sunday, June 18, 10:30 pm

Patti Cake$
Patricia Baccio, AKA Patti Cake$, is a big girl with a big mouth and big dreams of rap superstardom. Stuck in Lodi, New Jersey, Patti battles an army of haters as she strives to break the mold and take over the rap scene. Rating: R (for language throughout, crude sexual references, some drug use and a brief nude image) Written and directed by music video veteran Geremy Jasper. In the Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy wrote, "Jasper's dynamic debut crackles with energy and grass roots authenticity. But it wouldn't have worked at all without the right leading lady, which it found in Danielle Macdonald."
Eden, Thursday, June 15, 8:15 pm
Eden, Friday, June 16, 10:30 pm

How to Talk to Girls at Parties
An alien touring the galaxy breaks away from her group and meets two young inhabitants of the most dangerous place in the universe: the London suburb of Croydon. Based off a 2006 short story by Neil Gaiman. Directed by John Cameron Mitchell. Screenplay by Philippa Goslett and John Cameron Mitchell. With Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, Ruth Wilson. Early reviews were bad. In the Hollywood Reporter, David Rooney wrote, "There's too little narrative cohesion or persuasive subtext to make this much more than a low-budget folly that's outre without always being terribly interesting. And in Variety, 4Owen Gleiberman wrote, "The film enunciates its raw themes - punk means individuality! the aliens are all about conformity! - but never begins to figure out how to embody those themes in a narrative that could lure in the audience."
Giulio Cesare, Friday, June 16, 6:15 pm
Eden, Saturday, June 17, 8:15 pm

As America stands on the brink of a second civil war, a Texas militia invades the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Lucy (Brittany Snow) finds herself caught in the crosshairs of the armed conflict, and must rely on a military veteran (Dave Bautista) to escape the city. Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion directed this action thriller. Early reviews were mixed. In Variety, Geoff Berkshire wrote, "Even if the low budget execution is uneven at times, there's enough snap to the filmmaking, and enough raw power in the premise, to make for solid B-movie excitement."
Eden, Saturday, June 17,
Fiamma, Sunday June 18, 8:30 pm


Mobile Homes
A young mother drifts from one motel to the next with her intoxicating boyfriend and her 8-year-old son. The makeshift family scrapes by, living one hustle at a time, until the discovery of a mobile home community offers an alternative life. Written and directed by Vladimir de Fontenay, starring Imogene Poots. Early reviews were bad. In Variety, Peter DeBruges called the film "A squalid and deeply condescending portrait of what this outsider imagines lower-class Americana to be."
Eden, Friday, June 16, 6:15 pm
Eden, Sunday, June 18, 10:30 pm




Paris Can Wait
When her director husband (Alec Baldwin) is occupied with work in Paris, an American woman (Diane Lane) takes a jaunt with his business associate (Arnaud Viard), a charming Gallic rogue who is happy to squire her on a tour of some of the finest meals in Provence. The first feature directed by Eleanor Coppola, wife of Francis and director of the "Apocalypse Now" documentary "Hearts of Darkness". In the Washington Post, Ann Hornady called the film " a modest, genteel piece of cinematic escapism, a silky testament to sensuality as impeccably tasteful as it is utterly undemanding." In Rolling Stone, Peter Travers wrote, "Director Eleanor Coppola is 80, but you'd never know it from her seductive lightness of touch. Diane Lane is irresistible in this delightful love-triangle that costars the French countryside, looking so delicious you want to lick the screen." But in the New York Times,  Jeannette Catsoulis called the film, "Little more than an indulgent wallow in gustatory privilege. By the time the final meal is devoured, you'll be wanting nothing so much as an antacid."

Nuovo Olimpia, Via in Lucina 16/g  (near via del Corso, via Frattina) tel 06 8880 1283
5, 6:50, 8:40, 10:30 pm


Lady Macbeth
Rural England, 1865. Katherine (Florence Pugh) is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, whose family are cold and unforgiving. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband's estate, a force is unleashed inside her, so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants. With Christopher Fairbank, Cosmo Jarvis. Directed by William Oldroyd. Written by Alice Birch. Early reviews were good. In Variety, Guy Lodge wrote "Florence Pugh announces herself as a major talent to watch in William Oldroyd's impressively tough-minded Victorian tragedy."In the Hollywood Reporter, Stephen Dalton wrote that the film "mostly operates within established period conventions, but draws fresh blood from antique material thanks to a sparky cast, subtle nods to contemporary race and gender issues, and a hefty shot of gothic melodrama." And in the Sunday Times (UK) Camilla Long wrote, "Sometimes a glorious film appears like a cold dart out of an open sky."

Nuovo Olimpia, Via in Lucina 16/g  (near via del Corso, via Frattina) tel 06 8880 1283
5, 6:50, 8:40, 10:30 pm


Wonder Woman
An Amazon princess (Gal Gadot) finds her idyllic life on an island occupied only by female warriors interrupted when a pilot (Chris Pine) crash-lands nearby. After rescuing him, she learns that World War I is engulfing the planet, and vows to use her superpowers to restore peace. Directed by Patty Jenkins (Monster).Early reviews have been good. In Rolling Stone, Peter Travers wrote "Gal Gadot is unstoppable and spectacular to see in motion. Watch her fly." And Richard Roeper wrote in the Chicago Sun Times, " When Diana DOES spring into action, Wonder Woman rocks. It's as if we're learning exactly what she's capable of at the same time Diana is discovering the depths of her powers." In the Washington Post, Ann Hornady wrote that the film, " has raised the bar. Now let's see if the boys can clear it."

Barberini, Piazza Barberini, 24/26 tel 06 86 391 36
4, 5:45, 8:10, 10 pm

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


The Mummy
The latest take on the Mummy legend. Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella), whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.  With Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis. Courtney B. Vance, and Russell Crowe, directed by Alex Kurtzman. Reviews were bad. In the New York Times, A.O. Scott wrote, "It will be argued that this one was made not for the critics but for the fans. Which is no doubt true. Every con game is played with suckers in mind." In Rolling Stone, Peter Travers wrote, " For all the digital desperation from overworked computers, this Tom Cruise reboot lands onscreen with a resounding thud. Epic fail."

Barberini, , Piazza Barberini, 24/26 tel 06 86 391 36
4, 6:15, 8:25, 10:30 pm

Lux, Via Matciuccoli 33 (Trieste) tel 06 86 391 361
8 pm

A Tale of Love and Darkness
Natalie Portman's direcorial debut, based on the memoir of acclaimed author Amos Oz, who grew in Jerusalem in the years before Israeli statehood with Arieh, his academic father and Fania (Natalie Portman), his dreamy, imaginative mother. They were one of many Jewish families who moved to Palestine from Europe during the 1930s and '40s to escape persecution. Arieh was cautiously hopeful for the future but Fania wanted much more. The terror of the war and running from home had been followed by the tedium of everyday life, which weighed heavily on Fania's spirit. Unhappy in her marriage and intellectually stifled, she would make up stories of adventures (like treks across the desert) to cheer herself up and entertain her 10-year-old son Amos. When independence didn't bring the renewed sense of life that Fania had hoped for, she slipped into solitude and sadness. Unable to help her, Amos was forced to say an untimely good-bye. As he witnessed the birth of Israel, he had to come to terms with his own new beginning. Written and directed by Natalie Portman. In the New York Times, A.O. Scott wrote, "Despite the geopolitical momentousness - and present-day potency - of its concerns, it's an elegant and intimate movie, a thing of nostalgic whispers and sighs rather than polemical slogans and shouts." In the Chicago Sun-Times, Bill Zwecker wrote, While A Tale of Love and Darkness is often difficult to watch -- because of all the sadness it presents -- it is also a beautiful film in that it makes us think about existing in a world where we do not completely fit in." And in the Los Angeles Times, Kenneth Turan wrote, "Though Love and Darkness has moments of self-conscious artiness, as many first films do, Portman, very sure as to what she wanted, has made certain not to overstate the story's potent emotions, and that has made the difference-"

Fiamma Multisala, Via Leonida Bissolati, 43 tel 06 8880 1284
4:30, 6:30, 8:30, 10:30 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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