The Best of Rome:
MOVIES IN ENGLISH
(Programming subject to change)
Friday, June 29 - Thursday, July 5, 2012
Via in Lucina 16 (off Via del Corso) tel 06 686 1068
Adrien Brody stars as Henry Barthes, an educator with a true talent to connect with his students. Yet Henry has chosen to bury his gift. By spending his days as a substitute teacher, he conveniently avoids any emotional connections, never staying anywhere long enough to form an attachment to either students or colleagues. When a new assignment places him at a public school where a frustrated, burned-out administration has created an apathetic student body, Henry soon becomes a role model to the disaffected youth. In finding an unlikely emotional connection to the students, teachers, and a runaway teen he takes in from the streets, Henry realizes that he's not alone in his life and death struggle to find beauty in a seemingly vicious and loveless world. Directed by Tony Kaye (American History X, Lake of Fire) with James Caan, Marcia Gay Harden, Lucy Liu, Christina Hendricks, Blythe Danner. Reviews were mixed. In The New Yorker, Anthony Lane wrote, "The movie works, and, though it cries out against so much, you sense that the one thing it does not cry is wolf." In the New York Times, Stephen Holden wrote, " Even at its most ludicrous — when it is shouting into your ear — its sheer audacity grabs your attention." And Peter Travers wrote in Rolling Stone, "Detachment gets to you. It hits hard.". Dissenters were Ella Taylor of National Public Radio, who opined, " [Brody] is undermined by a bloated script (from Carl Lund, a former public-school teacher) that lumbers him with bloviating asides about how we have failed our children." And Rick Groen of the Globe and Mail "The film is guilty of reverse sentimentality, where the relentless unhappiness comes to seem as manufactured and artificial as the schmaltz in a romcom."
5:45, 8:30, 10:30 pm
via G.B. Tiepolo 13/a (Flaminio) tel 3600 4240
A documentary about reggae star Bob Marley, examing his universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet, from his early days to his rise to international fame. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage. Reviews were mostly good. In the Wall Street Journal, Joe Morgenstern wrote, "The director, Kevin Macdonald, searches for clarity amid the contradictions of Marley's life and reaches no conclusions, but that's a tribute to his subject's complexity in a film of fascinating too-muchness." In The New Yorker, Anthony Lane wrote, "Marley, by reminding us of the longing and the indignation from which the music leaped, does a grand job of turning the volume back up. If only it had found more time to stop and listen." And Stephen Holden of the New York Times called the film "A riveting two-and-a-half-hour documentary biography."
6:45, 9:30 pm
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.
In Rome Now Travel Guide: Rome, Italy, Movies in English