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Thursday, January 18- Wednesday, January 31, 2018


The Darkest Hour
Gary Oldman won a Golden Globe for his portrayl of Winston Churchill in this historical drama that takes place during the early days of World War II. With the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. While the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. While maneuvering his political rivals, he must confront the ultimate choice: negotiate with Hitler and save the British people at a terrible cost or rally the nation and fight on against incredible odds. Directed by Joe Wright. In The New Yorker,  Anthony Lane wrote, "How badly we need another Winston Churchill film is open to question. Nonetheless, Joe Wright's contribution to the genre is welcome, largely because of Gary Oldman in the leading role." In Rolling Stone, Peter Travers wrote, "Hello, Oscar! Gary Oldman gives the performance of the year as Winston Churchill in director Joe Wright's rip-roaring take on the celebrated Prime Minister's first tumultuous month in office." But in the New York Times, A.O. Scott wrote, "Mr. Wright’s film is a serviceable enough historical drama. But like “Dunkirk,” it falls back on an idealized notion of the English character that feels, in present circumstances, less nostalgic than downright reactionary, and as empty as those ubiquitous “Keep Calm and Carry On” internet memes. Rather than invite the audience to think about the difficulties of democratic governance at a time of peril, the filmmakers promote passivity and hero-worship, offering not so much a Great Man Theory as a great man fetish."

Barberini, Piazza Barberini, 24/26 tel 06 86 391 36
3:40, 10:15 pm

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

Nuovo Olimpia, via in Lucina 16/g  (near via del Corso, via Frattina) tel 06 8880 1283
3:30, 5:50, 8:10, 10:30



Based on the New York Times bestseller by R. J. Palacio , the film tells story of August Pullman. Born with facial deformities Auggie, who prefers to wear a spacd helmet whe he goes out in publc and has been home schooled by his mother summons all his courage when he enters fifth grade at the local public school.  With Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay. In Rolling Stone, Peter Travers wrote "Starring a terrific Jacob Tremblay as a bullied boy with facial deformities and Julia Roberts as his mom, this drama based on the R. J. Palacio book that nearly everyone has read and wept over has surprising dimension and delicacy." In the New York Times Glenn Kenny called the film "that rare thing, a family picture that moves and amuses while never overtly pandering." 

Intrastevere, Vicolo Moroni 3/a (Trastevere) tel 06 5884230
3:30 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."

Nuovo Olimpia, via in Lucina 16/g  (near via del Corso, via Frattina) tel 06 8880 1283
3:45, 6, 8:15, 10:30 pm

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