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Thursday, November 16 - Wednesday, November 22, 2017


Justice League
Yet another big screen comic book. Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes —  Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash —it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions. Directed by Zack Snyder with Ben Affleck,, Amy Adams, Ezra Miller, Gal Godot.  Opens worldwide this weekend, but early reviews were terrible. In the Hollywood Reporter, Todd McCarthy wrote that "the virtually humor-free script by Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon (who was brought on to complete directing duties after Zack Snyder had to leave for family reasons) less resembles deft narrative scene-setting than it does the work of a bored casino dealer rotely distributing cards around a table." In Vanity Fair Richard Lawson called the film "such a misguided mess — often feeling entirely unguided — that you want to intervene, softly saying, Stop, stop, you don’t have to do this, stop." And Rolling Stone's Peter Travers wrote,"The scenes of the League members together, bickering and bonding, spike the film with humor and genuine feeling, creating a rooting interest in the audience. Without it, the film would crumble. Let's face it, Steppenwolf is a CGI yawn, the action sequences are often a digital blur, the soundtrack defaults to loud whenever inspiration wanes and keeping it light becomes the first step to staying superficial."

Lux, Via Massaciuccoli (Nomentana) tel 06 8639 1361
10:45 pm
UCI Cinemas Porto di Roma
7:40 pm

Breathe (Ogni tu Respiro)

In his debut, Andy Serkis directs this tove story between Robin and Diana Cavendish (Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy), an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. When Robin is struck down by polio at the age of 28, he is confined to a hospital bed and given only a few months to live. With the help of Diana's twin brothers (Tom Hollander) and the groundbreaking ideas of inventor Teddy Hall (Hugh Bonneville), Robin and Diana dare to escape the hospital ward to seek out a full and passionate life together - raising their young son, traveling and devoting their lives to helping other polio patients. Written by  Academy Award nominanee writer William Nicholson. Reviews were mixed. In Rolling Stone, Peter Travers wrote, "Andy Serkis directs a brilliant Andrew Garfield in a flawed but moving take on the true story of Robin Cavendish, who defied polio to make a better life for himself and others like him." In the Guardian, Peter Bradshow wrote, T"hose impatient with high-end Britfilm period product might worry that this movie takes a rather picturesque view of disability issues, and for the first 20 minutes I came pretty close to this standpoint myself. But you have to give Breathe time to let its charm and its heartfelt decency grow on you." In the Hollywood Reporter Stephen Dalton wrote, "...the main authorial force behind this personal passion project is producer Jonathan Cavendish, who conceived Breathe as a tribute to his parents, Robin and Diana... Breathe is clearly aiming for the same heart-wrenching emotional heights as James Marsh’s Oscar-winning Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything. But this is very much a crude copy, its noble intentions hobbled by a trite script, flat characters and a relentlessly saccharine tone that eventually starts to grate."

Intrastevere, Vicolo Moroni 3/a tel 06 5884230
3:45, 6, 8:15, 10:30 pm


The Big Sick
Based on the courtship of a Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Zoe Kazan) after one of his standup sets. What they thought would be a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, Kumailis forced to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) , while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart. Directed by Michael Showalter.  Written by Kumail Nanjian and Emily V. Gordon. Reviews were stellar. In the New York Times, Manola Darghis called it, " A joyous, generous-hearted romantic comedy that, even as it veers into difficult terrain, insists that we just need to keep on laughing." In Rolling Stone, Peter Travers wrote "Comic Kumail Nanjiani and his wife/co-screenwriter Emily V. Gordon carve this heartfelt love story out of her health crisis and their own culture-clash relationship. Not just the funniest romcom in ages, it's one of 2017's best films."  And in the Chicago Sun-Times, Richard Roeper wrote, "All the best romantic comedies get even better upon repeat viewings. I'm fully confident The Big Sick will pass that test the next time I see it, which will be very soon."

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



Borg vs McEnroe
It's the summer of 1980 and Björn Borg (Sverrir Gudnason) is the top tennis player in the world, dominating the sport both on and off the court. A powerful and rigorously disciplined player, there is only one obstacle in his pursuit of a record-breaking fifth Wimbledon championship: the highly talented but ferociously abrasive young American, John McEnroe (Shia LaBeouf). With three days until the tournament begins, Borg trains religiously in his lavish Monaco home, aided by his coach and mentor Lennart (Stellan Skarsgård) and girlfriend Mariana (Tuva Novotny). But McEnroe's explosive confidence and wrecking-ball persona continue to infiltrate Borg's ice-cool and normally unshakable temperament. With each man the antithesis of the other, both players delve into their formative memories as the climactic tournament draws near and anticipation reaches fever pitch. Early reviews were good. In Variety, Peter DeBruge wrote, "Though it never justifies the overblown Andre Agassi quote used as its preface ("every match is a life in miniature"), the picture certainly shows how a single match can be made to feel like the world depends on it."

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


The Square
Christian (Claes Bang) is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is "The Square", an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian's foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum's PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for "The Square". The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis. With Elizabeth Moss, Dominic West. Written and directed by Ruben Östlund. Although the film won this year's Palm d'Or at Cannes, reviews were mixed. In Rolling Stone, Peter Travers wrote, "Swedish director Ruben Ostlund's art-world satire is frustratingly hit-and-miss. But when it hits, this slapstick tragedy will knock the wind out of you." And in the Atlantic, David Simms wrote, "The genius of [Ruben] Östlund's writing, and his careful staging of each major set piece, is that he's never inviting the audience to sit back and simply laugh at the ridiculousness." But in the New York Times, A. O. Scott wrote, ""The Square" is ultimately a long version of Christian's rambling apology, ostentatiously smart, maybe too much so for its own good, but ultimately complacent, craven and clueless."

Nuovo Olimpia,Via in Lucina 16/g  (near via del Corso, via Frattina) tel 06 8880 1283
3:30, 6:15, 9 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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