The Best of Rome:
MOVIES IN ENGLISH
(Programming subject to change)
Week of May 16 - May 22, 2013
Via in Lucina 16/g off Via del Corso near Via Frattina) tel 06 6861068
The Great Gatsby
The latest extravaganza from director Baz Lurhman (Moulin Rouge), based on the book by F. Scott Fitzgerald, opened the Cannes film festival this week, and has invaded the thetaers of Rome. Tobey Maguire plays would-be writer Nick Carrawayfollows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and sky-rocketing stocks. Leonardo di Caprio plays millionaire Jay Gatsby, and his alluring cousin Daisy is played by Carey Mulligan. Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits, and you know the rest. Reviews have been seriously mixed. In Time Magazine, Richard Corliss wrote, "Maguire's otherworldly coolness suits the observer drawn into a story he might prefer only to watch. Di Caprio is persuasive as the little boy lost impersonating a tough guy, and Mulligan finds ways to express Daisy's magnetism and weakness." David Edelstein gushed in New York magazine, "The best thing about Baz Luhrmann's much-anticipated/much-dreaded The Great Gatsby is that, for all its computer-generated whoosh and overbroad acting, it is unmistakably F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. That is no small deal." And in the New York Times, A.O. Scott wrote, "The result is less a conventional movie adaptation than a splashy, trashy opera, a wayward, lavishly theatrical celebration of the emotional and material extravagance that Fitzgerald surveyed with fascinated ambivalence." But many critics, really, really didn't like the film. In Rolling Stone, Peter Travers wrote, "There may be worse movies this summer than The Great Gatsby, but there won't be a more crushing disappointment." In the Washington Post, Ann Hornaday wrote, "Despite timely relevance, enduring truths and Luhrmann's earnest efforts to make The Great Gatsby jump off the screen, he — and we — finally can't help but fail to grasp it." Even more crushing, in the Wall Street Journal, Joe Morgenstern wrote, "This dreadful film even derogates the artistry of Fitzgerald. .. "
4:15, 6:45, 9:15, 10:20 pm
Barberini, Piazza Barberini, tel 06 863 91361
Mega multi-plex, snack bars, cafe: 2:30, 5:15, 8, 10:45 pm
Giulio Cesare, Viale Giulio Cesare 229 (Prati) tel 06 397 20877
Three screens, bar: 4:15, 7:10, 10:05 pm
Lux, Via Massaciuccoli 33 (Trieste) tel 06 86 391 361
Multi-plex, paid parking : 9 pm
Side Effects (Effetti Collaterali)
Just when her husband is released after four years spent behind bars for insider trading, the young Emily falls prey once again to a brutal depression. After an awkward suicide attempt, she ends up in the care of a psychiatrist who prescibres an anti-depressant. But the side effects are so strong the Emily stabs her husband in a state of sleepwalking, but the situation gets increasingly complicated. With Channing Tatum, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jude Law. Reviews were mostly good. In the Wall Street Journal, Joe Morgenstern wrote, "The film as a whole is consistently enjoyable and sometimes thrilling, a classic Soderbergh showcase for provocative storytelling and marvelous acting." In the New York Times, A.O. Scott wrote, "While the plot may be predictable (and more than a little preposterous) in retrospect, Mr. Soderbergh handles it brilliantly, serving notice once again that he is a crackerjack genre technician." And in Rolling Stone, Peter Travers called the film "a hell of a thriller, twisty, terrific and packed with surprises you don't see coming."
4:15, 6:20, 8:25, 10:30 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.
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