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The Brunswick, London, WC1N 1AW
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The Amazing Johnathan Documentary

The Amazing Johnathan Documentary
  • 2019
  • US
  • 1h 31min
  • Directed by: Benjamin Berman
  • Cast: The Amazing Johnathan, Eric André, Benjamin Berman

A journey through truth and fiction as a dying magician does his final tour.

Tue 19 Nov

Berlin Bouncer

Berlin Bouncer

In the late 1980s, Frank Künster came from West Germany to Berlin, where Smiley Baldwin, an American GI, was guarding the border to East Berlin and Sven Marquardt, a young punk and photographer, was living on the other side.

When the Wall fell, nightclubs became some of the first truly reunited spaces in the city. Frank, Smiley and Sven were caught up in this scene and soon became the legendary ‘guardians’ of Berlin’s hippest clubs, including the famous Berghain.

This documentary tells their stories, taking them forward to the present where forces of gentrification threaten some of these important places.

Germany 2019 Dir David Dietl 87 min Digital presentation

Fri 15 Nov
Sun 17 Nov
Tue 19 Nov
Wed 20 Nov

By the Grace of God

By the Grace of God
  • 2018
  • France
  • 2h 14min
  • 15
  • Directed by: François Ozon
  • Cast: Melvil Poupaud, Denis Ménochet, Swann Arlaud

Alexandre (Poupaud) is a 40-year-old bank executive who, like many others, was molested in his youth by local priest Father Bernard (Verley); he decides to confront the Archbishop of Lyon about it. A scrupulously researched procedural that’s already been dubbed ‘the French Spotlight’, it has real urgency and strikes a significant blow.

Thu 14 Nov

A Dog Called Money

  • 2019
  • 1h 34min
  • Directed by: Seamus Murphy

Documentary about the creation of PJ Harvey’s 2016 album The Hope Six Demolition Project, which also travels around the globe looking at poverty, privilege, greed, racism and religion. Harvey’s songs are mournful and angry but for all the creative reportage, as a portrait of oppressive capitalism it needed to dig deeper.

Thu 14 Nov
Sat 16 Nov
Mon 18 Nov

The Earthquake Bird

  • 2019
  • 1h 47min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Wash Westmoreland
  • Cast: Alicia Vikander, Riley Keough, Jack Huston

Alicia Vikander is accused of a murder in this suspenseful thriller directed by Wash Westmoreland. The film is based on the highly successful novel by Susanna Jones.

Thu 14 Nov

The Hottest August

  • 2019
  • US, Canada
  • 1h 34min
  • Directed by: Brett Story

Brett Story's documentary follows everyday people in New York asking for their thoughts on climate change and political affairs.

Fri 15 Nov
Sat 16 Nov
Sun 17 Nov
Mon 18 Nov
Tue 19 Nov
Wed 20 Nov

The Irishman

The Irishman
  • 2019
  • US
  • 3h 30min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Martin Scorsese
  • Cast: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Anna Paquin

The story of mob enforcer and union official Frank Sheeran (De Niro) and his relationship with Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino) and Mafia string-puller Russell Bufalino (Pesci). The de-aging technology is easy to forgive thanks to the masterly filmmaking, and although there’s no room for a complex female character it’s gripping, sombre and builds to a shattering conclusion.

Thu 14 Nov
Fri 15 Nov
Sat 16 Nov
Sun 17 Nov
Mon 18 Nov
Tue 19 Nov
Wed 20 Nov

Joker

Joker
  • 2019
  • US
  • 2h 2min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Todd Phillips
  • Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beetz, Robert De Niro

Arthur Fleck (Phoenix) is an unsuccessful clown who wants to be a comedian, but he gradually turns to evil. This dizzying origin story about Batman’s nemesis is like an ode to 1970s New York City; Phoenix is astonishing and Phillips’s grave vision never swerves. Unmissable.

Thu 14 Nov

Klaus

Klaus
  • 2019
  • Spain
  • 1h 36min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Sergio Pablos
  • Cast: Rashida Jones, J.K. Simmons, Joan Cusack, Jason Schwartzman

A postman visits a frozen town where he discovers Santa Claus.

Thu 14 Nov

Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound

Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound
  • 2019
  • US
  • 1h 34min
  • Directed by: Midge Costin

An exploration of the role of sound in film by sound-editor-turned-educator Costin. It never feels dry, with contributions from notable directors and sound designers, and although it’s almost entirely about American movies it’s still an exceptional introduction to a neglected art form. Accessible, illuminating and entertaining.

Fri 15 Nov
Sun 17 Nov
Mon 18 Nov

Marriage Story

Marriage Story
  • 2019
  • US
  • 2h 16min
  • Directed by: Noah Baumbach
  • Cast: Merritt Wever, Scarlett Johansson, Laura Dern

Nicole (Johansson) and Charlie (Driver) are a married couple separating, squabbling over their son Henry (Robertson). Baumbach’s approach is variously cool, clean, hilarious, devastating, discreet and confrontational; Johansson remains sympathetic even as she hides behind her lawyer, while Driver brings affable charm. Authentic, naturalistic yet irreverent.

Fri 15 Nov
Sat 16 Nov
Sun 17 Nov
Mon 18 Nov
Tue 19 Nov
Wed 20 Nov

Meeting Gorbachev

Meeting Gorbachev
  • 2018
  • UK / Germany / US
  • PG
  • Directed by: Werner Herzog

A portrait of the last leader of the Soviet Union, culled from three interviews and lots of archive material. Herzog clearly admires Gorbachev and it’s others, such as Lech Walesa, who provide more critical distance. Gorbachev comes across as genial but steely, a harsh judge of his own failings, and it’s fascinating and even touching.

Thu 14 Nov
Fri 15 Nov
Sat 16 Nov
Sun 17 Nov
Mon 18 Nov
Wed 20 Nov

Monos

Monos
  • 2019
  • Colombia / Argentina / Netherlands / Germany / Sweden / Uruguay / US
  • 1h 42min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Alejandro Landes
  • Cast: Sofia Buenaventura, Moises Arias, Julianne Nicholson

In an unnamed Latin American country, a ragtag team of adolescent male and female guerrillas are guarding an American hostage, Doctora (Nicholson). There’s no social or political context: it’s a primal chaotic portrait of the impact of conflict on the soul. A masterful exploration of the inhumanity of battle and the hostilities of adolescence.

Thu 14 Nov

National Theatre Live: Fleabag

National Theatre Live: Fleabag
  • 15
  • Directed by: Vicky Jones
  • Cast: Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Live broadcast of Fleabag, written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Mon 18 Nov

Non-Fiction

Non-Fiction
  • 2018
  • France
  • 1h 48min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Olivier Assayas
  • Cast: Guillaume Canet, Juliette Binoche, Vincent Macaigne

Editor Alain (Canet) isn’t going to publish Léonard (Macaigne)’s latest work, which annoys Alain’s wife Selena (Binoche) because she’s having an affair with Léonard. An uncharacteristically conventional comedy from Assayas, with fine performances but talky and disappointingly self-satisfied.

Thu 14 Nov
Fri 15 Nov
Sat 16 Nov
Sun 17 Nov
Mon 18 Nov
Tue 19 Nov
Wed 20 Nov

Pain and Glory

Pain and Glory
  • 2019
  • Spain
  • 1h 53min
  • Directed by: Pedro Almodovar
  • Cast: Antonio Banderas, Penelope Cruz, Leonardo Sbaraglia

Retired director Salvador (Banderas) reflects on his life while one of his older movies is being restored. This is Almodóvar on subdued, melancholic form, and while the film’s standoffish tone prevents us from feeling fully involved, the director’s sense of cinema remains undiminished.

Thu 14 Nov
Fri 15 Nov
Sat 16 Nov
Sun 17 Nov
Mon 18 Nov
Tue 19 Nov
Wed 20 Nov

The Report

  • 2019
  • US
  • 1h 59min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Scott Z. Burns
  • Cast: Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Jon Hamm

Daniel Jones (Driver), a former US Senate investigator, writes a report on the CIA’s torture programme which reveals that torture produces no actionable intelligence. A damning if flat indictment of CIA practices with some insulting creative decisions (such as gratuitous scenes of staged torture); full of facts, but devoid of tension, drama and emotion.

Fri 15 Nov
Sat 16 Nov
Sun 17 Nov
Mon 18 Nov
Tue 19 Nov
Wed 20 Nov

Sorry We Missed You

Sorry We Missed You
  • 2019
  • UK
  • Directed by: Ken Loach
  • Cast: Kris Hitchen, Debbie Honeywood, Rhys Stone, Katie Proctor

Ricky (Hitchen) becomes a freelance delivery driver in order to earn more money, but the financial toll on himself and his wife Abby (Honeywood) starts to destroy their family life. No easy answers, no triumph against the odds, just a gruelling portrait of the damage the system can do.

Thu 14 Nov
Fri 15 Nov
Sat 16 Nov
Sun 17 Nov
Mon 18 Nov
Tue 19 Nov
Wed 20 Nov

The Souvenir

The Souvenir
  • 2019
  • UK
  • 2h
  • 15
  • Directed by: Joanna Hogg
  • Cast: Honor Swinton Byrne, Tom Burke, Tilda Swinton, Richard Ayoade

Julie (Swinton Byrne) is an unworldly filmmaking student, balancing her work with a fraught relationship with Foreign Office worker Anthony (Burke). Swinton Byrne gives a fine, unaffected performance (with her own mother Swinton as Julie’s stiff but loving mother) and Hogg provides a brilliant, unsparing portrait of her own creative evolution.

Thu 14 Nov
Curzon Bloomsbury

This is a six screen Curzon which has undergone a major refurbishment (re-opened in spring 2015) with Sony 4K projectors and Dolby Atmos sound systems.

The redesign of Curzon Bloomsbury was completed by architect Takero Shimazaki who acknowledged the influence of filmmakers Peter Greenaway and Andrei Tarkovsky. The new furniture was designed by Eileen Gray.

This cinema, previously called the Renoir, hosts many premieres of Artificial Eye movies.

Russel Square is the nearest tube, and buses 7, 59, 68, 91, 168, 188 pass nearby.

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