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Curzon Bloomsbury

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The Brunswick, London, WC1N 1AW
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American Animals

American Animals
  • 2018
  • US/UK
  • 1h 56min
  • Directed by: Bart Layton
  • Cast: Evan Peters, Ann Dowd, Blake Jenner

A group of young men plan and execute a heist of a university library in 2004. A masterfully balanced and insightful blend of drama and documentary, with a dramatization of the heist interspersed with interviews with the real participants; the two styles should work against each other but they complement each other perfectly. Audacious and playful.

Wed 19 Sep
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Mon 24 Sep

BlacKkKlansman

BlacKkKlansman
  • 2018
  • US
  • 2h 8min
  • Directed by: Spike Lee
  • Cast: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Topher Grace, Alec Baldwin

In 1978, Ron Stallworth (Washington), the first black man to join the Colorado Springs police, goes undercover in the Ku Klux Klan, with the help of fellow officer Flip (Driver). A stranger-than-fiction true story fusing buddy cop traditions with powerful recollections of cruelty, and anger at Trump’s America. Fascinating, funny and riveting.

Wed 19 Sep
Fri 21 Sep
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Sun 23 Sep
Mon 24 Sep

The Cleaners

  • 2018
  • Germany / Brazil / Netherlands / Italy / US
  • 1h 28min
  • Directed by: Hans Block, Moritz Riesewieck

Award-winning documentary about the people employed to moderate and remove violent, illegal material from the internet.

Wed 19 Sep

Climax

Climax
  • 2018
  • France
  • 1h 35min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Gaspar Noé
  • Cast: Sofia Boutella, Romain Guillermic, Souheila Yacoub

A dance troupe comes together to rehearse for a tour, but during the break someone spikes the sangria with acid and things quickly get weird. Noé’s fifth feature is as mixed-up as ever (opening credits halfway through, end credits at the start) and it aims to be the ultimate bad trip movie, but ultimately it’s both impressive and irritating.

Fri 21 Sep
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Mon 24 Sep

Cold War

Cold War
  • 2018
  • Poland / France / UK
  • Directed by: Pawel Pawlikowski
  • Cast: Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc, Jeanne Balibar

In 1949 Poland, Wiktor (Kot) is given the job of starting a folk music and dance academy, where he falls for Zula (Kulig). Pawlikowski’s film, dedicated to his own parents, is shot in ravishing black and white and is a stunning love story, steeped in song and emotion and exquisitely crafted.

Wed 19 Sep
Fri 21 Sep
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Sun 23 Sep
Mon 24 Sep

Faces Places

Faces Places
  • 2017
  • France
  • 1h 29min
  • Directed by: JR, Agnès Varda
  • Cast: Agnès Varda, JR

Director Agnès Varda and photographer JR go on a road trip through France, intending to send home postcards that gather the history of the places they visit. Varda’s mischievousness and empathy radiate throughout, and the pair’s cross-generational friendship is enriching, inspiring and irrestistible.

Fri 21 Sep
Sat 22 Sep
Sun 23 Sep
Mon 24 Sep

The King

The King
  • 2017
  • USA/Germany
  • 1h 47min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Eugene Jarecki

A documentary examining the career of Elvis Presley 40 years after his death as director Eugene Jarecki’s takes the King’s 1963 Rolls Royce on a musical road trip across America.

Wed 19 Sep

Lucky

Lucky
  • 2017
  • US
  • 1h 28min
  • Directed by: John Carroll Lynch
  • Cast: Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Ron Livingston, Ed Begley Jr

Lucky (Stanton) is a committed atheist who takes a quiet pleasure in his daily routines, while coming to terms with his mortality. Debut director Lynch downplays the drama, resting the film on Stanton’s cantankerous, charming performance and his interactions with others. An elegant and moving meditation on life and death and a fitting memorial to its late star.

Wed 19 Sep
Fri 21 Sep
Sat 22 Sep
Sun 23 Sep
Mon 24 Sep

Matangi / Maya / M.I.A.

Matangi / Maya / M.I.A.
  • 2018
  • US / UK
  • Directed by: Stephen Loveridge
  • Cast: Maya Arulpragasam,

Documentary about rapper M.I.A., aka Maya Arulpragasam, from her formative years on a London council estate to the present. Loveridge shows how Maya’s rap persona was born in part of her immigrant status and guilt about family members left to face the violence in Sri Lanka, and the film conveys the passion that fuels the artist’s work.

Fri 21 Sep
Sat 22 Sep
Sun 23 Sep
Mon 24 Sep

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

The Miseducation of Cameron Post
  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 30min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Desiree Akhavan
  • Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Jennifer Ehle, Marin Ireland

When Cameron (Moretz) is discovered being intimate with another girl in the back of her boyfriend’s car, she’s shipped off a Christian ‘conversion’ camp. The screenplay avoids cliché and treats all the characters with empathy, and Moretz’s subtle strength is balanced by Lane’s resigned sarcasm as a fellow inmate. Understated and powerful.

Wed 19 Sep
Fri 21 Sep
Sat 22 Sep
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Mon 24 Sep

Reinventing Marvin

  • 2017
  • France
  • 1h 55min
  • Directed by: Anne Fontaine
  • Cast: Finnegan Oldfield, Grégory Gadebois, Vincent Macaigne

A young man escapes from his family to chase his dream of becoming an actor.

Wed 19 Sep

The Rider

The Rider
  • 2017
  • US
  • 1h 44min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Chloé Zhao
  • Cast: Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau

Brady (Jandreau) is a South Dakotan bronco rider whose head has been stapled together following a rodeo accident, and who must face that another fall could kill him. Zhao uses non-professional actors to great effect, and the film broods with unforced inner tension and lyric naturalism.

Wed 19 Sep
Fri 21 Sep
Sat 22 Sep
Sun 23 Sep
Mon 24 Sep

The Seagull

The Seagull
  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 38min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Michael Mayer
  • Cast: Annette Bening, Corey Stoll, Saoirse Ronan, Brian Dennehy

A celebrated actress (Bening) descends on the country estate of her ailing brother (Dennehy). This umpteenth adaptation of Chekhov’s play has a great cast, but there are too many pretty pictures of the lake and the woods and the subtleties of the piece are rarely touched on. Less than affecting.

Wed 19 Sep
Fri 21 Sep
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Mon 24 Sep

Under the Wire

Under the Wire
  • 2018
  • UK
  • 1h 35min
  • Directed by: Christopher Martin
  • Cast: Paul Conroy, Marie Colvin

Documentary about the last assignment undertaken by the late war correspondent Marie Colvin and photographer Paul Conroy. A gripping and ultimate account of investigative journalism in frontline Syria, with extensive footage and hindsight testimony from the gruffly charismatic Conroy.

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Wed 19 Sep
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Wajib

  • 2017
  • Palestine/France/Colombia
  • 1h 36min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Annemarie Jacir
  • Cast: Mohammad Bakri, Saleh Bakri, Tarik Kopty, Maria Zreik

Shadi (S. Bakri) has to accompany his father Abu Shadi (M. Bakri) as they hand-deliver wedding invitations for sister Amal (Zreik). Smartly-paced, modestly-scaled family drama that leaves a warm glow even while it deals honestly with difficult issues.

Wed 19 Sep
Fri 21 Sep
Sat 22 Sep
Sun 23 Sep
Mon 24 Sep

Weapon of Choice

  • 2018
  • Austria / Iraq / USA
  • 1h 30min
  • Directed by: Fritz Ofner, Eva Hausberger

The history of the Glock handgun favoured by action movies and the international arms market.

Wed 19 Sep
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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