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Curzon Bloomsbury

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The Brunswick, London, WC1N 1AW
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1985

  • 2018
  • USA
  • 1h 25min
  • Directed by: Yen Tan
  • Cast: Bill Heck, Jamie Chung, Virginia Madsen

A closeted man goes home to his conservative family in the early days of the HIV / AIDS crisis.

Thu 20 Dec

Becoming Animal

Becoming Animal
  • 2018
  • Switzerland
  • 1h 19min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Emma Davie, Peter Mettler

Alternative nature film about what it means to inhabit our animal bodies.

Sun 16 Dec

Disobedience

Disobedience
  • 2018
  • UK / Ireland / US
  • 1h 54min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Sebastián Lelio
  • Cast: Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola

Ronit (Weisz) is a photographer from an Orthodox Jewish family who comes home after her father’s death to find her teenage lover (McAdams) has married her father’s protégé (Nivola). Dour but engaging portrait of a cloistered community, intimate and authentic but also a little clumsy.

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Free Solo

Free Solo
  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 40min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

Documentary about free solo climber Alex Honnold and his ambition to ascend El Capitan in Yosemite national park. Insightful and exhilarating, showing how Honnold’s personal life and background have affected his climbing, and how the filmmakers themselves had to take special efforts not to distract him into making a disastrous error.

Fri 14 Dec
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The House That Jack Built

The House That Jack Built
  • 2018
  • Denmark / France / Germany / Sweden
  • Directed by: Lars Von Trier
  • Cast: Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman, Sofie Gråbøl

Jack (Dillon) is a serial killer who takes up murder after an annoying woman suggests he doesn’t have it in him. Dillon is convincingly sinister, but it’s just Von Trier playing with killer thriller tropes and poking fun at perceptions of himself, and it’s difficult to get offended by such an obvious attempt to provoke.

Fri 14 Dec
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Lizzie

Lizzie
  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 46min
  • Directed by: Craig William Macneill
  • Cast: Kristen Stewart, Chloë Sevigny, Fiona Shaw, Jamey Sheridan

Lizzie Borden (Sevigny) lives with her scrimping father (Sheridan) in 1890s Massachusetts, but then their new maid Bridget (Stewart) has a transforming influence on her. Well-cast, sometimes uneven but pertinent retelling of the Borden case for our times, with Sevigny and Stewart contrasting but very good.

Fri 14 Dec
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Metropolitan Opera Live: La Traviata

Live from the Met
  • 2018

Verdi's opera about the passionate, consumptive Violetta, conducted by Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Sat 15 Dec

The Old Man and The Gun

The Old Man and The Gun
  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 33min
  • Directed by: David Lowery
  • Cast: Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Sissy Spacek

Based on the true story of Forrest Tucker (Redford), a career criminal and perpetual prison escapee, who’s being chased by Texas lawman John Hunt (Affleck). Redford says it’ll be his last film and it’s a fitting ending: playful, highly entertaining and made with great skill.

Sat 15 Dec
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Roma

Roma
  • 2018
  • Mexico / US
  • 2h 15min
  • Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón
  • Cast: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira

Cleo (Aparicio) is the loyal servant of a middle-class family headed by Sofia (de Tavira), in the Roma district of Mexico City in 1970-71. Beautifully crafted family drama that mixes quiet intimacy with observation of the tumultuous times in the nation, melancholy but thoroughly absorbing and gently touching.

Fri 14 Dec
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Shoplifters

Shoplifters
  • 2018
  • Japan
  • 2h 1min
  • Directed by: Hirokazu Koreeda
  • Cast: Kirin Kiki, Lily Franky, Sakura Andô

A family in Tokyo lives by shoplifting, and then Osamu (Franky) and Shota (Kairi) bring home a little girl who seems to be homeless. The humanity of the performances and the loving attention to visual detail are of a piece in what’s ultimately a film about love.

Fri 14 Dec
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Sorry to Bother You

Sorry to Bother You
  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 51min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Boots Riley
  • Cast: Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler

Cassius (Stanfield) is a downtrodden drudge who becomes a star at a call centre after fellow telemarketer Langston (Glover) tells him to ‘use your white voice’. Brash, unruly and frequently funny satire on race, power, corporate greed and work; it doesn’t really know how to end, but it’s full of attitude and anarchy.

Fri 14 Dec
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Three Identical Strangers

Three Identical Strangers
  • 2018
  • UK
  • 1h 36min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Tim Wardle
  • Cast: Bobby Shafran, Eddy Galland, David Kellman

Documentary about three men, Bobby Shafran, Eddy Galland and David Kellman, who had never met but who discovered in adult life that they were triplets. Wardle uses dogged journalistic focus and expert filmmaking to tell each jaw-dropping revelation, in a powerful and emotional study of family and identity.

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Widows

Widows
  • 2018
  • UK / US
  • 2h 9min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Steve McQueen
  • Cast: Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, Liam Neeson

Veronica (Davis) is the wife of career criminal Harry (Neeson), who talks the wives of her husband’s associates into pulling off a heist after their husbands are unable to (see the movie title.) Densely populated and richly realised crime drama, with three fine leads in Davis, Debicki and Rodriguez, and McQueen’s contemplative style is balanced with genre thrills and feminist fury.

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The Wild Pear Tree

The Wild Pear Tree
  • 2018
  • Turkey / Republic of Macedonia / France / Germany / Bosnia and Herzgovina / Bulgaria / Sweden
  • Directed by: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  • Cast: Dogu Demirkol, Murat Cemcir, Hazar Ergüçlü

Sinan (Demirkol), recently graduated from college, returns to his home village and an uncertain future. Elegiac and somewhat meandering tale of a prodigal son and an errant father, beautifully filmed and impeccably acted, confirming its director’s status as a modern-day Chekhov.

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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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