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Curzon Bloomsbury

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The Brunswick, London, WC1N 1AW
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The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner
  • 2017
  • 1h 33min
  • Directed by: Nora Twomey
  • Cast: Saara Chaudry, Soma Chhaya, Noorin Gulamgaus

Parvana (Chaudry) is an 11-year-old girl living in Kabul, who when her father is arrested by the Taliban, disguises herself as a boy so she can move around unimpeded. The animation is elegantly simple and it’s a valiant effort, but the script lacks clarity and it’s hard to see how children would take to such a politically-charged narrative.

Tue 17 Jul
Wed 18 Jul

First Reformed

First Reformed
  • 2017
  • US
  • 1h 53min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Paul Schrader
  • Cast: Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric Kyles, Philip Ettinger

Rev Toller (Hawke) is an ailing priest at a First Reformed Church in upstate New York, who becomes concerned about despairing parishioner Michael (Ettinger) and his wife Mary (Seyfriend). Schrader has a triumphant return to form in this searching and meticulous drama, with a career-best performance from Hawke.

Tue 17 Jul
Wed 18 Jul

Hereditary

Hereditary
  • 2018
  • US
  • 2h 7min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ari Aster
  • Cast: Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro

Annie (Collette) is an artist who crafts a dollhouse depicting the traumas of her life, but then her family begins to feel they’re being haunted by her late mother. Unnervingly oppressive debut from Aster, exploring maternal guilt and family anxiety. Collette has one of her best roles in years.

Tue 17 Jul
Wed 18 Jul

In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts)

In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts)
  • 2017
  • Germany/France
  • 1h 46min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Fatih Akin
  • Cast: Diane Kruger, Denis Moschitto, Numan Acar

When Katja (Kruger)’s husband (Acar) and young son (Santana) are killed in a nail bomb attack, she is further traumatised by a police investigation which focuses on his criminal past rather than the evidence that it was racially motivated. Kruger won Best Actress at Cannes for her outstanding work as Katja.

Tue 17 Jul
Wed 18 Jul

Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace
  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 48min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Debra Granik
  • Cast: Ben Foster, Thomasin McKenzie

Tom (McKenzie) is the teenage daughter of Will (Foster), a traumatised military veteran who sells on his own PTSD medication and takes her from place to place, refusing to settle down. Sensitive and non-judgmental picture of a capable young woman and her well-meaning but troubled father, with gorgeously subtle performances.

Tue 17 Jul
Wed 18 Jul

Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley
  • 2017
  • USA
  • 2h
  • 15
  • Directed by: Haifaa Al-Mansour
  • Cast: Elle Fanning, Maisie Williams, Douglas Booth, Ben Hardy

Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (Fanning) meets her soulmate in poet Percy Shelley (Booth), skips off to the continent with he and her sister (Powley) and goes about writing her first novel, Frankenstein. Unassuming period drama, solidly crafted and absorbing but a little too respectful and tasteful to really come alive.

Tue 17 Jul
Wed 18 Jul

McQueen

McQueen
  • 2018
  • UK
  • 1h 51min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ian Bonhôte, Peter Ettedgui
  • Cast: Alexander McQueen

Elegant documentary on the working-class London lad who became chief designer at Givenchy, combining behind-the-scenes footage with archive comments and fresh interviews, looking at the grief caused by the loss of close friend Isabella Blow and his beloved mother. Informative, engrossing but never maudlin.

Tue 17 Jul
Wed 18 Jul

Racer and the Jailbird

Racer and the Jailbird
  • 2017
  • Belgium / France / Netherlands
  • 2h 10min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Michaël R Roskam
  • Cast: Matthias Schoenaerts, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Eric De Staercke

Gigi (Schoenaerts) is a gentlemanly gangster who falls for Bibi (Exarchopoulos), a rich girl racer working for daddy’s construction company, only she doesn’t believe he’s really a criminal. Plodding, overlong and underwhelming crime drama which gives Exarchopoulos in particular not nearly enough to work with; a lacklustre romance and an underpowered thriller.

Tue 17 Jul
Wed 18 Jul

RSC Live: Romeo and Juliet

Royal Shakespeare Company: Romeo and Juliet
  • 2018

Shakespeare’s most famous story of love at first sight explodes with intense passion in this contemporary production with heartbreaking consequences.

Wed 18 Jul

Summer 1993

  • 2017
  • Spain
  • 1h 38min
  • Directed by: Juan Sebastian Mesa
  • Cast: Laia Artigas, Paula Robles, Bruna Cusí, David Verdaguer

A six year old girl has just lost her mother to AIDS and has to move in with her aunt and uncle in the rural countryside and learn to cope with her emotions.

Tue 17 Jul
Wed 18 Jul

Time Trial

  • 2017
  • UK
  • 1h 22min
  • Directed by: Finlay Pretsell

Sports doc about cyclist David Millar as he embarks on his last Tour de France.

Tue 17 Jul

Whitney

Whitney
  • 2018
  • UK/US
  • 2h
  • 15
  • Directed by: Kevin Macdonald
  • Cast: Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown,

Clear-sighted, compassionate portrait of Whitney Houston, which derives its strength from the range of testimony it’s collected, from family members, surly former husband Brown, film co-stars and assorted siblings and loved ones. It reminds us of her thrilling, spine-tingling voice while bringing revelations that many of her troubles lay in childhood trauma.

Tue 17 Jul
Wed 18 Jul
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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