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CHEF FLYNN d. Cameron Yates, 2018 + INTRO with the director at DocHouse (18 FEB 16:30):
- “It started off “like a nutty play date”: Flynn McGarry’s mother indulged his love of fancy cooking by letting the eleven year old run a pop up restaurant from her front room in California, staffed by his friends. Soon Flynn’s huge talent catches the attention of the media, turning him into a national phenomenon.”
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- NOW BOOKING: MULTIPLE MANIACS (1970) kickstarts a new John Waters ‘selectrospective’ at The Prince Charles Cinema (04 MAR to 26 JUN 2019). Read our guide to every goddam thing.
- FEBRUARY 2019: Planning ahead? Find out what’s screening for the rest of the month with our epic repertory roundup.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
A PRIVATE WAR d. Matthew Heineman, 2018 + Q&A with Paul Conroy at Curzon Mayfair (18 FEB 18:10):
- “The first feature from documentary director Matthew Heineman avoids biopic cliches and instead asks troubling deeper questions about Marie Colvin’s motivations. Told with the genuine savagery and chaos of modern warfare, it is a testament to the pursuit of the truth at all costs.”
A TOUCH OF NOIR d. various + Q&A with filmmakers at Regent Street Cinema (18 FEB 19:30):
- “Shorts On Tap is celebrating its 5th Birthday with a top-notch selection of Neo-noir short films at our favourite movie house in London: Regent Street Cinema. A Touch of Noir is a shadowy, dimly lit programme of dark stories, mysterious characters and dangerous situations.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- LOVE d. various + Q&A with directors at Peckhamplex (18 FEB 18:30).
- MEKTOUB, MY LOVE d. Abdellatif Kechiche, 2017 at Barbican (18 FEB 14:45).
- THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS d. Tim Wardle, 2018 at The Prince Charles (18 FEB 13:30).
- VICE d. Adam McKay, 2019 at Barbican (18 FEB 20:25).
- THE WIFE d. Bjorn Runge, 2017 at Picturehouse Central (18 FEB 11:50).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
AND THE NOMINEES ARE… OSCARS 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 04 MAY):
- SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE d. Rodney Rothman, Bob Persichetti & Peter Ramsey, 2018 (18 FEB 13:15).
- RBG d. Julie Cohen & Betsy West, 2018 (18 FEB 15:50).
- FREE SOLO d. Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, 2018 (18 FEB 18:10).
- SHOPLIFTERS d. Hirokazu Koreeda, 2018 (18 FEB 21:00).
BE THE COWBOY: THE CINEMA OF ULRICH KÖHLER at Deptford Cinema & Goethe-Institut (18 to 27 FEB):
- BUNGALOW d. Ulrich Köhler, 2002 (18 FEB 20:00, Deptford Cinema).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: AND THE ACADEMY AWARD DIDN’T GO TO… at BFI Southbank (FEB):
- SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS d. Alexander Mackendrick, 1957 (18 FEB 20:50).
CLOSE-UP ON VERA CHYTILOVÁ at Close-Up (13 FEB to 01 MAR):
- SOMETHING DIFFERENT d. Vera Chytilová, 1963 (18 FEB 20:15).
EARLY KOREAN CINEMA: LOST FILMS FROM THE JAPANESE COLONIAL PERIOD at BFI Southbank (FEB):
- SPRING OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA 35mm + PANEL d. Lee Byung-il, 1941 (18 FEB 18:10).
MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI: CONFRONTING THE MODERN WORLD WITH STYLE at BFI Southbank (JAN to FEB):
- IDENTIFICATION OF A WOMAN 35mm + INTRO by Enrica Fico Antonioni d. Michelangelo Antonioni, 1982 (18 FEB 18:00).
STARRING BARBARA STANWYCK at BFI Southbank (FEB to MAR):
- THE LADY EVE d. Preston Sturges, 1941 (18 FEB 14:30, 18:20 & 20:30).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
JELLYFISH d. James Gardner, 2018 at Rio Cinema (18 FEB 18:00):
- Between being bullied at school, put upon by her overbearing boss at the local amusement arcade and having to look after her younger brother, sister and manic-depressive mother, life isn’t easy for 15 year-old Sarah Taylor. However, when Sarah’s drama teacher channels her ferocious and volatile energies in to a stand-up comedy routine for the graduation showcase, Sarah discovers that she may have a hidden talent…
MEKTOUB MY LOVE: CANTO UNO d. Abdellatif Kechiche, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (18 FEB 19:30):
- Abdellatif Kechiche (winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2013 for BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR) casts a nostalgic glow on the wonders of youth in this coming-of-age saga set in 1994. Amin (Shaïn Boumedine), an aspiring screenwriter living in Paris, decides to reconnect with his family and his childhood friends in a fishing village in the South of France.
WHEN THE WAR COMES d. Jan Gebert, 2018 at DocHouse (18 FEB 18:30):
- There are few things as sinister as a young, arrogant man with a dictator-style hair-cut and a violent bully-boy attitude towards society. Peter Švrček lives with his mum in rural Slovakia and is angry about refugees. With various right-wing sympathies and neo-nazi ideals, Švrček proceeds to search for like-minded men to play army games in the woods with him, and gains confidence in his ideas by the election of Trump.
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- BEAUTIFUL BOY d. Felix van Groeningen, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (16 to 21 FEB). BURNING d. Lee Chang-dong, 2018 at Arthouse (15 to 21 FEB). CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? d. Marielle Heller, 2018 at ArtHouse (15 to 21 FEB). THE FAVOURITE d. Yorgos Lanthimos, 2018 at Rich Mix (16 to 20 FEB). FORGOTTEN SOLDIER d. Lucile Smith, 2018 + 100 FACES d. Benjamin Till, 2018 at JW3 (17 to 21 FEB). FREE SOLO d. Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, 2018 at The Prince Charles (15 to 21 FEB). GREEN BOOK d. Peter Farrelly, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (15 to 21 FEB). HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING d. RaMell Ross, 2018 at ICA (until 21 FEB). IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK d. Barry Jenkins, 2019 at Rich Mix (until 21 FEB). LOVELESS d. Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2017 at Whirled Cinema (18 to 24 FEB). MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS d. Josie Rourke, 2018 at Lexi Cinema (15 to 21 FEB). SHOPLIFTERSd. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2018 at ICA (until 21 FEB). THE SILENCE OF OTHERS d. Almudena Carracedo & Robert Bahar, 2018 at DocHouse (15 to 21 FEB). VICE d. Adam McKay, 2018 at Watermans (15 to 21 FEB).
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