It’s the duty of a critic to direct their readership towards the best of cinema releases. Equally important is giving them a heads up when they’re in danger of wasting hard earned pennies on a clanger.
This week’s review will no doubt come to highlight the subjective nature of such a practice as the film in question will likely divide audiences all over the spectrum. Grimsby is the latest offering from Ali-G creator Sacha Baron Cohen – find out how it fared with us in this week’s review…
Also released this week is Carol from Todd Haynes (Velvet Goldmine, Far From Heaven) – a multi-Oscar nominated adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel The Price of Salt. The 1950s-set story charts a young female photographer’s attraction to an older woman.
If you’re more in the mood to munch popcorn, JJ Abrams has quietly produced what looks like being a tenuous sequel to 2008’s sci-fi thriller Cloverfield – 10 Cloverfield Lane.
Over at Cinemateket you’ll find another Oscar-nominated film, this time from Jordan. Theeb is set in the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I. It follows a young Bedouin boy’s coming-of-age as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination. Screenings are every evening from today (10th) – check times. Subs are English.
Cinemateket’s Oscar series continues at 14:00 this Saturday with a truly historic entry: Ralph Nelson’s Lilies of The Field (1963). The film, in which a travelling handyman helps some nuns build a chapel in the desert, earned Sidney Poitier the first ever Oscar win for a black American actor. For program details, see dfi.dk/Filmhuset.
Finally, over at Huset (huset-kbh.dk), you can sample some Spanish cinema with English subs as their Spanish series continues with the rarely seen expressionist horror The Tower Of Seven Hunchbacks. In Madrid during the 19th century, a game of roulette leads to a young man meeting the ghost of an archeologist who asks him to defend his living daughter from a gang of hunchbacks. As one does.