At cinemas: Helpless aliens, Herzog’s icemen and Hardy’s classic

And so endeth CPH:PIX. The festival goes from strength to strength and now, in its absence – and the absence of over 200 films to choose from – we’re forced to return to the comparatively dull business of visiting the cinema for plainold general releases …

For the fanboys, this transition from PIX to flicks will no doubt be eased by the onset of summertime season – or what can more accurately be named superhero season (thanks in main to the efforts of Marvel Studios and their annual quota being upped from two films to three).

This week sees the year’s big release for cape-lovers everywhere, Avengers: Age Of Ultron, which is Joss Whedon’s return to Marvel’s cinematic universe after 2012’s phenomenally successful The Avengers. Can he strike the same lightning twice? Avengers: Age Of Ultron is reviewed this week.

Also on general release is Earth To Echo, in which a group of children encounter a loveable alien in need of help; Red Army, a Werner Herzog-produced documentary that chronicles the Russian national ice hockey team; and period classic Far from the Madding Crowd, which is the latest offering from Festen director Thomas Vinterberg.

On Sunday at Cinemateket, they continue their bimonthly screening of Danish films with English subtitles. Showing this week is The Sunfish (Klumpfisken), in which a fisherman living in a small town in northern Jutland is struggling to survive the financial crisis. Desperate times lead him to a female marine biologist, and soon he’s forced to choose between his old life and a new one. The film starts 14.15 and an extra 40kr will get you coffee and a pastry. For a full Cinemateket program visit dfi.dk/Filmhuset.

Finally, Huset Bio have started a new monthly slot in their calendar, CLUB SHAOLIN, featuring martial arts mayhem. This Sunday (at 19:00) kicks off with the 1976 film The Master of the Flying Guillotine (the sequel to The One-Armed Boxer from 1972) in which a one-armed kung fu instructor must combat a blind flinger of flying guillotines. Notable for its soundtrack by Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk, tickets are 50kr (huset-kbh.dk).





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