My trips to the cinema 2018
It’s my 25th year of existence. I survived the chaos. I can travel by myself on the overground, the underground and the bus. I know how to get myself to the ICA, I thirst for celluloid more than ever before, I have a lifetime membership at the Prince Charles Cinema and the BFI Southbank is screening animation all year round. Also, the cinema at my favourite shopping centre now has reclining seats.
Let’s do this.
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Ed Wood (1994)Comedy Drama History
When it came to making bad movies, Ed Wood was the best.
The mostly true story of the legendary "worst director of all time", who, with the help of his strange friends, filmed countless B-movies without ever becoming famous or successful.Vote count 513 Vote avg 73 Release date 1994-09-27
★★★★★ | SCREENING: 35mm | DATE: January 3rd | CINEMA: BFI Southbank | LOCATION: London
George Studdy’s cartoon pup makes the transition to the cinema screen and sets the tone for many a British tourist with his drunken high jinks in Paris.Vote count 1 Vote avg 80 Release date 1925-08-10
From Sorcerer’s Scissors to Adolph’s Busy Day: A New History of British Animation Part One | SCREENING: Animation 2018 | DATE: January 4th | CINEMA: BFI Southbank | LOCATION: London
All the Money in the World (2017)Thriller History Drama
J. Paul Getty had a fortune. Everyone else paid the price.
The story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Getty to pay the ransom.Vote count 62 Vote avg 56 Release date 2017-12-21
★★★ | SCREENING: Recliner | DATE: January 5th | CINEMA: Showcase Cinema de Lux | LOCATION: Bluewater
Hostiles (2017)Adventure Drama Western
No peace without sacrifice
A legendary Native American-hating Army captain nearing retirement in 1892 is given one last assignment: to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory back to his Montana reservation.Vote count 49 Vote avg 50 Release date 2017-12-22
★★★½ | SCREENING: Recliner | DATE: January 10th | CINEMA: Showcase Cinema de Lux | LOCATION: Bluewater
Darkest Hour (2017)Drama
Winston Churchill leads a charge against Hitler's army in the early days of World War II.Vote count 2 Vote avg 90 Release date 2017-12-31
★★★★½ | SCREENING: XPlus Laser, Recliner | DATE: January 12th | CINEMA: Showcase Cinema de Lux | LOCATION: Bluewater
Coco (2017)Adventure Animation Family
The celebration of a lifetime
Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history.Vote count 1,285 Vote avg 76 Release date 2017-10-27
★★★★★ | SCREENING: Advanced, Recliner | DATE: January 13th | CINEMA: Showcase Cinema de Lux | LOCATION: Bluewater
The Prince of Nothingwood (2017)Documentary
About a hundred kilometers away from Kabul, Salim Shaheen, the most popular and prolific actor-director-producer in Afghanistan, comes to show some of his 110 films and to shoot the 111th in the process.Vote count 3 Vote avg 85 Release date 2017-06-14
★★★★★ | SCREENING: ourscreen | DATE: January 14th | CINEMA: Picturehouse | LOCATION: Stratford East
The Greatest Showman (2017)Music Drama
The story of American showman P.T. Barnum, founder of the circus that became the famous traveling Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.Vote count 2 Vote avg 70 Release date 2017-12-25
★★★½ | SCREENING: Regular | DATE: January 17th | CINEMA: Showcase Cinema de Lux | LOCATION: Bluewater
The Little Screw (1927)Animation
Animated short about a Little Screw.Vote count 1 Vote avg 80 Release date 1927-01-01
Merry Without Melodies: A World of Silent Animation | SCREENING: Animation 2018 | DATE: January 19th | CINEMA: BFI Southbank | LOCATION: London | NOTE: All shorts up to Felix Shatters the Sheik were screened from 35mm prints.
Early Man (2018)Family Comedy Animation
Set at the dawn of time, when dinosaurs and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of how one plucky caveman unites his tribe against a mighty enemy and saves the day!Vote count 2 Vote avg 80 Release date 2018-01-26
★★★★ | SCREENING: Q&A (Nick Park), Film Funday | DATE: January 20th | CINEMA: BFI Southbank | LOCATION: London
The Post (2017)Drama History
A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government. Inspired by true events.Vote count 167 Vote avg 67 Release date 2017-12-22
★★★★ | SCREENING: Regular | DATE: January 25th | CINEMA: Showcase Cinema de Lux | LOCATION: Bluewater
L.A. Confidential (1997)Crime Drama Mystery
Everything is suspect... Everyone is for sale... And nothing is what it seems.
Three detectives in the corrupt and brutal L.A. police force of the 1950s use differing methods to uncover a conspiracy behind the shotgun slayings of the patrons at an all-night diner.Vote count 1,083 Vote avg 76 Release date 1997-09-19
★★★★½ | SCREENING: 35mm | DATE: January 26th | CINEMA: BFI Southbank | LOCATION: London
The Commuter (2018)Action Crime Drama
Lives are on the line
A businessman on his daily commute home gets unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy that threatens not only his life but the lives of those around him.Vote count 284 Vote avg 55 Release date 2018-01-11
★★★ | SCREENING: Regular | DATE: January 31st | CINEMA: Showcase Cinema de Lux | LOCATION: Bluewater
Groundhog Day (1993)Romance Fantasy Drama
He's having the worst day of his life... over, and over...
A narcissistic TV weatherman, along with his attractive-but-distant producer and mawkish cameraman, is sent to report on Groundhog Day in the small town of Punxsutawney, where he finds himself repeating the same day over and over.Vote count 1,911 Vote avg 74 Release date 1993-02-11
★★★★★ | SCREENING: 35mm | DATE: February 2nd | CINEMA: Prince Charles Cinema | LOCATION: London
Phantom Thread (2017)Drama Romance
In the glamour of 1950s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock and his sister Cyril are at the center of British fashion. Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love.Vote count 58 Vote avg 75 Release date 2017-12-25
★★★★★ | SCREENING: 70mm | DATE: February 2nd | CINEMA: Picturehouse Central | LOCATION: West End
Journey's End (2018)War
Set in a dugout in Aisne in 1918, a group of British officers, led by the mentally disintegrating young officer Stanhope, variously await their fate.Vote count 5 Vote avg 65 Release date 2018-02-02
★★★★ | SCREENING: Regular | DATE: February 7th | CINEMA: Showcase Cinema de Lux | LOCATION: Bluewater
Autobahn (1979)Music Animation
A visual interprtation of Kraftwerk’s music Autobahn. A fast paced experimental film which proved to be a ground breaking combination of electronic and manual animation. It has now become an icon of late seventies design and music. One of the first films produced specifically for video disk.Vote count 3 Vote avg 72 Release date 1979-01-01
The Legacy of Halas & Batchelor | SCREENING: Vivien Halas in Conversation, Animation 2018 | DATE: February 9th | CINEMA: BFI Southbank | LOCATION: London
The Room (2003)Drama Romance
Can you ever really trust anyone?
Johnny is a successful banker with great respect for and dedication to the people in his life, especially his future wife Lisa. The happy-go-lucky guy sees his world fall apart when his friends begin to betray him one-by-one.Vote count 132 Vote avg 43 Release date 2003-06-27
★★★★★ | SCREENING: Q&A (Tommy Wiseau & Greg Sestero) | DATE: February 10th | CINEMA: Prince Charles Cinema | LOCATION: London
The Mercy (2018)Drama
Yachtsman Donald Crowhurst's disastrous attempt to win the 1968 Golden Globe Race ends up with him creating an outrageous account of traveling the world alone by sea.Vote count 2 Vote avg 50 Release date 2018-02-09
★★½ | SCREENING: Recliner | DATE: February 12th | CINEMA: Showcase Cinema de Lux | LOCATION: Bluewater
Black Panther (2018)Action Adventure Science Fiction
T'Challa, the new ruler of the advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must defend his land from being torn apart by enemies from outside and inside the country.Vote count 10 Vote avg 10 Release date 2018-02-09
★★★★½ | SCREENING: Gallery | DATE: February 13th | CINEMA: Showcase Cinema de Lux | LOCATION: Bluewater
Unspeakable Horrors From Outer Space Paralyze The Living And Resurrect The Dead!
The stars of MST3K riff the worst movie of all time in RiffTrax Live - Plan 9 From Outer Space. Live from the historic Belcourt Theater in Nashville! Hosted by internet superstar Veronica Belmont, and featuring geek troubadour Jonathan Coulton, RiffTrax Live offers non-stop music and laughs.Vote count 1 Vote avg 100 Release date 2009-08-20
★★★★★ | SCREENING: RiffTrax Live! | DATE: February 15th | CINEMA: Prince Charles Cinema | LOCATION: London | SHORTS: The Calendar: How to Use It (0/10)
I, Tonya (2017)Drama
Don’t trip and fall while Ice Skating
Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.Vote count 374 Vote avg 73 Release date 2017-12-08
★★★★ | SCREENING: Regular | DATE: February 16th | CINEMA: Picturehouse Central | LOCATION: West End
Mr. Pascal (1979)
Old Mr. Pascal dreams of his youth as he sits beside a crucifix. He then decides to liberate the tortured figure of Christ and the world about him is transformed.Vote count 2 Vote avg 80 Release date 1979-07-12
Coming of Age: A New History of British Animation Part Two | SCREENING: Animation 2018 | DATE: February 20th | CINEMA: BFI Southbank | LOCATION: London
Eren Yeager and others of the 104th Training Corps have just begun to become full members of the Survey Corps. As they ready themselves to face the Titans once again, their preparations are interrupted by the invasion of Wall Rose—but all is not as it seems as more mysteries are unraveled. As the Survey Corps races to save the wall, they uncover more about the invading Titans and the dark secrets of their own members.Vote count 1 Vote avg 80 Release date 2018-01-13
★★★★½ | SCREENING: Preview | DATE: February 21st | CINEMA: Showcase Cinema de Lux | LOCATION: Bluewater
The Black Dog (1987)
This rich, symbolic, intensely personal yet universal film wordlessly follows the path of a woman on a journey of self-discovery.Vote count 1 Vote avg 100 Release date 1987-11-06
Top of the World: A New History of British Animation Part Three | SCREENING: Q&A (Osbert Parker & Emma Calder), Animation 2018 | DATE: March 1st | CINEMA: BFI Southbank | LOCATION: London
Game Night (2018)Horror Comedy Crime
A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves trying to solve a murder mystery.Vote count 1 Vote avg 80 Release date 2018-02-22
★★★★ | SCREENING: Recliner | DATE: March 2nd | CINEMA: Showcase Cinema de Lux | LOCATION: Bluewater
Bambi (1942)Animation Drama Family
A great love story.
The animated story of Bambi, a young deer hailed as the 'Prince of the Forest' at his birth. As Bambi grows, he makes friends with the other animals of the forest, learns the skills needed to survive, and even finds love. One day, however, the hunters come, and Bambi must learn to be as brave as his father if he is to lead the other deer to safety.Vote count 1,036 Vote avg 67 Release date 1942-08-08
★★★★★ | SCREENING: 35mm | DATE: March 4th | CINEMA: BFI Southbank | LOCATION: London
Alternative Fringe (1988)
Famous for combining extremely simple line drawings with biting humour she lays bare the frustrations encountered by ordinary women in their daily lives. Candy Guard once disarmingly described her job as "writing funny stories and then drawing pictures to go with them", which goes some way towards explaining her success as both an animator and newspaper cartoonist.Vote count 1 Vote avg 80 Release date 1988-01-01
Funny Women Get Animated: Revisiting ‘Crapston Villas’ and ‘Pond Life’ | SCREENING: Q&A (Sarah Ann Kennedy & Candy Guard), Animation 2018 | DATE: March 6th | CINEMA: BFI Southbank | LOCATION: London
Red Sparrow (2017)Drama Thriller
A young Russian intelligence officer is assigned to seduce a first-tour CIA agent who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young officers, collide in a charged atmosphere of trade-craft, deception and inevitably forbidden passion that threatens not just their lives but of others as well.Vote count 1 Vote avg 70 Release date 2017-11-08
★★★½ | SCREENING: IMAX | DATE: March 7th | CINEMA: Showcase Cinema de Lux | LOCATION: Bluewater
Sweet Country (2018)History Western
Justice Itself Is Put On Trial
It’s 1929 on the vast, desert-like Eastern Arrernte Nation lands that are now known as the Central Australian outback. Sam Kelly (Hamilton Morris), a middle-aged Aboriginal man, works the land of a kind preacher, Fred Smith (Sam Neill). After an ill-tempered bully arrives in town and Kelly kills him in self-defense, he and his wife, Lizzie, go on the run as a posse gathers to hunt him down.Vote count 8 Vote avg 77 Release date 2018-01-25
★★★★★ | SCREENING: Regular | DATE: March 9th | CINEMA: Curzon | LOCATION: Soho
The Best of Aardman Animation
Anthology of Aardman Animation short films released in theaters in 1996, centered on the new release of the third Wallace & Gromit short, "A Close Shave." Includes: "A Close Shave," "Creature Comforts" and "Heat Electric Commercials" by Nick Park; "Rex the Runt: How Dinosaurs Became Extinct", "Rex the Runt: Dreams" and "Ident" by Richard Goleszowski; "Wat's Pig" and "My Baby Just Cares For Me" by Peter Lord; "Early Bird" by Peter Lord and David Sproxton; "Pib and Pog" directed by Peter PeakeVote count 1 Vote avg 100 Release date 1996-06-14
Wallace and Gromit: The Restored Shorts | SCREENING: Q&A (David Sproxton), Animation 2018/Film Funday | DATE: March 11th | CINEMA: BFI Southbank | LOCATION: London
Ready Player One (2018)Adventure Science Fiction Action
When the creator of a popular video game system dies, a virtual contest is created to compete for his billions.Vote count 4 Vote avg 17 Release date 2018-03-28
★★½ | SCREENING: Show Film First | DATE: March 17th | CINEMA: Showcase Cinema de Lux | LOCATION: Bluewater
Isle of Dogs (2018)Adventure Comedy Animation
In the future, an outbreak of canine flu leads the mayor of a Japanese city to banish all dogs to an island that's a garbage dump. The outcasts must soon embark on an epic journey when a 12-year-old boy arrives on the island to find his beloved pet.Vote count 5 Vote avg 25 Release date 2018-03-23
★★★★★ | SCREENING: Q&A (Tobias Fouracre, Mark Waring & Tristan Oliver) | DATE: March 20th | CINEMA: BFI Southbank | LOCATION: London
My Days of Mercy (2017)Romance Drama
The daughter of a man on death row falls in love with a woman on the opposing side of her family's political cause.Vote count 3 Vote avg 65 Release date 2017-09-08
★★★½ | SCREENING: BFI Flare | DATE: March 22nd | CINEMA: BFI Southbank | LOCATION: London
Unsane (2018)Drama Horror
A woman is involuntarily committed to a mental institution amid uncertainty as to whether her greatest fear is real or delusional.Vote count 5 Vote avg 26 Release date 2018-03-23
★★★ | SCREENING: Recliner | DATE: March 23rd | CINEMA: Showcase Cinema de Lux | LOCATION: Bluewater
My Own Private Hell (2018)Comedy Drama
Desimar is the owner of Inferninho, a dark and run-down bar that is refuge of dreams and fantasies. Her dream is to leave everything behind and go away to any distant land, as far as possible from that place. Falling in love with Jarbas, the handsome sailor that arrives at the bar, dreaming of finding home, will completely change her life and the lives of the bar employees: Luizianne, the singer; Rabbit, the waiter; and Caixa-Preta, the cleaning lady.Vote count 1 Vote avg 70 Release date 2018-01-28
★★★½ | SCREENING: Q&A (Guto Parente), BFI Flare | DATE: March 25th | CINEMA: BFI Southbank | LOCATION: London
Close-Knit (2017)Family Drama
After being neglected by her mother, a little girl is taken in by her uncle and his transgender girlfriend, who create a loving home for her.Vote count 11 Vote avg 82 Release date 2017-02-25
★★★★ | SCREENING: BFI Flare | DATE: March 30th | CINEMA: BFI Southbank | LOCATION: London
Hard Paint (2018)Drama
While facing criminal charges, Pedro must grapple with his sister's sudden decision to move away and leave him behind. Alone in the darkness of his bedroom, he dances covered in neon paint, while thousands of strangers watch him via webcam.Vote count 1 Vote avg 70 Release date 2018-02-18
★★★½ | SCREENING: BFI Flare | DATE: March 31st | CINEMA: BFI Southbank | LOCATION: London
Good Manners (2017)Drama Fantasy Horror
Clara, a young nurse from the outskirts of São Paulo, is hired by mysterious Ana as the nanny of her unborn child. She moves into Ana’s downtown apartment. Soon, the two women develop a strong bond. But in a full-moon night, Clara hears Ana’s scream: the baby is coming early. Ana dies before Clara’s eyes as her son rips through her body. It is a werewolf baby. For love, Clara doesn’t abandon her job: she escapes with the child to her poor neighborhood and raises him as her own son. With time, she learns to see beyond his inhuman features. But she has to keep the boy hidden – there is a chance they are being chased. The father of the child wants it back.Vote count 4 Vote avg 70 Release date 2017-08-04
★★★★½ | SCREENING: BFI Flare | DATE: March 31st | CINEMA: BFI Southbank | LOCATION: London
A Quiet Place (2018)Drama Horror Thriller
Silence is survival.
A family live an isolated existence in utter silence, for fear of an unknown threat that follows and attacks at any sound.Vote count 16 Vote avg 63 Release date 2018-04-05
★★★★½ | SCREENING: Advanced | DATE: April 2nd | CINEMA: Showcase Cinema de Lux | LOCATION: Bluewater
Teens out to have fun. Parents out to stop it.
When three parents discover their daughters’ pact to lose their virginity at prom, they launch a covert one-night operation to stop the teens from sealing the deal.Vote count 13 Vote avg 57 Release date 2018-03-30
★★★★ | SCREENING: Regular | DATE: April 3rd | CINEMA: Showcase Cinema de Lux | LOCATION: Bluewater
Love, Simon (2018)Comedy Drama Romance
He's done keeping his story straight.
Everyone deserves a great love story. But for seventeen-year old Simon Spier it’s a little more complicated: he’s yet to tell his family or friends he’s gay and he doesn’t actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online.Vote count 88 Vote avg 84 Release date 2018-03-16
★★½ | SCREENING: Regular | DATE: April 6th | CINEMA: Showcase Cinema de Lux | LOCATION: Bluewater
Chicken Run (2000)Animation Comedy Family
This ain't no chick flick. It's poultry in motion.
Having been hopelessly repressed and facing eventual certain death at the British chicken farm where they are held, Rocky the american rooster and Ginger the chicken decide to rebel against the evil Mr. and Mrs. Tweedy, the farm's owners. Rocky and Ginger lead their fellow chickens in a great escape from the murderous farmers and their farm of doom.Vote count 882 Vote avg 65 Release date 2000-06-21
★★★★★ | SCREENING: 35mm | DATE: April 7th | CINEMA: Prince Charles Cinema | LOCATION: London | SHORTS: Creature Comforts (★★★★★)
When a boy child is stolen by bears who raise him as their own, his human parents hunt the bears in despair, and the boy is faced with the dilemma of who and what he is.Vote count 7 Vote avg 74 Release date 2002-12-18
★★★½ | SCREENING: Film Funday | DATE: April 8th | CINEMA: BFI Southbank | LOCATION: London
Mary and the Witch's Flower (2017)Fantasy Adventure Animation
Young Mary follows a mysterious cat into the nearby forest and discovers an old broomstick and a strange flower. Mary finds herself at Endor College -- a school of magic run by headmistress Madam Mumblechook and the brilliant Doctor Dee. But there are terrible things happening at the school, and when Mary tells a lie, she must risk her life to try and set things right.Vote count 70 Vote avg 70 Release date 2017-07-08
★★★★ | SCREENING: Exclusive Fan Preview, Gallery | DATE: April 10th | CINEMA: Showcase Cinema de Lux | LOCATION: Bluewater | SHORTS: Mary and the Witch’s Flower Featurette
A group of German construction workers set out for a foreign construction site in the Bulgarian province. The strange country awakens adventure feelings among the men. At the same time, they are confronted with their prejudices and mistrust. For two of the men, a nearby village becomes the stage for a competition for the recognition and favor of the village.Vote count 11 Vote avg 58 Release date 2017-08-24
★★★★★ | SCREENING: Regular | DATE: April 13th | CINEMA: Picturehouse Central | LOCATION: West End
A story of encounters and partings interwoven between people; this is a human drama with feelings that touch one's heart gradually, which everyone has experienced at least once.Vote count 2 Vote avg 80 Release date 2018-02-24
★★★★ | SCREENING: Q&A (Mari Okada) | DATE: April 16th | CINEMA: Prince Charles Cinema | LOCATION: London
In the midst of a divorce, Miriam Besson decides to ask for exclusive custody to her son, in order to protect him from a father that she is accusing of violence. The judge-in-charge of the file grants a shared custody to the father whom it considers abused. Taken as a hostage between his parents, Julien Besson will do everything to prevent the worst from happening.Vote count 54 Vote avg 74 Release date 2018-02-07
★★★★★ | SCREENING: Regular | DATE: April 18th | CINEMA: Picturehouse | LOCATION: Greenwich
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