A poker queen fights the FBI, Jedi knights, a young deaf actor, not one but two Franco brothers, a migrant bear and migrant queers. Our Amsterdam Film Show tips for December are here.
- our review of Molly’s Game (from 26 Dec in NL) from Megan Buxton & Cathy Leung.
- Added commentary from guest critic David Swatling
- our highlights (low brow and high brow) from the new cinema releases hitting Amsterdam this month
- special screenings and film festivals
- YouTube & TV versions, or see text script below …
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Molly’s Game | DRAMA | Dir. Aaron Sorkin | w. Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba | 26 Dec in NL
After running high stakes poke games for celebrities and the totally minted in LA and New York, Molly Bloom is facing prison unless she gives the Feds intel. Will she squeal?
@cathycentral: “A 6/10 for a good story but it seems to stay close to her book, her voice and not very objective. I think the director held back too much – there’s so many powerful people, some of which are his friends, and I think he chickened out. I, Tonya is coming out soon and that looks much more entertaining.”
Megan: “A quick-paced script and characters speak to one-another in quick succession. This technique is also used in The Big Short and Wolf of Wall Street, and I think is intended to mind-boggle the audience, keeping them slightly alienated from the details of triple A mortgages/ shares/ poker. This made the film appear well-researched and intelligent. One of the few films with a (formerly) successful and ambitious woman who is still portrayed as likeable, friendly and clever. had no choice but to include it.”
NEW CINEMA RELEASES
“Here’s the Amsterdam Film Show’s highlights from the film releases in the Netherlands, this month.”
FROM 6 DEC
Paddington 2 (OV) | Director: Paul King | w. Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, + regulars | Screening @
“Paddington Bear has settled into London life with his new family but when it’s time to buy a family birthday present he gets caught up in a criminal underworld.” (OK that sounds dark. It’s not obvs.)
then, from 7 Dec …
Wonderstruck | FANTASY DRAMA | Director: Todd Haynes
Writers: Brian Selznick (based on the book by) | inc Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams | Screening @
50 years seperate a Mid western boy and a girl from New York from days gone by. But something connects them …
“Just looks magical!”
FROM 13 DEC
Star Wars: The Last Jedi | Dir. Rian Johnson | Writers: Rian Johnson, George Lucas (based on characters created by) | w. Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher | (Episode 8 in the series, the 2nd in the new trilogy.)
Having found Luke Skywalker, young apprentice Rey joins Leia, Finn and Poe in another epic battle, unlocking secrets of the Force.
@cathycentral: “I have a bad feeling about this” (that Luke will turn out to be a baddie). But it’s the one i’m most likely to go see at the cinema if I’m honest.
FROM 21 DEC
The Disaster Artist | Dir: James Franco| w. Dave Franco, James Franco
“In 2003 Tommy Wiseau, an independent filmmaker and larger than life character wrote, directed and produced his vanity project and romantic drama, The Room, spending $6m in the process. It’s now a cult classic. Here’s the story behind the best-worst film ever.”
- Stars James Franco as Tommy Wiseau and his brother Dave Franco as Greg Sestero.”
- So far highly rated by critics and audiences alike, hailing it as both funny and touching.” Eg “In a kooky yet vulnerable and heartfelt performance, Franco gets right at the heart of what makes Wiseau a true hero – his sheer willingness to try” Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service
FROM 26 DEC
Molly’s Game (discussed earlier, see review)
FESTIVALS & SCREENINGS
“Film festivals and our picks of the special screenings this month”
International Queer & Migrant Film Festival @ De Bale
Sun 10 Dec | On Body and Soul + EN subs | Hungarian Golden Bear Winner | CINE EXPAT series @ CINECENTER | Drinks with the host before the film
A worker in a slaugherhousekeeps herself to herself but then she discovers her dreams and her bosses dreams are strangely similar. What can this mean?
18 DECEMBER | 22:00 | The Untouchables (1987) + whisky tasting @ Kriterion
21 Dec – 1 Jan| Christmas movies screening at a pop-up cinema at De Amsterdamse Winterparade @ RAI