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Friday, December 14, 2018
On Chesil Beach
Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle are two lovers brought down by repressive times. A decade after starring in Atonement and getting an Academy Award nomination at only 13 years old, Irish American actress Saoirse Ronan appears in another Ian McEwan adaptation. Set in the summer of 1962 – the cusp between postwar conservatism and the sexual revolution – it’s the...
Promised Land
For director Eugene Jarecki, “Fat Elvis” is a metaphor for a country in crisis. If you watch Promised Land expecting a pleasant two-hour feature about Elvis Presley in honor of the 40th anniversary of his death, you’re in for a rude awakening. This film uses the King’s life as a metaphor for the potential and – downfall – of the...
Glow stream
There’s so much good television on streaming websites, to say nothing of the films. It’s impossible to keep track of what is worth your while. And while June sets Vienna’s streets abuzz, fabulous woman wrestlers, mesmerizing homes and mysterious disappearances beckon you back onto the comfort of your couch. Dramedy: GLOW The creative team behind the iconic, boundary-breaking Orange is the New...
The Cleaners
The Cleaners shines a light on the shadowy world of online moderation. As the debate about the role of social media in the US presidential election and the Brexit referendum heats up, many people are missing a larger point: Facebook and Google have more power to censor or influence the public discourse than any other institution on the planet. Or...
streaming
There’s so much good television on streaming websites, to say nothing of the films. It’s impossible to keep track of what is worth your while. Use those rare May evenings spent inside to binge funny, thought-provoking and incredible shows. Family/Animation Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter Astrid Lindgren’s timeless and belovedchildren’s novel about the only child of abandit chief growing up among a clan...
Isabel Coixet recreates Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel on the power of literature for the big screen Even in this movie-mad city, the Filmcasino on Margaretenstraße, with its lush curves and golden glow of 1950s modernism, is a winner for charm – all the more for its international films in the original language. Thus it is the perfect setting for Isabel Coixet’s The...
Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson returns with a charming, stop-motion tale of friendship and adventure Hope in the face of injustice can come from unexpected sources. In Isle of Dogs, Wes Anderson’s second stop-motion feature after 2009’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, it comes from 12-year-old Atari and a pack of abandoned, yet independent-minded, mutts. Following an executive order exiling all canines to “Trash Island,”...
Shorts Festival
For 15 years and counting, the Vienna Shorts Festival shows cinematic innovation in 30 minutes or less. It’s no surprise that short films today are a proving ground for innovative formats, novel story-telling and edgy topics: It’s easier to get smaller scale projects off the ground, allowing young, fresh talents in particular to let their imaginations run wild. For the...
streaming
There’s so much good television on streaming websites, to say nothing of the films. It’s impossible to keep track of what is worth your while. As spring finally rolls in, use your couch potato time wisely, binging only on the finest, most intriguing shows.  
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