This spring promises to be bountiful in the cinema world: long-awaited action and comedy premieres, spy-movies, Oscar nominees, as well as festival cinema for the most refined connoisseurs — all showing in English. Pick one to your taste!
Probably the most long-awaited movie premiere not only for Ukraine, but for the whole world, this new Marvel stand-alone tells a story about T'Challa, king of Wakanda, known to the comics fans as Black Panther. After the events of the Civil War, T'Challa comes home only to discover that his own country is torn by conflict. Will he be able to resolve it and save the day? We will soon find out.
When: Starting March 3
Where: Multiplex (SkyMall and Lavina Mall shopping centers), Zhovten Cinema
A classic spy-movie starring Jennifer Lawrence, who despite her young age already has an Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe up her sleeve. This movie may remind Marvel fans the story of Black Widow: young, attractive woman is trained to become a spy for the Soviet Union. Her career is going steady and in no time she is among the best agents in the whole system. This time, her target is a CIA agent…who she falls in love with. Red Sparrow is the last movie Jennifer Lawrence starred in before she took a pause in her cinematic career, so it's worth checking out.
When: Starting March 2
Where: Multiplex (Lavina Mall, Atmosphera), Zhovten Cinema, Planeta Kino in Blockbuster amusement center
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This drama is worth watching just for the sake of the cast: James McAvoy, known for his roles in Atonement, Split, as well as the role of young Charles Xavier in X-Men, and a new raising Hollywood star Alicia Vikander, who got an Oscar for her performance in "The Danish Girl". The movie is revolving around two lovers, who are separated not only by distance, but also experiences. James More (McAvoy) is captured by jihadist fighters in the middle of nowhere in Africa, becoming a subject to torture and fighting for his life. Thousands of miles away, his lover, Danielle (Vikander) is about to submerge into the Greenland Sea to explore the ocean floor. Both of them are clinging desperately to the joint memories of the last Christmas, when they met on the coast in France.
When: Starting March 1
Where: Zhovten Cinema, Multiplex (Lavina Mall)
"Незалежнiсть"/ "Independence" American Movie Festival
Kyiv cinema located in the downtown is a traditional host of various movie festivals. This spring, Kyiv welcomes new American movies that have made a fuss in the cinematography already. Thus, March starts with the Oscar nominee, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which tells a story of desperate mother who doesn't lose hope of finding what has happened to her missing daughter. Police in the small town won't make any effort to help — that's why she decided to place three billboards, calling for justice.
A light comedy among the serious movies, Person to Person, starring Michael Cera ("Scott Pilgrim vs. the World"), features lives of dwellers of New York and how their views on relationships, friendships and life in general change one autumn day.
Many have heard or even watched "The Room", called the worst movie to have ever been made. But what do we know about its creator, Tommy Wiseau? The Disaster Artist starring Dave Franco will help to look at him closely and maybe even change opinions.
Phantom Thread, a historical period drama emerges viewers into the post-WWII fashion world of London, where a famous couturier falls in love with a waitress. Their relationship is torn by contrast of affection and differences they have. The movie has got two Golden Globes and four BAFTAs, so it is certainly worth checking out.
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A story of life and struggles of Lucky, played by Harry Dean Stanton ("Alien", "Repo Man", "Paris, Texas"), who outlived all his peers in a dusty town in the middle of nowhere and went off on a journey of self-discovery. Another Oscar nominee, The Florida Project, starring Willem Dafoe, is known to many by its bright and vibrant colors — pink, blue, yellow — somewhat reminding a fusion of La La Land and The Grand Budapest Hotel. This movie tells a story of a kid and her mother, who live in a cheap motel, belonging to Bobby (Willem Dafoe). The cheerful kid turns her day-to-day life into a carnival, but her mother has to do far more dangerous things to keep them afloat. Apart from the narratives, the Festival's program features documentaries and a collection of indie short movies.
When: Starting March 1
Where: Kyiv cinema
TheatreHD: British Theater in the Cinema
Another season of TheatreHD is coming back to the big screen. This time, with a showing of Hamlet, starring Benedict Cumberbatch known most for his role in BBC Sherlock. The classic Shakespeare story is told not only by actors, but incredible light work, decorations and, of course, camera work.
Eve Best is the owner of one of the most prestigious awards in the world of theater — Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress is the star of A Woman of No Importance, a spin on the classic work of Oscar Wilde. A serious American, spoiled English lord and a timid young man are among the guests of the grotesque family dinner — the story has been incredibly successful ever since its first run in 1893 and still lives on, this time on the cinema screens.
When: March 1, March 13; March 20
Where: Multiplex (SkyMall and Lavina Mall), Kyiv Cinema
Besides, you conveniently can keep track of all English language movie showings in Kyiv on this Facebook page.
Spring is an excellent time to discover something new in the cinematography, and with a wide choice of movies in English it is now highly possible.
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