A Critic’s Take on ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’

Spider-Man

The Marvel Cinematic Universe began in 2008 as an experimental attempt to recreate the dynamic of superhero comics on the silver screen — use multiple film series to explore characters living in the same storyworld, and, relying on the character development of solo-outings, create big team-up films that are both thrilling and satisfying. The massive success of 2012’s The Avengers essentially proved the concept, and with the image of a grinning Thanos in [...]

Review of the ‘The White Crow’ Now Playing in English

Ralph Fiennes’ film about famous Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev begins by explaining that its title, The White Crow, comes from a Russian expression for ‘outsider,’ an unusual, extraordinary person that is unlike the others. The choice is a poignant one — hold it in your mind, because it is the key that unlocks the narrative. The story centers around Nureyev’s defection to the West, and Fiennes interweaves three periods of his life [...]

Apriti Cinema: Outdoor Screenings at Uffizi

June 26 – August 8: APRITI CINEMA. Uffizi courtyard. 10 pm. Free entrance. For the third consecutive summer, Florence will host a cinematic experience like no other — the 2019 edition of Apriti Cinema, films in the open-air courtyard of the Uffizi from June 26 to August 8.  The spectacular venue will hold a different screening each night at 10 pm, showing a total of 46 movies over 43 days, all free of [...]

‘The Dead Don’t Die’ Review

The Dead Don't Die (Image via Rolling Stone)

The most important thing to know going into a screening of Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die is that it’s odd. Set in the fictional town of Centerville, USA amidst an environmental disaster, Bill Murray and Adam Driver headline a star-studded cast as two policemen trying to protect their town from the zombies suddenly rising from their graves. When it opened this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the two major critical takeaways were its [...]

‘Cannes a Firenze:’ Red Carpet Films at Low Prices

For the sixth consecutive year, some of the best films from the renowned Cannes Film Festival in France will travel to Florence for a week of screenings. Under the umbrella of France Odeon and curated by Francesco Ranieri Martinotti, Cannes a Firenze will show nine films in two different venues from June 11 – 16. L’Institut Français Firenze (piazza Ognissanti) will host screenings from June 11 – 13, with La Compagnia (via Cavour) taking [...]

June Films in English at the Odeon

June offerings at the Odeon Cinema continue with more screenings of Rocketman, a musical fantasy drama about rocker Elton John from his early days as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music to his plans for a farewell tour after more than five decades of performing.  Next horror film fans will want to see The Dead Don’t Die, nominated for the Palme d’Or at this Cannes Film Festival and featuring an all-star [...]

May Movies in English at the Odeon

  This month at Florence’s Odeon Cinema, movie goers will have more opportunities to see The Avengers: End Game, the nail-biting film that has broken records with its $1.2 billion worldwide opening weekend.  Stan and Ollie, a biopic of the great comedy duo whose performances began in the 1920, bring to light the relationship and teamwork despite difficulties in the film skillfully directed by Jon S. Baird. The month ends with a musical [...]

April Odeon Movies in English

The April films at the Odeon Cinema begin with a reimaging of a 1941 Disney classic, Dumbo, a poignant story about a flying baby elephant and those who love him and also those who wish to exploit him.  Next a historical drama about a peaceful pro-democracy rally marred by violence in Peterloo.  The Aftermath, a period drama about a wartime romance stars Keira Knightly and Alexander Skarsgård.  Then a biographical drama based on [...]

Contemporary South Korea Cinema at La Compagnia

March 21-28: FLORENCE KOREA FILM FESTIVAL.  Cinema La Compagnia, via Cavour 50/r. This month, 45 movies from some of the greatest South Korean cinema masters arrive for the annual film festival held in Florence. The event will showcase entries ranging from shorts to feature films, screened with both English and Italian subtitles. Many of these movies will be having their Italian premiere at the festival with their directors, producers, and actors in attendance. The emphasis [...]

New Arrivals: Florence’s March Films in English

Celebrating International Women’s Day and other events honoring women in March, the Odeon Cinema presents two new films featuring exceptional women.  Captain Marvel, a superhero action film with a woman with herculean powers in the leading role.  Next, in Gloria Bell, a daytime strait-laced office employee transforms into a capricious dance lover at night, reveling in the Los Angeles club scene.  Films are screened in English with Italian subtitles. March 6, 9, 10, [...]