January-February Films ’22 in English at the Odeon


A scene from Death on the Nile

The Odeon Cinema present three new films in late January and February.  Nightmare Alley, a psycho-thriller with numerous twists and turns, offers an all-star cast and a goodly amount of blood and gore.  Next the whodunnit Death on the Nile, tells the classic story of a rich heiress who is found murdered on her honeymoon and Inspector Hercule Poirot has his work cut out for him.  Ennio, a documentary, covers the amazing life of the great Italian composer and conductor Ennio Morricone.  The first two films will be screened in the original English with Italian subtitles and Ennio is filmed in Italian and English.

Sunday, January 30 (9 pm), Wednesday, February 2 (6 and 9 pm): NIGHTMARE ALLEY

Guillermo del Toro directed this noir thriller set in the U.S. in the 1940s which slowly and surely leads to a descent into madness.  Bradley Cooper plays Stanton Carlisle, a charismatic, fast talking and ambitious carnival worker with a dark and mysterious past.  He meets up with clairvoyant Madame Zeena (Toni Colette) and her alcoholic husband Pete (David Straitharn) and begins to reinvent himself into The Great Stanton, a mentalist and psychic.  With a plan to work with wealthy New Yorkers in order to separate them from their money, he becomes entangled with a secretive psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) whose malevolence matches his.  With many intriguing twists and surprises, the film culminates in a blockbuster ending.  Nightmare Alley also features Rooney Mara, Willem Dafoe, Mary Steenburgen and Ron Perlman.

Sunday, January 30 (3:30 and 6:15 pm): ENNIO

This film tells the story of the renowned Italian musical composer, Ennio Morricone, who passed away in July 2020.  His music, primarily known for cinema, also helped create the sound of the 1960s.  Morricone wrote over 400 scores for TV, cinema and soundtracks, including for the Untouchables and the Sopranos and collaborated with Sergio Leone for numerous ‘Spaghetti Westerns.’  He composed music for Fistful of Dollars, the Good, Bad and Ugly and his last Once Upon a Time in America.  Many diverse musicians, from Dire Straits to Radiohead to Metallica, were influenced by his music.  The film, first presented at the Venice Film Festival, was directed by Giuseppe Tornatore and features Quentin Tarantino, Clint Eastwood, Oliver Stone, Bernardo Bertolucci, Bruce Springsteen, Quincy Jones and Morricone himself.

Thursday, February 10 (4 and 6:30 pm) & Friday, February 11 through Sunday February 13 (4, 6:30 and 9 pm): DEATH ON THE NILE

This remake of the Agatha Christie classic stars Gal Gadot as Linnet Ridgeway, a beautiful and wealthy heiress, who has just married the ex-boyfriend of her best friend Jacqueline.  The couple decides to take a Nile cruise for their honeymoon and non other than the famous detective Hercule Poirot is also a passenger.  The jealous Jacqueline boards the boat and shoots her ex-boyfriend in the leg.  In a state of shock, Ridgeway retires to her cabin, takes a dose of morphine and falls into a deep sleep.  She is found dead the next morning with a bullet wound and investigator Poirot sets out to solve the murder.  The intrigue grows as Poirot discovers more than one passenger has a motive.  Directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh, Annette Bening and Armie Hammer also feature in the film.  (rita kungel)