Amsterdam Film Show | January 2019

Written by on 03/01/2019

Our reviewer, David Swatling, checks out The Favourite, and Cathy picks out an all-day film marathon and some more picks from the film releases and special screenings in Amsterdam this month.

Watch the video, read the blog notes or find links in our Pinterest board below. The AFS is also broadcast on TV and on our radio station.



PAC Festival @ Pathé Tuschinski | Sat 19 & Sun 20 Jan | Five preview screenings all in one day | The films for this edition are: Can You Ever Forgive Me / Lunch break / If Beale Street Could Talk / Vice / dinner break / Green Book / Arctic (ends 23:-00). These are five Oscar-worthy films, all advance screenings. If you don’t believe us, look them up. Tickets are about €30 (or a lot less if you have a Pathé Unlimited card.)


Murder Mysteries series | Moderne Klassiekers | 22:00 on Mondays during January 2019 @ Kriterion (Amsterdam Oost) | So these are not your run of the mill whodunnit thrillers. Those film programmers at Kriterion have gone off the beaten track for this selection, with a well-reviewed serial killer film from South Korea, Memories of Murder (2003), and 1951 Japanese classic, Rashomon. Both of which will be screened with English subtitles.



The Favourite | FROM 3 JANUARY IN AMSTERDAM CINEMAS | Dir: Yorgos Lanthimos | Writers: Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara | Stars: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz | “In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.” (IMDB). So what did our critic, @DavidSwatling think about the film? Watch our video above, to find out. 

Trailer below:



“Here’s our highlights from the film releases in Amsterdam this month.”


Creed II | SPORTS DRAMA | Dir: Steven Caple Jr. | Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson | “Under the tutelage of Rocky Balboa, heavyweight contender Adonis Creed faces off against Viktor Drago, son of Ivan Drago.” IMDB

Stan & Ollie | BIOPIC | Dir: Jon S. Baird| Writer: Jeff Pope | Stars: John C. Reilly, Steve Coogan, Shirley Henderson | “Laurel and Hardy, the world’s most famous comedy duo, attempt to reignite their film careers as they embark on what becomes their swan song – a grueling theatre tour of post-war Britain.”  IMDB

Free Solo | DOC | Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi | Stars: Tommy Caldwell, Jimmy Chin, Alex Honnold | “Follow Alex Honnold as he becomes the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite’s 3,000ft high El Capitan Wall. With no ropes or safety gear, he completed arguably the greatest feat in rock climbing history.” IMDB


Glass | ACTION FANTASY HORROR | Dir-Scr: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Sarah Paulson, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson | “Security guard David Dunn uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities.”  IMDB

Mary Queen of Scots | HISTORICAL DRAMA | Director: Josie Rourke | Writers: Beau Willimon + | Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden | “Mary Stuart’s attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.”  IMDB


The Hate U Give | DRAMA | Director: George Tillman Jr. | Based upon the novel by Angie Thomas | Stars: Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby | “Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right.”  IMDB

Serenity | THRILLER | Dir-Scr: Steven Knight | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Diane Lane, Anne Hathaway | @Cathy Central says: Set on a fishing boat in hot tropical waters, and stars Matthew McConaughey. For the fans, that’s probably all you need to know …  The Director, Steven Knight also made Locke, a low budget masterpiece, so maybe this one will also be a good ‘un.


Green Book | Director: Peter Farrelly | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini | “A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.”  IMDB


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