Amsterdam Film Show | June 2019

Written by on 03/06/2019

David couldn’t wait to review Rocketman for you, but Matt also spills the beans on all the Cinema of the Dam’d screenings this month, and there’s quite a few fun blockbusters out, too – the June 2019 edition of the Amsterdam Film Show is here.


Listen to “AFS June 2019 | Rocketman review, puppies and Dam’d screenings” on Spreaker.

Show notes:


Cinema of the Dam’d events | OT301
We spoke with Matt who told us all about their approaching programme, including the screenings of Nancy from 28 May – 25 June.


Rocketman | BIOPIC | 15 | 2h 1min | Director: Dexter Fletcher | Writer: Lee Hall (screenplay) | Stars: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden | “A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years.” IMDB | RELEASE DATE 30 MAY (so technically a May film but here it is in the June ed of the AFS, as June is when most people will go see it)

So what did @DavidSwatling think about the film? Listen to our podcast above, to find out. 



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



Tolkien | BIOPIC | Director: Dome Karukoski | Writers: David Gleeson, Stephen Beresford | Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins| 12A | 1h 52min | “The formative years of the orphaned author J.R.R. Tolkien as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school.” IMDB
Critics have panned it.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix | ACTION FANTASY | Director: Simon Kinberg
Writers: John Byrne + | Stars: Sophie Turner, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain | “Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix. Now the X-Men will have to decide if the life of a team member is worth more than all the people living in the world.” IMDB


The Biggest Little Farm | DOC | Director: John Chester | Writers: John Chester, Mark Monroe | Stars: John Chester, Molly Chester
PG | 1h 31min | “Documentarian John Chester and his wife Molly work to develop a sustainable farm on 200 acres outside of Los Angeles.” IMDB

Long Shot | ROMCOM | 15 | 2h 5min | Director: Jonathan Levine | Writers: Dan Sterling, Liz Hannah + | Stars: Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen | “Journalist Fred Flarsky reunites with his childhood crush, Charlotte Field, now one of the most influential women in the world. As she prepares to make a run for the Presidency, Charlotte hires Fred as her speechwriter and sparks fly.” IMDB

A Dog’s Journey | FAMILY DRAMA | PG | 1h 49min | Director: Gail Mancuso
Writers: W. Bruce Cameron (book) + | Stars: Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid, Kathryn Prescott | “A dog finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he meets.” IMDB


Men in Black: International | COMEDY SCI-FI | PG-13 | 1h 55min | Director: F. Gary Gray | Writers: Matt Holloway + | Stars: Tessa Thompson, Chris Hemsworth | “The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization.” IMDB

Toy Story 4 | 1h 29min | KIDS ANIMATION | Director: Josh Cooley | Stephany Folsom (screenplay by ) + | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Tom Hanks | “When a new toy called “Forky” joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy.” IMDB


Booksmart | COMEDY | 15 | 1h 42min | Director: Olivia Wilde | Writers: Susanna Fogel, Emily Halpern + | Stars: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams | “On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends realize they should have worked less and played more. Determined not to fall short of their peers, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night.” IMDB

Apollo 11 | DOC | 1h 33min | Director: Todd Douglas Miller
Stars: Buzz Aldrin, Joan Ann Archer, Janet Armstrong | “A look at the Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon led by commander Neil Armstrong and pilots Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.” IMDB

Yesterday | COMEDY | 12A | 1h 52min | Director: Danny Boyle
Writers: Richard Curtis (screenplay) + | Stars: Himesh Patel, Lily James, Sophia Di Martino | “A struggling musician realizes he’s the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles after waking up in an alternate timeline where they never existed.” IMDB

Ramen Shop | DRAMA | JAPAN | 1h 29min | Director: Eric Khoo
Stars: Tsuyoshi Ihara, Takumi Saitoh, Seiko Matsuda | “A young man who is curious about his deceased parents’ past takes a food journey to Singapore where he uncovers more than just delicious meals.” IMDB

[The AFS is also broadcast on our local radio station, but hey, there’s no TV or Youtube version of the AFS for now].

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