AFS Feb 2020 | The Lodge, Uncut Gems & more

Amsterdam Film Show 13/02/2020


Escaping a death cult in the snow, Adam Sandler triumphs in Uncut Gems (yes really), and Terence Malick vs the DC Extended Universe – yes, the February 2020 edition of the Amsterdam Film Show is here. @KikoMorah and @CathyCentral recommend some recent movie releases and look forward to some of the movies hitting Amsterdam this month.

Jan Arsenovic, also joined us on the show and gave us an off the cuff report from this year’s International Film Festival Rotterdam. We also chatted about our experiences as volunteers at various film festivals in the Netherlands and whether we should all do a film project together. (Show notes below).

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For Sama | 18 | 1h 40min | Documentary, War |
“Both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war.
Directors: Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts
Stars: Waad Al-Kateab, Hamza Al-Khateab, Sama Al-Khateab

► Listen back to hear Kiko and Cathy’s review of the film.


The Lodge | released FROM 6 FEB IN NL HORROR THRILLER | Directors: Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz | Writers: Sergio Casci, Severin Fiala | Stars: Richard Armitage, Riley Keough (Under the Silver Lake), Alicia Silverstone | 16 | 1h 48min | 6 FEB RELEASED IN NL  | “A soon-to-be stepmom is snowed in with her fiancé’s two children at a remote holiday home. Just as relations begin to thaw between the trio, some strange and frightening events take place.” IMDB 

► Listen back to hear Cathy’s review of the film.


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


Little Women | DRAMA | Director: Greta Gerwig | Writers: Greta Gerwig, Louisa May Alcott (based on the novel by) | Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh | U | 2h 15min | “Jo March reflects back and forth on her life, telling the beloved story of the March sisters – four young women each determined to live life on their own terms.” IMDB

Blue Story | CRIME DRAMA | Director: Andrew Onwubolu | Writers: Andrew Onwubolu (as Rapman), Andrew Onwubolu | Stars: Stephen Odubola, Micheal Ward (*WON Rising Star Bafta this year!), Khali Best 15 | 1h 31min | “Feature adaptation of Rapman’s YouTube series about two young friends who become rivals in a street war.” IMDB

Little Joe | Director: Jessica Hausner | Writers: Géraldine Bajard, Jessica Hausner | Stars: Emily Beecham, Ben Whishaw, Kerry Fox | 12A | 1h 45min | DRAMA | “Alice, a single mother, is a dedicated senior plant breeder at a corporation engaged in developing new species. She has engineered a very special crimson flower, remarkable not only for its beauty but also for its therapeutic value: if kept at the ideal temperature, fed properly and spoken to regularly, this plant makes its owner happy. Against company policy, Alice takes one home as a gift for her teenage son, Joe. They christen it ‘Little Joe’ but as it grows, so too does Alice’s suspicion that her new creations may not be as harmless as their nickname suggests.” Rotten Tomatoes

Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey | Director: Cathy Yan | Writer: Christina Hodson | Stars: Margot Robbie, Rosie Perez15 | 1h 49min | DC EXTENDED UNIVERSE | ACTION ADVENTURE | “After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.” IMDB

A Hidden Life | 12A | 2h 54min | DRAMA | The Austrian Franz Jägerstätter, a conscientious objector, refuses to fight for the Nazis in World War II.
Director: Terrence Malick | Writer: Terrence Malick
Stars: August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Maria Simon


Sonic the Hedgehog | Director: Jeff Fowler | Writers: Patrick Casey, Josh Miller + | Stars: Jim Carrey, Ben Schwartz, James Marsden | PG | 1h 39min | FAMILY | “After discovering a small, blue, fast hedgehog, a small-town police officer must help it defeat an evil genius who wants to do experiments on it.” IMDB

Primal | Director: Nick Powell | Writer: Richard Leder | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Famke Janssen, Kevin Durand | 15 | 1h 37min | ACTION | “Frank’s caught wildlife in the Brazilian jungle incl. a 400 lbs. white jaguar. He ships it on the same ship as an arrested assassin. The assassin breaks free and frees the animals.” IMDB


The Call of the Wild | Director: Chris Sanders | Writers: Michael Green (screenplay by), Jack London (based on the novel by) | Stars: Karen Gillan, Harrison Ford, Cara Gee | PG | 1h 40min | FAMILY | “A sled dog struggles for survival in the wilds of the Yukon.” IMDB


The Gentlemen | Director: Guy Ritchie | Writers: Guy Ritchie + | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Michelle Dockery | 18 | 1h 53min | ACTION | “An American expat tries to sell off his highly profitable marijuana empire in London, triggering plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail in an attempt to steal his domain out from under him.” IMDB


Don’t have time to go to the cinema? Here’s some recommendations for home viewing …

Uncut Gems | Directors: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie (Good Time, 2017) | Writers: Ronald Bronstein, Josh Safdie + | Stars: Mesfin Lamengo, Suin Zhi Hua-Hilton | 15 | 2h 15min | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 31 January 2020 | “A charismatic New York City jeweler always on the lookout for the next big score makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime. Howard must perform a precarious high-wire act, balancing business, family, and encroaching adversaries on all sides in his relentless pursuit of the ultimate win.” IMDB

► Listen back to hear Cathy and Kiko’s review of the film.

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