A STAR IS BORN (2018)
2018, Warner Bros., 135 min, USA, Dir: Bradley Cooper

Sam Elliott stars alongside first-time director and four-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper and, in her first leading film role, Lady Gaga, in this new take on the tragic love story. In a role Cooper created for him, Elliott plays Bobby, brother, manager, father figure and conscience to Cooper’s booze- and pill-addled Jackson Maine. Bobby has seen Jack through the best and worst of times, giving up any aspirations he held for himself to usher his more gifted little brother through rock stardom. But the sacrifice has left a bitter taste for both men that even brotherly love can’t completely overcome. The cast also includes Andrew Dice Clay and Dave Chappelle. “Sam Elliott is wonderful. He breaks your heart.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times.


COLD WAR
ZIMNA WOJNA
2018, Amazon Studios, 88 min, Poland/France/UK, Dir: Pawel Pawlikowski

Pawel Pawlikowski (2015 Oscar winner IDA) earned the Best Director award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival for this passionate romance between a man and a woman who meet in the ruins of postwar Poland, broadly inspired by the filmmaker’s parents. Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) is an even-tempered musician grounded in the urban intelligentsia and Zula (Joanna Kulig) is a charismatic young singer with a mysterious past and a seemingly limitless future - a pair who are fatefully mismatched and yet condemned to each other. Shot in black-and-white and set against the background of the Cold War in 1950s Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, it’s the tale of a couple separated by politics, character flaws and unfortunate twists of fate - an impossible love story in impossible times.


LISZTOMANIA
1975, Warner Bros., 103 min, UK, Dir: Ken Russell

Director Ken Russell is at his outrageous, surreal best in this biopic of Franz Liszt (played by The Who’s Roger Daltrey), an aural, visual and sexual feast for all the senses. Thrill to the progressive-rock score by Rick Wakeman (of Yes), which somehow incorporates rock, Liszt and Wagner in all their majesty. Pop-culture references abound as Russell equates Liszt with the music superstars of the day - and don’t miss the giant penises!


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