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Movies screening in English in Budapest: January 2018

If you don’t speak Hungarian but want to visit the cinema in Budapest, it can be difficult to find out which films are showing in English. Luckily, there are many cinemas and film clubs screening newly released films and classic flicks with English subtitles and/or with the original audio. Each month we share some movies to check out, with links to the show times too, so you’ll know exactly which cinema to head to and when. All you need do is grab some popcorn!

A Viszkis

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A Viszkis tells the strange but true story of Attila Ambrus, Hungary’s Whiskey Robber, who became (in)famous for committing 30 robberies around Budapest in the ’90s, each after knocking back a glass – or two – of Johnnie Walker. Ambrus played cat-and-mouse with the authorities for six years, once fleeing a crime scene by diving into the Danube and even escaping from prison, becoming a folk hero in the process. To learn more about the Whiskey Robber’s incredible story before watching the film, read our interview with him.

 

Where to watch it?

The film screens with original Hungarian audio and English subtitles at the Art+Cinema on January 8th. More details

 

 

Darkest Hour

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This thrilling and inspiring drama begins at the precipice of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman in Oscar nomination form) must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: explore a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or stand firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical king, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.

 

Where to watch it?

The film screens with original English audio and Hungarian subtitles 7 times at the Art+ Cinema and premiers at Cinema City on January 18th.

 

Labyrinth

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Remember magnificent David Bowie as Jareth the devilishly enchanting Goblin King…? No need to say any more, this ’80s fantasy classic was part of our childhood. For those of you whose youth was deprived of this wonderfully weird movie, the story follows 15-year-old Sarah, who wishes for his little baby brother to be taken away. However, when the Goblin King unexpectedly grants her wish, a guilt- and fear-ridden Sarah has to make her way on a rescue mission through a brick maze populated by Muppets. Jareth is back on the big screen, don’t miss.

 

Where to watch it?

The film screens with original English audio and Hungarian subtitles at the Bem Cinema on January 14th. More details

 

Pitch Perfect 3

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The Bellas are back… after the highs of winning the World Championships, they find themselves divided and discovering there aren’t too many job prospects for this line of work. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas tour for US servicemen, this group of awesome misfits come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time.

 

Where to watch it?

The film screens with original English audio at Cinema City Allee and Aréna. More details

 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues. Luke’s peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he encounters Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of the Force. Her desire to learn the ways of the Jedi compels Luke to make a decision that changes their lives forever. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren and General Hux lead the First Order in an all-out assault against Leia and the Resistance for supremacy of the galaxy.

 

Where to watch it?

The film screens with original English audio and Hungarian subtitles at Cinema City Allee, Aréna and WestEnd. More details

 

The Greatest Showman

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The Greatest Showman is inspired by the true story of P. T. Barnum’s creation of the Barnum & Bailey Circus, and the lives of its star attractions. This original musical celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. Hugh Jackman stars.

 

Where to watch it?

The film screens with original English audio and Hungarian subtitles at Cinema City Alle. More details

 

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

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Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos – the director of the intriguing Lobster – is back with one of the most anticipated movies of this winter. Starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell, The Killing of a Sacred Deer is like a Rorschach test for all viewers; how you feel about it will likely depend on who and what you identify with when you watch it. In the film, Steven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.

 

Where to watch it?

The film screens with original English audio and Hungarian subtitles at Cinema City Alle, Aréna and Campona. More details