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January movies screening in English in Budapest

If you don't speak Hungarian, but are in Budapest, you might find it hard to find out which films are showing in English. Luckily, there are many cinemas and films clubs screening new release films with English subtitles and/or with original audio. Each month we'll let you know what movies to check out and the session times too, so you'll know exactly which cinema to head to. All you need to do is grab some popcorn!

This Ain't California

A quasi-mockumentary about the skateboarding scene in the Old East Germany of the 1980s.

In Martin Persiel's film, you learn about why East Berlin's architecture turned out to be great for skating and who the most famous skaters were of the era. Just keep in mind, that everyone in this film is an actor. For the film, a half pipe was built, which never existed, and the skaters are actors who never rolled in this era. So, why should you bother? Because it still manages to tell more about freedom, about subculture, about repression and about rebellion than most normal documentaries.
Where to watch:The film is screened on 13 January at 6pm at Deák 17 Gyermek és Ifjúsági Művészeti Gallery.
Original audio (German), English subtitles, free entry. Official Facebook event here.Ned Kelly

Ned Kelly is one of the most famous Australian people ever. He was a bushranger and the leader of the Kelly Gang, committing murders and armed robberies in the period from 1878 - 1880. Following his execution, Ned Kelly became something of a folk hero and a cultural icon. His life inspired works of literature, film and music. So it's no surprise that director Gregor Jordan made a movie him. Gun fights, showdowns, breathtaking landscapes - and the always-handsome Heath Ledger as Ned Kelly. It's not a new release and it's not as thought-provoking as it could be (it's just a simple action movie) but hey, a little fun and thrill never hurt anybody!

Where to watch:The screening is organised by the Australian Film Club and will take place at Örökmozgó on 21 January, 6pm.
Original audio (English). Official Facebook event here.Any Day Now

Marco (Isaac Leyva) is a teenager with Down-syndrome who is taken by his neighbours, Rudy (Alan Cumming) and Paul (Garret Dillahunt) after his mother abandons him. But when the authorities discover, that he is raised by a homosexual couple, they want to take away him away. Not wanting to accept that, Rudy and Paul must fight a biased legal system to adopt the child they have come to love as their own. A warm-hearted movie about love, acceptance and the importance of a caring family, that is just as thought-provoking as moving. Not to mention that all the three main actors are outstanding in it.

Where to watch:
The screening at kolor takes place as a part of the LMBQT Film Festival in Budapest on 18 January, 7pm.
Original audio (English), Hungarian subtitles.Tak3n

Liam Nesson is in trouble... again, for the third and the last time, as the Taken-franchise ends this year. In the closing instalment, Neeson turns from the hunter into the hunted as he is the main suspect for the murder of his ex-wife. Of course while he is on the run and trying to prove his innocence, he has to survive car chases, gun fights, explosions and finish-off nearly everybody in the Russian maffia. Since Luc Besson was the producer and the co-writer of the script and because the two earlier films were fun, we're sure it will be entertaining to watch the old Irish actor break bones, crash skulls and shoot everyone down in Taken 3.
Where to watch:Original audio (English), Hungarian subtitles at MOM Park. For screening times at other cinemas go to Port or Cinema CityInto The Woods

A modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales with Anna Kendrick, James Corden, Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp, and did we mention that it's a musical? Yes, Into The Woods is the adaptation of

the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical, with quite a number of memorable vocal performances and an all-star cast. If you've ever wondered, what would happen if Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel, Cinderella and the witch met, here's your chance to find out. This is a Brothers Grimm mash-up that's perfect for cold nights.
Where to watch:Original audio (English), Hungarian subtitles at the following places - Allee, Aréna, Westend, Campona and Mammut.

For screening times at other cinemas go to Port or Cinema City20,000 Days On Earth

If there is a film that every Nick Cave fan should watch, it is surely 20,000 Days On Earth.

It's an intelligent and revealing look at one of rock's last true iconoclasts. The film dives into Nick Cave's world: the camera follows him when he is driving, working, talking with his bandmates or hitting the stage (these are some of the most thrilling music scenes we've ever seen). Learn about his relationship with God, memories, marriage and watch him as he chats with Kylie Minogue, Blixa Bargeld or Warren Ellis. "Like his live performances and recorded works, the tortured dark figure and the aesthetics of the film bring together an intriguing three-dimensional mythological scrapbook." Moviefix writes - and they couldn't be more accurate.
Where to watch:Original audio (English), Hungarian subtitles at Allee.

For screening times at other cinemas go to Port or Cinema CityBirdman

The best part of Alejandro González Iñárritu's newest cinematic ballet is the truly outstanding performances of Michael Keaton and Edward Norton. In this black comedy,

an actor (Michael Keaton) - famous for portraying an iconic superhero - struggles with his role in a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career and ultimately himself. Edgy, brilliant, layered - already one of the best films of the year.
Where to watch:Original audio (English), Hungarian subtitles at the following places:

Allee, Aréna, Westend and Mammut.

For screening times at other cinemas go to Port or Cinema City

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