If you don’t speak Hungarian but want to see a film in Budapest, it can be difficult to find out which ones are showing in English. Luckily, many cinemas and film clubs screen newly released features 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. Cinema City is a chain of multiplexes, Artmozi the network of art-house theatres. All you need do is grab some popcorn!

Ad Astra

Brad Pitt, currently enjoying a well-earned renaissance, plays an astronaut travelling through the Solar System on a quest to find his father, Tommy Lee Jones, a fellow spaceman gone rogue. Pitt earned universal praise for his performance. James Gray (The Lost City of Z) directs.

English-friendly screenings at Cinema City and at art-house cinemas.

Apocalypse Now Final Cut

It’s now 40 years since Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece raged through cinemas, leaving a plethora of oft-quoted lines in its wake. Nearly 20 years after his releasing a sprawling 202-minute Redux version, Coppola hits a happy medium, keeping in a scene, cut from the original version, featuring his son Gian-Carlo, who died in 1986. It’s still three hours long, so treat yourself to a large helping of Martin Sheen, Dennis Hopper and Brando going completely woo-hoo during the Vietnam War.

English-friendly screenings at Cinema City and at art-house cinemas.


First-time Hungarian director Yvan Tamás Topolánszky made the brave decision to focus his debut movie on one of the most famous films ever made, Casablanca, and the legendary fellow Hungarian director behind it, Michael Curtiz. Firmly noir and brimming with irony, Curtiz was mainly written by Ward Parry, whose snappy English dialogue is interspersed with sub-plots in Hungarian – subtitles are provided throughout. Budapest is a closed, terrified city inaccessible by phone, Hollywood is one long casting couch swathed in cigarette smoke. Well worth a watch. Read our interview with the key players here.

English-friendly screenings at art-house cinemas.

Downton Abbey

Adapted for the silver screen, the Crawley clan continue where they left off in the smash hit TV series, only this time there’s royalty to entertain at their Yorkshire country manor. This classic period drama stars most of the original cast – what’s a period drama without Dame Maggie Smith? – and leaves plenty of scope for a revisit.

English-friendly screenings at Cinema City and at art-house cinemas.


For Saturday, 21 September only, the Uránia Film Theatre dedicates a day to recently made animated shorts and features. Known as the Kecskemét Animation Film Festival – Kecskemét being a town in Hungary famed for its cartoon studios – this annual event showcases both domestic and global talent. Initiating proceedings at 2pm is Milorad Krstic’s fast-moving but thought-provoking Ruben Brandt, Collector, shown in its original Hungarian, but dialogue is scant and there’s more than enough going on to entertain everyone. Bookending the festival at 8pm, The Breadwinner, is screened in English with Hungarian subtitles. Based in Kabul, the film tells the story of 11-year-old Parvana, who gives up her identity to provide for her family and try to save her father's life.

The Kitchen

Based on a comic-book series, The Kitchen marks the directorial debut of successful screenwriter Andrea Berloff who harnesses the considerable talents of Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss in this crime drama set in 1970s’ New York. The trio play the wives of Irish mobsters who assume control of crime operations in Hell’s Kitchen – with fatal consequences.

English-friendly screenings at Cinema City.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Nominated for Best Film at Cannes, winner of its Palm Dog award thanks to a chompingly good performance by Sayuri the pit bull terrier, this eagerly awaited take by Quentin Tarantino on Manson-era LA is up there with his best work. Starring a hilarious Leonardo DiCaprio as an over-the-hump TV cowboy (‘Eight whiskey sours!’) and his stunt double, Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time is a celluloid love letter to Hollywood. Underscored by a reliably inspiring Tarantino soundtrack – Neil Diamond has never sounded so good – this 160-minute journey through the summer of ’69 also features cameos from Al Pacino and Bruce Dern, and a fictional Steve McQueen.

English-friendly screenings at Cinema City and at art-house cinemas.

Rambo V

There’s a Rambo V? How long’s it been? Well, 11 years to be precise, plenty of time for the ever-reckless Rambo to settle down at a ranch in Arizona – only to become mixed up with a mean Mexican cartel. Now in his seventies, Sylvester Stallone also co-wrote the screenplay and chose Bulgaria to film the bulk of the movie. The scenery’s lovely, even when gore comes to the fore.

English-friendly screenings at Cinema City.