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Dear friends,

One of the best ways to learn English is to watch English movies. If you don't like to watch movies alone, join our English Movie Club on Tuesdays!

We offer:
- Great movies in English with English subtitles
- Useful words and phrases from each film
- Fascinating discussion based on the film
- Tea with cakes during the tea-break

Meetings are held in accordance with Schedule.
Announcements about upcoming film you can find on the Main Page.
Entrance fee you can find on the page Prices.
In case you have any questions - don't hesitate to ask! Contacts

Any doubts? Read reviews from our guests MovieClub: Feedback

Welcome!

Yours,
ECC Team

MovieClub: Feedback | КиноКлуб: Отзывы

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Dear friends, if you like to leave your opinion about our club, please don't hesitate to send it to the following address: news@englishclub.org.ru. And please don't forget to indicate in your message a nick under which you'd like your opinion to be published!
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Дорогие друзья, если Вы хотите оставить свой отзыв о КиноКлубе, пожалуйста, присылайте его на следующий адрес: news@englishclub.org.ru. Не забудьте указать ник, под которым должен быть размещен отзыв!

Love Actually

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Director: Richard Curtis
Writer: Richard Curtis
Stars: Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon
Storyline:
The characters are falling in love, falling out of love, some are with right people, some are with the wrong people, some are looking to have an affair, some are in the period of mourning; a capsule summary of reality. Love begins and love ends.

Midnight in Paris

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Director: Woody Allen
Writer: Woody Allen
Stars: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates

Questions for discussion:

  1. What do you think about the composition of the movie and acting?
  2. According to you what is the main idea of the film?
  3. Have you ever been to Paris? Do you share Gil’s opinion about it? Were you fascinated by this city?
  4. Do you agree that Paris is the best place for artists?
  5. What is the best place in the world you’ve ever been?

National Treasure

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«The clues are right in front of your eyes.»

Director: Jon Turteltaub
Writers: Marianne Wibberley (screenplay), Cormac Wibberley (screenplay)
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha

Storyline
While Ben Gates is presenting new information about John Wilkes Booth and the 18 pages missing from Booth's diary, a man by the name of Mitch Wilkinson stands up and presents a missing page of John Wilkes Booth's diary. Thomas Gates, Ben's great-grandfather, is mentioned on the page...

The Thirteenth Floor

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Question reality. You can go there even though it doesn’t exist.

Director: Josef Rusnak
Writers: Daniel F. Galouye (book), Josef Rusnak (screenplay)
Stars: Craig Bierko, Gretchen Mol, Armin Mueller-Stahl

Storyline:
Computer scientist Hannon Fuller has discovered something extremely important. He's about to tell the discovery to his colleague, Douglas Hall, but knowing someone is after him, the old man leaves a letter in his computer generated parallel world that's just like the 30's with seemingly real people with real emotions. Fuller is murdered in our real world the same night, and his colleague is suspected. Douglas discovers a bloody shirt in his bathroom and he cannot recall what he was doing the night Fuller was murdered. He logs into the system in order to find the letter, but has to confront the unexpected. The truth is harsher than he could ever imagine...

What Dreams May Come

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Director: Vincent Ward
Writers: Richard Matheson (novel), Ronald Bass (screenplay)
Stars: Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Annabella Sciorra

Storyline:
Chris Neilson dies to find himself in a heaven more amazing than he could have ever dreamed of. There is one thing missing: his wife. After he dies, his wife, Annie killed herself and went to hell. Chris decides to risk eternity in hades for the small chance that he will be able to bring her back to heaven.

Source Code

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Director: Duncan Jones
Writer: Ben Ripley
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga

Storyline
Colter Stevens, a US Army helicopter pilot whose last memory is flying in Afghanistan, wakes up on a commuter train. However, he discovers that he has assumed the identity of another man.

Scoop

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Director: Woody Allen
Writer: Woody Allen
Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Hugh Jackman, Jim Dunk

Storyline:
In the funeral of the famous British journalist Joe Strombel, his colleagues and friends recall how obstinate he was while seeking for a scoop. Meanwhile the deceased Joe discloses the identity of the tarot card serial killer of London.

The Bucket List

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Director: Rob Reiner
Writer: Justin Zackham
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes

Storyline:
Corporate billionaire Edward Cole and working class mechanic Carter Chambers have nothing in common except for their terminal illnesses. While sharing a hospital room together, they decide to leave it and do all the things they have ever wanted to do before they die according to their bucket list. In the process, both of them heal each other, become unlikely friends, and ultimately find joy in life.

Reign Over Me

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Director: Mike Binder
Writer: Mike Binder
Stars: Adam Sandler (as Charlie Fineman), Don Cheadle (as Adam Johnson), Jada Pinkett Smith (as Janeane Johnson), Liv Tyler (as Angela Oakhurst), etc.

Storyline:
Alan Johnson has everything he needs to get through life: a good job, a beautiful and loving wife, and their wonderful children. Yet he feels isolated because he finds having a hard-working job and managing a family too much to handle and has no one to talk to about it. Charlie Fineman, on the other hand, doesn't have a job or a family. He used to have both until a terrible loss, and the grief caused him to quit his job and isolate himself from everyone around him.

Good Will Hunting

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...Some people can never believe in themselves, until someone believes in them.

Director: Gus Van Sant
Writers: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck
Stars: Robin William (as Sean Maguire), Matt Damon (as Will Hunting), Ben Affleck (as Chuckie Sullivan), Stellan Skarsgard (as Prof. Gerald Lambeau), Minnie Driver (as Skylar)

Storyline:

Gone in 60 seconds

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Director: Dominic Sena
Writers: H.B. Halicki; Scott Rosenberg (Screenplay)
Stars: Nicolas Cage (as Randall ‘Memphis’ Raines), Giovanni Ribisi (as Kip Raines), Angelina Jolie (as Sara ‘Sway’ Wayland), Robert Duvall (as Otto Halliwell)

Storyline:
Car theft in Long Beach went down 47% when Randall "Memphis" Raines walked away from the life. He gets dragged back into it by assuming the job his brother Kip screwed up for stolen-car broker Raymond Calitri: steal 50 exotic cars and have them on a container ship by 8 AM Friday morning, and he got this news on a Monday.

Moneyball

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Director: Bennett Miller
Writers: Steven Zaillian (screenplay), Aaron Sorkin (screenplay)
Stars: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Storyline:
Oakland A's GM Billy Beane is handicapped with the lowest salary constraint in baseball. If he ever wants to win the World Series, Billy must find a competitive advantage. Billy is about to turn baseball on its ear when he uses statistical data to analyze and place value on the players he picks for the team.

Quotes:

The Prestige

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Director: Christopher Nolan
Writers: Jonathan Nolan (screenplay), Christopher Nolan (screenplay)

Stars: Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine

Storyline: In the end of the Nineteenth Century, in London, Robert Angier, his beloved wife Julia McCullough and Alfred Borden are friends and assistants of a magician. When Julia accidentally dies during a performance, Robert blames Alfred for her death and they become enemies.

Wag the Dog

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Director: Barry Levinson
Writers: Larry Beinhart (book), Hilary Henkin (screenplay)
Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Anne Heche

Storyline:
After being caught in a scandalous situation days before the election, the president does not seem to have much of a chance of being re-elected. One of his advisers contacts a top Hollywood producer in order to manufacture a war in Albania that the president can heroically end, all through mass media.

A Beautiful Mind

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Director: Ron Howard
Writers: Akiva Goldsman, Sylvia Nasar (book)
Stars: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly

Storyline:
After a brilliant but asocial mathematician accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn to the nightmarish.

Quotes:
Nash: Classes will dull your mind, destroy the potential for authentic creativity.
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Charles: Nothing's ever for sure, John. That's the only sure thing I do know.
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The Truman Show

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Director: Peter Weir
Writer: Andrew Niccol
Stars: Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich
Storyline:
In this movie, Truman is a man whose life is a fake one... The place he lives is in fact a big studio with hidden cameras everywhere, and all his friends and people around him, are actors who play their roles in the most popular TV-series in the world: The Truman Show.

Matchstick Men

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“Lie cheat steal rinse repeat”

Director: Ridley Scott
Writers: Eric Garcia (book), Nicholas Griffin (screenplay)
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Alison Lohman

Storyline:
A phobic con artist and his protégé are on the verge of pulling off a lucrative swindle when the former's teenage daughter arrives unexpectedly.

Quotes:
Angela: She said you were a bad guy. You don't seem like a bad guy.
Roy: That's what makes me good at it.

Fight Club

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Director: David Fincher
Writers: Chuck Palahniuk (novel), Jim Uhls (screenplay)
Stars: Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter
Storyline:
An insomniac office worker looking for a way to change his life crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker and they form an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more...

Quotes:
Tyler Durden: It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything.
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BladeRunner

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Director: Ridley Scott
Writers: Hampton Fancher (screenplay), David Webb Peoples (screenplay)
Stars: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young
Storyline:
In a cyberpunk vision of the future, man has developed the technology to create replicants, human clones used to serve in the colonies outside Earth but with fixed lifespans.

The Terminal

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Director: Steven Spielberg
Wgriters: Andrew Niccol (story), Sacha Gervasi (story)
Stars: Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stanley Tucci

Storyline:
An eastern immigrant finds himself stranded in JFK airport, and must take up temporary residence there.

August Rush

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Director: Kirsten Sheridan
Writers: Nick Castle, James V. Hart
Stars: Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Storyline
This is a story of a music prodigy.

Catch me if you can

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Director: Steven Spielberg
Writers: Jeff Nathanson (screenplay), Frank Abagnale Jr. (book)
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken
Storyline
A true story about Frank Abagnale Jr., who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars' worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor.

Bridget Jones's Diary

Director: Sharon Maguire
Writers: Helen Fielding (novel), Helen Fielding (screenplay)
Stars: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant
Storyline:

In Bruges

Director: Martin McDonagh
Writer: Martin McDonagh
Stars: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ciarán Hinds
Storyline

How to Steal a Million

Director: William Wyler
Writers: George Bradshaw (story), Harry Kurnitz (screenplay)
Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Peter O'Toole, Eli Wallach
Storyline:

Limitless

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Director: Neil Burger
Writers: Leslie Dixon (screenplay), Alan Glynn (novel)
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Anna Friel, Abbie Cornish

Storyline:
Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro star in Limitless, a paranoia-fueled action thriller about an unpublished writer whose life is transformed by a top-secret smart drug that allows him to use 100% of his brain and become a perfect version of himself. His enhanced abilities soon attract shadowy forces that threaten his new life in this darkly comic and provocative film.

Four Weddings and a Funeral

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Director: Mike Newell
Writer: Richard Curtis
Stars: Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, James Fleet

Storyline: The film follows the fortunes of Charles and his friends as they wonder if they will ever find true love and marry. Charles thinks he's found "Miss Right" in Carrie, an American. This British subtle comedy revolves around Charlie, his friends and the four weddings and one funeral which they attend.

Definitely, Maybe

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Director: Adam Brooks
Writer: Adam Brooks
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Rachel Weisz, Abigail Breslin
Storyline
Romantic comedy: Will Hayes, a 30-something Manhattan dad is in the midst of a divorce when his 10 year old daughter, Maya, starts to question him about his life before marriage.

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