A guide to movies to see in the cinema this Christmas (and what to eat afterwards)

Movies are back on the big screen, but after a few months away the current stream of new releases can be a bit overwhelming. Problem solved: We’ve checked out what’s new and new and picked five must-see titles for your next trip to Cinema Nova, tucked away in Carlton’s Lygon Court.

Hungry afterwards? We fixed that too. We’ve paired each movie with a classic dish from Brunetti Classico, the iconic Italian coffee shop that towers over Lygon Court with its opulent display of cakes, pastries and pizza in shop windows.

Here’s our guide to the movies (and meals) to devour this Christmas.

It has to be argued that the world of modern cooking – in the United States, at least – has been largely shaped by Julia Child, and this documentary shows it in an often tantalizing style. This biopic provides a glimpse into Child’s life, from her early days working for the American spy ring during WWII, to her growing interest in cooking as she traveled the world – to her cookbook. revolutionary of 1961 and the decades of influence that followed.

Co-directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West (RBG) use a light touch with an emphasis on entertainment, in a flavorful take on the culinary icon. Talking heads, archival footage, and photos keep the pace going, but the real treat is getting a close look at some of his classic dishes. It’s not the type to see on an empty stomach.

Pair with: Aglio olio e peperoncino by Brunetti. This classic Italian pasta dish includes garlic, olive oil, spaghetti, chili peppers, and Parmesan, taking common ingredients and elevating them.

No time to die

It’s been a long time coming (even before the Covid delays), but Bond is back and No time to die worth the wait. With Daniel Craig in his last outing as 007 (which started with Casino Royale), it is ready to settle down. When that didn’t quite work, he retired to Jamaica; while in London, a top secret biological warfare lab is attacked and Specter prepares to hatch his latest evil plan.

Everything you could expect from a Bond movie is here, with plenty of glamorous locations, flashy gadgets, sharp clothing, and thrilling action. Craig can always sell a joke even as the weight of the world weighs on him, and the women around him – including former flame Madeleine (Léa Seydoux) and new 007 Nomi (Lashana Lynch) – prove his match at every turn. . The 150-minute film goes by quickly: Craig’s Bond couldn’t have asked for better.

Pair with: Brunetti’s Vespa Martini. It’s an Italian version of the classic Vesper martini that is served shaken, not stirred.

Last night in Soho

Eloise Turner (Thomasin McKenzie) is a teenage girl from a small town who has just been accepted into a school in a big city (the London College of Fashion, to be exact), where she hopes her obsession with the ’60s will finally blossom.

London turns out to be tough and ruthless, at least until she finds a very retro studio where every night she dreams of the past and the life of aspiring singer Sandie Collins (Anya Taylor-Joy). Can Eloise face the revelation that the ’60s were actually quite dark and shady, or will she shatter under the weight of her growing obsession with the past?

Writer-director Edgar Wright (Baby Driver, Scott Pilgrim vs the world) takes a spooky turn in this sinister tribute to the ’60s. He’s clearly having fun recreating the past, and McKenzie is convincing as an ingenuous on the verge of insanity (or is she?). This time travel has a sting in its tail.

Pair with: Brunetti’s Calabrian pizza. It’s a great taste from the early 1960s.

The French dispatch

Writer-director Wes Anderson’s latest film (The Grand Hotel Budapest, Moonrise kingdom) has been described as “a tribute to The New Yorker”, And it’s hard to think of a more appropriate subject for his uniquely stylized places and characters. Focus on the (fictitious) staff French Dispatch of Liberty, Evening sun in Kansas as they prepare their final issue, its chapters include revolutionary students, a food review (which also involves kidnapping), and an incarcerated artist.

Anderson’s films often attract big names and to call this cast “all star” is an understatement. Starring Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Willem Dafoe, Edward Norton, Henry Winkler, Elisabeth Moss, Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody and Tilda Swinton – among others – it is filled with weird characters from Anderson, finely crafted visuals, and a keen sense of humor.

Pair with: Brunetti’s classic French mousse cake Le Parisien.

the leopard

Claudia Cardinale is an icon of Italian cinema and the 1963 Luchino Visconti classic the leopard is the movie that made her a star all over the world. Starring Burt Lancaster as a Sicilian nobleman and Cardinale as goddaughter, it’s a radical epic set during a time of upheaval as the old ways (which the Prince of Lancaster represents) are swept away by a new democratic future. .

Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes and considered by Martin Scorsese as one of the greatest films ever made, its notoriety has only grown over the years. Screening as part of the retrospective of the Italian goddesses of Nova, it’s a rare chance to see this classic on the big screen.

Pair with: Conchiglie al pesto Siciliano from Brunetti for an authentic taste of Sicily.

This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Lygon Court.

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