Once upon a time in Hollywood

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Friday, 8 Nov, 7:00pm
Sunday, 17 Nov, 5:00pm

This is Tarantino to the core: his writing, his people, his story.

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A bittersweet, complex, conversation-starting look back at the film business at the close of a tumultuous decade, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood also works as a strong argument for why it’s too soon for Tarantino to pack it in.

From 1958 to 1963, American actor Rick Dalton knew the height of fame and fortune as the lead in the television series Bounty Law. Yet, Rick wasn’t satisfied with the work and used his popularity to try to become a movie star. By 1969, Rick’s career has stalled so much that he takes jobs as a guest star on various shows. He even starts wondering if the only way he can make a comeback is by acting in Italian productions. Cliff Booth, Rick’s long-time friend and stunt double, helps him see that possibilities for success still exist in the Los Angeles film industry if they work together. Rick also happens to live next door to Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate – the filmmaker and budding actress whose futures will forever be altered by members of the Manson Family.

Quentin Tarantino’s newest unites Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt in probably their best work to date. They are real movie stars, and we don’t have many left. They play so well off each other. This is real acting from real actors who really know how to bring it. Leonardo gives us another gem in his illustrious filmography; he’ll likely get awards love. Brad also shines in a supporting role. Margot Robbie is absolutely warm, bubbly, and mystifying as Sharon Tate. This feels like a love letter to cinema by Tarantino. There are scenes that will be remembered as some of his best.

USA 2019, 161 min, R16
Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Al Pacino, Margo Robbie, Kurt Russell & Timothy Olyphant

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