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The Trip To Italy - Sunday 4:30 p.m. 1/6 at the Nova

We will meet at the Nova Restaurant from 3:30 onwards, Stefan -[masked]

"The dynamic duo of Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon return for another highly entertaining round of travel and food porn in “The Trip to Italy,” a most welcome sequel to 2010’s “The Trip” that follows our intrepid armchair gastronomes on a carb-heavy tour of Italy from northern Piemonte to the sun-drenched Amalfi Coast. Resolving not to fix what wasn’t broken, director Michael Winterbottom once again gives free reign to his stars’ improvisational gifts, juxtaposed with heaping plates of fresh pasta and seafood, reflections on art and literature, and incessant celebrity vocal impressions.

For much of the way, Coogan and Brydon find themselves following in the footsteps of a couple of British travelers from two centuries before: the poets Percy Shelley and Lord Byron (pinch-hitting for the previous film’s Wordsworth and Coleridge). Decamping in Liguria, they pay a visit to the “Bay of Poets,” where Shelley took his fateful last boat ride in July 1822, and wonder what — if anything — people will remember of them 200 years hence. Then, much as Byron and Shelley surely did in their day, they engage in a new round of competitive celebrity impersonations, broadening their celebrated Michael Caine bake-off from the prior film to include the entire cast of “The Dark Knight Rises,” building to a terrific bit in which they imagine a shy assistant director attempting to tell Christian Bale and Tom Hardy to enunciate more clearly. (The Italian setting also offers Brydon copious opportunities to trot out his Al Pacino routine.)"

Scott Foundas, Variety.

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  • Kay B.

    Despite a chaotic start to the evening, the film was enjoyable and so was the company. Thanks, as always, to Stefan for his good choice of films! Cheers

    2 · June 2, 2014

  • Mary C.

    Sounds like an inspirational movie. However next time will join the group. Enjoy the movie everyone.

    1 · May 31, 2014

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