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Dan Carrier’s movies news: The Final Year; True Romance; Tufnell Park Film Club

19 January, 2018 — By Dan Carrier

Samantha Power and Barack Obama in The Final Year

THE soap opera tragically playing out in the White House could be funny if it wasn’t so utterly tragic, important and dangerous.

And this thought cannot help but spring to mind as doc producers Dog Woof present The Final Year, a behind the scenes look at Barack Obama’s last 12 months in office.

It is a timely reminder of the dignity the office has lost, of the pressures (and joys) of sitting behind the desk in the Oval Office. Big hitters such as John Kerry, Samantha Power, Ben Rhodes and Susan Rice feature – and the result is an inspiring film that will make you feel so completely gutted (and confused) as to how the office of the POTUS has managed to fall so far.

It shows the urgency trying to protect foreign policy and climate change deals before the hand over of power. Following the debacle of the publication of the Michael Wolff book Fire and Fury, can you imagine the explosions that would appear if a film crew followed Trump around in such a way?

• Fancy a top (cheap) date on Valentines Day? Look no further than the great Kentish Town boozer, the Rose and Crown, who are screening the amazing True Romance in their cellar bar on February 14. Entry is free, pints reasonable, and the film awesome.

• Talking of films in pubs, the Tufnell Park Film Club at the Lord Palmerston on Dartmouth Park Hill, are hosting a film quiz on Sunday January 28. They say it’s an evening of “fun-filled movie trivia” with super prizes for all who enter – and the winning team get to choose a film for the club to screen. Members is £1.50. Non-members £2.50 per person and the quiz starts at 7pm.

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