English-language movies in Germany April 2-8

English-language films dubbed into German are irritating at best. Wish you could soak up the gravelly tones of Jack Nicholson instead of his German Doppelgänger? The Local's guide to English language films in Germany tells you where and when to find the real thing. So far, we have listings for Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Düsseldorf; other cities will be added in the coming weeks.

English-language movies in Germany April 2-8
A scene from the Oscar-winning film 'Slumdog Millionaire.' Photo: DPA


CineStar Original Sony Center

Potsdamer Strasse 4, 10785 Berlin

Tel. 030-260 66 400

Tel. 24h reservation hotline 01805-11 88 11 (14 ct./min, mobile calls may cost more)

Monsters vs. Aliens (minimum age: 6)

Monday-Sunday 1.30pm, 3.45pm, 6pm, 8.30pm

Religulous (minimum age: 12)

Monday-Sunday 6pm

Rachel Getting Married (minimum age: 12)

Monday-Sunday 4.45pm

John Rabe (Original with English subtitles, minimum age: 12)

Monday-Sunday 4.30pm, 7.30pm

Fast & Furious – New Model. Original Parts. (minimum age: 12)

Tuesday-Sunday 2.45pm, 5.30pm, 8pm

The Duchess (minimum age: 12)

Monday-Wednesday 2pm, 4.30pm

Thursday 2pm

Friday 4.30pm

Saturday-Sunday 2pm, 4.30pm

Notorious B.I.G (minimum age: 12)

Tues-Weds & Fri-Sat 10.50pm

Mall Cop (minimum age: 6)

Monday-Tuesday 2pm, 7pm

Wednesday-Thursday 2pm

Friday 2pm, 7pm

Saturday-Sunday 2pm, 4.15pm, 7pm

What Just Happened? (minimum age: 12)

Monday 16.15pm

Tuesday 16.15pm, 9.15pm

Wednesday-Thursday 16.15pm, 10.45pm

Friday 16.15pm, 9.15pm

Saturday-Sunday 9.15pm

Slumdog Millionaire (minimum age: 12)

Monday 1.45pm, 4.45pm, 7.45pm

Tuesday-Sunday 1.45pm, 4.45pm, 7.45pm, 10.50pm

RockNRolla (minimum age: 16)

Tuesday-Sunday 10.50pm

The Fall (minimum age: 12)

Saturday-Sunday 3pm

Confessions of a Shopaholic (no age restriction)

Monday-Sunday 2pm

Gran Torino (minimum age: 12)

Monday 8.15pm

Tuesday-Sunday 8.15pm, 11pm

Watchmen (minimum age: 16)

Monday-Wednesday 7.30pm

Thursday 8.30pm

Friday-Saturday 7.30pm

The Wrestler (minimum age: 12)

Tuesday 10.30pm

Thursday 10.30pm

Saturday 10.30pm

The Reader (minimum age: 12)

Monday-Sunday 7pm

Milk (minimum age: 12)

Friday-Saturday 9.45pm

He’s Just Not That Into You (No age restriction)

Monday 3pm

Wednesday 3pm

Friday 3pm

The International (minimum age: 16)

Tuesday-Thursday 9.45pm

Sunday 9.45pm

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (minimum age: 12)

Tuesday, Thursday 2.30pm

Twilight (minimum age: 12)

Monday-Sunday 2pm

CineSneak, Mistery Movie (minimum age: 18)

Thursday 8pm

Knowing (preview, minimum age: 16)

Wednesday 8pm, 11pm


CineStar Düsseldorf – Der Filmpalast

Hansaallee 245, 40549 Düsseldorf

Tel. 0211-52 74 70 1

Tel. 24h reservation hotline 01805 11 88 11 (14 ct/min. – mobile calls may cost more)

Notorious B.I.G. (minimum age: 12)

Monday-Tuesday 7.30pm

Thursday-Sunday 7.30pm

Slumdog Millionaire (minimum age: 12)

Monday-Thursday 5.15pm, 8pm

Friday-Saturday 5.15pm, 8pm, 10.45pm

Sunday 5.15pm, 8pm

Gran Torino (minimal age: 12)

Friday-Saturday 10.15pm


Wednesday 8.15pm

Knowing (preview, minimal age: 16)

Wednesday (April, 8) 8pm


CineStar Frankfurt am Main – Turmpalast

Bleichstrasse 57

60313 Frankfurt am Main


Tel. 069-28 17 87

Tel. 24h reservation hotline 01805 11 88 11 (14 ct/min. – mobile calls may cost more)

Slumdog Millionaire (minimum age: 12)

Friday 8.15pm

Confessions of a Shopaholic (no age restriction)

Monday 8pm

Tuesday 3pm, 5.15pm

Wednesday 3pm, 5.15pm, 7.50pm

Thursday 2.30pm


CineStar Hamburg – Streit’s Filmtheater

Jungfernstieg 38

20354 Hamburg


Tel. 0 40 34 60 51

Gran Torino (minimum age: 12)

Wednesday 5.40pm

Aliens vs. Monsters (minimum age: 6)

Monday-Tuesday 6.10pm

Wednesday 8.15pm

Thursday 3.40pm, 5.55pm

Friday 5.15pm

Saturday 3.15pm, 5.30pm

Sunday 5.45pm

Mall Cop (minimum age: 6)

Tuesday 4pm

Sunday 3.35pm

Slumdog Millionaire (minimum age: 12)

Monday 3.30pm

Tuesday 8.30pm

Wednesday 3pm

Thursday 8.15pm

Friday 2.40pm, 7.35pm, 10.20pm

Saturday 7.45pm, 10.30pm

Sunday 8pm

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EXPLAINED: Berlin’s latest Covid rules

In response to rapidly rising Covid-19 infection rates, the Berlin Senate has introduced stricter rules, which came into force on Saturday, November 27th. Here's what you need to know.

A sign in front of a waxing studio in Berlin indicates the rule of the 2G system
A sign in front of a waxing studio indicates the rule of the 2G system with access only for fully vaccinated people and those who can show proof of recovery from Covid-19 as restrictions tighten in Berlin. STEFANIE LOOS / AFP

The Senate agreed on the tougher restrictions on Tuesday, November 23rd with the goal of reducing contacts and mobility, according to State Secretary of Health Martin Matz (SPD).

He explained after the meeting that these measures should slow the increase in Covid-19 infection rates, which was important as “the situation had, unfortunately, deteriorated over the past weeks”, according to media reports.

READ ALSO: Tougher Covid measures needed to stop 100,000 more deaths, warns top German virologist

Essentially, the new rules exclude from much of public life anyone who cannot show proof of vaccination or recovery from Covid-19. You’ll find more details of how different sectors are affected below.

If you haven’t been vaccinated or recovered (2G – geimpft (vaccinated) or genesen (recovered)) from Covid-19, then you can only go into shops for essential supplies, i.e. food shopping in supermarkets or to drugstores and pharmacies.

Many – but not all – of the rules for shopping are the same as those passed in the neighbouring state of Brandenburg in order to avoid promoting ‘shopping tourism’ with different restrictions in different states.

2G applies here, too, as well as the requirement to wear a mask with most places now no longer accepting a negative test for entry. Only minors are exempt from this requirement.

Sport, culture, clubs
Indoor sports halls will off-limits to anyone who hasn’t  been vaccinated or can’t show proof of recovery from Covid-19. 2G is also in force for cultural events, such as plays and concerts, where there’s also a requirement to wear a mask. 

In places where mask-wearing isn’t possible, such as dance clubs, then a negative test and social distancing are required (capacity is capped at 50 percent of the maximum).

Restaurants, bars, pubs (indoors)
You have to wear a mask in all of these places when you come in, leave or move around. You can only take your mask off while you’re sat down. 2G rules also apply here.

Hotels and other types of accommodation 
Restrictions are tougher here, too, with 2G now in force. This means that unvaccinated people can no longer get a room, even if they have a negative test.

For close-contact services, such as hairdressers and beauticians, it’s up to the service providers themselves to decide whether they require customers to wear masks or a negative test.

Football matches and other large-scale events
Rules have changed here, too. From December 1st, capacity will be limited to 5,000 people plus 50 percent of the total potential stadium or arena capacity. And only those who’ve been vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19 will be allowed in. Masks are also compulsory.

For the Olympic Stadium, this means capacity will be capped at 42,000 spectators and 16,000 for the Alte Försterei stadium. 

3G rules – ie vaccinated, recovered or a negative test – still apply on the U-Bahn, S-Bahn, trams and buses in Berlin. It was not possible to tighten restrictions, Matz said, as the regulations were issued at national level.

According to the German Act on the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases, people have to wear a surgical mask or an FFP2 mask  on public transport.

Christmas markets
The Senate currently has no plans to cancel the capital’s Christmas markets, some of which have been open since Monday. 

According to Matz, 2G rules apply and wearing a mask is compulsory.

Schools and day-care
Pupils will still have to take Covid tests three times a week and, in classes where there are at least two children who test positive in the rapid antigen tests, then tests should be carried out daily for a week.  

Unlike in Brandenburg, there are currently no plans to move away from face-to-face teaching. The child-friendly ‘lollipop’ Covid tests will be made compulsory in day-care centres and parents will be required to confirm that the tests have been carried out. Day-care staff have to document the results.

What about vaccination centres?
Berlin wants to expand these and set up new ones, according to Matz. A new vaccination centre should open in the Ring centre at the end of the week and 50 soldiers from the German army have been helping at the vaccination centre at the Exhibition Centre each day since last week.

The capacity in the new vaccination centre in the Lindencenter in Lichtenberg is expected to be doubled. There are also additional vaccination appointments so that people can get their jabs more quickly. Currently, all appointments are fully booked well into the new year.