Going to the movies
In the following lesson you will learn how to talk about going to the movies. NOTE: ‘movies’ is American English – in British English, they are called ‘films’. Also see ‘Vocabulary for talking about the movies‘.
Asking about the movie you want to see
Here are some phrases you can use to ask about a movie you want to see:
- What happens in it?/ What’s it about? (what’s the story)
- Who’s in it? (who are the actors)
- Where’s it set? (where does it take place)
- Is it worth seeing?
- Is it as good as people say? / Is it as good as the hype? (‘the hype’ is the media about something before it is seen or heard by the public)
Discussing the movie before you see it
- I’ve heard (a lot) about it.
- It’s supposed to be.. excellent/very good/pretty good.
- I’ve heard it’s / It sounds….
Planning to see a movie
- What’s on (at the cinema)?/What’s showing?
- Do we have to book? (reserve seats)
- How much for the tickets?/admission?
- What rating is it? (for example R18 means you have to be over 18 to watch it: ‘R’=Restricted to)
- Can I use my complimentary ticket? (a complimentary ticket is usually a free or discounted ticket, but it often can’t be used for a newly-released movie).
- Are there any concessions? (a concession is reduced price for certain groups of people, such as students or people over 65).
DIALOGUE 1: Find the most suitable vocabulary from the three sections above to complete the conversation.
A: Hey, any idea at the Metro cinema tonight?
B: Well, there’s Mission Impossible 5 with Tom Cruise. I’ve heard that it’s got lots of action. We could see that if you like.
A: Yeah OK, that’s good. I’ve about it from John…it’s excellent. By the way, I’ve got a couple of tickets for the Metro – I won them in a radio competition. Do you think we can use these tickets tonight?
B: No, I doubt it. Mission Impossible is a new release and those free tickets are often for older films.
A: Oh yeah, I see. Will it be busy? ?
B: Yeah, maybe we should – we don’t want to get there and then not be able to get in!
what’s on?/what’s showing?
heard (a lot)
supposed to be
Do we have to book?
DIALOGUE 2: Try the same again.
A: I went to see The Hangover 4 last night.
B: Oh yes? So, is it ?
A: Actually I thought it was rather disappointing.
B: Oh, that’s a shame. So where ?
A: It’s mostly set in New York, although they go the UK too.
B: And who ?
A: Bradley Cooper and Kirsten Dunst.
worth seeing?/as good as people say?
is it set?/does it take place?
is in it?
DIALOGUE 3: And again.
A: Have you heard anything about that new Ben Stiller comedy? I think he’s a good actor but I don’t know anything about the film.
B: Yeah, I’ve heard about it.
A: What ?
B: I think he has to look after 20 dogs or something. I don’t know much about the story.
A: Do you want to go? It might give us a few laughs.
B: Yeah, why not? How much are tickets?
A: Well, we can use our student cards to get the price
B: Ok then, let’s go!