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    cinema

    Can I say these in English?
    1. An exciting movie/film is on at the cinema at the moment.
    2. An exciting movie/film is playing at the cinema at the moment.

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    #2

    Re: cinema

    As an American, I'd say "movie" and "theater."
    There's an exciting movie playing in the theater at the moment.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: cinema

    In BrE, "There's an exciting film on at the cinema at the moment".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: cinema

    In BrE, also, There's an exciting film out at the cinema at the moment.

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    #5

    Re: cinema

    Film has a high-brown connotation in the US.

    Movie theaters here call themselves cinemas, but we don't call them cinemas.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: cinema

    As a Brit, and a cinephile, the word movie has connotations of Hollywood for me.

    I don't often hear quality American filmmakers use the word. Martin Scorsese, for example, likes to use picture. My local cinema calls itself a picture house.

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    #7

    Re: cinema

    And here's one that unfortunately seems to be dying out.
    flick (film/movie)
    the flicks (the cinema)

    Take a look at #2 and #2.1 for flick as a noun in the link below:

    https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/flick

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    #8

    Re: cinema

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Film has a high-brown connotation in the US.

    Movie theaters here call themselves cinemas, but we don't call them cinemas.
    High-brow. I don't agree though; to me, a film is a movie. Neither word is fancier than the other.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: cinema

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    As a Brit, and a cinephile, the word movie has connotations of Hollywood for me . . . .
    Well, of course! Hollywood makes a lot of movies!
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    #10

    Re: cinema

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    High-brow. I don't agree though; to me, a film is a movie. Neither word is fancier than the other.
    Ouch! Thanks! Did I write that? GS, I should hire you to be my proof reader.

    Hope you're cheap!
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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