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Phoenix Cinema East Finchley

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52 High Road, East Finchley, England, N2 9PJ

Edward Scissorhands

Edward Scissorhands
  • 4 stars
  • 1991
  • US
  • 105 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Tim Burton
  • Cast: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall, Kathy Baker, Vincent Price, Alan Arkin

Burton follows up the excesses of Batman with this fairy tale for the 90s, which works as a welcome return to the darker side of the genre. Depp is the unfinished creation of The Inventor (Price), who lives alone in a crumbling mansion, unable to even scratch his nose without needing stitches. Discovered by a friendly Avon lady, his talent for coiffure and topiary makes him a neighbourhood favourite until tragedy strikes. Beautifully shot, tenderly acted and full of hidden depths.

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Sun 21 Dec

Elf

Elf
  • 3 stars
  • 2003
  • US
  • 96 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Jon Favreau
  • Written by: David Berenbaum
  • Cast: Will Ferrell, Bob Newhart, Ed Asner, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen

Buddy (Ferrell) is a big Elf who, though accepted in his Elvish community at the North Pole, manages to wreak havoc on a daily basis. Fed up and confused by his charge, Papa Elf (Bob Newhart) sends him to the US in search of his true identity. Hilarious and puerile Yuletide comedy from the star of Swingers.

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Wed 24 Dec

Frozen

Frozen
  • 4 stars
  • 2013
  • US
  • 108 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Chris Buck
  • Cast: Voices of Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel

Princess Anna (Bell) is disturbed to find that her sister Elsa (Menzel) can create ice and snow, but when Elsa goes into exile the kingdom freezes, and Anna and friends must find her. With no celebrity voice-overs or pop culture gags, just a venerable story, good songs and classic characters, it's an old-fashioned delight.

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Sun 21 Dec

The Green Prince

The Green Prince
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • Germany/US/UK/Israel
  • 101 min
  • Directed by: Nadav Schirman

Intense and intriguing but patchy documentary on the recruitment of Mosab Hassan Yousef by Shin Bet handler Gonen Ben Itzhak. Sketchy and simplistic, it unquestioningly presents bloodshed in the occupied territories as the consequence of Palestinian terrorism, and the absence of context makes for a film too wedded to drama.

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Tue 23 Dec

Kon-Tiki

Kon-Tiki
  • 3 stars
  • 2012
  • Norway
  • 118 min
  • Directed by: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg
  • Cast: Pål Sverre Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Odd-Magnus Williamson

Based on the true story of Thor Heyerdahl (Hagen)'s epic voyage from Peru to Polynesia, undertaken with a small crew on a primitive wooden raft just to prove that it could be done. A sincere, stirring enterprise, with breathtaking images of piercing blue skies, crystal clear waters and bronzed adventurers, if a little on the safe side.

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Manakamana

Manakamana
  • 4 stars
  • 2013
  • Nepal/US
  • 118 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Stephanie Spray/Pacho Velez

Film shot entirely on a panoramic cable car which transports pilgrims to the top of a mountain in Nepal, where sits the temple of Manakamana. It plays like an unpretentious snapshot of human life, with some riders silently contemplating the breathtaking view, and others giggling over their melting ice creams. Hypnotic and profound.

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Sat 20 Dec
Mon 22 Dec

Merry Christmas (Joyeux Noël)

Merry Christmas (Joyeux Noel)
  • 2005
  • France/Germany/UK
  • 115 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Christian Carion
  • Written by: Christian Carion
  • Cast: Benno Fürmann, Guillaume Canet, Daniel Brühl, Diane Kruger, Gary Lewis, Alex Ferns

On Christmas Eve 1914 opposing troops in the trenches made a truce and found some common ground – literally – as they played football on the muddy soil of No Man's Land. A quietly moving film that reveals just how helpless the German, British and French troops actually were.

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Sun 21 Dec

Paddington

Paddington
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 95 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Paul King
  • Cast: Ben Whishaw (voice), Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins

The story of an illegal immigrant from Peru and his efforts to be integrated into British society. He's a bear, by the way. Whishaw imbues the CGI Paddington with immense charm, the rest of the cast are excellent and the exuberant direction and smart, knowing script make for a genuine delight.

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Saving Santa

Saving Santa
  • 2013
  • UK
  • 83 min
  • Directed by: Leon Joosen/Aaron Seelman
  • Cast: Voices of Tim Conway, Pam Ferris, Ashley Tisdale

A lowly elf must use Santa's time-travelling sleigh to stop an invasion of the North Pole.

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Sat 20 Dec

Toddler Time

  • 30 min

A 30-minute film or series of shorts that have been specially selected for the wee ones. Shown every Tuesday.

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Tue 23 Dec

White Christmas

White Christmas
  • 4 stars
  • 1954
  • US
  • 120 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Michael Curtiz
  • Written by: Norman Krasna, Norman Panama, Melvin Frank
  • Cast: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, Dean Jagger, Mary Wickes

Christmas staple starring Crosby and Kaye as a song-and-dance troupe who become involved with a sister act.

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Wed 24 Dec

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