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Phoenix Cinema East Finchley

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

Effie Gray

Effie Gray
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 108 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Richard Laxton
  • Written by: Emma Thompson
  • Cast: Dakota Fanning, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters

Period piece looking at the early life of Euphemia 'Effie' Gray (Fanning), who at 19 made a disastrous marriage to the Victorian art critic John Ruskin (Wise). Enjoyable if slightly sluggish biopic which overcomes its flaws thanks to Thompson's way with dialogue, even if it's not as affecting as it ought to be.

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Tue 21 Oct
  • 13:00
  • 18:30
  • 21:00
Wed 22 Oct
Thu 23 Oct

I Was A Male War Bride

I Was A Male War Bride
  • 4 stars
  • 1949
  • US
  • PG
  • Directed by: Howard Hawks
  • Written by: Henri Rochard, Charles Lederer, Leonard Spigelgass, Hagar Wilde
  • Cast: Cary Grant, Ann Sheridan

Grant plays a priggish French army officer who discovers – to his dismay and increasing frustration – that to follow his American lieutenant back to the States, he has to battle all the forces of bureaucracy, a struggle that is eventually to lead him into disguise by cross-dressing. Rumbustious Hawksian romantic comedy set against realistic backgrounds.

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Thu 23 Oct

Ida

Ida
  • 3 stars
  • 2013
  • Poland/Denmark
  • 80 min
  • Directed by: Pawel Pawlikowski
  • Cast: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Joanna Kulig

Poland 1962; orphaned novice nun Sister Anna (Trzebuchowska) is about to take her vows when she finds out that she was originally named Ida and is Jewish, so she goes on a search for the truth about her parents. A thoughtful, beautifully shot but emotionally uninvolving coming-of-age story.

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Wed 22 Oct
Thu 23 Oct

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 21 Oct
  • 11:00

Violette

Violette
  • 4 stars
  • 2013
  • France/Belgium
  • 132 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Martin Provost
  • Cast: Emmanuelle Devos, Sandrine Kiberlain, Olivier Gourmet

Biopic of French author Violette Leduc (Devos), focusing on her relationship with Simone de Beauvoir (Kiberlain), who got Leduc's first novel published, connected her with French literary life and won her unrequited love. Clever and complex study of female friendship, with expert performances from Devos as the borderline hysterical Violette and Kiberlain as the steely and charismatic de Beauvoir.

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Tue 21 Oct
  • 15:30
Wed 22 Oct
Thu 23 Oct

Currently run by a charitable trust, Phoenix Cinema sits beneath an unusual vaulted ceiling dating back to 1910.

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