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Phoenix Cinema East Finchley

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

The Breadwinner
  • 2017
  • 1h 33min
  • Directed by: Nora Twomey
  • Cast: Saara Chaudry, Soma Chhaya, Noorin Gulamgaus

Parvana (Chaudry) is an 11-year-old girl living in Kabul, who when her father is arrested by the Taliban, disguises herself as a boy so she can move around unimpeded. The animation is elegantly simple and it’s a valiant effort, but the script lacks clarity and it’s hard to see how children would take to such a politically-charged narrative.

Sat 26 May
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Edie

Edie
  • 2017
  • UK
  • 1h 37min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Simon Hunter
  • Cast: Sheila Hancock, Kevin Guthrie, Paul Brannigan

Edie (Hancock) was trapped in a loveless marriage for years, so when her husband dies, the 85-year-old takes advantage of her new freedom to go mountain-climbing in the Scottish Highlands. There’s charming chemistry between Hancock and co-star Guthrie, and the film is not unaware of how unprepared Edie is; unashamedly feel-good if somewhat formulaic.

Sat 26 May
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Thu 31 May

Exhibition On Screen: I, Claude Monet

Exhibition On Screen: I, Claude Monet
  • 2016
  • Directed by: Phil Grabsky

Using letters and other private writings I, Claude Monet reveals new insight into the influential painter and impressionist.

Mon 28 May

McKellen: Playing the Part

McKellen: Playing the Part Live
  • 2017
  • UK
  • 1h 32min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Joe Stephenson
  • Cast: Ian McKellen, Scott Chambers, Luke Evans, Frances Barber

A feature-length interview with Ian McKellen, in which the actor looks back over his long career as an actor and LGBT activist. Those who only know him from appearances in big movie franchises will find great clips from his theatre work, and McKellen is a born, unpretentious storyteller. Warm and endearing.

Sun 27 May

Peter Rabbit

Peter Rabbit
  • 2018
  • US / Australia
  • 1h 33min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Will Gluck
  • Cast: Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, Sam Neill, Daisy Ridley, Elizabeth Debicki, Margot Robbie, James Corden

Mischievous bunny Peter (Corden) and his sisters Flopsy (Robbie), Mopsy (Debicki) and Cotton-Tail (Ridley) contend with Thomas (Gleeson), an uptight cottage garden owner. The interweaving of CGI animals with live action is flawless, Gleeson proves to have fine comedy chops and there’s a lot of slapstick, but anyone looking for Beatrix Potter will be sorely disappointed.

Sat 26 May

Sherlock Gnomes

Sherlock Gnomes
  • 2018
  • UK/US
  • PG
  • Directed by: John Stevenson
  • Cast: Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, Michael Caine

When the gnomes of London go missing, the titular detective (Depp) and his long-suffering sidekick (Ejiofor) go looking for them. Despite vivid animation and a fine voice cast, there’s just not enough story to fuel this hardly-necessary sequel to the lacklustre 2011 original.

Sat 26 May
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Still Alice

Still Alice
  • 2014
  • US
  • 1h 41min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
  • Cast: Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart

Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a devastating diagnosis, Alice and her family find their bonds tested.

Sun 27 May

Toddler Time

  • 30min

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

Tue 29 May

Currently run by a charitable trust, Phoenix Cinema sits beneath an unusual vaulted ceiling dating back to 1910. It screens a mix of independent, mainstream and foreign films with actors and directors often introducing their work.

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