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Phoenix Cinema East Finchley

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

The Black Power Mixtape 1967–1975

The Black Power Mixtape 1967–1975
  • 2011
  • Sweden
  • 100 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Göran Olsson
  • Cast: Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichael, Kathleen Cleaver

Stunning collage documentary put together from 16mm material filmed by Swedish journalists of the main protagonists of America's black power movement during their most notorious period of activism.

Sun 8 Mar

Code Unknown: Incomplete Tale of Several Journeys (Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages)

Code Unknown: Incomplete Tale of Several Journeys
  • 2000
  • France, Germany, Romania
  • 118 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Michael Haneke
  • Cast: Juliette Binoche, Thierry Neuvic, Josef Bierbichler

After a group of disparate characters and their stories come together, Haneke's exploration of psychological violence sprawls out in a reflection on the nature of action and obligation.

Thu 12 Mar

Difret

Difret
  • 2014
  • Ethiopia/US
  • 99 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Zeresenay Mehari
  • Cast: Meron Getnet, Tizita Hagere, Rahel Teshome

Hirut, a 14-year-old Ethiopian girl, is abducted and raped by a gang of men, but when her chief tormentor claims her as his 'bride', she kills him with his own gun. Unpolished and sometimes clunky but touching social justice drama, based on a true story and deserving an audience.

Sun 8 Mar

Love is Strange

Love is Strange
  • 2014
  • US/France
  • 94 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ira Sachs
  • Cast: John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei

After 39 years together, NYC couple Ben (Lithgow) and George (Molina) get married, whereupon George loses his teaching job at a Catholic school and the couple have to live apart while they find a cheaper apartment. Lithgow and Molina are a joy and in spite of uncertain pacing it has all the ingredients of a modern classic.

Wed 11 Mar

National Theatre Live: Behind The Beautiful Forevers

NT Live: Behind The Beautiful Forevers
  • 2015
  • Directed by: Rufus Norris
  • Written by: David Hare

National Theatre present David Hare's adaption of Katherine Boo's novel. Set in India the story follows the inhabitants of a makeshift slum who work in the garbage trade.

Thu 12 Mar

The Penguins of Madagascar

The Penguins of Madagascar
  • 2014
  • US
  • 92 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Eric Darnell, Simon J. Smith
  • Cast: Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, John DiMaggio, Christopher Knights, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich, Ken Jeong, Annet Mahendru, Peter Stormare

The espionage-savvy penguins team up with an interspecies special forces group, to tangle with octopus/scientist Dr Octavius Brine (Malkovich). The knockabout style offers few chances for genuine drama and the result is a lighthearted, frenetic but rather unimaginative romp, a step down from the psychedelic wit of Europe's Most Wanted.

Sat 7 Mar

Pulp Fiction

Pulp Fiction
  • 1994
  • US
  • 150 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
  • Written by: Quentin Tarantino
  • Cast: John Travolta, Samuel L Jackson, Uma Thurman, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Maria de Medeiros, Ving Rhames, Eric Stoltz, Rosanna Arquette, Christopher Walken, Bruce Willis

Much more ambitious than Reservoir Dogs, the most awaited second feature of the 90s has many scenes that crackle with Tarantino wit, and a few others that fall flat as the writer-director bravely experiments. Interlocking stories in the pulp crime manner concern hitmen, ailing boxers, gang bosses and their molls, drug fiends, and assorted riff-raff.

Fri 6 Mar

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • 2015
  • US/UK
  • 122 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: John Madden
  • Cast: Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Judi Dench

This sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (yes, you may have guessed) has an ensemble cast, and follows the expansionist dreams of Sonny. He has his eye on a second property, but there are still predicaments to resolve in his first.

Fri 6 Mar
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Thu 12 Mar

Toddler Time

  • 30 min

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

Tue 10 Mar

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

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