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Phoenix Picturehouse

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57–58 Walton Street, Oxford, OX2 6AE
  • Box office 0871 902 5736
  • Bar open 11am–11pm.
  • Box office times 1–11.30pm.
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  • Website www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/…
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Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace
  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 27min
  • Directed by: Alan Elliott, Sydney Pollack

Documentary about Aretha Franklin’s 1972 concert at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles, shot at the time by Sydney Pollack and realised by Alan Elliott. Digital technology has at last made it possible to sync the sound recording with the footage: revel in Aretha at the height of her power, with an exuberant choir, an engaged congregation and celebrity guests Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts.

Wed 22 May
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Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock & Roll

Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock & Roll
  • 2019
  • 2h 10min

The story of the troubled town of Asbury Park.

Wed 22 May

Booksmart

Booksmart
  • 2019
  • US
  • 1h 45min
  • Directed by: Olivia Wilde
  • Cast: Skyler Gisondo, Kaitlyn Dever, Lisa Kudrow

Two high school academic over-achievers attempt to cram four years of fun into one night.

Sun 26 May
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Wed 29 May
Thu 30 May

Dr Strangelove (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb)

Doctor Strangelove (Or How I Stopped Worrying And Learned To Love The Bomb)
  • 1963
  • UK
  • 1h 33min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
  • Cast: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden.

Devastating black comedy on the lunacy of the nuclear age with Sellers ideally cast in three roles (US President, jolly Brit captain, and demented teutonic boffin) and Slim Pickens the good ole boy heading for oblivion to a chorus of 'We'll Meet Again'. Still alarmingly relevant.

Thu 23 May

The Last Waltz

The Last Waltz
  • 1978
  • USA
  • 1h 57min
  • U
  • Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Scorsese's film of the Band's final concert performance has become the benchmark by which rockumentary makers measure themselves (and usually find themselves wanting). Everyone's here, from Robbie Robertson and the boys to Dylan, Clapton, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Emmylou Harris, Muddy Waters, Neil Young, the list goes on …

Sun 26 May

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
  • 2019
  • US / Australia / Denmark
  • 1h 46min
  • U
  • Directed by: Rob Schrab
  • Cast: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Stephanie Beatriz

Despite living in the Mad Max-style nightmare of Apocalypseburg, Emmet (Pratt) is still his cheery self—until his friends are kidnapped by the alien queen (Haddish). There are lots of good jokes and plenty of fun, but it’s not quite up to the magical original.

Sat 25 May

National Theatre Live: All My Sons

National Theatre Live: All My Sons

The National Theatre production of Arthur Miller's great play, starring Sally Field, Bill Pullman and Jenna Coleman.

Tue 28 May

Red Joan

Red Joan
  • 2018
  • UK
  • 1h 50min
  • Directed by: Trevor Nunn
  • Cast: Judy Dench, Sophie Cookson, Tom Hughes

Joan (Cookson when young, Dench later on) arrives at Cambridge in 1938 and is beguiled by radical politics into becoming a Soviet spy. Nunn’s first movie in over 20 years is a plodding, pedestrian affair, and while Dench captures her befuddlement and steely resolve, it fails to find the drama in a story inspired by intriguing real life events.

Wed 22 May
Thu 23 May

Rocketman

Rocketman
  • 2019
  • UK / US
  • 2h 1min
  • Directed by: Dexter Fletcher
  • Cast: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard

This Elton John biopic, exec-produced by its subject, could have been a vanity project, but it’s a fun and cute fantasy musical; Egerton as John as exuberant and sympathetic, and the framing device is sensible. Hardly revelatory, but Fletcher does a good job and sprinkles some inventiveness. Classic songbook helps.

Wed 22 May
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Thu 30 May

Still Walking

Still Walking
  • 2008
  • Japan
  • 1h 54min
  • U
  • Directed by: Hirokazu Koreeda
  • Written by: Hirokazu Koreeda
  • Cast: Hiroshi Abe, Yui Natsukawa, You

Japanese filmmaker Koreeda confirms his status as his country's most gifted with this moving and uplifting tale of death, family and dementia. Twelve years on from the accidental death of their oldest son, retired doctor father Kyohei (Harada) and mother Toshiko (Yui Natsukawa, excellent) are joined by their remaining family for a day of banter, bickering and a non-stop buffet. A rare achievement.

Tue 28 May

Tolkien

Tolkien
  • 2019
  • US
  • 1h 52min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Dome Karukoski
  • Cast: Lily Collins, Nicholas Hoult, Genevieve O'Reilly

Young J.R.R. Tolkien (Gilby, then Hoult) romances Edith Bratt (Keene, then Collins), forms friendships and then fights in the trenches of WWI. Hoult is charismatic as the lead and Collins is charming as Edith, and it’s a convincing enough portrait, but it’s a bit too cosy and traditional, especially the family-friendly combat sequences.

Wed 22 May
Thu 23 May

Woman at War

Woman at War
  • 2018
  • Iceland / France / Ukraine
  • 1h 41min
  • Directed by: Benedikt Erlingsson
  • Cast: Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Jóhann Sigurðarson, Juan Camillo Roman Estrada

Halla (Geirharðsdóttir) is a 50-year-old environmental activist who takes on the aluminium industry, but whose ability to campaign is disrupted when her long-gestating adoption application comes through. Erlingsson’s love of the absurd and flair for visual humour is a delight and it’s immensely enjoyable and highly eccentric, with a genuine emotional punch.

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Phoenix Picturehouse

The Phoenix Picturehouse screens a diverse and interesting mixture of arthouse, independent, quality mainstream and foreign cinema to ensure a stimulating diversity. The fully licensed roof-top bar is a welcome addition to this two-screened cinema.

Both screens are accessible by wheelchair, but the bar is not. Adapted toilet facilities are available.

Oxford Railway Station is a 15 minute walk away, via Cranham Street.

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