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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/…

Chi-Raq

Chi-Raq
  • 2015
  • US
  • 127 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Spike Lee
  • Cast: Teyonah Parris, Samuel L Jackson, Angela Bassett

Lysistrata (Parris) formulates a plan to end gang war in Chicago by persuading her female cohorts to withhold sex from their boyfriends and husbands. Bold and passionate hip-hop musical, exploding with energy, slick rhymes and heady ideas. Lee's contempt for wilful ignorance and political corruption explodes through the characters.

Fri 9 Dec
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Tue 13 Dec
Wed 14 Dec

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Thu 15 Dec
Thu 22 Dec

Life, Animated

Life, Animated
  • 2016
  • US
  • 89 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Roger Ross Williams
  • Cast: Owen Suskind, Ron Suskind,

At the age of three, Owen Suskind was diagnosed with severe autism and stopped talking. His parents finally realised that his passion for Disney animated movies gave him a way of communicating. Williams doesn't shy away from complex issues such as the limitations of interacting with the world via Disney, but incredibly, as Owen gradually learns to negotiate once impossible-seeming challenges.

Fri 9 Dec
Sat 10 Dec
Sun 11 Dec
Mon 12 Dec
Tue 13 Dec
Wed 14 Dec

Meet Me In St Louis

Meet Me In St Louis
  • 1944
  • US
  • 113 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
  • Cast: Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor, Lucille Bremer, Tom Drake, Marjorie Main

Released during wartime, this 1903-set musical was an optimistic attempt to emphasise family values, but Minnelli never wallows in nostalgia. Instead he combats it with sparky and sarky family dynamics. The put-upon father wants to move his family from St Louis to New York but faces resistance from his gaggle of girls who have romances to get on with, and the fast-approaching World Fair to enjoy. Perfect casting and performances, along with songs like 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas' add to the warm glow.

Tue 13 Dec

Metropolitan Opera: L'amour De Loin

  • 2017

Kaija Saariaho’s yearning medieval romance L’Amour de Loin (Love From Afar), has its Met premiere this season. Debuting Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki leads the performance, which stars Susanna Phillips as Clémence, Eric Owens as Jaufré, and Tamara Mumford as the Pilgrim who carries messages of love between them.

Sat 10 Dec
Tue 13 Dec

Paterson

Paterson
  • 2016
  • US/Germany
  • 113 min
  • Directed by: Jim Jarmusch
  • Cast: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani

Paterson (Driver) is a bus driver in Paterson, New Jersey. who lives with his partner Laura (Farahani). Jarmusch's latest film is an off-kilter ode to prose and poetry and a tribute to the titular city, presenting a unique and intricately crafted world.

Fri 9 Dec
Sat 10 Dec
Sun 11 Dec
Mon 12 Dec
Tue 13 Dec
Wed 14 Dec

Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker

Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker
  • 2016

Tchaikovsky's music brings to life this Christmas favourite in which the toys come to life (and about 200 years before Toy Story at that).

Mon 12 Dec

Scrooge

Scrooge
  • 1951
  • UK/US
  • 86 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Brian Desmond Hurst
  • Written by: Noel Langley
  • Cast: Alastair Sim, Mervyn Johns, Hermione Baddeley, Michael Dolan

One of the best screen adaptations of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The story concerns the overly prudent businessman Ebeneezer Scrooge (Sim), who becomes a saint overnight. Dickens was never afraid to tackle the big issues: the threat to children's lives, whether they are privileged or poverty-stricken, is one of the main themes; but none of this darkness gets in the way of a cracking tale.

Sun 11 Dec

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • 2016
  • US
  • Directed by: Gareth Edwards
  • Cast: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jonathan Aris

The first in a series of Star Wars spin-offs. This one focuses on the Rebels' mission to retrieve plans for the dreaded Death Star.

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Thu 22 Dec

A Street Cat Named Bob

A Street Cat Named Bob
  • 2016
  • UK
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Roger Spottiswoode
  • Cast: Luke Treadaway, Ruta Gedmintas, Joanne Froggatt, Anthony Head

James (Treadaway) is a homeless heroin addict who gets onto a support programme, which offers him a flat on condition he stick to the rules. Enter the titular cat, which forces James to care for something else. Based on a true story; Treadaway is very watchable, and Bob the cat is (largely) played by himself. Gritty and heartwarming.

Sat 10 Dec

Sully

Sully
  • 2016
  • US
  • 96 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Clint Eastwood
  • Cast: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney

The story of pilot Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger (Hanks), who became an unassuming hero in 2009 after successfully ditching a US Airways Airbus 320 on the Hudson River. Eckhart gives strong support as co-pilot Jeff Skiles but the film belongs to Hanks, whose understated performance, with the skilful re-enactments of the crash, make for riveting drama.

Fri 9 Dec
Sat 10 Dec
Sun 11 Dec
Mon 12 Dec
Tue 13 Dec
Wed 14 Dec

Under the Shadow

Under the Shadow
  • 2016
  • Iran
  • 84 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Babak Anvari
  • Written by: Babak Anvari
  • Cast: Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi

Shideh (Rashidi) is a mother left alone with her daughter (Manshadi) in their apartment in war-torn Tehran, while her husband is at the front line; when a bomb hits their building, Shideh comes to feel that they are haunted. Intelligent, slow-burning horror film buoyed by Rashidi's incredible performance, with a truly terrifying basement climax.

Tue 13 Dec

A United Kingdom

A United Kingdom
  • 2016
  • US / UK / Czech Republic
  • 111 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Amma Asante
  • Cast: Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo, Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael

In post-war London, Ruth (Pike) and black law student Seretse (Oyelowo) fall in love; the thing is, he's first in line to the throne of Bechuanaland (today's Botswana). Based on a true story; Pike and Oyelowo bring a warm human touch to this sentimental but well-crafted history lesson.

Fri 9 Dec
Sat 10 Dec
Sun 11 Dec
Mon 12 Dec
Tue 13 Dec
Wed 14 Dec

The Witches

The Witches
  • 1990
  • US
  • 92 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Nicolas Roeg
  • Cast: Jasen Fisher, Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling, Rowan Atkinson

Nine year old Luke is warned by his Norwegian granny about the ever present threat posed by witches, which isn't much help because within the next half hour he stumbles on their annual convention in a small English hotel and gets himself changed into a mouse. A pleasing adaption of Roald Dahl's children's story has director Roeg (in unusually straightforward manner) creating a superior kids' movie that has you rooting for the mice all the way.

Sat 10 Dec
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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