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Phoenix Picturehouse

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57–58 Walton Street, Oxford, OX2 6AE
  • Box office 0871 902 5736
  • Box office times 1–11.30pm.
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  • Website www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/…
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The American Friend

The American Friend
  • 1977
  • West Germany / France
  • 2h 3min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Wim Wenders
  • Written by: Wim Wenders
  • Cast: Dennis Hopper, Bruno Ganz

Based on the Patricia Highsmith novel 'Ripley's Game', this excellent, existentialist 'film noir' centres on an alienated Hopper at large in Germany, where his task is to locate and motivate a killer without a track record. He finds his hired man in the innocent Ganz, but loses his sense of identity in the process. Stirring stuff, with all that eloquent desolation that typifies Wenders' work.

Sun 14 Aug

Blind Ambition

Blind Ambition
  • 2021
  • Australia
  • 1h 36min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Robert Coe, Warwick Ross

Four men from Zimbabwe become South Africa's top wine tasters.

Thu 11 Aug

Q&A with Recorded

Early Man

Early Man
  • 2018
  • UK
  • 1h 29min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Nick Park
  • Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall, Richard Ayoade, Selina Griffiths, Johnny Vegas, Mark Williams, Gina Yashere, Simon Greenall

Gormless caveman Dug (Redmayne) and his clan are menaced by Bronze Age invader Lord Nooth (Hiddleston), until twinkle-toed defector Goona (Williams) joins them to help them unite. Deliciously daft prehistoric fun from Park and his team on top form, with winning human touches, plenty of sight gags and painful puns.

Sat 13 Aug
Subtitled / Kids

Eric Ravilious: Drawn To War

Eric Ravilious: Drawn To War
  • 2022
  • UK
  • 1h 28min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Margy Kinmonth
  • Written by: Margy Kinmonth
  • Cast: Tamsin Grieg

ERIC RAVILIOUS: DRAWN TO WAR is a true story. Eric Ravilious is as compelling and enigmatic as his art. Set against the dramatic wartime locations that inspire him, Margy Kinmonth’s film brings to life this brilliant but still grossly undervalued British artist. Caught in the crossfire of war 80 years ago, Ravilious’s legacy largely sank without trace, until now. Made with the blessing of the Ravilious Estate, this first full length feature documentary about Ravilious unfolds in his own words, through previously unseen private correspondence and rare archive film. Shot entirely on location in the UK, Portugal and Ireland, the film features Ai Weiwei, Alan Bennett, Grayson Perry, Robert Macfarlane with Freddie Fox, Tamsin Greig and many more.

Mon 8 Aug
Senior
Tue 9 Aug
Senior
Wed 10 Aug
Senior
Thu 11 Aug
Senior

Fadia's Tree

Fadia's Tree
  • 2021
  • 1h 22min
  • U
  • Directed by: Sarah Beddington

A Palestinian refugee in Lebanon searches for an ancient tree which holds great significance to her family history.

Tue 9 Aug

Q&A

Fire of Love

Fire of Love
  • 2022
  • US / Canada
  • 1h 33min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Sara Dosa

Documentary following the lives and careers of volcanologists Katia and Maurice Krafft.

Mon 8 Aug
Tue 9 Aug
Wed 10 Aug
Thu 11 Aug

The Harder They Come

The Harder They Come
  • 1972
  • Jamaica
  • 1h 49min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Perry Henzell
  • Written by: Perry Henzell, Trevor D Rhone
  • Cast: Jimmy Cliff

A brilliant fusion of reggae soundtrack and gangster story as country boy Jimmy Cliff comes to town and finds himself seduced into a bad way of living. The music is tremendous, the take on its business machinations truthful, the story rivetting.

Sun 14 Aug

Hit the Road

Hit the Road
  • 2021
  • 1h 33min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Panah Panahi
  • Cast: Pantea Panahiha, Hasan Majuni, Rayan Sarlak, Amin Simiar

A middle-aged couple and their two sons are on a road trip across the Iranian countryside. Over the course of their journey, they bond over memories, grapple with fears of the unknown, fuss over their sick dog, and get on each others’ nerves. Only the mysterious older brother is quiet.

Mon 8 Aug
Subtitled
Subtitled / Senior
Tue 9 Aug
Subtitled
Subtitled / Senior
Wed 10 Aug
Subtitled
Subtitled / Senior
Thu 11 Aug
Subtitled / Senior

Joyride

Joyride
  • 2022
  • Ireland
  • 1h 35min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Emer Reynolds
  • Cast: Olivia Colman, Olwen Fouéré, David Pearse, Lochlann O'Mearáin, Ruth McCabe

Joy (Colman) and Mully (Reid) are two lovable rogues. Joy is angry – she’s got a baby and motherhood does not come naturally to her; she feels she’s tossed her own dreams aside to give a screeching monster unconditional love. And, if she’s honest to herself, when she looks in the mirror she sees the shadow of her own neglectful mother. Twelve-year-old Mully also has a mum-shaped void in his life, as well as a conman dad. But Mully’s got balls; he knicks his dad’s stash of cash and steals a taxi in a bid for freedom. But, there’s an almighty yell from the back seat. It’s Joy – hungover, freaking out, and holding a baby! As they tear up the road on their riotous misadventure, we follow these roguish ‘outlaws’ in search of their dreams, in this feel-good, foul-mouthed fairy-tale. 

Mon 8 Aug
Senior
Tue 9 Aug
Senior
Wed 10 Aug
Parent & baby
Thu 11 Aug
Senior

Laal Singh Chadda

Laal Singh Chadda
  • 2022
  • India
  • 2h 39min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Advait Chandan
  • Cast: Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Naga Chaitanya, Mona Singh

Hindi remake of Forrest Gump.

  • IMDb
Thu 11 Aug
Subtitled

National Theatre Live: Prima Facie

National Theatre Live: Prima Facie
  • 2022
  • UK
  • Directed by: Justin Martin
  • Cast: Jodie Comer

Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) makes her West End debut in the UK premiere of Suzie Miller’s award-winning play.

Tessa is a young, brilliant barrister. She has worked her way up from working class origins to be at the top of her game; defending; cross examining and winning. An unexpected event forces her to confront the lines where the patriarchal power of the law, burden of proof and morals diverge. Prima Facie takes us to the heart of where emotion and experience collide with the rules of the game.

Justin Martin directs this solo tour de force, recorded live at the intimate Harold Pinter Theatre in London’s West End.

Mon 8 Aug
Tue 9 Aug
Thu 11 Aug
Tue 16 Aug

Roman Holiday

Roman Holiday
  • 1953
  • US
  • 1h 58min
  • U
  • Directed by: William Wyler
  • Cast: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert

Overrated but easy to watch fairytale romance about a fleeing princess (Hepburn) and her relationship with a journalist in 50s Italy.

Wed 10 Aug

The Snail and the Whale

The Snail and the Whale
  • 2019
  • UK
  • 26min
  • U
  • Directed by: Max Lang, Daniel Snaddon
  • Cast: Diana Rigg, Sally Hawkins, Rob Brydon, Cariad Lloyd, Max Lang

A charming short animation film based on Julia Donaldson's children's book.

Thu 11 Aug

Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing
  • 2022
  • US
  • 2h 5min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Olivia Newman
  • Cast: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Taylor John Smith, Harris Dickinson, Michael Hyatt, Sterling Macer Jr., David Strathairn

Where The Crawdads SingOlivia Newman | USA | 2022 | 130m | 15Mystery drama based on the novel by Delia Owens about Kya, an abandoned girl who raised herself to adulthood in the dangerous marshlands of North Carolina. For years, rumours of the 'Marsh Girl' haunted Barkley Cove, isolating the sharp and resilient Kya from her community. Drawn to two young men from town, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world; but when one of them is found dead, she is immediately cast by the community as the main suspect. As the case unfolds, the verdict as to what actually happened becomes increasingly unclear, threatening to reveal the many secrets that lay within the marsh.

Mon 8 Aug
Senior
Subtitled
Tue 9 Aug
Senior
Wed 10 Aug
Senior
Thu 11 Aug
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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