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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 Ants and the Grasshopper

The Ants and the Grasshopper
  • 2021
  • 1h 14min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Raj Patel, Zak Piper

Screening of a documentary investigating the question: how do the roots of change grow? Screening as part of Take One Action Film Festival 2021.

Thu 29 Sep

Don't Worry Darling

Don't Worry Darling
  • 2022
  • US
  • 2h 2min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Olivia Wilde
  • Cast: Florence Pugh, Olivia Wilde, Chris Pine

A traditional housewife learns that the utopian community she lives in is hiding something dark.

Tue 27 Sep
Senior
Wed 28 Sep
Parent & baby
Senior
Thu 29 Sep
Senior

Girls! Girls! Girls!

Girls! Girls! Girls!
  • 1962
  • USA
  • 1h 46min
  • U
  • Directed by: Norman Taurog
  • Cast: Elvis Presley, Stella Stevens, Jeremy Slate

A young sailor must find a way to buy the boat that he and his father built.

Tue 27 Sep

The Handmaiden

The Handmaiden
  • 2016
  • Korea
  • 2h 24min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Park Chan-Wook
  • Cast: Kim Tae-Ri, Kim Min-Hee, Ha Jung-Woo, Jo Jin-Woong

Thief Sook-Hee (Tae-ri) is hired to pose as a maid to wealthy heiress Hideko (Min-hee) as part of a con trick, but then maid and heiress discover mutual passion. This loose adaptation of Sarah Waters's Fingersmith is bravura filmmaking, but while the emotion between the two women is vibrant, an extended sex scene is exploitative, and the plot is too convoluted.

Sun 2 Oct

The Lost King

The Lost King
  • 2022
  • UK
  • 1h 48min
  • 12
  • Directed by: Stephen Frears
  • Cast: Sally Hawkins, Steve Coogan, Harry Lloyd

An amateur archaeologist sets out to find the lost remains of Kind Richard III.

Wed 28 Sep

Moonage Daydream

Moonage Daydream
  • 2022
  • 2h 20min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Brett Morgen
  • Cast: David Bowie

Directed by Brett Morgen

Starring David Bowie

Duration 2 hrs 20 mins

A cinematic odyssey exploring Bowie's creative, spiritual and musical journey. From the visionary mind of Brett Morgen, Moonage Daydream features captivating, never-before-seen footage and performances spanning David Bowie's 54-year career.

The film includes 40 exclusively remastered Bowie songs and is the first film ever sanctioned by the Bowie Estate, with local access to the artists' archives.

You get closer than you expect to the chilly sexy enigma of who David Bowie really was. - Variety

An 140-minute shapeshifting epiphany-slash-freakout leading to the revelation that, yes, we’re lovers of David Bowie and that is that. - Guardian

Much of this film has never been seen before, and it is a true treasure trove. - Screen International

Tue 27 Sep
Senior
Wed 28 Sep
Senior
Thu 29 Sep
Senior

Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris

Mrs Harris Goes To Paris
  • 2022
  • 1h 55min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Anthony Fabian
  • Cast: Lesley Manville, Isabelle Huppert, Lambert Wilson, Alba Baptista, Lucas Bravo, Ellen Thomas, Rose Williams, Jason Isaacs

Directed by Anthony Fabian

Cast includes Lesley Manville, Isabelle Huppert and Jason Isaacs

Duration: 1 hr 55 mins

Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris tells the story of widowed cleaning lady Mrs Harris (Lesley Manville) in 1950s London who falls madly in love with a couture Dior dress, and decides that she must have one of her own. After she works, starves and gambles to raise the funds to pursue her dream, she embarks on an adventure to Paris which will change not only her own outlook, but the very future of the House of Dior.

Few films from the past few years have given me as much continuous pleasure as Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris.- MovieFreak.com

Few films from the past few years have given me as much continuous pleasure as Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris.- Entertainment Weekly

Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris is a nourishing, if fleeting, summer holiday that can be enjoyed for far less than the cost of couture.- Vanity Fair

Fri 30 Sep
Subtitled
Sat 1 Oct
Sun 2 Oct
Mon 3 Oct
Senior
Subtitled
Tue 4 Oct
Wed 5 Oct
Parent & baby
Senior
Thu 6 Oct

Mulholland Drive

Mulholland Drive
  • 2001
  • US
  • 2h 26min
  • 15
  • Directed by: David Lynch
  • Written by: David Lynch
  • Cast: Justin Theroux, Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Ann Miller, Robert Forster

Given the troubled production history of Lynch's nightmare noir – it was originally a pilot for a US television series which was cancelled – it's nothing short of miraculous that Mulholland Drive shines with the filmmaker's idiosyncratic brilliance. Although set in the present day (albeit with retro styling), Lynch draws on his fascination with 40s and 50s Hollywood and its secret history of crime, here involving two actresses, amnesiac Rita (Harring) and amateur sleuth Betty (Watts). The proceedings veer into the kind of waking nightmare territory that either flummoxes or delights viewers, as Lynch mixes the bizarre and almost laughable with the moments of electrifying fear.

Fri 30 Sep

National Theatre Live: Much Ado About Nothing

National Theatre Live: Much Ado About Nothing
  • 2022
  • UK
  • Directed by: Simon Godwin
  • Cast: Katherine Parkinson, John Heffernan

Escape to the Italian Riviera with a cast including Katherine Parkinson and John Heffernan.

Since 1931, the legendary family-run Hotel Messina has been visited by artists, celebrities and royalty. 

When the current owner’s daughter falls for a dashing young soldier, the hallways are ringing with the sound of wedding bells. 

However, not all the guests are in the mood for love, and a string of deceptions soon surround not only the young couple, but also the steadfastly single Beatrice and Benedick.

Director Simon Godwin returns following the award-winning success of his Romeo & Juliet film.

Tue 27 Sep

The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl

The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl
  • 2017
  • Japan
  • 1h 33min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Masaaki Yuasa
  • Cast: Gen Hoshino, Kana Hanazawa, Hiroshi Kamiya

An animated romantic comedy based on the novel by Tomihiko Morimi. Senpai tries to confess his feelings for an unnamed junior in his college and keeps bumping into her on purpose.

Mon 3 Oct
Subtitled

Royal Opera House: Madama Butterfly

Royal Opera House: Madama Butterfly
  • 2022
  • UK
  • 2h 45min
  • 12A

Puccini's opera about a young geisha falling in love with an American naval officer.

Tue 27 Sep
Mon 3 Oct

Royal Shakespeare Company: Richard III

Royal Shakespeare Company: Richard Iii
  • 2022
  • UK
  • Directed by: Gregory Doran
  • Cast: Arthur Hughes

Young Richard of Gloucester uses the chaos of the Wars of the Roses to begin his unscrupulous climb to power in this classic Shakespearean history of a king in the throes of jealousy and murder. Despite being manifestly unfit to govern, he overcomes each obstacle in his way to seize the crown, as King Richard III. But as those around him turn against him, and as his plans begin to unravel, where else can he turn as the Lancastrian opposition returns to drag the country into battle once more and put an end to Richard’s tyrannical rule. Richard III is a savagely comic analysis of the exercise of power, reminding us of the dangers of tyranny and our duty not to let it go unchecked.

3 Hours (incl. 10 Mins interval)

Wed 28 Sep
Tue 4 Oct

See How They Run

See How They Run
  • 2022
  • US
  • 1h 38min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Tom George
  • Cast: Sam Rockwell, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, Ruth Wilson, Reece Shearsmith, Harris Dickinson, David Oyelowo

A murder mystery begins in the West-End, as a group investigate the untimely death of a cast member.

Thu 29 Sep
Senior

Shrek

Shrek
  • 2001
  • US
  • 1h 30min
  • U
  • Directed by: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson
  • Written by: Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Joe Stillman, Roger S H Schulman
  • Cast: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow

Shrek will have Walt Disney turning in his cryogenic freeze tank. This truly subversive animated film takes pot shots at fairytale mythology, while singling out Uncle Walt's beloved Snow White, Cinderella, Pinocchio, et al. Under the guise of a quest to rescue a princess from a dragon undertaken by the eponymous green ogre (which kids will love), Shrek also ruthlessly pillages corporate Disney, satirising its theme parks and executives. And who's behind all this? Producer Jeffrey Katzenberg of Disney rival studio DreamWorks, also formerly head of, yep, Disney.

Sat 1 Oct
Kids

Silent Land

Silent Land
  • 2021
  • 1h 53min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Aga Woszczynska
  • Cast: Dobromir Dymecki, Agnieszka Zulewska, Jean-Marc Barr

A couple rent out a luxury villa, but when they arrive, the pool is 'broken'. Ignorant of the island's water shortage, they call in a repair person for help but paranoia soon takes over.

Wed 28 Sep
Subtitled / Senior
Thu 29 Sep
Subtitled / Senior
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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