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Films to look forward to at Phoenix

The Double - BOOK TICKETS
Fri 4 - Thu 17 April, 18.15
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Richard Ayoade’s (Submarine) new film, based on the novella by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Simon James is a lowly office clerk in an unnamed government department. Ignored by his co-workers and left to daydream about his colleague Hannah, Simon’s life takes a further turn for the worse when his exact double starts work in the same office. Confident and ambitious, Simon’s doppelganger ‘James Simon’ is everything he wants to be but isn’t. Offbeat, endlessly imaginative and shot through with Ayoade’s trademark sardonic humour.

Starred Up - BOOK TICKETS
Fri 4 – Mon 7 Apr
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Described as a British version of hard-hitting prison drama A Prophet, English actor Jack O’Connell delivers a ferocious performance as Eric, a young offender ‘starred up’ to a grown-up institution. Watched over by his incarcerated father Neville (a terrific Ben Mendelsohn, Animal Kingdom), Eric is given a violent introduction to the brutal world of prison life before mandatory anger-management therapy offers a slim chance of redemption. It’s riveting, powerful stuff that could make O’Connell a star.

The Square - BOOK TICKETS
Mon 7 – Thu 10 Apr
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Egyptian-American Noujaim's Oscar-nominated documentary follows six young protestors during the Egyptian Revolution who rely on the technologies of the digital age to get their voices heard and fight a 30-year dictatorship. Using interviews and footage from the protest front-line, this doc shines a light on the personal side of the story not portrayed in the mainstream media, and records what a nation united by a political cause can achieve. Instilled with revolutionary spirit, The Square is an inspiring and emotional journey.

The Past - BOOK TICKETS
Fri 11 – Thu 17 Apr
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From the director of the Oscar-winning A Separation comes another critically-acclaimed drama. Ahmad returns to Paris after his wife Marie (Bejo, The Artist) requests a divorce, only to find himself in the midst of her new relationship with Samir (Rahim, A Prophet). Much like A Separation, the film's strength lies in its refusal to paint in simple black and white; exploring instead complicated relationships brought to life by intelligent, natural performances. How it hasn’t been nominated for every award going is beyond us.

The Lunchbox - BOOK TICKETS
Fri 18 Apr – Thu 1 May
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A new multi award-winning film from India. Trying to reignite some passion with her husband, young housewife Ila cooks him a special lunch. Handed over to a ‘dabbawallah’ – part of the huge system in Mumbai that delivers food to workers in the city – a mix-up sees the meal delivered to the desk of widowed clerk Saajan. Sending a note back in appreciation, the two lonely people start swapping letters and life stories through the lunchbox. Batra weaves an enchanting tale of love and longing both funny and life-affirming. If you can get through Irrfan’s performance without shedding a tear, you’re made of sterner stuff than us!

Calvary - BOOK TICKETS
Fri 18 Apr – Thu 1 May
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The new film from the writer and director of 2011’s The Guard is a masterful sophomore effort. Gleeson plays Father James Lavelle, a village priest told in the confession booth he is going to be killed in seven days. The unseen would-be murderer is hell-bent on revenge for past crimes committed by the church and has chosen James as a symbol to be destroyed. With a week to figure out which member of his flock wants him dead it becomes a whodunit of sorts, full of gallows humour but packing a wallop of emotional power. A performer of rare brilliance, Gleeson’s hang-dog expression and soulful eyes hint at the hidden depths of this parish priest.

 

 *Please note date changes may occur, please see Now Showing and brochure for final confirmed listings