By Adam Ray Palmer
Each month, Cineroom takes a look at what films and/or events are occurring at our favourite independent cinema; the Phoenix in Leicester.
This month, we are looking at three films you need to catch at the Phoenix; plus, their mystery film.
Sofia Coppola’s remake of Don Siegel’s 1971 classic returns 46 years later with an all-new Hollywood cast. This time around, Nicole Kidman heads up a who’s who of talent with Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning in the supporting roles. The Beguiled follows the unexpected arrival of a wounded Union soldier at a girls' school in Virginia during the American Civil War; ultimately ending with jealousy and betrayal.
Sofia was the first female director in 56 years to win Best Director at the festival, and she deserved it. The Beguiled is certainly a film not to missed. Critics love it, festivals have loved it and now audiences will adore it.
Runs from: Friday 14th July to Thursday 27th July – certificate 15
It’s been a few years since Christopher Nolan graced our cinema screens with another deep and epic feature film, but now the wait is over. His latest picture, Dunkirk, follows allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, Canada, and France who are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.
This film just breathes excitement. The critic buzz has been phenomenal, and even the little, unknown actor Harry Styles has been praised for his efforts. Dunkirk will be talked about as the movie of the summer, alongside Baby Driver (also showing at the Phoenix), and it may even crash the Oscars party. I think it’s a dead cert for the smaller categories, let’s see if it breaks into the ‘Best Picture’ gang.
Runs from: Friday 21st July to Thursday 3rd August – certificate 12A
Song to Song
Let’s set the scene. Terence Malick writes and directs with Gosling, Fassbender, Mara (the Rooney kind), Portman and Blanchett starring. Is there anything more I need to say? I’ll tell you the plot then… Two intersecting love triangles. Obsession and betrayal set against the music scene in Austin, Texas – there, I have you!
This will be an opinion-splitter of a film I think. Malick lovers will enjoy having the director back but Song to Song potentially raises more questions than answers. However, that’s the joy of film, right?
Runs from: Friday 28th July to Thursday 3rd August – certificate 15
Every month, this great idea occurs. You book a ticket, costing you just £4, to see a film that you have no idea what it will be until the opening credits roll. The staff members at the Phoenix do not even know – it is literally fun for all.
You must be over 18 though as the mystery film could be any movie with any classification up to an 18 certificate. You may think it’s a risk, but for £4, anything is worth that surely! If there is one thing for certain with the mystery film each month, it sells out. Book tickets as soon as you can!
Friday 21st July at 6:15pm