Defending Your LifePG

Directed by Albert Brooks | USA | 1991 | 1h 51m | Starring Starring Albert Brooks, Meryl Streep, Rip Torn, Michael Durrell, James Eckhouse

An acerbic LA advertising executive dies in a car accident and is sent to Judgement City, a purgatory where he must defend his actions on Earth in order to ascend to a higher plane of existence. Albert Brooks finds a perfect balance between satirical bite and romantic-comedy charm as the writer, director, and star of this wonderfully imaginative existential fantasy.

Our screening on Friday 1 July will be introduced by comedian Matthew Chadourne, part of the Oxford Comedy Festival.

Reviews

‘The movie is funny in a warm, fuzzy way, and it has a splendidly satisfactory ending, which is unusual for an Albert Brooks film.’
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Book tickets

Monday 4 July

6.15pmBook tickets

What else is on?

Today (Saturday 2nd July)

16:00

Il Buco U
1h 33m | Italian w/ English subtitles
Michelangelo Frammartino returns with another work of mystical beauty somewhere between drama and documentary set in the mountains of Southern Italy.

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18:15

Between Two Worlds 12A
1h 47m | French w/ English subtitles
Juliet Binoche (Three Colours Blue, Cache) stars as an author going undercover as a cross-Channel ferry cleaner to research an upcoming book.

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20:45

All My Friends Hate Me 15
1h 34m
A school reunion in the countryside turns sour in Andrew Gaynord’s superb black comedy exploring the modern horrors of social anxiety and paranoia.

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Tomorrow (Sunday 3rd July)

16:00

The Ladykillers PG
1h 27m
Ealing comedy caper in which a group of oddball criminals move into a little old lady's boarding house to plot an elaborate heist. What could go wrong?

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18:15

Il Buco U
1h 33m | Italian w/ English subtitles
Michelangelo Frammartino returns with another work of mystical beauty somewhere between drama and documentary set in the mountains of Southern Italy.

Book here

20:30

Between Two Worlds 12A
1h 47m | French w/ English subtitles
Juliet Binoche (Three Colours Blue, Cache) stars as an author going undercover as a cross-Channel ferry cleaner to research an upcoming book.

Book here


Plan your visit

Our beautiful art deco inspired auditorium can be found just off East Oxford's Cowley Road. We are open 7 days a week. We open the cinema and box office 30 minutes before the scheduled start time of each film, and the Box Office then closes 10 minutes after the film starts. We don’t show adverts, just a couple of trailers, so don't be late as the film itself starts very close to the advertised time!