Fences (12A)



Drama (2016)
139mins US

Starring: Stephen Henderson, Denzel Washington, Viola Davis
Director: Denzel Washington
Writer(s): August Wilson
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Strong-willed patriarch Troy Maxson works as a rubbish collector alongside best friend Jim in order to provide for his wife Rose and their son Cory. The young man is a gifted athlete and is being scouted for college football. Troy refuses to sign his son's permission slip because he believes the football leagues are rife with racial prejudice. This refusal to support his son's dream drives an insurmountable wedge between Troy and Cory.

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Fences (12A)

Nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture, Fences is an assured film adaptation of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, directed for the screen by Denzel Washington. The actor already has two golden statuettes on his mantelpiece for the films Glory and Training Day, and he is vying for a third Oscar for his showy performance here. Such plaudits come as little surprise since Washington is well acquainted with the stage production. He simmered with tightly coiled rage in a 2010 Broadway revival co-starring Viola Davis. Both won coveted Tony Awards for their incendiary portrayals of a couple struggling to hold together their marriage against a backdrop of economic uncertainty and bigotry in 1950s Pittsburgh...

Fences. Copyright: MMXVI Paramount Pictures Corporation. Caption: Denzel Washington plays Troy Maxson and Jovan Adepo plays Cory in Fences from Paramount Pictures, directed by Denzel Washington from a screenplay by August Wilson. Photo: David Lee. All Rights Reserved.Reunited on the big screen, Washington and Davis rekindle molten chemistry and are able to suck us deeper into their characters' suffering with the benefit of lingering, tear-stained close-ups. Fences remains unerringly faithful to its stage origins and feels rather static, unfolding predominantly within the rooms or backyard of a modest home where family members trade bruising verbal blows.

Strong-willed patriarch Troy Maxson (Washington) presides over this tug-of-war for supremacy. He works as a rubbish collector alongside best friend Jim (Stephen Robertson), who loves to listen to Troy's anecdotes. "You got more stories than the devil got sinners," quips Jim. Troy toils in order to provide for his wife Rose (Davis) and their son Cory (Jovan Adepo). The young man is a gifted athlete and is being scouted for college football. Troy refuses to sign his son's permission slip because he believes the football leagues are rife with racial prejudice and he doesn't want his flesh and blood to fail, as he did playing baseball many years before. This refusal to support his son's dream drives an insurmountable wedge between Troy and Cory. "I'm the boss around here. I do the only saying what counts," barks the old man defiantly. Meanwhile, the patriarch clashes with his other son, Lyons (Russell Hornsby), who only seems to materialise when he needs money. Financial pressures tip Troy over the edge and his rage and frustration explode with devastating consequences.

Fences is a glittering showcase for the ensemble cast, led by the imperious Washington and Davis, who don't hold back in pivotal scenes. The latter richly deserves her Oscar nomination, and she'll almost certainly win for deftly capturing the steeliness of a mother hen, who has sacrificed everything for her brood. "I gave 18 years of my life to stand in the same spot with you. Don't you think I ever wanted other things?" she rages. Period detail is impressive and even though there is a palpable lack of cinematic dynamism to proceedings, there are plenty of dialogue-driven fireworks.

- Sam Cannon

Fences. Copyright: MMXVI Paramount Pictures Corporation. Caption: Denzel Washington plays Troy Maxson and Jovan Adepo plays Cory in Fences from Paramount Pictures, directed by Denzel Washington from a screenplay by August Wilson. Photo: David Lee. All Rights Reserved.


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Listed in alphabetical order by city/place name followed by cinema name.

From Friday 17th February
To Thursday 23rd February

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square
- Antrim, Antrim Omniplex
- Ballymena, IMC Ballymena
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Belfast, Movie House Dublin Road
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Birmingham, Everyman Birmingham
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, The Electric Cinema
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Bradford, Picturehouse Bradford At The National Media Museum
- Brighton, Komedia
- Brighton, Odeon Brighton
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Cinema De Lux
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Arts Picturehouse
- Canterbury, Curzon Canterbury
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Showcase Cardiff Nantgarw
- Carlow, IMC Carlow
- Chelmsford, Everyman Chelmsford
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham The Screening Rooms
- Chichester, Cineworld Chichester
- Cork, Cork Omniplex
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Derby, Derby QUAD
- Derby, Showcase Derby Cinema De Lux
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, Dublin Rathmines Omniplex
- Dublin, IMC Santry
- Dublin, IMC Tallaght
- Dublin, Irish Film Institute
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dublin, Savoy
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- East Didsbury, Cineworld Didsbury
- Edinburgh, Cameo Picturehouse
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Galway, IMC Galway
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Harrogate, Everyman Harrogate
- Ipswich, Cineworld Ipswich
- Leeds, Everyman Leeds
- Leeds, Hyde Park Picture House
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Showcase Leicester Cinema De Lux
- Limerick, Limerick Omniplex
- Lisburn, Lisburn Omniplex
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Liverpool, Picturehouse At FACT
- Londonderry, Brunswick Moviebowl
- Londonderry, Derry Omniplex
- Manchester, HOME
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Empire Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyneside Cinema
- Newry, Newry Omniplex
- Norwich, Cinema City Picturehouse
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Nottingham, Broadway Cinema
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Nottingham, Showcase Nottingham Cinema De Lux
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford Magdalen Street
- Oxford, Phoenix Picturehouse
- Oxted, Everyman Oxted
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Curzon Sheffield
- Sheffield, The Showroom
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southampton, Showcase Southampton Cinema De Lux
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- Stillorgan, Odeon Stillorgan
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Winchester, Everyman Winchester
From Friday 24th February
To Thursday 2nd March

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square
- Aldershot, Cineworld Aldershot
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Barnstaple, Central Cinema
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bath, Little Theatre Cinema Picturehouse
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Belfast, Movie House Dublin Road
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Birmingham, Everyman Birmingham
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham New Street
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Bishop's Stortford, Empire Bishop's Stortford
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Blackpool, The Reel Picture
- Boldon Colliery, Cineworld Boldon Tyne And Wear
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Brighton, Komedia
- Brighton, Odeon Brighton
- Bristol, Orpheus Henleaze
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Burton-on-Trent, Cineworld Burton Upon Trent
- Bury St Edmunds, Cineworld Bury St Edmunds
- Cambridge, Arts Picturehouse
- Canterbury, Curzon Canterbury
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Chelmsford, Everyman Chelmsford
- Chester, Cineworld Broughton
- Chesterfield, Cineworld Chesterfield
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Clydebank, Empire Clydebank
- Coleford, Studio Cinema
- Coventry, Odeon Coventry
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Cromer, Movieplex
- Derby, Derby QUAD
- Derby, Odeon Derby
- Didcot, Cineworld Didcot
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, Irish Film Institute
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Dublin, Odeon Charlestown
- Dublin, Odeon Point Village
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dundee, Cineworld Dundee
- Dundee, Odeon Dundee
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- Dungarvan, SGC
- Eastbourne, Cineworld Eastbourne
- East Didsbury, Cineworld Didsbury
- East Grinstead, Scott Cinemas
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Lothian Road
- Epsom, Odeon Epsom
- Exeter, Exeter Picturehouse
- Exmouth, Savoy
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Falmouth, Phoenix Cinema
- Fareham, Cineworld Whiteley
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Glengormley, Movie House Glengormley
- Gloucester, Cineworld Gloucester Quays
- Gorey, [email protected]
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Harlow, Cineworld Harlow
- Harrogate, Everyman Harrogate
- Harrogate, Odeon Harrogate
- Helston, Flora
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Henley-on-Thames, Regal Picturehouse
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- Hinckley, Cineworld Hinckley
- Hull, Cineworld Hull
- Hull, Odeon Hull
- Huntingdon, Cineworld Huntingdon
- Ilfracombe, Embassy Cinema
- Ipswich, Cineworld Ipswich
- Jersey, Cineworld Jersey
- Kettering, Odeon Kettering
- Kilmarnock, Odeon Kilmarnock
- Kingsbridge, Kings Cinema
- Leeds, Everyman Leeds
- Leicester, Odeon Leicester
- Lifford, Eclipse Cinemas Lifford
- Limerick, Odeon Limerick
- Lincoln, Odeon Lincoln
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Liverpool, Picturehouse At FACT
- Llandudno, Cineworld Llandudno
- Londonderry, Brunswick Moviebowl
- Luton, Cineworld Luton
- Maidstone, Odeon Maidstone
- Manchester, HOME
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Mansfield, Odeon Mansfield
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Naas, Odeon Naas
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Empire Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyneside Cinema
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Northampton, Cineworld Northampton
- Norwich, Cinema City Picturehouse
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Nottingham, Broadway Cinema
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Nuneaton, Odeon Nuneaton
- Okehampton, Carlton Cinema
- Oxford, Phoenix Picturehouse
- Penrith, Lonsdale Alhambra Cinema
- Penzance, Savoy
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portlaoise, Odeon Portlaoise
- Prestatyn, Scala Cinema
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Ripon, Curzon Ripon
- Rochdale, Odeon Rochdale
- Rochester, Cineworld Rochester
- Rugby, Cineworld Rugby
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Odeon Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Shrewsbury, Cineworld Shrewsbury
- Solihull, Cineworld Solihull
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- St Helens, Cineworld St Helens
- Stillorgan, Odeon Stillorgan
- St Ives, The Royal
- Stoke-on-Trent, Cineworld Stoke-on-Trent
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Shaw Ridge
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Wakefield, Cineworld Wakefield
- Wallsend, Odeon Silverlink
- Walthamstow, Empire Walthamstow
- Waterford, Odeon Waterford
- Wigan, Empire Wigan
- Winchester, Everyman Winchester
- Wisbech, The Light Cinema, Wisbech
- Witney, Cineworld Witney
- Wolverhampton, Cineworld Wolverhampton
- Wrexham, Odeon Wrexham
- Yeovil, Cineworld Yeovil
- York, City Screen Picturehouse


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