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  • The Wellington Film Society, Paramount, Monday 26 June, 6.15pm, DESTINY (Fritz Lang, Germany, 1921).
    The film that inspired may of cinema's greatest auteurs returns to the big screen. This eye-popping restoration of Fritz Lang's film, set to a newly composed orchestral score by Cornelius Schwehr was unveiled, to no little fanfare, at Berlinale 2016. The Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation and its partners spent more than a year restoring the original colours and intertitles to a film that, since its 1921 heyday, had faded and degraded almost beyond recognition. Now jollied along by the 70-strong Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, its key horrors and delights - an owl in the moonlight, a midget presiding over a cockfight, a secret lover buried alive - are all the more searing. - Tara Brady, The Irish Times, 8 June 2017.
    Anyone can join in the 30 minutes before the screening. Or join anytime on line.
    Screened in co-operation with the Goethe Institut - public also admitted by way of donation (notes only) at the door.

  • Nga Taonga Sound and Vision. Screening in the Main Cinema until 29 July: Matariki: Tau Hou 2017, Celebrating outstanding New Zealanders on Film. Check out Nga Taonga's calendar of screenings and events for details.

  • Film Festivals to note:
  • NZ International Film Festival 2017. Embassy, Paramount, etc. 28 July-13 August. Keep these dates free. The first titles have been announced. Make sure you have signed on for the latest announcements!
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    TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT - Surprise - the fifth Transformers movie is far from the worst in this continuing experiment in noisy nonsense based on Hasbro toys. That is thanks largely to two words: Anthony Hopkins, who brings a goofy dignity to the enterprise that elevates this chapter over its recent brethren. The storytelling is also an upgrade. For one thing, we finally are given a believable explanation for the purpose of Stonehenge. Also Empire, Readings, Monterey, Lighthouse Pauatahanui and Coastlands.

    TUBELIGHT - Indian war drama film written and directed by Kabir Khan, set in the 1962 Sino-Indian War. Worldwide release 23 June so no reviews as yet. Also Paramount and Coastlands.

    THIS BEAUTIFUL FANTASTIC - In this gently comic, slightly tart fairy tale, a novice gardener named Bella Brown learns to till the soil, to weed and plant and prune. As the earth gradually yields to the grown-up Bella's newfound know-how, with the simplicity and sense of wonder of an old-fashioned picture book, it makes her story wispy and delightful. Also Penthouse, Lighthouse Petone and Shoreline.

    DESPICABLE ME 3 - Repeating a formula that worked like gangbusters in the last installment, which became the most profitable film in Universal history, this outing offers up more of the same. The filmmakers seem to be having a blast, sometimes at our expense but most of the time in a lively and bonkers enough way that forces you to clap along. With a running time of only 96 minutes, the pacing is so fast that there's barely room to breathe. Advance screeninsg this weekend. Also Empire, Roxy, Readings, Lighthouse, Monterey and Coastlands.

    MY COUSIN RACHEL - Rachel Weisz steps into Olivia de Havilland's shoes, playing the elusive black widow of Daphne du Maurier's deliciously ambiguous novel. The enigmatic antiheroine has never been as seductive, cunning or deliciously ambiguous as she is in the hands of Rachel Weisz, who steps into a character practically overshadowed by others' idea of her and unlocks more hidden dimensions than we might have thought possible. Also Roxy, Lighthouse and Monterey.

    THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES - There is nothing like a dame, and at the grand age of 83, Dame Joan Collins is still nothing like one. Yet with the British honours system having finally smiled on her, the erstwhile star has belatedly decided to emulate Dame Judi, Dame Maggie and the "Best Exotic" club with a respectably genteel geriatric comedy of her own. Enter this likably lame rattletrap of a road movie that gets what limited spark it has from the "Dynasty" diva's still-lascivious on-screen charisma. Also Roxy, Lighthouse Petone, Monterey, Coastlands and Sholeline.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    MONSIEUR CHOCOLAT Jun 29 Penthouse
    THE HOUSE Jun 29 Readings
    SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Jul 06 Readings
    Jul 06 Readings
    LONG WAY NORTH Jul 06 Paramount
    THE JOURNEY Jul 13 Penthouse
    BABY DRIVER Jul 20 Readings
    DUNKIRK Jul 20 Paramount
    PARIS CAN WAIT Jul 20 Lighthouse
    HAMPSTEAD Jul 27 Penthouse


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