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  • The Wellington Film Society's programme for 2018 has now been completed. The 2019 season will commence at the Embassy at 6.15pm Monday 4 March. Next year's schedule will be officially released on 28 January. Anyone can join the Film Society at any time on line.

  • Nga Taonga Sound and Vision. This week in the Main Cinema: Tim Wong's OUT OF THE MIST (NZ 2015), Peter Jackson and Costa Botes' FORGOTTEN SILVER (NZ 1995) and Gerard Smyth's BAREFOOT CINEMA (NZ 2008). As always, check out Nga Taonga's calendar of screenings for full details.
    The Nga Taonga Sound and Vision cinema will close for the year on 15 December. It will not open as usual in the New Year as the archive employees will be moving to office space within the National Library building on Molesworth Street. They are actively looking at alternative screening venues to bring their work to Wellington audiences.

  • Film Festivals to note:
  • NZ International Film Festival - 2019. 26 July - 11 August.
  • If your festival is not listed here, please advise the Cinemaster

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    BUMBLEBEE - Directed by Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings), this is the best Transformers movie so far, going all the way back to the 1986 animated film. This really is a sound, satisfying, enjoyable action movie for the whole family. If this is where the franchise is headed, then let the transformation continue. Also Empire, Readings, Monterey and Coastlands.

    FREE SOLO - Certain men have always looked at the world as something to conquer, and feel personally taunted by the impossible. As this breathless and profoundly stressful documentary follows Alex Honnold's multi-year attempt to be the first person to ever climb El Capitan with his bare hands, the question of "why" is painfully answered by all of the reasons why not.

    RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET - Deftly defying expectation, this inevitable sequel to 2012's $189.4 million-grossing Wreck-It Ralph, absolutely crushes it. A turbo-charged satire that swaps out Gen X video arcade nostalgia for our current, all-consuming social-media-fueled obsession, the endlessly inventive Walt Disney Studios Animation follow-up impressively levels up with laugh-out-loud consistency. Advance screenings Friday and Sunday. Also Empire, Readings, Lighthouse, Monterey and Coastands.

    SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE - This animated film, directed by Bob Perischetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman, captures the sprawling interconnectivity of comic-book universes in a way that no other feature film has. Anything can happen, and it usually does. It's incredibly thrilling to watch, impressively emotional throughout, and easily the best Spider-Man movie since Spider-Man 2. Advance screenings this weekend. Also Empire, Monterey and Coastlands.

    THE FAVOURITE - Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos returns to screens with his most accessible and enjoyable film to date: an Eighteenth century farce, inked in gall and played with vigour. Think Mean Girls written by Jonathan Swift. This has ribaldry and intelligence to burn, a deliciously entertaining period piece that feels liberated by its period. Advance screenings this weekend. Also Lighthouse.

    ROSE - What do you do with the rest of your life when there's not much of it left? For Rose Jones the answer is to embark by wheelchair on the open road, leaving the comfort of her home and the camaraderie of her friends, a sidearm her protection and a few joints her relaxation. Rod McCall's film is a rich and bittersweet drama that bundles themes of life and death, loss, love, reconciliation, and legacy into a single beautifully crafted film. Also Shoreline.

    ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE - This zombie high school musical you never knew you needed was one of the standout world premieres at this year's Fantastic Fest. Our high school heroine (Ella Hunt) sleeps through the start of a worldwide zombie attack, slips on her headphones, steps out her front door, and begins to sing, dancing down the street, swinging on light poles like Gene Kelly, totally oblivious that most of the people she knows are dead. Hey, teen angst is all-consuming. Also Lighthouse.

    ONCE UPON A DEADPOOL - A trimmed-down-to-PG-13 version of Deadpool 2 that will be in theaters from Dec. 12-24. The real selling point is the new interstitial sequences, in which Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) takes a page from The Princess Bride and reads the film as a story to Fred Savage - only it's 2018 Fred Savage, playing himself, kidnapped and strapped to a bed in a room that has been art-directed to be identical to the one from Princess Bride.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    BUMBLEBEE Dec 20 Readings
    HOLMES AND WATSON Dec 20 Readings
    At ETERNITY'S GATE Dec 20 Penthouse
    AQUAMAN Dec 26 Readings
    VICE Dec 26 Readings
    THE FAVOURITE Dec 26 Penthouse
    SINK OR SWIM Dec 26 Lighthouse
    THE HAPPY PRINCE Dec 26 Penthouse


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