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  • The Wellington Film Society will return on Monday 6 March at the Paramount. The 2017 season's programme is now available on the updated website. Brochures will be available mid-February. In the meantime members are enjoying discounts at city cinemas. Join anytime on line here, or purchase a membership gift certificate for friends or family from the same link.

  • Nga Taonga Sound and Vision. Screening in the Main Cinema: a Kiwi Music Film Festival which runs through to 24 February. Check out Nga Taonga's calendar of screenings and events for details.

  • Film Festivals to note:
  • French Film Festival 2017 Embassy, 1 - 22 March. Details are starting to be released on their website.
  • NZ International Film Festival 2017. Embassy, Paramount, etc. 28 July-13 August. Keep these dates free.
  • If your festival is not listed here, please advise the Cinemaster

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    LION - A tremendously moving performance from Dev Patel is the resilient soul of this incredible true story of Saroo Brierley and his tenacious quest to find the family from whom he was separated 25 years earlier. Garth Davis, who comes from a background in commercials and co-directed the lauded drama series Top of the Lake with Jane Campion, has chosen wisely for his first feature project. Also Penthouse, Empire, Roxy, Ligthouse, Monterey, Reading Porirua, Coastlands and Shoreline.

    ELLE - Knowingly incendiary but remarkably cool-headed, and built around yet another of Isabelle Huppert's staggering psychological dissections, Paul Verhoeven's long-awaited return to notional genre filmmaking pulls off a breathtaking bait-and-switch: Audiences arriving for a lurid slab of arthouse exploitation will be taken off-guard by the complex, compassionate, often corrosively funny examination of unconventional desires that awaits them. From the NZIFF. Also Lighthouse and Shoreline.

    XXX: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE - This is basically Vin Diesel's show and he is well aided by the stunt choreography, CGI action and editing speed. And the innumerable scantily clad women that flit in and out of the frame at regular intervals add to the cultivated persona of Cage being a ladies man through and through. Don't go by looks though. There's not much energy in the telling here and the confused narrative totally sidelines logic. Also Monterey, Reading Porirua and Coastlands.

    MOONLIGHT - A haunting reflection on African-American masculinity, writer-director Barry Jenkins' intimate character study traces the life of a black gay man from his troubled Miami childhood to maturity. It observes, with uncommon poignancy and emotional perceptiveness, his roughly two-decade path to find a definitive answer to the question, "Who am I?" This is a film that will strike plangent chords for anyone who has ever struggled with identity, or to find connections in a lonely world.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    HIDDEN FIGURES Jan 26 Readings
    Jan 26 Paramount
    LIVE BY NIGHT Jan 26 Paramount
    A MONSTER CALLS Jan 26 Penthouse
    MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Jan 26 Lighthouse
    THE COUNTRY DOCTOR Jan 26 Penthouse
    PORK PIE Feb 02 Readings
    PATRIOTS DAY Feb 02 Readings
    SPLIT Feb 02 Readings
    THE INNOCENTS Feb 02 Lighthouse
    GOLD Feb 09 Paramount
    FIFTY SHADES DARKER Feb 09 Readings
    FENCES Feb 09 Lighthouse
    FIST FIGHT Feb 09 Readings
    THE GREAT WALL Feb 09 Readings
    TONI ERDMANN Feb 16 Lighthouse
    SILENCE Feb 16 Lighthouse


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