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  • The Wellington Film Society, Paramount, Monday 27 March, 6.15pm: PERSEPOLIS (Marjane Satrapi, France/USA, 2007).
    Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis is one of the wonders of the last year, an animated feature that's more richly populated and more vigorous, succinct and shrewdly funny than many a flesh-and-blood drama. Working with comix artist Vincent Paronnaud, expatriate Iranian Satrapi has adapted her own popular autobiographical graphic novels relating how she survived childhood under the Shah, adolescence after the Islamic revolution and early adulthood in Europe where her parents sent her for a liberal education. - Bill Gosden, New Zealand International Film Festival 2008.
    Anyone can join in the 30 minutes before the screening. Or join anytime on line.

  • Nga Taonga Sound and Vision. Screening in the Main Cinema until 25 March: Motorsport Memories. Check out Nga Taonga's calendar of screenings and events for details.

  • Film Festivals to note:
  • NZ Bicycle Film Festival Nga Taonga Sound and Vision, 28 March - 8 April.
  • NZIFF Autumn Events Embassy, 6 -21 May - weekends only.
    One New Zealand premiere and three classic films are the first Autumn Events titles to be announced.
  • 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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    LIFE - This slick, suspenseful sci-fi thriller features smart characters making dumb decisions in space. Although it's unusually intelligent for so much of its running time, the lame-brained last act comes as a real disappointment. Director Daniel Espinosa's mostly-smart, plenty-stylish entry could eke out a nice box-office life. Also Roxy, Monterey, Reading Porirua and Coastlands.

    POWER RANGERS - After 90 minutes of hip and hollow teen banter, woefully generic origin story, and molehill-posing-as-mountain-size triumph, this finally uncorks one of those high-flying digital-blitzkrieg action finales that was mocked in Birdman as the essence of blockbuster decadence. It is indeed, but to put it in movie-junk-food terms: Just because you know a sequence like this one is bad for you doesn't mean that it's not fun to watch. Also Monterey, Reading Porirua and Coastlands.

    ONE THOUSAND ROPES - The universal themes of redemption, family connection and fresh beginnings presented through a Samoan lens opens one's eyes to the fragile nature of humankind. Although at times difficult to watch, this manages to be a film that keeps the viewer's attention until the credits come to an end. It comes as no surprise that this movie premiered as a Panorama Special selection at Berlinale 2017. All Lighthouse, Monterey and Reading Porirua.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Mar 30 Readings
    GHOST IN THE SHELL Mar 30 Readings
    CHIPS Mar 30 Readings
    AQUARIUS Mar 30 Lighthouse
    THE BOSS BABY Apr 06 Readings
    SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE Apr 06 Readings
    DANCE ACADEMY Apr 06 Readings
    THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE Apr 06 Penthouse
    THE SALESMAN Apr 06 Lighthouse
    DENIAL Apr 06 Penthouse
    THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS Apr 13 Readings
    THEIR FINEST Apr 13 Penthouse


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