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  • All Covid 19 health and safety restrictions have been removed, except for wearing masks when visiting health, disability and aged care facilities. Mask wearing is now voluntary, but please be considerate to those who still prefer to use them.

  • The Wellington Film Society commences its 2023 season in late February. Watch out for details of the schedule, expected to be released on Friday.
  • Anyone can join the Film Society at any time on line.

  • Film Festivals to note:
  • If you have a festival due to run in Wellington and it's not listed here, contact the Cinemaster.

    This site relies on the various cinemas having their own websites up to date to access their screening times. The paragraphs describing the films starting this week are in most cases adapted from the linked reviews.

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    KNOCK AT THE CABIN - A group of disparate strangers hold a family hostage in order to save the world in this latest thriller from director M. Night Shyamalan. An intense but unexpectedly thoughtful affair, it is riveting for most of the running time. Those expecting a Sixth Sense level twist from the director may feel unsatisfied, but those who take the premise at face value will find plenty to like here. Also Queensgate, Monterey, Rading Porirua and Coastlands.

    WE ARE STILL HERE - The subtlety of this movie's first third is a sort of feint. Once the viewer finds him or herself comfortable with the idea that it's going for mildly-spine-tingling rather than gut-punching and eyeball-violating, all holy hell breaks loose. Which in this case turns out to be a pretty hellishly good thing. The film is co-written and directed by first-time feature maker Ted Geoghegen and is the kind of movie you wish you could take back in time with you and project in your favorite 42nd Street grindhouse. Also Lighthouse, Reading Porirua and Shoreline.

    THE WHALE - Darren Aronofsky is one to challenge his audience, for better or for worse, and never shies away from dark imagery and grungy characters. This film is no exception - all set in the apartment of an English teacher, Charlie (played by Brendan Fraser), who is struggling with grief and depression, which has manifested in an eating disorder. There's no empathy - and in a film that's designed to evoke that in its audience, it ultimately fails. Also Lighthouse, Monterey and Shoreline.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    MAGIC MIKE'S LAST DANCE Feb 09 Readings
    THE SON Feb 09 Penthouse
    Feb 16 Readings
    WOMEN TALKING Feb 16 Lighthouse
    WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT? Feb 16 Readings
    FISHERMAN'S FRIENDS 2 Feb 23 Readings
    COCAINE BEAR Feb 23 Readings
    AFTERSUN Feb 23 Penthouse
    CREED III Mar 02 Readings
    EMPIRE OF LIGHT Mar 02 Readings


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