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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 take a break for King's Birthday, but returns, Embassy, 6.15pm Monday 12 June, with: CRASH David Cronenberg | Canada |1996.
    Controversial from the moment it premiered at Cannes - where it won a Special Jury Prize 'for originality, for daring, and for audacity' - Crash has since taken its place as a key text of late-twentieth-century cinema, a disturbingly seductive treatise on the relationships between humanity and technology, sex and violence, that is as unsettling as it is mesmerizing. - Criterion.
  • Anyone can join the Film Society at any time on line.

  • Film Festivals to note:
  • Doc Edge Festival 2023 Roxy, 07 - 18 June. See details on the link. Each film screens once. Bookings available now. Make sure you select the correct cinema.
  • French Film Festival 2023 Wellington: 07 - 28 June. See on-line. Brochures and bookings available at the venues: Embassy, Penthouse, all Lighthouse and the Roxy (a couple of screenings).
  • NZIFF 2023 Wellington: 27 July to 13 August. Returning to its regular format, two weeks running across three weekends of winter. The first five feature films have been announced, along with a selection of documentaries - check the link.
  • 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.

    For comments and movie news, contact the Cinemaster at

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    ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN FILM FESTIVAL - Continuing for the 12th year with screenings at the Embassy and Lighthouse. It features a vibrant stack of documentaries bursting with legacy and curiosity from around the world, as well as features on inspiring architects and photographers. The "reviews" tab goes to the screening details of the appropriate cinema. Also Lighthouse.

    SPIDER-MAN: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE - No reviews yet, but first reactions are in, with critics and journalists saying the film is "an actual work of art" while also "darker and sadder" than expected. There are shocking twists, unexpected surprises, and a story that truly makes sense for the crazy multiverse world that we have all jumped head first in to. Also Empire, Roxy, Lighthouse, Queensgate, Monterey, Reading and Coastlands.

    THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY - Jim Broadbent is as likeable and sympathetic as he is in so many of his screen roles and this is a reminder that he is one of our greatest actors. Though this is gentle and undemanding viewing there's a melancholy about it that belies the story and a reminder of the moments of loneliness and disappointments that afflict us all. In that respect the film is a celebration of being just being kind to each other. Also Lighthouse.

    THE BOOGEYMAN - Rob Savage's film, the latest in a long line of Stephen King adaptations, is a solid, sturdy entry in the modern horror canon. Loosely based on King's short story about a terrifying creature that targets a family, this version expands the narrative's scope while still maintaining a contained, personal feel. You've gotta give it up to Rob Savage, because he knows how to craft suspense in powerful visual ways. In a movie about a creature who lurks in the darkness, Savage wisely employs light as a weapon, Also Queensgate, Montere and Coastlands.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    THE FLASH Jun 15 Readings
    YOU HURT MY FEELINGS Jun 15 Penthouse
    ELEMENTAL Jun 22 Readings
    Jun 22 Readings
    ASTEROID CITY Jun 22 Penthouse
    MY SAILOR MY LOVE Jun 22 Lighthouse
    Jun 29 Readings
    July 13 Readings
    BARBIE July 20 Readings
    OPPENHEIMER July 20 Readings


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