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  • The Wellington Film Society, Embassy 6.15pm on Monday 15 April:
  • SILENT RUNNING Douglas Trumball | USA | 1972.
    This authentic 1970s cult sci-fi classic stars a key figure of the period, patrician hippie Bruce Dern, as an idealistic crew member of a 21st-century space station refusing to destroy the only forest vegetation saved from a defoliated Earth. This deeply moving, immaculately staged film is essentially the work of Douglas Trumbull, only 28 at the time, a special effects expert who got the assignment after making a major contribution to Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. He didn't direct anything of significance again, though his work on Robert Wise's The Andromeda Strain and Ridley Scott's Blade Runner brought him Oscar nominations, and his technological innovations have made him a legendary figure in the film industry. - Phillip French, The Observer.
  • Members only. Renewal and upgrades available at any time on line, and pick up the membership card at a screening.

  • Film Festivals to note:
  • Architecture and Design Film Festival Wellington 16 May - 3 June: Embassy, Light House Cuba and Petone. More details and schedule on the website.
  • NZIFF Wellington 31 July - 11 August: Embassy, Roxy and Light House Cuba only.
  • 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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    CIVIL WAR - The most disarming thing about writer/director Alex Garland's film is its deliberate, harrowing sense of neutrality. Here is a major movie, about a brutal civil war being fought on three fronts in the modern United States, being released into theaters during a period of intense political unrest that chooses immersion over perspective. It's a choice that doesn't always click throughout the film's running time, but it pays off in a big way during the film's harrowing, terrifying final act. Also Penthouse, Roxy, Lighthouse, Queensgate, Monterey and Coastlands.

    MAD ABOUT THE BOY - Writer/ director Barnaby Thompson's 2023 documentary feature film is a lovely, delightful, delicious ramble down memory lane, with glorious clips, quotes and home movies. It could have provided wittier insights into Noel Coward, and at the end of the day it provides nothing new. Advance screening this weekend. Also Lighthouse.

    LATE NIGHT WITH THE DEVIL - A struggling late-next talk-show host goes to drastic measures for ratings in Colin and Cameron Cairnes' horror feature. While the authenticity of a television show from the 70s may dampen the intensity of the scares, the film is still just plain fun to watch. The effects are wonderful, with the vast majority of them being practical. The Cairnes brothers lean on fun over terror, which may irk some. But, what fun is had! Also Monterey.

    THE TIGER'S APPRENTICE - A Chinese-American teenager takes on evil forces with the assistance of animal warriors in this animated yarn with voice work from Lucy Liu, Bowen Yang, Sandra Oh and Greta Lee. Director Raman Hui, making his feature debut, keeps the proceedings moving at a suitably brisk pace, with the colorful CGI animation providing one diverting image after another. Also Quensgate, Monterey, Reading and Coastlands.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    ABIGAIL Apr 18 Reading
    CHALLENGERS Apr 18 Reading
    MAD ABOUT THE BOY Apr 18 Penthouse
    THE FALL GUY Apr 24 Reading
    ROBOT DREAMS Apr 25 Penthouse
    BACK TO BLACK May 02 Reading
    GOLDA May 02 Lighthouse
    THE MOON IS UPSIDE DOWN May 02 Penthouse
    May 09 Reading
    JACKIE STEWART May 09 Lighthouse
    IF May 16 Reading
    THE WAY, MY WAY May 16 Penthouse


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