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  • The Wellington Film Society, Embassy, 6.15pm Monday 12 November, THE SELFISH GIANT (Clio Barnard, UK 2013).
    This contemporary fable about the friendship of two 13-year-old boys of strikingly different temperaments falling under the influence of a scrap metal dealer who runs gypsy horse races on the side is partially modeled on Oscar Wilde's story of the same name. "Like Ken Loach's Kes, Clio Barnard's film knells with myth: we get a keen sense of an older, purer England buried somewhere underneath all this junk, from the early wide shots of horses in meadows, idling belly-deep in morning mist, to the extraordinary, almost wordless final sequence that hints at redemption and reincarnation." - Robbie Collin, The Telegraph.
    Anyone can join the Film Society in the 30 minutes before the film starts, or immediately on line.

  • Nga Taonga Sound and Vision. This week in the Main Cinema: a retrospective trip back with the films of Geoff Murphy, including: THE QUIET EARTH (NZ 1985), TANKBUSTERS (NZ 1969), WILDMAN (NZ 1977) and GOODBYE PORK PIE (NZ 1980). As always, check out Nga Taonga's calendar of screenings for full details.

  • Film Festivals to note:
  • Cinema Italiano Festival - 2018. Empire 1 - 14 November. Click on the link for details and bookings.
  • If your festival is not listed here, please advise the Cinemaster

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    THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB - That girl with the dragon tattoo is back and badder than ever, in a secret-agent story that's part Bond, part bondage. It's based on the fourth book in the series - written by David Lagercrantz, after original series author Stieg Larsson died. As Lisbeth, Claire Foy is absolutely fierce and completely unstoppable, a woman who's put her emotions aside but remembers where they're locked away. A smartly rebooted adventure. Also Penthouse, Empire, Readings, Lighthouse, Monterey and Coastlands.

    OVERLORD - This is a B-movie produced with studio resources about American soldiers battling Nazi zombies in WWII. But despite some underdeveloped characters and obvious B-movie tropes, it goes beyond the call of duty with a riveting story that digs far deeper than this material usually goes for. In the J.J. Abrams-produced genre hybrid, director Julius Avery takes the real-world horrors of Josef Mengele's WWII Holocaust experiments to a more terrifying extreme. Also Roxy, Reading Courtney, Monterey and Coastlands.

    THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD - The memory of those who went to the Western Front is not only bought to life in vivid colour but also in immersive 3D. The technical wizardry seen in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films pales in comparison to the way he shows the ugliness of war in all its inescapable detail. The film was pieced together from over 600 hours of footage supplied by the Imperial War Museum along with hours of audio from the BBC archives. What Jackson and his technical team have achieved here is nothing short of staggering. Screens on Sunday (Armistice Day). Also Penthouse, Empire, Roxy, Lighthouse, Readings, Monterey, Coastlands and Shoreline..

    JOURNEY'S END - For the 100th anniversary of the first world war's end, here is an unassumingly excellent new film version of RC Sherriff's classic 1928 stage play, adapted by Simon Reade and directed by Saul Dibb. It is expertly cast and really well acted: forthright, powerful, heartfelt.

    SUSPIRIA - it wasn't quite a slam dunk when it was announced that Luca Guadagnino would be re-imagining Dario Argentoi's 1977 Suspiria, an obsession of his for decades. Guadagnino knows about getting good performances, and how to brew adult sexiness. It's only hours afterward that this new film will cohere for you and yield its buried treasures: the bonds of secret sorority, the strength of a line of dancers moving like a single organism, the present rippling with the muscle memory of the past. It's so good, it's scary. Also Lighthouse Cuba.

    THE NEGOTIATION - There is a reason why dark thrillers are one of South Korea's top exports, along with Hyundai cars and Samsung smart phones. They are nearly always tight and tense, but distinguished by strong characters and a fatalistic sensibility. In this case, Son Ye-Jin and Hyun-bin really power it along. Enthusiastically recommended.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    Nov 15 Readings
    THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN Nov 15 Lighthouse
    KUSAMA: INFINITY Nov 15 Penthouse
    ROBIN HOOD Nov 22 Readings
    WIDOWS Nov 22 Readings
    Nov 22 Readings


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