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  • The Wellington Film Society, Embassy, 6.15pm Monday 25 June, GILDA (Charles Vidor, USA 1946).
    Despite critical drubbing ('high-class trash', sniffed the Daily News), in one of the biggest box office bonanzas of its year and now a bona fide film noir classic - the high of 1940s screen eroticism. Down-and-outer Glenn Ford's 'You've no idea how faithful and obedient I can be' pledge to Buenos Aires nightclub magnate George Macready is threatened when the boss later produces a wife - Rita Hayworth. 'There never was a woman like Gilda!' shouted the ads, and there never was a star as electrifying as Hayworth, from her hair-tossing first close-up; to her teasing bumps and grinds, dressed in black satin gown, to the strains of Put the Blame on Mame; to the screen-igniting sensuality of her scenes with an uncharacteristically fiery Ford. Gilda boasts some of the most feverish noir dialogue of the decade and the screen's first multi-sexual menage a trois - an element totally unnoticed by contemporary critics. - Film Forum.
    Anyone can join the Film Society in the half hour before the film starts, or immediately on line.

  • Nga Taonga Sound and Vision. In the Main Cinema till the end of June, some notable New Zealand films: The multi-Maori female directors' WARU (2017), Rosemary Riddell's THE INSATIABLE MOON (2010), Graeme Tucket's THE CAMERA ON THE SHORE (2009), and Leon Narbey's ILLUSTRIOUS ENERGY (1988). As always, check out Nga Taonga's calendar of screenings for full details.

  • Film Festivals to note:
  • NZ International Film Festival - Wellington 2018. Embassy, Readings, Nga Taonga and suburbs, 27 July - 12 August. The first titles have been announced, as well as a central location to replace the Paramount. The programme will be launched on 28 June.
  • If your festival is not listed here, please advise the Cinemaster

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    JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM - Finally making good on its name, J.A. Bayona's film says goodbye to the park for good, not just carrying the de-extincted dinos off the island but freeing itself from the genre trappings of the previous four films. Here, working from a script by the last pic's Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow, Bayona not only nods to the history of classic monster movies and the legacy of original Jurassic helmer Steven Spielberg, he brings his own experience to bear, treating monsters like actual characters and trapping us in a vast mansion that's as full of secrets as the site of his breakthrough 2007 film, The Orphanage. Also Empire, Roxy, Readings, Lighthouse, Monterey and Coastlands.

    C'EST LA VIE ! - The latest collaboration between Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano is like a good wedding champagne - bubbly, frothy fun with an excellent structure and a hint of complexity that leaves you on a high. Not that wedding planner Max (Jean-Pierre Bacri) has any time to stop and have a glass, he's far too busy trying to ensure that the only hitch on a big day is between the bride and groom. By the end, you're left with nothing to do but laugh and raise a glass to their talents. From the French Film Festival. Also Lighthouse and Shoreline.

    THE LEISURE SEEKER - Old marrieds Ella (Helen Mirren) and John (Donald Sutherland) Spencer star in this first English-language film from the Italian director Paolo Virzi. It is an impeccably acted, teary-funny comedy about an ageing couple coming to terms with the fact that their days of living independently are numbered. John is slipping further into the fog of Alzheimer's with every passing week, while Ella is awaiting some kind of hospital treatment. The canon of Alzheimer's films doesn't want for performances full of compassion and fine-grained observation, from Iris all the way to Still Alice. But as their faded Winnebago wends its way towards the coast, Ella and John show there's room for two more. Also Lighthouse and Shoreline.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    EDIE June 28 Penthouse
    INCREDIBLES 2 June 28 Readings
    ADRIFT June 28 Penthouse
    SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO June 28 Penthouse
    July 05 Readings
    SHOW DOGS July 05 Readings
    ANT MAN AND THE WASP July 05 Readings
    SKYSCRAPER July 05 Readings
    IDEAL HOME July 05 Penthouse
    THE ESCAPE July 05 Penthouse
    DOUBLE LOVER July 05 Lighthouse
    TWO IS A FAMILY July 13 Penthouse
    July 19 Readings


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