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  • The Wellington Film Society has concluded its screening season for 2017. It will commence its 2018 season in late February/early March at a new venue. In the meantime, members are enjoying discounts at the cinemas around town. Anyone can join, anytime, on line.

  • Nga Taonga Sound and Vision. In the Main Cinema at 7.00pm on Thursday and Saturday, Gaylene Preston's HOME BY CHRISTMAS (NZ 2010). Check out Nga Taonga's calendar of screenings for full details.

  • Film Festivals to note:
  • French Film Festival 2018. Embasay 7 - 28 March.
  • If your festival is not listed here, please advise the Cinemaster

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    STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI - Writer/director Rian Johnson's film is a sprawling, incident- and character-packed extravaganza that picks up at the end of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens and guides the series into unfamiliar territory. It's everything a fan could want. Most importantly, the damned thing moves, both in a plot sense and in the sense of a skilled choreographer-dancer who has visualized every millisecond of his routine and practiced it to the point where grace seems to come as easily as breathing. Or skywalking. Also Empire, Roxy, Lighthouse, Readings, Monterey, Coastlands and Shoreline.

    BREATHE - Director Andy Serkis tracks the decades of survival by Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield), a man stricken with polio in the '50s who survived on a breathing machine for some 40 years, and the devotion of his wife Diana (Claire Foy) who stuck by his side that entire time. It's a gorgeous, romantic drama that earns its emotional resonance without venturing beyond the most familiar beats. Advance screenings this weekend. Also Lighthouse.

    MENASHE - Joshua Z. Weinstein's charming film immerses us in an authentic environment of ultra-Orthodox Judaism and makes it relatable by weaving a sweet story familiar in its general contours, of a single father struggling to hold on to the son he loves.

    THE FLORIDA PROJECT - This kicks off with what feels like a wake-up call at summer camp, and is easily the most infectious opening moment of this year's Cannes so's a dizzying breath of fresh air, and sets the mood for Sean Baker's brilliant, buoyant, and ultimately heart-wrenching film. As with his breakout indie hit Tangerine, Baker's approach is to immerse you so deep in a place, and the patter of the people who live there, that it begins to feel like your home.This is a near-perfect film, and a heightening in every way of everything that was great about Baker's last movie. The freshness of the future, indeed. Advance screenings this weekend. Also Lighthouse Petone.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    PADDINGTON 2 Dec 21 Readings
    FERDINAND Dec 26 Readings
    COCO Dec 26 Readings
    THE GREATEST SHOWMAN Dec 26 Readings
    THE FLORIDA PROJECT Dec 26 Lighthouse
    BREATHE Dec 26 Lighthouse
    CALL ME BY YOUR NAME Dec 26 Penthouse


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