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  • The Wellington Film Society takes a break during the NZIFF, but will return, Embassy, 6.15pm Monday 20 August, with BADEN BADEN (Rachel Lang, Belgium/France 2016). In the meantime film society members are enjoying discounted ticket prices at the NZ International Film Festival. Anyone can join the Film Society immediately on line.

  • Nga Taonga Sound and Vision. In the Main Cinema from 15 August, John Reid's LEAVE ALL FAIR (NZ 1985). Screening as part of KM130 Festival, celebrating 130 years since the birth of Katherine Mansfield. 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. Extended to Wednesday 15 August at the Embassy and Readings, plus ANIMATION FOR KIDS 4+ and YELLOW IS FORBIDDEN on Sunday 19 August at the Embassy to replace the two screenings that had to be abandoned.
  • German Film Festival - 2018. Wellington dates 29 August - 1 September. The programme has been launched. You can find the list of films on the link.
  • If your festival is not listed here, please advise the Cinemaster

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    NZ International Film Festival 2018 - Officially ending on 12 August - extra screenings have been programmed through to Wednesday 15th, plus two screenings on Sunday 19 August. Screenings are not listed on the individual cinemas own websites. The "Website" link goes the Festival's home page which contains latest news and the day's schedule. The "Reviews" link goes to the Flicks website which is carrying mini-reviews of the films. Also Penthouse. Roxy, Reading Courtenay, and Lighthouse Petone.

    THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME - One of those late-summer releases that's just good enough to make you wish it were better, this aims to please every step of the way, but it never earns the nearly two-hour running time; the pileup of slapdash vignettes grows tiresome long before a prolonged finale involving trapeze artists, fake wigs, and yet more double-crossings. No matter its shortcomings, it leaves you hoping that they'll keep at it. Also Readings, Monterey, and Coastlands.

    MIDNIGHT OIL 1984 - This firmly showcases Peter Garrett, putting him front and centre of its spotlight, whether it's footage of him meeting school kids and talking to them or dealing with press in a park at a photocall; it's clear he's got the charisma the band needed and collectively the drive they all shared. Elsewhere the film concentrates on using footage from the band's searing performances - and it's here the cinema soundsystem will work best, channeling their electricity and crackling live gigs into something exceptional.

    LBJ - Rob Reiner's film benefits greatly from an absolutely all-in performance by Woody Harrelson as the former president. Sure, the back-room maneuvers and wheeling and dealing Johnson was so known for (and so good at) may not be exactly what the Founding Fathers envisioned. But the discipline with which Johnson operated, the expert way in which he could play both sides against the middle, and his sense of compromise seem welcome in an age of such undisciplined, partisan politics.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME Aug 09 Readings
    THE MEG Aug 16 Readings
    THE DARKEST MINDS Aug 16 Readings
    SLENDER MAN Aug 16 Readings
    BOOK CLUB Aug 16 Penthouse
    BLACKKKLANDSMAN Aug 16 Lighthouse
    LEAVE NO TRACE Aug 23 Lighthouse
    ZAMA Aug 23 Lighthouse
    CRAZY RICH ASIANS Aug 30 Readings
    MILE 22 Aug 30 Readings
    ON CHESIL BEACH Aug 30 Penthouse


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