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  • The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that affected Kaikoura so badly, has also disrupted some cinemas in the Wellington region. Readings Courtenay remains closed and Event Queensgate is being demolished.

  • The Wellington Film Society has completed its screening programme for 2016. It will return for its 2017 season at the Paramount on Monday 6 March. Brochures describing the new season's programme will be available mid-February. In the meantime members are enjoying discounts at city cinemas. Join anytime on line here, or purchase a membership gift certificate for friends or family from the same link.

  • Nga Taonga Sound and Vision. In the Main Cinema, until 17 December, Motorsport, lifting the bonnet on its collection of motorsport films, newsreels and documentaries on the likes of McLaren, Denny Hulme, Chris Amon, John Britten and Kim Newcombe.. Check out Nga Taonga's calendar of screenings and events.

  • Film Festivals to note:
  • French Film Festival 2017 Embassy, 1 - 12 March. Details are starting to be released on their website.
  • NZ International Film Festival 2017. Embassy, Paramount, etc. 28 July-13 August. Keep these dates free.
  • If your festival is not listed here, please advise the Cinemaster

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    SING - The story of an underdog koala who concocts a singing competition as a last-ditch attempt to save his over-extended theater, this could easily be the work of Pixar, DreamWorks, or Walt Disney Animation Studios. But for Illumination Entertainment, this is a game-changer, underscoring why company founder Chris Meledandri is the hottest name in animation today. Advance screenings this weekend. Also Penthouse, Empire, Lighthouse, Reading Porirua and Coastlands.

    A UNITED KINGDOM - Amma Asante's film, unlike other, more "traditional" Hollywood love stories, isn't interested in the joys of falling in love so much as the ability to stay in love against heartbreaking odds. The result is a rich, stirring look at one of modern society's most enduring - and yes, inspirational - marriages, underpinned by political machinations that remain all too relevant. Also Penthouse, Roxy, Lighthouse, Coastlands and Shoreline.

    OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY - This is what it says on the tin. It's about a group of workers, who decide to have their Christmas party in their office. Apart from that, there really isn't much else to the film. It does exactly what you expect it to do; entertain. Now it might not be necessarily the most entertaining comedy film of all-time, but it does manage to just keep me entertained through its short running time. And to be fair, that was its one and only job. Also Empire, Roxy, Monterey, Reading Porirua and Coastlands.

    DANCER - Ukraine-born ballet superstar Sergei Polunin loves to dance but doesn't always know why he's dancing. That internal conflict is at the heart of Steven Cantor's sensitive, luxuriantly filmed documentary about the princely, magnetic Polunin, that in the 26-year-old artist's eyes could variously be a badge of honor or a provocation. This becomes a gentle inquiry into how a gifted performer disrupts his life in order to test his passion. Also Lighthouse and Shoreline.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Dec 15 Readings
    LE RIDE Dec 15 Penthouse
    GIRL ASLEEP Dec 15 Paramount
    HEIDI Dec 15 Lighthouse
    PATERSON Dec 22 Penthouse
    SING Dec 26 Readings
    WHY HIM? Dec 26 Readings
    MOANA Dec 26 Roxy
    LA LA LAND Dec 26 Penthouse
    A MAN CALLED OVE Dec 26 Lighthouse
    PASSENGERS Dec 29 Lighthouse
    ASSASSIN'S CREED? Jan 01 Readings
    THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN Jan 05 Readings
    THE EAGLE HUNTRESS Jan 05 Penthouse
    THE CATCH Jan 09 Paramount


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