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  • The Wellington Film Society will commence its 2018 season on Monday 26 February at the Embassy. The 2018 programme will be launched on Monday 29 January. In the meantime, members are enjoying discounts at the cinemas around town. Anyone can join, anytime, on line.

  • Nga Taonga Sound and Vision. The Main Cinema reopens this week with both Taika Waititi's EAGLE Vs SHARK (NZ 2006) and Jess Feast's GARDENING WITH SOUL (NZ 2013). As always, check out Nga Taonga's calendar of screenings for details.

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

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    MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE - You're on your own with this one. If you saw the previous two instalments you'll have some idea what to expect. New Zealand is one of the first countries in the world to see it. The main release date is 26 January so there are no reviews yet. Also Empire, Readings, Monterey and Coastlands.

    THE SHAPE OF WATER - Guillermo del Toro's glorious movie refuses to go tidily into any box. A ravishing, eccentric auteur's imagining, spilling artistry, empathy and sensuality from every open pore, it also offers more straight-up movie for your money than just about any Hollywood studio offering this year. This decidedly adult fairytale, about a forlorn, mute cleaning lady and the uncanny merman who save each other's lives in very different ways, careers wildly from mad-scientist B-movie to heart-thumping Cold War noir to ecstatic, wings-on-heels musical, keeping an unexpectedly classical love story afloat with every dizzy genre turn. Also Penthouse, Roxy, Reading Courtenay and Lighthouse.

    THE COMMUTER - Liam Neeson's fourth collaboration with Spanish director and Hitchcock enthusiast Jaume Collet-Serra, may be facing his greatest challenge yet: trying to take the Metro-North Railroad home from New York City during rush hour. Thoroughly enjoyable to watch if totally forgettable once you leave the theater, it feels like one of those films they simply don't make anymore, at least in Hollywood. It's a certified B-movie without superheroes or interplanetary travel, drawing its power from a whodunit, race-against-the-clock scenario that plays as if The Lady Vanishes and Strangers on a Train were chopped up and tossed into the blender along with a slab of CGI and a full bottle of Dexedrine. Also Monterey, Reading Porirua and Coastlands.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    THE MUSIC OF SILENCE Jan 25 Penthouse
    DOWNSIZING Jan 25 Readings
    I, TONYA Jan 25 Lighthouse
    PHANTOM THREAD Feb 01 Penthouse
    MOLLY'S GAME Feb 01 Penthouse
    FIFTY SHADES FREED Feb 08 Readings
    LOVING VINCENT Feb 08 Penthouse
    BLACK PANTHER Feb 15 Readings
    LADY BIRD Feb 15 Penthouse
    FINDING YOUR FEET Feb 22 Lighthouse
    THE PARTY Feb 22 Penthouse
    WINCHESTER Feb 22 Penthouse


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