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  • The Covid alert level in the whole country remains at Orange. Cinemas are no longer limited in their seating requirements. Mask wearing is strongly encouraged in indoor environments.

  • The Wellington Film Society, Monday 4 July, 6.15pm at the Embassy: AMERICAN HONEY (Andrea Arnold, USA 2016). Mere minutes into her scrappy, sprawling astonishment of a fourth feature, Andrea Arnold hits the audience with a song choice almost too perfect to work. As a girl's gaze meets a boy's across the packed aisles of a Midwestern Walmart, the euphoric EDM throb of Calvin Harris and Rihanna's 2011 smash We Found Love hijacks the busy soundscape, setting a love story emphatically in motion by the time he hops up to dance on the checkout counter. "We found love in a hopeless place", the song's chorus ecstatically declares, over and over, as well it might - does it get more hopeless than Walmart, after all? It's a gesture so brazenly big and romantically literal that it can't help but have your heart, and it's such an early, ebullient cinematic climax that Arnold dares repeat it two hours later, cranking up the song again in a more fraught, nervous context. Like much of what the director risks, she shouldn't get away with it, but most defiantly does. - Guy Lodge, Variety.
  • Anyone can join the Film Society at any time on line.

  • Film Festivals to note:
  • Doc Edge Festival 30 June - 10 July, Embassy and Roxy. Also on line till 10 July. From the website you will find descriptions of all the films and you can download a Wellington schedule. A printed programme is available at the venues. Films with cinema screenings have one session only.
  • NZ International Film Festival 4 - 14 August, Embassy, Roxy and Lighthouse Cuba only - in a reduced version for 2022. 12 films direct from the Cannes Film Festival have just been announced. Brochures should be available within the next couple of weeks,
  • If you have a festival due to run in Wellington and it's not listed here, contact the Cinemaster.

    This site relies on the various cinemas having their own websites up to date to access their screening times. The paragraphs describing the films starting this week are in most cases adapted from the linked reviews.

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    DOC EDGE FILM FESTIVAL - 17th edition of this ground-breaking event runs to 10 July, this year presenting 113 films from around the globe in cinemas and on line. Of the films in cinemas, each has only one screening. To make your selection, pick up a brochure from a particiating cinema or go to the Festival's website - where you can find a schedule of the Wellington screenings. Also Roxy.

    MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU - The yellow cigar-shaped perils of slapstick return with what's touted as an origin tale for Despicable Me's Gru. With rich backgrounds making the most of the groovy 70s' setting and San Francisco, as well as the music cues of the time, the Illumination animation stable knows about depth, but also wisely knows that it's not really about distracting with background gags, choosing to keep the Minions front and centre of proceedings, as that's what the children of all ages in the audience want. Season proper. Also Empire, Roxy, Lighthouse, Readings, Monterey and Coastlands.

    WHEEL OF FORTUNE AND FANTASY - A love letter to the art of spinning a good yarn, but it's also a sharply observed paean to the lies and truths we tell ourselves so that we may function from day to day. Ryusuke Hamaguchi leaves each tale somewhat open-ended, giving the illusion that these lives will continue after our attention has been diverted to the next narrative.

    A MERMAID IN PARIS - The beguiling and the deadly walk hand and hand in the myth of the mermaid - and director Mathias Malzieu retains both elements as he offers a fishy twist on romantic comedy in this quirky offering. It boasts handsome production and costume design, and bears the strong influence of French fantasy film director Jean-Pierre Jeunet. From the French Film Festival. All Lighthouse.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER Jul 07 Readings
    FROCKS AND DIVAS Jul 07 Penthouse
    THE PHANTOM OF THE OPEN Jul 14 Penthouse
    THE BLACK PHONE Jul 21 Readings
    THE GARDENER Jul 21 Penthouse
    THE QUIET GIRL Jul 21 Lighthouse
    THE BULLET TRAIN Aug 4 Readings
    THE PRINCESS Aug 4 Penthouse
    EVERYTHING WENT FINE Aug 4 Lighthouse
    Aug 18 Penthouse


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