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  • The Wellington Film Society has concluded its screening schedule for 2019. It will return to the Embassy on the first Monday in March 2020, hopefully with a 3D classic. The programme will officially be launched around the last week of January. In the meantime members will continue to enjoy discounts at the commercial cinemas around town. Anyone can join the Film Society at any time on line.

  • Film Festivals to note:
  • NZ International Film Festival 2020. Embassy, etc. 31 July -16 August 2020. Mark your diaries now.

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    THE GOOD LIAR - Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen deliver an acting duet to die for in Bill Condon's delectably clever and civilized thriller that invites us to be as invested in the game as we are in the characters. But it turns out to have a more serious upshot than you'd expect. There's a backstory, set during World War II, and it's all about abuse, survival, misogynistic crime, and the seeds of a sociopath. In the end, the true subject isn't con artistry but vengeance. And that's just enough of a turn of the screw to make you want to see the whole thing again. Also Penthouse, Empire, Lighthouse, Monterey, Coastlands and Shoreline.

    THE ADDAMS FAMILY [2019] - The appeal of this, which doesn't break the mold, is simply to spend some more time in this gently spooky world, which is a gateway for budding creepsters and goths. It's refreshing that it doesn't try to overreach the limitations of its story, but it's so slight, it merely whets the appetite for more Addams fare, rather than providing anything truly satisfying. Also Roxy, Readings, Monterey and Coastlands.

    THE WILD GOOSE LAKE - Chinese writer-director Diao Yinan (Black Coal, Thin Ice) unveiled his latest feature in competition at Cannes. Like the waters lapping up against the shores of its murky titular setting, this is a film that doesn't hit you like a tidal wave as much as it gradually washes over you, leaving in its wake a series of memorable set-pieces and a dense, dark web of violence and fatality.

    BIGGEST LITTLE FARM - A gorgeous and often devastating look at good intentions slamming into harsh practical challenges, this is the rare eco-friendly documentary that reaches beyond the celebratory formula to explore the application of its environmental message in detail. It's a remarkable educational experience for anyone eager to go back to the basics. In the process, it arrives at a deeper understanding of the underlying impulse, while delivering an emotionally resonant narrative with plenty of cute animals to spare. Also Lighthouse Petone Shoreline.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    THE QUEEN'S CORGI Dec 12 Readings
    HAPPY ENDING Dec 12 Lighthouse
    ASK DR RUTH Dec 12 Penthouse
    Dec 19 Readings
    CATS Dec 26 Readings
    JUMANI: THE NEXT LEVEL Dec 26 Readings
    SORRY WE MISSED YOU Dec 26 Penthouse
    Dec 26 Lighthouse


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