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  • The Covid alert remains at Level 1. Cinema-going is almost back to normal. Scan yourself in with the Covid-19 Tracer app.

  • The Wellington Film Society takes a break for Labour Day, but returns to the Embassy, 6.15pm Monday 2 Novemver with: ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE (Jim Jarmusch, USA 2013).
    Jarmusch delivers a passionate and consummately chic essay on science, music, time and above all love. It's also funny and playful, with Tilda Swinton delivering one-liners with vintage aplomb and Tom Hiddleston playing her world-weary amour to surprisingly lovable effect. [It is] impeccably crafted in every respect - from the sublimely atmospheric visuals to Jarmusch's characteristically bespoke musical choices. Swinton, felinely mischievous, and Hiddleston, suavely Byronic as her straight man, are not only very funny but relishably tender, making the notion of eternal undying (or undead) love a considerably more sophisticated proposition than in the Twilight series. - Jonathan Romney, Screendaily.
    Anyone can join the Film Society at any time on line.

  • Film Festivals to note:
  • The Terror-Fi Film Festival 2020, Roxy, 28 October - 2 November. The schedule and bookings available now.
  • The Cinema Italiano Film Festival 2020, Empire 5 - 18 November. A .pdf of the programme is available on the website.
  • The British Film Festival 2020, 19 - 29 November at Penthouse, Lighthouse Petone and Monterey.

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    BABY DONE - Director Curtis Vowell and writer Sophie Henderson have teamed up again after 2013s 'Fantail and have created something really special here. Hidden behind the film's utterly forgettable and void of syntax title is a comedy gem done in a way that only the New Zealanders seem to be able to do, and do so well. It will strike quite the nerve with both men and women (and everyone in-between), and will do so with a wink and a smile and many, many laughs. Also Penthouse, Empire, Roxy, Lighthouse, Readings, Monterey, Coastlands and Shoreline.

    HONEST THIEF - Liam Neeson plays a bank robber trying to go straight, only to be double-crossed by crooked FBI agents, in Mark Williams' thriller. Neeson's imposing physical presence, gravelly voice and minimalist acting style perfectly suit this sort of genre material - a solid B-movie thriller that benefits from tight pacing that helps you overcome its significant plot incredulities. Minus its elaborate car chases and pyrotechnics, the film would have landed perfectly as a '40s-era Warner Brothers programmer starring the likes of James Cagney or Humphrey Bogart. Also Penthouse, Empire, Roxy, Readings, Monterey, Coastlands and Shoreline.

    I AM WOMAN - It's hard to overestimate how much of an impact I Am Woman had in the early 1970s, when it became the unofficial anthem for the nascent womens rights movement and spoke to a whole generation of women. Helen Reddy, the song''s co-writer and singer, had a pretty good run in the 1970s. Unjoo Moons Australian-made film is a standard-issue biopic, pressing all the usual buttons, and actress Tilda Cobham-Hervey creates an appealing Helen Reddy. While it doesn't roar, this effectively tells Reddy's story and speaks strongly about the women's movement and the struggle that continues. Also Lighthouse, Monterey, Coastlands and Shoreline.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    THE CRAFT: LEGACY Oct 29 Readings
    THE EMPTY MAN Oct 29 Readings
    RAMS Nov 12 Readings
    FREAKY Nov 12 Readings
    A SON Nov 12 Penthouse
    MADE IN ITALY Nov 19 Penthouse
    CONNECTED Nov 26 Penthouse
    MISBEHAVIOUR Dec 03 Penthouse
    FREE GUY Dec 10 Reading
    THE WITCHES Dec 10 Reading
    PETER RABBIT 2: THE RUNAWAY Dec 10 Reading
    WONDER WOMAN 1984 Dec 26 Event
    THE KING'S MAN Feb 25 Lighthouse
    NO TIME TO DIE Apr 02 Readings
    BLACK WIDOW May 07 Readings


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