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  • The Covid alert level in Wellington is set at Orange in the new traffic light system. Cinemas can open as normal but everyone needs to be double jabbed. The "My Vaccine Pass" will be checked along with the use of the Covid-19 Tracer app (or sign in if you haven't got the app), and turn on Bluetooth tracing. Mask wearing is also encouraged.

  • The Wellington Film Society will return towards the end of February for the 2022 season.
    Anyone can join the Film Society at any time on line.

  • Film Festivals to note:
    If you have a festival due to run in Wellington and it's not listed here, contact the Cinemaster.

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    BELLE - Perhaps the most ambitious film to date by Japanese animator Mamoru Hosoda, this alternates between a quiet little town where its painfully insecure heroine lives and an exciting, wildly imaginative futureworld that takes your breath away with its beauty. Unfortunately, this enchanting virtual universe is only an Internet pipe dream where people take refuge in idealized avatars to escape the pain of the real world. It has the look of a winner for the teen set. Also Monterey.

    NIGHTMARE ALLEY - Guillermo del Toro's film is a perfect match of material to auteur, William Lindsay Gresham's pulpy 1946 novel and the shockingly dark studio picture it inspired give the helmer, hot off his Oscar win for The Shape of Water, a chance to go full film noir, resulting in a gorgeous, fantastically sinister moral fable about the cruel predictability of human nature and the way entire systems are engineered to exploit it - from carnies and con men to shrinks and Sunday preachers. Also Penthose, Roxy, Lighthouse, Readings, Monterey and Shoreline.

    SPENCER - Working off a sharp script by Steven Knight, Chilean director Pablo Larrain spins the headlines and scandals into a full-blown Gothic nightmare, an opulent ice palace of a movie with shades of Rebecca at the edges and a pleasing bat-squeak of absurdity in its portrayal of the royals. Kristen Stewart proves entirely compelling in the title role. She gives an awkward and mannered performance as Diana, and this is entirely as it should be when one considers that Diana gave an awkward and mannered performance herself, garnishing her inbred posh hauteur with studied coquettish asides. Also Empire, Lighthouse, Readings, Monterey Coastlands and Shoreline.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE Jan 27 Penthouse
    LICORICE PIZZA Jan 27 Lighthouse
    JACKASS FOREVER Feb 03 Readings
    MOONFALL Feb 03 Readings
    BELFAST Feb 03 Lighthouse
    PARALLEL MOTHERS Feb 03 Penthouse
    DEATH ON THE NILE Feb 10 Readings
    RED ROCKET Feb 10 Penthouse
    SKIES OF LEBANON Mar 03 Lighthouse


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