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The Wellington Film Society has completed its 2013 season.
It will return to the Paramount on the first Monday of March 2014.
Brochures describing the 2014 programme will be available mid-February. The schedule should appear on the website early in the
New Year once it is confirmed. In the meantime, current members are enjoying discounted ticket prices at the cinemas around town.
The NZ Film Archive's Mediatheatre, 84 Taranaki Street. On Friday and Saturday, two films as part of the 2013 Korean Caravan Film Festival:
WAR OF THE ARROWS (Korea 2011), and
THE THIEVES (Korea 2012)
For details of all Mediaplex events check the Archive's events calendar.
Film Festivals to note in your diary:
If your festival is not listed here, please advise 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.
For comments and movie news, contact the Cinemaster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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THE CHRISTMAS CANDLE -
A delightfully seasonal story, some good performances (especially from Sylvester McCoy and Lesley Manville, plus Susan Boyle sings a few times), a gentle sense of humor,
and a genuinely uplifting spirit. If you want to find the real meaning of Christmas at the movies over the holidays, this film will give you exactly what you want,
in a package that's as uncynical as it is entertaining.
Also Penthouse and Shoreline.
CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 -
Forget the plot. It's above-average cute stuff that celebrates friendship and brains as Flint, Sam, and their crew - a moron in a chicken suit (Andy Samberg),
a multitasking cameraman (Benjamin Bratt), an Old Spice-slathered cop (Terry Crews), a monkey, and Flint's monobrowed dad (James Caan) -
return to the island, discover Chester's secret plans, and blah blah blah hugs hugs high fives. What matters is what they find there: puns.
Also Readings, Queensgate and Coastlands.
NIGHT TRAIN TO LISBON -
Ambling pleasantly enough through the story and pop-philosophy bon mots of Pascal Mercier's best-selling philosophical novel, Bille August's latest literary adaptation
is rather like its central Jeremy Irons character: a well-meaning but inescapably dull looker-on of life who is curious about drama, passion, poetry and revolution,
but also likes to keep such potentially messy things at arm's length.
Also Lighthouse Petone.
ALAN PARTRIDGE: ALPA PAPA -
Buffoonish Norfolk DJ Alan Partridge, one of Steve Coogan and the BBC's finest comic creations, makes an effortless transition to the bigscreen in this
scissor-sharp comedy of ineptitude and failure. Crisply directed by Declan Lowney.
Also Reading Courtenay, Lighthouse Petone and Shoreline.
INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 -
2011's Insidious was one of those rattly new horror funhouses that irked the purists yet loosed a lot of spare change from jumpier cinemagoers' pockets.
For this inevitable sequel, co-creators James Wan and Leigh Whannell return to their Saw playbook, installing the spooked parents
at grandma's house before shifting backwards and sideways to establish a tricky continuum with the first film's events.
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