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  • The Wellington Film Society, final screening at the Paramount.
    Monday 25 September, 6.15pm: WRONG MOVE (Wim Wenders, W Germany 1975).
    A free adaptation of Goethe's Wilhelm Meister (1795), Wim Wender's Wrong Movement from a script by novelist Peter Handke has a haunting quality, that refers more to the present than the past... Like Wilhelm Meister, facing the world to find his 'ich' 180 years ago, the Wenders-Handke journey begins in Kiel to roam along the Rhine amid poetic, natural beauty until finally the Zugspitze is reached. Wilhelm's companions are the rational Therese, who challenges his dreams of becoming a writer with hard, feminine tact; the bisexual, provocative Mignon in company with the mouth-harp player Laertes; and the corpulent, bumbling Austrian poet Landau. These figures reflect portions of the German soul in subtle, varying degrees of thought and feeling... One of this year's most highly acclaimed and awarded films, it takes laurels in every phase of production. - Ron Holloway, Variety, 1975.
    Screened in cooperation with the Goethe Institut. Public also admitted by way of donation (notes please) at the door. Anyone can join in the half hour before the screening starts, or anytime, on line.
    Check the website for the amended Schedule due to the Paramount closing after this screening.

  • Nga Taonga Sound and Vision. This week in the Main Cinema: The 2017 Siapo Cinema 2017 - An Oceania Film Festival. Check out Nga Taonga's calendar of screenings for full details.

  • Film Festivals to note:
  • Cinema Italiano Festival 2017. Empire 1 -14 November. Browse the website for details.
  • Polish Film Festival 2017. Roxy 3 -12 November. Details still to come.
  • If your festival is not listed here, please advise the Cinemaster

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    s t a r t s   t h i s   w e e k!

    KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE - Even an all-star cast can't save this interminable sequel. The overall impression is of a supporting cast who stopped by on a spare afternoon - and whether their roles were obligingly whittled down to sawdust to accommodate or were this flimsy to begin with, the sheer cravenness of it is embarrassing to watch. Yet no more embarrassing than the rest of it, in which the leads bounce haphazardly around the globe on a series of errands. Also Penthouse, Empire, Roxy, Lighthouse, Readings, Monterey and Coastlands.

    THE EMOJI MOVIE - If not always imaginative or digestible, the look of the settings and characters should keep kids awake for 86 minutes; and if the trick that eventually saves the day makes very little sense to critical moviegoers, at least it's cutely frantic eye candy. Also Readings, Monterey and Coastlands.

    THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE - No reviews yet. Opens worldwide this week. It features the voices of Dave Franco as Lloyd, the Green ninja and leader of the crew of Spinjitzu warriors who each have their own special ability. The "reviews" link goes to a making-of featurette with Justin Theroux as the villain Garmadon (who also happens to by Lloyd's father) and Jackie Chan as his nemesis Master Wu. Also Roxy, Readings, Monterey and Coastlands.

    I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO - It in no way diminishes Roul Peck's work as a film-maker to suggest that writer James Baldwin's ideas and personality are the author of this movie. It is a striking work of storytelling. By assembling the scattered images and historical clips suggested by Baldwin's writing, this is a cinematic seance, and one of the best movies about the civil rights era ever made. Direct from the NZIFF.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    BATTLE OF THE SEXES Sep 28 Readings
    FLATLINERS Sep 28 Readings
    THE CHANGEOVER Sep 28 Readings
    TOMMY'S HONOUR Sep 28 Penthouse
    LADY MACBETH Sep 28 Penthouse
    TOMMY'S HONOUR Sep 28 Penthouse
    BLADERUNNER 2049 Oct 05 Readings
    FINAL PORTRAIT Oct 05 Penthouse
    HAPPY DEATH DAY Oct 12 Readings
    ANOTHER MOTHER'S SON Oct 12 Penthouse
    HOME AGAIN Oct 19 Readings
    MAUDIE Oct 19 Lighthouse
    THE SNOWMAN Oct 19 Penthouse
    NO ORDINARY SHEILA Oct 19 Lighthouse
    THOR: RAGNAROK Oct 26 Readings
    TULIP FEVER Oct 26 Lighthouse


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