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  • The Wellington Film Society, 6.15pm Monday 1 September at the Paramount:
    IF.... (Lindsay Anderson, UK 1968).
    Although it openly lifts the plot and symbolism of Jean Vigo's 1933 Zero de Conduit, a film that was considered so incendiary that the French authorities banned it until 1945, this is a true British classic. Taking Vigo's movie as its starting point, it taps into the revolutionary spirit of the late 60s. Each frame burns with an anger that can only be satisfied by imagining the apocalyptic overthrow of everything that middle class Britain holds dear. Malcolm McDowell heads the cast as Mick, a teenage schoolboy who leads his classmates in a revolution against the stifling conformism of his boarding school... The film's greatness lies in its surreal take on these events... The film still deserves the reputation as one of the best films to have come from these shores, a subversive, anti-authoritarian masterpiece that stands alongside Godard's Weekend and Bunuel's The Exterminating Angel as a blistering attack on the morality and values of the middle class. - Jamie Russell, BBC.
    Members only. Memberships available before the screening.

  • Nga Taonga Sound and Vision is the New Zealand Archive of Film, Television and Sound, formed by the amalgamation of the New Zealand Film Archive, Sound Archives and the Television New Zealand Archive. In the Mediatheatre on Friday and Saturday, Anthony Powell's ANTARCTICA: A YEAR ON ICE (NZ 2013).
    For more details, check out the calender of screenings and events.

  • Film Festivals to note in your diary:
  • 13th LATIN AMERICAN AND SPAIN FILM FESTIVAL, Te Papa Soundings Theatre 30 August-7 September. Admission Free.
  • GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL 2014, Paramount 4-14 September. Eighteen recent features and a programme of prize-winning shorts, covering a wide range of topics to illustrate the diversity of modern German cinema. Brochures are available now, at the Paramount, Goethe Institut and elsewhere. Book at the Paramount.
  • JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL 2014, Nga Taonga Sound and Vision 9-13 September. Admission Free.
  • SHOW ME SHORTS 2014, Paramount 13-14 November.
  • 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.

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    THE INBETWEENERS 2 - Once again, four mismatched pals from suburban London are temporarily transplanted to an exotic foreign clime that provides sunny, perfunctory backdrops for their social and sexual misadventures. Straining very hard to be as sophomorically "offensive" as possible within the confines of an R-equivalent "15" certification, this Australia-set cash-in is tailored near-exclusively for its target under-25 male demographic. Six years down the line, the foursome (most of whom will be in their 30s by the middle of 2015) have long since settled comfortably into their roles, and there's pleasure to be gleaned from the simple physical and verbal rough-housing of their interactions. Also Paramount, Readings, Queensgate and Coastlands.

    IF I STAY - Teenage first love often feels like a matter of life and death. That's especially true for Portland, Oregon, high-schooler Mia. For a drama pretty much aimed at 12-year-old girls, it's less superficial than you'd expect. Veteran doc maker R.J. Cutler approaches adolescent growing pains and looming independence with seriousness. While solidly done, falls slightly short of a full-on cry. Also Roxy, Reading Courtenay, Queensgate and Coastlands.

    MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT - Woody Allen's on a hot roll. After conquering London, Barcelona, Paris and San Francisco in recent triumphs, the wizard of wit now heads for the South of France with this master stroke of enchantment from one of the few legitimate cinematic geniuses of the modern cinema, with a nimble and tender performance of enormous elegance and charm by Colin Firth that is heart-meltingly romantic. Shot in luscious, buttery Technicolor and 35-mm, instead of flat video or phony looking digital cameras, it has the look and feel of a real movie. Also Lighthouse.

    BOYHOOD - Few filmmakers ever make a great movie. Fewer still ever make a movie that expands what movies can express. Richard Linklater does both. This film is so different it really needs to be described. It's a fictional drama about a boy in Texas, from age 6 through 18. Conceived from the outset as a 12-year-project, it was filmed between 2001 and 2013. You see kids grow up. You see the adults get older. You see the phones and video games get more sophisticated. Nothing is flashed onto the screen to indicate the year. The film plays out like life, one day flowing into the next. At 166 minutes, it flies by, and you don't want to leave that world. But one thing is certain: This isn't the last word. People will be writing about this film for years - and looking at it to discover the lost history of our time. From the International Film Festival. All Lighthouse.

    THE Z-NAIL GANG - Inspired by actual events from the Coromandel in the 1980s, it looks at a small community within the Bay of Plenty battling for the future of their land. But for all its good intentions, feels unfortunately like a community piece of theatre or telemovie that's made its way onto the big screen. It may be a passion project for those involved, and their passion certainly comes through for the film - but as a complete viewing experience, it's unfortunately - and sadly - wanting. All Lighthouse.

    THE LAST SAINT - Rene Naufahu has written and directed a searing local thriller which dunks us into a world not before shown on New Zealand screens: The turf war between Samoan and Tongan drug dealers and the realities of P-addiction that we (hopefully) only read about in the news. Among its many strengths are its energy, its unrelenting, in-your-face (and eardrums) brutality and its endearing central performances. This is impressive genre fare, well-executed and intoxicating.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    INTO THE STORM Sep 04 Readings
    BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP Sep 04 Penthouse
    HOUSEBOUND Sep 04 Readings
    THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES Sep 04 Penthouse
    THE GIVER Sep 11 Readings
    AUNTY AND THE STAR PEOPLE Sep 11 Penthouse
    NIGHT MOVES Sep 11 Paramount
    THE SKELETON TWINS Sep 11 Lighthouse
    WISH I WAS HERE Sep 11 Penthouse


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