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  • The Wellington Film Society, marking its 70th year, will return on Monday 29 February with a 35mm print of David Lynch's BLUE VELVET, then the following week, a film screened at its first AGM and now 70 years later, a restored BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN. The printed brochure is out now and should be all over town by the weekend. A trailer highlighting the complete 2016 season can also be found here. Demand for membership is expected to be high. Avoid the queues on opening night and get your applications in now.

  • Nga Taonga Sound and Vision. In the Mediatheatre at 7.00 pm until Friday, Hans-Christoph Blumenberg's TRACE OF THE BEARS, Germany 2010. This a film made to honour the 69th anniversary of the Berlin Film Festival. Also look out for two programmes of shorts from the 2015 Berlinale. For more, check out Nga Taonga's calendar of screenings and events.

  • Film Festivals to note:
  • French Film Festival 2016 Embassy 17 February-6 March. Programmes are available at the Embassy now and bookings are open at the cinema and on-line.
  • Documentary Edge Festival 2016 Roxy 4 - 15 May.
  • Architecture and Design Film Festival 2016 Embassy 26 May - 12 June.
  • NZ International Film Festival 2016 Wellington 22 July-7 August. Save the dates now.
  • If your festival is not listed here, please advise the Cinemaster

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    CAROL - Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara give brilliant performances in Todd Haynes' exquisitely drawn adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's 1950s lesbian love story. Even high expectations don't quite prepare you for the startling impact of this deeply felt love story that teases out every shadow and nuance of its characters' inner lives with supreme intelligence, breathtaking poise and filmmaking craft of the most sophisticated yet accessible order. Also Penthouse, Lighthouse and Shoreline.

    DEADPOOL - Ryan Reynolds stars as a superhero not quite like the others in the latest - and certainly raunchiest - Marvel movie, directed by Tim Miller. It takes a little while to get in gear - or perhaps just to adjust to what's going on here - but once it does, it drops trou to reveal itself as a really raunchy, very dirty and pretty funny goof on the entire superhero ethos. Just what anyone suffering from genre burnout might appreciate at this point, as well as a big in-joke treat for all but the most reverent fanboys. Also Empire, Roxy, Readings, Queensgate, Monterey and Coastlands,

    ZOOLANDER 2 - Like the first film, the jokes are hit-and-miss, although this time it relies less on well-written lines and more on famous people dropping in for a few seconds. These cameos are funny when the star is cast against type, like squeaky-clean popstrel Ariana Grande popping up as an orgy participant in a gimp mask, but less so when it's just a famous flung on the screen without reason, like Joe Jonas having a bit of a sit down. It's fun and throwaway and very much in the spirit of its predecessor. Also Readings, Queensgate, Monterey and Coastlands.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    HOW TO BE SINGLE Feb 18 Readings
    CONCUSSION Feb 18 Readings
    DAD'S ARMY Feb 18 Readings
    Feb 25 Penthouse
    Feb 25 Readings
    RIDE ALONG 2 Feb 25 Readings
    GODS OF EGYPT Feb 25 Readings
    THE LADY IN THE VAN Feb 25 Readings
    SON OF SAUL Feb 25 Lighthouse
    HAIL, CAESAR! Mar 03 Readings
    MAHANA Mar 03 Paramount
    A BIGGER SPLASH Mar 10 Penthouse


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