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  • The Wellington Film Society takes a break during the NZ International Film Festival, but will return on 18 August with THE CRUCIFIED LOVERS (Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan 1954).
    In the meantime, members are enjoying discounted ticket prices all over town at the Film Festival.

  • The NZ Film Archive's Mediatheatre, 84 Taranaki Street, is one of the venues for the NZ International Film Festival. For details of all Mediaplex events check the Archive's events calendar.

  • Film Festivals to note in your diary:
  • NZIFF 2014 - WELLINGTON, Embassy, Paramount, etc., Unill 10 August.
    Bookings are available online through the NZIFF website and at the Embassy, Paramount and Penthouse, also Te Papa on days when it is screening NZIFF films. The box offices at The Film Archive, Roxy and Lighthouse Petone can offer advance bookings for their own NZIFF screenings only.
  • 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.

    For comments and movie news, contact the Cinemaster at

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    THE DARK HORSE - Heartbreaking, heartwarming and terribly raw. Director James Napier Robertson has crafted a movie so genuine in its authenticity it sets a new cultural threshold. This generation's Once Were Warriors minus the overblown symbolism. It is such an extraordinarily brilliant movie that manages to highlight the challenges of mental illness, homelessness, hope, poverty, the emotional fragility of men, domestic violence and the true impact of toxic masculinity in NZ in a way few others ever have. From the NZ International Film Film Festival. Also Penthouse, Lighthouse, Queensgate, Reading Porirua and Coastlands.

    NZ INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - The major Film Festival of the year runs until 10 August at the Embassy, Paramount, Penthouse, Te Papa Soundings, The Film Archive, City Gallery, Roxy and Lighthouse Petone. The "Website" link goes to the Film Festival schedule page so you find out what's on where. The "Reviews" link goes to The Lumiere Reader which has previews/reviews of many of the films on offer. The venues do not have the Festival films listed on their own sites.

    JUST A SIGH - Strangers on a train, played to perfection by Emmanuelle Devos and Gabriel Byrne, are destined for a brief encounter, Parisian-style. The blah title suggests bad middle-school poetry (the original French, Le Temps de l'aventure, at least has energy), but the film is a bracingly romantic drama that's alive with a mature sense of passion and mystery.

    GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - From the golden-typefaced title to the wisecracking dialogue and save-the-universe plotline, Marvel's new film has been begging comparison to Star Wars from its initial marketing push. Its universe succeeds in large part because of his integration of top-shelf visual effects. Superior execution by cinematographer Ben Davis, production designer Charles Wood and the editorial team of Fred Raskin, Craig Wood and Hughes Winborne dynamically underlines James Gunn's vision. Advance screening this weekend. Also Readings, Queensgate and Coastlands.

    DELIVER US FROM EVIL - Buckle up for the ride that is this highly intense and effective mash-up of police procedural and horror show. Boosting the story's thrill quotient is its air of authenticity: The film was inspired by actual paranormal cases described by former New York Police officer Ralph Sarchie in a 2001 book he co-wrote with Lisa Collier Cool. Also Queensgate, Reading Porirua and Coastlands.

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    AND SO IT GOES Aug 07 Penthouse
    VENUS IN FUR Aug 14 Paramount
    LUCY Aug 21 Readings


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