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  • The Wellington Film Society takes a break during the NZ International Film Festival 2016, but will return, 6.15pm Monday 15 August, with: THE CHINESE MAYOR (Hao Zhou, China 2015).
    In the meantime, members are enjoying discounted tickets at the Film Festival. You can join the Film Society on line if you want to become a member straight away.

  • Nga Taonga Sound and Vision. The Mediatheatre, this week and next, is one of the venues for the NZ International Film Festival 2016. See the Schedule here. For more, check out Nga Taonga's calendar of screenings and events.

  • Film Festivals to note:
  • Show Me Shorts Film Festival 2016 Embassy, 13-26 October.
  • 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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    JASON BOURNE - Here it is: Matt Damon's fourth and not necessarily final outing as the CIA's amnesiac super-assassin gone rogue, Jason Bourne. This latest iteration reunites Damon with director Paul Greengrass who as ever shows his mastery of muscular, deafening, frenetically edited action sequences - the visual equivalent of a drum-roll. Greengrass, who has co-written the film with his editor Christopher Rouse, whisks us to cities all over the world and the drama here culminates in an eye-poppingly spectacular finale in Las Vegas, whose skyline is dominated by the Trump hotel. Also Penthouse, Empire, Roxy, Lighthouse, Readings, Queensgate, Monterey and Coastlands.

    NZ International Film Festival 2016 - The annual extravaganza for cinephiles continues into its second week. From world premieres to the latest from Cannes, there's something here for everyone. Some sessions have sold out so it will pay to book to make sure of your seat. No individual reviews. The 'Reviews' link goes to the Film Festival Schedule, which links through to descriptions of each film. Also Paramount, Penthouse, Roxy, Lighthouse Petone and Nga Taonga Sound and Vision.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    SUICIDE SQUAD Aug 04 Readings
    POI E: THE STORY OF OUR SONG Aug 04 Readings
    RAMS Aug 04 Penthouse
    GREEN ROOM Aug 11 Paramount
    THE SHALLOWS Aug 18 Readings
    SOUR GRAPES Aug 18 Penthouse
    OUR KIND OF TRAITOR Aug 18 Penthouse
    BAD MOMS Aug 25 Readings
    THE FOUNDER Aug 25 Lighthouse
    Sep 01 Readings
    THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS Sep 15 Readings


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