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  • The Wellington Film Society takes a break during the NZ International Film Festival 2015 but returns on Monday 17 August with BILLY LIAR (John Schlesinger, UK 1963).
    In the meantime, its members are enjoyng discounted ticket prices at the NZIFF.

  • Nga Taonga Sound and Vision. The Mediatheatre is one of the venues for the NZ International Film Festival 2015. See link for daily details. For more, check out Nga Taonga's calendar of screenings and events.

  • Film Festivals to note:
  • The NZ International Film Festival 2015, runs in Wellington this till 9 August. Venues are: The Embassy, The Paramount, Nga Taonga Sound and Vision, Soundings Theatre Te Papa, City Gallery, Penthouse, Roxy and Lighthouse Petone. Some sessions are already sold out and a few extra sessions of the most popular films have been scheduled.
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    MISSON IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION - This unusually spry and satisfying fifth entry, finds the surviving members of the Impossible Missions Force trying to neutralize an insidious global threat, while struggling to convince their skeptical overlords that there is such a threat to begin with. The result is an existential quandary that writer-director Christopher McQuarrie negotiates with characteristic cleverness and a sly respect for the sheer durability of genre; at once questioning and reaffirming the pleasures of cinematic espionage, this is the rare sequel that leaves its franchise feeling not exhausted but surprisingly resurgent at 19 years and counting. Also Empire, Roxy, Readings, Queensgate, Lighthouse Pauatahanui and Coastlands.

    NZ INTERNATION FILM FESTIVAL 2015 - The 44th Wellington version of the NZIFF runs till 9 August, with the three-part ARABIAN NIGHTS continuing at the Paramount for a further three nights. As director Bill Gosden says in his introduction in the programme booklet, "The Film Festival is more than ever about celebrating the public occasion of movie-going, privileging the big screen experience and enlivening the interaction between films and audiences, ideally with the filmmakers themselves present to contribute in person." The 'Website' link goes to the NZIFF daily schedule, while the 'Reviews' link goes to the Lumiere Reader NZIFF page which is reviewing some of the titles. Also Paramount, Penthouse, Roxy, Lighthouse Petone, Nga Taonga Sound and Vision, Soundings at Te Papa and City Gallery.

    IRRATIONAL MAN - Woody Allen is in fine vintage form in this slinky, jazz-infused existential teaser in which various themes from some of the veteran filmmaker's most memorable work dovetail into a darkly humorous quasi-thriller explored with a deft lightness of touch. Flavorfully set amid the historic architecture and hermetic atmosphere of a small New England college town, the film places Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix in the quintessential Allen character dynamic of a Pygmalion mentor relationship that turns sour. It ranks among the director's more pleasurable entertainments of recent years. Also Lighthouse Petone.

    LOVE AT FIRST FIGHT - Antagonism, aggression, and the apocalypse prove to be the most potent stimulants in Thomas Cailley's winning first feature. (The movie's original, straightforward French title, Les Combattants "The Fighters", avoids the dopey pun that saddles the renaming.) Rejuvenating the romantic comedy through its unusual premise - in which training for an elite army unit releases a flood of pheromones - Cailley's film is also buoyed by its enormously appealing leads, Kevin Azais and Adele Haenel.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    FANTASTIC FOUR Aug 06 Readings
    THE GUEST Aug 06 Paramount
    WALKING THE CAMINO Aug 06 Lighthouse
    TRAINWRECK Aug 13 Readings
    THE MAN FROM UNCLE Aug 13 Readings
    SOUTHPAW Aug 20 Paramount
    VACATION Aug 20 Readings
    HITMAN: AGENT 47 Aug 20 Readings
    SHE'S FUNNY THAT WAY Aug 20 Penthouse


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