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  • The Wellington Film Society, 6.15pm Monday 31 October at the Paramount. A Halloween special: NIGHT OF THE DEMON (Jacques Tourneur, UK 1957).
    Tourneur's last genuinely great film (and one of his own favorites) is set in England, and stars Dana Andrews as a psychologist who comes face to face with a demonic supernatural entity. Tourneur was (probably) forced to actually show the demon, but he cloaks it in atmospheric shadows, and the overall effect is haunting. But the sudden appearance of a storm at an outdoor children's party, conjured up by the devil-worshipping Karswell (Niall McGinnis), is one of the finer things Tourneur ever directed. Written by Hitchcock's early 30s collaborator Charles Bennett, with production design by Ken "James Bond" Adam. - Film Society Lincoln Center.
    Preceded by THE TIDE KEEPER (Alyx Duncan, NZ 2014).
    Members only. Join on line here, or at the venue in the half hour before the screening begins.

  • Nga Taonga Sound and Vision. This week in the Main Cinema, marking UNESCO's World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, a week of newly restored and rarely seen film. Check out Nga Taonga's calendar of screenings and events.

  • Film Festivals to note:
  • Latin American and Spain Film Festival 2016 Soundings Te Papa, 19-27 November. Admission Free. Go to 'Movies' to see what will be screening, and 'Venues' to see when the film you want to see will be on.
  • If your festival is not listed here, please advise the Cinemaster

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    DOCTOR STRANGE - This new project shares the same look, feel, and fancy corporate sheen as the rest of Marvel's rapidly expanding Avengers portfolio, but it also boasts an underlying originality and freshness missing from the increasingly cookie-cutter comic-book realm of late. From this second-tier side character, the studio has created a thrilling existential dilemma in which its flawed hero's personal search for purpose dovetails beautifully with forays into the occult New Age realm of magic and sorcery. Also Empire, Roxy, Readings, Lighthouse, Queensgate, Monterey and Coastlands.

    THE AGE OF SHADOWS - Over the course of this relentlessly swift 140-minute movie, your mind may race to keep up with the particulars of what's at stake and who's crossing whom. But the South Korean director Kim Jee-woon likes to work at his own pace, and he carries you over the narrative ramparts with style, verve and abundant confidence that all will be made clear in due course.

    MUSIC FILM FESTIVAL - Two week's worth of memorable music films, including This Is Spinal Tap screening in a Wellington cinema for the first time in 30 years. Opens Friday, and runs till 13 November.

    I, DANIEL BLAKE - This one of Loach's finest films, a drama of tender devastation that tells its story with an unblinking neorealist simplicity. The tale of Daniel Blake (Dave Johns), a 59-year-old carpenter from Newcastle, who is fighting to hold on to his welfare benefits, even though his heart condition forbids him from working, is one that's sure to resonate across national borders, because it's about something so much larger than bureaucratic cruelty (although it is very much about that). It captures a world - our world - in which the opportunity to thrive, or even just survive, is shrinking by the minute. It's a work of scalding and moving relevance. From the NZIFF. Also Lighthouse and Shoreline.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    THE ACCOUNTANT Nov 03 Readings
    HACKSAW RIDGE Nov 03 Readings
    ARRIVAL Nov 10 Readings
    NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Nov 10 Readings
    LITTLE MEN Nov 10 Penthouse
    Nov 17 Readings
    JULIETA Nov 17 Lighthouse
    THE NEON DEMON Nov 24 Paramount
    ALLIED Nov 24 Lighthouse
    THE FOUNDER Nov 24 Penthouse


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