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  • The The Wellington Film Society has concluded its 2014 season. In the meantime Film Society members are enjoying discounts at most cinemas in the city over the Summer break. The 2015 season will commence at the Paramount on Monday 2 March. The brochure describing the new programme will be launched mid-February. Details will be posted on the website early in the New Year once it is confirmed.

  • Nga Taonga Sound and Vision. In the Mediatheatre, Thursday to Saturday, Peter O'Donoghue's HAPPY EVERYDAY: PARK LIFE IN CHINA (Australia 2013). For more details, check out the calender of screenings and events.

  • Film Festivals to note:
  • 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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    NIGHTCRAWLER - A good newsman is an amoral newsman in Dan Gilroy's violently entertaining feature debut. From a subdued start this unfurls into a ghoulish and wickedly funny satire on journalism, the job market and self-help culture. Lou is a retro creation: a strange, real character lurking in a moral grey area. Jake Gyllenhaal, slimmed down and bug-eyed, looks like Nosferatu, but has the manic vulnerability of Andy Kaufman. Lou's like a Wes Anderson character who's ambition has warped into a realm of violent sociopathy. Also Lighthouse and Reading Courtenay.

    ELSA AND FRED - The film unfolds like a slow dance: Fred (Christopher Plummer) is barely willing to move from his chair at first but more than happy to complain to anyone who approaches. Elsa (Shirley McLaine) never stops moving or talking, most often about her favorite fantasy, a famous scene in Frederico Fellini's La Dolce Vita. That film and that fantasy will drive Elsa and Fred. The 1960 classic stars Marcello Mastroianni, 36 at the time, and Anita Ekberg, then 29. They are lovers in Rome; there is an embrace in a fountain. A poster of the scene hangs on Elsa's wall, a trip to the city to re-create it her dream. Will Fred be her Marcello? Also Roxy, Lighthouse, Coastlands and Shoreline.

    THE DROP - This richly textured, beautifully acted film collaboration between Belgian director Michael R. Roskam (Bullhead) and novelist-turned-screenwriter Dennis Lehane (Mystic River), takes place in the present, but its heart lies in the noirish past of both movies and literature. In that shadowy realm, tough guys are endlessly quotable, and most everyone - even the hero - is holding tight to a terrible secret. The Belgian Roskam, making only his second feature film, and his first in English, displays remarkable assurance, with both the actors and the film's very American setting. He creates an escalating sense of dread, tinged with Lehane's brand of mordant humor. Also Lighthouse.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    Dec 04 Readings
    ADVANCED STYLE Dec 04 Paramount
    TWO LIVES Dec 04 Paramount
    WHAT WE DID ON OUR HIOLIDAY Dec 04 Penthouse
    YOU'RE NOT YOU Dec 04 Penthouse
    Dec 11 Readings
    ANNIE Dec 18 Readings
    PADDINGTON Dec 18 Penthouse
    [Paris Follies]
    Dec 18 Penthouse
    OBVIOUS CHILD Dec 18 Lighthouse


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