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  • The Wellington Film Society, 6.15pm Monday 30 May: DREAMS OF A LIFE (Carol Morley, UK 2011).
    The discovery of the decomposed remains of Joyce Vincent, aged 38, in a flat above a North London shopping centre in 2006 brought headlines heavy with the morbid implications of urban anonymity. She had died almost three years earlier surrounded by Christmas shopping; the heating and the TV set were still on, her hallway heaped with junk mail. Fascinated by Joyce's story, filmmaker Carol Morley launched a wide-scale search for the friends, lovers, acquaintances and family that the tabloids had failed to flush out. Her film is a skilful assembly of subsequent interviews with the willing and dramatisations of speculated key events. The Joyce glimpsed in these sometimes contradictory accounts is no bedsit spinster cliche but a vital, attractive woman whose identity seems to have shifted as she moved from crowd to crowd; in other words, a distinctly and disturbingly metropolitan creature. - Bill Gosden, NZIFF 2012.
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  • Nga Taonga Sound and Vision. In the Mediatheatre this week: the Wellington Underground Film Festival, which identifies and encourages contemporary filmmakers who have an original, radically personal approach and are producing work outside mainstream film production and distribution. For more, check out Nga Taonga's calendar of screenings and events.

  • Film Festivals to note:
  • Cinema Italiano Festival Empire and Lighthouse, 2 - 12 June. A 52 page pdf of the official programme can now be found on this site.
  • NZ International Film Festival 2016 Wellington 22 July-7 August. Save the dates now. The first few titles have been announced. Make sure you are on the NZIFF mailing list to keep up to date.
  • If your festival is not listed here, please advise the Cinemaster

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    ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS - Though it's unlikely to equal the billion-dollar-plus worldwide tally of its 2010 predecessor, this should fare well enough commercially, thanks to its day-glow production design, busy CGI and assorted other shiny things. While he can't really offer a substitute for the dark wit that Burton brings even to his lesser outings, new director James Bobin is hardly out of his element. As demonstrated in his first two Muppets features, he's got fine comic timing, and his ability to handle nonstop digital spectacle keeps this visually consistent and coherent. Also Empire, Roxy, Readings, Queensgate, Monterey and Coastlands.

    RESENE ARCHECTURE AND DESIGN FILM FESTIVAL - The now annual festival committed to bringing audiences a large selection of films that showcase the very best in architecture and design from around the world. Runs through to 12 June, with the final four days committed to repeats of the most popular films. No individual reviews.

    CITY OF GOLD - The first food critic to be award a Pulitzer Prize, Jonathan Gold is esteemed for his perception as a cultural observer as well as a culinary expert. Laura Gabbert's film neatly echoes that appeal by amplifying its native Los Angeleno subject's love of both gastronomic diversity and his wildly diverse hometown itself. You needn't be previously knowledgable about either to be charmed by this ebullient documentary.

    THE NICE GUYS - Ryan Gosling in a physical action-comedy? Whoever thought of the idea should be crowned genius of the year. With dynamite timing and uproarious gestures, Gosling mines his diverse abilities and becomes a blast in this film directed by Shane Black. Cowritten by Black and Anthony Bagarozzi, this nonstop-hilarious buddy-cop film is both a committed rekindling of the old formula Black aced throughout his career and a playful wink to the genre, bouncily walking on the fine line with occasional backflips. Also Penthouse, Roxy, Lighthouse, Readings, Queensgate, Monterey and Coastlands

    TICKLED - What sounds like a fun look at a particularly outre subculture turns out to be no laughing matter in David Farrier and Dylan Reeve's documentary. It traces the New Zealand duo's investigation of an online tickling-video empire, behind which there lurks a monster of cyberbullying and litigiousness. An alarming cautionary tale about how easy it is in the Internet age to ruin people's lives while hiding behind a cloak of anonymity, the pic boasts a humorously titillating entry hook that soon gives way to engrossing conspiracy-thriller-like content. From the NZIFF's Autumn Events. Also Lighthouse Petone and Shoreline.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    THE WITCH Jun 02 Paramount
    MONEY MONSTER Jun 02 Readings
    Jun 02 Readings
    OUR LITTLE SISTER Jun 02 Penthouse
    NOW YOU SEE ME 2 Jun 09 Readings
    THE CONJURING 2 Jun 09 Readings
    MARGUERITE Jun 16 Lighthouse
    ME BEFORE YOU Jun 16 Readings
    FINDING DORY Jun 23 Readings


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