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  • The Wellington Film Society has concluded its screening season for 2017. It is expected to commence its 2018 season in early March. In the meantime, members are enjoying discounts at the cinemas around town. Anyone can join, anytime, on line.

  • Nga Taonga Sound and Vision. In the Main Cinema until 18 November, James Napier Robertson's THE DARK HORSE (NZ 2014). Check out Nga Taonga's calendar of screenings for full details.

  • Film Festivals to note:
  • Terror-Fi Film Festival 2017. Roxy 23 - 26 November.
  • If your festival is not listed here, please advise the Cinemaster

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    JUSTICE LEAGUE - Zack Snyder, with a little help from Joss Whedon, has made a fun well balanced film. There were a lot of moments that tickled this little DC nerd, but then there were also few moments which made one think that if with 300-million-dollars budget they couldn't get it right, then there is a chance they may never get it right. Also Empire, Readings, Monterey and Coastlands.

    POKEMON: I CHOOSE YOU - This is a celebration of 20 years since the original series first debuted in Japan and is the 20th film in the entire longstanding franchise. Directed by Kunihiko Yuyama, who's directed the show and every subsequent movie since its inception. However, adds nothing to the longstanding franchise for parents to appreciate or for adults wanting to relive that nostalgia, it's just not the same now that we're all grown up. Also Coastlands.

    THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER - This is a ruthlessly controlled drama that achieves its powerful effect by holding back when its dramatic content is most intense. A disturbing melodrama with shades of thriller and even horror - one hesitates to call its register faintly Lynchian - the film is less immediately outre than we've learned to expect from director Yorgos Lanthimos. From the NZIFF.

    HUMAN TRACES - A slow burn Kiwi psychological thriller about married scientists whose lives are upended when a handsome newcomer arrives at their sub-Antarctic research station. From a slightly stuttering start, the film recovers nicely with Rashomon-style flashbacks that craftily manipulate audience assumptions, expectations and sympathies. First-time feature writer-director Nic Gorman has delivered a suspenseful, engrossing and very well performed mood piece that marks him as a talent worth watching. From the NZIFF. Also Lighthouse Petone.

    PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMEN - The true, stranger-than-fiction story of how the world-famous superheroine came into being. She sprang from the mind of Dr. William Moulton Marston, a visionary professor of psychology, who wanted to teach little boys to respect powerful women. But writer-director Angela Robinson's biopic goes far beyond that to examine the unconventional relationship of Marston, his wife and his mistress, who lived together. All Lighthouse Cinemas.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    KIWI CHRISTMAS Nov 23 Readings
    WONDER Nov 30 Readings
    THE STAR Nov 30 Readings
    THE DISASTER ARTIST Nov 30 Lighthouse
    THE SECRET SCRIPTURE Dec 07 Penthouse
    MENASHE Dec 07 Penthouse
    BORG Vs McENROE Dec 07 Lighthouse


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