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  • The Wellington Film Society, 6.15pm Monday 4 July: MEDIUM COOL (Haskell Wexler, USA 1969).
    A carefully crafted, open-to-everything mixture of live-wire reality and controlled narrative, this is the debut fiction feature of Haskell Wexler, who had already established himself as one of Hollywood's premiere cinematographers in the post-studio-system-era. In 1968, he hurled himself into the tear-gas of the cultural-political moment. The result was this seminal early work of what came to be known as "the New Hollywood". John (Robert Forster) plays a television cameraman who has become disenchanted as a creative subservient to the mainstream. Eileen (Verna Bloom) depicts a newly relocated war-widow swept up in the maelstrom of the conflicts of the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago - the actual events of which serve as the spontaneous backdrop for Wexler's picture. Documentary and narrative blur in the upheaval and chaos, and perhaps only Peter Watkins' Punishment Park stands analogous as such a powerful statement on the politics, media, and cinema of the late-'60s - and the present. - Masters of Cinema.
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  • Nga Taonga Sound and Vision. In the Mediatheatre this week: Barry Barclay's NGATI, (NZ 1987). For more, check out Nga Taonga's calendar of screenings and events.

  • Film Festivals to note:
  • NZ International Film Festival 2016 Wellington 22 July-7 August. The Wellington programme has now been launched and programme booklets are now all over the Wellington region. Bookings open on Thursday 30 June at 10.00am. Book in person at the NZIFF boxoffice at the Paramount, or on line at the NZIFF website.
  • Show Me Shorts Film Festival 2016 Embassy, 13-26 October.
  • If your festival is not listed here, please advise the Cinemaster

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    DOUGH - Though this is often in danger of running off the rails with improbable and unnecessary plot twists, it is always essentially entertaining and warm in its observations of hope rekindled through simple relationships. Above all, this briskly paced comedy-drama by veteran director John Goldschmidt is a fine showcase for star Jonathan Pryce, a British institution of stage and screen who wholly absorbs his prickly, desperate central character, Nat, a Jewish widower struggling to keep his kosher bakery open in East London. Also Lighthouse Petone, Monterey and Shoreline.

    CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE - Fast, funny-ish and moderately entertaining. Also Empire, Roxy, Readings, Queensgate, Monterey and Coastlands. Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber from a screenplay written with Ike Barinholtz and David Stassen, this demonstrates an above-average interest in story and character, and tries, if not always successfully, to craft real comic situations and action sequences. It's been made with a certain level of polish and professionalism. And it capitalizes on the chemistry between Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson, who convey what seems like genuine delight in each other's company - something that gives this bromantic diversion a giddy kick. Also Readings, Queensgate, Monterey and Coastlands.

    THE LEGEND OF TARZAN - You have to admire the sheer physical scope of this epic, even if there are no animals in it. The gorillas, lions and crocodiles hankering to make a meal of Tarzan are all computer-generated and have lost their bite. The gorillas snarl and bare their fangs, fighting Tarzan out of revenge for old time's sake, but they look like dress extras in gorilla costumes from old Jungle Jim flicks. Jane (Margot Robbie) misses her old sarong but still speaks a mean Watusi. She gets chased through the water at high speed by a hungry hippopotamus. Handsome Alexander Skarsgard is pumped, buffed and camera-ready, but too pretty and delicate-looking to be mistaken for Tarzan. Also Readings, Queensgate, Monterey and Coastlands.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    ICE AGE 5: COLLISION COURSE Aug 07 Readings
    LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP Aug 07 Lighthouse
    THE BFG Aug 07 Lighthouse
    GHOSTBUSTERS Aug 14 Readings
    Aug 14 Readings
    REMEMBER Aug 14 Lighthouse
    DEMOLITION Aug 21 Lighthouse
    A MONTH OF SUNDAYS Aug 21 Penthouse
    STAR TREK BEYOND Aug 21 Readings
    JASON BOURNE Aug 28 Readings


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