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  • The Wellington Film Society takes a break for Labour Day but returns, 6.15pm Monday 3 November at the Paramount, with: PRIVILEGE (Peter Watkins, UK 1967).
    Set in England as a coalition government assumes control 'sometime in the near future', this satirises swinging Britain, the rock world and their co-option by the Establishment. Starring pop idol Paul Jones and Sixties supermodel Jean Shrimpton as the girl who tries to help him flout the system, the film is a scathing social satire of the British state and the freedoms of youth culture in the face of rising totalitarianism. - Tate Modern.. An over-the-top vision of the future that was panned, shunned, and shelved for several decades. It must have been odd for Watkins to watch, as during this period his vision came closer and closer to reality. - Greg Bennett, At The Movies.
    Film Society members only. Memberships available before the screening.

  • Nga Taonga Sound and Vision. In the Mediatheatre this week, through to Saturday, Paora Joseph's TATARAKIHI: THE CHILDREN OF PARIHAKA (NZ 2012). For more details, check out the calender of screenings and events.

  • Film Festivals to note:
  • NOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL 2014, Paramount 26 October. The final of three films from Nigeria.
  • SHOW ME SHORTS 2014, Paramount 13-14 November.
  • 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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    THE DEAD LANDS - Set in pre-colonial New Zealand, Toa Fraser's dazzling action-adventure is an imaginative voyage through a time of violent emotions. Shot entirely in the Maori language, it creates a primal world populated by the living and the dead. Performances are intensely involving as the fiery cast, not all of whom are Maori, spit out their lines with Shakespearean passion. Finally, it introduces a new martial art form to the screen, armed fighting with deadly paddles, in fight scenes staged in breath-taking acrobatics. Advance screenings this weekend. Also Readings and Queensgate.

    FURY - A good, solid World War II movie, nothing more and nothing less. Rugged, macho, violent and with a story sufficiently unusual to grab and hold interest, it's a modern version of the sort of movie Hollywood turned out practically every week back in the 1940s and 1950s. Today, and because it stars Brad Pitt in what deserves to stand as an emblematic performance, it seems like a bigger deal, and the film's mild case of pretentiousness in the climactic stretch is its one notable problem. Also Roxy, Readings, Lighthouse, Queensgate and Coastlands.

    ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2014 - The final weekend. The "Website" link goes to the Film Festival's Wellington page. There are no individual reviews.

    THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU - You laugh in spite of yourself in this potty-mouthed comedy with enough exasperation, aggravations, long-standing grievances and get-me-outta-here moments of family stress to strike a chord with anyone who's ever had to endure large clan gatherings that might have lasted a bit too long.

    SIDDHARTH - Canadian director Richie Mehta (Amal) based this on his own random encounter with a father searching for his missing son, and the film never feels less than utterly real in its depiction of both everyday Indian life and the hopelessness that comes so naturally in this sort of tragic situation.

    LOVE, ROSIE - This follows the well-worn path of most romantic comedies; a pair of winsome leads, who try to generate chemistry by lots of stolen glances, aching near-lingering kisses and the fluffiest of situations. It begins at a wedding with Lily Collins' Rosie teetering on heartbreak and winds its way back through the most predictable and bland narrative fare you'd expect from the author of tear-jerker PS I Love You. Also Roxy, Reading Courtenay, Queensgate and Coastlands.

    ST VINCENT - Drinking, gambling, cussing old coot Bill Murray stars in Theodore Melfi's sweet-and-sour first feature. Even so, this refreshingly unorthodox tragicomedy mounts a pretty convincing case that sometimes role models arrive in disguise - as they do here for the pic's preteen hero. Advance screenings this weekend. Also Lighthouse.

    WHIPLASH - Miles Teller drums his heart out - and then some - in writer-director Damien Chazelle's stellar career-starter, which demolishes the cliches of the musical-prodigy genre, investing the traditionally polite stages and rehearsal studios of a topnotch conservatory with all the psychological intensity of a battlefield or sports arena. Also Lighthouse Petone.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    DECODING ANNIE PARKER Oct 30 Paramount
    THE DEAD LANDS Oct 30 Readings
    THE BEST OF ME Oct 30 Readings
    Oct 30 Penthouse
    INTERSTELLA Oct 30 Readings
    FINDING VIVIAN MAIER Nov 06 Paramount
    SERENA Nov 06 Paramount
    MY OLD LADY Nov 13 Penthouse
    Nov 20 Readings


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