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  • The Wellington Film Society, Paramount 6.15pm Monday 2 March; A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE (David Cronenberg, USA/Germany/Canada, 2005).
    A psychological thriller and, in its own idiosyncratic way, a rumination on character. There's not a wasted moment. Yet the pace is measured. Every character gets his due, every environment feels lived in, and every bit of story information comes grounded in detail about character and relationships. Cronenberg presses the movie forward, which in this case is not synonymous with simply advancing the story. Cronenberg is also advancing not an idea so much as an impression of violence as something hovering over virtually all human interaction, like the air people breathe. It's not always there, but it always might be there. It can make itself known at any moment... Cronenberg builds the suspense, the sense of everything converging and closing in. Parallels are drawn between Tom's experiences and that of his son, who is contending with bullies in school. The idea is that there's no relief and no shelter, anywhere, which is something Tom seems to understand intuitively. It's what makes him interesting and what makes the movie more than just a routine thriller. He knows violence from the inside out. - Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 September 2005. In a rare (these days) 35mm print - thanks to Paramount Cinemas. Members only - 12-month memberships available before the screening starts.

  • Nga Taonga Sound and Vision. At the Mediatheatre until Saturday 28 February, Gerard Smyth's AUNTY AND THE STAR PEOPLE (NZ 2014). For more details, check out the calendar of screenings and events.

  • Film Festivals to note:
  • The French Film Festival 2015, Embassy 11-29 March. Brochures are now available at the cinema, and advance bookings are open.
  • If your festival is not listed here, please advise the Cinemaster

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    THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL - The imminence of death serves as a source of both comedy and poignant self-reflection in this spirited sequel to the unexpected 2012 success, assembled hastily enough that none of its ensemble had a chance to "check out" before they could all cash in, hoping to duplicate the original's $46 million haul (nearly twice as much abroad). If the first was all about seeking rest and relaxation half a world away in India, then its relatively hectic successor finds the entire ensemble hustling jobs in Jaipur. So, whether or not the film is to your taste, its creators have tried to do right by the original, brainstorming a plot deserving of a sequel that's hardly second-best. Also Penthouse, Roxy, Lighthouse, Readings, Queensgate, Coastlands and Shoreline.

    SUPERMENSCH: THE LEGEND OF SHEP GORDON - When rising agent and manager Shep Gordon wore a t-shirt declaring "No Head No Backstage Pass," it was a sexual invitation certainly, but it also served as a bit of territory-marking. Here was a man who could get what he wanted because of the access he had, and Shep certainly didn't waste a second. But there is so much more than simply sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, which is what makes Mike Myers' directorial debut so involving, satisfying and even moving. But let's be clear: there is sex, drugs and rock 'n roll in the film. Shep's adventures in Hollywood are an almost too-good-to-be-true tale of myth-like proportions. Also Shoreline.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    FOCUS Mar 05 Readings
    SEVENTH SON Mar 05 Readings
    THE SALT OF THE EARTH Mar 12 Paramount
    A LITLE CHAOS Mar 12 Penthouse
    FOXCATCHER Mar 12 Lighthouse
    CHAPPIE Mar 12 Readings
    Mar 19 Readings
    HOME Mar 19 Readings
    RUN ALL NIGHT Mar 19 Readings
    STILL LIFE Mar 19 Penthouse
    X + Y Mar 19 Lighthouse
    CINDERELLA Mar 26 Readings
    INFINITELY POLAR BEAR Mar 26 Paramount
    SHAUN THE SHEEP Mar 26 Paramount


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