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  • The Wellington Film Society, Paramount, Monday 24 July, 6.15pm, KES (Kenneth Loach, UK 1969).
    Ken Loach's film perfectly illustrates the alienation, forlornness, and disillusionment of childhood. Tormented by his older brother, abused by his teachers, and harassed by his schoolmates, a young working-class Yorkshire boy named Billy (David Bradley) finds solace in caring for a wild kestrel. Loach contrasts shots of the hawk flying freely with a grim industrial landscape of factories and mines. Despite the overt symbolism of the bird, the film never feels contrived or hackneyed. Loach's great accomplishment is that he manages to illicit pathos without relying on cheap sentimentality. Though the film is relentlessly bleak, there are moments of comic relief (most notably the football scene), and Billy retains some glimmer of resilience until the very end. - Harrison Sherrod, Cine-File.
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  • Nga Taonga Sound and Vision. Screening in the Main Cinema this week: Matariki: Tau Hou 2017, further screenings of ground-breaking New Zealand films. Check out Nga Taonga's calendar of screenings and events for details.

  • Film Festivals to note:
  • NZ International Film Festival 2017. Embassy, Paramount, etc. 28 July-13 August. Programme booklets can be found all over the Wellington region. The schedule is also on the NZIFF website, where bookings can now be made. In person bookings are also available from the NZIFF booking office in the Paramount foyer. For an up-to-date list of Selling Fast and Sold Out sessions, Click Here. You will also find a link at the bottom of any extra sessions that have been arranged.
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    BABY DRIVER - Edgar Wright's infectious car-chase thriller will make you believe in magic. The mechanisms at work, while calibrated with hair's-breadth precision, are nothing new. Here's what is: the sheer glee with which the film prods around in its own clockwork to show you what spins what. It's like watching a magician perform the greatest card trick you've ever seen while simultaneously explaining how it's done, and being stunned twice over. Also Penthouse, Empire, Roxy, Lighthouse, Readings, Monterey and Coastlands.

    DUNKIRK - This is a powerful, superbly crafted film with a story to tell, avoiding war porn in favour of something desolate and apocalyptic, a beachscape of shame, littered with soldiers zombified with defeat, a grimly male world with hardly any women on screen. It is Christopher Nolan's best film so far. It also has Hans Zimmer's best musical score: an eerie, keening, groaning accompaniment to a nightmare, switching finally to quasi-Elgar variations for the deliverance itself. Also Paramount, Penthouse, Empire, Roxy, Lighthouse, Readings, Monterey, Coastlands and Shoreline.

    PARIS CAN WAIT - Sometimes beauty and charm are enough to turn a middling movie into pure ambrosia. Diane Lane has plenty of both, and she uses them wisely here, elevating an otherwise mild and inconsequential film to unexpected heights of enchantment. It is gorgeously photographed, the dialogue is intelligent, and from Satie on the car radio to the masterpieces on the walls of the Lumiere brothers museum in Lyon, there is always something rapturous to hear and observe from frame to frame. Also Lighthouse and Shoreline.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    47 METRES DOWN Jul 27 Readings
    HAMPSTEAD Jul 27 Penthouse
    ATOMIC BLONDE Aug 03 Readings
    THE BIG SICK Aug 03 Penthouse
    VALERIAN Aug 10 Readings
    THE TRIP TO SPAIN Aug 17 Penthouse
    THE DARK TOWER Aug 17 Readings
    LOGAN LUCKY Aug 17 Readings
    AMERICAN MADE Aug 24 Readings
    THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD Aug 24 Readings


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