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  • All Covid 19 health and safety restrictions have been removed, except for wearing masks when visiting health, disability and aged care facilities. Mask wearing is now voluntary, but please be considerate to those who still prefer to use them.

  • The Wellington Film Society, Monday 12 December, 6.15pm at the Embassy: NASHVILLE (Robert Altman, USA 1975).
    Re-watching Nashville again is to be reminded of the sheer enormity of the film's canvas, which offers a vision of America as a fabulously irreverent and destructive melting pot - a society spinning a farce of ever-expanding entitlement without any notion or expectation of its corresponding personal, political, and social costs. America was literally created by its irreverence, and later defined by it, and Altman understands his country and celebrates it while, at the same time, often mercilessly lampooning it. The film shows the tragedy of America to ultimately be one of a failure of self-consciousness, as the most heartbreaking moments show people's delusions being casually obliterated by the truth of the grazing indifference of social life at large, as it's actually lived. - Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine.
    Final screening of the 2022 season.
  • Anyone can join the Film Society at any time on line.

  • Film Festivals to note:
    British Film Festival 2022, Penthouse, Lighthouse Petone and Monterey 1 - 11 December.
  • If you have a festival due to run in Wellington and it's not listed here, contact 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 BANSHEES IF INISHERIN - Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson reunite for a darkly comic, devastating feud between friends. Director Martin McDonagh returns to the mythic brute poetry of his theater work for a study of men in remote rural Ireland undone both by loneliness and kinship - the result is his richest, most moving film. Its high, unleashed emotions all the more startling in a world where men don't speak their feelings. Advance screenings this weekend (after a preview in the British Film Festival) Also Penthouse and Lighthouse.

    British Film Festival 2022 - Continues till 11 December at three cinemas in the Wellington region. There's a selection of new films, plus some oldies including revisiting a Summer Holiday with Cliff Richard and some of the first James Bond films. You can also pay your tribute to the late Queen. The "Reviews" tab goes to each cinema's listing for the festival. Also Lighthouse Petone and Monterey.

    THE LOST KING - Sally Hawkins has one of her greatest roles as the amateur historian who found Richard III. Written and directed by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope and directed by Stephen Frears, its a historical detective story that carries the kick of a true-life Da Vinci Code. The film is, in part, about who writes history, and who claims the credit for it. The answer is often: not the right people. Advance screenings this weekend. Also Lighthouse, Monterey and Coastlands..

    ROGUE AGENT - Gemma Arterton has been lately choosing roles that emphasize flinty self-determination over movie-star charisma, and she's getting better at them all the time; this is one of her most credible and engaging portrayals yet. James Norton is equally impressive. While we'll never know the "why" of monsters like real-life con man Robert Freegard, Norton is excellent at positing, with glances and unusual reactions, a rather desperate inner life for his character.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER Dec 15 Readings
    Dec 26 Readings
    Dec 26 Readings
    THE LOST KING Dec 26 Lighthouse
    BLUEBACK Jan 01 Lighthouse
    A MAN CALLED OTTO Jan 01 Penthouse
    THE FABLEMANS Jan 05 Penthouse
    M3GAN Jan 12 Readings


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