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  • The Covid alert level in the whole country remains at Orange. Cinemas are no longer limited in their seating requirements. Mask wearing is strongly encouraged in indoor environments.

  • The Wellington Film Society takes a break during the NZIFF, but will return, Monday 22 August, 6.15pm at the Embassy with: 13 SHORT FILMS (Alice Guy, France 1897-1907).
  • Anyone can join the Film Society at any time on line.

  • Film Festivals to note:
  • NZ International Film Festival 4 - 14 August, Embassy, Roxy and Lighthouse Cuba only - in a reduced version for 2022. Printed brochures are available from participating cinemas and all the usual places. From the 4th, bookings for all sessions are available at the Embassy and Roxy. Lighthouse Cuba can only sell tickets for their own NZIFF screenings.
  • 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.

    For comments and movie news, contact the Cinemaster at

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    BULLLET TRAIN - David Leitch's film takes its name from the high-speed rail network connecting Tokyo to Kyoto. The title is also suggestive of the violent mayhem that ensues on board one train carrying numerous assassins with conflicting agendas. Replete with disarmingly tender flashbacks into characters' histories and humorous, digressive asides, the narrative is constructed with the same level of verve and craft that Leitch brings to his motif-laden and often neon-drenched action sequences. Also Penthouse, Empire, Roxy, Lighthouse, Readings, Monterey, Coastlands and Shoreline.

    NZIFF 2022 - Back in its usual time slot in the middle of winter, but in a reduced form following two Covid-impacted years, it runs in Wellington from 4 - 14 August, at the Embassy, Roxy and Lighthouse Cuba. There are plenty of recent winners from overseas film festivals and a strong New Zealand presence - but no retrospective screenings. Support for this rebuilding year should set up the Festival for a return to pre-pandemic proportions. The "Reviews" link goes to the festival's Schedule page. Also Roxy and Lighthouse Cuba.

    COME BACK ANYTIME - The film captures the spirit behind a ramen-shop in the Japanese capital, that has drawn foodies to return continuously. It has been run for over 40 years by self-taught ramen master Masamoto Ueda and his wife Kazuko. Over the course of time, they have created a community in Tokyo of fond appreciators of their dishes. Devoted customers share their memories and their preferences in food. Also Lighthouse Petone and Pauatahanui.

    THE PRINCESS - This is a perfectly timed, compulsively watchable once-over-lightly documentary. It's a chronicle of Princess Diana culled entirely from television news footage and other public records. After all the dramatic treatments, it's galvanizing to see the real story laid out exactly as it happened - or, more precisely, as it happened and as it was presented to the public. Also Empire, Lighthouse and Monterer.

    RUBY'S CHOICE - This film shows a family recognising the value of someone who has dementia and brings about change to their daily lives for the better. It portrays a person with strong emotions, opinions, full of memories and love. It is also one of hope and affirmation in the strength of family and love. Also Shoreline.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    NOPE Aug 11 Readings
    EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH Aug 11 Lighthouse
    Aug 18 Readings
    Aug 18 Lighthouse
    THE CONFERENCE Aug 18 Penthouse
    QUANT Aug 18 Penthouse
    GLORIAVALE Aug 18 Penthouse
    BEAST Aug 25 Readings
    FAREWELL MR HAFFMAN Aug 25 Penthouse
    A STICH IN TIME Aug 25 Penthouse
    EVERYTHING WENT FINE Sep 08 Lighthouse


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