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It’s looking like an exciting, entertaining and thought provoking line-up of films in this year’s Autumn Events programme from the New Zealand International Film Festival. As usual in this offshoot event from the main festival, a mix of screen classics and New Zealand premieres will screen both Saturday and Sunday in three big cinematic weekends throughout May (7 – 8, 14 – 15, 21 – 22) at Hoyts Riccarton. Films announced recently for the jam-packed programme include provocative comedic documentarian Michael Moore’s latest Where to Invade Next, Janis Joplin bio-doc Janis: Little Girl Blue, and the smash-hit, 17th-century-set horror film The Witch, a film that’s being hailed as one of the most accomplished debut features of recent years by newbie director Roger Eggers. They’ve joined already-announced films in the full line-up, which that includes Kurosawa’s spectacular, epic take on King Lear, Ran, cult Coen classic Fargo and modern animated treasure The...
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Resplendent in its Art Deco elegance, the Hollywood 3 Cinema provides not only a trip down memory lane, but also a retrospective masterclass in movie theatre 101. Complete with ol’ skool neon signage and lettered lightboxes that requires changing by hand out front with the movies, Sumner’s bastion of independent cinema – and the only suburban cinema still standing in the city after 80 years of operation – offers a movie-going experience like no other. A visit is a delightfully anachronistic trip back in time to when movies meant glamour; think classical draping curtains, a giant Oscar statue and comfy seats, all recalling the heyday of Hollywood, and all blended with the best of the modern, with state-of-the-art Dolby sound and high definition pictures ensuring that going to the movies becomes an occasion again. Pick up your tickets from an authentic box office, then peruse the reasonably-priced snacks, including the...
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Cityscape hits up some of the world’s most famous film destinations. The world’s coming here to stand in front of all those gorgeous, green backdrops from the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit – so assuming you’ve ticked a few of the Rings locations off already, here are a few hot overseas destinations for feeling like a Hollywood hero. PETRA, JORDAN – It’s hard to forget the moment when Indiana Jones arrives at the temple of the Holy Grail in The Last Crusade, and almost equally hard to believe you can have the same experience yourself in Petra, arriving by donkey (you probably won’t find any centuries-old knights, though).   PHUKET, THAILAND – The gorgeous vistas of Thailand have popped up in plenty of films, including James Bond entries and notably in Danny Boyle’s The Beach. Head to Ko Phi Phi Lee beach, dig your toes in the sand and...
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If it’s one thing Brit filmmakers love (and do exceptionally well), it’s a genre-spanning, working-class, feel good underdog tale – see The Full Monty, Billy Elliot, Made in Dagenham, Kinky Boots and Brassed Off, among others. With Pride, director Matthew Warchus ups the ante with the unlikely, real-life, double-underdog alliance between gay activists and striking Welsh coal miners during the Thatcher-induced mid-80s miners’ strikes, and knocks it out of the park. Seeing parallels between the gay community and the disenfranchisement of the striking miners, London activist and lad about town Mark (Ben Schnetzer) forms Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners. But, while the money starts rolling in, finding miners willing to take it from the pink-tinged contingent proves near impossible until a miscommunicated call to the tiny Welsh town of Onllwyn. Sure, the road to friendship gets off to a bumpy start and when the LGSM rolls flamboyantly into town, much to...
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The New Zealand International Film Festival gets a long run in to its main programme later in the year with the staging of its Autumn Classic Movie Weekends. Each weekend over May at Hoyts Riccarton, the festival will present a stone-cold silver-screen classic the way it was meant to be seen – with an audience and on the big screen. Sure to please cinemaphiles, the Christchurch programme includes the Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn musical charmer Funny Face, Marlon Brando sizzling up the screen in On the Waterfront, Orson Welles’ masterful thriller The Third Man, great Japanese animator Miyazaki Hayao’s final film, The Wind Also Rises, and David Lean’s 1962 biopic Lawrence of Arabia, a film that has virtually come to define the term “epic” as it applies to movies. Films screen on Saturdays and Sunday afternoons and evenings throughout May; see the New Zealand International Film Festival website for ticket...
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Some actors will go to any length to make a film, take Sharon Stone for example. When she was making the 1981 Wes Craven horror Deadly Blessing the then young actress agreed to have a live tarantula dropped into her mouth for one scene. She did, however, request the spider be de-fanged before the shoot, earning her the moniker ‘heart of stone’ from PETA....
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Haunted by his past, WWII veteran and drifter Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) crosses paths with a mysterious movement called 'The Cause', led by Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman) aka The Master and his wife Peggy (Amy Adams). Their twisted relationship is the core of this film that is "a glorious and haunting symphony of colour, emotion and sound with camera movements that elicit an involuntary gasp and feats of acting that defy comprehension" (A.O. Scott, The New York Times). Awarded Best Actor for both Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix and Best Director for Paul Thomas Anderson at the 2012 Venice Film Festival "The Master is a film which casts a spell like a fever dream," (David Ansen, Newsweek). Stunningly photographed in 65mm, The Master stands as an undeniable cinematic experience. Will Freddie be able to outrun his past? Will 'The Cause' help or hurt him? Can this tortured, violent creature...
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A jet-black British comedy in which a romantic break turns into a bloody killing spree. Sheltered teenager Tina (Alice Lowe) accompanies her new boyfriend, thirty-something misanthrope Chris (Steve Oram) on an 'erotic odyssey' – aka a caravan tour of the North of England. But unbeknownst to Tina, Chris harbours a dark secret: he is a serial killer whose explosive outbursts result in the violent deaths of any random strangers who happen to mildly inconvenience him. As the body count mounts, even the clueless Tina starts to suspect that her new boyfriend may not be quite what he seems. Review by Nick Paris, Alice in Videoland....
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Maria (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand, looking forward to a few days in tropical paradise. But on the morning of 26 December, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the night before, a terrifying roar rises up from the centre of the earth. As Maria freezes in fear, a huge wall of black water races across the hotel grounds toward her in this life affirming true-story from Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona. Review by Nick Paris, Alice in Videoland....
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Mental reunites writer-director P.J. Hogan with his original leading lady Toni Collette for the first time since Muriel's Wedding. The film follows the story of the Moochmore girls, who are certain they all suffer from some kind of undiagnosed mental illness – because if they're not crazy then they're just unpopular. Their mother Shirley (Rebecca Gibney) is unable to cope with her demanding teenage daughters and philandering politician husband, Barry (Anthony LaPaglia), suffers a nervous breakdown. After Barry commits his wife to a mental hospital (telling his constituents that she's ‘on holiday’) he finds himself alone with five teenage girls he barely knows. Desperate, he impulsively picks up a hippy hitchhiker named Shaz (Collette) and installs her in his home as nanny to his daughters. But it soon transpires that Shaz, far from being a stabilising influence on this most dysfunctional of families, has brought along plenty of issues of...
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