Wednesday, October 3, 2012

In Cinemas: October 4 - 10

For a full listing of screen times across Auckland, Flicks or the theatre website is probably your best bet. Double-check before attending, as times change, we make mistakes, etc. Please mention anything we've forgotten in the comments, and tell us if you've found any off-the-beaten path must-sees!

The big news this week is NZ's Karl Urban in DREDD showing up in theatres. Unlike the Stallone version, this film's apparently faithful to the much-beloved original comic, and chock full of stylish violence. One can only hope that they've repurposed Anthrax's Judge Dredd-inspired anthem for the credits.

At the Academy, there's BLACK & WHITE & SEX, a black and white (surprise!) "experimental Australian drama" showing as part of their Season of Sex. KAMA SUTRA: A TALE OF LOVE (1996) and BOUND FOR PLEASURE (2004) also continue as part of said season.

Otherwise, the pickings are mostly slim. If you're a fan of singing groups, this is a great week for you, as PITCH PERFECT and THE SAPPHIRES both hit theatres. Indian film ENGLISH VINGLISH sneaks in on Friday, and kids can look forward to TINKER BELL AND THE SECRET OF THE WINGS.

* There are still a bunch of great films to get you out of the house though; LOOPER, TAI CHI 0 3D, DUE WEST: MY 3D SEX JOURNEY, WHERE DO WE GO NOW?, GOD BLESS AMERICA, MOONRISE KINGDOM, ON THE ROAD, JACKPOT and YOUR SISTER'S SISTER are all still on the big screens around town.

Pick of the week: Leanne Pooley's excellent 2003 documentary HAUNTING DOUGLAS, about dance choreographer Douglas Wright, screens 1 PM Saturday at the Gus Fisher Gallery, and it's free.

* Auckland Film Society has a 35mm print of Jacques Becker's 1952 film CASQUE D'OR this week. The promise of crime syndicate gangsters, the beauty of the Belle Époque and the titular dame Marie "Golden Helmet" have me pretty excited for this one. The following two Mondays at Film Society will also be 35mm French classics, so this week is the perfect chance to grab a $30 three-week membership! 6:30 PM Monday at Rialto Newmarket.

* Antarctica documentary THE LAST OCEAN (NZFF '12) continues until Saturday at The Vic in Devonport. Then the wonderful HOW FAR IS HEAVEN (NZFF '12) takes over in next week's Doc Spot, about the small community of Jerusalem on the Whanganui river. Chris Pryor & Miriam Smith are back to do another Q&A after the 7:30 PM screening on Sunday.

Tommy Wiseau's disasterpiece THE ROOM (2003) is in the house for potentially the last time at Academy Cinemas, 10:30 PM Friday night.

As part of their going-away celebration, Academy Cinemas is also screening PINK FLOYD: THE WALL (1982) at 10:30 Saturday night.

Academy Cinemas will also be hosting part of the CHANGING MINDS festival next week, an apparently free set of screenings including shorts and features from NZ filmmakers including GORDONIA (NZFF '10), SQUEEGEE BANDIT (NZFF '06), MENTAL NOTES and INTERSEXION.

The Italian Film Festival continues on at Rialto and Bridgeway Cinemas. We here at Auckland Cinephile have yet to hear of anyone who's been, but if you have and have recommendations, please add them in the comments.

The Monterey doesn't appear to have its Friday night foreign film or its Wednesday/Sunday classic this week and the Winter Films have ended at the Polish Heritage Museum. But there are some interesting screenings coming up at The Peace Place in the CBD. This Monday at 7:30 PM, they are playing the animated film PERSEPOLIS (NZFF '08) based on Marjane Satrapi's autobiographical graphic novel (I love that phrase) set during the Islamic Revolution.

The Auckland Art Gallery has two 50 minute documentaries about Auckland's good ol' days, both with live piano accompaniment. On Saturday at 12 PM & 2 PM, AUCKLAND: CITY OF SAILS has vintage footage from all around of our city, dating from 1911 right up to 1986. Then at 12 PM & 2 PM on Sunday, FOUNDATION, FORM, FUNCTION looks at the history of structures like The Civic or the Harbour Bridge.

* And finally for the kids, Cartoon Network favorite BEN 10: OMNIVERSE plays in a limited School Holiday run at the multiplexes this Saturday and Sunday.

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