* Almost nobody wanted to open the same week as THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, which was to be expected. As per, there was the usual weekly Bollywood new release scheduled - FOUR TWO KA ONE - but there are no session times up as I type this, which probably means even that chickened out...
* So the only film actually brave enough to attempt a general release alongside Bilbo this week is LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED (DEN SKALDEDE FRISØR). A Danish rom-com starring Trine Dyrholm from THE CELEBRATION (FESTEN), IN CHINA THEY EAT DOGS (I KINA SPISER DE HUNDE) and the recent A ROYAL AFFAIR (EN KONGELIG AFFÆRE), plus good ol' Pierce Brosnan!?! Writer-Director Susanne Bier and her co-writer Anders Thomas Jensen aren't folks I'd usually associate with this genre; this is the pair that were at the Oscars last year with IN A BETTER WORLD (HÆVNEN), and also made OPEN HEARTS (ELSKER DIG FOR EVIGT) in 2002, the original BROTHERS (BRØDRE) in 2004 and AFTER THE WEDDING (EFTER BRYLLUPPET) in 2006. Anyway, I've loved everything I've seen of theirs thus far, so will probably catch it while it's at The Capitol, The Monterey, The Bridgeway and Rialto Newmarket's e-Cinema.
* And don't forget to catch up with various NZFF returnees like COMPLIANCE, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, WUTHERING HEIGHTS, and MONSIEUR LAZHAR if you haven't...soon a rain of Academy Award contenders will come to wash them all away...
REPERTORY / ONE-OFF SCREENINGS:
* There is a FREE outdoor screening of GREASE (1978) this Friday at 9 PM. It's part of the series playing at Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter down the waterfront and they've got food stalls, short films and whatnot all happening sometime after 5 PM.
* The FREE films at the Auckland Art Gallery continue as part of their WHO SHOT ROCK AND ROLL exhibition. This Saturday at 2 PM they are screening the music documentary from back in 2000 called THE CLASH: WESTWAY TO THE WORLD. Then they're playing
WHEN YOU'RE STRANGE at 1 PM Sunday, which previously played at NZFF 2010.
* Another FREE screening for the week; something called MUSTER (RUSHES) is playing Monday 6:30 PM at the St Paul St Gallery, 40 St Paul St in the city. Kind of a complicated beast, best click above for the write-up, rather than me trying to abbreviate it...
* So, after squeezing in a St. Lukes session of REGULAR SHOW the morning of the glorious Movie Marathon the other day, it's been continued for a second weekend at select Event cinemas. I s'pose I should've seen that coming. And speaking of Mordecai and Rigby, remember their rap battle with Big Trouble (Kid Cudi), Blitz Comet (Tyler, The Creator) and Alpha Dog (Childish Gambino)?
* For this month's gay movie night, Number 8 Films is playing BREAKFAST WITH SCOT, a comedy about a Canadian hockey personality living a double life, plus receiving custody of a young boy. It plays at Rialto Newmarket, 6:30 PM Thursday.
* Pixar season is over at The Monterey, and they've begun on Disney. TARZAN (1999) plays twice this weekend, at 9:30 AM Saturday and Sunday.
* An entry-by-donation screening of 2005's WWI Christmas truce movie JOYEUX NOËL will be taking place at 7 PM Monday at The Peace Place, 22 Emily Place in the city. Featuring both Fredrick Zoller and Bridget von Hammersmark from Inglourious Basterds!
* And finally, in repeat special interest screenings; MetOpera's THE TEMPEST has a couple more shows at Rialto Newmarket, The Monterey and The Bridgeway; Plus the Israeli documentary DOLPHIN BOY continues on for one more week at The Vic.
All sessions above are accurate at the time of publication. Your best bet would be to check Flicks or the theatre website before attending. Please let us know in the comments if you spy anything we've messed up/missed out!