* Michael Haneke's AMOUR is finally out for real. Critically-acclaimed and reportedly emotionally gruelling, one Flicks user called it "overrated foreign tripe, boooooooring."
* From that guy who brought us BARAKA back in 1992, comes SAMSARA. Kinda looks the same, but should still be some kind of experience on the big screen...
* Both Hoyts and Event had Bollywood romantic drama I, ME, AUR MAIN scheduled for Friday, and Event also had Hindi crime-thriller THE ATTACKS OF 26/11 planned, but neither have sessions up as of yet, so perhaps not. In worse news, Stephen Chow's JOURNEY TO THE WEST: CONQUERING THE DEMONS (西遊·降魔篇) is here from out of nowhere, with a 3D option, too! Playing at select 'plexes, it looks even cheesier than the version I loved as a kid, MONKEY MAGIC:
* THE SWEENEY has been rebooted and has arrived on our shores, starring Ray Winstone and Brody from HOMELAND.
* This week's comedies; Streisand is back, on a road trip with her son Seth Rogan in THE GUILT TRIP; and I GIVE IT A YEAR featuring folks like Rafe Spall ("You've got red on you"), Rose Byrne ("Ring Around My Rosie") and Stephen "Googly-eyed Freak" Merchant.
REPERTORY / ONE-OFF SCREENINGS:
* According to the Hoyts website, "After a simple jewellery heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant". THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS may have had its theatrical run pulled, but Pop Culture Classics is filling that void with a screening of RESERVOIR DOGS (1992) this weekend! Sun 3rd March at Sylvia Park, 8 PM for $10.
* The Consulate-General of Japan have begun their monthly Japanese screenings for the year! Thu 28th Feb 7:30 PM under the Auckland University Library, THE DISCARNATES (異人たちとの夏)(1988) will be playing for free. That first link calls it "a sweetly nostalgic story", while the next link calls it a horror film? This hilarious trailer doesn't make things any clearer;
* The "Who Shot Rock & Roll" exhibition at the Auckland Art Gallery has ELVIS ON TOUR (1972) playing this weekend, Sunday 3rd March. Supervising Editor Ken Zemke will be there beforehand at 12 PM to talk about working on this film, working with Scorsese and whatnot.
* As well as everything from DJANGO UNCHAINED to WELCOME ABOARD (BIENVENUE PARMI NOUS), The Vic has brought back the Australian clay-mated black comedy MARY & MAX (2009). Featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toni Collette, Eric Bana, Dame Edna, morbid obesity, Asperger's, kleptomania and alcoholism, this charming thing is playing all week.
* The ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL is still going strong. A family rebuilding after Audrey Tautou disappears - AGAINST THE WIND (aka Headwinds)(Des Vents Contraires); a kidnapped boy with a huge Joker-like "smile" scar becomes a travelling actor, then discovers he's nobility- THE MAN WHO LAUGHS (L’Homme Qui Rit); and an Israeli teen and a Palestinian teen discover they were switched at birth - THE OTHER SON (Le Fils de L’Autre). All sorts of French craziness...
* The DISNEY PRINCESS FESTIVAL is also still around for another few weekends; your chance to catch the classic CINDERELLA (1950) on the big screen or see that awesome bar scene in TANGLED (2010) again.
* There seems to be a reason every week for us to mention SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN and this time it's the new daily screenings at The Capitol. I'm convinced that this thing will continue to play until we've ALL gotten around to it.
* Boasting "the world's most romantic songs" but missing Valentine's by a fortnight, this weekend is further cluttered with screenings of the concert film ANDREA BOCELLI: LOVE IN PORTOFINO. Never heard of him, but the trailer suggests that a lot of others have.