* From stuntman Ric Roman Waugh comes the direct-to-DVD-looking SNITCH, starring The Rock as a loving father busting drug dealers to keep his son out of jail. Alongside 'stellar' titles like G.I. JOE: RETALIATION, FAST & FURIOUS 6 and Michael Bay's PAIN & GAIN, this somehow looks to be Dwayne Johnson's most B-grade flick of the year. Also featuring Susan Sarandon, Barry Pepper, Omar from THE WIRE, Rey from LAW & ORDER and Shane from THE WALKING DEAD.
* Speaking of B-grade, the acting in the KON-TIKI trailer reminds me of the white folks that sometimes appear in Asian films. But NZIFF deemed it worthy to premiere at The Mighty Civic, so perhaps I'm way off base. This true story of six scientists travelling the Pacific Ocean in a homemade balsa wood/hemp raft is already a book and a doco, but is now also Norway's most expensive feature film ever. Playing at The Capitol, Rialto Newmarket and some of the other arthouses.
* Rialto Newmarket also has BROKEN, about a young girl witnessing a violent beating. A coming-of-age / loss-of-innocence drama featuring Cillian Murphy and Tim Roth.
REPERTORY / ONE-OFF SCREENINGS:
* 6 PM Saturday 18th, NZIFF's Autumn Events has the fourth and final in their Farhadi retrospective - FIREWORKS WEDNESDAY (چهارشنبه سوری). Set at New Year's, it's about a cleaning agency girl stumbling into a domestic, but like his other films, I'm sure it contains a lot more than that one line'd suggest.
* And rounding out NZIFF's Autumn Events is Godard's PIERROT LE FOU (PETE THE MADMAN, 1965), in which Belmondo & Anna Karena go on a crime spree, chased by gangsters. Kind of. Playing at the Academy, 4:30 PM Sunday 19th.
* Paul McCartney fans can see a restoration of the 1980 concert film ROCKSHOW (FROM THE WINGS OVER AMERICA TOUR) this Thursday 16th at Queen St, Albany & Westcity Event. Says one night only, but we'll see...
* Resene's Architecture & Design Film Festival 2013 continues on too, with titles like EAMES: THE ARCHITECT & THE PAINTER, FALLINGWATER: FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT'S MASTERWORK, AMERICAN ARTIFACT: THE RISE OF AMERICAN ROCK POSTER ART and STUDIO GANG ARCHITECTS: AQUA TOWER.
* Film Society won't be at Academy Cinemas Monday, because they're playing an actual print of Leos Carax' THE LOVERS ON THE BRIDGE (LES AMANTS DU PONT-NEUF, 1991). SkyCity Theatre has the means to screen that, so be up there 6:30 PM Monday 20th.
* The Writers & Readers Festival runs from Wednesday 15th until Sunday the 19th. The reason we're mentioning it in a list of filmic events? At 4 PM on Sunday, local filmmakers Alyx Duncan (THE RED HOUSE) & Annie Goldson (BROTHER NUMBER ONE) will be having a chat entitled FACTION at Aotea Centre.
* The 63rd annual (seriously?!?) ski film put out under Warren Miller's name is currently touring NZ and will be in Auckland Thursday 16th - Sunday 19th. With six screenings at EGGS off Gillies Ave in Epsom, FLOW STATE will set you back $26.
* The Monterey's weekly Monterey Abroad slot is taken by Susanne Bier's IN A BETTER WORLD (aka REVENGE / HÆVNEN) this week, playing for $15 at 6:30 PM Friday 17th. A Danish drama dealing with things like looking weak in front of your kids, it gets the thumbs up from one - and probably only one - of your Cinephile contributors.
* Feel like driving North for an hour? The Vintry are having something called Nostalgia Night on Tuesday 21st at 7 PM, with wine, nibbles and an old film. This time 'round, it's the Robert Redford / Mia Farrow version of THE GREAT GATSBY (1974).
* Screen-related - The Planetarium has another musical extravaganza; some tacky-looking retro animation set to all your U2 favourites! Tuesday 21st at 8 PM;
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!