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First Film Announcements for NZIFF

NZIFF_logo_2D_horizontal_blue_RGBThe New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) today reveals the first five films of the 2016 programme, which will screen in Auckland from 14 July.

“We’ve chosen to reveal these five films first because audiences have been requesting them ever since they appeared overseas, or in the case of High-Rise, ever since the first trailer launched. NZIFF July is still a while away, and programming is still underway, but we encourage you to start booking out your diary now for those winter weeks at the movies.” says NZIFF Director Bill Gosden.

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The Danish Girl (Film Review)

the-danish-girl-posterStarring: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ben Wishaw, Amber Heard

Based (loosely) on real-life events, The Danish Girl sets out to tackle the issue of transgender politics from a very personal perspective, with director Tom Hooper aiming to enlighten, rather than shock his audience.

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New Zealand Women In Rock (TV Review)

Karyn HayHere’s something rare and beautiful, a locally-produced music documentary made to be seen on free-to-air television. To be fair, Prime has produced a few of these in the recent past, their subjects being bands such as Dragon and The Exponents. This one focusses on female Kiwi artists, specifically Shona Laing, Sharon O’Neill, Jenny Moss, Margaret Urlich, Anika Moa and Brooke Fraser.

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Rock The Kasbah (Film Review)

rock-the-kasbahStarring: Bill Murray, Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel

106 Minutes/Rated: M – Violence, offensive language, drug use & sexual references

There’s a conversation within the first quarter of Rock the Kasbah where someone points out that there are no actual kasbahs IN Afghanistan, where it is set. That’s quickly shrugged off and never spoken of again. And, no, there’s no mention made of The Clash’s iconic song either in passing or on the soundtrack. Already we’re on shaky ground.

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The Walk (Film Review)

walk_ver2_xlgOn the morning of August 7th 1974, French tight-rope artist Philippe Petit made history when he stepped out onto his wire stretched between the closest corners of The Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, 400 metres off the ground. Traffic and morning pedestrians stopped in their tracks to look, it made international media and, naturally, the authorities didn’t know what to make of it, so tried to close him down as soon as possible. To avoid police, Petit stayed put and walked the length of the precarious wire eight times before stepping off and giving himself up; of course, he became an instant hero of the people and was soon after given the lightest of punishments (community service of doing a show for kids in Central Park) and a pardon by the city, which turned into a lasting citizenship and artistic residency.

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Crimson Peak (Film Review)

crimson-peak-tom-hiddleston-poster(1)Guillermo del Toro returns to his signature gothic nature of the likes of his earlier Pan’s Labyrinth or The Devil’s Backbone with this dark, twisted romance set in a heightened fantasy world of ghosts, hauntings, betrayal and madness.

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Legend (Film Review)

rs_600x600-150909094247-600-tom-hardy-legend-poster-guardian.ls.9915_copyThe story of the Kray Brothers, Ronald and Reggie, really is the stuff of… well, legend. Born and bred in London, the identical twin brothers became notorious in the 1960s as gangland kingpins with a thinly veiled front as barroom club owners. Their exploits were violent, far-reaching and well documented – Ron was a short-tempered bi-sexual, given to violent fits of rage brought on by mental illness; Reggie was the more business minded of the pair and a sharp ladies man. Both had considerable clout in the British underground and kept the public and local establishment in fear.

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London Road (Film Review)

London Road posterIn late 2006, Ipswich, Suffolk was rocked by a series of brutal murders of prostitutes along quiet London Road, forcing residents to live under curfew and fearful of each other. The hunt for the killer and subsequent trial made headlines across the United Kingdom and lasted until early 2008 when the convicted killer, Steve Wright, was found guilty on five counts of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommendation of non-release. It took this small neighbourhood a long time to heal its wounds of this incident and many are still affected by it to this day.

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People Places Things (Film Review)

people-places-things-posterStarring: Jemaine Clement, Regina Hall, Jessica Williams

Flight Of The Conchords’ Jemaine Clement tries his hand as the lead in a romantic comedy set in New York…keeping his Kiwi accent intact.

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Film Festival Diary: Final Entry for Auckland

Nga_WhanaungaThat’s it! All over! The Auckland leg of the New Zealand International Film Festival is finished for another year. Clayton Barnett, Margie Cooney, Marty Duda, and Veronica McLaughlin take a look at the last of the films from the weekend. This is a diary of capsule reviews of movies viewed between 31st July and 2nd August.

Today’s reviews:

  • The 50 Year Argument
  • Banksy Does New York
  • Coming Home
  • Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts 2015

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Film Festival Diary: Day 15

holding_the_man13th Floor’s intrepid team – Steve Austin, Clayton Barnett and Marty Duda – have been hunkered down in cinemas around central Auckland enjoying everything the New Zealand International Film Festival has to offer. This is a daily diary of capsule reviews of movies viewed on Thursday 30th July.

Today’s reviews:

  • A Poem is a Naked Person
  • Holding the Man
  • Love 3D
  • Rams

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Film Festival Diary: Day 14

mavisSteve Austin and special guest Sarah McMullan have been enjoying the New Zealand International Film Festival and a few titles of the it has had to offer. This is a daily diary of capsule reviews of movies viewed on Wednesday 29th July.

Today’s reviews:

  • Cemetery of Splendour
  • Finders Keepers
  • Mavis!

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Film Festival Diary: Day 13

dopeSteve Austin and special guest Sarah McMullan have been enjoying the New Zealand International Film Festival and a few titles of the it has had to offer. This is a daily diary of capsule reviews of movies viewed on Tuesday 28th July.

Today’s reviews:

  • Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses
  • Dope
  • Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War of the Underworld

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Film Festival Diary: Day 11 & 12

the_look_of_silenceSteve Austin, Clayton Barnett and Margie Cooney catch up on the last couple of days coming out of the second weekend at the Auckland leg of the New Zealand International Film Festival. This is a daily diary of capsule reviews of movies viewed on Sunday 26th and Monday 27th July.

Today’s reviews:

  • El Cinco
  • Far From Men
  • The Look of Silence
  • Steve McQueen: The Man and Le Mans

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Film Festival Diary: Day 10

Phil Dadson: Sonics from Scratch

Phil Dadson: Sonics from Scratch

Steve Austin and Veronica McLaughlin, as well as special guest Sarah McMullan – have been hunkered down in cinemas in Auckland and Wellington, enjoying everything the New Zealand International Film Festival has to offer. This is a daily diary of capsule reviews of movies viewed on, Saturday 25th July.

Most of the films being reviewed by the 13th Floor will have additional showings and most still have tickets available, so it’s not to late to catch some of the best of international cinema at the festival in Auckland. And of course the festival moves on to the rest of the country. Wellington has begun and the capitol is abuzz with film festival madness!

Today’s reviews:

  • The Assassin
  • Grandma
  • A Most Violent Year
  • Philip Dadson: Sonics From Scratch
  • Umrika

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