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Highlights of the 2012 NZ International Film Festival

The 2012 New Zealand International Film Festival wrapped up in Auckland recently, officially closing with the utterly mad and brilliant Holy Motors. From the stunning opening night film (Beasts of the Southern Wild) to a wonderful silent cinema finale (Easy Street and Blackmail), we were spoiled for choice with this year’s programme and I saw nearly 40 films over a hectic …

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[REVIEW] HOLY MOTORS @ NZIFF 2012

The 2012 New Zealand International Film Festival wrapped up in Auckland over the weekend in superb style, officially closing on Saturday evening with Leos Carax’s delirious comeback film Holy Motors. The eccentric French filmmaker has returned in great form with what is easily the most bold, exhilarating, maddening and thought-provoking film of the year — if not the …

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[REVIEW] NZIFF 2012 Round Up #1: BERNIE, THE IMPOSTER, MONSIEUR LAZHAR & more

The Auckland leg of the 2012 New Zealand International Film Festival is currently in full swing, and Dunedin and Wellington also launched their respective festivals late last week. I have already posted full reviews of early festival highlights Beasts of the Southern Wild, Room 237, Moonrise Kingdom and The Cabin in the Woods, and below you can find a round-up of …

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[REVIEW] THE CABIN IN THE WOODS @ NZIFF 2012

Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon’s meta-horror The Cabin in the Woods had a long, tough journey to New Zealand screens. Following the film’s 2009 completion, it was first postponed to be converted to 3D, then delayed indefinitely following MGM’s bankruptcy. Lionsgate eventually bought the film and mercifully released it in 2D, and since its premiere at South by …

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[REVIEW] MOONRISE KINGDOM @ NZIFF 2012

Following last month’s 2012 New Zealand International Film Festival programme announcement, the film I was most anticipating was Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, which opened the 65th Cannes Film Festival this year. The festival launched in Auckland last week, and I caught Moonrise last Friday night (followed by The Cabin in the Woods, which made for an unlikely but highly enjoyable …

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[REVIEW] ROOM 237: BEING AN INQUIRY INTO THE SHINING IN 9 PARTS @ NZIFF 2012

Rodney Ascher’s Room 237, an inquiry into the hidden meanings and subliminal messages in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, has been screening for the past week in Auckland at the 2012 New Zealand International Film Festival. The documentary is one of the most entertaining movies about movies for some time, and comes highly recommended for fans of Kubrick. Read below …

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[REVIEW] BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD @ NZIFF 2012

The 2012 New Zealand International Film Festival opened in Auckland last Thursday evening with Beasts of the Southern Wild, one of the most widely acclaimed films of the year so far. It screened at a packed Civic theatre – preceded by an introduction by festival director Bill Gosden and Auckland Mayor Len Brown – and was immediately followed …

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COMPLIANCE added to 2012 NZ International Film Festival

Earlier this week I posted a list of my must-see films at the upcoming 2012 New Zealand International Film Festival, and I pondered the possibilty of late additions to the programme. Keen observers may have already noticed that the published schedule listed both The Artists Cinema and People Mountain People Sea, which have now been confirmed as late additions, …

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Picks from the 2012 NZ International Film Festival programme

The full programme for this year’s imminent New Zealand International Film Festival was launched last week, and as always there is an abundance of exciting films on display for cinephiles to pore over. Highlights include several prestigious additions from Cannes (Moonrise Kingdom, The Hunt, Holy Motors, Amour) and Sundance (Beasts of the Southern Wild, Sound of My Voice), not to …

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Preview highlights from NZ International Film Festival’s 2012 programme

The New Zealand Herald featured a sneak peek in today’s Time Out of some the highlights we can expect for this year’s New Zealand International Film Festival, which kicks off in Auckland next month and has its official programme launch on Monday. The festival folks have been drip-feeding us announcements over the past month or so, …

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