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Picks from the 2015 NZ International Film Festival programme

Grab your highlighters, folks: the New Zealand International Film Festival’s 2015 Auckland programme has been unveiled. Opening in bold style with Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster and closing in tears with Australian drama Holding the Man, this year’s festival looks as relevant as ever. Cinephiles can rejoice over the inclusion of 17 exciting titles direct from the Cannes Film Festival, which despite the …

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[CAPSULE REVIEW] THE SPECTACULAR NOW is the most refreshing representation of teens in years

Sundance breakout The Spectacular Now might appear to be just another coming-of-age indie on the surface, but this surprisingly unconventional, affecting and authentic portrait of adolescence is in fact the genre’s freshest entry in years. Screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber ((500) Days of Summer) and director James Ponsoldt (Smashed) — working from Tim Tharp’s novel — pull off an impressive …

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[WATCH] First trailer for SMASHED starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead & Aaron Paul

A trailer for James Ponsoldt’s alcoholism drama Smashed has finally arrived, which reportedly features a breakout performance from Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) that wowed audiences at Sundance earlier this year. Winstead stars alongside Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) as a party-loving married couple whose bond is put to the test when she decides to …

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