Current Films

Personal Shopper

Rating: M Violence, offensive language and content that may disturb

Running time: 1 hr 45 mins

STARTS APRIL 27
Kristen Stewart and her Clouds of Sils Maria director Olivier Assayas team up again for this ethereal and mysterious ghost story. Stewart plays a high-fashion personal shopper to the stars who is also a spiritual medium. Grieving the recent death of her twin brother, she haunts his Paris home, determined to make contact with him. Winner of Best Director at Cannes 2016.

Winter At Westbeth

Rating: Doco

Running time: 1 hr 20 mins

STARTS APRIL 27
"From 1970 onwards, Westbeth Artists Housing in Manhattan's Far West Village became a creative experiment. Formerly the offices of the company spawned by inventor Alexander Graham Bell, the site threw open its doors to New York's artistic community, offering dancers, poets and everyone in between a place to live and work.

"Australian filmmaker Rohan Spong's poignant follow up to 2011's All the Way Through Evening, Winter at Westbeth is steeped in the history of the arts in the city, and splashed with colour from the dynamic real-life characters profiled and the bright hues they choose to wear." (Melbourne International Film Festival)

Embrace

Rating: M Offensive language and nudity

Running time: 1 hr 17 mins

STARTS APRIL 7!
When Body Image Activist Taryn Brumfitt posted an unconventional before-and-after photo in 2013 it was seen by more than 100 million people worldwide and sparked an international media frenzy. Embrace follows Taryn’s crusade as she explores the global issue of body loathing, inspiring us to change the way we feel about ourselves and think about our bodies.

‘Disgusting’ is the word most frequently used when documentary filmmaker and body image activist Taryn Brumfitt asks 100 women to describe their bodies. The statistics she quotes suggest we’re in the midst of an epidemic of self-loathing: 91 per cent of women hate their bodies, 70 per cent of girls are dissatisfied, and 50 per cent of 5-to-12 year-olds want to lose weight. Embrace is Brumfitt’s fight-back manifesto, a stirring and highly entertaining film that celebrates diversity and preaches self-acceptance. It’s the kind of inspiring, accessible documentary that could actually change the way people think

After The Storm

Rating: M Adult themes

Running time: 1 hr 57 mins

STARTS MAY 4
★★★★ “Moving, Witty and Wonderfully Observed.” FLICKREEL.COM
★★★★ “Achingly Beautiful Ode to the Quiet Complexities of Family Life.” THE TELEGRAPH

Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support. After the death of his father, his aging mother (Kirin Kiki) and beautiful ex-wife (Yoko Make) seem to be moving on with their lives. Renewing contact with his initially distrusting family, Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in the life of his young son (Taiyo Yoshizawa) - until a stormy summer night offers them a chance to truly bond again.

AFTER THE STORM is another beautiful and award winning film from Hirokazu Kore-eda, director of I WISH, OUR LITTLE SISTER and LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON.

HANDSOME DEVIL

Running time: 1 hr 35 mins

STARTS MAY 4
“A Jaunty and Joyous Tale.” SCREEN INTERNATIONAL
“Pretty Darn Impossible to Resist.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Love books, love music, hate school.

Studious Ned feels like the only one at his Irish boys boarding school who doesn’t share the school obsession with rugby. But at the start of a new term Ned’s world is rocked by his bold new English teacher (Andrew Scott), who encourages him to form an unlikely friendship with Conor, Ned’s tough but protective new roommate – who happens to be a rugby star.

Sweet, sympathetic and with a great soundtrack, Handsome Devil will delight those who remember the joy and pain of growing up.

‘The sweetness, poignancy and breezy humour make it pretty darn impossible to resist.’ - The Hollywood Reporter

The Innocents

Rating: M Sexual violence, suicide and content that may disturb

Running time: 1hr 51mins

During the aftermath of WWII, Mathilde (Lou de Laâge), a young doctor, is urged to visit a local Polish convent. There she finds a nun in labour, and hears other grim tales from other sisters, many of whom still cannot face their own pregnancy, with the army responsible now having disappeared.

"Based on true events, this thrilling drama will have you on the edge of your seat to see what happens. Superlative director Anne Fontaine, who brought us Adore (2013 Sundance Film Festival) and Coco Before Chanel, is at her best when transporting us to intimate worlds of women courageously crossing verboten boundaries." (Sundance Film Festival)

Pecking Order

Rating: PG course language

Running time: 1 hr 24.41 mins

STARTS MAY 18
Join members of the 148-year-old Christchurch Poultry, Bantam and Pigeon Club in the lead up to the NZ National Show, as they battle history (and each other) in their quest for glory. Audiences will be introduced to an endearing and eclectic group of ‘chick fanciers’, each hoping to take away the top prize, including Doug the determined Club President, Rhys the young upstart, Sarah the chicken whisperer, Ian the exacting judge, Mark the voice of reason and Brian the lovable champion. ‘Pecking Order’ is a hilarious, unique, and heart-warming slice of Kiwiana which is sure to delight and surprise audiences of all ages.