Current Films

Whitney: Can I Be Me?

Rating: Doco

Running time: 1 hr 30 mins

STARTS MAY 25
Whitney Houston was a sure thing, or as sure as the music industry had ever seen. A transcendent talent with pedigree and mentorship to match, she was going to be the greatest female vocalist ever. For a time, she was, and then she all-too-publicly fell short.

Documentarian Nick Broomfield and iconic music video director Rudi Dolezal offer a never-before-seen backstage look at the height of Houston’s stardom and trace with penetrating detail the forces that contributed to her shortened career and subsequent death in 2012, at age 48. Whether it be racism, religion, drugs, sexuality, self-doubt, gossip, rivalry, insufficient training, the demands of parents and the industry, a troubled marriage playing out in headlines, or the inevitable toll those stresses take from so muscular and passionate a singer, the directors leave nothing unturned. They create a picture of a remarkable woman who needed more help than she received and provide an unflinching, gripping, and wholly committed exploration of talent given and taken away, in an era obsessed with how that talent lives when the stage lights go down.

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.

Saturday Night Fever - 40th Anniversary Special Edition

Rating: M contains offensive language, violence, sex scenes

Running time: 1 hr 52 mins

Friday 26 May - 8pm
One night only event!
Limited tickets $20 - 027 536 8096 or on the door on the night.
Dress up in 70’s and Disco themed costume to be in to win a limited edition Sat Night Fever prize.

'Tony Manero (John Travolta) doesn't have much going for him during the weekdays. He still lives at home and works as a paint store clerk in his Brooklyn, N.Y., neighborhood. But he lives for the weekends, when he and his friends go to the local disco and dance the night away. When a big dance competition is announced, he wrangles the beautiful and talented Stephanie (Karen Lynn Gorney) to be his partner. As the two train for the big night, they start to fall for each other as well.'

Hippopotamus

Running time: 1 hr 29 mins

STARTS June1

A disgraced poet (Roger Allam) is summoned to a friend's country manor to investigate a series of unexplained miracles in this Brit comedy. Adapted from Stephen Fry's novel of the same name.

HANDSOME DEVIL

Rating: M Violence and offensive language

Running time: 1 hr 35 mins

“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

Personal Shopper

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

Running time: 1 hr 45 mins

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.

Adult Life Skills

Rating: TBA

Running time: 1hr 36mins

STARTS JUNE 8

★★★★ “FUNNY, IMAGINATIVE AND CAPTIVATING” TOTAL FILM
★★★★ “HILARIOUSLY FUNNY” THE LIST

Anna is stuck: she’s approaching 30 and living in her mum’s garden shed. A week before her birthday her Mum serves her an ultimatum - she needs to move out. Naturally, Anna tells her Mum to “back the f-off”. However, when her school friend comes to visit, Anna’s self-imposed isolation becomes impossible to maintain. Soon she is entangled with a troubled eight year old boy obsessed with Westerns, and the local estate agent whose awkward interpersonal skills continually undermine his attempts to seduce her.