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At the Academy you will find a range of the best local and international films, documentaries, romantic comedies, dramas and thrillers. All served to you in the comfort of wide seats, while you enjoy a drink or sweet treat during your movie. In the foyer we play movie soundtracks and scores, and serve chilled beer and boutique wines, as well as making outstanding coffee. Relax and enjoy a drink or browse our wide selection of arthouse DVDs for sale, while awaiting the start of your movie.

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NOVEMBER 28th LGBT NIGHT SCREENING 8:30pm This screening is brought to you by Fertility Associates New Zealand who will be here on the night to introduce the film and answer any questions. ''Gayby Baby premiered in Australia at the Sydney Film Festival in June to widespread critical acclaim, with reviewers praising the candidness of the film. Gayby Baby is undoubtedly motivated by the director’s support for marriage equality and attempts to counter the conservative Christian narrative that same-sex marriage is harmful to children and premiers at a difficult time for those involved in the equal marriage fight, with recent setbacks meaning marriage equality is unlikely to become a reality in the country anytime soon. Filmed over the course of three and a half years, Gayby Baby explores the lives of Australian teenagers Gus, Ebony, Matt and Graham, all of whom have same-sex parents. The film explores how growing up as a 'gayby' has impacted the children. The documentary film was conceived and directed by Maya Newell, herself a 'gayby' raised by two lesbian parents. Newell says that she felt that in the same-sex marriage debate in the Australian media, "no one was actually talking to any kids.” The reaction to the film is perhaps the most compelling reason to check it out. Gayby Baby has achieved its goal of sparking discussion and has added to the discussion being had around same-sex marriage and gay parenting, providing a fist hand insight on the subject. However, not all have taken the opportunity to become enlightened on the topic of same-sex parenting. Gayby Baby has recently been at the centre of a political uproar, with the New South Wales Premier banning the film from being shown in state schools after a proposed fundraiser, resulting in many schools being forced to host after-hour screenings to skirt the ban. Portraying real life teenagers of gay parents, telling their stories and provoking intense reactions - Gayby Baby proves why good documentary filmmaking is so important.'' - Express Magazine

Five young sisters in a small coastal Turkish town come of age against a backdrop of sun, secrets, and socially-mandated sexual suppression in [this] heartfelt, beautifully performed debut feature.

An aspiring novelist has an extramarital affair with a French diplomat`s wife.

Led by an arresting, coolly clinical performance from Peter Sarsgaard, this potent examination of one of the most controversial figures in social psychology is as indelibly stylised as it is intellectually stimulating.

These short films offer entertainment for the whole family, young and old alike. Featuring a stilt walker, a ravenous granny, an eco-warrior, lost pet dogs and an A-Z of dangerous activities for possums. Most appropriate for children 8+ years. This session is also available for school-group bookings. /SOLSTATE - ATHEUM'S WAY Music Video, 5 mins, NZ Dir/Writ/Prod: Aleks Sakowski. This handsomely animated music video tells the story of a father battling an epic storm in order to reunite with his daughter. /ACCIDENTS, BLUNDERS AND CALAMITIES Animation, 5 mins, NZ World Premiere Dir/Writ/Prod: James Cunningham. Prod: Oliver Hilbert. A father possum reads his kids a bedtime story that`s an alphabet of the most dangerous animal of all – HUMANS! /BUNNY NEW GIRL Drama, 6 mins, Australia NZ Premiere Dir/Writ/Prod: Natalie van den Dungen. Prod: Peter Fenton. Nervous on her first day at a new primary school, a self-conscious girl learns that friendship can overcome difference. /ERIK AND THE MYSTERY PACK Adventure, 7 mins, Canada World Premiere Dir/Writ: Erik Papatie. Prod: Wapikoni Mobile. A whimsical Canadian adventure following Erik, who finds some missing dogs and is charged with returning them to the owners. /TURTLEBANK HUSTLER Drama, 9 mins, NZ World Premiere Dir: Steve McGillen. Writ/Prod: Lyse Beck. Abby is a precocious eight-year-old who hustles people for money outside a supermarket for the unofficial Save the Turtles organisation. /CLAIRE AND THE KEYS Animation, 20 mins, USA NZ Premiere Dir/Writ: John Ludwick. The animated story of Claire, whose greatest desire is to learn to play music – but this is against her mother`s wishes. /MY STUFFED GRANNY Animation, 10 mins, United Kingdom NZ Premiere Dir: Effie Pappa. Writ: Effie Pappa, Miranda Ballesteros, Melissa Iqbal. Prod: Miranda Ballesteros. Based on a story by Nina Couletakis. Times are hard for little Sofia, as the Greek recession takes its toll. With her father out of work, they rely solely on Greedy Grumpy Granny`s pension. /THE STORY OF PERCIVAL PILTS Animation, 8 mins, Australia Dir/Writ: Janette Goodey, John Lewis. Prod: John Lewis. Young Percival likes his stilts so much he vows he will never again let his feet touch the ground. Mark Hadlow narrates this whimsical tale of the challenges and charms in choosing to live an impractical life.

Audience Choice sessions play the most popular films as voted on by audience members in each location. Academy Cinemas will screen: Madam black/ Pink boy/ Balsa Wood/ Dirty laundry/ Accidents blunders and calamities/ Space trash men/ Alex the magnificent/ Last door South/

Opening October 1st. Macbeth, a duke of Scotland, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself. Macbeth is the story of a fearless warrior and inspiring leader brought low by ambition and desire. A thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realities of the times and a reimagining of what wartime must have been like for one of literature's most famous and compelling characters, a story of all-consuming passion and ambition.

Opening October 29th. Set amidst the backdrop of the 2008 housing market catastrophe, Dennis Nash, a hard-working and honest man, can't save his family home despite his best efforts. Thrown to the streets with alarming precision by real estate shark Mike Carver, Dennis, out of work and luck, is given a unique opportunity - to join Carver's crew and put others through the harrowing ordeal done to him in order to earn back what's his. Delicately training his eye on the rigorous details, the reliably astute Ramin Bahrani imbues his characters with icy complexity to achieve his compassionate portrait of a man whose integrity has become ensnared within an all-too-relevant American crisis. With precision and care, Bahrani's provocative character study applies all the cinematic tools at his disposal to explore the ethical dilemma at the heart of man's struggle to reach higher - by whatever means necessary.

Premiering October 30th as part of our LGBTQ series! Standard run from November 5th. The true love story of Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree and their fight for justice. A decorated New Jersey police detective, Laurel is diagnosed with cancer and wants to leave her hard earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie. However the county officials, Freeholders, conspire to prevent Laurel from doing this. Hard-nosed detective Dane Wells, and activist Steven Goldstein, unite in Laurel and Stacie's defense, rallying police officers and ordinary citizens to support their struggle for equality.

Coming to $5 Wednesdays on 11th of November - Johnny Depp leads this true crime drama as Whitey Bulger, the ruthless South Boston criminal who sought to take down an invading Mafia family by becoming an FBI informant. From the director of Crazy Heart and Out of the Furnace, co-starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Juno Temple, Dakota Johnson and Joel Edgerton. Jack Nicholson's Frank Costello character in Scorsese's The Departed was loosely based on Bulger, currently in jail for multiple murders.-

Coming of age tale told through the eyes of `Tu`, an ambitious young man from Auckland who dreams of being a professional hip-hop dancer.

Suraj Sharma, the star of Life of Pi, makes a moving Indian indie debut in this bittersweet 80s-set drama about a young man from a mountain village who sets off to find the older brother who’s filled his head with dreams of America.

Written and directed by Oscar® winning screenwriter Brian Helgeland, LEGEND is based on the true story of the rise and fall of the notorious Kray twins, Ronnie and Reggie (both played by Tom Hardy) two gangsters who ruled the London crime scene in the swinging sixties. With their gang, “The Firm”, the inseparable Krays imposed a reign of intimidation upon the city of but as their empire expanded, power struggles, madness, dangerous feuds and a woman weakened their bond.

A down-on-his-luck music manager discovers a teenage girl with an extraordinary voice while on a music tour in Afghanistan and takes her to Kabul to compete on the popular television show, Afghan Star.

A documentary that explores the sublime bond between people and their land through a landmark architectural undertaking by one of New Zealand`s most passionately independent Maori tribes, Ngai Tuhoe.

It`s Christmas Eve in Tinseltown and Sin-Dee (newcomer Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) is back on the block. Upon hearing that her pimp boyfriend (James Ransone, STARLET, ``Generation Kill``) hasn`t been faithful during the 28 days she was locked up, the working girl and her best friend, Alexandra (newcomer Mya Taylor), embark on a mission to get to the bottom of the scandalous rumor. Their rip-roaring odyssey leads them through various subcultures of Los Angeles, including an Armenian family dealing with their own repercussions of infidelity. Director Sean Baker’s prior films (STARLET, PRINCE OF BROADWAY) brought rich texture and intimate detail to worlds seldom seen on film. TANGERINE follows suit, bursting off the screen with energy and style. A decidedly modern Christmas tale told on the streets of L.A., TANGERINE defies expectation at every turn.

The breath-taking story of a man who nearly would have changed the world. 1939, when Hitler tricked millions of people at the height of his power, one said a radical No: Georg Elser, disparaged as an assassin, is one of the greatest resistance fighters.

Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago follows various pilgrims, from ages three to 73, as they attempt to cross an entire country on foot - with only a backpack, a pair of boots and an open mind. Driven by an inexplicable calling and a grand sense of adventure, each pilgrim throws themselves heart and soul into their physical trek to Santiago de Compostela, and most importantly, their personal journey to themselves. Whatever their motivation, no one can predict just how their paths will unfold, what personal demons or angels they will face, or what transformations they will undergo by trail`s end. Called ``A brilliant documentary`` by Martin Sheen, this multiple award-winning film has been selling out screenings worldwide.

Adam Jones is a Chef who destroyed his career with drugs and diva behavior. He cleans up and returns to London, determined to redeem himself by spearheading a top restaurant that can gain three Michelin stars.

In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds...and remembers.

Sort-of-platonic rom-com from the writer and director of Bachelorette, following a good-natured womaniser (Jason Sudeikis, Horrible Bosses) and a serial cheater (Alison Brie, Community) who form a mutual friendship that threatens to become something more. Co-stars Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) and Natasha Lyonne (Orange is the New Black).

Opening November 26th. Tracy, a lonely college freshman in New York, is rescued from her solitude by her soon-to-be stepsister Brooke, an adventurous gal about town who entangles her in alluringly mad schemes. Mistress America is a comedy about dream-chasing, score-settling, makeshift families, and cat-stealing.

Opening November 26th. The Program tells of one of the biggest deceptions in modern history. The incredible true story behind Lance Armstrong - the success, the controversy, and the quest for the truth.

Opening on November 26th While on holiday in Berlin, a young woman finds her flirtation with a local guy turn potentially deadly as their night out with his friends reveals its secret: the four men owe someone a dangerous favor that requires repaying that evening.

Limited sessions from November 28th. Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, National Theatre Live will broadcast this eagerly awaited production live to cinemas. As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.