Coming Soon to Academy Cinemas

Auckland Queer Film Festival Closing Night - Sunday 21st of February - Three outcast teenage girls get a new perspective on high-school life when they are mysteriously transformed into boys, in this skillfully crafted tale of sexual confusion with a supernatural twist.

Auckland Queer Film Festival Screening - Tuesday 16th of February at 8:30pm - Is there such a thing as a "gay voice"? Why do some people "sound gay" but not others? Why are gay voices a mainstay of pop culture but also a trigger for bullying and harassment? Do I Sound Gay? explores these questions and more and includes revealing interviews with Margaret Cho, Tim Gunn, Don Lemon, Dan Savage, David Sedaris and George Takei.

Screening February 12th at 8:30 as part of our Coen Brothers Director's Spotlight. When a Vietnam veteran discovers two million dollars while wandering through the aftermath of a Texas drug deal gone horribly awry, his decision to abscond with the cash sets off a violent chain reaction in a stripped-down crime drama from Joel and Ethan Coen. Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) has just stumbled into the find of a lifetime. Upon discovering a bullet-strewn pickup truck surrounded by the corpses of dead bodyguards, Moss uncovers two million dollars in cash and a substantial load of heroin stashed in the back of the vehicle. Later, as an enigmatic killer who determines the fate of his victims with the flip of a coin sets out in pursuit of Moss, the disillusioned Sheriff Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) struggles to contain the rapidly escalating violence that seems to be consuming his once-peaceful Lone Star State town. Woody Harrelson, Javier Bardem, and Kelly MacDonald co-star in a distinctly American crime story that explores timeless biblical themes in a contemporary Southwestern setting.

Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep and Helena Bonham Carter lead this UK historical drama about the women’s suffrage movement of the late 19th and early 20th century – a feminist movement that saw its foot soldiers forced underground and threatened as a result of their peaceful protest for equality. From director Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane) and Emmy-winning screenwriter Abi Morgan (TV’s The Hour). - Flicks.co.nz

Screening February 19th at 8:30 as part of our Coen Brothers Director's Spotlight. The plot of this Raymond Chandler-esque comedy crime caper from the Coen Brothers (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen) pivots around a case of mistaken identity complicated by extortion, double-crosses, deception, embezzlement, sex, pot, and gallons of White Russians (made with fresh cream, please). In 1991, unemployed '60s refugee Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) grooves into his laid-back Los Angeles lifestyle. One of the laziest men in LA, he enjoys hanging with his bowling buddies, pompous security-store owner Walter Sobchak (John Goodman) and mild-mannered ex-surfer Donny (Steve Buscemi). However, the Dude's life takes an alternate route the afternoon two goons break into his threadbare Venice, California, bungalow, rough him up, and urinate on his living room rug. Why? Because Jackie Treehorn (Ben Gazzara) is owed money by the wife of a certain Jeff Lebowski. However, the goons grabbed the wrong Jeff Lebowski. With the right info, they would have invaded the home of philanthropic Pasadena millionaire Jeffrey Lebowski (David Huddleston). The Dude looks up his wealthy namesake, manages to get a replacement for his rug, and meets the millionaire's sexy young wife Bunny (Tara Reid). Later, Jeffrey ("The Big") Lebowski calls in the Dude to deliver a $1 million ransom for the return of his kidnapped wife. Fine -- except that Walter intrudes and botches the ransom drop. As events unravel, the Dude gets caught up in the schemes of Lebowski's daughter, erotic artist Maude (Julianne Moore), encounters both cops and bad guys, and drifts through an elaborate bowling fantasy sequence titled Gutterballs. The soundtrack includes Bob Dylan, Yma Sumac, Moondog, Captain Beefheart, and the Sons of the Pioneers.

COMING TO ACADEMY CINEMAS FEBRUARY 18th - 'Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) open an unconventional window into the life of Steve Jobs. Michael Fassbender is the Apple genius, Seth Rogen is co-founder Steve Wozniak and Kate Winslet is Jobs' long-suffering assistant Joanna Hoffman. Based on the biography by Walter Isaacson. The film is divided into three different eras, each depicting a key Apple product launch and the multiple conflicts Jobs succumbed to from family and colleagues. 1984 sees a voice demo of the Apple Macintosh, but a technical failure threatens to derail the entire showcase. 1988 sees the launch of the NeXT Computer, from the new company Jobs' founded. 1998 sees the launch of the iMac, a technological game-changer' - Flicks.co.nz

COMING TO ACADEMY CINEMAS MARCH 3RD - "Academy Award-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) writes and co-directs this stop-motion animated drama with shades of absurdist humour, following a self-help “guru” who can’t seem to help himself. Michael Stone, husband, father and respected author of “How May I Help You Help Them?” is a man crippled by the mundanity of his life. On a business trip to Cincinnati, where he’s scheduled to speak at a convention of customer service professionals, he checks into the Fregoli Hotel. There, he is amazed to discover a possible escape from his desperation in the form of an unassuming Akron baked goods sales rep, Lisa, who may or may not be the love of his life. The other co-director of the film, Duke Johnson, is known for his television works directing Frankenhole, Moral Orel, and the stop-motion episode of Community." - Flicks.co.nz

Thursday 3rd March 6:00pm - SUBTITLED Saturday 5th March 12:00pm - DUBBED Saturday 5th March 6:00pm - SUBTITLED Sunday 6th March 1:30pm - SUBTITLED RELEASE DATE MARCH 3rd - Kyuta, a boy living in Shibuya, and Kumatetsu, a lonesome beast from Jutengai, an imaginary world. One day, Kyuta forays into the imaginary world and, as he`s looking for his way back, meets Kumatetsu who becomes his spirit guide. That encounter leads them to many adventures.

RELEASE DATE MARCH 10th - From the director of the Academy Award® nominated I AM LOVE comes a psychological suspense drama that will invite audiences into the fragile and dangerous world of relationships. When a glamorous couple decide to vacation on a remote Italian island, their rest is disrupted by the sudden visit of an old friend and his luscious daughter. Suddenly, what was supposed to be a perfect romantic getaway turns into a whirlwind of jealousy, passion and danger, sparking some flames that should not necessarily be ignited.

"The excellent Brie Larson (Short Term 12) leads this harrowing drama as a mother trapped in a windowless, 10-by-10-foot enclosure with her five-year-old son Jack. From the director of Frank and What Richard Did. Based on the novel by Emma Donoghue, who came to the story after learning about the victims in the Fritzl case. To shield her child from the horrible reality of the situation, she playfully names their confinement ‘Room’ and conjures a whole new world for Jack. But when her composure starts to break, and his curiosity about ‘Room’ grows, only one option becomes available to them – breaking free"- Flicks.co.nz

COMING TO ACADEMY CINEMAS MARCH 31ST - "Coen brothers' comedy following a Hollywood "fixer" (Josh Brolin) in 1950s Hollywood who is trying to track down a star (George Clooney) who has vanished during the filming of a Roman epic. All-star cast also includes Scarlett Johansson, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton." - Flicks.co.nz

The award winning collection has stories that move us, stories that make us think, and most importantly of all- stories that inspire us to get on our bike. Showcasing everything a bike centric audience could want- action, drama, plenty of humor and even a hint of romance, making you want to fall in love with your bike all over again. There will be a 15 minute intermission, making the total running time for this screening 135 minutes.