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Join us on September 6th for the theatrical premier and Q&A with Lucy Lawless. The Q&A panel will follow the film screening which starts at 6:00pm and will include Simon Lamb the Director of the film, Malcom Rands of Eco Store, Veronika Meduna of Radio NZ, Nico Elsen of Generation Zero and Sam Judd of Sustainable Coastlines. Climate science has been coming under increasing attack. Geologist Simon Lamb takes a look at what’s really happening with global warming by filming scientists at work in the Arctic, the Antarctic and around the world. The result is a unique exploration of the science behind global warming and an intimate portrait of a global community of researchers racing to understand our planet’s changing climate.

Releasing 3rd September. Winner of the 2015 Sundance Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award, ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL is the story of Greg Gaines (Thomas Mann), an awkward high school senior whose mom forces him to spend time with Rachel - a girl in his class (Olivia Cooke) with whom he hasn't spoken to since kindergarten - who was just diagnosed with cancer. Current;y rated 81% fresh on rotten tomatoes ''Beautifully scripted and perfectly cast, Me & Earl & the Dying Girl is a coming-of-age movie with uncommon charm and insight.''

Opening September 9th as part of our $5 Wednesdays! Southpaw tells the riveting story of Billy ``The Great`` Hope, reigning Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World (Jake Gyllenhaal). Billy Hope seemingly has it all with an impressive career, a beautiful and loving wife (Rachel McAdams), an adorable daughter and a lavish lifestyle. When tragedy strikes and his lifelong manager and friend (Curtis ``50 Cent`` Jackson) leaves him behind, Hope hits rock bottom and turns to an unlikely savior at a run-down local gym: Tick Willis (Forest Whitaker), a retired fighter and trainer to the city`s toughest amateur boxers. With his future riding on Tick`s guidance and tenacity, Billy enters the hardest battle of his life as he struggles with redemption and to win back the trust of those he loves.

Opening September 10th. Will Henry is a graphic novelist and a professor in NYC. At his adorable twin girls' fifth birthday party, Will's life is turned upside down when he walks in on the mother of his children, and longtime girlfriend, Charlie, with their friend Gary. One year later, Will is still alone and trying to put his life back together. He finds unexpected challenges when his talented student Kat tries to set Will up with her accomplished mother Diane. In this thoughtful comedy, Will is forced to navigate the unknown landscape of single fatherhood and dating in New York City, while remaining an inspiration for his students and coming to terms with himself both as a father as an artist.

Opening as part of our $5 Wednesdays September 16th. Since she was a little girl, it's been drilled into Amy's (Schumer) head by her rascal of a dad (Colin Quinn) that monogamy isn't realistic. Now a magazine writer, Amy lives by that credo-enjoying what she feels is an uninhibited life free from stifling, boring romantic commitment-but in actuality, she's kind of in a rut. When she finds herself starting to fall for the subject of the new article she's writing, a charming and successful sports doctor named Aaron Conners (Bill Hader), Amy starts to wonder if other grown-ups, including this guy who really seems to like her, might be on to something.

Playing September 12th at 8:30 as part of the German Film Festival! A much better fi lm than Downfall (Der Untergang) is Oliver Hirschbiegel’s new masterpiece about Johann Georg Elser, who tragically failed to kill Hitler. On 8 November 1939 he placed a carefully constructed time bomb behind Adolf Hitler’s lectern in the Bürgerbräu beer cellar in Munich. It worked perfectly and exploded at exactly the time it was meant to. But the ‘Führer’ left the building 13 minutes earlier than planned and survived. Elser was arrested, tortured and sent to the concentration camp Sachsenhausen and later to Dachau, where he was executed only days before the end of the war in April 1945. Who was this man, and where did Elser (4 January 1903 – 9 April 1945), a carpenter from a small Bavarian town, find the courage and moral strength to risk everything? Festival tickets are free and will be allocated on a first come/ first serve basis.

Screening September 13th at 6:15 as part of the German Film Festival. Were you born in the 50s or 60s? Have you heard of Blixa Bargeld and Einstürzende Neubauten, or are you in love with Berlin? Then this fi lm is a must for you! The documentary by Jörg A. Hoppe, Heiko Lange and Klaus Maeck is a monument in honour of West-Berlin’s wild 1980s, when Berlin was really, really cool. Everything was possible, nothing seemed forbidden in this island city in the middle of the GDR. In the last decade before the fall of the wall, West Berlin had become a centre for artists, squatters, subversive ideas, subcultures, drugs, trash, ugliness and passion. And musician and author Mark Reeder from Manchester meets them all: Blixa Bargeld, Nick Cave, Gudrun Gut, Christiane F. and many, many others. Festival tickets are free and will be allocated on a first come/ first serve basis.

Screening September 8th at 6:15 and September 13th at 8:30 as part of the German Film Festival. This year Germany celebrates 25 years of re-unifi cation. And what could be more appropriate, than to start our Film Festival 2015 with a fi lm about this memorable night of 9th November, 1989. The fi lm tells the story of the events at the Berlin checkpoint Bornholmer Straße, where the commanding offi cer Harald Schäfer (Charly Hübner) wonders what to make of Günther Schabowski’s announcement at a press conference, that from this day forward all citizens of the German Democratic Republic are allowed to leave the country if they wish. Festival tickets are free and will be allocated on a first come/ first serve basis.

Screening as part of the German film Festival on September 10th at 6:15pm. In this film, young Swiss director Maurizius Staerkle-Drux very successfully paints a touching portrait of 94-year old architect, Gottfried Böhm, and his family. Gottfried Böhm is one of Germany’s most important architects. The Pritzker prize-winning father learned his trade from his father. Gottfried still works every day on construction projects with his sons, Stephan, Peter and Paul, who are also architects. This documentary won the Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize at the prestigious 57th DOK Leipzig. The film weaves together multiple stories about love, passion for architecture, and four generations of German history, combining sensitive observations, intimate interviews and impressive cinematographic explorations of an outstanding architectural legacy to create a lasting impression of the buildings and the people. Festival tickets are free and will be allocated on a first come/ first serve basis.

Screening September 9th at 12:30pm and September 13th at 3:30pm as part of the German Film Festival. Our 2015 festival’s favourite children’s film: Nine-year-old Lola lives on a houseboat called “The Pea” with her mother Loretta, waiting for her father to resurface after he had vanished into thin air over a year ago. When her mother, Loretta, starts dating someone else, Lola is torn between her loyalty towards her father and the new guy, who is actually quite nice. In this situation, Lola becomes friends with her new classmate Rebin, a Kurd living illegally in Germany who has serious problems of his own. This beautifully crafted tale captures the pain and joy of childhood with honesty, humor and a big heart. Though made as a “children’s film,” its approach to common family issues makes it wonderfully entertaining and highly rewarding for all age groups. Festival tickets are free and will be allocated on a first come/ first serve basis.

Screening September 10th at 8:30 as part of the German Film Festival. Till Reiners (Axel Stein) is a “Spießer” – a stuffed shirt, working in a bank in a sleepy town in the German Ruhr area. His life changes dramatically when ex-con Nappo (brilliant: Moritz Bleibtreu) robs his bank and takes Till hostage. After a series of tragi-comic events and misunderstandings, it becomes clear that this is just not their day! Crazy action comedy, road movie, with great music and genuinely funny. Oh, and try to spot overrated German celebrity actor Til Schweiger in a mini role as himself. Festival tickets are free and will be allocated on a first come/ first serve basis.

Screening September 12th at 3:30 as part of the German Film Festival. 18 year old overweight Cindy lives in Berlin-Schönefeld, a bleak suburban area. Her life is colourless, without prospects. She gets bullied by her classmates and even her father calls her “Rosinenbomber”. Of course there is also the little dog Werner and Cindy’s slightly eccentric childhood friend Danny. But Danny leaves Berlin to sign up for a military operation in Afghanistan. Against all odds Cindy proves to be a positive life-affi rming young woman and much to everyone’s surprise she wins the heart of married Finnish businessman, Leif. She starts to dream the impossible dream of a future together. Then Danny comes back. War and drugs have destroyed him. He now needs Cindy’s friendship more than ever, but she is put off by his aggressive behaviour. The beautiful acting of Julia Jendroßek as lovely Cindy makes this tragi-comic coming- of-age story defi nitely worth seeing. Festival tickets are free and will be allocated on a first come/ first serve basis.

Screening September 11th at 8:30 as part of the German Film Festival. From Austria comes this celebrated, very black fi lm version of Wolf Haas’ crime novel of the same name. In search of a man called Horvath, who seems to have disappeared, private detective Brenner fi nds himself in a famous “Backhendlstation“ in the Styrian countryside. The well-known inn specialises in roast chicken and is owned by a shady character, brilliantly played by Josef Bierbichler. And slowly it becomes clear that Austria is not an idyllic place of unspoiled beauty and innocence. A gruesome discovery is made in the pile of chicken bones waiting to be fed into the basement grinder, and Brenner is in great danger. Recommended for all crime fi lm lovers with a dark sense of humour.

Screening September 12th at 6:15 as part of the German Film Festival. A German contribution to the discussion about a controversial subject: Hannes is suffering from an incurable disease and he plans to end his life in Belgium, where assisted suicide is legal. Without telling his friends that the trip is to be his last, he asks them to join him and his wife Kiki for their annual bike tour. This film is packed with emotions, so you had better bring a handkerchief and a friend! Festival tickets are free and will be allocated on a first come/ first serve basis.

Screening on September 8th at 8:30pm and September 11th at 6:15pm as part of the German Film Festival. A cybercrime thriller from Germany! Nerdy Benjamin and his over confident friend Max share one mutual interest: hacking. They form the subversive group CLAY. With bold actions against a neo-Nazi group and a pharmaceutical company they aim for global fame and Benjamin is especially keen to impress star-hacker MRX. But then they go too far and suddenly the group is being investigated by the German Secret Service and Europol. With an exciting plot and a great soundtrack, this film strikes us as a fresh, young and cool example of a good movie for international thriller fans. Festival tickets are free and will be allocated on a first come/ first serve basis.

Opening September 17th. A critical hit and audience favorite out of the Sundance Film Festival, in DOPE, Malcolm (Shameik Moore) is carefully surviving life in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles while juggling college applications, academic interviews, and the SAT. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into an adventure that could allow him to go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself.

Screening September 19th. Recluse Smith (Sam Neill) is drawn into a revolutionary struggle between guerillas and right-wingers in New Zealand. Implicated in a murder and framed as a revolutionary conspirator, Smith tries to maintain an attitude of non-violence while caught between warring factions.

Release Date 17th September - A working girl tears through Tinseltown on Christmas Eve searching for the pimp who broke her heart. Sean Baker (Starlet) shot the entire movie on a souped-up iPhone5S, and the blazing HD hyper-reality of the imagery is a perfect match for the awesome, OTT emotions on display.

Screening September 23rd as part of $5 Wednesday! Set in the world of electronic music and Hollywood nightlife, an aspiring 23-year-old DJ named Cole spends his days scheming with his childhood friends and his nights working on the one track that will set the world on fire. All of this changes when he meets a charismatic but damaged older DJ named James, who takes him under his wing. Things get complicated, however, when Cole starts falling for James' much younger girlfriend, Sophie. With Cole's forbidden relationship intensifying and his friendships unraveling, he must choose between love, loyalty, and the future he is destined for.

Screening September 18th at 8:30 as part of our Shakespeare Film Series. Tickets are just $10! Based on Taming of the Shrew - Popular, pretty Bianca Stratford (Larisa Oleynik) is in dilemma. A family rule forbids her from dating until her unpopular, rebellious, boy-hating older sister Kat (Julia Stiles) gets a suitor of her own. In an attempt to win Bianca, a potential boyfriend (Andrew Keegan) desperately attempts to set Kat up with Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger), another rebel whom may just be able to win Kat's heart.

Screening September 25th at 8:30pm as part of our Shakespeare Series. Tickets are just $10! The classic Shakespearean romantic tragedy is updated by director Baz Luhrmann to a post-modern Verona Beach where swords are merely a brand of gun and bored youths are easily spurred toward violence. Longtime rivals in religion and business, the Montagues and the Capulets share a page from the Jets and Sharks of West Side Story when they form rival gangs. Romeo (Leonardo DiCaprio) is aloof toward the goings-on of his Montague cousins, but after he realizes that Juliet (Claire Danes) is a Capulet at the end of one very wild party, the enmity between the two clans becomes the root of his angst. He relies heavily -- and with serious consequences -- on his rebel gender-bender of a friend, Mercutio (Harold Perrineau Jr.), and Father (not Friar) Lawrence (Pete Postlethwaite) for protection and support. Romeo is, of course, exiled, and it looks like Juliet will be forced into an arranged marriage with the bland Paris (Paul Rudd). It ends, as Romeo and Juliet must, when Romeo hears a tragic piece of misinformation and brings his suicide wish to what was meant to be Juliet 's temporary tomb. This time, though, the turf and the weapon of choice have taken a turn toward the surreal.

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.

From director Denis Villeneuve comes a searing emotional-thriller that descends into the intrigue, corruption and moral mayhem of the borderland drug wars. When Arizona FBI agent and kidnap-response-team leader Kate Macer uncovers a Mexican cartel’s house of death, her shocking find leads to profound consequences on both a personal and global level. Kate is recruited to join a covert black-ops mission headed by a mysterious Colombian operative known only as Alejandro along with special agent Matt Graver. Even as Kate tries to convince herself she’s on a hunt for justice, she is thrust into the dark heart of a secret battleground that has swept up ruthless cartels, kill-crazy assassins, clandestine American spies and thousands of innocents. Sicario explores the journey of an intelligence operation that pushes the rules to engage with those who don’t play by any.

Opening October 7th as part of $5 Wednesdays! In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton tells the astonishing story of how these youngsters revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war.

Opening October 8th. From Academy Award (R) winner Brian Helgeland comes the true story of the rise and fall of London's most notorious gangsters, Reggie and Ron Kray, both portrayed by Tom Hardy in an incredible performance. LEGEND is a classic crime thriller taking us into the secret history of the 1960s and the extraordinary events that secured the infamy of the Kray Twins.

Screening October 17th. Toss is an 11-year old girl living on a remote hill country farm. While out with her father herding sheep, he falls and is killed. Ethan, a bearded stranger appears, carrying his body, and plants himself on the farm. Toss fears he’s Lucifer and is confused when he and her mother become lovers. It is through Ethan, however, that Toss comes to terms with her father’s death and the first stirrings of womanhood. Vincent Ward’s debut feature was the first NZ film selected for competition at Cannes; LA Times’ critic Kevin Thomas lauded it as “a work of awesome beauty”.

Academy Cinemas is happy to welcome Doc Brown and Marty McFly into the present with a Back to the Future Double Feature! We`ll be playing the first two films starting at 6:30 for just $10!

Opening October 22nd. A small village in India is invigorated when one of their own travels to America (aka, UMRIKA) and details his adventures through letters home, sparking community debate and inspiring hope. But when the letters mysteriously stop coming, his younger brother Rama (Suraj Sharma) sets out on a journey to find him. With the help of his best friend Lalu (Tony Revolori), Rama retraces his brother's path to find himself charting one of his own. Set in the mid-1980s, UMRIKA is a funny and meaningful story of the lengths taken to realize one's dreams.

Opening November 19th. 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.

Screening November 21st. Thomas, Jack and Wayne are best mates. At night they're the Stickmen, who tour the Wellington pub scene playing pool with ever-increasing stakes. These peak when they enter a tournament run by vicious crime boss ‘Daddy'. Can they pocket the money and win the girls? Rothwell's first feature was a Kiwi take on the UK urban underbelly genre (Lock, Stock etc). "Smart, stylish and effortlessly entertaining" (Dominion Post) the film was a hit with the young male demographic and won several 2001 NZ Film and TV Awards (including best director, script, and actor).

Screening December 19th. Rain begins by evoking an idyllic kiwi summer. It's a 1970s beach holiday; Mum, Dad and the kids. Picture perfect. But, as the title hints, all is not sunny days at the bach. Beneath still waters Mum is drowning in drink, Dad is defeated, and 13-year-old Janey is awakening to a new kind of power. An adaptation of the eponymous Kirsty Gunn novel, Rain was director Christine Jeffs' widely acclaimed debut feature and saw her selected on Variety’s 2002 ‘Ten Directors to Watch’ list. Kevin Thomas in the LA Times acclaimed the film as, “an important feature debut.”