Nelson Leader : March 21st 2013
10 THE NELSON LEADER, MARCH 21, 2013 ENTERTAINMENT www.statecinemas.co.nz - Movie Info 548 8123 french fIlM festIval screenIng13th-24thMarch 2d jack the gIant slayer thu, fri, sat, tue, Wed 10.40am, 6.10pm; sun, Mon 6.10pm • M • 2hrs broken cIty thu, fri, sat, tue, Wed 10.30am, 4.45, 9pm; sun, Mon 4.45, 9pm • r16 • 1hr 56min great expectatIons thu, fri, tue 10.20am, 3.25, 8.30pm; sat 10.20am, 8.30pm; sun 8.30pm; Mon, Wed 3.25, 8.30pm • M • 2hr 16min IgIve Itayear daily 3.40, 8.20pm • M • 1hr 45min 21 & over daily 1.40, 7pm, 9pm • r16 • 1hr 40min a goodday to dIe hard daily 12.45, 7pm • M • 1hr 44min Mt. zIon daily 2.50pm • PG • 1hr 39min lIncoln daily 12.35pm • M • 2hr 37min sIlverlInIngs playbook thu, fri, Mon, tue 1pm, 6pm; sat, Wed 6pm; sun 1pm • M • 2hr 10min django UnchaIned daily 8.30pm • r16 • 2hr 52min Met opera: aIda sat 1.30pm; sun 4pm Wed 11am E • 4hr 10min (incl. intermission) Adults $33, Senior / Child $28 the redhoUse *Some subtitles daily 6.55pm • PG • 1hr 15mins a lady In parIs *Subtitles thu, fri, sat, tue, Wed 11am, 3.20, 8.30pm; sun, Mon 3.20, 8.30pm • M • 1hr 35min sIlence of love *Subtitles daily 12.45, 4.45, 9pm • M • 1hr 45min lIberal arts thu 10.30am, 2.50pm Chick Flick Thu 7pm; fri, sat, tue, Wed 10.30am, 2.50, 7pm; sun, Mon 2.50, 7pm • M • 1hr 38min saMsara fri, sun, tue 1.20pm; sat, Mon, Wed 4pm • PG • 1hr 49min aMoUr *Subtitles thu, fri, sat, tue, Wed 11am, 12.55, 3.20, 6pm; sun, Mon 12.55, 3.20, 6pm • r13 • 2hr 8min searchIng for sUgarMan daily 1.30, 5.15, 8.30pm • M • 1hr 26min les MIserables thu, fri, sat, tue, Wed 10.30am, 3.50pm; sun, Mon 3.50pm • M • 2hr 45min arthoUse fIlMs 3d jack the gIant slayer thu 3.40pm; fri, sat, sun, Mon, tue, Wed 3.40, 8.45pm M•2hrs 3d oz:the great &poWerfUl fri, tue 10.40am, 3.30, 6.10pm; sat, Wed 10.40am, 1.20, 6.10pm; sun 3.30, 6.10pm; Mon 1.20, 6.10pm PG • 2hr 17min 3d cIrqUe dU soleIl thu, fri, sat, tue, Wed 10.40am G • 1hr 39min 3d lIfe of pI daily 1.10, 5.45pm • PG • 2hr 14min qUartet Mon 25th Mar 11am All Greypower card holders welcome tickets $10 • M • 1hr 40min greypoWer screenIng Phone 546 6336 or 0800 167 167 5196074AA MOVIE REVIEW: MT ZION Reggae and potatoes surprisingly enjoyable Great voice: Stan Walker as Turei, a young man in a small town with big dreams, in Mt Zion. Matt Lawrey's MOVIE REVIEW MORE ONLINE: To read Matt's previously published reviews, watch trailers and share your thoughts, visit theleader.co.nz BOTTOM LINE: It's a nice movie. 1/2 (out of five) Also screening: I Give it a Year (M) I give it: If there is one thing I love about movies, it s their power to surprise. Take the New Zealand film Mt Zion (PG), for example. I didn t really want to see it but the movie I wanted to catch wasn t on at a time that suited sooffIwenttoseewhatisa film about a Maori dude in 1979 who picks potatoes in Pukekohe and worships Bob Marley. Now, I m one of those rare people who doesn t totally dig reggae. I m also not a huge fan of nostalgia and I m not even that keen on potatoes. None of these, however, stopped me from enjoying Mt Zion. Written and directed by first timer Tearepa Kahi, Mt Zion tells the tale of Turei, played by Australian Idol Stan Walker, who dreams of a career in music. His father, known as Papa and played by Temuera Morrison, is the hard working boss of a gang of potato pickers and has little time for his son s musical aspirations. When a competition is laun- ched to find a band to open for Marley at his concert at West- ern Springs, Turei throws himself into his music and on a collision course with his parents. Not surprisingly, drama follows. Walker is joined in his band by familiar faces David Wikaira-Paul (ex-Shortland Street), Darcy Ray Flavell- Hudson (aka The Ghost Chips Kid) and new face Troy Kingi. The cast also includes Miriama Smith as a no- nonsense promoter and Will Hall as her boss. Thanks to cinematographer Fred Renata, Mt Zion is a sun-soaked delight to look at. From memory Pukekohe isn t the prettiest place on earth but Renata makes it look like heaven. Mt Zion sounds great too thanks mainly to Walker s vocal stylings. Man, that guy can sing! The acting is mostly solid. Morrison does well with the part of Papa while Smith turns in another strong per- formance following her bril- liant effort in last year s TV movie The Siege. As far as the younger cast members go Kingi stands out as an actor with seriously strong screen presence. Plotwise Mt Zion is a little over-crowded with subplots going in all directions. Unfor- tunately most of them don t get fleshed out enough to be satisfying and become need- less distractions from the main act. Fortunately the cen- tral storyline works well and the dialogue, at least 30 percent of which is in te reo, is more than passable. The best thing about Mt Zion is its New Zealand-ness. The plot may be contrived but the flavour and the feel are unapologetically Kiwi. Appar- ently Marley s visit to our shores in 1979 was a huge deal for Maori and Kahi has done well to recognise its storytelling potential. He has also made a warm and at times charming film that will find fans up and down the country.
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