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This page aims to be a guide to movie (and television) resources at the library - and covers both our audiovisual resources and our book collections in this area. Have a browse!

New DVDs & Staff Picks

We blog about new DVDs and staff picks from our collection over on the library's News Blog. Our most recent post about DVDs will show below, but you can always click the buttons below to head over to the News Blog and read about either new DVDs, or exceptional picks from our back catalogue.

Recent DVDs Staff Picks

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More recent items

Check out the complete monthly lists of our latest DVDs

New film and television books

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Magazine roundup

Want to check out what's in the latest issue of your favourite movie magazine? Here are some links to either the magazine's website, or (where available), the fulltext of the magazine through our online databases. Enjoy!

(Note: to read articles online, you must have logged into EBSCO during the past month on the computer you are using.)

What's on in Wellington?

Local Cinemas

Cinema guides

  • Flicks
    Trailers, descriptions, ratings and session times for films in New Zealand cinemas.
  • Wellington Film Society
    Join the society or buy a sampler to see old and new gems from throughout the world.
  • Wellington Film Guide
    Session times and reviews for current and upcoming releases.
  • Noremote.co.nz
    Session times for films in all Wellington (and Christchurch) theatres.

DVD Quicksearches

By audience:

By genre:

Finding books:

Subject area: Dewey no.:
The film section Mainly 791.43 - 791.438
Directors 791.43023 (also try the Biography section)
Actors 791.43092 (also try the Biography section)
Film scripts 791.437
Script writing 808.23
Film editing software (eg Adobe Premier, iMovie, QuickTime) 778.559, 778.5992, 006.6869


If you're after something specific such as information on a particular person or film, try a subject or keyword search in our catalogue.

Check the large book section and reference books if you can't find anything in the normal-size sequence.

'Select: Sound & Vision' collection!

Select collection stickerGet the latest DVDs & BluRays faster! The Select collections - available at Karori, Kilbirnie, Newtown, Waitohi, Te Awe & Arapaki libraries.



  • All Movie Guide
    Huge database featuring reviews, actor biographies, cast/credits info, genre keyword searching amongst other features.
  • ForeignFilms
    Database & news.
  • Internet Movie Database
    Similar to allmovie.com, but arguably more extensive. Movie news, biographies, user-ratings, plot summaries, photo galleries and more.
  • Movie Review Query Engine
    Easy to use movie review database. Links to full text reviews of over 100,000 films.


  • Daily Film Dose
    Film reviews, as well as plenty of interesting features.
  • The A.V Club
    A one stop shop, 'The AV Club' is an online entertainment paper, published by 'The Onion', though it is not satirical in content. It includes reviews of films, music, comics, DVDs, vide games & books.
  • The DVD Journal
    A great site, 'The DVD Journal' is now unfortunately defunct. Begun in 1997, it provided over 10 years worth of great reviews and features, focusing not just on the movies themselves, but also the technical aspects of the DVD releases and re-issues.
  • The Pinocchio Theory
    Not just a 'review' site, Steven Shaviro's blog incorporates the world of film with his interests in philosophers Giles Deleuze & A.N Whitehead, pop music & comic books.
  • Self Styled Siren
    A literate, but never pretentious, film blog that has plenty of smart things to say about old movies - all the way back to the silent era - & film preservation. With plenty of great stories on actors, actresses and the old Studio system.

Local Festivals

International Festivals

New Zealand Film

NZ News, Reviews, Media

  • Screen Hub
    Daily online film and television industry news & vacancies.
  • Lumiere
    NZ site with film criticism, reviews and forum.
  • New Zealand Herald
    Daily reviews, competitions, entertainment news.

International News, Reviews, Media

  • Agony Booth - "An ongoing inquisition into some of the worst movies humanity has to offer."
  • Cinema review - Archived reviews of cinema and video/DVD releases. Provides short synopses; critical reviews; cast and crew information; average reviewer ratings.
  • DVD Talk - DVD reviews and columns.
  • E-online - Hollywood gossip.
  • Guardian - great film reviews.
  • JoBlo - Latest news, DVD, VHS and cinema reviews; upcoming releases, box office rankings.
  • Journal of Religion and Film
  • Masters of Cinema - Substantial material about quality foreign films and classics.
  • Metacritic - Compares net-wide reviews for film and DVD/Video releases to yield an overall rating.
  • Moviemaker - Magazine on the 'art and business of making movies'.
  • New York Times - some of the best reviews and analysis (free registration req'd).
  • Reelviews - Copious reviews by James Berardinelli.
  • Roger Ebert - Reviews, interviews & essays, events and 'answer man'.
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Similar to Metacritic, Rotten Tomatoes compiles net-wide reviews to give an overall 'fresh' or 'rotten' rating.
  • SFgate
  • U.K. Critic

Studios and Collectives - International

DVD rental & retail

  • Aro Video - Wellington's home of quality film has an equally excellent website. The fully searchable catalogue is replete with reviews and recommendations. They also have a good range of VHS and DVD titles for purchase.
  • DVD video NZ
  • Real Groovy
  • United Video


Comments, ideas?

This page is written and maintained by Mark, our Sound & Vision specialist. My aim is to keep you informed about the film and television collections and to highlight parts of the collection which may interest you. I'd be pleased to hear from you about this page - you can email me with any feedback.