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Rating Title/Year Author
I Am Patrick Swayze (2019) James Croot An engaging and enlightening mix of archival footage, film clips and modern day interviews. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Chris Schulz El Camino's uneven start has a lot of ground to cover, but Vince Gilligan knows what he's doing, and it doesn't take long for the film to shift into higher gears. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
3.5/5 Gemini Man (2019) Graeme Tuckett Pretty well assembled, mindless fun. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 Hustlers (2019) James Croot On the plus side, [Writer-director Lorene Scafaria] isn't afraid to throw the cinematic kitchen sink into proceedings, with clever use of film speed, composition and songs. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/5 () Graeme Tuckett It summarises the book without dumbing the content, but remains watchable and entertaining. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 Mosley (2019) James Croot If nothing else, Mosley offers more hope for a future generation of aspiring Kiwi animators that they might not need to travel offshore to pursue a career. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3.5/5 () James Croot There are no recriminations, only celebrations of the people who have fought to keep community spirit and their halls alive. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/5 Animals (2019) James Croot Animals is also further proof of the filmmaking talents of Australian director Sophie Hyde. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) Chris Schulz Here, the sublimely ridiculously chats hold the movie together. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
4.5/5 Joker (2019) Graeme Tuckett It is brilliantly performed - you can put the house on Phoenix getting an Oscar nomination, at least - stunningly well staged and disarmingly well written and argued. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
3.5/5 Yuli (2018) Graeme Tuckett Yuli isn't a particularly flashy or revolutionary film. But it is a more-than-competent retelling of a remarkable life's trajectory. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
4/5 Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) James Croot Almost 20 years after the much-loved animated series Dora the Explorer debuted, this live-action update does a terrific job of at being once a homage and a parody. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
2/5 UglyDolls (2019) James Croot Sadly, the Ugly Dolls animated feature is anything but plush, a combination of dog-eared, deja-vu moments and care-worn plotting that will leave even the most upbeat young moviegoer a little disappointed. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Graeme Tuckett Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is an efficient, attractive and well put together film. It didn't scare me at all, but in this most predictable and prescriptive of genres, that's hardly unusual. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
4.5/5 Maiden (2018) James Croot Forget tales of drug-addled footballers and former All Black first five-eighths, this is the sporting documentary you need to see right now. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
5/5 The Nightingale (2018) James Croot One of the most visceral and memorable dramas you'll see on the big screen this year. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
1.5/5 The Goldfinch (2019) Graeme Tuckett It is a facsimile of a good film. Or perhaps a parody of one. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
3.5/5 Abominable (2019) James Croot The girl and her yeti relationship is rather heartwarming and delightful, while also offering plenty of comedic moments. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
3.5/5 Good Boys (2019) Graeme Tuckett The genius of Gene Stupinsky's script is that he makes this storyline work at all in the 21st century, without once sounding forced or hypocritical. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
1/5 Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Graeme Tuckett As it is, this film is a lazy mess with no real reason to exist. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
4/5 Ad Astra (2019) James Croot As its name suggests, Ad Astra reaches for the stars, but ends up enhancing just one. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
() Malcolm Hopwood As well as being a compelling docu-drama, it unveiled the politics of buck-passing. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
3/5 The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) James Croot If you're after undemanding fare for primary schoolers in the next few weeks that you might also get a chuckle or two from, then Birds is the word. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
5/5 Florianópolis Dream (Sueño Florianópolis) (2018) Graeme Tuckett Florianopolis Dream is a funny, entertaining and enjoyable couple of hours. It is also an ambitious, nuanced, beautifully well performed and gorgeously insightful film, dressed up - very convincingly - in the threads of a farce. Bravo. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
4/5 Midsommar (2019) James Croot Perhaps only slightly let down by a certain inevitability about the character's fates... Midsommar is nonetheless proof of the emotional and visceral power of a well-made horror movie. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
() Jack van Beynen It's a great story, and in By The Balls it's well told. Watch it whether you're a rugby nut or not. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
4/5 Downton Abbey (2019) James Croot Taking Downton uptown has resulted in an entertaining and satisfying romp. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/5 High Life (2018) James Croot It's true there is a compelling chilliness to the story and, like the best space dramas, it sometimes offers up more questions than answers, but there's an overwhelming feeling of ennui and languidness... that more than slightly frustrates. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
2.5/5 Girls of the Sun (2018) James Croot It's a pity, because somewhere amongst the muddled editing and storytelling there's a terrific drama. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
3.5/5 () Graeme Tuckett Mystify is unapologetically one for the fans. But, seeing it as someone who thought he didn't particularly care about Hutchence's story, I was moved. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
5/5 Amazing Grace (2018) Graeme Tuckett A simple, but expertly assembled gem. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
4/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Graeme Tuckett The casting here is a triumph. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
4/5 () James Croot Move over Tainui Kid, Sione's Bolo and Ricky Baker - there's a new Kiwi cinematic comedy king. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
4/5 Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan (2019) James Croot Intense, emotional and, at times, harrowing. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
3.5/5 Mia and the White Lion (2018) Graeme Tuckett Director Gilles de Maistre has produced an unmistakable labour of love. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
2/5 The Kitchen (2019) Graeme Tuckett Events pile up in haphazard fashion, motivations come and go with the wind, revelations arrive and then are immediately discarded. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
Falling Inn Love (2019) James Croot This is a story where pratfalls abound, miscommunications are commonplace and a comedy goat threatens to steal the show. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/5 () James Croot An engaging if predictable trawl through Dan Carter's rise from country phenomenon just enjoying playing with his mates to double World Cup-winning All Black. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2019
4/5 Weathering With You (2019) James Croot An intoxicating mix of sci-fi, teen romance, environmental concerns and gorgeous animation. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
2/5 Angel Has Fallen (2019) Graeme Tuckett This is mostly just a tired, lazy, unambitious and only ever unintentionally funny plod through the cliches. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
4/5 Blinded by the Light (2019) Graeme Tuckett In this cynical age, feel-good movies are a tough genre to get right. Blinded by the Light is warmly recommended. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/5 A Dog's Journey (2019) James Croot Much of this drama is entertaining and, at times, compelling, even if it won't take a Pekingese long to work out where the plot is going. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
3.5/5 2040 (2019) James Croot Expect this uplifting and engaging documentary to become staple and popular classroom viewing over the next few years. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
4/5 Diego Maradona (2019) James Croot With snippets from chaotic press conferences, post-match celebrations and electrifying onfield action, it's a tactic that delivers delights at every turn. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
2.5/5 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Graeme Tuckett Beyond the gratuitous cruelty, the slavering misogyny and the all-too-expected childish sadism of the final scenes of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, what really struck me, walking out as the credits rolled, was just how let down I felt. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
() James Belfield Through its simplicity and integrity, Holy Mountain manages to pay respect to both those involved and its spiritual setting. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
2.5/5 () Graeme Tuckett While I'm pleased and grateful that veteran doco director Shirley Horrocks had shot a couple of fulsome interviews with Peryer... I also kinda churlishly wish the film itself was a bit more essential than it is. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
2.5/5 Palm Beach (2019) Graeme Tuckett When I say about Palm Beach "you've seen it all before" - trust me. You truly have. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
3.5/5 Late Night (2019) James Croot Late Night is a perfectly fine, periodically funny, if a little predictable, comedy. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
4.5/5 () Graeme Tuckett This is an affectionate and respectful film, but also one that knows exactly of what it speaks. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019