Comedy

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I'm smiling

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

“They call themselves the Guardians of the Galaxy.” “What a bunch of a-holes.” So yeah, that about sums it up. Of course the ladies-in-charge will never accept a two sentence quote as a review so allow me to elaborate. Normally when I review something, I like to watch the thing I’m reviewing and then start ...

2

Regret

Baywatch

Maybe I’m showing my age here, but the first time I encountered Baywatch was in the context of the Spongebob Squarepants Movie. David Hasselhoff runs across the beach in slow motion in red togs, before transforming into a bobblehead-type powered lifeboat and getting Spongebob’s mission back on track through...

4

Could do without

Table 19

Table 19 is the table in the far back corner of the wedding, assembled from people who don’t fit at any other table. These are the people who were invited out of politeness and should have RSVP’d ‘No’. How then, did the bride’s oldest friend Eloise (Anna Kendrick) end up in this table of disparate strangers...

6

Good

Colossal

If you want something a bit off-beat, Colossal might meet your needs in this old-school-monster-meet-dysfunctional-people movie. Unemployed and alcoholic Gloria (ANNE HATHAWAY) gets thrown out of boyfriend Tim’s apartment after one too many times of late night partying. In a haze, she returns to her s...

8

Great

T2 Trainspotting

“Don’t worry, it’s not shite” director Danny Boyle informed the eager crowd. I was lucky enough to attend the New Zealand premiere for T2 Trainspotting where he gave a live introduction. That’s right, Danny Boyle of Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire fame flew halfway across the world to New Zealand to t...

8

Great

Your Name

I’m a little nervous writing a review for this. Your Name is already pegged to beat Finding Dory for the Best Animated Feature at the Oscars and the director (Makoto Shinkai) as the next Hayao Miyazaki. Also, I’ve never reviewed an anime before. So this is a review from someone who isn’t well versed in the ...

6

Good

Love and Friendship

I am finding this review really difficult to write, because I love Jane Austen. She is the master of classic romance, and her works have in many ways defined both the genre and hopes of women throughout history. Who can deny the charm of Elizabeth and Mr Darcy, Jane and Bingley, Marianne and Colonel Brandon...

6

Good

Storks: What is Going On?!

It’s been awhile since I’ve been to the movies surrounded by kids and families. It’s not that I don’t like animation – I love it – but the idea of going to the cinemas and coming out when there’s still daylight seems to defy movie-going atmosphere for me. But you kn...

6

Good

The Secret Life of Pets

The Secret Life of Pets is definitely one of those films that uses up all the best parts in the trailer. I don’t know if I (or anyone else in the theater) really had a good chuckle after all the trailer parts had been used up in the first ten minutes. The premise, no matter how similar to Toy Story, w...

9

Flippin' great

Bridget Jones’s Baby

I feel like I need to start out with a disclaimer: I have not seen the first two Bridget Jones films in their entirety. I have fragmented memories of a fight scene around a water fountain, but that’s about it. However, Bridget Jones is somewhat of a cultural icon, so it was impossible to go into this new fi...

7

I'm smiling

Sausage Party

I’m jealous of Seth Rogen – he seems to have reached the point in his career where he can pretty much make any film he wants. Enter Sausage Party, a computer-animated, R-rated stoner comedy about the adventures of sentient food. The movie follows the story of Frank (Seth Rogen), a sausage in a supermarket c...

8

Great

Bad Moms

After being semi-traumatised by Mike and Dave need Wedding Dates I wasn’t sure if I could ever trust an R-rated comedy again. Luckily Bad Moms was a very pleasant surprise! The basic idea is that Amy (Mila Kunis) is an over worked and underappreciated mum trying to juggle a million things at once and feelin...

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