Drama

9

Flippin' great

Wonder Woman

Louise Beuvink and Lucy Noonan went to the New Zealand premiere of Wonder Woman. Lucy is a comic book nerd and Louise is a filthy casual. Here is their review. Lucy: So… that was amazing. I don’t even know where to begin. Louise: I’ll start with a background. Wonder Woman is the first live-action feat...

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...

7.5

I'm smiling

Churchill

I’ve been critiqued before for my loose definition of what a “war movie” is. What is a war movie anyway? Does it require a certain volume of blood and guts to qualify? No one has been able to explain it satisfactorily to me so I’m going out on a limb and saying that Churchill is a wa...

8

Great

Beauty and the Beast

Being a Disney fanatic I was a little concerned when I found out that yet another classic was getting a live action face lift. Not just any classic! One of my all time favs – Beauty and the Beast. I was disappointed with many of the casting announcements and the first glimpse of the soundtrack made Em...

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...

2

Regret

The Great Wall

Come on -Come on now! None of you thought this was gonna be good, right? You just want to know how bad it is… Well, it’s bad. Where on the terrible scale does ‘The Great Wall’, fall? For me the type of bad I categorize this movie into is ‘Bewilderingly Bad”. You can only hope when you go and see a genuinely...

7

I'm smiling

Fences

Fences is one of those films that makes you feel really intellectual and cultured for going to see, but also wondering whether you really enjoyed it. Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play by the same name, Fences is a character-driven drama about an African-American father and his family in 1950’s Pittsb...

6

Good

Patriots Day

It was either good or very OK. For a historical drama, pretty solid. Patriots Day is a retelling of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the hunt for the two brothers who committed it. I went with a friend and he mentioned he felt a bit weird in that he didn’t want to be entertained or he felt like it would...

8.5

Great

Silence

Silence is a beautifully crafted movie. Throughout the film, I felt myself needing air as I tried to surface its suffocating and engaging nature. Not for the faint hearted, the main theme of the movie is torture and martyrdom.  Set in 17th century Japan, 2 Portuguese priests have their faith tested as they ...

5

Meh

Assassin’s Creed The Movie

Movies based on video games have a reputation for being cheesy, often low budget affairs with bad acting and even worse dialogue. As a massive fan of the Assassin’s Creed series of games (I may have an Ezio costume in my closet…) I was waiting with baited breath to find out whether the movie would deliver o...

6.5

Good

Passengers

You’ve probably heard of Passengers, it’s one of those safe bet sci-fi blockbusters, almost completely marketed on it’s two massive stars Chris Pratt & Jennifer Lawrence. The posters are effectively Chris Pratt & Jennifer Lawrence … in space!! Do you really need to know any more? You do? Man, ok, I ...

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