Drama

7

I'm smiling

Sink or Swim

When I started to watch films and review them, I said to myself “don’t become one of thooosee people that watches a French film with English subtitles and then tells everyone about it.” And yet, here I am. Reading the title ‘Sink or Swim’ one could easily assume this is a film about drowning in your own pre...

10

Experience this

Vice

A few years ago, when director Adam McKay announced his star studded drama about the financial crisis I was super intrigued. It was a change of direction for this hilarious writer/director who had brought us such genius comedic feasts as Talladega Nights, Anchorman and perhaps my favourite comedy of all tim...

8.5

Great

Bumblebee: Did we need another Transformers movie? Yes we did.

I’m a Transformers pleb. But I really shouldn’t be. I mean, I grew up with the cartoons, played with the toys and have sat through all the recent movies. And yet, somehow I haven’t absorbed very much beyond the fact that there are Autobots and Decepticons and for some reason, they just don...

6

Good

Second Act

Do you hate cheesy chick flicks? Well I can save you some time right now and tell you that this is NOT the movie for you. If you don’t absolutely love the awesome terribleness of your stock-standard chick flick, then there is nothing redeemable I can tell you about Second Act. However, if Maid in Manh...

6

Good

The Children Act

The idea of the laws of religion and the laws of society clashing is an interesting theme for a film. The Children Act uses such themes to craft it’s story around court judge Fiona Maye (the usually uncompromisable Emma Thompson) as she attempts to make a decision whether or not the courts will force a 17 y...

4

Could do without

Mortal Engines

Based on Philip Reeve’s award winning post-apocalyptic steampunk series, Mortal Engines takes place in a world where cities now move across land on wheels, hunting each other for fuel and resources. It follows Hester Shaw (Hera Hillary) and Londoner Tom (Robert Sheehan) when they are ejected from London aft...

6

Good

My Friend Dahmer

Jeffrey Dahmer isn’t a very nice man. In fact, he is one of the most violent and sadistic men to ever walk this Earth. Not only did he rape and murder 17 men and young boys but he kept their skulls, ate their flesh, drilled holes in their skulls and poured boiling water in (while they were alive). Jeffrey D...

7

I'm smiling

Beautiful Boy

Meth addiction is a disease. It ravages families and communities, and in parts of Aotearoa meth is cheaper and more freely available than marijuana. Meth addiction is something we hear about in formal contexts, like police reports and documentaries. The human toll, the emotional destruction, and the real co...

Robin Hood

DI: It’s a 2018 re-imagining of Robin Hood starring Taron Egerton (Kingsman). The trailer promises a sexier version of our beloved thief and I’m glad to see that there were no signs of men in tight tights (as much as I enjoyed the song that goes with this imagery). From the very start, the film overturns yo...

9

Flippin' great

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

I enjoyed the first Fantastic Beasts movie. So if you and I are already at odds about that, then you might not want to trust my thoughts on the second one. You can check out my review of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them here. I’m also aware that Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald is gettin...

10

Experience this

Suspiria

I am very rarely lost for words. Regardless of my thoughts or feelings about a film, being able to express my obnoxious opinion is usually something that comes quite easily. This review is going to be quite the opposite. So please forgive me if this review feels to lack a clear through line. I am honestly j...

8

Great

Bohemian Rhapsody

It is no small feat portraying an icon and there is none more iconic than Freddy Mercury. Star Rami Malek (Mr Robot) does not disappoint. Bohemian Rhapsody opens at Live Aid 1985 and the camera tracks Freddy from his trailer to the stage. We don’t see his face but the outfit and physicality are instantly re...

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