Drama

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I'm smiling

Five Feet Apart – AKA Cole Sprouse on the big screen AKA nurses are cool

Full disclosure. I am going to tell you to pay money to see this movie purely so you can enjoy Cole Sprouse’s face on the big screen. I cannot guarantee that other positive things I say from this point on are not influenced by my desire for you to enjoy some ginormous Sprouse. Five Feet Apart follows ...

10

Experience this

Fighting With My Family

The wrestling world is an intriguing phenomenon. It is a massive, multi-million dollar industry that has a breed of superfans rarely seen in any other sport. I have always appreciated the sheer athleticism and skill required to perform what is essentially a muscley dance although I have never been a fan mys...

4

Could do without

Daffodils

In 2014, a rare theatrical delight opened in Q Theatre’s Loft produced by Bullet Heart Club based on the life of playwright Rochelle Bright’s parents. Through re-imagined Kiwi classics it told the honest tale of two people falling in love and starting a life together in 1960’s Hamilton. With songs by Crowde...

10

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Happy Death Day 2U

Ashton – I actually thought this movie started pretty strongly. Following a minor character from the original film, on the same day that it all went down. It immediately established a decent tone (comedy over horror) and I was pretty intrigued about it all. Sadly that was about it for me. A small leve...

5

Meh

Mandy

What people say about Mandy : “Mandy is F***ing nuts “Finally a good Nicholas Cage movie “The most insane Nic Cage movie ever made What I say about Mandy : “What? Look, I didn’t like Mandy okay. Yes, I know that heaps of film buffs, critics, reviewers and 2018 Top Ten Youtube lists liked it. Yes, I was supe...

7

I'm smiling

Green Book

Warm and fuzzy, that’s how I felt exiting the theatre after seeing Green Book. This film is a beautiful piece of story-telling that takes a hard look at the racism of the Jim Crow South, through a very personal relationship between two friends. Based on the true story of African-American concert pianist Don...

9

Flippin' great

Stan & Ollie

Laurel & Hardy are one of the iconic comedy duos that despite passing away well before my time is still a comedy duo I have always understood to have shaped the way comedy is today. Like The Two Ronnies, Monty Python and more recently Key & Peele and SNL, they are an iconic sketch comedy team. Risin...

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...

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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...

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