Laura

8.5

Great

I Am Not Your Negro

I knew going in that I Am Not Your Negro was going to be a difficult documentary to watch and review. As a white woman, I was a little uncomfortable even saying the name to the woman at the ticket counter. I wasn’t sure if I was allowed to say that word! But I wanted to review this documentary because I thi...

8.5

Great

It (2017)

Director Andrés Muschietti had a challenging task in reimagining It, originally an iconic miniseries based on the novel by legend of horror Stephen King. For a modern audience, the idea of a horror movie with a clown as the main antagonist seems destined to flop. It would be very easy to fall into the realm...

7

I'm smiling

Knack 2

The original Knack game, a PS4 launch title about a size-shifting golem, released to a mixed reception. Players criticised the simplicity of the attacks and the challenging, old school combat, where one or two hits could result in death and checkpoints were vastly spaced. Sony Japan Studio takes us back int...

7

I'm smiling

Agents of Mayhem Review

I’m a big fan of developer Volition’s Saints Row series of games with their satirical and larger than life style and absurdly hilarious missions, so when I was given the opportunity to review Volition’s new game, Agents of Mayhem, I jumped at the chance. Agents of Mayhem is an open world, 3rd person shooter...

7

I'm smiling

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

An Inconvenient Truth sent shockwaves through the world when it was released in 2006. For many people, it was an alarming wake up call as to the extent of the damage that had been caused over decades of industrialisation which was sending us hurtling towards a global catastrophe. 11 years on and the effects...

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...

10

Experience this

Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Do you know what makes you who you are? What makes you human? Is it the heart beating in your chest or your lungs filling and compressing as air rushes in and out of them. It could be argued it’s your brain, but your brain interprets sensory information from your body. If fed entirely different sensory info...

6

Good

Smurfs: The Lost Village

Every Smurf has a name that relates to their unique and dominant personality trait except for Smurfette. “What is an ‘ette’?” she wonders aloud as she ponders her role in Smurf society. It’s a common movie trope for an all male cast to include one lone, female member and especially jarring in the Smurfs whe...

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

Orwell

How much can you know about a person from their social media posts? What about their phone calls and their bank records? Can you tell if someone has a violent personality? Can you tell if they’re a killer? These are the kind of questions developer Osmotic Studios makes you think about while playing their dy...

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...

4

Could do without

Elle

As I left the cinema after watching Elle, I pondered upon the confusing mess of a movie I had just seen. The story follows Michele (Isabelle Huppert) as she goes about her daily life following a brutal rape from an unknown assailant in her home. In the opening moments of the movie we’re introduced to Michèl...

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