Laura

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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...

6

Good

The Conjuring 2

Demonologist duo Lorraine and Ed Warren return in this supernatural horror based on the true case of the Enfield Poltergeist that occurred in Britain in 1977. When the Hodgson family start experiencing strange phenomena in their house including disembodied voices and furniture moving by itself, they appeal ...

9

Flippin' great

Trolls

If you’re looking for a feel good, family movie that will make you want to get up and dance in the cinema, then I recommend going to see Trolls! The Trolls are living a bright and joyous existence, with hug breaks every 30 minutes, regular dance parties and general merriment. But everything changes when an ...

3

Waste of time

Ouija: Origin of Evil

A widowed mother struggling to make ends meet with her fraudulent business as a spiritual medium, introduces a Ouija board into her act in the hopes of boosting her clientele. Instead, she unwittingly invites an evil spirit that terrorises her family and possesses her young daughter. Set in the 1960s, it so...

6

Good

The Magnificent Seven

A vicious villain strikes fear into a sleepy town full of simple pioneers. Seven unlikely heroes emerge. It’s a classic tale of good versus evil, but this is the Wild West, where anything can happen. The Magnificent Seven is a remake of the 1960s movie of the same name and based on the 1954 Japanese film, S...

6

Good

Nerve

Conservative high school student Vee Delmonico (Emma Roberts) leads a mundane life until she decides on a whim to complete dares for the popular online game Nerve, a choice that leads to a whirlwind adventure that tests her will and pushes her limits to the extreme. When players launch Nerve, they can choos...

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