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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...

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...

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Ashton’s Thoughts

Animation has often put adults off from even watching certain films and television shows. I remember the fact that my mum always refused to watch The Simpsons because it was “a cartoon” and the difficulty I have in trying to explain the exceptional Bojack Horseman to more discerning adults. Often when peopl...

9

Flippin' great

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Sarah’s Thoughts

By now, everyone is pretty familiar with the Peter Parker turned Spider-Man story line. Toby Maguire portrayed a great version of the geeky photographer Peter Parker in Spider-Man (2002), Andrew Garfield brings the cheeky badass we expect of Spider-Man to The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), and Tom Holland actua...

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...

9

Flippin' great

Ralph Breaks the Internet

You and I step into Tapper’s together. We sit down and wave the barman over. He asks us our orders before handing us a root beer each. We both smell it in disgust because it’s root beer and so I offer you a ginger beer, spiced with cinnamon for the festive season. “So,” you pop the l...

6

Good

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Christmas came early… but unfortunately it’s probably one just for the kids. As the posters and trailers have promised, it is a visual spectacular. The costumes are absolutely stunning, the world is inventive, beautiful and mysterious and the ballet is entrancing. But it’s a fancy facade t...

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...

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