Movies

8.5

Great

Mirai

Josh: As we are both the eldest sibling in our families, I wonder, do you have any memory of your younger sibling arriving into your life? I don’t, but I do have a hazy memory of realising all of a sudden I would have to share. There’s a picture of me holding my younger sister gently, but my parents have in...

4

Could do without

The Predator

Director Shane Black has upset people before. Many fans strongly disliked his addition to the Iron Man franchise with claims that the film’s interpretation of The Mandarin butchered one of the most feared villains from the comics. I personally found Iron Man 3 to be pretty enjoyable – sure it wa...

7

I'm smiling

A Simple Favour

It’s hard not to go into A Simple Favour and compare it to Gone Girl. I urge you not to, if you can resist, because although it does seem to follow several plot points from Gone Girl – A Simple Favour is it’s own confusing blend of genres. However, it’s too hard not to… so I am...

5

Meh

The Nun

Warnings: this review is mostly spoiler free. The Nun is rated R16 in New Zealand. It contains horror and images of suicide. If you’re a fan or you’ve kept up with The Conjuring series and its various sequels and spin-offs, you’re probably eagerly anticipating The Nun, which is boasted to be the ‘darkest ch...

3

Waste of time

The Crappytime Murders

Ah the late 80s. The perfect time to use what is traditionally a children’s medium – puppetry – and twist it on it’s head to push boundaries of what we are used to seeing puppets do. Sex, swearing, drugs! Amazing. Wait? It’s 2018 and Peter Jackson’s Meet The Feebles came out nearly 3...

10

Experience this

Crazy Rich Asians

Based on the 2013 Kevin Kwan novel, Crazy Rich Asians is a classic romantic comedy following Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) as she travels to Singapore to meet her boyfriend (Henry Golding)’s family. The film starts with a simple premise that may seem familiar but takes the audience on an entirely new adventure....

7

I'm smiling

Mega Time Squad

Mega Time Squad is a Kiwi-made science fiction/heist comedy directed by Tim Van Dammen starring Jonny Brugh, Hetty Gaskil Hahn and Anton Tennant (who happens to look exactly like Tom Cruise in this film). The story follows Johnny, a young criminal living in Thames, New Zealand, who is caught up with a gang ...

9

Flippin' great

Avengers Infinity War – Home Entertainment Release + Full spoiler-free review!

Avengers Infinity War is now available to own at home and, as you’d expect, it’s full of awesome extras (over 2 hours-worth in fact)! What you have to look forward to (other than watching this epic film again and again): Strange Alchemy (5:08)– Share the thrill of characters from across the MCU ...

8.5

Great

Christopher Robin: Bring your Hankies and Balloons

I can’t claim to be any sort of Winnie the Pooh expert. As a kid, I had an unfathomable dislike for movies with clothes-wearing animals. And any brush with Winnie the Pooh always lead me to the question of wondering what a “Pooh” was in the first place. After watching Christopher Robin, I have the dis...

8.5

Great

The Meg

“That was the best movie I’ve seen all year!” my friend exclaimed as we left the cinema. While I can’t quite agree with her, I was certainly blown away at how not-bad The Meg had turned out to be. When you walk into a monster movie like The Meg, all you want to see is Jason Statham f...

8.5

Great

The Spy Who Dumped Me

Ahhh McKinnon, you’ve done it again. Yes, that was a weak re-purposing of the McCain commercial catch-phrase. “What’s that?” you ask? Please don’t embarrass us both with that question. I went into The Spy Who Dumped Me with fairly low expectations. I knew I’d at least enj...

7

I'm smiling

Mission Impossible: Fallout aka The Big Dumb Stupid Explosion Tom Cruise Film

I’m beginning to think I’m too harsh on films sometimes. My wife and I went to see a pre-screening of Mission Impossible: Fallout at IMAX this week with a whole lot of C-Grade celebrities and were super excited (not because of the C-Grade celebrities). Big screen! Explosions! Old man Cruise doing young man ...

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