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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...


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Relive your childhood on the PlayStation Classic

When I first heard about the PlayStation Classic, I thought “Oh, hey, that’s pretty cool.” But I wasn’t sure if it was going to be worth getting and, to be honest, I didn’t think many people would be into it.  It just looks like a quick money grab. But when I saw me and my frie...



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...



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...



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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Old Man’s Journey: Vacation-Mode Activated

Suspended somewhere between the realm of “game” and “visual novel”, Old Man’s Journey delivers an experience that you’ll probably be expecting based on the title alone. Playing as an old man, your journey starts when a letter arrives. Donning a backpack, the old man’s encounter with places and things sparks...


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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...


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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...



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...



Spider-Man: Turf Wars

I liked the first part of Spider-Man DLC The City That Never Sleeps. I liked it. It was more of the same but I liked it. I hoped the next parts would be better. This … this is not better. What made The Heist fun was the relationship between Black Cat and Spider-Man and how that affected Peter Parker’s...


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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...

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