Drama

9

Flippin' great

In The Heights

Fans of the musical Hamilton, take note! Lin Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights has finally made it to the big screen, and boy was it worth the wait.  For fans of Miranda like myself, it’s a treat seeing him cameo in the film – although I bet when he starred on Broadway as Usnavi, he’d never have im...

5

Meh

Made in Italy

I’d always wanted to see what Flight of the Conchords’ Bret McKenzie would be like in a non-comedic romantic role. Well, this wasn’t it, just in case you’re wondering. But it’s close. Bret’s body double -also known as Micheál Richardson- plays Jack, an art gallery owner. ...

3

Waste of time

The Little Things

Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto! An interesting line up to be sure! So when asked who wants to review The Little Things my choose-me arm shot up. I watched about ten seconds of trailer and stopped. I could see it was a crime drama and I did not want to take the risk of a badly edited trailer ru...

8

Great

Music – a film by Sia

You might be forgiven for thinking this is a musical, or at least one giant music video. I mean, with Sia at the director’s helm, you already know what to expect. Dancing? Check. Surrealist sets? Check. Maddie Ziegler? MOST DEFINITELY. What I didn’t expect is how this film takes on some pretty difficu...

8

Great

Dune 1984

Guest review by Tim Baker Dune.Now there is a juggernaut of science fiction. A glorious triumph of literature and an embarrassing mistake of cinema. Dune, written by Frank Herbert, was first published in 1965. The novel is a dense, complicated, brilliant story set around the year 10,190 on the eponymous pla...

8

Great

Freaky *spoiler free* Review

It’s been way too long since I’ve sat down to write a review. I genuinely am struggling to remember where to start. I think I usually start with some personal little tidbit about my prior knowledge of the film or what I had for breakfast that day, so let’s start there. On Wednesday the 11t...

7

I'm smiling

Older

The Kiwi film Older has been popping in and out of my industry periphery over the past few years. Given the size of the NZ film and TV industry, the film’s progress has often popped up on my Facebook feed and a few people I either know or know of have been involved in it in some capacity. So I was del...

6.5

Good

Endings, Beginnings

One night, one party, can change your life forever. In Endings, Beginnings, Daphne (Shailene Woodley) discovers this when she meets not one, but two, handsome men at her sister’s New Years Eve party. Conflicted, she’s drawn into a tumultuous love triangle which propels her into an exploration of her values ...

8

Great

Resistance

You might think you would want to just watch happy movies at a time like this. You may wish to surround yourself with laughter, celebrations and feasting with friends and family. But there is another way to put what you, and we, have all have been through, into perspective. And that is to know and to learn ...

6.5

Good

I Want to Eat Your Pancreas

I want to eat your pancreas is a wonderous, reflective slice-of-life anime feature film, based on the award-winning novel of the same name. Mostly a character-driven affair with a clear, overarching plot thread: a girl living with a terminal illness – pancreatic cancer. Despite these unfortunate circumstanc...

8

Great

You’ll have your Knives Out to get this Bluray

But only because the movie is so good. Knives Out is my second favourite movie of 2019. Second only to the magnificence that was Jojo Rabbit (another glorious film that you should definitely see if you have yet to!) If you want to know what kind of film Knives Out is, the opening scene gives you the most pe...

10

Experience this

8 Reasons you need to add Frozen 2 to your collection

The highly anticipated sequel to one of Disney’s greatest creations, Frozen, is now available to add to your collection! It achieved the biggest opening weekend earnings of all time for an animated movie, beating out Toy Story 4. While Frozen 2 hasn’t been critically received as well as it’...

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