Alex Casey

Alex Casey
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Wait for me HOLLYWOOD (2017) So Wait For Me Hollywood does many things exceptionally well, always sensitive and respectful to a very fragile story. - The Spinoff EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
93% The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) At a whopping, hilarious, 4.20 duration for the extended version, Return of the King is the Oscar-winning, magnum opus of the franchise. - The Spinoff EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
95% The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) I think this one might be the actual best of the franchise and it's all because of the Ents. - The Spinoff EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
91% The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) God, it's good. - The Spinoff EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
59% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) I'm particularly charmed by the dark twist on Disney on Ice, aka Thorin Fights Azog to the Death on Ice. - The Spinoff EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
74% The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) More reasons to watch: Benedict Cumberbatch doing the absolute most. - The Spinoff EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
65% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) Bret MacKenzie returns as FIGWIT and it's about as jarring as Ed Sheeran in Game of Thrones but it's still good. - The Spinoff EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
4/5 93% Wonder Woman (2017) The sappy romance might be a bit much for some, but there's a sense of optimism and play in Wonder Woman that feels invigorating after the dismal death wheeze of more recent DC efforts. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
4/5 90% Their Finest (2017) It's a gentle, optimistic reminder that people will continue to make art and fall in love even when the world is burning, as relevant now as in 1940. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
3/5 95% Pecking Order (2017) Pecking Order has all the right ingredients to make a delicious documentary omelette, but it still comes out slightly undercooked... Still, there's nothing Kiwi audiences like more than scratching and pecking around to unearth the perfect local eccentric - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2018
3/5 68% The Fate of the Furious (2017) For all its odd notes, The Fate of the Furious basically chugs along as reliably as my beloved old Toyota Starlet, with enough familiar talent and ludicrous action to get you from A to B. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
4/5 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Our plastic protagonist may not have Clooney's chest or the chiselled jaw of Affleck, but he's definitely the hero we need right now. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
2/5 65% Victoria & Abdul (2017) Feels like it could be the death knell of the middling monarch movie genre altogether. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
4/5 93% Hotel Coolgardie (2016) A nuanced portrait of power, gender and crushing small town sadness. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2017
3/5 100% Rosalie Blum (2016) It's definitely the kind of old-school screwball comedy that makes you do a weird half smile like a drunk person. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
3/5 16% The Mummy (2017) You're in for some big, dumb, freaky fun. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
3.5/5 80% Colossal (2017) Colossal is an odd film that may feel disorienting to some, but it's also a totally original conceit that dares to tackle a little thing in a gigantic way. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
4/5 91% Raw (2017) You might not lose your lunch, but you'll probably find something to chew over. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
43% Ghost in the Shell (2017) It's slick, enjoyably brutal and beautiful but, just like its protagonist, feels like it lost a little bit of soul somewhere along the way. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
3/5 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Everything else remains entirely the same out of either laziness or a fear of redneck audiences screaming at the changing world around them. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet Gary of the Pacific (2017) Sure, Gary and the Pacific has enough in it to enjoy, but you can't help but sense at times that it is simply treading safe waters instead of taking the plunge. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
93% Logan (2017) You don't need to like superheroes to enjoy this film, you just need to know that it will leave you welling up with tears and clutching your loved ones, which is a momentous achievement for any blockbuster indeed. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
4/5 73% The Congress (2014) It flits between hallucinatory animation and 'reality', giving small moments of relief and attempting to anchor the story in a desolate Los Angeles. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
4/5 93% The Eagle Huntress (2016) It's a visually exquisite film, a father-daughter love story and a must-see feminist fable for the whole family. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
3/5 88% Adieu au langage (Goodbye to Language) (2014) A particularly painful scene featuring a loud scratchy quill on loud scratchy parchment made my hair and teeth feel very very loose. I think that's what J.L.G wanted, though. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
4/5 83% The Double (2014) There are many hilarious gags and performances (the TV show within the film is spectacular), but the film is also full of devastatingly sad moments of loneliness that will leave you feeling like a wooden Pinocchio. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
4/5 85% Lion (2016) Lion is an astounding, all-encompassing story of hope, determination and dumb luck that will leave you both crying like a baby and clapping like a seal once the credits roll. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
3/5 72% Sing (2016) [Sing is] taking the delightful animal world of Zootopia, stripping it of its complex moral teachings, and chucking in a whole lot of absolute pop bangers to boot. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
3/5 61% Allied (2016) There's no denying the pair's dazzling old Hollywood star power is well-suited to a film clearly in love with the era. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
4/5 88% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015) With sparse dialogue, the film hinges on an incredible performance from Rinko Kikuchi as office-girl outsider Kumiko, who can hurt your heart with just a little flick of her eye. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
80% T2 Trainspotting (2017) T2 is enjoyable enough as a film, and I am sure that those who Trainspotting resonated most with will slip back into the world gleefully, as into an old pair of slippers. But as a sequel to an era-defining pop culture touchstone, it falls a little flat. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
1.5/5 7% Rings (2017) Rings is cursed from the outset, doomed by the same technology in which the franchise once thrived. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
3.5/5 92% Fences (2016) Fences is a poignant domestic drama that takes its time and seldom cuts corners, the dialogue sprawling and spiking in a way that seems much better suited to the stage than what we are used to seeing on the snackable big screen. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
3/5 77% Split (2017) In a twist as sharp as the ending to each of his cinematic creations, M. Night Shyamalan returns to form with film that actually isn't terrible in Split. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
4/5 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Manchester by the Sea is a quiet, contemplative film that blends the most extreme depths of mourning with lashings of playful humour and explosions of anger. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
5/5 98% Moonlight (2016) Cinematic experiences like this don't come around very often, where you bear witness to a vision that feels both completely fresh, and as universal and deeply personal as film-making can get. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
4/5 87% Jackie (2016) Jackie is a mesmerising tour de force, as brutal as it is gentle and as jaw-droppingly gorgeous as it is bleak. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
1/5 30% Passengers (2016) Not only is it a terrible film, but it is built upon the most disturbing premise I've encountered in the cinema in a long time. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2017
2.5/5 41% Office Christmas Party (2016) There are large impressive stunts, pratfalls and chaos, but seldom does Office Christmas Party ever actually shock or delight in the way that it thinks it does. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2017
3.5/5 82% The Founder (2017) What makes The Founder more than just your average Jobs-style mogul biopic is how it places Michael Keaton's Ray Kroc at the centre of the film, inviting him to be both the hero and the villain. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2017
4.5/5 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) Nocturnal Animals traverses lithely across various fields of the human experience, from loneliness to revenge, trauma, to an increasingly disposable society. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
2.5/5 61% The Light Between Oceans (2016) It's a shame that within such beauty lies a pretty gloomy story, one that foolishly trusts the audience will get behind the whole stealing-a-baby concept. I didn't, and I got very bored. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
4.5/5 92% I, Daniel Blake (2017) Told bluntly but with the utmost in dignity and empathy, this is a film that has the power to change minds and shift preconceived perceptions. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
4/5 99% Under The Shadow (2016) With a minimal budget, [Babak] Anvari still manages to deliver a wholly unnerving universe. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
86% Sully (2016) Just like Flight 1549 itself, Sully starts off fine but doesn't quite seem to land exactly as planned. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
3/5 58% Bad Moms (2016) There are certainly golden moments, but the pop culture references can be heavy-handed and the gags often feel too drawn-out. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
3.5/5 78% The Shallows (2016) It's no Jaws, but The Shallows is still a viciously, violently fun wave to ride. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
59% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) You'd hope it would have matured like a fine vintage champagne, but unfortunately Absolutely Fabulous is one franchise that hasn't aged well. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
74% Ghostbusters (2016) It's a lot of fun, and allows each of the women to showcase their different comedic stylings whilst going up against "the man" (both literally and figuratively) - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
75% The BFG (2016) The BFG is visually stunning and laugh-out-loud funny at times, but lacks the beloved bite of other Dahl film adaptations. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017