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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) James Croot Serious undertones aside, The Second Part is also a heck a lot of fun. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
4/5 Fighting With My Family (2019) Graeme Tuckett Fighting With My Family is a plucky, funny and unexpectedly moving wee film. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
Arctic (2018) James Croot Worth a big-screen visit just for the frozen vistas. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
Wildlife (2018) James Croot A slow-burning, but searing portrait of a family and marriage in crisis. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
4.5/5 () James Croot [Writer Rochelle] Bright, musical directors Steph Brown and Fen Ikner and director David Stubbs have done a fabulous job of reimagining a collection of Kiwi classics. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
4/5 Hotel Mumbai (2018) James Croot The result is not only thought-provoking, but also two hours of truly harrowing drama. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
4/5 Destroyer (2018) Graeme Tuckett Present in pretty much every frame of the film, Kidman is extraordinary. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
() Kylie Klein-Nixon Paddleton is an exquisite, deeply affecting film that I cannot recommend highly enough. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Free Solo (2018) James Belfield [Directors Elizabeth Chai Vasarhely and Jimmy Chin] have created something we can all buy into emotionally. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
4/5 Older Than Ireland (2015) James Croot Full of brilliantly captured candid moments, Older Than Ireland is a chirpy little charmer. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) James Croot The man who eventually won the 2017 Academy Award for best picture proves Moonlight was no fluke with this slow-burning, soulful adaptation of a 1974 novel by American writer James Baldwin. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
4/5 The Price of Everything (2018) Graeme Tuckett This is a smart and absorbing film. Very recommended. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
4/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Graeme Tuckett Any actor who can still project warmth, humour and believability through the storm of effects and the sheer predictability of superhero plotting deserves a lot of respect. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
4/5 A Dog's Way Home (2019) Graeme Tuckett So welcome, A Dog's Way Home. You're a competent, big hearted and occasionally quite charming film. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
2.5/5 Greta (2018) James Croot File under disappointing. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/5 Swimming With Men (2018) James Croot Swimming with Men works best when focused on the interplay between the team's contrasting characters. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
4/5 Everybody Knows (2018) Graeme Tuckett Everybody Knows is a terrific film, but not always the one the posters and the advertising are promising. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
4.5/5 Eighth Grade (2018) James Croot Heartwrenching, heartwarming and disquieting in equal measure, Eighth Grade is essential viewing for the parents of today's tweens. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
5/5 The Guilty (2018) James Croot Fans of single-setting thrillers like Buried and Locke should definitely check out this compelling Danish story set in an emergency call centre. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
O.G. (2018) James Belfield The storyline is powerful and intense, but it's the way the real world seeps through the script and into the plot that makes this such an incredible film. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
2/5 Escape Room (2019) Graeme Tuckett These films work a treat when they are nasty, brutish, short and utterly aware of their own stupidities. Escape Room, despite some impressive design and few decent visual flourishes, ticks none of the boxes. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
3/5 Holy Lands (Les Terres Saintes) (1970) James Croot Adapted from her own 2010 critically acclaimed French novel of the same name, Amanda Sthers' (Madame) Holy Lands is an engaging, if not wholly entertaining, drama. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
3.5/5 Stan & Ollie (2018) Graeme Tuckett At its best, Stan and Ollie locates a lovely seam of pathos, dignity, wit and human decency that never quite slips into syrup and sentiment. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
3.5/5 Hal (2018) James Croot So while it provides plenty of fascinating titbits for fans of 1970s cinema, Hal just doesn't feel like the definitive take on one of the decade's most-distinctive directorial voices. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
2.5/5 Vox Lux (2018) James Croot The result is, despite a compelling performance from Portman... a surprisingly inert experience. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
4/5 Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Graeme Tuckett If you loved Happy Death Day, then I reckon you will be pretty happy with this sequel. Enjoy. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
3.5/5 Hang Time (2019) Graeme Tuckett Hang Time knows it is a competent and modestly well-written piece and it wears its confidence well. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
1.5/5 What Men Want (2019) Graeme Tuckett What Men Want is an idea wasted and an opportunity rejected. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
3.5/5 Border (2018) James Croot A film filled with memorable imagery (and one or two that you really can't unsee), Border might not quite reach the heights of Let the Right One In, but it certainly leaves an impression. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
3.5/5 Colette (2018) James Croot Knightley in particular makes a welcome return to the spotlight, reminding audiences of why she was once British period dramas' go-to-gal in the likes of Pride and Prejudice, Anna Karenina and The Duchess. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
The Eyes of Orson Welles (2018) James Croot While providing a fascinating insight into some of Welles' visual inspirations for his movies, it's actually some of the archival footage [director Mark] Cousins has cobbled together that truly impresses. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
3/5 Cold Pursuit (2019) James Croot Cold Pursuit isn't without its charms.... However, it just doesn't deliver the same thrills and chills as the original Scandinavian story. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
4/5 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) James Croot Throw in an impressive supporting cast that includes Jennifer Connolly, Mahershala Ali, Jack Earle Hayley and Michelle Rodriguez and the result is an absorbing, entertaining rollercoaster ride that - fingers-crossed - may allow Alita to fight another day. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
2.5/5 The Front Runner (2018) Graeme Tuckett The Front Runner is a film under the impression that it has a need to exist, but I'm not convinced it does. Not in this form and with this little insight and excavation anyway. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
4/5 On the Basis of Sex (2018) Graeme Tuckett So I'm grateful that On the Basis of Sex did such a warm and likeable job of putting some flesh on the bones of the story. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
5/5 Capernaum (2018) James Croot [Director Nadine] Labaki captures it all (including some heartbreaking and harrowing decisions) with an unblinking camera which will leave you shaken and stirred. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
() Steve Kilgallon Underarm is ambitious... And it's done its homework. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
4/5 Ben Is Back (2018) Graeme Tuckett Ben is Back handles its material well, takes a few unexpected detours and subverts a couple of the cliches of the genre in a way that at least proves someone was actually thinking about this story, and not just reductively riffing on what has gone before. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
4.5/5 The Hate U Give (2018) James Croot [The Hate U Give] is an engrossing and emotional drama that deserves to be seen by both its target teen audience and older viewers. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
2/5 The Mule (2018) Graeme Tuckett The Mule is a film in which every line of dialogue is either superfluous, groaningly contrived or merely expository. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
3.5/5 The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Graeme Tuckett As it is, The Kid Who Would Be King is a good-natured alternative to the noise and bombast of a Marvel or DC style superhero adventure. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
2.5/5 Glass (2019) James Croot I've always been a Glass half-full fan of Shyamalan, but this drab disappointment has shattered my faith. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
4.5/5 Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Graeme Tuckett It can match any series of Game of Thrones for action, bloodshed and intrigue. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2019
3/5 Storm Boy (2019) James Croot 2019 Storm Boy's best moments come in revisiting the central tale of a boy and his pelicans, with Tidelands' Finn Little delivering an impressive performance. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2019
4/5 Making the Grade (2017) Graeme Tuckett Making The Grade is a little gem. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2019
Fatberg Autopsy: Secrets of the Sewers (2018) James Belfield It's weirdly fascinating. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
4/5 Instant Family (2018) Graeme Tuckett Instant Family hits the expected gags, but also finds a fine balance between the saccharine and the salty. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
5/5 Cold War (2018) Graeme Tuckett It is a lean and perfect gem. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
2.5/5 Green Book (2018) Graeme Tuckett The greatest weakness of Green Book is that it insists on trying to find the humour in nearly every situation Shirly and Vallelonga encounter. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
3/5 Hurricane (2018) James Croot Delivering plenty of tears and triumph before tea time (albeit with a nasty true-life sting in its final text summary), Hurricane could just have benefited from a slightly tighter focus. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019