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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Beats (2019) Tony Stamp Beats is entertaining enough, but like many Netflix offerings can feel inconsequential. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
4/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Adam Fresco Josh Cooley's direction keeps the pace sprightly and the voice cast and animators knock it out the park... EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2019
3/5 Scotch: A Golden Dream (2018) Matt Glasby A Golden Dream may sometimes feel like a promo film, or a very, very good DVD extra, but it really knows its audience. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2019
1/5 Men in Black: International (2019) Liam Maguren Imagine a Taika Waititi-less Thor: Ragnarok rewritten by the guys who penned Transformers: The Last Knight. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
2/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Tony Stamp It's a bummer, a once-mighty franchise going out not with a bang, but a shrug. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
4/5 I Am Mother (2019) Steve Newall There's plenty to recommend in this streaming sci-fi thriller-tense, keeping the viewer curious, and a notch above most straight-to-Netflix fare. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
4/5 Sometimes Always Never (2018) Adam Fresco In Nighy, the witty script leaps to life, in a tour-de-force of darkly downbeat comedic timing... EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
3/5 Tolkien (2019) Matt Glasby Tolkien may not be 100 per cent accurate, but it is convincing and compelling... EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
2/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Steve Newall A film that's frequently difficult to follow, bordering on the incoherent-not exactly what one might be after in a giant monster action spectacular. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
3/5 Rocketman (2019) Katie Parker A fun, self-serving, sing-a-long-able romp that is at its best when it's being as much a diva as its subject. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2019
4/5 Brightburn (2019) Steve Newall Collectively [the filmmakers] show a fondness for genre, a sporadic appetite for the nasty, and have delivered a bloody watchable superhero-horror mash-up. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
2/5 The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) Tony Stamp It's all very nice to look at, but it's sloppy, and ultimately unsatisfying. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
3/5 Aladdin (2019) Liam Maguren It's the modifications in Ritchie's enjoyable take on Aladdin that ultimately justifies its existence-even if it bends a few nails in the execution. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
4/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Daniel Rutledge While there may be less headshots in this third outing, the inventiveness has been notched up and it's a bloody good time. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
4/5 Prospect (2018) Steve Newall With seemingly a lot of world-building to inform proceedings, but much of it unseen, the filmmakers keep a firm hand on the wheel, with Prospect remaining engrossing until the last. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
3/5 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Liam Maguren Fortunately, the concept fires on enough cylinders to prevent the story from being a write-off. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2019
5/5 Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen (2018) Steve Newall The more personal the film gets, the more universal it becomes. Less academic, perhaps, it still celebrates the filmmaking talent of the first indigenous woman to direct a feature film, but doesn't shy from the damage done along the way. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
5/5 Cold War (2018) Steve Newall Pawlikowski somehow manages to whip through this decade-and-a-half-long tale in a mere 88 minutes, this all killer, no filler love story at turns reaching right into your heart for squeezes both gentle and much more crushing. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2019
4/5 Us (2019) Aaron Yap Even if the film doesn't hang together in the moment as tightly as one might prefer, it fires up our synapses in the aftermath. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2019
3/5 Shazam! (2019) Tony Stamp David F. Sandberg has made Shazam! intentionally small, leaning into the goofiness of its concept and leaving some time for small-scale human drama. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2019
3/5 Someone Great (2019) Katie Parker The result is akin to a tepid attempt to cross Broad City with Blue Valentine. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2019
3/5 Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Katie Parker Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile's worst offence is being boring. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2019
4/5 Knock Down the House (2019) Steve Newall Knock Down the House is about so much more than the rise of generational political firebrand AOC (although it doubles as this). EDIT
Posted May 5, 2019
4/5 Long Shot (2019) Steve Newall Could so easily have been a rom-com by numbers if everyone involved wasn't so invested in knocking this out of the park. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2019
2/5 All Is True (2018) Adam Fresco Perhaps the most insurmountable issue is the contrast between the quotes from Shakespeare's sonnets and plays and the trite dialogue he's given here. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2019
4/5 () Steve Newall Enthralling, emotional, and at times bleakly comical, this is a revealing film that also conveys a real New Zealand-ness in both personality and place. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
3/5 The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir (2018) Adam Fresco The film proves optimistic and full of enough feel-good humanity to make the journey, if not essential, then certainly worthwhile. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
1/5 The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Aaron Yap The Curse of the Weeping Woman might be my last excursion into the non-James-Wan-directed reaches of so-called The Conjuring Universe. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
3/5 Where Hands Touch (2018) Lyn Potter Casting Amandla Stenberg as Leyna in the starring role was an excellent choice. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2019
2/5 Red Joan (2018) Sarah Voon My disappointment with Red Joan is mainly that there wasn't a more multi-dimensional story about this woman, more danger and intrigue woven into her duality... EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2019
1/5 Hellboy (2019) Steve Newall An utter stinker. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
2/5 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Steve Newall Even when factoring in the difficulty of lightning striking twice, The Second Part still comes as a colossal disappointment. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 Vai (2019) Liam Maguren A bold experience that rightly highlights the need for more Pasifika cinema. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/5 The House That Jack Built (2018) Aaron Yap Haters gonna hate, and von Trier gonna von Trier as hard as he can. That should give you some gauge as to whether you should bail from The House That Jack Built right now. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2019
4/5 Thunder Road (2018) Tony Stamp Perpetually teetering between hilarious and heartbreaking. Put it this way-I spent a large part of the film unsure if I should be laughing or not. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
3/5 Dumbo (2019) Adam Fresco Tim Burton delivers his best family movie in ages... EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
2/5 Five Feet Apart (2019) Amanda Jane Robinson Five Feet Apart is a film for the tumblr generation. It's just a shame it's seven or eight years late. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2019
3/5 Fighting With My Family (2019) Matt Glasby British comedian Stephen Merchant has a thing for dysfunctional "families". And he's picked a doozy for his debut as solo writer/director. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
2/5 Daffodils (2019) Tony Stamp McIver and co-lead George Mason acquit themselves admirably in the singing and acting departments, but in the end it all rings hollow, no matter how much director David Stubbs juices up the melodrama. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
2/5 Hotel Mumbai (2018) Daniel Rutledge This does what it says on the tin and does it bloody well. It's just a shame that to appreciate the solid filmmaking you have to leave your ethics at the door. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
3/5 Triple Frontier (2019) Daniel Rutledge Triple Frontier says some things about society not valuing veterans enough, about contemporary masculinity and the code of the warrior. While that may not sound very original, it's done in an original way... EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
4/5 Destroyer (2018) Matt Glasby A fascinating character study that does more for Kidman than it does for the genre. But then, on this kind of form, she deserves it. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
4/5 The Price of Everything (2018) Aaron Yap Director Nathaniel Kahn approaches the subject from an open, genuinely curious, rather than sneeringly critical, place. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
3/5 Greta (2018) Katie Parker Greta is the kind of dumb, crazy, and totally average stalker film the world needs more of. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
4/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Steve Newall The end of the film will make you want to cheer, relegating most of the film's more uneven moments to footnotes. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
5/5 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Aaron Yap The formal elegance on display fills, and sometimes overwhelms, the heart. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2019
4/5 The Guilty (2018) Aaron Yap It's an 88-minute how-to in making something as exciting as The Taking of Pelham One Two Three within the limitations of a broom closet. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
3/5 Todos lo saben (2018) Amanda Jane Robinson Excellent leads and Farhadi's baseline quality make Everybody Knows a solid watch. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
4/5 Aquaman (2018) Tony Stamp DC have doubled down after the muted reaction to Justice League and thrown everything at the wall, and most of it sticks. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
4/5 Colette (2018) Amanda Jane Robinson No one does seething quite like Keira Knightley, and she deploys some of her best emotional work in this film. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019