Newshub (NZ)

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Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 The Little Things (2021) Kate Rodger It's been a while since I've watched a film work this hard to be so excruciatingly dull. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
4.5/5 Minari (2020) Kate Rodger There is such tenderness in the telling here, helping to bolster your resilience as this story deals out some punishing emotional blows amidst the moments of pure delight delivered in the cracks and crevasses of family life. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2021
4/5 Shadow in the Cloud (2020) Kate Rodger It's a foot-stomping, high-fiving, hard-out, and hilarious big-screen fun time best enjoyed in a cinematic mosh-pit. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
4/5 Penguin Bloom (2020) Kate Rodger There is a quiet simplicity to the telling of this inspirational story which really resonated with me and Watts and House really bring home the bacon, elevating proceedings even more. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
5/5 Dawn Raid (2021) Kate Rodger In the hands of long-time writer and actor and first-time feature director Oscar Kightley, it becomes a powerful, emotional and incredibly entertaining film. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
4.5/5 The Dry (2021) Kate Rodger Bana back on home turf delivering another cracking turn against such an intrinsically atmospheric Australian backdrop is worth the ticket price alone. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
5/5 Nomadland (2020) Kate Rodger A journey of discovery, a life lived on your own terms -- conventional or otherwise -- this story is both panoramic and intimate. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
4/5 Words on Bathroom Walls (2020) Kate Rodger Freudenthal tells Adam's story with an accessible yet unflinching honesty and with Plummer gently infusing him with all the pain, the fear, the courage and the joy needed to bring him to life, we are all gifted a wonderful film to see out 2020. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
4/5 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Kate Rodger The big-screen action treatment does not disappoint as the mana of this modern-day blockbuster Wonder Woman once again filled me with so much joy. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
2.5/5 Roald Dahl's The Witches (2020) Kate Rodger Despite the storytelling royalty, it's rather vanilla and pedestrian in the telling and doesn't rise above mostly mediocre. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
4.5/5 Happiest Season (2020) Kate Rodger Genuinely laugh-out-loud and just genuinely genuine full-stop, this festive love story is exactly the kind of Christmas everyone deserves. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2020
3.5/5 Rams (2020) Kate Rodger It's a cinematic rule of thumb that anything starring our national treasure Sam Neill is worth the ticket price and Rams is no exception. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2020
5/5 Babyteeth (2019) Kate Rodger The flawless performances, the colour-drenched and drained polaroid aesthetic, the lightning in a bottle feel in the telling of a cinematic story. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
3.5/5 Baby Done (2020) Kate Rodger The overall trajectory of the story and the delivery of Baby, Done wasn't quite the home run I'd been hoping for, but much joy is still very easily found. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2020
4/5 Monsoon (2019) Kate Rodger These excellent performances and the grace with which their story is shot and told makes Monsoon such a rewarding experience. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
4/5 Greenland (2020) Kate Rodger We are not talking awards-worthy or life-changing, but Greenland really is a great big screen COVID distraction and I thoroughly enjoyed it. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
3.5/5 The Secret Garden (2020) Kate Rodger As the rest of this well-know story unfolds on the big screen, very elegantly I might say, I found myself thoroughly immersed in this sumptuously presented Eden. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
4.5/5 Enola Holmes (2020) Kate Rodger Millie Bobby Brown is so great -- balancing her conspiratorial chats to camera with her spirited on-screen antics with flamboyant flair -- I loved it all. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2020
4/5 Dead (2020) Kate Rodger This teeny-weeny ghosts and ghouls story uses all the tricks of the filmmaker's trade to make this heart-warming and very entertaining film look and feel great. It's helped by a tight simple premise, great performances and a cracking script. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
5/5 Savage (2019) Kate Rodger This is a brutal, confronting and, ultimately, very emotional watch. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
5/5 Tenet (2020) Kate Rodger Don't try to keep up -- just sit back and let Tenet carry you away. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
2.5/5 Lowdown Dirty Criminals (2020) Kate Rodger Lowdown Dirty Criminals has been done before, and done a lot better EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
5/5 Waves (2019) Kate Rodger I will be watching the career of Kelvin Harrison jr, his performance here as Tyler is so very powerful and anchors one of the best films of the year so far. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
4.5/5 The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Kate Rodger This Copperfield is just so much fun and has the capacity to win Dickens even more fans. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2020
3/5 The High Note (2020) Kate Rodger If t's a mostly agreeable rom-com you're after, one underpinned by a fresh soundtrack celebrating many of the greats in American music then The High Note might just be for you. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
2/5 Artemis Fowl (2020) Kate Rodger Sorry Artemis, I feel like you deserved something much better than this. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2020
5/5 Da 5 Bloods (2020) Kate Rodger A film for the moment and one for the ages. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
4/5 The Vast of Night (2019) Kate Rodger The '50s setting feels as fresh as yesterday with the breakneck pace of the narrative offset by the dreaminess of the delivery. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
4/5 Bait (2019) Kate Rodger Audiences in need of an immersive storytelling experience at their local cinema this weekend will be extremely well-served by Bait. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2020
4/5 The Assistant (2019) Kate Rodger Garner plays a recent college graduate working for a nameless, faceless movie mogul. The film spends just one day with her at the office, but it packs the punch of an entire lifetime. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
Bad Education (2019) Kate Rodger A very worthy four-star watch. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2020
4.5/5 The Half of It (2020) Kate Rodger As the final credits rolled I realised Ellie Chu had easily won my heart, and she could well do the same with yours. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2020
4.5/5 Just Mercy (2019) Kate Rodger Simply told with limited theatrics and anchored by some weighty vulnerable performances, Just Mercy is an excellent watch. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2020
3.5/5 Extraction (2020) Kate Rodger Dumb, but kinda fun, I liked Extraction far more than I should have and would have bloody loved to watch it on the big screen. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2020
3/5 The Report (2019) Kate Rodger ...the story itself of course demands attention and for a certain cross-section of film lovers will almost certainly find an audience. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2020
3/5 Military Wives (2019) Kate Rodger I adore Dame Kristin and while this won't go down by any means as a classic, she and her cohorts deliver some heartwarming moments of collective womanhood and the power of friendship. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2020
4.5/5 Dark Waters (2019) Kate Rodger Patient, procedural, potent, I urge you to take the dive and swim these Dark Waters. You may feel the need for a scalding hot shower afterwards and even then you might find yourself wondering what was in the water. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2020
4/5 The Invisible Man (2020) Kate Rodger Riffing on the invisible bad guy of films gone by, this twisting of the tale with Moss front and centre as a woman trapped in an abusive relationship is potently relevant. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2020
5/5 For Sama (2019) Kate Rodger It's so very important that we take every opportunity we get to open the window into the world beyond our own lives to see stories like this one. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
4.5/5 Bombshell (2019) Kate Rodger This true story moves along at a cracking and confronting clip, as entertaining as it is shocking. Needless to say, the Globe and Oscar-nominated performances from these fierce and talented women are reason enough to sign up. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
3.5/5 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Kate Rodger As an emotional experience - despite the Hanks factor - I found the notes of the narrative a tad too pedestrian. However, the kindness and the love woven into the DNA and the delivery are just what we all need to kick off a new year. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
4.5/5 1917 (2019) Kate Rodger It's hard to watch, but it feels important that we do. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
4.5/5 The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Kate Rodger One of those almost tactile films where you can nearly touch and smell and feel everything on screen - the courageous intimacy feeds an understated narrative, giving room for the performances to drive home the emotion. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
5/5 Little Women (2019) Kate Rodger It's no mean feat to take original source material like this, a story first published in the late 1800s, and deliver to the here and now. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2019
3.5/5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Kate Rodger Like so many, my love for this franchise will remain undiminished, even if this Skywalker finale wasn't the film I'd been looking for. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
4/5 After the Wedding (2019) Kate Rodger These two ferociously talented women are just too good to miss at any time and together they are a powerhouse. There's a lovely restraint here... EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
3.5/5 Frozen II (2019) Kate Rodger This first viewing looks gorgeous and Olaf is my hero, but the story lacked the magic of its predecessor... EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
5/5 Knives Out (2019) Kate Rodger The cast, their script, the wild and wonderful twists and turns of this finely-tuned and expertly executed plot, it's just all such an enormous ingenious unguessable giggle and I simply cannot wait to watch it again. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
2.5/5 Last Christmas (2019) Kate Rodger I don't want to be the Christmas grinch this early in the festive season but Last Christmas isn't the Love Actually we've been looking for. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
4/5 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Kate Rodger I do love a good car movie -- add to that the joy of spending a few hours in a cinema with Christian Bale and Matt Damon and this Ford V Ferrari face-off was an easy watch. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019