Author: Jacob

The Breaker Upperers

The lovechild of NZ comedienne-content-makers, Madeleine Sami (SUPER CITY) and Jackie van Beek (THE INLAND ROAD), THE BREAKER UPPERERS is an out and out comedy film that plays for laughs and, mostly, scores. By...

A Quiet Place

After a couple of middling dramedies, The American Office’s John Krasinski subverts expectations with his third directorial effort, turning out a tight, tense, and downright enjoyable sci-fi, horror-thriller. A Quiet Place is an efficient...

Phantom Thread

There’s a lot of built in expectation with a film like PHANTOM THREAD. Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson has, over the course of his eight feature films to date, definitively proved to be one of...

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Stretching out the very worst of small town ‘merica stereotypes to hard-edged humorous effect, the oddly titled THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI is Martin McDonagh’s latest piece of blackly comic provocation. Tonally, THREE BILLBOARDS...

The Florida Project

Who’d have thought a film following a group of poor, raucous, primary school-aged kids around the purple-hued daymare that is on-the-edge-of-Disney, Orlando FL, would turn out to be one of the best films of...

The Disaster Artist

Two would-be actors, of questionable ability, meet in a small-time San Francisco acting class and begin a friendship that will take them to Hollywood’s doorstep and into the weird and wild beyond! At once...

DVD Review: John Wick 2

Pleasingly brutal. That’s about as succinct a recommendation as I can give John Wick: Chapter 2 (JW2 hereafter). I think that’s probably enough for you to know if this is your cinematic poison or...

John Wick: Chapter 2

Pleasingly brutal. That’s about as succinct a recommendation as I can give John Wick: Chapter 2 (JW2 hereafter). I think that’s probably enough for you to know if this is your cinematic poison or...

Manchester By The Sea

A drama of thickly layered grief Kenneth Lonergan’s MANCHESTER BY THE SEA is a grim march from top to tail. As with the auteur’s underseen 2011 tour-de-force MARGARET, MANCHESTER packages dramatic riches within a...

Jackie

Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín might seem an odd choice to front a biopic about an icon of United States sociopolitical history but the idiosyncratic director proves more than up to the task, painting a...