Category: Films

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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...

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Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Ok, full disclosure upfront, this review will contain spoilers. You’re gonna keep reading? Good, then I’ll keep writing. The original Resident Evil came out in 2002, and had the rare honour of being a...

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xXx: Return of Xander Cage

Ok, so I did some research before the latest in the xXx franchise and I’ve discovered that people are generally in one of two camps, those that love Vin Diesel and those who, well,...

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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...

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Assassin’s Creed

I’ve been procrastinating with this review. I did enjoy going to see Assassin’s Creed, so on the one had that should count for something. But then I did go to the NZ premiere screening,...

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Rogue One

Rogue One was an interesting move by Disney, expanding the Star Wars universe by adding side stories rather than adding to the continuing story. The fact that Disney created a fantastic fourth installment to...

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

I can’t stand Harry Potter. I really can’t. I don’t understand why millions of people love the little idiot, but they do. And good thing really because without Harry I have no doubt that...

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Doctor Strange

Marvel are really getting good at fine-tuning their movies. Doctor Strange feels like it has all the best elements of previous Marvel films with a few new and exciting editions thrown in. It is...

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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

I quite enjoyed the first Jack Reacher film. It almost had something. Christopher McQaurrie’s adaptation (full disclosure: I’m no Reacher-reader) was an engaging procedural whose narrative fleetness was let down a little by having...

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My Scientology Movie

How fun is Scientology. Or perhaps, how fun is it to make fun of. How fascinating to watch its public pieces move and talk. I can’t get enough of it. I’ve spent hours and...