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October 2, 2016

★★★★ Director: Bong Joon-ho   In alignment with this week’s theme of Korean films and / or directors, Snowpiercer is an obvious addition to the list. Snowpiercer is brought to us by Korean director Bong Joon-ho, who crafts this cinematic masterpiece as a South Korean-Czech science fiction thriller. Based off of the French graphic novel […]

September 25, 2016

★★★½ Director: Todd Phillips   Based on Guy Lawson’s novel Guys and the Dudes, War Dogs was remade for the screen as an American comedy-drama directed by Todd Phillips. Starring the hilarious Jonah Hill as Efraim Diveroli (loaded arms dealer and perhaps the world’s biggest douche), and baby faced Miles Teller as Efraim’s accomplice, David […]

September 17, 2016

★★★★★ Director: Jean-Marc Vallée   The director of Wild and Dallas-Buyers Club, Jean-Marc Vallée, brings us the latest addition to his critically acclaimed collection of films—Demolition. Opening at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015 Demolition was highly acclaimed on the festival circuit, and was released in New Zealand in April. The film, written by […]

September 11, 2016

★½ Director: Thea Sharrock   Aptly named “Me Before You,” this cinema adaption of Jojo Moyes 2012 novel follows Will Traynor’s journey as he learns to live with a disability. Bitter that he has to give up his adventurous lifestyle after a tragic accident, Will is reluctant to accept that his life is not bound […]

August 7, 2016

★★★★ Director: Irene Taylor Brodsky   The documentary Beware: The Slenderman is an evocative entry to this year’s ‘incredibly strange’ section of the New Zealand International Film Festival, it offers a telling journey of the danger of the web, mental illness, and murder. Using a style similar to that of The Blair Witch Project, director […]

February 28, 2016

★★★★ Directed by—Tom Hooper     The Danish Girl is a powerful, yet sensitive, portrait of the transgender pioneer, Lili Elbe. Based on David Ebershoff’s novel of the same, and loosely inspired by the lives of Danish painters Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener, the onscreen adaptation of this unique book is director Tom Hooper’s latest […]