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May 27, 2013

Helmed by the seemingly evergreen J. J. Abrams, Into Darkness epitomises everything great about the Hollywood blockbuster—it’s big, flashy, compelling, and a little bit corny.

March 18, 2013

  Is anyone else surprised by how successful this film has become? True, it features two very bankable stars in Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, but faux-indie films about mental illness with names as clunky and unmarketable as Silver Linings Playbook are rarely predicted to become blockbuster hits. Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised, though. Silver […]

September 10, 2012

After World War Two, a corps of Nazis escaped from Earth and set up camp on the dark side of the moon. They’ve been biding their time for the last seventy years, waiting to launch an attack on Earth and retake what they lost in the war.

June 5, 2012

Directed by Mike Wallis It is described as a ‘Pavlova western’, but Good For Nothing serves only to prove that Kiwis probably shouldn’t make spaghetti-type westerns. I went into it with no expectations whatsoever, and was still wildly disappointed. The film is really quite bizarre. It has no core, no real story that we can […]

April 30, 2012

DIRECTED BY PHIL LORD AND CHRIS MILLER 21 Jump Street promises a lot. It’s been well- reviewed, and the premise is entertaining: two new police recruits are sent undercover in their old high school, with the aim of busting a teenage drug ring. The film stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as Officers Schmidt and […]

April 2, 2012

Why are successful people successful? This is the question that Malcolm Gladwell sets out to answer in Outliers, and his answer—like most things he writes—is extremely interesting. Successful people, he says, succeed simply because they get lucky. Unsuccessful people fail because they do not get lucky. But this does not gel with what received wisdom tells […]

March 19, 2012

DIRECTOR: Michel Hazanavicius  STARRING: Jean Dujardin & Berenice Bejo As an (almost) silent film shot in black-and- white, it would be easy to dismiss The Artist as a mere novelty—an overly-nostalgic tribute to Hollywood’s golden days. This would be wrong. Very wrong. The Artist introduces us to George Valentin, the biggest silent film star in Hollywood […]

September 25, 2011

The wind tunnel at the Faculty of Architecture and Design is set to be removed. The proposal for its removal has led to an outcry among Architecture and Design students,who see the wind tunnel as a “valuable pedagogical tool”, and claim there has been a lack of consultation. “Isn’t that the only thing that distinguishes […]

August 8, 2011

Famed science professor and presenter of Child of Our Time and The Human Body, Lord Robert Winston, delivered a free public lecture at the Wellington Opera House on Tuesday afternoon. The lecture focused on the fallibility of science and, especially, the scientists who perform it. “Scientists are not heroes,” Lord Winston pointed out. He emphasised […]