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Film

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 17, 2016

★★★ Directors: Jon Lucas and Scott Moore   Bad Moms is an American comedy about upper middle-class moms and their ‘first world’ problems. Directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (the guys that brought us the cinematic wonders known as The Hangover, The Hangover II, and more recently The Hangover III), Bad Moms will inevitably […]

September 17, 2016

★★★★ Director: Justin Lin   Like finding out you had one more beer left than you originally thought, Star Trek Beyond is one of those pleasant surprises. Not to incite a feud with the other ‘Star’ franchise, but similar to The Force Awakens this film is essentially a modern update of original material, with better […]

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 […]

September 11, 2016

★★★½ Director: Jaume Collet-Serra   It really is a travesty that possibly one of the scariest beasts Mother Nature has ever cooked up has been utilised to such little effect on screen. In 1976 audiences were terrified by Jaws, and in 1999 Samuel L. Jackson was claimed by a great white in one of the […]

September 11, 2016

★★★★★ Director: Travis Knight   Kubo and The Two Strings is the latest stop motion animation film from Laika Entertainment, the people who brought us the very entertaining Paranorman and The Boxtrolls, and probably scarred a lot of children for life with Coraline. Set vaguely in ancient China, the film tells the story of young […]

September 4, 2016

★★ Director: Steven Spielberg   It’s a mystery whether Steven Spielberg’s BFG will impress young audiences in the same way that his cinematic offerings to previous generations did. We can assess the commonalities that The BFG has with E.T., Hook, and Jurassic Park—they’re all surreally good-looking surrealism—but The BFG is boring, and the rest aren’t.  If you’re Roald Dahl illiterate, BFG […]

September 4, 2016

★★★★ Director: David Ayer   It’s no secret that DC’s cinematic universe hasn’t gotten off to the roaring start that Warner Bros would have hoped for, with their first two big­-budget superhero films, Man of Steel and Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, receiving middling critical and commercial success. Now, critical reviews have come flooding […]

August 14, 2016

★★★★ Director: Matt Ross   The biggest praise I can give this film is that you’ll probably leave the cinema wishing, just a little bit, that Ben (Viggo Mortensen) was your father. In a nuanced and unabashedly glorious turn, Mr Mortensen brings us Ben, aka Captain Fantastic, a father who has taken to raising his […]