Film Reviews

Baby Done (Review)

DIRECTOR: Curtis Vowell
CAST: Rose Matafeo, Matthew Lewis, Rachel House, Emily Barclay, Nic Sampson, Madeleine Sami, Ryan O’Kane, Fasitua Amosa, Matenga Ashby
RUNNING TIME: 91 mins
CERTIFICATE: 15
BASICALLY…: After unexpectedly falling pregnant, wannabe-adventurer Zoe (Matafeo) attempts to rush through her dreams before giving birth…

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New Zealand is the envy of the world right now, as it has clocked in almost zero new COVID-19 deaths or infections over the past few months, meaning that life for […]

The White Tiger (Review)

DIRECTOR: Ramin Bahrani
CAST: Adarsh Gourav, Priyanka Chopra, Rajkummar Rao, Mahesh Manjrekar, Nalneesh Neel
RUNNING TIME: 125 mins
CERTIFICATE: 15
BASICALLY…: In India, an ambitious driver (Gourav) begins a gradual climb from a life of poverty to the top of the business chain…
 

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Hollywood has a mixed history of romanticising Indian society for Western audiences; for every Slumdog Millionaire or Lion which depict some of the harsher poverty-stricken lifestyles, there’s a Best Exotic Marigold Hotel or […]

WandaVision: Episode 3 – Now In Colour (Review)

DIRECTOR: Matt Shakman
CAST: Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Teyonah Parris, Kathryn Hahn, Emma Caulfield Ford, David Lengel, Randy Oglesby, David Payton
RUNNING TIME: 33 mins
PREVIOUSLY, ON WANDAVISION (MILD SPOILERS): Wanda Maximoff (Olsen) and Vision (Bettany) have moved into the suburbs of Westview, which appears to be a black-and-white sitcom world. After some zany attempts to fit in, some suspicious occurrences (including the appearance of fully-covered objects, a strange voice over the radio, a sudden pregnancy, and […]

Archive (Review)

DIRECTOR: Gavin Rothery
CAST: Theo James, Stacy Martin, Rhona Mitra, Peter Ferdinando, Richard Glover, Hans Peterson, Lia Williams, Toby Jones
RUNNING TIME: 105 mins
CERTIFICATE: 15
BASICALLY…: A scientist (James) develops an advanced AI that closely resembles his dead wife (Martin)…
 

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How many movies about artificial intelligence have to be made before people finally catch on to the idea that maybe, just maybe, it’s not exactly sensible to basically play God? Sure, there’s been plenty of […]

Outside The Wire (Review)

DIRECTOR: Mikael Håfström
CAST: Anthony Mackie, Damson Idris, Emily Beecham, Michael Kelly, Pilou Asbæk, Kristina Tonteri-Young, Enzo Cilenti, Bobby Lockwood, Henry Garrett, Velibor Topic, Elliot Edusah, Adam Fielding, Christine Grace Szarko
RUNNING TIME: 114 mins
CERTIFICATE: 15
BASICALLY…: In the near future, a drone pilot (Idris) is assigned to an android officer (Mackie) on a mission to locate a doomsday device…

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Seemingly following in fellow MCU star Chris Hemsworth’s footsteps by headlining his own major Netflix […]

Stardust (Review)

DIRECTOR: Gabriel Range
CAST: Johnny Flynn, Marc Maron, Jena Malone, Derek Moran, Anthony Flanagan, Julian Richings, Aaron Poole, Monica Parker, Roanna Cocharne, Jorja Cadence, Annie Briggs, Ryan Blakley
RUNNING TIME: 109 mins
CERTIFICATE: 15
BASICALLY…: During his first trip to America, David Bowie (Flynn) develops his famous on-stage persona Ziggy Stardust…

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We will likely not see a full-blown David Bowie biopic for a very, very long time, seeing how the iconic singer – who passed away […]

Blithe Spirit (Review)

DIRECTOR: Edward Hall
CAST: Dan Stevens, Isla Fisher, Leslie Mann, Judi Dench, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Emilia Fox, Dave Johns, James Fleet, Adil Ray, Michele Dotrice, Aimee-Ffion Edwards, Delroy Atkinson, Stella Stocker
RUNNING TIME: 95 mins
CERTIFICATE: 12A
BASICALLY…: A struggling writer (Stevens) hires an eccentric medium (Dench) to communicate with spirits as inspiration, but accidentally summons the spirit of his dead wife (Mann)…

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Known for his wit, flamboyance and campy writing style, playwright Noël Coward would have […]

WandaVision: Episodes 1 & 2 (Review)

DIRECTOR: Matt Shakman
CAST: Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Teyonah Parris, Kathryn Hahn, Jolene Purdy, Fred Melamed, Debra Jo Rupp, Asif Ali, Emma Caulfield Ford
RUNNING TIME: 30 mins (Episode 1); 37 mins (Episode 2)
BASICALLY…: There are mishaps aplenty when superpowered couple Wanda (Olsen) and Vision (Bettany) move into the neighbourhood – but not everything is as it seems…
 

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What’s the next logical step for a studio that’s produced 23 mega-hits in a row, one […]

MLK/FBI (Review)

DIRECTOR: Sam Pollard
CAST: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Beverly Gage, David J. Garrow, Andrew Young, Donna Murch, James Comey, Clarence Jones, Charles Knox, Marc Perrusquia
RUNNING TIME: 104 mins
CERTIFICATE: 12A
BASICALLY…: An account of the US government’s surveillance and harassment of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and his family…

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“Violence will not succeed in changing this nation.” These are words spoken during the captivating new documentary MLK/FBI, but in the immediate aftermath of last […]

Pieces of a Woman (Review)

DIRECTOR: Kornél Mundruczó
CAST: Vanessa Kirby, Shia LaBeouf, Ellen Burstyn, Molly Parker, Sarah Snook, Iliza Shlesinger, Benny Safdie, Jimmie Fails, Domenic Di Rosa
RUNNING TIME: 128 mins
CERTIFICATE: 15
BASICALLY…: After a tragic home birth, a couple (Kirby and LaBeouf) must deal with the emotional aftermath…
 

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Fair warning: anyone who has ever gone through the trauma of losing an infant during childbirth will very easily be triggered by this movie. It is an unspeakable thing for […]