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August 5, 2019

When They See Us will leave you provoked, furious, and hopefully socially aware. Created, co-written and directed by the brilliant Ava DuVernay (Selma), she re-enters the foray of telling stories of racial politics, namely that of African American, through the incidents surrounding the infamous Central Park Five. The Netflix miniseries is a harrowing retelling of […]

March 4, 2019

I don’t want to sound like too much of a film student, but First Reformed was the most important film of 2018. Paul Schrader’s latest tells the tale of Reverend Ernst Toller (played by Ethan Hawke in what is perhaps the best performance of his career to date), the lonely pastor of a tourist church […]

October 8, 2018

Three days after I was born a witch cursed me and said, “If you ever watch an Adam Sandler film, you’ll fail all your university exams.” I’ve never watched one, and I’ve never failed. See, it works! (The miniscule amount of uni exams I have had over the years may or may not have something […]

October 1, 2018

Christopher Robin’s most memorable quote, delivered by a sweetly melancholic Winnie the Pooh, popped to mind as I left the cinema: “I would have liked it to go on for a little while longer.” The premise of Christopher Robin, Disney’s live-action movie featuring Pooh and the other denizens of the Hundred Acre Wood, is simple. […]

September 24, 2018

I grew up on sci-fi, so you better believe that I’ve seen a lot of it. While my peers were watching appropriate things as children (Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, etc), I firmly became besotted by Doctor Who, Stargate, and Star Trek by the age of nine. That’s probably why I’ve still not seen most Disney films, […]

September 17, 2018

Porn really loses its appeal after you’ve gotten off, but I suffered through more than an hour of this 133 minute monstrosity — drunk, alone, on a Sunday — in the name of journalistic integrity. What is Batman v Superman XXX? It’s Batman v Superman, except not. The Joker’s kidnapped Lois Lane, Superman’s off banging […]

September 11, 2018

Suicide is a huge epidemic within New Zealand. The fact that so many people, especially young rangatahi, are suffering from mental health in our own communities, highlights how great of an issue this really is. It is a topic that is rarely spoken about, and an issue that is rarely addressed by mainstream media here […]

August 20, 2018

Little Woods  4/5 As one among many in my two week binge of NZIFF films, I wondered what would make Little Woods stand out from the bizarre, intriguing, charming stories I had already consumed. The answer comes in the form of a sisterly bond that withstands the financially arid landscape of middle-class America. Ollie (Tessa […]

August 20, 2018

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again 4.5/5 This movie felt to me like the musical version of Eat, Pray, Love. A woman goes on a journey to find herself, eating good food, and getting the D in exotic places — all underpinned by wonderful ABBA music, and comedy gold. Special shout-out to the zingers from […]

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