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Hunt For The Wilderpeople

Accomplished, charming NZ indie comedy that wears its influences well.


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1st Feb 2017

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Raiders

The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

Inspiring doc about the kids remaking Raiders over 7 summers.


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24th Jan 2017

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The Beatles

Eight Days a Week

Inspiring reminder of the sheer volume of trail blazing laid down by The Beatles.


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22nd Jan 2017

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The Goonies

Seminal kids movie that I underrated in '85. Shot with an easy pace, until the free-swim at the end.

Halliwell says: The bottomless pit of the Spielberg genre, a silly tale which takes forever to get going and is acted by children who have not studied elocution. The trick effects when they come are OK, but it's a long annoying haul to that point.


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22nd Jan 2017

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A Bigger Splash

Glacially paced, pretentious arthouse fluff, that fritters away a potentially interesting set up.


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21st Jan 2017

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Our Kind of Traitor

Unremarkable potboiler from Le Carre, with a disappointingly bland turn from Ewan McGregor.


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17th Jan 2017

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Carol

Small scale period drama, anchored around strong central performances.


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15th Jan 2017

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10 Cloverfield Lane

Ambitious small scale sci-fi that drags a bit before it all gets a bit wacky.


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11th Jan 2017

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The Hateful Eight

Tarantino zeros in on the most-tedious-film-ever award. Someone get the guy a new editor.


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7th Jan 2017

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Joy

Inventive ensemble drama, as David O. Russell takes another shot at Scorsese's crown. Great soundtrack too.


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7th Jan 2017

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Batman vs Superman

Dawn of Justice

Mind-boggling, convoluted actioner that seems to have been written by picking ideas out of a hat.


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4th Jan 2017

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Captain America

Civil War

Extended super hero punch up, not dissimilar to the news man brawls of 'Anchorman'.


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1st Jan 2017

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The Jungle Book

Seamless CGI remake, lacking in humour and executed with the seriousness of LOTR or Apocalypse Now.


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30th Dec 2016

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When Harry Met Sally

Text-book rom-com that rebooted the genre and set the template for the next 3 decades.

Halliwell says: Over a period of 12 years, a couple meet occasionally to debate whether there can be friendship without sex between a man and a woman.***


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26th Dec 2016

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Zootropolis

Decent enough animated parable from Disney. Lacking the usual emotional Pixar punch.


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25th Dec 2016

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Rogue One

A Star Wars Story

Second viewing and it's still holding together well. The third act is incredible.


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22nd Dec 2016

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ROGUE ONE

A STAR WARS STORY

Impeccable world building and a nail biting finale mark a solid expansion of the universe.


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18th Dec 2016

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Bridge of Spies

Solid Cold War drama. Unfortunately lacking the impact of both Spielberg and Hanks' best.


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18th Dec 2016

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Midnight Special

From 3 minutes in this was the best film I've seen in ages. Nostalgic indie sci-fi.


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13th Dec 2016

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The Overnight

Arkward and occasionally hilarious Duplass-esque LA comedy. And only 75m long.


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26th Nov 2016

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