Thoroughly pretentious, thoroughly enjoyable 90s PXL-Vision hipster indiefest.
4th Jun 2015Read more 4 star reviews
Inspiring, unpredictable music drama. Slow to start, but some nice turns keep it fresh for the drum solo.
25th May 2015Read more 4 star reviews
Witty, post modern detective pic, with standout comeback turns from RDJ and Val Kilmer.
20th May 2015Read more 4 star reviews
Sparse, atmospheric indie thriller - which quickly breaks the template with a couple of left turns.
17th May 2015Read more 4 star reviews
Genre-pushing 1950s Disney fairytale, this time in epic widescreen. Tastefully done.
29th Dec 2014Read more 4 star reviews
Great characters, fantastic scripts, a long-game season arc and a bunch of good twists make this very watchable TV.
26th Dec 2014Read more 4 star reviews
Rich, action-packed Disney entry, benefitting from J. M. Barrie's more layered source material.
26th Dec 2014Read more 4 star reviews
Textbook, sentimental, heartstring-plucking tale - done flawlessly.
25th Dec 2014Read more 4 star reviews
Genre-defining animation from Disney. Dated in some ways, but still full of style.
Halliwell says: Disney's first feature cartoon, a mammoth enterprise which no one in the business thought would work. The romantic leads were wishy-washy but the splendid songs and the marvellous comic and villainous characters turned the film into a world-wide box office bombshell which is almost as fresh today as when it was made.****
22nd Dec 2014Read more 4 star reviews
Intense, paranoid witch hunt. Thought provoking and intricately crafted, with many stand out performances.
19th Dec 2014Read more 4 star reviews
Powerful, stylish drama. Beautiful cinematography, anchored by strong performances and a solid script.
12th Dec 2014Read more 4 star reviews
Compelling, stylish, indie-ish sci-fi. Laced with originality, if a little heavy handed in places.
5th Dec 2014Read more 4 star reviews
Electrifying modern thriller. Great script and a breakout turn from Donnie Darko. He's going to be big.
4th Nov 2014Read more 4 star reviews
If you like being punched in the emotional face you'll love this Pixar tearjerker. One of the best openings ever.
25th Aug 2014Read more 4 star reviews
Classy slice of 70s film noir, with a fantastic, effortless script and a star turn from Gene Hackman.
Halliwell says: Apparently a Chandlerish mystery, this is really a Pinterish audience-teaser with obsessions about communication and the meaning of life. A smart-ass entertainment for eager trendies.*
31st Jul 2014Read more 4 star reviews
Outstanding, intriguing, moving documentary about a deep black hole in the music industry.
20th Jul 2014Read more 4 star reviews
A mind bending time travel loop does a magnificent job of distracting you from an otherwise thin plot.
7th Jul 2014Read more 4 star reviews
Intense cat and mouse chase between two incredibly well drawn characters.
26th Jun 2014Read more 4 star reviews
Well handled drama with a powerhouse performance from McRomcomedy. Tad long.
8th Jun 2014Read more 4 star reviews
Intense modern piracy drama, skilfully handled as Paul Greengrass builds the tension and intensity.
29th Mar 2014Read more 4 star reviews
Celine and Jesse walk and talk nine years on, as teen dreams echo through 40s reality looking for love.
23rd Mar 2014Read more 4 star reviews
70s Aussie fever dream about an uptight teacher stuck in a booze-drenched Outback town full of menace.
20th Mar 2014Read more 4 star reviews
Intense, harrowing slavery biopic. Steve McQueen leaps forward with a more accomplished hand.
8th Mar 2014Read more 4 star reviews
Tense, brutal film noir. Updating western sensibilities and old-fashioned tension for the 90s.
25th Jan 2014Read more 4 star reviews
Epic indie odyssey from Rick Linklater, following lead actor Ellar Coltrane through 12 years of high school.
20th Jan 2014Read more 4 star reviews
Great Matthew McC perf as a cowboy hustling unapproved drugs in the early days of the Aids crisis.
10th Jan 2014Read more 4 star reviews
Kurosawa's Tohoscope tour de force packs in action, a princess on the run and some great shots.
1st Jan 2014Read more 4 star reviews
Dense, old-fashioned thriller with ratcheting tension and powerhouse turns from Gyllenhaal and Jackman.
31st Dec 2013Read more 4 star reviews
Over the top, unsubtle, bombastic and thoroughly enjoyable Scorsese picture. Great script, great turns.
30th Dec 2013Read more 4 star reviews
The bronze medal of Indy movies, but Connery and Phoenix expand the formula.
26th Dec 2013Read more 4 star reviews
Stylish, classy, sprawling oil epic from Traffic's Stephen Gaghan. Backed up by a great ensemble cast.
6th Dec 2013Read more 4 star reviews
Smart, touching near-future parable, with a great turn from Frank Langella.
30th Nov 2013Read more 4 star reviews
Quirky, erratic Texan rockers go super tight and loud. So good.
20th Nov 2013Read more 4 star reviews
Subtle sci-fi that plays with ideas of memory loss, family & ageing - and has a great one last heist.
19th Nov 2013Read more 4 star reviews
Witty, tense, effective police procedural, despite the contrived hidden cameras. Heat meets Blair Witch.
3rd Nov 2013Read more 4 star reviews
Taught, surprisingly Hitchcockian thriller, that makes for a great final film from Steven Soderbergh.
2nd Nov 2013Read more 4 star reviews
Bullock & Clooney float in space. 3D pushed to the limit, breathless tension, great shots. A proper cinema film.
31st Oct 2013Read more 4 star reviews
Deftly handled period thriller, anchored by a solid script and a wide range of decent performances.
19th Oct 2013Read more 4 star reviews
Too long as usual, but relative restraint from Tarantino makes for his best pic since Jackie Brown.
11th Oct 2013Read more 4 star reviews
Classy love letter to NYC from Spike Lee, with a great script and a rare, restrained turn from Ed Norton.
10th Oct 2013Read more 4 star reviews
A semi-re-boot for James Bond, that's convoluted but with many thrilling moments and some nice twists.
8th Jul 2013Read more 4 star reviews
I hated this kaleidoscopic, fractured thriller in '99. In hindsight it's one of Soderbergh's highlights.
5th Jul 2013Read more 4 star reviews
Well rounded marital LOLs from @JuddApatow ...that's a little close to the bone.
29th Jun 2013Read more 4 star reviews
The Complete Novel
Despite Coppola's tinkering, this melodramatic 80s classic still stands up well.
Halliwell says: Oddball youth melodrama, a curious choice for a director with big successes behind him.
13th May 2013Read more 4 star reviews
Taut, economical thriller with a strong cast filling out some juicy roles as the financial bubble bursts.
12th Mar 2013Read more 4 star reviews
Stylish, tightly written DIY indie sci-fi, with a cult leader claiming to be from the future.
25th Jan 2013Read more 4 star reviews
Flawless police whodunnit from Jane Campion. NZ's entry into the "unmissable TV" category.
21st Jan 2013Read more 4 star reviews
Spectacular low budget sci-fi that builds a touching human story in front of a high-concept backdrop.
12th Jan 2013Read more 4 star reviews
A great story helps carry this career-launching slice of 80s New York cool briskly along.
3rd Jan 2013Read more 4 star reviews