Culture

Saviours of rock'n'roll

Ben Thatcher of high-flying British rock duo Royal Blood had a lot of strange things happen to him and band mate Mike Kerr last year.

Stomaching bulimia on stage

The impact of eating disorders is often a taboo subject, but one show is hoping to change that.

Heavy heart in the suburbs

Top Kiwi songwriters count some surprising suburbs as home.

Aotearoa perfect opposites

Eleanor Catton ponders the limitations of words in capturing the power of the land of the long white cloud.

NZ's vampires in the US?

Open your wallets – with your help What We Do in the Shadows will be off to the United States.

Settler story on epic scale

Newly arrived settler Samuel Kenning is washed ashore at Owhiro Bay in The Ragged, the first in a series of four plays.

Hipster heaven

Laneway is hitting Auckland, but Royal Blood, Little Dragon and Flying Lotus are coming to Wellington.

What's on in Wellington: Jan 22 - Jan 28

Check out what's on around the region.

Alternatively terrific and maudlin

REVIEW: A Thousand Times Goodnight does at least flare very bright, before it fizzles.

Family fault lines exposed

REVIEW: Force Majeure is an interesting, at times provocative film.

A reminder of Moore halcyon days

REVIEW: Still Alice, the adaptation of Lisa Genova's best selling novel, is a surprisingly sensitive and understated drama.

Unbroken a wasted opportunity

REVIEW: Unbroken is anxious to get to the fight; to what the film-makers presumably think the audience want to see.

This wedding has a familiar ring

REVIEW: The Wedding Ringer is a film that is desperate to be this year's The Hangover or answer to Bridesmaids.

A force to be reckoned with

Eddie Izzard

British comedian Eddie Izzard returns to New Zealand next month as part of a grand world tour.

Theatre group remains optimistic

The show must go on for Porirua Little Theatre even though its home is due to be demolished.

Pataka museum celebrates history

An exciting year of historical exhibitions is in the works for Porirua's Pataka museum.

Master of puppets

''People think marionettes and puppets are brightly coloured, googly-eyed and just for kids - that's something we've struggled with quite a bit," says Steffen Kreft.

Review: Angelina Jolie's Unbroken

But there is a lot to any human life, and we have to be careful, when we create biographies, not to let mere facts get in the way of actual truth.

Review: American Sniper

American Sniper Directed by Clint Eastwood. ★★★★

This perilous moral adventure

His incisive view of the world from the ladder's lowest rungs give Wellington writer Geoff Cochrane a remarkable voice.

Shakespeare for the digital age

Four lovers of Shakespearean soliloquy have modernised one of the Bard's most famous stories into a teenage webseries.

The many faces of Brianne Kerr

"What to wear, what to wear . . ." was Brianne Kerr's dilemma as she rummaged through tutus, corsets and pirate pants at Costume Cave last week.

Thunderbirds new look revealed

Thunderbirds Are Go has released the first picture of International Rescue's new look Tracy brothers.

Photo and painting baffle their finders

A mystery watercolour and an aging photograph by a bohemian photographer have been unearthed in the back of a Kapiti garage.

Actress back among magic

Emily Regtien was onstage at the Bruce Mason Centre when a fuse blew, the lights went out and the threatre was olinto complete darkness.

Avatar sequel on hold

Fans of Avatar will have to wait another year for the second instalment in the three-part saga.

Birdman a high-wire delight

REVIEW: With more than a hint of surrealism and an eclectic soundtrack, Birdman is clever, compelling cinema.

What's on in Wellington

Music, comedy, art, film, theatre - even a scavenger hunt. Find everything that makes this city NZ's culture capital.

Shakespeare's super villain

Shakespeare's Richard III is hard yakka for a leading man - and doubly so if he's director as well.

Stone siblings back on track

Aussie siblings Julia and Angus Stone sang together, then split, then got back together by accident.

Bill Burr's big bad break

Breaking Bad role broadens comedian's horizons

American comedian Bill Burr is thankful for a lot of things that have propelled his career, but one he never tires talking about is television series Breaking Bad.

Time for a mixtape revival?

Here's why we should still be in love with the mixtape.

'To hell with them'

Athlete battled deformities to win gold

Anne Audain was born with deformities in both feet but went on to become a Commonwealth Games 3000m gold medal winner.

Trailblazer editor 'not here to make friends'

Sue Carty, the first female editor of The Evening Post, was forced to quit after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Weta nominated for two Baftas

The team at Wellington’s Weta Digital are in the running for a BAFTA.

Monkey business on the dance floor

To the haters, the opening words of the Blue Monkey music video were prophetic.

Busking in the capital

Cuba Mall a favourite for performers

There's a busker boom happening in Wellington's central city - provided they don't eat fire.

More grim than Grimm

REVIEW: Although Into the Woods looks slick and sounds professional, you can't help but feel Disney has already trodden this path.

Time to take Mills out

REVIEW: Taken 3 is a lazy, lumbering third outing for Bryan Mills.

It's certainly dumber

REVIEW: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels and director Bobby Farrelly reunite 20 years later for Dumb and Dumber To. It's pretty awful.

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