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Angus and Julia Stone deliver

It might only be January but Angus and Julia Stone were already the most anticipated show of the year.

What's on: January 29 - February 4

Music, comedy, theatre, film, and the festive season. Here's what's on in Wellington. 

A recommended trip to Iceland

Land Ho! is a nicely understated film, a slacker comedy for the senior generation, and a more pleasant way to spend 95 minutes than you might at first imagine.

Review: Selma transcends its few faults

The history in Ava Du Vernay's film is real and immediate, but Selma never loses sight of the human toll of the times.

Royal Blood assault Wellington

British duo Royal Blood were out prove that they deserve the hype.

Hit comedy Land Ho! breaks the ice

To hear the co-stars tell it, the decision to make Land Ho! was all "Location, location location".

Craft beer demand froths over

Wellington micro breweries struggle to fill orders as Auckland's penchant for craft beer sends demand skyward.

A fresh take on time-travel

REVIEW: Project Almanac is a surprisingly fresh take on time-travel and the much-maligned found-footage style of film-making.

A walk to remember

REVIEW: Wild is a powerful, provocative film and Reese Witherspoon's performance makes this odyssey worth following.

Pete's Dragon flies in to Upper Hutt

Hollywood has been in Upper Hutt for initial shooting for of Disney production Pete's Dragon.

What he does with the shadows

Australian Raymond Crowe has adults and children spellbound by his shadow puppet show.

Preacher pulled Kiwis to crusades

For one week in April 1959, Wellington fell hard for the charms of American preacher Billy Graham.

Bach to the future

Tom Cardy talks to the two ambitious organists who will play all 327 Bach organ works this year.

Jury's out on new panel shows

Not all comedy panel shows are created equal, as Duck Quacks Don't Echo and The Guess List show.

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.

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