Beneath its many contrivances, there is something quite admirable going on in Rio 2. It looks and sounds absolutely extraordinary for one thing.
PREVIEW: In Like Father Like Son Hirokazu Kore-Eda proves has a genius for writing for and directing children.
Yep. Five stars. The Lego Movie really is that good.
Tracks is a great yarn, full of heat, solitude, danger and transformation, all set against unearthly landscapes.
With depth, maturity and compassion, the Grand Budapest Hotel will surely be one of the films of the year.
REVIEW: The Raid (2011) is just about the best fight-movie of the last couple of decades.
REVIEW: The Deadly Ponies Gang is a hugely entertaining film about a couple of mates on the fringes of South Auckland.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a damn good movie, and a worthy part of a remarkable franchise.
Nymphomaniac is a very different film to the one the posters and the marketing campaign are suggesting.
The Great Beauty has already picked up the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and the Golden Globe in the same category.
A tale of biblical proportions for the Game of Thornes generation. An ancient allegory for these climate-change chastened times. Noah – Evangelising Eco Warrior.
Cuban Fury is no great film, but it is good natured, well made, and occasionally very funny indeed.
With massive nods to Two Lane Blacktop, Vanishing Point and, err, Smokey and The Bandit, and with a some genuine wit, daring, and energy in its delivery, Need For Speed is an old-fashioned and very likeable film.
Cuban Fury is no great film, but it's well made and occasionally very funny indeed.
Saudi director Haifaa al-Mansour delivers a heartbreaking, powerful debut with Wadjda.
There's some good, honest stunt driving in Need for Speed - and for that alone, it deserves to be celebrated.
PREVIEW: French romcom It Boy turns the tables by focusing on a 40-year-old woman's fling with a man half her age.
Hannah Arendt is a rigorous, intelligent and illuminating study of the writer, philosopher and theorist.
A good true story and a stellar cast aren't enough to save George Clooney's The Monuments Men.
It's never a good sign when you find yourself missing Gerard Butler.
Every year there's a couple of films that make me want to blockade the multiplex.
The story of how Radio Hauraki came to be is a truly great one.
REVIEW: Lone Survivor does for soldiers what Friday Night Lights did for footballers: it gives us entry into a near impenetrable world, it makes it credible.
REVIEW: There is a great hole in the world where Mel Gibson used to be.
Matthew McConaughey became a leading man in the 1990s, but never quite graduated to Pitt/Clooney/Depp megastardom, and was seemingly destined to grind out the next decade of his career being an attractive place to temporarily hang a shirt in rom-com hell.
A few years back I was much impressed with a film called Into The Wild.
A few years back, writing for another paper, I took my seat in the old and unlamented Rialto, and tried my darndest to watch Basic Instinct 2.
Does it matter that this is a remake of a hilariously trashy and energetic 1981 movie? I doubt it.
REVIEW: Tom Hanks is utterly convincing as Walt Disney in Saving Mr Banks. It's a sanitised Walt we're given here, but still a credible one.
REVIEW: Solomon Northup was a well-liked New York city gentleman.
REVIEW: There is no mention that Nelson Mandela saw the Long Walk To Freedom. And that strikes me as a pity.
One day in a tough Brooklyn neighbourhood four boys bonded forever by standing up to a neighbourhood bully, and lifting a bottle of whisky from the local drugstore.
American Hustle is hugely entertaining, perfectly paced, and generally impressive as all hell.
REVIEW: Alexander Payne has come back with a film that is at once both sadder and funnier than almost any other Hollywood film.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit isn't a bad film. It's just an uninspired and unoriginal one. For a Friday night out, it'll do.
It's not often a film is already famous for being a failure before it has opened.
Adapting a beloved and much respected novel is a fraught business.
Winning the rights to adapt Jordan Belfort's memoir of a decade of stock-market fraud, high-living, addiction, and eventual imprisonment must have been an absolute gift to Scorsese.
Graeme Tuckett rounds up his top 10 films of 2013.
Anchorman 2 is a nine-years-later return to the great high point of Will Ferrell's career.
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