While Samantha Morton does a sterling job, Decoding Annie Parker feels muddled and melodramatic.
St Vincent is a kind of reverse Dennis the Menace and proves Bill Murray is still a comedic force to be reckoned with.
REVIEW: Inspired by Leonard Cohen's song Hallelujah, Broken Hallelujah might not be perfect but it's further proof of NZ cinemas' annus mirabilis.
REVIEW: An over-caffeinated score and too many WTF moments ruin what genuine scares Annabelle manages to conjure up.
REVIEW: Liam Neeson is able to march to a slightly different rhythm in A Walk Among the Tombstones.
In trying to sketch out a life that could have yielded a 12-part TV series, Get On Up will fall a long way short.
Pride, based on a true story, is a little ripper. Go and have a look.
Certainly not a conventional film, but Siddharth ends up being one of the most surprising and insidiously effective you'll experience this year.
We Are the Best is a beautifully exuberant, feel-good, achingly honest and gloriously awkward coming-of-age yarn.
This sporadically entertaining film suffers from inevitable comparisons with the far superior, similarly-themed recent efforts.
The Judge is a mediocre, cliched and terribly under-done film.
REVIEW: Reaching For The Moon is hampered by a disappointingly pedestrian script, and by Bruno Barreto's plodding direction.
REVIEW: Sumptuously costumed and shot, Beloved Sisters at times feels rushed, despite its more than two-hour running time.
REVIEW: The tone and mood of Dracula Untold are right and the storyline hangs together. File it under "not too shabby".
REVIEW: Dense, disturbing and devilish, Gone Girl makes for compelling viewing and potentially awkward post-movie discussions.
REVIEW: Overall, Planes: Fire and Rescue is one trip to the movies worth taking these school holidays.
REVIEW: Rock the Casbah is stagey and more than a little bit predictable.
REVIEW: After a promising opening, The Maze Runner settles into a predictable Hunger Games meets Labyrinth via Pitch Black plot.
REVIEW: The Equalizer isn't just a poor film, it's bad even by director Antoine Fuqua's subterranean standards.
REVIEW: According to The Guinness Book of Records the oldest dance troupe in the world live in New Zealand.
REVIEW: At The Skeleton Twins best it is terrifically likeable, but at its worst the urge to yell "why should I care?" was overwhelming.
REVIEW: Although reminiscent of Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan films, this poignant, tender tale certainly possesses its own unique flavour.
REVIEW: The most original, interesting, and inventive film of 2014 so far? It's Locke. Hands down.
REVIEW: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles does everything you could hope for and delivers exactly what the trailer promises.
REVIEW: Now on its fifth outing, the Step Up series has started to lose some of its originality, creativity and pure spectacle.
REVIEW: All the window dressing in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For can't quite conceal the cracks in the storytelling.
REVIEW: Predestination does feel like an extended Twilight Zone episode, a simple premise stretched to almost breaking point.
REVIEW: Aunty and the Star People is exactly the quietly spoken, unpretentious, but unashamedly joyous film that Jean Watson's story deserves.
REVIEW: Wish I Was Here is a hip dramedy that you'd wish you'd seen, if you don't make the effort to seek it out.
REVIEW: Those expecting sustained action in Night Moves would be advised to give this a wide berth.
REVIEW: The Giver had plenty of promise - based on Lois Lowry's novel - it was both credible and reasonably inventive.
REVIEW: Into the Storm is a decent enough waste of a few hours on a Friday night, but no more than that.
REVIEW: Before I Go to Sleep is the cinematic equivalent of Ovaltine.
REVIEW: The Keeper of Lost Causes feels like a TV pilot and one that's closer to an episode of Cold Case than True Detective.
REVIEW: Housebound is a rollicking success. It is a fast, funny, good-natured, and wickedly effective comedy-horror to adore.
The Z-Nail Gang shot in Te Puke for an estimated $30,000 is perhaps more at home on a small screen rather than a large one.
But for its energy, for the craft and love that have gone into making it and for the fact it actually exists, The Last Saint is one to celebrated.
This young adult movie suffered from an overdose of tragedy.
Over a decade in the making, Boyhood looks like being one of the movies of the decade.
While comparisons to the American Pie series are inevitable, this offers additionally salty language and virtually none of Pie's sweetness.
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