Filth should be a ripper of a film - pity the director completely failed to understand the source material.
A strong lead character, a well thought-out world - there's a lot to like in the Hunger Games franchise.
Thirty years after it was first released, Geoff Murphy's Utu gets a full restoration, and mild re-edit. What emerges is, perhaps, Utu the way it should have been seen in 1983.
Director Jeff Tremaine, with star and co-writer Johnny Knoxville, have dialled back on the trademark Jackass shenanigans, and seem to be making a bid to have Bad Grandpa accepted as a comedy drama in its own right.
REVIEW: The Butler succeeds as an impassioned and necessary portrait of an entire era in recent American history.
The Counselor could and should have been a dark and acceptably nasty piece of work, but it fails on every level.
I can only review a film for what it is and The Turning is the finest collection of linked short films I have ever seen.
Lightning can and does strike twice. This film is easily as fine as the first, and in its closing sequence, perhaps even better.
If About Time is indeed Richard Curtis' final film, it is a rousing farewell.
With a stunningly well-done first hour, Captain Phillips could have been great. Instead, action movie cliches pummel any interest.
Beyond the Edge is the film Hillary and Tenzing deserve: understated, modest, but truly enthralling.
Well performed, well written and shot through with a love for its setting, Being Venice is warmly recommended.
It's not that there's anything wrong with Justin Timberlake's new vehicle Runner Runner. It's just that there isn't much right about it, either.
REVIEW: I liked the first Machete. The sequel. Machete Kills, is absolutely dire.
REVIEW: Despite Naomi Watts giving it her all in the lead, Diana is ultimately a hollow and unworthy film
REVIEW: Biopic Diana has been savaged by critics. And it is a swan in a turkey.
Behind The Candelabra is a fascinating yarn, done justice by a hugely talented and intelligent film-maker.
If you're hoping for something other than cynical, exploitative drivel, avoid Planes like a bad mussel.
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Gardening With Soul is a rare and special film, impossible not to admire, respect, and be moved by.
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Riddick has its moments, but I'll be surprised if there is ever a fourth film.
Around Blanchett, the film is wildly uneven, the writing is rushed and sloppy, and the tone is callous and misanthropic.
In the House is a film about observation, about story telling, about how we define 'real' within a work of fiction.
Let’s not pretend for a moment that White House Down isn’t every bit as dumb as was Olympus Has Fallen.
For a Friday night no-brainer, RED 2 is serviceable, but only just.
REVIEW: The Weight of Elephants is a truly great New Zealand drama.
REVIEW: Mortal Instruments has pace, a sense of humour, and plenty of energy and enthusiasm from the leads.
In lesser hands, Stoker could easily fall into silliness - that it doesn't is a testament to director Park-Chan-Wook.
Director Neill Blomkamp's follow-up to 2009 hit District 9 manages to meet the expectations set by its predecessor.
At last, we have a vampire flick that isn't aimed at swooning adolescents.
The Way Way Back is an excellent film that's as much about embracing the past as it is about overcoming the present.
This second week of the festival is an embarrassment of riches.
Four struggling magicians and illusionists each receive a cunningly placed tarot card. On the back of the card is an address in New York City, a date, and a time.
The NZ International Film Festival opened in Wellington yesterday, and there's a huge selection of goodies this year.
The Wolverine has it moments, but even Hugh Jackman can't have the same lows as its predecessor.
Private Peaceful is an intelligent, heartfelt take on the inhumanity of military law.
Ping Pong will undoubtedly be marketed as the "Young@Heart of table tennis", but that line is perfectly justified.
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