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Of crimes and misdemeanors

Rita (Parker Posey) and Jill (Emma Stone) try to unravel the mystery of Abe Lucas in Irrational Man.

REVIEW: Woody Allen's latest - Irrational Man - feels tonally uneven

A blast of good, stupid fun

Newcomer Rebecca Ferguson threatens to steal the show from Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.

Plenty of entertainment still possible from Tom Cruise's famous franchise

Silly name, insightful story

Kevin Azais and Adele Haenel star in Love at First Fight.

REVIEW: Love at First Fight deserves to find an audience

This Mission is all fun and games

Tom Cruise is joined by newcomer Rebecca Ferguson for Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.

REVIEW: Tom Cruise's latest Mission is solid but unspectacular

Now Showing: Love at First Fight

Kevin Azais and Adele Haenel star in Love at First Fight.

French tale Love at First Fight gets a little lost in translation

Amy's story a sobering experience

New documentary Amy is a fascinating look at the life and death of singer Amy Winehouse.

REVIEW: Amy - will stay with you for days after

Gallows' found footage best left lost

The Gallows' "found footage" appears to have been significantly edited by someone in the Beatrice, Nebraska police department.

REVIEW: The Gallows certainly isn’t worth hanging out to see.

Selfless

Ryan Reynolds delivers a joyless performance in the disappointing Self/Less.

REVIEW: Self/less is overlong, overwrought and underwhelming

What's on...at the movies

Sir Ian McKellen's turn as an aged Sherlock Holmes is one of the big highlights among the new movies opening in Kiwi cinemas this weekend.

Sir Ian McKellen takes on Mr Holmes, while Downton man Dan Stevens gets down and dirty in films opening this weekend

Fine McKellen looks at Holmes

Sir Ian McKellen convinces in every scene of Mr Holmes.

REVIEW: Mr Holmes is a rumination on age, memory and what love might have been

Slow-burning Room

Mathieu Amalric and Stephanie Cleau star in The Blue Room.

REVIEW: The Blue Room provides its share of dread and shocks

McKellen looks at Holmes as Sherlock

Sir Ian McKellen plays Sherlock Holmes at two different ages in Mr Holmes.

REVIEW: Mr Holmes is a beautifully acted, finely nuanced film.

Now Showing: The Guest

Dan Stevens' character inveigles his way into the hearts of a grieving family in the new thriller The Guest.

Downton man impresses in down and dirty new role

Casting saves Allen's latest work

Parker Posey and Joaquin Phoenix star in the new Woody Allen film Irrational Man.

REVIEW: Parker Posey, Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix are the three reasons to see Woody Allen's Irrational Man

The Marvellous run continues

Paul Rudd provides the humanity in the spectacularly daft Ant-Man.

REVIEW: Ant-Man is a solid, if unspectacular addition to the superhero movie genre.

Lush looking, but unfulfilling

Even the dedicated and reliable Mia Wasikowska struggles to make Madame Bovary appealing to audiences.

REVIEW: Madame Bovary is perfectly pleasant, well-constructed, yet redundant

Duo make Drive an enjoyable ride

Sir Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson team up for Learning to Drive.

Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson make Learning to Drive enjoyable

A new superhero to Marvel at

Paul Rudd takes the essential silliness of the story and wisely plays it straight in Ant-Man.

REVIEW: Paul Rudd's "straight guy" provides the comedy in Ant-Man

Learning to Drive an enjoyable ride

Patricia Clarkson and Sir Ben Kingsley star in Learning to Drive.

REVIEW: Sir Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson are superb in Learning to Drive.

Classy and charming caper

Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne play neighbours in the feel-good teen film Paper Towns.

REVIEW: Cara Delevingne and Nat Wolff provide a solid foundation for Paper Towns

Now Showing: The Blue Room

Mathieu Almeric and Stephanie Cleau star in The Blue Room.

REVIEW: Mathieu Almaric channels Polanski and Hitchcock with The Blue Room

Now Showing: Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder video

Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder is based on the much-loved book by Jo Nesbo.

REVIEW: Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder is a real gas for grandparents and children alike.

Minions: too much of a good thing

The little yellow babblers from Despicable Me are now the stars of the show.

I once enjoyed the Minions in small doses. But the extra-strength Minions is, for better or for worse, too much.

Listen up - Mike delivers more magic

Magic Mike XXL is a decent sequel with fun on its mind and few things to say.

REVIEW: Magic Mike sequel offers more of the same antics

Be seduced by this Bovary

Mia Wasikowska plays the ambiguity of Emma Bovary's character perfectly in Madame Bovary.

REVIEW: Mia Wasikowska shines in bewitching Bovary adaptation

Tired Ted sequel recycles old gags

Ted 2 feels like an awkward combination of Miracle on 34th St and Bad Santa.

REVIEW: Ted 2 threatens to be this year's Sex Tape

Pure blockbusting entertainment

Arnie is back for more action mayhem and monkeying around in time with Terminator: Genisys.

REVIEW: Arnie is back in a Terminator sequel worth making time for.

Ted 2 - the bear is back

Ted has to fight to prove he's "a person" in Ted 2.

Crass trumps clever in Ted 2.

Compelling documentary rebrands Russell

The Emperor's New Clothes tackles a serious subject with wit, humility and humour.

Russell Brand impassioned and convincing in The Emperor's New Clothes

Awkward and intense Falling

The Falling evokes Heavenly Creatures with a homeopathic dash of Dead Poets' Society.

REVIEW: Overstuffed and underwritten, The Falling is still worth a watch.

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