Film Reviews

Cast camaraderie gives film Heart

Tom Holland says there was no escaping from the rest of the cast while filming In the Heart of the Sea.

Just when Tom Holland thought it was safe to go back in the water...

Compelling take on Armstrong's fall

In The Program, Ben Foster portrays Lance Armstrong as a machine of manipulation and overblown pride.

REVIEW: The Program: a condemnation of cycling's enfant terrible

Armstrong biopic chained to facts

Ben Foster delivers a terrific performance as Lance Armstrong in The Program.

REVIEW: The Program: lot of wheels spun, but no real insight.

A Christmas calamity

Even the combined talents of Diane Keaton and John Goodman can't save Love the Coopers.

REVIEW: Love the Coopers - family dysfunction redefined in a wholesome, white, upper-middle class, American way.

Now Showing: Creed

Sylvester Stallone and Michael B Jordan star in Creed.

REVIEW: A reinvigoration of the boxing genre

When Lainey met Jake

Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie star in Sleeping with Other People.

REVIEW: Sleeping with Other People - a less than serious look at modern love

Secrets survive translation

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Julia Roberts star in Secret in Their Eyes.

REVIEW: Successful transportation north of much-loved Argentine thriller

Sense and French fidelity

Anton Yelchin and Berenice Marlohe star in 5 to 7.

REVIEW: A sea of schmaltz mars romantic-drama 5 to 7

Secret slightly lost in translation

Julia Roberts and Chiwetel Ejiofor star in Secret in Their Eyes.

REVIEW: US remake of Argentine Oscar-winner fails to convince

2 little, 2 late

Even the charms of Jennifer Lawrence can't lift the fourth and final instalment of The Hunger Games franchise.

REVIEW: New Hunger Games movie disappointingly low-key

Experimental drama compels

Peter Sarsgaard is a suitably serious and compelling presence in Experimenter.

REVIEW: Candid, playful Experimenter a fascinating watch

Games given fitting finale

Jennifer Lawrence delivers a spirited performance in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2.

REVIEW: Final Hunger Games marred by an ending to be mocked

Second-rate exotic moribund Hotel

Drac and the gang are back for more misadventures in Hotel Transylvania 2.

REVIEW: Hotel Transylvania offers reasonable, if undemanding animated entertainment

Now Showing: Experimenter

Peter Sarsgaard stars in Experimenter.

REVIEW: Unnerving Experimenter compulsory viewing

Smooth-looking Spectre excites

Spectre sees James Bond (Daniel Craig) and Q (Ben Whishaw) on the trail of a global criminal organisation.

REVIEW: Bond's latest delivers plenty of bang for your bucks

Truly inspirational thinking

A dance-o-mat has been one of the many popular Gap Filler activities that have sprung up in central Christchurch since the 2010-11 earthquakes.

REVIEW: Passionate, articulate interviewees dominate The Art of Recovery

Sublime visuals meet flawless acting

Alicia Vikander gives a mesmerising performance in Ex Machina that is both powerful and nuanced.

REVIEW: Ex Machina - a psychological thriller in the truest sense of the phrase

Now Showing: Ex Machina

Alicia Vikander is simply superb in Ex Machina.

REVIEW: Ex Machina is compelling, atmospheric sci-fi

Life through a lens

The Wolfpack looks at the lives of a septet of siblings who have only learned about the outside world via movies.

REVIEW: The Wolfpack is a compelling, yet concerning watch

Carrion comedy

Even the combined talents of Simon Pegg and Mojo the dog (with additional vocal help from the late Robin Williams) can't lift Absolutely Anything.

REVIEW: Monty Python-inspired comedy struggles for meaning

Temperate look at climate change

Thin Ice is anything but "climate change for dummies".

REVIEW: Thin Ice - Scientists' Guide to the "potential" Climate Change Apocalypse

A well-executed drama

Julianne Moore and Ellen Page star in Freeheld.

REVIEW: Supporting roles shine brightest in courtroom drama Freeheld

Spectre all about the action

Despite plenty of action, Spectre is likely to leave many viewers neither shaken nor stirred.

REVIEW: Spectre serves up more cheese than the last three Bond films

Spectre doesn't quite deliver

The talents of both Christoph Waltz and Lea Seydoux are underutilised in Spectre.

REVIEW: Spectre of Skyfall's brillance haunts latest Bond

Now Showing: Freeheld

Ellen Page and Julianne Moore star in Freeheld.

REVIEW: Freeheld an important story told humbly

Loose-fitting Dressmaker feels fresh

Kate Winslet is intoxicating as Myrtle “Tilly” Dunnage in The Dressmaker.

REVIEW: Scattershot tone, but Dressmaker a suitably dark black comedy

Addiction, loneliness and desire video

Cristiano Ronaldo's new film is something of a vanity project.

The new Cristiano Ronaldo authorised biopic is insightful and touching, if not a little self-indulgent at times.

Capturing an extraordinary life

Malala Yousafzai is the subject of a new and powerful documentary.

REVIEW: He Named Me Malala might make you see the world in a different way

Tasteless zombie comedy DOA

Tye Sheridan has appeared in some impressive movies - Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is not one of them.

REVIEW: Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse derivative, mean-spirited and dumb.

Aimable doco advocating change

Marc de la Menardiere travels the world seeking enlightenment on the world's ailments in A Quest For Meaning.

REVIEW: French documentary investigates modern maladies

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