Film Reviews

Now Showing: Steve Jobs

Both Kate Winslet and Michael Fassbender have been nominated for Oscars for their roles in Steve Jobs.

REVIEW: Steve Jobs is a fascinating, compelling expose.

Nice puppets, shame about the story

After the heights of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Adaptation, Anomalisa is something of a disappointment from Charlie Kaufman.

REVIEW: Anomalisa just doesn't take it's themes anywhere interesting

Dynamic duo shine in Carol

The acting talents of Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett are to the fore in Carol.

REVIEW: Carol is a beautifully acted, slow-burning character study

Go see what the Fass is about

Kate Winslet and Michael Fassbender show what happens when stone-cold-superb-meets-quite-perfect in Steve Jobs.

REVIEW: Steve Jobs sees screenwriter Aaron Sorkin in full and glorious flight

Engrossing, enthralling Room

In Room, Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay own the screen in all sorts of quiet and perfect ways.

REVIEW: Insightfulness and inner-logic make Room standout

Staggeringly powerful Room

Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay deliver simply stunning performances in Room.

REVIEW: Room is touching, beautiful and frequently heart-rending

Smart and thought-provoking cinema

Anomalisa is proof positive that stop-motion animation isn't just for kids.

REVIEW: Anomalisa - startlingly original and somewhat disturbing

Not Hollywood's finest two-hours

Chris Pine sadly lives up to his wooden moniker, in his new movie The Finest Hours.

REVIEW: The Finest Hours - The Perfect Storm reimagined by Nicholas Sparks

Now Showing: The Danish Girl

Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander star in The Danish Girl.

REVIEW: The Danish Girl: top notch performances, but does it play it too safe?

Larson's childhood dream becomes reality

Having won a Golden Globe, Brie Larson is now in the running for an Oscar at next month's ceremony.

Brie Who? The Golden Globe-winning actress everyone now wants to know

An unexpected delight

Vito Vito plays Mose, Neil Amituanai is Adam and Vesui Villiamu essays Tavita in the new Kiwi-Samoan production Three Wise Cousins.

REVIEW: Three Wise Cousins is a colourful, cheeky and charming comedy

Spotlight is something special

Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo are part of a terrific ensemble cast in Spotlight.

REVIEW: Spotlight: pretty close to a masterpiece

Dirty Grandpa - a stain on cinema

Dirty Grandpa is demeaning and detrimental to both Robert De Niro and Zac Efon and their careers.

REVIEW: Dirty Grandpa: a movie where jokes go to die

Superficial Girl disappoints

Even the combined acting talents of Alicia Vikander and Eddie Redmayne can't lift The Danish Girl.

REVIEW: It's a Swedish woman who saves Danish girl from descending into melodrama

Spotlight deserves to shine

Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo and Brian D'Arcy James as part of a heavyweight cast in the terrific Spotlight.

REVIEW: Spotlight - an intelligent, restrained and completely gripping story which needs to be told.

Mediocre inaction a waste of hours

Chris Pine struggles to overcome a soggy script and watered-down action in The Finest Hours.

REVIEW: The Finest Hours - a disaster movie with its foot on the brake

Cinematic storytelling at its brightest

Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo play Boston Globe journalists who take on the Catholic church in Spotlight.

REVIEW: Spotlight - a fantastic recreation of a small group of journalists determination to get to the truth and paean to the dying art of in-depth investigative journalism

Sumptuous, slapstick Samoan comedy

Vito Vito plays Mose, Neil Amituanai is Adam and Vesui Villiamu essays Tavita in the new Kiwi-Samoan production Three Wise Cousins.

REVIEW: Three Wise Cousins’ jokes and charm are bound to strike a wide resonance

Little to hate in Tarantino's Eight

Samuel L Jackson's character is one of the many turned inside out by the machinations of Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight.

REVIEW: The Hateful Eight: long, messy, funny and bold all at once

The Sea defeated by its source

Even the craggy features and acting craft of Ciaran Hinds can't save The Sea.

REVIEW: The Sea - an adaptation of a book that should have been left on the page

Luminous Ronan in the gloaming

Saoirse Ronan's performance in Brooklyn has already earned her an Oscar nomination for best actress.

REVIEW: Brooklyn - a charming and compelling drama

Now Showing: The Sea

Not only does Ciaran Hinds' character look lost in The Sea, many audience members will be too.

REVIEW: The Sea is awash with frustrations and unrealised potential

Review: The Hateful Eight

Samuel L Jackson reteams with old mucker Quentin Tarantino for The Hateful Eight.

REVIEW: It's Agatha Christie meets Reservoir Dogs in the Old West as the top dog reinvents and old classic

An old-fashioned romance

Saoirse Ronan lights up the screen in Brooklyn.

REVIEW: Brooklyn shows the power of filmmaking restraint

Star power a Big distraction

Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling are just two of the Hollywood heavy hitters on show in The Big Short.

REVIEW: Banking world indictment ulitmately comes up short

Above average kids' fare

Shane Jacobson  plays the eccentric chicken farmer Swampy
in Oddball.

REVIEW: Shane Jacobson shines in Aussie penguin comedy Oddball

Wave awash with stale ideas

Chloe Grace Moretz offers little outside of line delivery in The 5th Wave.

REVIEW: The 5th Wave: Nice book, shame about the movie

A beaut Aussie film

Shane Jacobson plays the eccentric chicken farmer Allan "Swampy" Marsh in Oddball.

REVIEW: Oddball is well made, efficiently written and its heart is in exactly the right place.

Poehlerising comedy

Even the combined talents of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler can't save Sisters.

REVIEW: Sisters - vulgar, violent and only fitfully funny.

Short profits from innovation

Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling are part of a star-studded cast of Hollywood A-list actors on display in The Big Short.

REVIEW: The Big Short - an engrossing and entertaining idiot's guide to the GFC

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