Film Reviews

How good is the Everest movie?

Jason Clarke plays Kiwi mountaineer Rob Hall in the movie Everest.

REVIEW: Based on the tragic 1996 disaster on Mt Everest this is epic cinema - entertaining and emotionally enervating.

Stuff's weekend film guide

Zac Efron stars in the new film We Are Your Friends opening in New Zealand cinemas this weekend.

REVIEW: Daredevils, DJs and dying cabbies among the topics explored in movies opening this week.

Sound search for soul

Rocking a succession of t-shirts and singlets, Zac Efron is both a likeable enough lead and plausible enough DJ in We Are Your Friends.

REVIEW: We Are Your Friends - a fun, visually engaging “primer” on the sweet science of mixing

Rusty Vacation one to avoid

Christina Applegate and Ed Helms's characters suffer many indignities during their Vacation.

REVIEW: Salty language and schmaltz comedy don't mix in Vacation

This screwball's a sinker

There's not much comedy squirreled away in the Imogen Poots/Owen Wilson starrer She's Funny That Way.

REVIEW: She's Funny That Way leaves you asking - Anything Else?

A likeably spiky tale

Actress Mamie Gummer threatens to steal the show from her more famous mother Meryl Streep in Ricki and the Flash.

REVIEW: Ricki and the Flash evokes the essence of a decent pub rock ballad.

Compelling and ultimately moving

Carl Boenish and his wife Jean were the unlikely couple at the origins of B.A.S.E. jumping.

REVIEW: Sunshine Superman is all about the B.A.S.E.

Last Cab a well-drawn drama

Michael Caton's Rex is a perfectly realised creation – craggy, dignified, vulnerable and leather-skinned in equal measure.

REVIEW: Michael Caton pulls out a performance for the ages in Last Cab to Darwin

Dying comes with charm

Olivia Cooke and Thomas Mann star in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.

REVIEW: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl never ceases to engage and delight

Star-crossed lovers

Ryan Corr and Craig Stott star in the new Aussie drama Holding the Man.

REVIEW: Holding the Man - an intimate portrait of two star-crossed Aussie lovers

A life lived on the edge

Sunshine Superman mixes the poignant with a sense of pure pleasure to powerful effect.

REVIEW: Sunshine Superman is the fascinating tale of the freewheeling Carl Boenish

Raw and rough ring drama

Rachel McAdams and Jake Gyllenhaal both deliver terrific performances in Southpaw.

REVIEW: Competently crafted Southpaw ultimately pulls its punches.

Journey to the back of beyond

Michael Caton's taxi driver embarks on what he hopes will be his final journey in Last Cab To Darwin.

REVIEW: Last Cab to Darwin is an emotional ride worth taking.

Hitman ticks all the boxes

Rupert Friend does a decent enough job as the eponymous killer in Hitman: Agent 47.

REVIEW: Hitman: Agent 47 exceeds expectations

Clever alternative view of NYC

The Sirens of the Lambs was one of Bansky's creations during "his" one-month "residency" in New York in October 2013.

REVIEW: The real joy of Banksy Does New York is in people's reactions

A hefty dose of melodrama and saccharine

Even the combined talents of Rachel McAdams and Jake Gyllenhaal can't save Southpaw.

REVIEW: Southpaw is an inelegant smash and grab of other plots

Now Showing: Banksy Does New York

The Sirens of the Lambs was one of Bansky's creations during his one-month "residency" in New York in October 2013.

REVIEW: Banksy Does New York showcases his prodigious and provocative talents

Now Showing: Fantastic Four

Even the talents of Miles Teller can't save the jumbled mess that is Fantastic Four.

REVIEW: Fantastic Four is a flat, flaccid, franchise killer of a film

Ritchie recaptures his brio

Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer play rival spies forced to join forces in The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

REVIEW: The Man From U.N.C.L.E is a joyous, exquisitely created piece of unadulterated entertainment

Schumer's star deserves to rise

Amy Schumer and Bill Hader star in the very adult and contemporary romantic-comedy Trainwreck.

REVIEW: Amy Schumer's Trainwreck is a warm-spirited comedy

Enjoyably daft U.N.C.L.E.

Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer play rival spies forced to join forces in The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. offers a stylish night out

Old-fashioned comedy for a new generation

Amy Schumer and Bill Hader star in the new rom-com Trainwreck.

REVIEW: Trainwreck is funny, smart and occasionally provocative

Stuff's Weekend Film Guide

Bill Hader and Amy Schumer star in the new romantic-comedy Trainwreck.

U.N.C.L.E. rebooted, Amy Schumer unleashed in this week's new films

Stylish documentary strikes the right tone

Some Like It Hot was one of almost 300 Hollywood films Australian costume designer Orry-Kelly worked on during his illustrious career.

REVIEW: Women He's Undressed - excellent, ebullient, if somewhat ostentatious

From Downton man to charismatic low-life

Dan Stevens stars in the new thriller The Guest.

REVIEW: The Guest is made by people with a real love for movies

Camino documentary loses its Way

Walking the Camino follows six "pilgrims" as they make their way from France's Saint Jean Pied de Port to Spain's Santiago de Compostela.

Walking the Camino documentary lacks true inspiration.

Australia's other Kelly finally celebrated

Australian costume designer Orry-Kelly worked on famous films like Some Like It Hot with Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe.

REVIEW: Women He’s Undressed offers eye-candy for the wardrobe obsessed.

Fantastic Four anything but Marvellous

Even acting talent like Miles Teller can't save Fantastic Four.

REVIEW: Fantastic Four reboot boasts lousy dialogue and sluggish direction

Doco does Amy Winehouse justice

Documentary Amy gives new insights into the short life of singer Amy Winehouse.

REVIEW: Amy doco is saddening, maddening, honest and non-exploitive

A disappointing exercise

Walking the Camino follows six "pilgrims" as they make their way from France's Saint Jean Pied de Port to Spain's Santiago de Compostela.

REVIEW: Walking The Camino documentary is a self-help manual in $500 boots.

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