Remember when gun fights took place in a plane hanger full of propane?
STEVE KILGALLON - © Fairfax NZ NewsAlan Partridge's big-screen debut delivers many an a-ha moment for firm fan Steve Kilgallon.
Often I have found a brief nap during the middle of a children's movie heightens your appreciation.
Filth should be a ripper of a film - pity the director completely failed to understand the source material.
Someone behind the Hunger Games films has actually made a decision to make them as good as they can be.
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.
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.
An excellent Tom Hanks anchors the insanely tense film Captain Phillips.
Despite Naomi Watts giving it her all, Diana is ultimately a hollow and unworthy film.
2 Guns is popcorn cinema best approached with your eyebrow cocked and your brain in neutral.
REVIEW: Do you like Metallica? Do you still lovingly hang a black Master Of Puppets t-shirt in your wardrobe?
REVIEW: Biopic Diana has been savaged by critics. Stephanie Bunbury, who visited the set last year, remembers the hopes star Naomi Watts had.
SARAH WATT - © Fairfax NZ NewsMixing the naturally beautiful light and scenery with an intoxicating soundtrack, Mr Pip is powerful and touching.
Is Gravity the best space movie ever made?
Behind The Candelabra is a fascinating yarn, done justice by a hugely talented and intelligent film-maker.
If you're aged about nine, or have recently taken a couple of sharp blows to the frontal lobe, then maybe you could let this kinetic candy coloured kack wash over you.
The doco about British boy band One Direction isn't as bad as you would expect, writes Sarah Watt.
Go and see Mood Indigo, it will still be an indelible experience.
Rush really shines on the track but away from the grid the script loses traction.
For many parents a month of McDonalds might seem more palatable than 90 minutes with British and Irish billionaire boy band One Direction.
Third installment in Riddick universe all you'd expect: violence, alien monsters and mild nudity.
Riddick has its moments, but I'll be surprised if there is ever a fourth film.
Geoffrey Rush plays a man frozen by his emotions in a film that fails to impress Grant Smithies.
REVIEW: Following on from last year's How Far is Heaven, here's another charming Kiwi nun-centric documentary.
REVIEW: Haunting and heartbreaking, this might just be one of the best book adaptations in years.
ALEX EARL'Now you see me' encapsulates the joy of magic that makes the best of us turn into big kids.
REVIEW: The Weight of Elephants is a truly great New Zealand drama.
Let’s not pretend for a moment that White House Down isn’t every bit as dumb as was Olympus Has Fallen.
Around Blanchett, the film is wildly uneven, the writing is rushed and sloppy, and the tone is callous and misanthropic.
For a Friday night no-brainer, RED 2 is serviceable, but only just.
Critics may be split over this one, but Shaun de Malmanche is all for the new Superman.
KAAL KACZMAREKElysium's promising plot is riddled with holes and the characterisation is ridiculously cardboard cutout.
The follow-up to Kick Ass lacks the punch of the stylish original, says Sarah Watt.
REVIEW: Mortal Instruments has pace, a sense of humour, and plenty of energy and enthusiasm from the leads.
Matteo Garrone's Reality is one of the bravest, most exciting new pieces of work produced in recent year
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.
‘Stoker' is one of the best films of the year, writes Sarah Watt.
The Way Way Back is an excellent film that's as much about embracing the past as it is about overcoming the present.
At last, we have a vampire flick that isn't aimed at swooning adolescents.
Four struggling magicians and illusionists each presented with a chance to get rich quick.
The Way, Way Back rarely puts a foot wrong, writes Steve Kilgallon.
CONNOR STRATIOnly God forgives is an absolute visual feast with endless neon eye candy and excellent music.
The Wolverine is more than just a generic action flick, writes Kate Mead.
The Wolverine has it moments, but even Hugh Jackman can't have the same lows as its predecessor.
STEF HAYDOCKThis story of Mexican family thrown into the midst of drug gang wars is told without the Hollywood gore.
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