The Z-Nail Gang shot in Te Puke for an estimated $30,000 is perhaps more at home on a small screen rather than a large one.
But for its energy, for the craft and love that have gone into making it and for the fact it actually exists, The Last Saint is one to celebrated.
This young adult movie suffered from an overdose of tragedy.
Over a decade in the making, Boyhood looks like being one of the movies of the decade.
While comparisons to the American Pie series are inevitable, this offers additionally salty language and virtually none of Pie's sweetness.
REVIEW: Without question my Film of the Year So Far, Boyhood is a hugely affecting cinematic experience.
REVIEW: An entertaining romp through an alternative history of the world and a remarkable life.
REVIEW: 20,000 Days on Earth is a good idea, irritatingly executed, with barely enough honesty or insight to justify its existence.
REVIEW: Lucy is predicated on that hoary old urban myth that we only use 10 per cent of our brain.
Sly Stallone leads another troop of of 1980s action-heroes in The Expendables 3.
Postman Pat conjures up plenty of contemporary corporate satire, along with visual gags and knockabout fun for a pre-school audience.
REVIEW: This is the wholly fitting cinematic rendering of the Swedish novel about a 100-year-old Swedish man who disappeared.
REVIEW: In a full-length reimagining of the children's classic of Postman Pat, he's threatened to be replaced by a robot.
Alive Inside has a moving message for anyone whose lives have been touched by dementia.
REVIEW: Rob Reiner's latest movie is no more than a generic amble through the countryside of a late-age rom-com.
REVIEW: Marvel rolls out the 10th film in one of the most successful franchises ever.
Stories about teenagers and their struggles have been cinematic catnip for decades.
As Genesis Potini, Cliff Curtis gives the performance of his career so far.
I hid behind my hands watching the main character indulge in predictably stupid teenage stunts.
REVIEW: Versatile Australian actor Eric Bana can't rescue lame exorcism movie Deliver Us From Evil.
REVIEW: French romance-drama Just a Sigh is a strange hybrid love story.
REVIEW: Although dark at times, The Broken Circle Breakdown celebrates life and love, and is a film to be savoured.
REVIEW: D'Movie is affectionate, genuinely funny, well put together, and has flourish and flair to make it more than the TV show.
REVIEW: Begin Again is a deceptive film, with some fine tuned storytelling machinery purring away beneath its facade of naivety.
REVIEW: Hercules labours towards a predictable end. File under sporadically fun, but fatuously formulaic.
REVIEW: It's hard not to be swept along by the thought-provoking premise and entertainment value of gorillas as guerrillas.
REVIEW: Sometimes a cliched poster and a trite movie title prove to be completely misleading as to the quality of a film.
Being a film reviewer means appreciating movies you don't like. Planet of the Apes tested that for me.
It's like binge-watching the first few seasons of Friends.
Fans of Yes, Minister and The Thick of It will lap up this hilarious, razor sharp French political satire.
After a strong, attention grabbing opening, this rekindling-the-romance comedy all gets rather flaccid.
This is a hugely competent film, with story-telling nous to match it's huge technical achievement.
The Broken Circle Breakdown is at heart a romantic melodrama incorporating exquisite musical numbers.
Except for one fairly major asterisk, this is a school holidays winner.
REVIEW: Fifth time around is not all bad for Tinker Bell.
REVIEW: Would you believe, Clint Eastwood has made a musical?! Of sorts.
REVIEW: Award-winning children's film Ernest and Celestine is a long, cool drink of watercolour.
This is a curiously old-fashioned and understated children's animated movie.
It's a funny thing. I came out of Calvary none too keen on the film, let me tell you.
Handled well, tales of grief can be sensitive and touching. This film wastes the opportunity.
REVIEW: Transformers 4 is a hugely overlong, incoherent and witless slab of naked product placement.
REVIEW: I'm not exactly the target market for this Disney update on Jerry Maguire meets Slumdog Millionaire, but I was prepared to be charmed.
REVIEW: Jake moves at pace from one humiliation to the next for our poor, incapable hero.
REVIEW: Come back Phil Collins - all is forgiven.
When an American sports agent travels to India to unearth potential stars, a likeable fish-out-of-water yarn emerges.
REVIEW: I shake my head at the sheer cleverness of the elaborate on-going gags in What We Do in the Shadows.
PREVIEW: In the spirit of not judging a book by its cover, just ignore the trailer for Words and Pictures.
REVIEW: What We Do in the Shadows is the most consistently funny Kiwi film in over a decade - even the tagline is genius.
PREVIEW: 22 Jump Street is a film that doesn't just mock the cop movie genre, it also mocks its own status as a sequel.
PREVIEW: Good Vibrations is a raw, funny, bittersweet paean to tough times, small record shops and brilliant music.