Matt's Movies



If there is one thing I miss about the way New Zealand television used to be, it's long form interviews.

Less charm, more shine


Captain America

The Winter Soldier finds Chris Evan's 1940s super soldier struggling to find his place in the modern world.

Solid bloke in tale of human greed



You have to take your hat off to Darren Aronofsky for taking a tale we've all heard 100 times and turning it into something as thrilling, scary and disquieting as Noah.

Good idea, shame about the movie


Directed by gore-meister Paul W. S. Anderson, Pompeii is basically Titanic set in Roman times with a massive volcano standing in for the iceberg.

Bringing Aids back into focus

Dallas Buyers Club (R16) is a good film for many reasons, including the fact it has put the spotlight back on the disease that has so far killed over 36 million people.

Breaking the frozen sea

12 Years a Slave

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12 Years a Slave is suspenseful, intelligent, riveting, brutal, shocking and very moving.

Remakes aim at new generation


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The Robocop remake might not have the attitude and character of the original but it does what it says on the box.

Sometimes the spirit moves you

Saving Mr Banks

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Based on the true story of the making of Mary Poppins, Saving Mr Banks stars Emma Thompson as the author PL Travers and Tom Hanks as Walt Disney.

Dench outstanding in touching story


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For a moving example of a film that reveals just how much society has in many ways improved, check out Philomena (M).

Adams stands out in FBI drama

Goin your way

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Set in the 70s and based on the FBI's Abscam operations that saw fake sheiks used to try and entrap politicians, American Hustle is a drama with a sense of humour.

Film review: Frozen


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A Disney movie loosely based on The Snow Queen, Frozen features a lot of songs, is wonderfully entertaining and is packed with positive messages.

Will has a way to make us laugh

Anchorman 2

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Anchorman 2 is silly, smart, stupid and cleverly satirical all at once.

When really bad is really good . . .

Wolf of Wall Street

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The Wolf of Wall Street is the most in-your-face outrageous film to come out of Tinseltown in quite some time.

Lord of the Flies in space

enders game

The concept of "the one" makes its latest cinematic appearance in the young adult science fiction flick Ender's Game (M) based on the bestseller of the same name by Orson Scott Card.

Perils of poorly planned parenthood

Delivery Man

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Starring Vince Vaughn as a middle-aged van-driving dreamer named David, Delivery Man is a remake of the French-Canadian comedy-drama Starbuck.

The Hunger Games : Catching Fire


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REVIEW: The first Hunger Games film was better than I expected and the second is better again.

McCarthy should stick to his knitting

Cameron Diaz

The Counselor is Cormac McCarthy's first screenplay and it's a great example of why people should stick to what they're good at; in McCarthy's case, writing novels.

Thundering good fun


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The Dark World offers a fun blend of over-the-top action, drama and humour that should entertain anyone who is into that sort of thing even if it is 20 minutes too long.

But what was the man really like?

Chad Moffitt

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For all its spectacular photography and good intentions, Beyond the Edge brings nothing new to our understanding of who Sir Ed was and what he achieved.

Bad guys are human too

Captain Phillips

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Captain Phillips tells a story of heroism and once again that heroism comes in response to a barbaric act by some desperate people.

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