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Block-based blockbusters

With two new Lego games released in as many weeks, is this the moment when the series finally jumps the shark?

Whimsical comedy set in darkening times

REVIEW: Dave Manning finds a sumptuous feast on the menu at The Grand Budapest Hotel.

This gang just grows and grows on you

REVIEW: Parks and Recreation, Mondays, 9.55pm, Four Reviewed by Alastair Paulin

Liam Finn: The Nihilist

Liam Finn has come a long way from the frantic teen pop of Betchadupa, and The Nihilist is an intriguing album from an artist who wants to challenge the listener.

A Song of the Sofa: Episode two (spoiler)

Our resident Westeros watchers are still recovering from last night's jaw-dropping Game of Thrones - if you're yet to see episode two, look away now.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America David Manning takes a look at the latest comicbook superhero movie.

Film review: Noah

David Manning takes a look at the latest biblical epic.

Struggle songs and swordplay

Bleak background for charming comedy

Elbow: The Take Off and Landing of Everything

Elbow have long been at the forefront of the modern British art-rock crowd, because they've never forgotten the importance of a solid melody and spacious arrangements that let each ingredient stand out.

John Hiatt: Here To Stay - Best of 2002-2012


Band of Skulls: Himalayan

John Butler Trio: Flesh & Blood

Lake Street Dive: Bad Self Portraits

Ten years is long enough to wait for success, and the third album by Boston indie jazz-soul quartet Lake Street Dive appears set to give them the breakthrough they richly deserve.


Game of Thrones: Song of the Sofa

Game of Thrones As TV's most violent, incestuous and horribly compelling programme returns to screens, so, too, does the Nelson Mail's most fearless review column.

TV review: The Art of the Architect

The Art of the Architect is a NZ On Air funded answer to Grand Designs.

TV review: Elementary/Sherlock

Jailhouse rock

TV review: 7 Days/Jono and Ben at Ten

7 Days/Jono and Ben at Ten TV3, Fridays, 9.30 and 10pm

Review - Kinect Sports: Rivals

kinect sports rivals Kinect Sports: Rivals, while not without flaws, is probably the most fun I've had using motion controls since the early days of the Wii.

Review: The Stick Of Truth

South Park: The Stick Of Truth plays out like an interactive, 12-hour long episode of the show, with you in the starring role.

Monkey business worth the pain

Titanfall lives up to hype

Block-based blockbusters

With two new Lego games released in as many weeks, is this the moment when the series finally jumps the shark?

Choral performance enchants

Easter Passion Music Nelson Civic Choir with Motueka Guest Choir and organist Jonathan Berkahn, conducted by Carl Browning, Old St John's, Nelson, Saturday night.

Concert showcases fine talents

Happy Birthday Nelson Symphony Orchestra Conducted by Mick Dowrick Old St John's, Saturday, March 22

A showcase of classical mastery

A real treat for keen audience

Enjoyment for all at finale

Finale Concert 2014 Adam Summer School Programme Two Old St John's Church Sunday night Reviewed by

Residency pays dividends

Suter Autumn Exhibition The interesting thing about Miriam Hansen and Ginnette Smythe, is that we know very little about them. Their art has to speak to us immediately. And they do.

Time taken is well spent

Although few entries in this sixth annual exhibition stopped me in my tracks, there is a definite magnetism to many of the diverse interpretations of fibre and textile art.

Difficult conversations laid bare

Dramatic work by serious artist

Doors open to creative minds

Jo Campbell has a lot to say about doors with her unique publicly interactive installation, The Gathering of Who You Are.

All the fun of the Carnivale

Revellers took in energetic, funky and hypnotic sounds at the More FM Carnivale on Friday.

Elderly learn scammers' tricks

Internet scams are becoming a real problem for everyone so Age Concern has decided to do something to help older folk understand the dangers by holding a seminar on the subject.

Tutus for all - dads, too

Historical step back in time

Twits deserve raucous reception

Mr and Mrs Twit are horrible, treacherous, vile characters – but, they get their comeuppance. Anna Pearson met the disgusting couple ahead of their appearance at the Theatre Royal this week.

Field of drums

heavy rain A family dance party event at the revamped Abbey Cafe on Appleby Straight will make a new use of a familiar location.

Food bank gets helping hand

The Salvation Army and ANZ bank have teamed up to help fill the Sallie's food banks which are running low because of unprecedented need.

City's shark-infested waters

Owner told to remove boat

Easter entertainment guide

A round up of all the best events, gigs and live entertainment for Easter Weekend across the Nelson region.

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