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Fire-breathing robot dinosaurs 'boring'

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MOVIE REVIEW: There is a fire breathing robot dinosaur. And that's really all there is to say about Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Reunion could have been better

Blended

OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: In 1998 The Wedding Singer graced our cinema screens with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. In 2004, Sandler and Barrymore fell in love again in 50 First Dates. Now, 10 years on, the romantic comedy couple are back.

Shining a light on Wellington's vampires

 Jemaine Clement(Vladislav), Ben Fransham(Petyr), and Taika Waititi

OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: There's no real storyline to hang the action on here, which makes sense given the nature of the film. It's also very, very, very funny.

Faultless big screen adaptation

The fault in our stars

MOVIE REVIEW: If you haven't heard of young-adult author John Green, then boy oh boy, "The Fault in Our Stars" is certainly the best and most emotional way be introduced.

Bro-mance ignites Jump Street sequel

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DJ TREi

OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: Those who have seen 21 Jump Street will experience a sense of familiarity going into this sequel, 22 Jump Street.

New twist on Disney classic

Maleficent

OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: Maleficent is not a film to take your boyfriend to.

Cameo roles save film

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A Million Ways to Die in the West

OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: I'm positive that one of the ways to die in the West is to sit through Seth MacFarlane's latest film, aptly named, A Million Ways to Die in the West.

Clooney can't rescue this work of art

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OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: Set during the later years of World War II, The Monuments Men tells the tale of an unlikely group of men sent to retrieve significant pieces of art with the aim of returning each piece to their owners.

Strong cast and compelling production

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Sol3 Mio

MOVIE REVIEW: If you are attracted to true stories about survival, then see this incredible film. You will not be disappointed.

Compelling and tragic film a must-see

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12 Years a Slave

MOVIE REVIEW: 12 Years a Slave pulls absolutely no punches, but Steve McQueen has such a sure touch as a director that the absolute tragedy of the story never tips over into melodrama.

Drama underpinned by family love

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August Osage County

OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: August: Osage County is based on a play by Tracey Letts and its theatrical origins can be seen in the extensive dialogue, which still crackles along at a great pace.

Unseen adversary pushes the pulse

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Non Stop - Liam Neeson

OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: Our reviewer was pleasantly surprised by fast-paced airborne action thriller Non-Stop.

Quartet captivates audience

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A spell-bound Invercargill audience enjoyed a musical ensemble of four string players last night.

Love story promised but not delivered

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OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: The trailer for Winter's Tale was completely mesmerising. It promised a tale of a love so strong it could survive even time itself.

Irresistably easy to watch

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OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: I'm a hopeless romantic; a fact I'm not ashamed to admit. I love the feeling of a sweeping score, watching a beautiful relationship develop and, of course, the perfect first kiss.

Charming trip down memory lane

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Saving Mr Banks

OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: In 1962, P L Travers, the author of the Mary Poppins series of books about a magic nanny, is trying her best to keep afloat while avoiding the courting of Walt Disney for the rights to her beloved character.

Dark, cold and evil - it's OK

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Robocop

OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: I must admit, Robocop was never one of the films from the 80s I grew up loving.

Hustled and left wondering

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american hustle

OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: Have you ever come to the end of a movie and stayed in your seat because you're wondering what on Earth you just sat through for the past seven and a half hours?

Thought-provoking biopic pulls no punches

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long walk to freedom

MOVIE REVIEW: The life of Nelson Mandela is a hard one to compress into a two and half hour movie, but Long Walk to Freedom does a pretty good job.

How annoying - Jackson's done it again

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Bilbo Baggins

OPINION: Peter Jackson. The man who can turn a 300-odd page book into three lengthy films which every movie fan must see, no matter what. This infuriates me so much.

Bad Grandpa delivers subtle message

Bad Grandpa

OPINION: The creators of Jackass: The Movie and Jackass Number Two return with another feature film, Bad Grandpa.

Delightful, heart-wrenching tale

One Chance

OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: One Chance. Starring James Corden, Mackenzie Crook and Julie Walters. Directed by David Frankel

Sequel more than lives up to the promise

Catching Fire

Catching Fire picks up after the end of The Hunger Games with Katniss and Peeta back in District 12 trying to get back to whatever normal means now after surviving the Games.

Hanks perfectly cast in really good film

Captain Phillips

OPINION: The film Captain Phillips tells the traumatic events that unfolded in 2009 when Somali pirates hijacked Phillips' cargo ship and crew.

Conflicts and creepiness absorbing viewing

Thor: The Dark World

OPINION: It feels like it's been a long time coming, this Thor sequel. Technically speaking, it has, but in between we had The Avengers and Iron Man 3 to keep us entertained.

Stunning account of a driven Hillary

Beyond the Edge

OPINION: As New Zealanders, we are born with the knowledge that Sir Edmund Hillary conquered Everest, but few of us know the detail on how this remarkable feat was actually achieved.

Laughs, tears with time-travelling love

About Time movie review

MOVIE REVIEW: Richard Curtis returns to the director's chair after a long departure with the charming and emotional rollercoaster that is "About Time".

No end to their promise

OPINION: MUSIC REVIEW: The Thieves have hatched up something special here, an indie musical cinema for the soul.

A poker story with no game

MOVIE REVIEW: Richie Furst (Justin Timberlake) is a struggling Masters student at Princeton. He's already done the Wall Street thing, and come out on the wrong side of the recession.

Gravity's out of this world

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MOVIE REVIEW: Gravity is the latest film from Mexican film creator Alfonso Cuaron and it is incredible.

Turbo a true entertainer

Turbo

OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: Turbo is a snail with a dream. A dream to be fast! Fast enough to race in the Indy 500.

Review: Lorde's Pure Heroine

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REVIEW: Whether you like Lorde or not, due to her rapid success, this is the most anticipated NZ album of 2013.

1D doco deserves wider audience

One Direction

OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: To those that know me and my taste in music, it will come as no surprise that I'm a fan of One Direction (1D), although, since I'm no longer a teenager (only at heart), it's not something I often admit to.

Flashes of brilliance in racing's big rivalry

Rush

OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: I have to admit, I went into Rush with very little idea of what the movie was about, besides some vague idea that it had Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in it, and was about car racing.

Action caper all kinds of fun

Red

OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: There are some movies that garner a sequel and you ask yourself why.

A heavy yet visual journey

Demos Murphy

OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: Opening with the abduction of three children, The Weight of Elephants tells the story of Adrian, an inquisitive yet lonely boy who lives with his grandmother and sick uncle.

Superhero team doubles

Kick-Ass 2

OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: It's back for more of the same in this sequel to the 2010 surprise hit Kick-Ass about high-school student and comic book fan Dave Lizewski,

Fun for the paranormal romance fans

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is the latest young adult, romance- driven, supernatural piece of fiction to be adapted for the cinema.

Smart Elysium will provoke reflection

Cinema popcorn

It's a good year for post- apocalyptic science-fiction at the movies, if that's your thing.

Musical memory trip hits all the right notes

OPINION: REVIEW: The demand for dinner and a show in Invercargill seems insatiable.

Swan Lake exceeds expectations

Swan Lake

OPINION: It's hard not to be enthralled by the elegance and athleticism of professional ballerinas.

Cast unable to create magic

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Cinema popcorn

OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: When you see an ensemble cast like the one for Now You See Me, you should either be very excited, or very worried.

Assured debut album

Fight From The Inside

OPINION: There is music that charms and there is music that makes demands, and occasionally there is music that haunts. Into the East's startlingly assured debut album does all three.

Ice-cool end to an unlikely trilogy

Over the years there have been legendary British comedic institutions, including the two lovely lads, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.

Movie review: The Heat

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Sandra Bullock

OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: The Heat. Starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. Directed by Paul Feig

Giant aliens plus robots equals fun

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Strap

OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: Pacific Rim. Starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi. Directed by Guillermo del Toro

Slick performance a cracker

Grease

REVIEW: The Invercargill Musical Theatre production of Grease last night gave me chills.

Classic tale faithful to its source

Strap

OPINION: After the disappointment of Superman, our movie reviewer was feeling apprehensive when he sat down to watch anther of his childhood heroes return to the big screen in The Lone Ranger.

Gently flowing mystery

REVIEW: Author Donna Leon continues her Commissario Brunetti series, with this 22nd book to feature the Venice-based detective.

Taking stock of absent friends

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REVIEW: To what extent can we appreciate what's not there?