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.
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.
OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: Our reviewer was pleasantly surprised by fast-paced airborne action thriller Non-Stop.
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.
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.
OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: I must admit, Robocop was never one of the films from the 80s I grew up loving.
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?
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.
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.
OPINION: The creators of Jackass: The Movie and Jackass Number Two return with another feature film, Bad Grandpa.
OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: One Chance. Starring James Corden, Mackenzie Crook and Julie Walters. Directed by David Frankel
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.
OPINION: The film Captain Phillips tells the traumatic events that unfolded in 2009 when Somali pirates hijacked Phillips' cargo ship and crew.
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.
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.
MOVIE REVIEW: Richard Curtis returns to the director's chair after a long departure with the charming and emotional rollercoaster that is "About Time".
OPINION: MUSIC REVIEW: The Thieves have hatched up something special here, an indie musical cinema for the soul.
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.
MOVIE REVIEW: Gravity is the latest film from Mexican film creator Alfonso Cuaron and it is incredible.
OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: Turbo is a snail with a dream. A dream to be fast! Fast enough to race in the Indy 500.
REVIEW: Whether you like Lorde or not, due to her rapid success, this is the most anticipated NZ album of 2013.
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.
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.
OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: There are some movies that garner a sequel and you ask yourself why.
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.
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,
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.
It's a good year for post- apocalyptic science-fiction at the movies, if that's your thing.
OPINION: REVIEW: The demand for dinner and a show in Invercargill seems insatiable.
OPINION: It's hard not to be enthralled by the elegance and athleticism of professional ballerinas.
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.
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.
Over the years there have been legendary British comedic institutions, including the two lovely lads, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: The Heat. Starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. Directed by Paul Feig
OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: Pacific Rim. Starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi. Directed by Guillermo del Toro
REVIEW: The Invercargill Musical Theatre production of Grease last night gave me chills.
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.
REVIEW: Author Donna Leon continues her Commissario Brunetti series, with this 22nd book to feature the Venice-based detective.
REVIEW: To what extent can we appreciate what's not there?
OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: The Great Gatsby. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan. Directed by: Baz Luhrmann
OPINION: The 2009 movie The Hangover had an original story, great comedic moments and an awesome cast delivering fantastic dialogue. The 2013 sequel doesn't stack up.
OPINION: Song for Marion joins The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Quartet in a list of films becoming increasingly popular, featuring veteran actors delivering whimsical and heart-warming performances.
REVIEW: A Christmas-themed ballet was a perfect outing on a cold winter evening in Invercargill.
Improv theatre is unpredictable by definition.
OPINION: The trailer for Identity Thief was quite amusing. It was also misleading.
OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: The Host. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons and Jake Abel; directed by Andrew Niccol.
There's not a lot to smile about in death, which too often triggers a thought of our own.
OPINION: The movie 'Lincoln' stands or falls entirely on the shoulders of Day Lewis.
OPINION: Our reviewer has been waiting impatiently for Oz the Great and Powerful.
OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: The Sweeney. Starring Ray Winstone, Ben Drew, Hayley Atwell, Damian Lewis.