© Fairfax NZ NewsCaptain James T Kirk, T J Hooker and Denny Crane. William Shatner has certainly created some memorable characters during a film and television career spanning more than 60 years.
Hobbit will satisfy fans, but won't win new ones
OPINION: It was always going to be a hard act to follow.
REVIEW: The final Twilight film opened at midnight in Christchurch to more of a whimper than a bang.
Charlie Gates checks out the premiere of the world's first 'pavlova western'.
REVIEW: The Hunger Games has been hyped as the next big film franchise. Thankfully, the book this film is based on is actually bloody good.
The Press movie reviewer James Croot gives Headhunters four stars.
REVIEW: Sione's 2: Unfinished Business rejoins the action years after the original.
REVIEW: Martin Scorsese, the creative genius behind Raging Bull, Taxi Driver and Goodfellas directing a children's fantasy?
Mike Mitchell directs a ship wreck writes James Croot.
James Croot ventures into an arena filled with peasant dresses, curly wigs and flying feet.
REVIEW: For the die-hard Twilighters, this slice of sparkly vampire cake will have them craving the final piece - due out next year.
From the electric pink opening credits to Cliff Martinez's (Traffic) unsettling, understated electronica-heavy score, Drive harks back to the stylish action-thrillers of the early 1980s.
A remake of Fright Night "smoulders in more ways than one".
The Trip: middle-age-angst-filled humour
Britain has developed something of a reputation for producing cracking comedy duos.
JAMES CROOT - © Fairfax NZ NewsWith its compelling true-life story, eccentric characters and dramatic tension, James Marsh's Man on Wire documentary was one of the hits of the 2009 Film Festival.
Directed by Paul Feig
REVIEWED BY MARGARET AGNEW - © Fairfax NZ NewsHaving been a bridesmaid and a bride this millennium, I feel qualified to watch this film with an insider's view to the foibles of these fabulous yet fearfully fraught feminine functions.
Directed by Todd Phillips
REVIEWED BY MARGARET AGNEW - © Fairfax NZ NewsThere's a clue in the opening song's lyrics to how this flick's going to play out: "It's a bad man's world." But if you've seen The Hangover, you know exactly what you're in for with The Hangover Part II.
Directed by John Lasseter and Brad Lewis
REVIEWED BY MARGARET AGNEW (WITH HELP/HINDRANCE FROM THEO AGNEW-WALSHE) - © Fairfax NZ NewsYes, Pixar has come back for another lap.
Directed by Joe Johnston
REVIEWED BY MARGARET AGNEW - © Fairfax NZ NewsI've been trying to put my finger on what annoyed me so much about Captain America.
MARGARET AGNEW - © Fairfax NZ NewsREVIEW: Whatever you think of J K Rowling's wizard creation, there's no doubt her stories have helped shape Generation Hex - the children who have grown up captivated by each instalment of the adventures of her school-age wizards and witches.
The Return of the Furious Five
REVIEWED BY JAMES CROOT - © Fairfax NZ NewsBlack keeps Po-faced sequel from being too dark
Directed by Stephen Sinclair
REVIEWED BY JAMES CROOT - © Fairfax NZ NewsTired of being unappreciated and misunderstood, veteran Russian filmmaker Misha (Stephen Papps) casts himself adrift from his homeland and set sail for pastures new.
Directed by Michael Bay
REVIEWED BY JAMES CROOT - © Fairfax NZ NewsVisual incoherence, clunky dialogue, racist robots and Deception Balls. 2008 Transformers sequel Revenge of the Fallen truly was a sequelus horribilus.
Super tale for the young and not so young
REVIEWED BY JAMES CROOT - © Fairfax NZ NewsGremlin-free tale as JJ Abrams takes us back for the future of cinema's sake.
Directed by Suzannah Bier
REVIEWED BY JAMES CROOT - © Fairfax NZ NewsCancer has caused more than just Christian’s (William Jøhnk Juels Nielsen) mother’s death. It has also forced the pre-teen and his father back from London to their native Denmark.
Directed by Mike Disa
REVIEWED BY JAMES CROOT - © Fairfax NZ NewsDefeating the dangerous Boingo Bunny should have been a cause for celebration but it only lead to chaos for the members of the Happily Ever After Agency.
Directed by Richard J Lewis
REVIEWED BY JAMES CROOT - © Fairfax NZ NewsBarney Panofsky (Paul Giamatti) is convinced the third time will be the charm.
Directed by John Landis
REVIEWED BY JAMES CROOT - © Fairfax NZ NewsThirty years ago John Landis reinvigorated the near moribund comedy horror genre with the hilarious An American Werewolf in London.
Directed by Robert Redford
REVIEWED BY JAMES CROOT - © Fairfax NZ NewsHaving fought for the Union for four long years, Captain Frederick Aiken (James McAvoy) is looking forward to some time away from the battlefield.
Thumbs up for Francis Lawrence film
Water For Elephants is your typical love triangle (or quadrangle), but this swoony, dramatic, high-stakes romance has an old-timey twist.
Lots of 3D, but no depth
REVIEWED BY MARGARET AGNEW - © Fairfax NZ NewsSchlock horror and bad dialogue mar 3D caving drama, says our reviewer
True Grit is truly great, says our reviewer
REVIEWED BY MARGARET AGNEW - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe Coen brothers are back in the saddle with an old school, straight-shooting western.
A load of old cobblers?
REVIEWED BY MARGARET AGNEW - © Fairfax NZ NewsIs Black Swan a sharp-edged psychological thriller or pseudo-intellectual cobblers?
Directed by Ron Howard
REVIEWED BY JAMES CROOT - © Fairfax NZ NewsA tepid, tedious brom-com.
Directed by David O Russell
REVIEWED BY MARGARET AGNEW - © Fairfax NZ NewsA damn good movie
Acclaimed movie worth the accolades
© Fairfax NZ NewsThe King's Speech wins out with vivid dialogue and great cast
Christina Aguilera and Cher in dance movie
REVIEWED BY JAMES CROOT - © Fairfax NZ NewsAn entertaining movie, but perhaps not always for the right reasons
Directed by Sherry Horman
REVIEWED BY JAMES CROOT - © Fairfax NZ NewsA fascinating but slightly flawed take on a remarkable woman’s life
Directed by Eric Brevig
REVIEWED BY JAMES CROOT - © Fairfax NZ NewsLazily plotted and tiredly predictable.
Unstoppable is basic, fun popcorn fodder
Denzel Washington and Chris Pine try to stop a runaway train.
Ten of this year's best movies
A New Zealand boy with a Michael Jackson fixation was one of 2010's film hits, but what was the best?
Directed by Paul Weitz
REVIEWED BY JAMES CROOT - © Fairfax NZ NewsHe might have gained a promotion since we last saw him six years ago, but life hasn't gotten any easier for Greg Focker (Ben Stiller).
Jack Black is so huge right now
REVIEWED BY MARGARET AGNEW - © Fairfax NZ NewsOur reviewer finds Gulliver's Travels tolerable but disposable holiday entertainment, more enjoyable for the younger set, but instantly forgettable.
Directed by Lisa Cholodenko
REVIEWED BY JAMES CROOT - © Fairfax NZ NewsIt's the birthday 15-year-old Laser (Josh Hutcherson) has been most looking forward to.
Directed by Sofia Coppola
REVIEWED BY JAMES CROOT - © Fairfax NZ NewsAfter the mixed reception to her time-bending, New Romantic take on Marie Antoinettenf, Sofia Coppola returns, after a four-year hiatus, with a film that takes her very much back to ifLost in Translationnf territory.
Directed by Conor McPherson
REVIEWED BY JAMES CROOT - © Fairfax NZ NewsPromise ruined by clearly signposted Z-grade scares
Directed by Daniel Alfredson
REVIEWED BY MARGARET AGNEW - © Fairfax NZ NewsLisbeth Salander rides again
Directed by Alain Corneau
REVIEWED BY JAMES CROOT - © Fairfax NZ NewsA solid but unspectacular thriller.
New Tron bomb?
REVIEWED BY JAMES CROOT - © Fairfax NZ NewsMinor bugs mar slick sound and vision, says our reviewer.
Directed by Casey Affleck
REVIEWED BY JAMES CROOT - © Fairfax NZ NewsActors go wild in hoax doco