Film review: This Is 40

This Is 40

This is 40 defies publicity by proving an intelligent film, writes Steve Kilgallon.

Film review: Hitchcock


An entertaining film, providing intriguing insight into a love story in the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Film review: Silver Linings Playbook

Silver Linings Playbook

Silver Linings Playbook is a surprise gem which certainly manages to see the bright side of life.

Film review: Mt Zion

Mt Zion

Local film has its flaws, but the drive to overlook them is strong as it delivers a cheerful, feel-good story.

Film review: Flight


Flight (R16) 139 mins 

Film review: Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty

The hunt for Osama bin Laden is examined in this film, which has been both lauded as art and criticised for its content, writes Kate Mead.

Film review: Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

Every performance is a joy to behold in this witty remake of the classic story of Russian high society, says Sarah Watt.

Film review: Lincoln


Aside from the occasional scene where superb acting distracts you, Lincoln is disappointingly dull, says Sarah Watt.

Film review: Django Unchained

Django Unchained

It's hard to believe he hadn't made one already, but Quentin Tarantino's western has been worth the wait.

Film review: Gangster Squad

Ryan Gosling

This gorgeously-costumed evocation of Hollywoodland lacks grit and panache - but it's got Ryan Gosling.

Film review: The Impossible

The Impossible

This Spanish co-production depicts the terror and horrific aftermath through one family's true-life tale of loss, struggle and survival after the Boxing Day tsunami.

Film review: The Master


Pure film-making genius but a disturbing watch, a sprawling mess at times, a cacophony of horribleness artfully done.

Film review: Les Miserables

les mis

REVIEW: A faithful adaptation of the much-loved musical, Les Miserables is a good show, writes Sarah Watt.

Film review: Jack Reacher

Jack Reacher

Tom Cruise takes on the role of eponymous hero Jack Reacher in a tale that delivers in spades.

Film review: Life of Pi

Life of Pi

Life of Pi will take you on a journey which is a feast for your eyes and nourishment for your soul.

Film review: Seven Psychopaths

Seven Psycopaths

Seven Psycopaths is a blood-soaked black comedy which generates a few laughs but loses its footing along the way.

Film review: Parental Guidance

Parental Guidance

Billy Crystal and Bette Midler return to the big screen in a family film that lacks big comedy moments.

Film review: Welcome Aboard

All Aboard

Welcome Aboard (M) 88 mins

Film review: To Rome with Love

To Rome with Love

Woody Allen's world view leaves a lot to the imagination.

Film review: Wreck It Ralph

Wreck It Ralph

The best kids' movie of the season is a cheerful quest with heart.

Film review: The Hobbit

The Hobbit

Sir Peter Jackson's newest tribute to the fantasy world of JRR Tolkien makes a leap in cinema technology.

Film review: Polisse


REVIEW: This French crime drama is gritty with its harrowing episodes of real-life trauma.

Film review: You've Been Trumped

You've Been Trumped

REVIEW: Documentary reveals Donald Trump as a barbarian in his efforts to destroy the happy rural life of a remote Scottish community.

Film review: Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beasts of the Southern Wild is a beautiful and wistful tale with an extraordinary cast of newcomers.

Film review: Monsieur Lazhar

Monsieur Lazhar

Inspirational film about a teacher changing the lives of his pupils.

Film review: Skyfall


There's more to the latest adventure than the stock in trade of early James Bond films.

Film review: The Twilight Saga - Breaking Dawn Part 2


Twihard Catherine Woulfe finds both solace and sadness in the end of the Twilight saga.

Film review: Diana Vreeland

Diana Vreeland

This film is proof that documentaries can be the most rewarding and captivating type of movie.

Film review: Bait 3D

Bait 3D

This low-budget Aussie horror film is so mishandled you don't know whether to grimace or guffaw, our reviewer says.

Film review: Electrick Children

Electrick Children

Electrick Children is a strange beast, at times so eerie and ethereal that it ceases to really plough the depths of what's going on for its characters, writes Sarah Watt.

Indie film gets rave reviews

Richard Falkner and Ruth Korver

How To Meet Girls From A Distance has been released to rave reviews. The star of the film and producer met Rebekah Guy for a chat.

Film review: The Sessions

The Sessions

A lifelong polio sufferer seeks a unique kind of assistance in this biopic with a strong cast and powerful story.

Film review: Delicacy


A tale of love lost and rediscovered, office politics, poking fun at the Swedes, red wine in street corner bars and adorable Audrey Tautou.

Film review: How To Meet Girls From A Distance

How To Meet Girls

This Kiwi film is a ripper of a low-budget debut, about stalking, misguided love and keeping it real.

Film review: Arbitrage

Richard Gere in Arbitrage

Arbitrage fancies itself as a flashy thriller, but when all is said and done it is neither thrilling nor flashy, says reviewer Sarah Watt.

Film review: Mental


Parallels with Muriel's Wedding aside, this Aussie film about a "nanny" could do better, says Kate Mead.

Film review: Argo


Sarah Watt reviews Argo and finds Ben Affleck playing CIA agent Tony Mendez as an understated hero.

Film review: Safety Not Guaranteed

Safety Not Guaranteed

A genuine newspaper advertisement which asked for partners in a time-travel mission inspired this strange, charming tale.

Film review: Killing Them Softly

Killing Them Softly

Killing Them Softly's R16 rating is well deserved.

Film review: Frankenweenie


Tim Burtons affectionate reimagining of the Frankenstein fable is slight but slick.

Film review: Taken 2

Taken 2

Liam Neeson reprises his role as an action hero in Taken 2.

Film review: NT Live - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time


Saving you the airfare to the UK, local cinemas are screening this theatre experience based on a best-selling novel.

Film review: The Words

The Words

The Words shows terrific promise but is thrown off course.

Film review: Pitch Perfect

Pitch Perfect

The strong female cast in Pitch Perfect sees exhilaration mixed with cliches.

Sapphires shine on screen

Actress talks about film's inspiration

The Sapphires

BRIDGET JONES - Auckland Now

Actress Jessica Maubouy talks about her role in The Sapphires, the inspiration behind the film, and its Aboriginal roots.

Eva's not so desperate

Interview: Longoria on coming to Auckland

Eva Longoria

She's beautiful, short, famous - and a tub-thumping political activist.

Film review: The Sapphires

The Sapphires

The Sapphires is such a charming and intoxicating fantasy guaranteed to be a crowd-pleasing hit.

Film review: Dredd


As Dredd amps up action over the storyline, it's not the kind of film you'll want to watch twice.

Film review: Where Do We Go Now?

Where Do We Go Now?

Film festival hit takes on a serious subject and plays it out in a delightful, funny manner.

Downton Abbey's NZ link

Actor Hugh Bonneville had a Kiwi godfather

Hugh Bonneville

Hugh Bonneville, star of Emmy-winning British drama Downton Abbey, has revealed a life-long Kiwi connection while on a promotional tour in Auckland.

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