Film Reviews

Terminator 2 still thrills

Terminator 2 has been remastered and released in 3D.

REVIEW: Both die-hard fans and newbie youngsters simply must make the effort to experience James Cameron's masterpiece on the big screen.

Third Trip offers Moore fun

Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan are back with more culinary adventures in The Trip to Spain.

REVIEW: As with the first two Trips, this is essentially a vehicle for showcasing mouthwatering plates of food, gorgeous countryside and the vocal artistry of our two heroes.

Pick NZ's best cinema

Cinema Paradiso in Wanaka is a picture House like no other.

Opinion: What's the best picture house in New Zealand? We make our pitches for the best little cinema in the country.

A sprinkle of crazy cinematic magic

Director Luc Besson's vision of space travel and extra-terrestrial life in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets ...

REVIEW: Valerian delivers light entertainment, heavy spectacle and a tinge of crazy cinematic magic.

'Dunkirk wasn't entertaining' stuff nation

Fionn Whitehead plays Tommy in Dunkirk.

Christopher Nolan directed Interstellar, and it was incredible. Dunkirk? Not so incredible.

Annabelle doles out the frights

It might only be a mid-budget, genre piece, but Annabelle: Creation looks and sounds like a top-shelf period drama.

REVIEW: After a sublimely creepy first half-hour, Annabelle: Creation descends into a virtual roller-coaster of thrills and set pieces.

Jasper Jones expertly delivered

1960s rural Western Australia, with all its small-town prejudices and secrets, is beautifully brought to life in Jasper ...

REVIEW: Much-loved Aussie novel gets a fabulous cinematic makeover.

A towering disaster

Even the charisma of Idris Elba can't save The Dark Tower.

REVIEW: No amount of flare and flourish director Nikolaj Arcel throws at the screen can save this Stephen King adaptation.

A craicing good comedy

At the centre of all A Date For Mad Mary's shenanigans is a  terrific performance from Seana Kerslake

REVIEW: Mad Mary is a hilarious Irish rom-com filled with memorable moments.

There's something about Emily

The Big Sick is a timeless and timely look at love in all of its complicated forms.

REVIEW: The Big Sick provides a welcome shot of innovation and intelligence into the ailing rom-com genre.

Theron's Atomic bomb

Atomic Blonde is a mostly moribund, disjointed, often incomprehensible and vaguely pervy mess.

REVIEW: Charlize's latest boasts a plot of breathtaking unoriginality and laziness.

Emoji Movie gets a big, fat zero

Not even a poo emoji voiced by Sir Patrick Stewart could save this execrable film, apparently.

*Surprise emoji* The film about little symbols on your phone that talk is terrible. *Sad face emoji*

The Dinner lacks finesse

Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, Richard Gere  and Rebecca Hall all combine for The Dinner.

REVIEW: The Dinner seems more focused on delivering mouthwatering visuals than truly creating thought-provoking cinema.

Valerian sure is one wild ride

As a feat of design – glaring, absurd, joyous and insane design – Valerian won't easily be toppled.

REVIEW: Valerian gives Luc Besson every opportunity to go bat-poo mad with the digital crayons.

Sub-Atomic action disappoints

Sometimes Atomic Blonde feels like a music video advertising either cigarettes or ladies' underwear.

REVIEW: Charlize Theron's latest turns out to be nothing more than a series of sometimes visually impressive, but perpetually banal sequences.

Chemistry saves cobbled-together Hampstead

Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson team up for Hampstead.

REVIEW: Diane Keaton's eco-infused senior-rom-com is a pleasant, if predictable romp.

Nice food, shame about the story

Even the luminous Diane Lane can't save Paris Can Wait from feeling something of a disappointment.

REVIEW: Eleanor Coppola's feature is a souffle of a film that only sporadically threatens to rise to any great heights.

Dunkirk: Believe the hype

Dunkirk is an audacious, intelligent and near-revolutionary film that will be watched and talked about for decades.

REVIEW: The events of Dunkirk demand an epic and a film-maker who can control one. It found one.

Fin plot sends horror Down

As she has proven before in the likes of A Walk to Remember, Mandy Moore is an under-rated actress who can hold an ...

REVIEW: Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the movies...

Driver strives too hard

Complicating Baby's (Ansel Elgort) already troubled situation is the fact that he has fallen in love with Debora (Lily ...

REVIEW: Edgar Wright's latest movie just doesn't know what film it is from one scene to the next.

Paris Can Wait, you should avoid

Even the talents of Diane Lane can't save Paris Can Wait.

REVIEW: A witless and thoughtless Mills and Boon-level wallow in privilege and self-absorption.

War Weta's finest hours

War of the Planet of the Apes is, at its heart, innovative, intelligent and indelible moviemaking.

REVIEW: Forget three-ring, Apes offers up a five-star Serkis.

Be Witched by Love's charms

The Love Witch is a wild, provocative ride, from backprojected opening to gleefully subversive ending.

REVIEW: An enchanting, ebullient, erotic slice of cinema that might just be the most fun you'll have at the movies this year.

Two perfectly pitched performances

Both Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney draw the viewer in and let them decide which of their characters has the more ...

REVIEW: A very entertaining, enjoyable and engrossing Journey.

A timely message

FFXENT. Supplied image of    Timothy Spall in The Journey.

REVIEW: Speculative drama teaches how tolerance and understanding can pave the way for peace.

Where are the jokes?

Tom Holland's charm isn't enough to save Spider-Man: Homecoming.

REVIEW: Overlong battle scenes, jokes thin on the ground... Spidey's latest adventure is a crawl to the end.

Stuff's guide to school holiday movies

Mater and the gang are back, in Cars 3.

 From Despicable Me 3 to Diary of a Wimpy Kid 4, we rate all the kids' movies in Kiwi cinemas these holidays.

Ballet tale treads a familiar path

Polina is played with poise and purpose by Anastasia Shevtsova,

REVIEW: Dance drama lacks Academy's sense of fun, or Sergei Polunin documentary's breathtaking drive.

Incident-filled adventure strangely inert

A combination of more traditional-looking animation, episodic plotting and a less-than-impress English dub robs  Long ...

REVIEW: What could have been a song-free Tangled-meets-Frozen, instead feels like it's beset by exactly those two adjectives.

Long Haul, entertaining ride

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul manages a homage to both Psycho and The Birds.

REVIEW: The cast might be different, but this latest Wimpy Kid still offers some anarchic family comedy.

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