Hobbit taps delicious, primal fun

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug ★★★★★ (2013, Directed by Peter Jackson) A rambunctious, rollicking, riotous return to mystical middle earth. A joy from go to whoa. Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly Written by Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro and Philippa Boyens. Based The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien […]

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No country for tender children

Ender’s Game ★★★ (Directed by Gavin Hood, 2013) A tense, cruel game of total annihilation that doesn’t shine a very rosy light on human nature. Starring: Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley and Viola Davis. Written and directed by Gavin Hood based on the novel by Orson Scott Card. Adventure, science fiction. 1hr 54mins. M […]

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A delivery full of surprises

Delivery Man (2013, Directed By Ken Scott. ★★★.5) 3SR: A welcome break from Vince Vaughn’s tired man-in-a-muddle patter and a fresh story make for fond viewing. Starring: Vince Vaughn, Cobie Smulders and Chris Pratt Comedy. 1hr 44mins. M for offensive language. In these days of hyper-marketing, when every new film is tweaked, teased and pushed […]

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Three Second Review: Utu Redux

Utu Redux (1983/2013, Directed by Geoff Murphy) ★★★★★ It’s not often a Kiwi classic is dusted off and reissued for a new generation of film lovers to appreciate. With themes of race, revenge and retribution, Utu belongs to a time when Kiwi film wasn’t shy of delving into the dark recesses of our culture and […]

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Three Second Review: Filth

Filth (2013, Directed by Jon S. Baird) ★★★★ Based on the relentlessly grotty novel by Irving Welsh, Filth earns its title (and it’s R18 sticker) in every imaginable way. Following the unscrupulous fortunes and lascivious passions of rotten Edinburgh cop Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy), you’ll see things you cannot unsee. And possibly need a hot […]

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Brutal sequel a vibrant victory

3SR: Panem’s reluctant firebrand returns, bringing the revolution with her in this infinitely more vibrant and successful addition to the Hunger Games franchise.   Starring:  Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Donald Sutherland and Elizabeth Banks. Directed by Francis Lawrence Written by Michael Arndt, Simon Beaufoy, based on the novel […]

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