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Mandela’s long walk still inspires

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom ★★★★ (Directed by Justin Chadwick) A true life-lesson in rising above oppression with a compassionate heart. Starring: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Mark Elderkin, Robert Hobbs, Theo Landey and Grant Swanby Written by William Nicholson, based on the autobiography Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela. Biography, drama, true story. 2hr 27mins. M for violence and offensive language. […]

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Wartime fairytale yields magic

The Book Thief  ★★★ (2013, Directed by Brian Percival) A beautiful, fairy tale infused horror story of war. Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Ben Schnetzer and Sophie Nelisse. Written by Michael Petroni An historical, war drama. 2hr 11mins. PG, but does contain violence. When it comes to movies about WWII, none are more bleak or more […]

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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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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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Limp start gives way to mighty finish

 Thor 2 belongs to Loki, or should that be Loki 3 belongs to Loki? Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston and Tom Hiddleston. Directed by Alan Taylor. Written by Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely and Christopher Yost. Action, adventure, fantasy. 1hr 52mins. M for violence. 3D. ★★★.5 stars When […]

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