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Review: This is Where I Leave You

by Rebecca Barry Hill, from Reviews October 23 2014,

Reading Jonathan Tropper’s novel on which this film is based was oddly comforting, yet not particularly life-changing. An ordinary guy with an ordinary family (sort of), is forced to confront the reality that none of them are happy. If that sounds grim, it’s not. Tropper’s rare gift is to make the tragedies of life tolerable ... Read on.

October 23 2014,

Review: Fury

by Steve Newall, from Reviews

War is hell. And according to Fury it’s also really, really muddy. We’re talking Glastonbury levels of mud, though this version of World War 2 seems absent of any chavvy Englishmen. To be fair, that’s not too surprisi... Read on.

Review: Whiplash

by Liam Maguren, from Reviews October 22 2014,

As a stress-inducing exercise in cinematic asphyxiation, Whiplash is this year’s Gravity. Where Alfonso Cuarón’s film placed an astronaut into merciless space, writer-director Damien Chazelle chucks 19-year-old jazz drummer Andrew (Miles Teller) into the merciless grasp of a brutal music instructor (JK Simmons). And just like Gravity, Whiplash is bound for Oscars. Teller’s performance transcends his previous roles, infusing Andrew with ... Read on.

October 22 2014,

Top 10 Fake Movie Musos

by Steve Newall, from News

With kickass music flick Whiplash about to hit screens and picking up plenty of critical praise (including a five-star review here on Flicks), we got thinking about other films’ depictions of fictitious musos. No biopic... Read on.

October 21 2014,

Attend Short Film Talks With Top NZ Filmmakers

by Liam Maguren, from News

Y’all know that Show Me Shorts is taking over New Zealand this November, right? Well, as part of their plan for national cinematic domination, the Show Me Shorts film festival and Yoobee School of Design are hosting Sho... Read on.

Review: A Most Wanted Man

by Matt Glasby, from Reviews October 21 2014,

Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014) was, hands down, one of the greatest screen actors of his generation. The problem faced by works like this, released in the wake of his untimely death, is that it’s no longer just a film, but an epitaph. Besides an unflattering debt to Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy – a rather more ambitious Le Carré ... Read on.

October 21 2014,

Interview: Comedian Reggie Watts

by Steve Newall, from The Flicks Interviews

Renowned improvisational comedian and breakout star of TV’s Comedy Bang Bang, Reggie Watts is bringing his afro, live looping and Hello Humans Tour to Auckland’s SkyCity Theatre this Friday night (October 24). Fli... Read on.

Here’s a great speech from the great Martin Scorsese

by Ed, Flicks.co.nz, from News October 19 2014,

In the ’60s, Scorsese was a film student at Washington Square College (now New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts). Earlier this year he returned to give this speech. It’s funny, inspirational and with plenty of good advice – especially recommended to filmmakers and artists.... Read on.

October 17 2014,

Five Easy Pieces

by Ed, Flicks.co.nz, from News

① Top 10 Asses Liam Neeson has kicked.   ② New 20th Century Fox intro.   ③ Worst orchestra in the world playing start of 2001: A Space Odyssey.   ④ The week’s big film news: The DC UniverseR... Read on.

October 16 2014,

Top 10 asses Liam Neeson has kicked

by Liam Maguren, from News

In recent years, action heroism has gone in an interesting direction with sympathetic middle-aged men with “a specific set of skills” gaining audience attention. We’ve just seen it with Denzel Washington’s The Equaliz... Read on.