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A Blog About Ninja Movies: Part I – The Beginning

by Daniel Rutledge, from Fists, Bullets and Blades November 27 2014,

There’s something inherently cool about ninjas. Assassins that subscribe to a fascinating, ancient and exotic code of beliefs, with amazing weapons and choice outfits – what’s not to like? Ninja films, however, are generally pretty shit. I’m not even referring to garbage like that Ninja Turtles movie that came out not long ago, I mean ... Read on.

Documentary Edge films now streaming

by Ed, Flicks.co.nz, from News November 26 2014,

Online content provider Quickflix has teamed up with the Documentary New Zealand Trust to bring ten Documentary Edge titles to your screens at home via pay-per-view. Most are from New Zealand, all from the Asia-Pacific region, and collectively they explore a range of subject matter – cultural, political, familial, educational and environmental. The full list ... Read on.

November 25 2014,

Review: Nightcrawler

by Matt Glasby, from Reviews

The onset of so-called citizen journalism – whereby members of the public capture the news on camera – is meant to be democratic, but what if the citizen in question isn’t quite all there? Sounding like an X-Man and... Read on.

November 25 2014,

Review: Elsa & Fred

by Adam Fresco, from Reviews

Michael Radford’s remake of Marcos Carnevale’s 2005 Spanish language movie (Elsa y Fred) features Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer as the wrinkly romantics. It’s a crumblies’ rom-com; a tale so old that some o... Read on.

Romance, Christchurch, Piracy, and a Movie Called ‘Sunday’

by Liam Maguren, from The Flicks Interviews November 24 2014,

On December 7th, a humble indie Kiwi film called Sunday will hit cinemas. Simultaneously, it’ll also hit DVD, televisions, On Demand services, air flight entertainment systems, smart phones, carrier pigeons, R2-D2′s holographic display and basically anything else that can play a movie. The story, set one year after the Christchurch earthquakes, follows a couple who ... Read on.

November 23 2014,

Cinema Battle: The Winners

by Ed, Flicks.co.nz, from News

Each week’s winner is posted here. Pick a winner in this week’s battle (and win tickets to Hoyts) here.   November 24:    ... Read on.

November 21 2014,

5 Easy Pieces (and 5 Easy Trailers)

by Ed, Flicks.co.nz, from News

① Here’s an R2D2 budgie.   ② RIP Mike Nichols, the endlessly talented director of classics such as The Graduate, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Catch-22.   ③ Netflix is coming to Australia an... Read on.

Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

by Steve Newall, from Reviews November 20 2014,

Departing from the battle royale format of the two previous Hunger Games instalments, Mockingjay – Part 1 plunges the franchise into deeper terrain. Figuratively, with the pic continuing Katniss Everdeen’s trauma-fuelled mental disintegration and its subject matter becoming bleaker and more violent, as well as the literally underground setting in which much of Mockingjay’s talk of revolution plays out. Against ... Read on.

November 20 2014,

Review: Jimmy’s Hall

by Matt Glasby, from Reviews

British director Ken Loach is known – and loved – for dramas of quiet outrage, such as Poor Cow, Kes and My Name Is Joe. Jimmy’s Hall is rumoured to be his last, which would be a pity for two reasons. Firstly,... Read on.

November 19 2014,

9 Other Great ‘Part I’ Movies

by Ed, Flicks.co.nz, from Lists

With The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 out in cinemas, we got to thinking about other first parts of great movie stories that made a satisfying whole. Sure, titling sequels has never been a completely clean business (ju... Read on.