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Review: Birdman

by Matt Glasby, from Reviews December 19 2014,

It’s very rare you find a film unlike any you’ve ever seen before, but Birdman, co-written and directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu (Biutiful, Babel) more than fits the bill. You could describe it as Magnolia crossed with Black Swan. Or Rope meets The Player. Or Sunset Boulevard via Crank. You could call it anything, in fact, and you’d barely get close. If you like ... Read on.

December 18 2014,

The Best Films of 2014

by Ed, Flicks.co.nz, from Lists

It’s been one hell of a year in film. Even though 2014 ain’t quite done yet, we’re giving you an early Christmas present with our list of the top twenty films of the year. Our team of crack writers each sent... Read on.

December 18 2014,

Review: Love is Strange

by Matt Glasby, from Reviews

It’s hard to picture a more charming screen couple than John Lithgow and Alfred Molina. Who wouldn’t want to spend 90 minutes in their company? Besides this casting coup, and the (presumably substantial) difficult... Read on.

Review: Big Hero 6

by Liam Maguren, from Reviews December 17 2014,

Winning you over before the feature even starts with the infectiously charming short film Feast, Disney capitalises on its new-age animated renaissance with this Marvel comic book adaptation. It also furthers the studio’s progressive attitude – even more so than Frozen – with its Eastern-Western world of San Fransokyo and, more importantly, how it focuses ye olde Disney ... Read on.

December 17 2014,

Review: Annie

by Leonie Hayden, from Reviews

Annie 2.0 has been tweaked with an urban, social media-savvy audience in mind, but rides roughshod over the basics of musical comedy. Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) is a darling as Annie, packing buckets of... Read on.

December 17 2014,

Review: Amazonia 3D

by Liam Maguren, from Reviews

I was gobsmacked at how the Coen brothers were able to get an amazing performance from a cat earlier this year with Inside Llewyn Davis. Well, apparently that was nothing, because Amazonia 3Damplifies that awe tenfold by di... Read on.

Interview: ‘The Hobbit’ star Evangeline Lilly

by Dominic Corry, from The Flicks Interviews December 16 2014,

Among the many additions Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh made to The Hobbit for its expansion into a trilogy of films was the Elf character Tauriel. Played by Evangeline Lilly, Tauriel brings an arguably necessary female presence to what would otherwise be a dude-fest of epic proportions. Flicks’ Dominic Corry sat down with Lost-alum Lilly ... Read on.

December 16 2014,

Review: Paddington

by Frances Morton, from Reviews

It’s over 50 years since author Michael Bond introduced Paddington Bear on a London train station wearing the heartstring-tugging tag around his neck: “Please look after this bear”. That message referenced the plight of... Read on.

NZ Film Award Winners 2014

by Ed, Flicks.co.nz, from News December 13 2014,

The Rialto Channel NZ Film Awards were held last night in Auckland. Here is the full list of winners: Feature Film Categories Best Film: The Dark Horse Best Director: James Napier-Robertson, The Dark Horse Best Actor: Cliff Curtis, The Dark Horse Best Actress: Sia Trokenheim, Everything We Loved Best Supporting Actor: James Rolleston, The Dark ... Read on.

December 12 2014,

2015 Golden Globe Movie Nominees

by Ed, Flicks.co.nz, from Lists

The 2015 Golden Globes has its movie nominees, as selected by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s comedy-drama Birdman gained the most nominations (7), followed by Linklater’s co... Read on.