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Flicks Talks: ‘The Dead Lands’ director Toa Fraser

by Ed, Flicks.co.nz, from The Flicks Interviews October 31 2014,

Flicks.co.nz and Chillbox Creative talk to director Toa Fraser about his pre-colonial Māori action-adventure The Dead Lands, based on the traditional fighting art of Mau rākau. We reckoned the film features “patu-wielding, arse-kicking, uniquely Aotearoan action,” bringing ”the past to the big screen as a living, breathing entity and then frequently dousing it with blood after many a chilling ... Read on.

October 30 2014,

Review: The Dead Lands

by Steve Newall, from Reviews

Conventional wisdom would have you think a pre-colonial Māori action movie in Te Reo would be a suicidal commercial proposition. Then again, conventional wisdom is responsible for so much dreck littering bargain bins and has... Read on.

October 29 2014,

Top Ten Movies This Halloween

by Aaron Yap, from Lists

It’s almost that time of year again where buying candy in bulk and giving it to children won’t get you arrested. Good luck with sifting through the year’s dead celebs for a suitable outfit, or just throwing ... Read on.

Letter from the Editor: We Want Your Advice

by Ed, Flicks.co.nz, from News October 28 2014,

Ahoy there. This is an open letter to our wonderful readers and users, written because we want your help. Flicks, now 10 years old in NZ and about one year old in Australia, is a small team working very hard to bring you what you need to know about what’s going on in cinemas. We ... Read on.

October 28 2014,

Show Me Shorts Finalists Announced

by Ed, Flicks.co.nz, from News

New Zealand’s only Academy Awards®-accredited film festival, Show Me Shorts, has announced the finalists for its awards. The nominees for the coveted Best Film Award are: Matthew Saville and Julia Parnell for Dive; Abigail... Read on.

October 24 2014,

Review: Love, Rosie

by Frances Morton, from Reviews

A rom-com about boy-girl best friends is hardly going to floor you with surprises. And neither do you want it to. Rosie (Lily Collins) and Alex (Sam Clalfin) are both so charming and lovely on the eye – even in times of hea... Read on.

First trailer for ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ is here

by Ed, Flicks.co.nz, from News October 24 2014,

Behold, here’s the first look at Joss Whedon’s Avengers sequel – Avengers: Age of Ultron. Features the return of Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man, Chris Evans’ Captain America, Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye, Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk and of course Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow. Most intriguingly though, we get a look at the baddie Ultron. Ultron – a character ... Read on.

October 24 2014,

Five Easy Pieces (and Five Easy Trailers)

by Ed, Flicks.co.nz, from News

  ① Brad Pitt and Louis CK on Between Two Ferns.   ② John Williams’ Star Wars theme, sung by goats.   ③ Scorsese, De Palma, Allen and Polanski analyse key scenes from their movies.   ④ Air New Zealand has a ne... Read on.

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.

October 22 2014,

Review: Whiplash

by Liam Maguren, from Reviews

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 d... Read on.