Your screen will keep you company during this last month of winter. NEON’s giving birth to a star, Netflix’s reviving a hidden gem (make that a… dark crystal) and MCU nerds will finally be able to grab their copy of Avengers: Endgame.
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A Star is Born
Bradley Cooper makes his directorial debut with this award-winning remake of the classic 1937 musical, starring alongside Lady Gaga. Winner of Best Song at the Academy Awards for Shallows, which you probably have stuck in your head right now.
“I will add to the chorus of praise for Gaga. She’s the film’s real MVP—a natural actor of surprising depth and soul.” -Aaron Yap, FLICKS
Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out) leads this oddball comedy as a black telemarketer who discovers the secret to professional success – putting on a white voice. Also stars Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok), Steven Yeun (Okja), Armie Hammer (Call Me By Your Name), and the almighty Terry Crews.
“An astonishing, surreal, shit-stirring satire, Sorry to Bother You is a fucking trip of a film.” -Steve Newall, FLICKS
This prequel series to the beloved Jim Henson film The Dark Crystal maintains the same spirit and love of puppetry as the 1982 original. Voice cast includes includes Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy, Nathalie Emannuel, Mark Hamill, Keegan Michael-Key, Simon Pegg and Alicia Vikander.
Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe are an odd-couple forced to team up in 1970s Los Angeles in Shane Black’s black crime comedy. The writer/director has described it as a spiritual sequel to his own Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
“Makes concessions to nothing and nobody – it is about as pure an expression of the writer/director’s sensibilities as you could ask for.” -Dominic Corry, FLICKS
If you fit in that Venn diagram of New Zealand patriot, true blue tradie, and cheesy rom-com fanatic, you’ll be chuffed with this love story set in NZ about a couple looking to spruce up an inn they scored.
A young boy who is jealous of his new little sister experiences a time-hopping adventure in this Japanese animation from the director of Summer Wars.
“Animation has the unique ability to present surrealism to kids, right from the early days where Disney paraded pink elephant in front of families. It’s great to see Mirai keeping this tradition alive and with purpose” -Liam Maguren, FLICKS
Rom-com reuniting The Sapphires director, Wayne Blair, and star Miranda Tapsell. Story follows an engaged couple who head into Australia’s remote far north to find an AWOL mother in time for the wedding.
“Not knowing what to expect, I ended up cheerfully besotted with this film.” -Graeme Tuckett, STUFF
In this horror western set in the 1800s, Elizabeth and her husband settle in the desolate American frontier. Over time, she experiences a growing sense of evil in the nearby landscape and when another couple arrives and occupies a nearby cabin, Elizabeth’s paranoia skyrockets.
Based on a true story, Oscar winner Dame Judi Dench is a British physicist who led a double life as the longest-serving British spy for the KGB.
“My disappointment with Red Joan is mainly that there wasn’t a more multi-dimensional story about this woman, more danger and intrigue woven into her duality, more tension as we question her motives and techniques.” -Sarah Voon, FLICKS
Julianne Moore and John Turturro lead this romantic drama from Sebastian Lelio (A Fantastic Woman) which is a reimagining of his 2013 film of the same name.
“Don’t go expecting a rom-com, or any of the patronising cliches associated with the genre. Just go for a hugely entertaining slice-of-life, delivered by the best in the business.” -Graeme Tuckett, STUFF
Two traders (Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgård) compete with their old boss (Salma Hayek) to land a massive deal in this drama thriller.
“Eisenberg is the perfect actor to force us to keep up with [writer/director Kim] Nguyen’s thick Wall Street-speak, and communicate the thrill of the trade, but his live-wire moxie can only do so much heavy lifting.” -Aaron Yap, FLICKS