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Family-friendly drag high school musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Sugary-sweet musical for all ages proves drag has made it mainstream.
Let kids experience a bit of fear with spooky Netflix horror Nightbooks
Krysten Ritter’s performance is so hammy it belongs on the deli menu.
Reservation Dogs is a genuine and funny portrayal of small-town Indigenous life
Native American Sterlin Harjo and Aotearoa’s Taika Waititi have created something epic.
Erotic thriller The Voyeurs is deliberately melodramatic, gleefully silly, and fabulously schlocky
Go into The Voyeurs blind—this is something that needs to be seen to be believed.
Silly, suspenseful, and not too serious, Netflix thriller Clickbait lives up to its title
New Netflix show is satisfyingly bingeable and crazily convoluted.
Nine Perfect Strangers is like Agatha Christie at a posh wellness retreat
A “deliciously entertaining” blend of comedy and mystery.
Hollywood horror Brand New Cherry Flavor alllllmost works as Lynch-lite noir
All the sex and blood and barfed-up kittens in the world can’t liven up flat storytelling.
Pleasantly mild (and mildly pleasant), Netflix’s Beckett echoes paranoid thrillers of the 70s
“Not everything has to be a blockbuster sensation or a searing political critique.”
The Queen of Soul battles trauma and belts out her best hits in biopic Respect
Watch her quiet subverting of male power dynamics as she moves from strength to strength.
A slick new perspective on NZ’s turbulent 1970s, The Panthers both educates and entertains
Takes pains to show the complacencies of 1970s NZ towards the persecution of Pacific families.
Bleed With Me marks a promising voice in an overcrowded genre
Bleed With Me is a vampire yarn, gaslighting psycho-drama and sleep-terror shocker all at once.
Tense, shocking NZ thriller Coming Home in the Dark doesn’t let its audience off easy
“Violent outbursts punctuate the film in often unexpected, shocking moments…”
Colourful Cuban love song Vivo celebrates family and music
Lin-Manuel Miranda brings Broadway flair to Netflix animation.
Real-life spy story The Mole Agent amuses more than most made-up films this year
The kooky premise certainly sounds like something that would star Jim Broadbent.
Tim Robinson’s inspired Netflix series proves he’s the David Lynch of sketch comedy
I Think You Should Leave is the literal definition of unbelievably funny.
The Justice of Bunny King makes a scathingly caustic critique of NZ
Kiwi drama turns its attention to the sad consequences of current media hot topics.
Take note, The Suicide Squad’s hilarious mayhem is a bloody delight
Might have more in common with The Boys than The Avengers.
Jungle Cruise is what you’d expect from a movie based on a cheesy theme park ride
Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt sail the Amazon in a chaotic but vanilla SFX-filled adventure.
Airborne Netflix action-horror Blood Red Sky boasts savage violence and interesting surprises
Plenty of horror and action thrills, and some super bloody deaths.
Fictional Y2K girl group comeback comedy Girls5eva is gr9 fun
“Just try getting the featured Girls5eva tunes out of your head.”
The real stakes and excitement of Kevin Smith’s Masters of the Universe: Revelation
Kevin Smith doesn’t have to put the toys back in the box after each episode.