Netflix buddy-cop comedy Coffee & Kareem just isn’t funny enough
“Some gags are painstakingly constructed even when the punchline is dead obvious.”
Dystopian Netflix thriller The Platform couldn’t have come at a better time
“Done with Contagion and need to expand your quarantine viewing?”
Powerful performances propel Netflix true crime drama Lost Girls
Amy Ryan captivates, while Thomasin McKenzie lands gut punches.
Beyoncé video director’s Queen & Slim is an ambitious, messy debut
Its highlights lie in great performances and a soundtrack that’s one of the best in years.
Downhill is a bafflingly inconsistent and occasionally jarring remake
Remaking Force Majeure with less tension is like remaking The Birds with less birds.
Dark Waters is a competently told, sometimes chilling, legal thriller
Even with Todd Haynes directing, doesn’t do much to distinguish itself.
Fleabag viewers will find so many reasons to love the NT Live solo performance
Revel in the singular, virtuosic performance of Phoebe Waller-Bridge herself.
Guns Akimbo’s juvenile, punk rock vibe mostly works, despite flaws
There’s an infectious, wild energy and much of the gleefully crude humour hits its mark.
Gaslighting torment of The Invisible Man is perfectly-timed horror
Perhaps never has the empty corner of a room or a hallway taken on more menacing overtones.
Girl on the Third Floor isn’t a horror to renovate your Netflix queue
Noble but frustratingly uneven attempt to revitalise stale haunted house conventions.
Call of the Wild, an entertaining heart-on-sleeve old-school adventure
It favours emotive performances over hyper-realism. *glares at Lion King*
The Legend of Baron To’a is a kick-ass crack-up
“Expect to be impressed by how the action’s staged.”
“Absolutely loved this movie” and more Baron To’a audience reviews
“Almost like watching a South Auckland Karate Kid.”
Come to Daddy is a wonderfully grotty film not for the faint of heart
“Here’s hoping it’s recognised as the local success story it is.”
The Lighthouse is immaculately engineered nightmare fuel
One of the most uniquely deranged buddy movies to come out in quite some time.
Sonic the Hedgehog’s film bludgeons the character into blandness
It’s amazing that Carrey still manages to haul in a solid joke or three.
Jane Austen comedy Emma avoids stuffiness thanks to Kiwi Eleanor Catton’s screenplay
It’s fun, though it does quite match the brilliance of Clueless.
Netflix’s Horse Girl: Alison Brie shines in this rewatchable oddity
If it sounds a bit too weird for you, then you’re probably right.
Harley Quinn spin-off Birds of Prey is a buoyant blast
Made over and reimagined, it’s the same Harley but newly fleshed out.
Oscar nominated doco For Sama is absolutely essential viewing
An amateur documentarian’s portrait of Syrian Civil War is a testament to the power of film.
La Belle Époque is boomer nostalgia wish-fulfillment – and charming
Hints of whimsy don’t overwhelm, even as the film embraces the melodramatic.