The Vast of Night’s engrossing enigma gives way to over-familiarity
1950s-set sci-fi sees a pair discover a strange radio frequency.
The Assistant is a necessary drama with the nervy rhythms of a thriller
It’s an impressively assured debut feature for Kitty Green.
Little Fires Everywhere is a well-produced drama that smoulders rather than burns
Reese Witherspoon gives another expert portrayal of an uptight fusspot.
Is Netflix comedy The Wrong Missy good (with a bad enough hangover)?
Tim Batt watches David Spade’s new comedy from a bed of self-inflicted pain.
Spaceship Earth is the fascinating origin story of a controversial project
The communal counter-culture of the 1960s is a surprising foundation for this mega-project.
Netflix action pic Extraction joins the ranks of modern action classics
Chris Hemsworth, action star in the old-school style of Schwarzenegger, Stallone and Norris.
On Netflix, The Willoughbys is a consistently hilarious black comedy for older kids
It’s the same dark whimsy that made Roald Dahl a household name.
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.”