Netflix’s The Forest of Love is for those who like films strange, long and super dark
Sion Sono brings originality and excessiveness to Netflix with mixed results.
Mosley’s invigorating, timely tale overrides any shortcomings
“New Zealand hasn’t created a film quite like Mosley.”
Hustlers, crime film for our late-capitalist times (and so much fun)
Jennifer Lopez steals the show in this 5-star strip club crime pic.
Capital in the 21st Century’s lesson on society is both watchable and scary
Essential primer to understand the mess we’re in, if light on actionable solutions.
Joker feints toward edginess, but comes off a little stale
Despite the complexities of its titular character, Joker is frustratingly juvenile.
The ultimate crappy movie, London Fields, has arrived on Netflix
More a test of endurance than a rival to a film like The Room.
The Goldfinch might be a faithful adaptation, but it lacks the book’s depth
Those who haven’t read the book will likely enjoy this more.
Between Two Ferns: The Movie is a jumbo-sized take on satirical interview series
Story-wise it ain’t much, but it’s all just an excuse to watch celebrities squirm.
Ad Astra is spectacular sci-fi with a stupendous Brad Pitt performance
James Gray space adventure had our editor utterly captivated.
Last Blood shows Rambo’s not leaving without bringing an ungodly amount of pain
Should keep anyone with an appetite for bloodthirsty action satiated.
Folk nightmare Midsommar’s bizarre rituals won’t be forgotten anytime soon
Off-kilter, visually striking, deliriously inspired in parts, and yes, stark-raving mad.
Good Boys is what you want from a tween comedy laced with F-bombs, sex toys and drugs
Teen comedy tropes get appropriately scaled down to 12-year-olds.
Michael Hutchence doco Mystify more voyeuristic than revealing
Worth seeing for the candid personal archive footage, though.
It: Chapter Two isn’t as buoyant as the first
This over-inflated second chapter just doesn’t pop often enough.
Less ritzy, more reflective than Crazy Rich Asians, The Farewell resonates even louder
“Hopes, regrets and memories around mouth-wateringly packed lazy Susans.”
You’ll feel every drop of sweat in the stunning Amazing Grace
Aretha Franklin’s performance will blow you away.
Netflix rom-com Falling Inn Love is as Kiwi as a Vegemite sandwich, says Tim Batt
Feels like the ultimate realisation of John Key’s efforts as Minister of Tourism, writes Tim Batt.
Herbs doco connects timeless tunes with our society’s biggest struggles
Herbs doco is a relentlessly watchable and deeply personal pic
Climate change film 2040 might just shift your world for the better
But if you’re a science nerd, there’s little here for you.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood serves thrills on top of deep ponderings
“I cannot wait to have it age like a fine wine”
Support the Girls is the perfect comedy for a night in after a tiring week of work
Its portrayal of working class struggle is resonant.