Tense sci-fi thriller I Am Mother is a notch above most straight-to-Netflix fare
There’s plenty to recommend in this increasingly paranoid sci-fi three-hander.
Bill Nighy’s a tour-de-force of downbeat comedy in Sometimes Always Never
The idiosyncratic script, direction and style are all very English.
Dark Phoenix ends once-mighty X-Men franchise not with a bang, but a shrug
Apart from a few interesting wrinkles, this finale is business as usual
Tolkien may not be 100% accurate, but it’s a compelling biopic
Nicholas Hoult gives a dignified central performance.
Godzilla II holds some thrills and spectacle… if you can actually follow it
There isn’t nearly enough thrills in 132 minutes.
Visually stunning Rocketman wisely forgoes any claims to realism
There is nothing subtle, nor particularly insightful, about Rocketman.
Brightburn is a bloody watchable superhero/horror genre mash-up
What makes Brightburn tick is a tight focus, and an embrace of the grim and gory
Terry Gilliam’s sloppy Don Quixote movie is ultimately unsatisfying
It’s very nice to look at, though.
Will Smith isn’t a singer, but he’s a super charming Genie in enjoyable new Aladdin
The film wobbles between lame and good.
Netflix thriller The Perfection is imperfect but watchable batshit excess
You’re not likely to see where the escalating insanity is heading
The Hummingbird Project probes into sticky, sharply topical ethical quandaries
The film is low-boil Soderbergh-lite.
It’s not the best John Wick film, but Parabellum is still a bloody good time
Don’t worry. It still dazzles.
Flat Netflix comedy Wine Country’s characters would make hospo staff call in sick
The stellar cast couldn’t save this comedy from falling flat.
Thank you, Detective Pikachu, for being a videogame movie that doesn’t suck
Could videogame movies be evolving?
Film is indivisible from whānau in Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen
An exploration of family alongside a celebration of creativity.
New to Netflix, Prospect is an above-average sci-fi Western gem
A lot more to offer than just being an exercise in trope regurgitation.
Kenneth Branagh’s Shakespeare drama All is True rings false
Shakespeare scholars will not be pleased.
Zac Efron is stunning and charming in Netflix’s sadly boring Ted Bundy pic
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile’s worst offence is being boring.
Netflix doco Knock Down the House captures rise of AOC and much more
Political doco includes Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez among its four subjects.
We loved the absolute hell out of rom-com Long Shot
Rogen and Theron are funny as all hell.
The Chills doco proves enthralling, emotional, and at times bleakly comical
Also conveys a real New Zealand-ness in both personality and place.