Bold, beautiful, ambitious—Vai highlights the need for more Pasifika cinema
A bold experience that rightly highlights the need for more Pasifika cinema.
The House That Jack Built is part sadistic twaddle, part von Trier self-reckoning
“It’s impossible to watch all of this detached from the warped lens of how von Trier sees himself”
Despite some letdowns, Dumbo is still Tim Burton’s best family movie in ages
There’s plenty of family fun to be had along.
Thunder Road perpetually teeters between hilarious and heartbreaking
“You’re watching a man fall apart, but jeez, what a doofus.”
Dog’s Best Friend is a poignant look at a man who rescues neglected canines
“A valuable inquiry into the curative power of canine company.”
Jordan Peele’s Us fires up our synapses in its aftermath, producing tingling discomfort
There’s a lot more going on than in Get Out , notes Aaron Yap, impressed with its ambition.
Haley Lu Richardson recalls early Rachel McAdams in teen romance Five Feet Apart
A stunning lead performance keeps the film a pleasant watch.
Netflix’s Mötley Crüe movie The Dirt is trashy, dumb fun (a damn good thing)
“Like the band itself, The Dirt is pretty dumb fun (and that’s coming from someone who owns Mötley Crüe records).”
Fighting with My Family will have you fully onboard with this true WWE story
Stephen Merchant has a great ear for dialogue.
Iconic NZ songs narrate inner lives in Daffodils – but this is where it runs into trouble
Rose McIver and George Mason are admirable, but it’s a frustrating film.
Well-crafted terrorist attack true story Hotel Mumbai is hard to watch
The film’s statements about the human spirit and Islam are generally unsophisticated and myopic.
Netflix A-list action pic Triple Frontier is a bloody good time
Netflix new release is consistently interesting and anchored by solid performances from its superlative cast.
Nicole Kidman gives an admirably grungy performance in Destroyer
Does more for Kidman than it does for the genre.
The Price of Everything thoughtfully examines the obscenely rich art world
Includes responses from critics, historians, auctioneers, and artists.
Like its main character, Captain Marvel triumphs over its stumbles
The end of the film will make you want to cheer.
Greta is an extremely silly movie and all the better for it
We need more dumb psychological thrillers like this.
If Beale Street Could Talk fills, and sometimes overwhelms, the heart
Every bit as quietly rapturous as his breakthrough 2016 Oscar champ Moonlight.
Celia is a documentary that defies you to remain unmoved
The unavoidable unfairness of mortality imbues the film with an added sense of urgency.
Single-location thriller The Guilty will leave viewers sweating
An 88min how-to in making something as exciting as Taking of Pelham 123.
Melodrama reigns in Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem mystery thriller Everybody Knows
Excellent leads and Farhadi’s baseline quality make it a solid watch.
Vox Lux is a moralistic warning of what fame does to young women
It’s a concept less interesting than the film’s initial trajectory.