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Jean-Luc Godard

Half a century after his first film, Godard remains one of cinema’s greatest visionaries. Exactly 54 years after the release of his first film Un Boute De Souffle, Jean-Luc Godard remains the absolute and definitive cool kid of the movie industry. Simply put, his films are a love letter to cinema, its limitations, and its […]

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The Western is one of the oldest film genres out there; it has existed throughout the 20th century and well into the 21st, and during this time, the genre has gone through several different periods of abandonment and revival. Subsequently the Western seems to be one of the genres that has changed the most over […]

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What We Do in the Shadows

The premise of this film is more than a little zany — a mockumentary about four vampires in a Wellington flat share. It’d be a lot more zany if it wasn’t tempered by the perfect execution of that Kiwi deadpan. Mockumentaries, vampires — in less capable hands the lampooning would seem dated (see 2010’s Vampires […]

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One

As the penultimate chapter in The Hunger Games saga, Mockingjay – Part 1 sets us up perfectly for the dramatic, action-packed finale of the franchise. However, on its own it lacks sustenance when compared to the previous films in the series. This is probably the result of the decision to split the last book into […]

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War games?

Callum Mckenna weighs in on all things dystopian and whether film can be a vehicle for social revolution. You can tell a lot about a culture from its taste in cinema. After all, films are escapism in perhaps its purest form, so they must be a fairly good indicator of what it is a society […]

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The Drop

Tom Hardy, alongside James Gandolfini in his final role, gives gripping performances in Dennis Lehane’s latest crime thriller. The film centers around a bar called Marv’s, overseen by Gandolfini’s character and tended to by his cousin Bob (Hardy). Used by Brooklyn’s underworld as a place to stash dirty money in a time of need, Lehane […]

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The Imitation Game

A must see film, with a brilliant cast. However, Benedict Cumberbatch really steals the show in his portrayal of Alan Turing, and not just because he plays the protagonist. The mathematician, code breaker and pioneer of computer science was known for being highly eccentric and Cumberbatch presents us with a character who is exactly that. […]

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The Final Word

It is always uncomfortable to see recently passed faces emerge in new releases. Most blockbuster movies come to the big screen with a bit of fuss – a bit of glitz and glamour and red carpet hype. However, some emerge with a little added poignancy, as a presence on the big screen is all too […]