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Review / ‘Serena’ (MA) ***

WHAT’S not to like about a gutsy melodrama? Director Susanne Bier engaged art director Martin Kurel to convert a Czechoslovakian valley into a 1920s North Carolina logging camp. There, adapting Ron Rash’s book, Christopher Kyle’s screenplay builds melodrama’s foundation when timber tycoon George (Bradley Cooper) gallops after a spectacular platinum blonde astride a galloping white […]

Review / ‘A Thousand Times Goodnight’ (M) ****

NORWEGIAN Erik Poppe knows exactly what reporting terrible events in the Middle East or heartbreaking conditions in Africa involves – he was a reporter before becoming a filmmaker. Written by Harald Rosenløw Eeg, Poppe’s film pulls no punches creating realities to show risks. The opening sequence is a slow-paced almost poetic preparation of an event […]

Review / ‘Men, Women and Children’ (MA) *** and a half

FILMMAKER Jason Reitman casts a dispassionate eye over how social media influence life in the developed countries (thank heaven he forbore from including their use by bad guys in current Middle Eastern conflicts.) Adam Sandler plays a husband and father who uses internet porn as a surrogate for late-night connubiality. Rosemarie DeWitt plays his wife […]

Review / ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 1′ (M) ***

PITCHED at young adult audiences, the film of Suzanne Collins’ futurist political fantasy pseudo-science-fiction novel basically bored me in the same way as does listening to Tony Abbott and his coterie of Ministers. That doesn’t deny that its plot, adapted by Collins and moulded into a screenplay by Peter Craig and Danny Strong, made me […]

Review / ‘The Dark Horse’ (M) **** and a half.

REMEMBER “Once Were Warriors” (1994)? Or “Boy” (2010)? When Kiwi filmmakers get their creative teeth into a tough topic, the result can be, often is, a shattering experience for filmgoers. Chess as a spectator sport ? You’d better believe it. James Napier Robertson’s film begins with Genesis Potini walking aimlessly in the rain. Seeing a […]