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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 […]

Arts / The little, lost suburb talks back

HOW do you make a theatre piece about a suburb? Easy, say, installation artist Louise Morris and theatre director/writer Pip Buining – just engage with the locals. In planning a site-specific “theatrical journey”, “Anthology”, Morris and Buining have set their sights on Westlake, the suburb once located in Stirling Park between the lake and the […]

Arts / Love and other bruises

THE 9th “Windows on Europe Film Festival” showcases 16 new films from the member states of the European Union, many to be seen in Australia for the first time. Mathieu Ravier, the festival’s French-Australian programmer, has chosen to begin his “fabulous festival” unconventionally with a documentary, Johannes Holzhausen’s “The Great Museum”, described as “an elegant […]

Review / ‘The Drop’ (MA) *** and a half

THE sheer cinematic quality of director Michael Roskam’s second feature augurs well for his future. Written by Dennis Lehane adapting his novel “Animal Rescue”, “The Drop” is modern film noir that commands respect equally for form and content. Tom Hardy plays Bob, a gentle fellow who tends his cousin Marv’s (James Gandolfini) Brooklyn bar, one […]