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Last Christmas

★★★½ - STUFF  - It was my Love Actually moment. No, not the one you're thinking – the bit involving Liam Neeson's stepson performing on stage.  Dunedin's Balmacewen Intermediate, 1986. My best mate and I had decided to pen a play inspired by The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole and one of our...
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Pain and Glory

★★★★★ - STUFF  - Pedro Almodovar has cast Antonio Banderas in eight films, across 40 years. It is one of the most enduring and influential creative partnerships in cinema. Pain and Glory might be the most sublime work either of the men has had their name on for many years. Banderas plays...
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Pain and Glory

★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN In Pedro Almodóvar’s previous film Julieta, a middle-aged woman returns to her old apartment block in Madrid to write about – and thereby confront – the ghosts of her life. There’s a similar sense of revisiting in Pain and Glory, in which Antonio Banderas plays a becalmed...
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Bellbird

★★★★½ - STUFF  On an isolated, family-run farm, somewhere not too far inland from Whangarei, dad Ross and son Bruce are going through a terrible time. Not that you would know it, if you closed your eyes. The dialogue in Bellbird accurately represents that near poetry of sparseness and gruffness...
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Midsommar

★★★★ - STUFF  - Having reinvigorated the familial horror with 2018's chilling Hereditary, writer-director Ari Aster now takes on another of the genre's traditional tropes – Americans' European misadventures. To be fair, much of the scene-setting bleakness actually takes place in the good old US of...
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Hillary: Ocean to Sky

★★★★ - STUFF  - Film-maker Michael Dillon has made this film once before. In 1977, Dillon was a member of Sir Edmund Hillary's Ocean to Sky expedition. On the team's return to New Zealand, Dillon assembled a good and unusually thoughtful documentary film of the adventure. From the Ocean to the Sky...
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Midsommar

★★★★ - ROLLING STONE  - Ari Aster is a bold new voice in psychological horror, the kind that messes ruthlessly with your head. He proved that last year with Hereditary, featuring Toni Colette in one of cinema’s most memorable meltdowns. And now, with the hypnotic and haunting Midsommar, he ventures...
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JoJo Rabbit

★★★★½ - STUFF  - Jojo Rabbit: Taika's fabulous farce and Fuhrerness-filled World War II tale -  Map reading, war games and blowing stuff up. The Hitler Youth's Special Training Weekend offers a plethora of exciting of activities for a 10-year-old fan of the Fuhrer. But it's also a potential...
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Ride Like a Girl

★★★★ - STUFF  - Michelle Payne was born the youngest of 10 kids in a virtual dynasty of jockeys and trainers, somewhere in the rolling hills near the town of Ballarat, where the sun pours, treacle-like, over the horizon just in time to catch the sweat-crusted flanks of the next champion nag...
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Judy

★★★★ - STUFF  - Around this time of year, the people who think far too much about these things start to pencil in their Oscar shortlists. My own is currently up to two. I'll be amazed if Joaquin Phoenix doesn't get a nod for best actor for his work in Joker. Phoenix has been perfecting his...
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Photograph

★★★★ - STUFF  - Rafi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) would do anything to keep his grandmother (Farrukh Jaffar) happy. But despite working day and night to get his family out of debt, the Mumbai street photographer knows there's only one thing she really wants – for him to take a bride. To his rising...
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JoJo Rabbit

★★★★★ - Newshub  - Taika Waititi’s use of comedy as a gateway to the heart is his speciality, and never has he used it with such profoundly potent efficacy as he does with JoJo Rabbit. In the final stages of WWII, 10-year-old Johannes 'Jojo' Betzler (Roman Griffin Davis) lives with his mum Rosie...
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