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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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Capital in the 21st Century

★★★★ - Flicks  - Returning to cinemas after playing at this year’s NZ International Film Festival, Capital in the 21st Century is a NZ-made adaptation of an important text on economics and society. As Steve Newall writes, director Justin Pemberton has transformed dense subject matter into an...
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Joker

★★★★½ - STUFF  - Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins (2005) and Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy (2004) have long been my favourite superhero-origin yarns. Both of those films seemed to me to be perfectly cast, leavened with enough humour to make the essential ridiculousness of the stories still...
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Yuli

"This energetic account of the life of the electrifying Cuban never shies away from the truth about his tough upbringing" - THE GUARDIAN - This energetic, emotionally reflective movie follows the rise of the Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta from scrappy juvenile tearaway to ballet superstar. It’s...
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Joker

★★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN - Joaquin Phoenix provides a comic-book hero for the left behind with Joker, a brilliantly insurrectionist origins story that landed like a firecracker in the midst of this year’s Venice film festival. Playing the role of Cain to the sunny Abel of the Marvel Cinematic Universe,...
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The Goldfinch

INTIMATE, IMPRESSIVE, BEAUTIFULLY SHOT - LA TIMES  - 'The Goldfinch’ sings its own tune in its own sweet time. It may begin with a terrorist explosion but don’t be fooled. It’s not one of those films, not at all. Rather, as directed by John Crowley from Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize winning...
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Maiden

★★★★½ - STUFF  - It's one of the most inspiring sporting stories of the 20th century.  Forget the 27,000 miles of ocean, wild weather and cramped conditions they would eventually have to endure, just making the start line was difficult enough for the first all female-crew of the prestigious...
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Ad Astra

★★★★ - STUFF  - Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) has always lived in his father's shadow. Despite having reached the rank of Major and achieved his goal of working in space, there's no way he can compete with Earth's most decorated astronaut. Twenty-nine years ago, when Roy was just a teenager, H Clifford...
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Abominable

★★★★★ - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD  - This animated feature from DreamWorks is one of the more engaging products of Hollywood’s romance with the Chinese box office. It’s another Yeti story – the third in the past 12 months – but it takes a uniquely Chinese approach. It opens in Shanghai and climaxes in...
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Florianopolis Dream

★★★★★ - STUFF  - Sometime in the very latter years of last century, in that brief moment in the epoch in which one could wear a Nirvana T-shirt, but not own a cellphone, parents Pedro and Lucrecia and their teenagers Flor' and Julian have decided to take a vacation. They drive from their native...
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Maiden

★★★★ - ROLLING STONE  - Gender bias gets knocked backwards on its ass in this rousing doc named after the first ship crewed by an all-female team in the Whitbread Round the World Race. The year was 1989, when male chauvinists were dripping with disbelief that these “girls” could survive a...
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Ad Astra

★★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN  - Brad Pitt is an intergalactic Captain Willard, taking a fraught mission up-river in James Gray’s Ad Astra, an outer-space Apocalypse Now which played to rapt crowds at the Venice film festival. In place of steaming jungles, this gives us existential chills. Instead of Viet...
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