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A Mermaid in Paris

★★★★½ - STUFF  - A perfect slice of evocative escapism -  A beautiful, crowd pleasing blend of Amelie and The Shape of Water, with more than a dash of Splash, this charming French romantic fantasy is filled with memorable imagery, music and characters. Gaspard (Nicolas Duvauchelle) is a singer at…
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The Lion King Reo Māori

★★★★★ - STUFF  - Disney's classic tale is now a cultural taonga -  It goes without saying that the original 1994 Lion King still stands as a timeless cultural icon, with its music and characters a part of many childhoods. However, the Kīngi Raione just got better. Embodying Māori indigeneity, it…
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Whina

★★★★½ - STUFF  - An extraordinary and gripping account of an exceptional life and times -  I have no idea how well known the name Dame Whina Cooper is, to the children and teenagers going through our education system today. But when I was a waste of space at Te Awamutu College in the 1980s, we…
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Elvis

★★★★½ - NEWSHUB  - Elvis is an anarchic pulsating exhilarating dive into history and music -  After a 12-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival, Elvis is back in the building. Directed by Australian showman Baz Luhrmann, Elvis is about to have a red carpet extravaganza back on his…
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Lightyear

★★★★½ - STUFF  - With the script its most special effect, Pixar deliver a terrific Buzz -  Lightyear opens with a simple credit, which says something like – "In 1995, a boy named Andy was given a new toy based on his favourite film. This is that film”. And from that simple, elegant and hopefully…
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Men

★★★★★ - DAILY TELEGRAPH  - Imagine if Lars von Trier directed an episode of The League of Gentlemen -  Alex Garland’s horrific tale of male malevolence stars Rory Kinnear as every man in the village that Jessie Buckley’s grieving widow visits. Men. Honestly, what are we like? Well, if Alex…
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Nude Tuesday

★★★★★ - GUARDIAN  - This New Zealand orgy comedy told in gibberish is delightful -  Hilariously subtitled by comedian Julia Davis, this film sees an unhappy couple go to a horny guru – played by Jemaine Clement – to fix their marriage. The titular festivities of Nude Tuesday don’t arrive until…
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Jurassic World: Dominion

★★★★ - BBC  - The final of the two trilogies is 'proudly excessive' and 'jam-packed with silliness, spectacle and romance', writes Nicholas Barber -  The Jurassic films – that is, the three Jurassic Parks and the three Jurassic Worlds – are all about people knitting together DNA from different…
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Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

★★★★★ - STUFF  - An absolute gem that's my new favourite 2022 movie -  A friend called, asking what I might be up to. I told her I was about to watch a Bhutanese film about a teacher and a yak. I think she hung up in a huff, figuring I was dodging being sociable. But, I really was watching a…
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Mothering Sunday

★★★★ - OBSERVER  - French director Eva Husson bypasses Britflick stuffiness in this passionate period drama adapted from a Graham Swift story of loss and rebirth -  Posters for this sensuously photographed and affectingly scored drama suggest a rather glum combination of Gosford Park and Upstairs,…
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Diana's Wedding

★★★★ - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD  - Fancy a story brimming with domestic discord rising to emotional catharsis crowned by a raucously chaotic climax? A wedding movie will always answer your needs. They come in all nationalities. Diana’s Wedding is Norwegian – a family saga which begins when Liv (Marie…
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Top Gun: Maverick

★★★★★ - EMPIRE  - In 1986, Tony Scott’s Top Gun made superstars of Tom Cruise, F-14 Tomcats and homoerotic beach volleyball. Effortlessly tapping into its ’80s-ness, yet somehow still feeling fresh, Joseph Kosinki’s joyous Top Gun: Maverick not only matches the original but also, in certain areas,…
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