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Anna and the Apocalypse

★★★½ - ROLLING STONE  - This genre mash-up is exactly the zombie-filled teen-angst holiday musical you’ve been looking for.  Here’s the holiday musical you’re looking for — if, say, you like a splash of gore and a parade of flesh-eating zombies between musical numbers. Eat your heart out, Mary...
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Mortal Engines

★★★★ - STUFF - First, the gripes. Please can we stop calling Mortal Engines a Peter Jackson film? Sir Pete was one of three scriptwriters, along with Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens. And yes, without his influence it is possible this film would not exist. But Mortal Engines is not a Peter...
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Can You Ever Forgive Me?

★★★★ - NZ HERALD  - Oscar buzz is building around Melissa McCarthy's performance in this drama based on author Lee Israel's memoir. Well known for her comedic work (Mike and Molly, Spy and Bridesmaids), the role of Lee Israel is a step in a more serious direction for McCarthy. She may not seem the...
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The Children Act

★★★★½ - STUFF  - High Court judge Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson) is used to the time pressure and intense public interest some of her cases put her under. But her most recent one has affected her a little more. Having to make a decision about whether to allow doctors, against the parents' wishes, to...
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Three Identical Strangers

★★★★½ - STUFF  - These days, a documentary can provide just as much of a rollercoaster ride for the viewer as an action movie or thriller. Tales like Man on Wire, The Imposter and Project Nim brought to life little-known incidents from our past to compelling effect. However, even an awareness of...
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Fahrenheit 11/9

★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN  - Out of his foxhole, raining mortar shells in every direction, comes Michael Moore, with this fiery, furious account of the rise of one Donald Trump. No one is shielded from Moore’s scattershot aim as he searches for a culprit for Trump’s ascendency. Clinton, Comey, Putin, the...
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Sorry to Bother You

★★★★★ - STUFF  - In present day Oakland, California, pretty much nothing is as it seems.  Cassius – Cash – Green and his partner Detroit wake up in what looks like a cramped but OK little apartment. Until the automatic door malfunctions and we realise they are actually living in a garage. Detroit...
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Shoplifters

★★★★ - STUFF  - Japanese writer-director Hirokazu Kore-eda has developed a reputation as the modern-day Yasujirō Ozu. From I, Wish to Our Little Sister, the prolific 56-year-old film-maker has crafted a series of compelling contemporary dramas looking at the mores and maladies of modern life, just...
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Pick of the Litter

★★★ - STUFF  - Move over spelling bees, science fairs and dancing competitions, here's a documentary that focuses on a programme with really high stakes. Every year around 800 dogs are born into the American Guide Dogs for the Blind's (GDB) breeding programme, but only 300 will make the grade as...
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Widows

★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN  - The 12 Years a Slave Oscar-winner turns an 80s Lynda La Plante miniseries into a muscular, ferociously entertaining crowd-pleaser packed with superb performances.  As far as unlikely film news goes, word that artist-turned-director Steve McQueen would be following his...
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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

★★★★ - FLICKS  - Like all Pottheads, I am a lover of canonical whakapapa. You might be delighted to know, as I was, that the grandson of Newt Scamander, Rolf, marries Luna Lovegood, for instance. Or that Nymphadora Tonks is Bellatrix Lestrange’s niece. It’s with the same fascination I love to trace...
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Kusama - Infinity

★★★★ - FLICKS  - “I convert the energy of life into dots of the universe and that energy, along with love, flies into the sky” explains Yayoi Kusama as Kusama: Infinity commences. It’s an apt description of the relentlessly creative life and artistic career this documentary goes on to depict over...
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