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A Star is Born

★★★★★ - The Guardian  - Bradley Cooper directs and co-stars in this outrageously watchable update of the love story doomed by shifting fame. It’s the romantic epic of male sacrificial woundedness and it’s been regenerating like Doctor Who. We had it in 1976 with Barbra Streisand and Kris...
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A Star in Born

★★★★½ - NZ HERALD  - Bradley Cooper makes an assured directorial debut with this fourth mounting (fifth if you count the original inspiration, 1932's What Price Hollywood?) of the venerable tale of two talents falling in love as their careers head in opposite directions. Taking its setting cues...
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First Man

★★★★★ - Stuff  - You know the broad strokes of the story. The Apollo 11 mission got to the Moon. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the surface while Michael Collins orbited above. The trio flew home to ticker-tape parades and a high-water mark of American technical and economic superiority...
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She Shears

★★★★- Stuff  - Last year, it was Christchurch poultry fanciers, this year’s it’s feminine fleece specialists in the spotlight. But while Pecking Order became more political thriller than sporting drama, She Shears is very much about the contest and the striving to be the best. That might rob it of...
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First Man

★★★★★ - Empire  - First Man is not a million light years from Whiplash and La La Land, Damien Chazelle’s first two films. Gone are the drum solos and dance numbers, but it’s another study of obsession, and the compromises that inevitably brings. What’s notable is the upsurge in his cinematic...
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Stray

★★★★★ - NZ Herald  - Less a straightforward narrative than a lyrical tone-poem, Kiwi filmmaker Dustin Feneley's self-funded debut feature is a strong contender for the best film to come out of New Zealand this year. Off the back of a remarkable genesis - eight years trapped in development before a...
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Stray

★★★★½ - Stuff  - At an un-named detention facility somewhere near Wellington, a young man is told that the pre-release work-experience programme he is on has been pulled from under him. The employer is "cutting back".  The young man – we learn his name is Jack – absconds. He takes the ferry across...
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Beast

★★★★ - The Guardian  - Fairytale meets psycho thriller as rising stars Jessie Buckley and Johnny Flynn find that opposites attract.  The Channel Islands become home to something eerie in this Jersey-set debut feature from writer-director Michael Pearce. Charting a turbulent relationship between a...
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Beast

★★★★ - Stuff  - A chilling thriller that boasts two charismatic performances - A member of the local choir and a historical guide for tourists, Jersey resident Moll Huntford (Jessie Buckley) has always been considered special. She thinks it might be for striking ginger-haired looks, but, as her...
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Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot

★★★½ - Rolling Stone  - Joaquin Phoenix and director Gus Van Sant turn a biopic of quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan into something tender, unique. On the surface, it sounds like one of those true-life, triumph-over-adversity tearjerkers that Hollywood spoon-feeds folks with numbing frequency....
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The House With A Clock in its Walls

★★★★½ - Stuff - Who knew that the director who once gave the world Hostel Part II could conjure up on the most magical family fantasies in years? Eli Roth certainly wouldn’t have been everybody’s first choice to direct this adaptation of John Bellair’s much-loved 1973 book and yet he’s managed a...
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RBG

★★★★½ - The Dominion Post  - Ruth Bader Ginsberg is one of the most formidable and influential legal minds to have occupied the American judicial landscape in the 20th and 21st centuries.  That she has now also become a pop-culture icon, a series of memes, the subject a couple of fantastic murals...
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