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Faces Places

★★★★½ - The Dominion Post  - An 88-year-old woman and a 33-year-old man take a road trip through some stunning northern French landscapes in a van. At every stop, they take photographs of willing locals and then turn those photos into startlingly large printed installations, plastered on to the...
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Lost in Paris

★★★★ - NZ LISTENER   - Partners in performance and in real life, Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon co-write, co-direct and co-star in this charming and whimsical story of missed connections and good intentions. They deploy a winning physical comedy to delightful effect as the perfectly mismatched...
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Faces Places

★★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN  - Working for the first time with a co-director, French artist JR, the veteran documentary maker makes a near-perfect study of ‘faces and places’ Chance has always been my best assistant,” Agnès Varda tells her first-ever co-director, the French photographer, installation...
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Lost in Paris

★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN  - Here is one of the final screen appearances of Emmanuelle Riva, icon of movies from Michael Haneke’s Amour to Gillo Pontecorvo’s Kapò and Alain Resnais’s Hiroshima Mon Amour, who died in January at the age of 89. It is a delectably gentle, elegant, self-effacing performance....
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Sweet Country

★★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN  - Sweet Country is Old Testament cinema, with an almost biblical starkness in its cruelty and mysterious beauty, set in a burning plain where it looks as if the sun-bleached jawbone of an ass could at any moment be picked up and used as a murder weapon. The director, Warwick...
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A Quiet Place

★★★★½ - STUFF  It's not often I find myself crawling in my seat during a horror movie these days. John Krasinski's classy, gorgeous, near-silent film A Quiet Place, had me all but squirming right onto the floor though; alternately grabbing the arms rests, my neighbour and at one particularly...
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Peter Rabbit

★★★★ - STUFF  This isn't your grandmother's anthropomorphised vege-stealing bunny. Yes, those expecting a traditional take on Beatrix Potter's morality tale are going to be sorely disappointed by this combination of CGI-coneys and live-action antics. Will Gluck's (who updated much-loved musical A...
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Divine Order

★★★★ - STUFF  Those who saw 2015 British drama Suffragette might remember the roll call at the film's end enlightening viewers on when women were given the vote in various countries. While New Zealand's 1893 sat proudly at the top, Switzerland were towards the other end of the scale, only ushering...
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Mary Magdalene

★★★★ - RTE  - Rooney Mara has just made March her own. And how. Amid the post-Oscars scramble to catch films while they’re still in cinemas, here’s another with a central performance that is too good to miss. Chances are it won’t be playing as long as its gilded contemporaries, so plan...
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The Square

★★★★★ - TIME OUT  - The title of this supremely fresh, witty and thought-provoking new film by Swedish writer-director Ruben Östlund (‘Force Majeure’) refers mainly to a new exhibit on display at a museum of contemporary art: a neon-bordered bit of brick flooring of some 16 square metres described...
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The Death of Stalin

★★★★★ - THE DOMINION POST  - If you thought Armando Iannucci’s takes on modern British and American politics were entertaining, just wait till you get a load of this hilarious and horrifying spin on a key moment in Russian history. The Thick of It and Veep creator’s second cinematic outing (after...
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The Mercy

★★★★ - THE DOMINION POST  - Donald Crowhurst was exactly the sort of man John Le Carre was thinking of when he described one of his characters as "a very English bloody fool".  Crowhurst was a talented weekend sailor, a restless inventor, a committed husband and a father to three young children....
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