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Isle of Dogs

★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN  - It’s set in Japan, though east London’s Isle of Dogs just happens to be a short drive from 3 Mills Studios, which did a lot of the work on this film. So maybe our Isle of Dogs influenced the director, Wes Anderson. Or maybe he chose the title because it sounds like: “I love...
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Swagger of Thieves

★★★★½ - THE DOMINION POST  - One of my favourite Head Like a Hole stories – it may even be true – is of the night in 1992 they supported The Red Hot Chili Peppers in Wellington and how the contract banned any members of Head Like a Hole from playing naked that night. Presumably because the Peppers...
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Chappaquiddick

★★★★½ - THE DOMINION POST  - The same weekend man first landed on the moon, Mary Jo Kopechne lost her life in a car accident. Linking the two mid-July, 1969 events are America's famed Kennedy clan. For while the former was the culmination of the late John's long-held dream, the latter seemingly...
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Tully

★★★★½ - THE DOMINION POST  - Among the many, many admirable things about Tully is Charlize Theron’s exceedingly life-like, post-partum belly. ​Whether prosthetic or not – don’t forget, the former model layered on weight for her Oscar-winning turn as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster, so it’s...
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The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

★★★★ - THE LIST   - Do not be put off by the terribly twee, tongue-twisting title (which will offer a challenge for cinema marquees across the land). This adaptation of Mary Ann Shaffer’s posthumously published 2008 bestseller (completed by her niece Annie Barrows) is a very attractive,...
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Avengers: Infinity War

 ★★★★½ - THE DOMINION POST  - This Marvel franchise has been rolling out blockbusters for almost exactly as long as I have been scribbling reviews for this company. In that 10-year stretch, I figure we have all had our highs and lows. But, at their best, Marvel have yielded some of the very best...
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Isle of Dogs

★★★★½ - The Dominion Post  In a dystopian near-future (and how many times have I written that line in the last few years?) a doggy plague – in both senses of the word – strikes mainland Japan. The dogs are too numerous for some peoples' comfort. And the dogs are becoming ill with a form of canine...
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The Breaker Upperers

★★★★ - The Dominion Post  Your relationship is on the skids, or you've met someone else, or you're just a feckless waste of space who doesn't have a nerve to do your breaking-up in person. Who you gonna call? The Breaker-Upperers, that's who. A two woman agency who will, for a fee, knock on the...
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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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