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Mary Poppins Returns

★★★★½ - NZ HERALD  - If you're not already in love with Emily Blunt, you will be after this. Divine.  It's taken more than five decades for Mary Poppins to return to the big screen; it's been worth the wait. For family viewing these holidays, Mary Poppins Returns is a must; thanks largely to...
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Mary Poppins Returns

★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN  - It was always going to be hard to watch for a diehard Poppins fan, but this sequel to the 1964 classic retains the magic.  For decades, I’ve been insisting that Mary Poppins is one of the 10 greatest movies ever made. Despite having watched it 100 times or more, each viewing...
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Ralph Breaks the Internet

★★★★ - STUFF  - Not much has changed in six years at Litwaks Family Fun Center. But while getting to goof off all night long with the "coolest kid in the whole arcade" is perfect for Wreck It Ralph (John C Reilly), his constant companion Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) is experiencing something of an...
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Ralph Breaks the Internet

NYT Critic's Pick  - "Ralph Breaks the Internet” might look like just another adorable, funny animated family film, but it also connects to our current reality in ways that are downright bone-chilling. This sequel to the 2012 Disney hit “Wreck-It Ralph” — which was set in the virtual world of...
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★★★★ - STUFF  - Christian Bale, Amy Adams shine in this surprisingly nuanced look at life of Dick Cheney.  -There really is no winning with political biographies of living characters – especially one as contentious, storied and polarising as Dick Cheney. If you make a dry and academic...
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Sink or Swim

★★★½ - STUFF  - Lately, Bertrand (Mathieu Amalric) has felt like a square peg in a round hole. Out of work for two years, his days consist of a cocktail of anti-depressants and Candy Crush on the couch. Desperate for some kind of inspiration and connection, he's drawn to a sign at the local pool...
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The Favourite

★★★★★ - STUFF - Emma Stone, Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz's blast from the past. - The only other Yorgos Lanthimos-directed films I've seen are 2015's The Lobster and 2017's The Killing of the Sacred Deer. They each became one of my absolute favourite films of their respective years. So I...
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★★★★ - STUFF  - Jason Momoa at the heart of everything that's good about DC's latest action-adventure. - I walked out of 2017's needlessly tedious Justice League into a frigid northern winter night thinking Jason Momoa's Aquaman and Ezra Miller's Flash were by far the most entertaining characters...
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At Eternity's Gate

★★★★★ - STUFF  - Willem Dafoe redefines, raises the bar in portraying Vincent van Gogh.  The life of Vincent van Gogh lends itself ridiculously well to film and filmmakers. And consequently, films on van Gogh are not exactly thin on the ground. So why would Julian Schnabel feel the need to tell...
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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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