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10.02.2012 03:17 Age: 8 yrs

Funerals & Snakes Updated

Review: The Descendants, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Young Adult


I really enjoyed Alexander Payne’s The Descendants — at least while I was watching it. Some films will do that to you, though. They push all sorts of groovy buttons while you are in the room but they diminish as you re-examine them. Connections that you thought were there turn out to be illusory, a series of satisfying emotional moments don’t cohere into something complete and you realise that you were enjoying it so much you wished it into something profound.

I blame Clooney. He’s such a watchable presence, always combining that Cary Grant movie star-ness with an underlying emotional frailty. His characters carry that square-jawed aspirational male solidity but rarely do they actually know what is going on or what to do. He specialises in people who are making it up as they go along and that has tremendous appeal — if George Clooney doesn’t know what he’s doing then none of us do.

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03.12.2013

A Best Films of 2013 Video as Good as the Movies It Highlights

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NEW ZEALAND ANTARCTIC FEATURE DOCUMENTARY WINNING BIG AT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVALS

The feature film Antarctica: A Year On Ice by New Zealander Anthony Powell is gaining acclaim at festivals across North America. So far the film has won:  Grand Jury Selection Best Film Laughlin International Film...[more]


02.09.2013

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05.08.2013

WINNER OF NEW ZEALAND’S BEST 2013 ANNOUNCED

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28.07.2013

CHILEAN ACTRESS TO ATTEND NZFF

Chilean actress Pauline García will attend the New Zealand International Film Festival to support the Civic Theatre screening of her film Gloria. Gloria is a Chilean/Spanish co-production that tells the story of a divorced woman...[more]


25.07.2013

CINEMATICA IS GOING LIVE IN WELLINGTON

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24.07.2013

NZ CENSORS RESTRICT ELIJAH WOOD FILM TO FESTIVAL-ONLY SCREENINGS

The Office of Film and Literature Classification have classified a New Zealand International Film Festival film to Festival-only screenings, restricting it from further release in New Zealand. Maniac, a serial killer horror...[more]


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