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The Donut King - This inspiring doco has it all... and lots and lots of donuts
THE DONUT KINGThis inspiring doco has it all... and lots and lots of donuts
This documentary has everything - immigration, rags to riches, riches to rags, heart, soul, family, love, friendship. It does it all with incredible characters, amazing stories and the humble donut.
Summer of Soul (...Or, When The Revolution Would Not Be Televised) - History reveals itself
SUMMER OF SOUL (...OR, WHEN THE REVOLUTION WOULD NOT BE TELEVISED)History reveals itself
A window into an extraordinary moment in time, the effects of which are still being felt. What was once lost to the public can now, half a century later, be seen for the first time.
Ride The Eagle - A meditative look at connection
RIDE THE EAGLEA meditative look at connection
It's cute, peaceful and occasionally funny thanks in large part to its cast. And there's an adorable dog, always a bonus.
Point Break - Still 100% pure adrenaline 20 years on
POINT BREAKStill 100% pure adrenaline 20 years on
It's is one of the greatest action films of all time. It's fun, sexy, takes itself seriously when it needs to and not too seriously when it needs to.
The State of Texas vs Melissa - Yet another American miscarriage of justice
THE STATE OF TEXAS vs MELISSAYet another American miscarriage of justice
As a piece of filmmaking, this isn't going to change anyone's life or get people fired up. It's just another on a long list of racially and politically motivated injustices within the American system.
The Last Horns of Africa - The danger, the heartache and the importance of saving the Rhinos
THE LAST HORNS OF AFRICAThe danger, the heartache and the importance of saving the Rhinos
While the rhino horn trade is vitally important and is a story worth telling, there are ways to do it. This is sadly not that film.
Green Lantern: 10th Anniversary - Failed Superheroes who got a second shot
GREEN LANTERN: 10TH ANNIVERSARYFailed Superheroes who got a second shot
Ryan Reynolds isn't the only lucky SOB who got two bites of the apple in search of a lycra suit that fits. So let's see who else has had a shot at superhero redemption.
The Perfect Secret - Seven friends with alcohol and secrets - let the games begin!
THE PERFECT SECRETSeven friends with alcohol and secrets - let the games begin!
The cast is terrific, it's chic, and the human dynamic is great - but you'll likely feel like you've seen it all before.
A Quiet Place Part II - More thrills, more spills, more pooped pants.
A QUIET PLACE PART IIMore thrills, more spills, more pooped pants.
This film is tailor-made for the cinema experience. Leaving behind the careful, artistic approach of the first film, John Krasinski is keen to get out and play.
Twister - Paving the way for disaster films for 25 years
TWISTERPaving the way for disaster films for 25 years
The next time you see a hurricane, tsunami, earthquake or superstorm hitting a city on the big screen and some hunky so-and-so has to save us all, just remember that Helen and Bill were there first.
Nobody - 'John Wick's' cousin is just as badass - but with more laughs
NOBODY'John Wick's' cousin is just as badass - but with more laughs
While it doesn't quite nail the genre, it's still a wild and crazy escapist romp that'll leave any action fan happy. We're here to eat popcorn and watch someone else kick arse! And 'Nobody' delivers.
Happy 90th Birthday, James Dean - When an icon meets a virgin...
HAPPY 90TH BIRTHDAY, JAMES DEANWhen an icon meets a virgin...
James Dean would have been turning 90, had his star not burned out too soon. Jess looks back at the legacy of the classic actor, and asks what the future relevance for the pop culture icon is.
Wild Mountain Thyme - Not the quirky, charming film you'd hope it to be
WILD MOUNTAIN THYMENot the quirky, charming film you'd hope it to be
I cannot recommend anyone sit through these tedious 102 minutes that feel so much longer, but if you're in the mood for a quiet film that requires virtually no brainpower, then give this one a go.
Music - Sia's feature debut falls flat
MUSICSia's feature debut falls flat
Sia clearly has an artist's eye but not a storyteller's pen. Full of uninspired tropes and grossly predictable, it offers nothing new to cinema-goers, and even less for Sia and Maddie Ziegler fans.
Buddy Games - Yikes! Toxic masculinity at its most mediocre
BUDDY GAMESYikes! Toxic masculinity at its most mediocre
Despite efforts to wrap this film in a friendship bow to balance out the toxic BS, it doesn't succeed. It tries too hard to be funny, whimsical and cool, and it fails at every turn.
30 Years Since Kindergarten Cop - Arnie and the genre-bending actors who shocked us all
30 YEARS SINCE KINDERGARTEN COPArnie and the genre-bending actors who shocked us all
In honour of one of the greatest wing-spreaders on and off the screen, Jess has compiled a list of some of the best career shakers going around.
Superintelligence - McCarthy plays a painfully average human - and the irony is truly lost
SUPERINTELLIGENCEMcCarthy plays a painfully average human - and the irony is truly lost
Ben Falcone and Melissa McCarthy are two people whose partnership should be hitting home runs. They know each other's strengths and weaknesses to such an intimate level. So why doesn't it work?
Baby Done - Pregnancy has a hilarious new poster child - thank you, New Zealand
BABY DONEPregnancy has a hilarious new poster child - thank you, New Zealand
A comedy gem done in a way that only the New Zealanders seem to be able to do, and do so well. It will strike quite the nerve with both men and women, doing so with a wink and a smile and many laughs.
On The Rocks - Another Sophia Coppola & Bill Murray collab with a splash of water
ON THE ROCKSAnother Sophia Coppola & Bill Murray collab with a splash of water
Bill Murray comes alive in his childlike playfulness, charm and charisma. Unfortunately, that relegates Rashida Jones' character to the background, even though this is her story.
Buffaloed - Financial horrors solved by sass, gamesmanship and Zoey Deutch
BUFFALOEDFinancial horrors solved by sass, gamesmanship and Zoey Deutch
It reaches for lofty heights but never quite gets there. It's fun, slick and fast-paced, but most of its success is thanks to Deutch and the supporting cast.
Irresistible - A behind-the-scenes look into the broken U.S. electoral system
IRRESISTIBLEA behind-the-scenes look into the broken U.S. electoral system
Despite the incredible and comedically gifted cast and filmmaker, 'Irresistible' is... well, boring. It's interesting as a political commentary but as far as laughs, it's pretty much a snooze.
Bring It On - 20th anniversary of the cheerleading classic - and in need of more!
BRING IT ON20th anniversary of the cheerleading classic - and in need of more!
Roger Ebert himself called 'Bring It On' "the Citizen Kane of cheerleader movies". 20 years since it bounced onto the big screen, we look at some other ways to get your cheer fix.
X-Men: 20th Anniversary - A legacy worth saving?
X-MEN: 20TH ANNIVERSARYA legacy worth saving?
Some of us will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the dawning of a new era. A lot has happened in the past two decades, so it's time to ponder whether or not the X-Men should be put to rest.
Batman and Me - Ironically, this film is <i>not</i> for Batman fans
BATMAN AND MEIronically, this film is not for Batman fans
This film commits every documentary faux pas in the book, and what we get is a boring, manipulated tale of a man who once collected stuff for a short period of time and stopped... 23 years ago.
Dogs Don't Wear Pants - Dangerous BDSM and mismanaged (would-be) great characters
DOGS DON'T WEAR PANTSDangerous BDSM and mismanaged (would-be) great characters
The premise offers promising characters, but we need to know so much more about them and their unconventional actions, and that's where the filmmakers failed to understand their own product.
Resistance - Oy vey! An insult to a hero and a genius
RESISTANCEOy vey! An insult to a hero and a genius
Favouring grandiose characters, weak attempts at tension, false love interests and incomplete arcs, Marcel Mangel and Marcel Marceau deserve better.
La Dolce Vita - Not as sweet as you'd think 60 years on
LA DOLCE VITANot as sweet as you'd think 60 years on
For Federico Fellini's film's 60th anniversary, Jess sits down to watch it for the first time. How well has the classic aged?
The Current War - Edison v Westinghouse - the ultimate grudge match with no winner
THE CURRENT WAREdison v Westinghouse - the ultimate grudge match with no winner
In another case of "when bad movies happen to great actors", 'The Current War' has all the elements for a great picture including its exceptional cast, but lacks base appeal.
Guns Akimbo - Just like Harry Potter but with guns and more violence... not really
GUNS AKIMBOJust like Harry Potter but with guns and more violence... not really
Always full of colour, movement, action and violence or humour, there's a lot going on to hold your attention - there's definite fun to be had here, just try not to go in with expectations too high.
Bad Boys For Life - Whatcha gonna do when there's nothing new
BAD BOYS FOR LIFEWhatcha gonna do when there's nothing new
'Bad Boys 2' was one of those rare films where the sequel was better than the original, so there were a lot of high hopes riding on #3 - but I'm afraid all those expectations have been crushed.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood - Mr Rogers: healing the world one lost soul at a time
A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBOURHOODMr Rogers: healing the world one lost soul at a time
Quirky, unique, beautiful, even dark yet moving, and featuring the incomparable Tom Hanks, the film shatters all expectations and leaves you with a sense of peace and understanding.
Jojo Rabbit - Taika Waititi strikes comedy gold again... with Adolf Hitler
JOJO RABBITTaika Waititi strikes comedy gold again... with Adolf Hitler
Through his use of music and uncanny ability to find humour and heart in the darkest of moments, Taika Waititi has created a story that gives the power back to the persecuted and hope to the lost.
Little Women - A 21st century remake - but does it cause more harm than good?
LITTLE WOMENA 21st century remake - but does it cause more harm than good?
What Greta Gerwig has constructed in her efforts is beautiful and inspiring, but does the original story suffer as a result?
Avatar's 10th Anniversary - Does anyone still give a shit?
AVATAR'S 10TH ANNIVERSARYDoes anyone still give a shit?
By the time the 17th December 2021 rolls around, 4,383 days would have passed between the first 'Avatar' being released and its long-awaited sequel.
30 years since 'Steel Magnolias' - The female-led films that made me
30 YEARS SINCE 'STEEL MAGNOLIAS'The female-led films that made me
So many of the films that I've loved, worshipped and quoted ad nauseam to this day are so deliciously women-centric - I must have just naturally gravitated towards them.
Ready or Not - Not quite horror, not quite comedy, but a wickedly good time
READY OR NOTNot quite horror, not quite comedy, but a wickedly good time
It doesn’t sport as many laughs as you'd want for this ridiculous story, nor is it dark enough to be a true horror, but it’s still a fun, thrilling, wicked romp through a blood-soaked mansion.
25 years since 'Clerks' - The Impact of Kevin Smith on an unsuspecting Hollywood
25 YEARS SINCE 'CLERKS'The Impact of Kevin Smith on an unsuspecting Hollywood
25 years ago, a little black-and-white movie made by a guy from New Jersey no-one had ever heard of hit Sundance by storm. Kevin Smith proved with his labour of love that anyone can make a movie.
The Goalkeeper - Bolivian Sex Trafficking and a fallen soccer great
THE GOALKEEPERBolivian Sex Trafficking and a fallen soccer great
There’s too much plot to make this a character piece, and too much character to make it plot-driven. Nor is it balanced. It only has two acts, needing a better middle to really hook the audience.
Dora and the Lost City of Gold - Dora meets Indiana Jones (and a song about poop)
DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLDDora meets Indiana Jones (and a song about poop)
'Dora' is great. It’s cute and fun, exciting and with plenty of self-deprecating humour and Latin flavour, and boasts great messages about fitting in and being yourself
You Don't Nomi - 'Showgirls': shit or masterpiece of shit?
YOU DON'T NOMI'Showgirls': shit or masterpiece of shit?
As the film trots along, more evidence is wheeled out, causing your opinion to flop minute to minute. There’s drag queens, a satirical musical, more boobs than you could possibly imagine!
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