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Category: NZIFF2017

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Streaming review: “Brigsby Bear” (2017)

“Brigsby Bear” (2017) Comedy/Drama Running Time: 97 minutes Written by: Kyle Mooney & Kevin Costello Directed by: Dave McCary Featuring: Kyle Mooney, Mark Hamill, Greg Kinnear, Matt Walsh, Michaela Watkins, Jorge Lendeborg Jr. and Ryan Simpkins It can sometimes be refreshing to watch a comedy that has a real heart but does not compromise on its set up, it characters or its eventual payoff. So many times movies […]

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Film review: “Lucky” (2017)

“Lucky” (2017) Drama Running Time: 90 minutes Written by: Logan Sparks and Drago Sumonja Directed by: John Carroll Lynch Featuring: Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Ron Livingston, Ed Begley Jr. and Tom Skerritt Lucky: “It’s all going to go away. You, you, you, you, me, this cigarette, everything… into blackness, the void. And nobody’s in charge, and you’re left with… […]

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Film review: “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” (2017)

“Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” (2017) Documentary Running Time: 88 minutes Directed by: Alexandra Dean Featuring: Hedy Lamarr, Mel Brooks, Diane Kruger and many others Hedy Lamarr: “People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway. If you are successful, you will win false friends […]

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DVD review: “Land of Mine” (2016)

“Land of Mine” (2016) Drama Running Time: 90 minutes Written & Directed by: Martin Zandvliet Featuring: Roland Møller, Mikkel Følsgaard Sgt. Carl Rasmussen: “Those of you who count the mines, make sure my card is updated. This task is as important as defusing mines.” After the recent German elections where for in everything but name, the Nazi party has made […]

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Film review: “Wind River” (2017)

“Wind River” (2017) Drama/Thriller Running Time: 111 minutes Written and Directed by: Taylor Sheridan Featuring: Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Gil Birmingham and Graham Greene Cory Lambert: “I’d like to tell you it gets easier, but it doesn’t. If there’s a comfort, you get used to the pain if you let yourself, I went to a grief seminar in Casper. Don’t know why, just, […]

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Film review: “A Ghost Story” (2017)

“A Ghost Story” (2017) Drama Written and Directed by: David Lowery Featuring: Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara Houseguest: “We build our legacy piece by piece and maybe the whole world will remember you or maybe just a couple of people, but you do what you can to make sure you’re still around after you’re gone.” It can be revelatory when filmmakers have […]

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Film review: “Spookers” (2017)

“Spookers” (2017) Documentary Running Time: 90 minutes Written by: Veronica Gleeson, Peter O’Donoghue and Florian Habicht Directed by: Florian Habicht Florian Habicht: “…I held a workshop with some of the actors and asked them to write down their dreams and nightmares on bits of paper. We ended up scripting these dreams which they acted out as dramatic scene, which are now woven […]

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Film review: “The Lost City of Z” (2017)

“The Lost City of Z” (2017) Drama Running Time: 141 minutes Written and Directed by: James Gray Featuring: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland, Angus Macfadyen, Ian McDiarmid, Franco Nero Nina Fawcett: “To dream to seek the unknown. To look for what is beautiful is its own reward. A man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven […]

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Film Review: “A Monster Calls” (2017)

“A Monster Calls” (2017) Drama/Fantasy Running Time: 108 minutes Directed by: J. A. Bayona Featuring: Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Lewis MacDougall, and Liam Neeson The Monster: “I know everything about you, Connor O’Malley. The truth you dream, the truth that you hide.” A Monster Calls is a 2016 dark fantasy drama film directed by J. A. Bayona and […]