Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

Alan Partridge: Alpha PapaStarring: Steve Coogan, Colm Meeny, Phil Cornwell - Dir: Declan LowneyThe cinematic world is full of TV characters who made it onto the big screen only to go down in flames. Being the star of a thirty minute episodic TV show... Read More

Don Jon

Don JonStarring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Tony Danza - Dir: Joseph Gordon-Levitt.Joseph Gordon-Levitt impresses more with every passing film. This time not only is he starring but he also wrote and directed. And he's made a first... Read More

Rush

RushStarring: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, Olivia Wilde - Dir: Ron HowardA couple of disclaimers: firstly, I have absolutely no interest in motor racing. In a town and country filled with petrol heads I almost hesitate to ‘fess up but, sorry,... Read More

Blue Jasmine

Blue JasmineStarring: Kate Blanchett, Sally Hawkins, Alec Baldwin - Dir: Woody Allen Woody Allen still turns out a film a year and most of them (the brief blip of the ‘London films' notwithstanding), are pretty good. Okay, so some people are... Read More

The best of 2013 - Part 1...

After a brief intermission, welcome back to the wonderful world of movies and, as has become traditional, I'm going to start this year with a couple of weeks' worth of looking back at the best films of last year. Once upon a time this exercise... Read More

Iron Man 3

Each year there are a a whole bunch of Christmas movies. Most of them, however, go unnoticed because they don't feature Santa or dewy-eyed children who get what they always wanted for Christmas (which often involves their estranged parents reuniting),... Read More

Elysium

ElysiumStarring: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley. Director: Neill BlomkampElysium is clearly the work of the same writer/director as District 9, since it shares so many of that film's strengths and weaknesses. It looks sensational –... Read More

The World's End

The World's EndStarring: Simon Pegg, Mark Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Feeeman - Dir: Steven Wright I thought it would be pretty hard to top Hot Fuzz, or, for that matter, Shaun of the Dead, but the comedy team of Wright, Pegg and Frost have certainly... Read More

Before Midnight

Before MidnightStarring: Julie Delphy, Ethan Hawke - Dir: Richard Linklater Richard Linklater, for all his association with early slacker movies (Dazed and Confused, Slacker) is a man who seems to run in many directions at once and who has amassed a fascinating... Read More

PACIFIC RIM

PACIFIC RIM Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Idras Elba - Dir: Guillermo del Toro Yes I know it's one of several blockbusters that critics generally mauled and audiences avoided. But, dammit, it's got giant robots fighting giant monsters!... Read More



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On the ’Bird Walk’, Katikati looking over the Uretara stream to the Kaimai ranges. Photo: Glenice McDonald.

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