Hunt for the Wilderpeople


Hunt for the Wilderpeople, 2016. Directed by Taika Waititi. Featuring Sam Neill, Julian Dennisson. 13 year old Ricky Baker, a self styled urban gangster, is a real bad egg. It looks like he’ll get a chance at love and a family when foster care places him in a remote farmhouse with “Aunty” Bella–even if “Uncle” Hec seems disinterested. But when tragedy strikes…

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Swiss Army Man


Swiss Army Man, 2016. Directed by Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert. Featuring Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe. Paul Dano is a castaway ready to end his life when the corpse of Daniel Radcliffe washes onto his beach. His hopes of a rescue are dashed when he realizes the body is dead, but the body’s curious, persistent emission of gas is unignorable. It is also enough…

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Where to Invade Next


Where to Invade Next, 2016. Directed by Michael Moore. Beginning with a lament for traditional war and what it has failed to win its greatest student and practitioner (the United States), Michael Moore imagines a new type of deployment. He will travel to various lands, study and steal successful ideas, and bring them back to the US, so they can be…

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Suicide Squad


Suicide Squad, 2015. Directed by David Ayer. There’s candy and there’s sour candy. This movie is sour candy. Set in the aftermath of Batman vs. Superman, the powers that be are forced to wonder what might happen if the next “Superman” who drops by is actually a bad guy. I mean, when your “friends” have proved this dangerous who needs enemies,…

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Inside Man


An interesting heist movie that turns on corruption and distrust. When an armed robber (Clive Owen) and his team move in to a bank and take the staff and customers hostage, they promise to kill anyone who gives them trouble. Someone does and they show mercy, suggesting there’s something different about this gang. They also show extreme confidence and cleverness…

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Bad Moms


I was interested in what this might offer up in terms of problems and solutions – and maybe there’d be some laughs. There were a few chuckles. The problem was presented pretty clearly, and I think most would agree that there’s a serious burden of expectation on women, and on mothers in particular. That expectation is essentially to deny themselves…

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10 Cloverfield Lane


I was disappointed from the start, from the first scene in the bunker where it’s made clear that the John Goodman character is a a man of dubious intent, but thoroughly dangerous creep who must be escaped at all costs – before it’s too late. So there’s no suspense. No mystery. He’s creepy evil. For those who’ve seen the trailer…

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Spotlight


The arrival of an out of town manager prompts Spotlight, the Boston Globe’s small investigative journalism team, to dig into long standing rumours of systemic child molestation by Catholic clergy in Boston. This is a film about two institutions, the free press and the Catholic church. It is about the relationship they have with their communities, and about how the…

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The Invitation


A once tight group of friends reunites for a dinner party after having not seen each other for two years. The distance is the result of the death of Will and Eden’s only child. Loss and grief destroyed Will and Eden’s friendships and their marriage. They drifted and each found a new partner. As Will and Kira make their way to…

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The Barkley Marathons


The Barkley Marathons is set in the mountainous wilds of Tennessee on and mostly off the few trails that run through steeply wooded parkland. It is plural because it is actually a circuit of five marathons that must be run consecutively over a course of three days. Though the distance of the marathon loop varies each year, the distance is always…

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