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  • The Karate Kid

    The Karate Kid

    ★★★★

    Very entertaining piece of pure formula with many memorable moments. Total pop culture time capsule of 1984 too (with one particular romantic montage being the most 1984 thing ever).

  • Goodbye Pork Pie

    Goodbye Pork Pie

    ★★★½

    Anarchic, nonsensical and a lot.of fun. Great to see the NZ perspective on the road trip chase movie with the sensibility and topography of the Kiwis

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  • Star Trek Beyond

    Star Trek Beyond

    ★★★★

    Like all the Bad Robot Treks, it comes from the gut, not the heart or the head, and the aesthetic is somewhat un-ambitious, but Beyond is enjoyable in its unpretentious simplicity and delivers on the possibility offered by the 2009 film. In a lot of ways it feels a lot like a throwback to films like The Last Starfighter and (ironically) Galaxy Quest, and the problem solving chemistry  of the cast goes a long way. A moment about twenty minutes from the end may make some eyes roll, but I punched the air.

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★★

    Interesting view of the Star Wars universe stripped of its moral certainty as well as its fairy tale/Campbellian mythology, replaced with viscera and grit. Slips in a couple of spots but sticks the landing and crucially proves that the darker corners of this galaxy are places worth looking into on future 'non-saga' instalments. Very, very good.