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  • Hibiscus & Ruthless

    Hibiscus & Ruthless

    ★★★★

    Great to see such an enjoyable, agreeable and on point movie come out of my home city of Auckland, NZ. In many ways, this is brutally kiwi in it's humour, timing, aesthetic, tone...everything (one of the reasons why my whole family enjoyed it I imagine) so I'm not sure how it would resonate with an international audience.

    I'm a 40 something white guy who was married to a Samoan for about 13 years (and now have 2 half Samoan daughters)…

  • The Valachi Papers

    The Valachi Papers

    ★★★

    Godfather lite and not that engaging (based on true events though). Seriously question Bronson's ability to carry a movie that isn't called Death Wish.

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  • Midnight Run

    Midnight Run

    ★★★★★

    This movie is my happy place. It gets better on every re-watch And that Danny Elfman score...damn, it;s powerful nostalgia!

    Damn you Martin Brest wherever you are - you showed the world how great action comedy buddy films should be made...and then you stopped making them! Somebody find this guy and give him a camera.

  • Spectre

    Spectre

    ★★★

    My enjoyment of Spectre steadily tracked downwards from the spectacular opening scene (with an impressive long single take through a crowd scene), then off on a trip around the world for multiple dull conversations, a couple of mediocre action sequences, and then finally, the worst ending to a Bond film I've ever seen.

    Nothing worked well - the humour fell flat, the old school Bond bag of tricks like gadgets and silly over-the-top action set pieces (attacking cars by flying…