Radio New Zealand: At The Movies

This page lists items from RNZ that are identified as "At The Movies". RNZ didn't start regularly putting both its audio and news content online until 2008. From 2002-2007 written news items (particularly from RNZ International) were placed online. You can access these items, plus the vast audio collecton from the mid-2000s onwards by using the day schedule pages. You can access items prior to 2002 on the historic page.

04/06/2008: At The Movies for 4 June 2008
Simon talks to Mike Leigh about Happy Go Lucky, and reviews Shine a Light and Twenty One. [more]

11/06/2008: At the Movies for 11 July 2008
Simon reviews Sex and the City, Leatherheads, and talks to British director Sarah Gavron about her new film Brick Lane. [more]

18/06/2008: At the Movies for 18 June 2008
Simon reviews the Incredible Hulk, The Happening, and In The Valley of Elah. [more]

25/06/2008: At the Movies for 25 June 2008
Simon Morris previews the upcoming International Film Festivals with Festival Director Bill Gosden. [more]

06/07/2008: At the Movies for 2 July 2008
Simon Morris reviews Speed Racer, Prince Caspian, Kung Fu Panda, Outsourced and Grow Your Own. [more]

13/07/2008: At the Movies for 9 July 2008
Simon Morris reviews Hancock and Journey From The Fall, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead. [more]

20/07/2008: At the Movies for 16 July 2008
Simon Morris reviews Meet Dave, Get Smart, and the movie version of Mamma Mia. [more]

27/07/2008: At the Movies for 23 July 2008
Simon Morris talks to three independent New Zealand film-makers - Kerry Robins, producer of the phenomenally successful Second Hand Wedding, documentary maker Alister Barry, and digital film director Andrea Bosshard. [more]

03/08/2008: At the Movies for 30 July 2008
In At The Movies, Simon Morris talks to American script consultant Wendall Thomas about great movie dialogue. She talks about how a clever script can make all the difference between a good movie and a great one, with examples from Billy Wilder, Woody Allen, the Coen Brothers and Peter Jackson. [more]

10/08/2008: At The Movies for 6 August 2008
Simon reviews Batman: The Dark Knight, X Files: I want to Believe, and Smart People. [more]

17/08/2008: At the Movies for 13 August 2008
Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day, a contemporary satire Charlie Bartlett, and the German-Turkish Edge of Heaven. [more]

24/08/2008: At the Movies for 20 August 2008
Reviewing the films Apron Strings, Prague, and Wanted, with a side-swipe at The Clone Wars. [more]

31/08/2008: At The Movies for 27 August 2008
Simon looks at celebrity films - Tropic Thunder takes the mickey out of Hollywood blockbusters. Death Defying Acts remembers one of the world's first superstar daredevils, Harry Houdini. And the film Paris is about a city where everyone's a star [more]

07/09/2008: At The Movies for 3 September 2008
Simon Morris reviews Hellboy 2, The Golden Army, Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution and Then She Found Me. [more]

14/09/2008: At The Movies for 10 September 2008
Simon Morris reviews Forbidden Kingdom, Taken, and Son of Rambow. [more]

21/09/2008: At the Movies for 17 September 2008
Simon Morris talks with the star of The Counterfeiters, and reviews the French Un Secret, and King of Kong. [more]

28/09/2008: At The Movies for 24 September 2008
Simon Morris reviews Wall-E, The Rain of the Children and the comedy Stepbrothers. [more]

05/10/2008: At the Movies for 1 October 2008
Simon Morris reviews 4 Months 3 Weeks 2 Days, Mongol, and Eagle Eye. [more]

12/10/2008: At The Movies for 8 October 2008
Simon Morris discovers that big-name film stars are no longer as important as big-name films. He also reviews the first film portrayal of notorious Welsh poet Dylan Thomas - The Edge of Love, and France gets into the comic-book blockbuster business with Babylon AD. [more]

19/10/2008: At the Movies for 15 October 2008
Simon Morris welcomes two big-budget films that aren't based on comic-books - The Duchess, starring Keira Knightley, and Body Of Lies, with Leonardo diCaprio and Russell Crowe. Plus an interview with the director of the low budget New Zealand feature Jinx Sister. [more]

26/10/2008: At the Movies for 22 October 2008
Simon Morris reviews a mixed bag - the Coen Brothers' new comedy Burn After Reading, Max Payne, based on a well-known video game, and Rise of the Footsoldier, based on a tell-all gangster autobiography. [more]

02/11/2008: At the Movies for 29 October 2008
Simon Morris reviews two English films about ambition - Brideshead Revisited and How To Lose Friends and Alienate People. And Israeli director Eran Kolirin talks about his award-winning film The Band's Visit. [more]

09/11/2008: At The Movies for 5 November 2008
Simon Morris reviews Pineapple Express, Nights In Rodanthe, and Choke. [more]

23/11/2008: At The Movies for 19 November 2008
Simon Morris reviews three comedies directed by their writers - New Zealand's Show Of Hands, Britain's In Bruges, and the American Ghost Town, starring Ricky Gervais. He also looks at the film version of Blake Morrison's award-winning memoir And When Did You Last See Your Father. [more]

30/11/2008: At the Movies for 26 November 2008
Simon Morris reviews two guy-movies and one chick-flick. Britain's Rocknrolla and America's My Best Friend's Girl square off against the French-Lebanese romantic drama Caramel. [more]

07/12/2008: At The Movies for 3 December 2008
Simon Morris reviews the latest James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace and two little independent movies - from Sweden the drama Suddenly, and from America, the high school documentary American Teen. [more]

14/12/2008: At the Movies for 10 December 2008
Simon Morris confirms the usual holiday season trio: one musical - High School Musical 3; one dysfunctional family comedy - Four Holidays; and one cheap horror film - Quarantine. [more]

21/12/2008: At The Movies for 17 December 2008
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks back on a busy film year that started with Juno getting pregnant and ended with Ricky Gervais seeing irritating dead people. All this and Dark Knights, Iron Men, Kung Fu Pandas and Second Hand Weddings. [more]

22/02/2009: At The Movies for 18 February 2009
Simon Morris previews the upcoming Academy Awards - including favourites Slumdog Millionaire, Frost-Nixon, Milk, Changeling and Doubt. [more]

01/03/2009: At The Movies for 25 February 2009
Simon Morris reviews Hunger, Welcome To The Sticks, and Zack and Miri Make a Porno. [more]

08/03/2009: At the Movies for 4 March 2009
Simon Morris reviews Dean Spanley, starring Sam Neill and Peter O'Toole. There's also an award-winning Italian thriller on the show - The Unknown Woman - and a rather less-praised American comedy - Big Stan, from the people who brought us Deuce Bigelow, Male Gigolo. [more]

15/03/2009: At the Movies for 11 March 2009
Simon Morris reviews Watchmen, Secret Life of Bees, and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. [more]

22/03/2009: At The Movies for 18 March 2009
Simon Morris looks at women's movies -The Women, Confessions of a Shopaholic and The Wackness. [more]

12/04/2009: At The Movies for 8 April 2008
Simon Morris puts on his 3D glasses to see Monsters Versus Aliens. In contrast, he looks at four films in the current World Cinema Showcase - Gomorrah, Trans-Siberian, Trumbo and JCVD - Jean-Claude Van Damme as you've never seen him before. [more]

19/04/2009: At The Movies for 15 April 2009
Simon Morris talks to new CEO of the New Zealand Film Commission, Graeme Mason, and the latest hit New Zealand movie hits our cinemas - The Topp Twins' documentary, Untouchable Girls. He also finds out whether Kate Winslet's Oscar-winning performance in The Reader is worth the wait. [more]

22/04/2009: At The Movies for 22 April 2009
Simon Morris pops along to British comedy The Boat That Rocked and talks to the director of the new French hit The Grover's Son. [more]

29/04/2009: At The Movies for 22 April 2009
Simon pops along to British comedy The Boat That Rocked and talks to the director of the new French hit, The Grover's Son [more]

03/05/2009: At the Movies for 29 April 2009
Simon Morris reviews The International, Wilby Wonderful and Hamlet 2. [more]

12/05/2009: At The Movies for 6 May 2009
Simon Morris reviews Wolverine, Defiance and Last Chance Harvey. [more]

13/05/2009: At The Movies for 13 May 2009
Simon Morris reviews the new Star Trek movie, a new French film, and Religulous. [more]

31/05/2009: At The Movies for 27 May 2009
Simon Morris looks at Knowing, starring Nicolas Cage, A Film With Me In It, starring Dylan Moran, and Night At The Museum 2, starring some of the top comedians in Britain and America. [more]

07/06/2009: At The Movies for 3 June 2009
Simon Morris talks to Viggo Mortensen about his new film, the Holocaust drama Good. He also reviews the American film version of award-winning BBC series State of Play, and an update of a Twenties play by Sir Noel Coward, Easy Virtue. [more]

14/06/2009: At The Movies for 10 June 2009
Simon Morris finds out if Terminator Salvation is worth the wait. Canadian film Fugitive Pieces revisits the suddenly fashionable Holocaust story. And a little British B-movie, The Escapist, is more than meets the eye. [more]

21/06/2009: At The Movies for 17 June 2009
Simon Morris looks at three minor-key American movies. Forever Strong is that rare thing - a drama about rugby. Arranged offers an unusual view of arranged marriages in the United States. And Elegy is a very New York drama, starring Ben Kingsley and Penelope Cruz. [more]

28/06/2009: At The Movies for 24 June 2009
Simon Morris begs to differ over two movies - the much-maligned Proposal, starring Sandra Bullock, and the politely-received A Bunch of Amateurs, featuring Burt Reynolds playing King Lear. He also looks at a Dutch-New Zealand drama Bride Flight. [more]

05/07/2009: At The Movies for 1 July 2009
Simon Morris and International Film Festival director Bill Gosden look over the 2009 selection. This year includes Jane Campion's Bright Star, two retrospectives on New Zealand directors Len Lye and Barry Barclay - not to mention the Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector. [more]

08/07/2009: At The Movies for 8 July 2009
Simon Morris presents At The Movies for another week. [more]

19/07/2009: At the Movies for 15 July 2009
Simon Morris reviews would-be celebrity Bruno, and a new Italian film based on the true story of The Sicilian Girl. He also checks out some of the documentaries on show at the International Film Festival, including The Agony and Ecstasy of Phil Spector. [more]

26/07/2009: At The Movies for 22 July 2009
Simon Morris joins the queues to see Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, and wonders if My Life In Ruins might be a little too feelgood. He also has a look at the graduation films of the Class of 2009 at the New Zealand Film School. [more]

02/08/2009: At the Movies for 29 July 2009
Simon Morris looks at comedy horror films, past and present. He talks to composer and pianist Neil Brand, prior to Neil's providing the music for two Film Festival silent movies. And he review's Sam Raimi's latest - Drag Me To Hell. He also looks at a Scottish film about the true story of the Stone Of Destiny. [more]

09/08/2009: At the Movies for 5 August 2009
Simon Morris looks at three films loosely based around law and order - Thirties gangster movie Public Enemies, starring Johnny Depp, Battle in Seattle, a docu-drama about the clash between the police and anti-World Trade Organisation activists in 1999, and Faintheart, which looks at the life of a part-time Viking. [more]

16/08/2009: At the Movies for 12 August 2009
Simon Morris reviews the new New Zealand comedy Separation City, and a potential classic childrenÂ's fable, Coraline. He also talks to New Zealand director Christine Jeffs about her latest film, Sunshine Cleaning. [more]

23/08/2009: At The Movies for 19 August 2009
Simon Morris joins the rave reviews of Peter Jackson's new production, District 9. He's less enthusiastic for American toy story G I Joe, but discovers Coco Before Chanel has something even for the fashion-challenged. [more]

30/08/2009: At The Movies for 26 August 2009
Simon Morris begs to differ over the rave reviews of Quentin Tarentino's World War Two epic, Inglourious Basterds. He also looks at two favourites at the recent International Film Festival - from France, Seraphine, and from Japan, Departures. [more]

13/09/2009: At the Movies for 9 September 2009
Simon Morris looks at two American filmsÂ-Taking Woodstock and The Soloist - and the latest New Zealand feature, The Strength of Water, based on a script by Briar Grace-Smith. [more]

20/09/2009: At the Movies for 17 September 2009
Simon Morris welcomes the 10th hit in a row from the Pixar animation studio. It's called Up. Michael Caine wonders Is Anybody There? And a new remake of Seventies hit The Taking of Pelham 123 stars John Travolta and Denzel Washington. [more]

27/09/2009: At the Movies for 23 September 2009
Simon Morris reviews the acclaimed English science fiction film Moon. He also looks at the latest Adam Sandler comedy, Funny People and a documentary about American Vogue magazine, The September Issue. [more]

04/10/2009: At The Movies for 4 October 2009
Simon Morris reviews Disgrace, based on a award-winning South African novel, and The Year One, based largely on the Book of Genesis. He also casts an eye on the German mountaineering drama, North Face. [more]

11/10/2009: At The Movies for 7 October 2009
Simon Morris is favourably disposed towards three films - political satire, In The Loop, award-winning Australian art-film Samson and Delilah, and a new American break-up comedy-drama, 500 Days of Summer. [more]

18/10/2009: At The Movies for 14 October 2009
Simon Morris devotes most of the show to the English film An Education, written by Nick Hornby, and has an extended interview with one of its stars, Alfred Molina. [more]

25/10/2009: At The Movies for 21 October 2009
Simon Morris goes around the world - to a Chinese epic Red Cliff, to a French farce A Pain in the Ass, to an American horror film Final Destination 3D and to an English film devoted to the beautiful game, football - The Damned United. [more]

01/11/2009: At The Movies for 28 October 2009
Simon Morris looks at what's happened to food in America. Julie and Julia is a tribute to cooking legend Julia Child - starring acting legend Meryl Streep. Food Inc. shows that farming today is more like an industrial production line. And Surrogates portrays a world in which everyone does everything online. [more]

08/11/2009: At The Movies for 4 November 2009
Simon Morris previews some highlights of the first German Film Festival, and talks to Australian director Sarah Watt about her endearing family comedy My Year Without Sex. [more]

15/11/2009: At The Movies for 11 November 2009
Simon Morris reviews Heath Ledger's last film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. My Sister's Keeper offers some surprises - like a dramatic role for Cameron Diaz, and a completely different ending from the book. And Michael Moore takes on the whole American system with Capitalism a Love Story. [more]

04/01/2010: At the Movies for 4 January 2010 (from Matinee Idle)
On Matinee Idle's low rent version of At the Movies; Simon Morris reviews the Christmas/New Year blockbusters. [more]

11/01/2010: At the Movies for 11 January 2010
Another edition of the Matinee Idled version of At the Movies. [more]

27/01/2010: At The Movies for 27 January 2010
Simon Morris previews the upcoming Oscars with a look at the best films of 2009 - and who says they're the best films? Are the critics never wrong? Is the public infallible? Is the only true criterion a film's box-office performance? [more]

03/02/2010: At the Movies for 3 February 2010
Simon Morris reviews three films that are all about directors - Nine is a musical remake of Fellini's Eight and a Half Broken Embraces is a Spanish film about a blind director and Invictus is as much about director Clint Eastwood as it is about Nelson Mandela [more]

10/02/2010: At The Movies for 10 February 2010
Simon Morris looks at Oscar darling, the independent American film Precious. Mel Gibson returns to the screen in an adaptation of TV classic Edge of darkness. And Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker hide from the Mob, and the critics, in Did you hear about the Morgans? [more]

24/02/2010: At the Movies for 24 February 2010
Simon Morris talks to the directors of the Documentary Edge Festival. Dan Shanan and Alex Lee look at the current state of documentaries, and preview some of the highlights some of this year's festival. [more]

03/03/2010: At the Movies for 3 March 2010
Simon Morris looks at the latest films from two world-class directors - Martin Scorcese's Shutter Island, and Jane Campion's Bright Star. He also looks at two smaller films - from Australia Balibo and from Norway, Max Manus. [more]

10/03/2010: At the Movies for 10 March 2010
Simon looks at the OSCARs, Crazy Heart, Alice in Wonderland, and Mao's Last Dancer. [more]

17/03/2010: At The Movies for 17 March 2010
Simon Morris asks the Director of the upcoming World Cinema Showcase, Bill Gosden, to give us a sneak preview of the festival's highlights - including Oscar-winner The Hurt Locker and Bafta-winners A Single Man and Fish Tank. [more]

24/03/2010: At the Movies for 24 March 2010
Simon Morris looks at the latest from the Jason Bourne team - Green Zone, starring Matt Damon - and a film based on Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Road. He also wonders at the busy career of Scotsman Gerard Butler. [more]

31/03/2010: At The Movies for 31 March 2010
Simon Morris reviews the new comedy by New Zealand writer-director Taika Waititi, Boy, the French drama Leaving, and that rare thing, a comedy set in the Iraq War - The Men Who Stare At Goats. [more]

08/04/2010: At The Movies for 8 April 2010
Simon Morris reviews Oscar-winner The Hurt Locker, a drama about the young John Lennon - Nowhere Boy - and the latest 3D blockbuster, Clash of the Titans. [more]

18/04/2010: At The Movies for 14 April 2010
Simon Morris goes to three holiday movies - superhero takeoff Kick Ass, a family trip to the Italian city Genova,and Steve Carrell and Tina Fey go on an eventful Date Night. [more]

21/04/2010: At the Movies for 21 April 2010
Simon Morris looks at two movies from stars in need of a hit - Bruce Willis in Cop Out and Ethan Hawke in Daybreakers, and another European film about World War Two - from the Netherlands, Winter in Wartime. [more]

28/04/2010: At The Movies for 28 April 2010
Simon Morris looks at two movies with the year's most self-evident titles - the comedy Hot Tub Time Machine and the romantic tear-jerker Dear John. He also visits a new French thriller - Anything For Her, starring German actress Diane Kruger. [more]

05/05/2010: At The Movies for 5 May 2010
Simon Morris ushers in this year's blockbuster season with Iron Man 2. He also reviews two rather smaller films - New Zealand docudrama Home By Christmas and, from France, The Hedgehog. [more]

12/05/2010: At the Movies for 12 May 2010
Simon Morris looks at two award winners; Sandra Bullock's Oscar winning performance in Blindside, and Colin Firth, who picked up the Bafta as A Single Man. And yet another post apocalyptic western, The Book of Eli starring Denzel Washington. [more]

19/05/2010: At The Movies for 19 May 2010
Simon Morris goes to the new Robin Hood, from the old team of director Ridley Scott and star Russell Crowe. There's a new French farce, Please Please Me, and the winner of this year's Oscar for Best Foreign Film, from Argentina, The Secret in Their Eyes. [more]

26/05/2010: At The Movies for 26 May 2010
Simon Morris gets out of his comfort zone with action comedy The Losers, a sweet little French-American romance, Every Jack Has A Jill, and a curious little mockumentary about love called Paper Heart. [more]

02/06/2010: At The Movies for 2 June 2010
Simon Morris checks out the latest Hollywood blockbuster, Prince of Persia, starring Jake Gyllenhall, and talks to academic Marian Evans about how women directors are only responsible for 16 percent of our feature films, and why it matters. [more]

09/06/2010: At The Movies for 9 June 2010
Simon Morris investigates Sex and the City 2, and the French biopic Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky. He also looks at the Oscar-nominated story of Leo Tolstoy - The Last Station, starring Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer. [more]

16/06/2010: At The The Movies for 16 June 2010
Simon Morris and New Zealand International Film Festival director Bill Gosden pick through some of the highlights of the 2010 festival. [more]

23/06/2010: At the Movies for Wed 23 June
Simon Morris discovers the true purpose of The A Team, looks at yet another film about immigrants to America"Amreeka"and talks to the Incredibly Strange Film Festival director Ant Timpson. [more]

14/07/2010: At The Movies for 14 July 2010
Simon Morris talks to the star of the film Me and Orson Welles, English actor Christian McKay, about the precocious talents of the actor, writer, director and producer who went on to make one of the great films of all time, Citizen Kane. [more]

28/07/2010: At the Movies for 28 July 2010
Simon Morris looks at the highly acclaimed (if bewildering) blockbuster Inception, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. He also goes to the other end of the market, a look at this year's batch of New Zealand short films currently showing at the International Film Festival. [more]

11/08/2010: At the Movies for 11 August 2010
Simon Morris looks at another example of that usually can't-fail genre, the food movie - it's called Soul Kitchen. And a look at the notorious Troma Studios, producers of exploitation films like The Toxic Avenger, Surf Nazis Must Die and Igor and the Lunatics. [more]

18/08/2010: At the Movies 18 August 2010
Simon Morris wonders what's happening in modern film - citing Step Up 3D, The Collector and Scott Pilgrim Versus the World as prime examples and he compares and contrasts with a blockbuster, Thirties-style - Top Hat, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. [more]

25/08/2010: At the Movies for 25 August 2010
Simon Morris reviews the latest from Sir Michael Caine and Angelina Jolie - Harry Brown and Salt. Also fresh from the International Film Festival, the French smash hit movie The Concert. [more]

01/09/2010: At The Movies for 1 September 2010
Simon Morris looks at two Australasian films - from New Zealand, Predicament's director Jason Stutter talks about working with Jemaine Clement and Tim Finn, and the Australian war movie Beneath Hill 60 gets a rave review from Sir Peter Jackson. [more]

08/09/2010: At The Movies for 8 September 2010
Simon Morris looks back at the idea of 'heroes' in movies. He reviews Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables, and the movie based on the popular series of teenage books, Tomorrow When The War Began. And real-life partners Justin Long and Drew Barrymore are rather better than their new film, Going The Distance. [more]

15/09/2010: At The Movies for 15 September 2010
On At The Movies, Simon Morris reviews two Film Festival champions - from Italy, I Am Love, starring Tilda Swinton, and from France, A Prophet. He also looks at the Roman Britain drama, Centurion, and rock biopic The Runaways. [more]

26/09/2010: At The Movies for 22 September 2010
Simon Morris talks to writer/director of Mother and Child, Rodrigo Garcia and the Director of the Italian Film Festival Tony Lambert explains how Italy's film industry is changing. [more]

29/09/2010: At The Movies for 29 September 2010
Simon Morris gives the school holiday season a quick once-over, and reviews two contrasting adult movies - the sequel to 1987's Wall Street, Money Never Sleeps, and a look back at the Melbourne crime scene in the Eighties - the highly acclaimed Animal Kingdom. [more]

06/10/2010: At The Movies for 6 October 2010
Simon Morris bemoans the current state of comedy films, using as evidence 'The Other Guys' starring Will Ferrell, and Twilight spoof - 'Vampires Suck'. He also looks at the fashion documentary 'Picture Me: A Model's Diary'. [more]

13/10/2010: At The Movies for October 13 2010
Simon Morris sees what may be the smallest thriller ever - Buried features one actor in a coffin. Dinner for Schmucks wonders if French farce travels to America. And independent New Zealand film Insatiable Moon turns a small budget, and no outside help, to its advantage. [more]

20/10/2010: At the Movies for 20 October 2010
Simon Morris reviews three movies plucked from the best-selling books list. Eat Pray Love stars Julia Roberts as a seeker after inner light. The Town is a thriller directed by star Ben Affleck. And Farewell tells the astonishing story of the two men who brought down the KGB. [more]

27/10/2010: At the Movies for 27 October 2010
Simon Morris talks to New Zealand director Simone Horrocks about her new film After the Waterfall, about why films take so long to make and about how the film was received at its world premiere in Beijing, China. [more]

03/11/2010: At the Movies for 3 November 2010
Simon Morris reviews three contrasting looks at the underprivileged. 'Made In Dagenham' is about a real-life dispute in the Sixties over womens' pay, 'Winter's Bone' shows the effects of hard drugs on the rural communities of Missouri, and 'Four Lions' shows British-born suicide bombers in a totally different light. [more]

10/11/2010: At The Movies for 10 November 2010
Simon Morris looks at three very different American movies. Red is an action thriller with an unlikely cast, including Dame Helen Mirren. The Killer Inside Me is a chilling drama set in the Fifties. And City Island is an old-fashioned New York feelgood family movie. [more]

17/11/2010: At The Movies for 17 November 2010
Simon Morris reviews the hit movie generated by Internet craze, Facebook - 'The Social Network'. He also looks at the latest thriller from Roman Polanski, 'The Ghost Writer', and Venice Film Festival-winner, 'Lebanon'. [more]

24/11/2010: At The Movies for 24 November 2010
Simon Morris compares and contrasts mega-blockbuster Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One and micro-budgeted Monsters. He also looks at the latest New Zealand film Matariki. [more]

01/12/2010: At the Movies for 1 December 2010
Simon Morris reviews George Clooney's new film The American, and Robert Downey Junior's comedy Due Date. And the Swedish film Let The Right One In - a sort of anti-Twilight - is now the English-language Let Me In. [more]

08/12/2010: At the Movies for 8 December 2010
On At The Movies, Simon Morris goes on the Voyage of the Dawn Treader - the third in the Narnia series. Devil is the latest from the writer-director of The Sixth Sense, and from Finland - Rare Exports - Santa Claus as we've never seen him before. [more]

15/12/2010: At The Movies for 15 December 2010
Simon Morris looks back on the year's films, from the 3D spectaculars like Avatar and Alice in Wonderland, to low-budget thrillers like Buried and Lebanon. [more]

09/02/2011: At the Movies for 9 February 2011
At The Movies returns, and this week Simon Morris looks at the front-runners of the upcoming Academy Awards. The King's Speech, Black Swan, True Grit, The Social Network, Toy Story 3 - which will end up thanking everyone they know? [more]

16/02/2011: At the Movies for 16 February 2011
Simon Morris looks three films based on real life - the Oscar-nominated survival drama 127 Hours, starring James Francothe political scandal Fair Game, and the documentary about the recent Wall Street disaster, Inside Job. [more]

24/02/2011: At The Movies for 23 February 2011
This week. Award season begins. [more]

02/03/2011: At the movies for 2 March 2011
Simon Morris looks at Tamara Drewe, a modern retelling of Thomas Hardy's classic, Far From The Madding Crowdthe independent New Zealand Indian comedy, Curry Munchers and the true-life story Conviction, starring Hilary Swank. [more]

09/03/2011: At the Movies 9 March 2011
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at three formulaic movies - The Adjustment Bureau is based on a sci-fi novel by Philip K Dick, Hall Pass comes from low-brow comedy team, the Farrelly Brothers, and teen film I Am Number 4 is to science fiction what Twilight is to vampire movies. [more]

16/03/2011: At the Movies for 16 March 2011
Simon Morris reviews two award-winning films - the Oscar-nominated Blue Valentine, and a favourite of the last Cannes Film Festival, Certified Copy. He also joins the kids at the animated western Rango, featuring the voice of Johnny Depp. [more]

23/03/2011: At The Movies for 23 March 2011
Simon Morris talks to the director of Get Low, starring Robert Duvall and Bill Murray. He also looks at two rather more cerebral sci-fi movies than usual - the British Never Let Me Go and the American Limitless. [more]

30/03/2011: At the Movies 30 March 2011
On At The Movies, Simon Morris and World Cinema Showcase director Bill Gosden pick out the highlights of this year's Showcase - ranging from festival favourites like Mike Leigh's Another Year and Peter Weir's The Way Back to kung-fu epics, low-rent Mexican shockers, a documentary on cult music figure Harry Nilsson and the notorious Catfish. [more]

06/04/2011: At The Movies for 6 April 2011
On an At The Movies Special, Simon Morris goes where wiser critics fear to tread, and assesses the past two years of New Zealand films. As far as quantity is concerned it's been highly successful, with over a dozen major features, and heavy local input into James Cameron's Avatar and the upcoming Hobbit films. But what about the quality? [more]

13/04/2011: At The Movies for 13 April 2011
On At The Movies, Simon Morris joins the kids at 3D movie Rio, then gets knocked about by comic-book fantasia, Sucker Punch. The French film Sarah's Key, starring Kristen Scott-Thomas, is rather more rooted in reality - inevitably World War Two. [more]

20/04/2011: At The Movies for April 20 2011
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at two films dependent on motion-capture - the Disney family movie Mars Needs Moms, and the alien comedy Paul, starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. He also reviews the rather more lo-tech French movie - Mozart's Sister. [more]

27/04/2011: At The Movies for April 27 2011
On At The Movies, Simon Morris reviews three rather different feelgood movies - Another Year from English director Mike Leighthe remake of the Eighties hit Arthur, starring English comedian Russell Brand and Dame Helen Mirrenand the hit French romantic comedy, Heartbreaker. [more]

04/05/2011: At the Movies for 4 May 2011
On At The Movies, Simon Morris reviews the mighty Thor - the latest 3D Marvel Comics spectacular, directed by Kenneth Brannagh. And he talks to the directors of independent New Zealand movie Hook Line and Sinker about the advantages of making films without Government support. [more]

11/05/2011: At the Movies for 11 May 2011
Simon Morris looks at the latest New Zealand film - colonial thriller Tracker. He also reviews fantasy quest comedy Your Highness, and the highly-rated sci-fi romance Source Code. [more]

18/05/2011: At the Movies for 18 May 2011
Simon Morris looks at the shrouded-in-secrecy documentary Catfish. And the return of two favourites of the past - Water For Elephants is a traditional circus-movie, and Burke And Hare is that old reliable, an Ealing comedy. [more]

25/05/2011: At The Movies for 25 May 2011
Simon Morris pops along to the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean. There are also two nostalgic English films, a remake of the Graham Greene thriller Brighton Rock, and an old fashioned ghost story, From Time to Time. [more]

01/06/2011: At the Movies for 1 June 2011
Simon Morris undergoes The Hangover Part Two. Plus two films from Spain - the award-winning art film Biutiful, starring Javier Bardem, and Agora - an old-fashioned looking historical epic, with unusually modern themes. [more]

08/06/2011: At The Movies for 8 June 2011
Simon Morris visits the alternative Nineteen Sixties in X-Men First Class. He also checks out two American art-films, Barney's Version and Lovely Still, and surprises himself at New Zealand documentary Operation 8. [more]

15/06/2011: At The Movies for 15 June 2011
Simon Morris looks at the shrouded-in-secrecy J J Abrams/Steven Spielberg movie Super Eight. He also reviews New Zealand film Russian Snark and Robert Redford's historical drama, The Conspirator. [more]

22/06/2011: At The Movies for 22 June 2011
Simon Morris and International Film Festival Director Bill Gosden look at some of the highlights of this year's Festival. Films include the big winner at Cannes 'The Tree of Life', starring Brad Pitt, a brand-new print of Martin Scorsese's 'Taxi Driver', Albanian dramas, Congolese thrillers - and sex, drugs and rock'n'roll in fundamentalist Iran. [more]

29/06/2011: At the Movies for 29 June 2011
Simon Morris looks at one little comedy, The Reluctant Infidel, and two blockbusters - Green Lantern, directed by Kiwi Martin Campbell, and Pixar's latest animated feature, Cars 2. He also wonders whether coarse comedy Bridesmaids is a feminist triumph, or something rather better. [more]

06/07/2011: At The Movies for 6 July 2011
Simon Morris talks to Ant Timpson about the Incredibly Strange section of the International Film Festival, and the 48 Hour Film Challenge. He also has a quick look at Transformers 3D, and a rather longer look at Swedish film Beyond, starring the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. [more]

13/07/2011: At The Movies for 13 July 2011
Simon Morris reviews Kung Fu Panda 2, and two films about industrial relations - the serious The Company Men and the far-from-serious French comedy, Potiche - The Trophy Wife - starring Catherine Deneuve. [more]

20/07/2011: At The Movies for 20 July 2011
Simon Morris looks back on ten years of Harry Potter, and reviews the final film of the series - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two 3D. He also talks to the first-time film-maker who conquered the Cannes Film Festival - Sleeping Beauty director Julia Leigh. [more]

27/07/2011: At The Movies for 27 July 2011
Simon Morris talks to the people in charge of some of the sub-sections of the International Film Festival - the Homegrown Shorts programme, the Artists' Cinema, and the family films, aimed at audiences of all ages. [more]

03/08/2011: At The Movies for 3 August 2011
Simon Morris gives Captain America a quick once-over, and then looks rather more enthusiastically at two more demanding films - the Australian-British drama about "the forgotten children", Oranges and Sunshine and the Oscar-nominated Incendies - Simon talks to its French-Canadian writer-director. [more]

10/08/2011: At The Movies for 10 August 2011
Simon Morris looks at three Hollywood would-be hits - Rise of the Planet of the Apes, featuring Weta Digital's special effects… Larry Crowne, written and directed by star Tom Hanks… and Horrible Bosses, starring Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Anniston and Colin Farrell in the title roles. [more]

17/08/2011: At The Movies for 17 August 2011
Simon Morris sees the long-awaited documentary about entertainer Billy T James - Billy T Te Movie. He also looks at one for the boys - the unforgettably-titled Cowboys And Aliens - and one for the girls, Something Borrowed, starring Kate Hudson. [more]

24/08/2011: At The Movies for 24 August 2011
Simon Morris looks back on the blockbuster season - the profitable Northern summer - and wonders if all those billions were worth it. He also looks at the rather more economic New Zealand film Love Story and the new Jim Carrey family movie, Mister Popper's Penguins. [more]

31/08/2011: At The Movies for 31 August 2011
Simon Morris looks at this year's winner of the Cannes Film Festival, the American film The Tree Of Life. And two comedies reach the cinemas - Crazy Stupid Love, starring Steve Carell, and the quirky Irish film The Guard. [more]

07/09/2011: AT THE MOVIES for 7 September 2011
Simon Morris looks at three documentaries about sport - Senna, the story of Formula One driver Ayrton Senna, Fire In Babylon, about the West Indies cricket team and TT 3D - Closer To The Edge. He also reviews the thriller Hanna, starring Cate Blanchett. [more]

14/09/2011: At The Movies for 14 September 2011
Simon Morris looks at The Change Up, at an old-fashioned comedy with a modern edge, and The Help, a sentimental look at race relations in 1960s Mississippi. And Upside Down tells the story of Creation Records, who gave the world the Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream and Oasis. [more]

21/09/2011: At The Movies for 21 September 2011
Simon Morris looks two quirky American comedies -Friends With Benefits, starring Justin Timberlake, and Win Win, written by Tom McCarthy, who made The Station Agent. He also talks to New Zealand film-maker Paul Campion about why The Devil's Rock was such a hit at the Cannes Film Festival. [more]

28/09/2011: At The Movies for 28 September 2011
Simon Morris looks at three very different films from different places - Jane Eyre, set in the Yorkshire moors, Little White Lies, set on a luxury resort in France and The Orator, the first film set entirely in Samoa, and in the Samoan language. [more]

05/10/2011: At The Movies for 5 October 2011
Simon Morris checks out the new, 3D version of The Lion King. He also reviews the French drama The Roundup, and the American comedy What's Your Number, starring the - he says - underrated Anna Faris. [more]

12/10/2011: At The Movies for 12 October 2011
Simon Morris braves the school holiday fare, including Real Steel, Johnny English Reborn, Footloose, The Smurfs in 3D and Spy Kids in 4D. He surprised himself by actually enjoying one of them! [more]

19/10/2011: At The Movies for 19 October 2011
Simon Morris goes to four films, all coincidentally made in France by foreigners. Werner Herzog's Cave Of Forgotten Dreams is a 3D documentary about the oldest surviving cave paintings in the world. There's also a new Three Musketeers, featuring Matthew McFadyen, an American comedy, Monte Carlo, and Woody Allen's love-letter to the Golden Age of the City of Lights, Midnight In Paris. [more]

26/10/2011: At the Movies for 26 October 2011
Simon Morris looks at The Trip, directed by the very experienced Michael Winterbottom. He also talks to CEO of the New Zealand Film Commission, Graeme Mason, about how hard it is for our film-makers to gain the same sort of experience. The last 30 New Zealand movies released here were all directed by different people. [more]

02/11/2011: At The Movies for 2 November 2011
Simon Morris looks at the latest project to jump from television to the big screen, The Inbetweeners. He also reviews the latest French comedy starring Audrey Tautou - Beautiful Lies, and an English comedy-drama - One Day - starring Anne Hathaway. [more]

09/11/2011: At The Movies for 9 November 2011
Simon Morris looks at the sensation of the International Film Festival, Drive starring Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan. He also reviews two films about conspiracy theories - The Debt, based on an Israeli thriller, and Anonymous, which suggests Shakespeare was an illiterate fraud. [more]

16/11/2011: At the Movies for 16 November 2011
Simon Morris looks at the star-studded disaster movie Contagion, a sensitive Chinese-American saga, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, and the International Film Festival hit, Beginners, starring Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor. [more]

23/11/2011: At The Movies for 23 November 2011
Simon Morris reviews the second-to-last Twilight movie - Breaking Dawn Part One. And he looks back on the AFTA Film and Television Awards, and wonders whether it's possible to improve on them. [more]

07/12/2011: At The Movies for 7 December 2011
Simon Morris looks at three films by first-time directors - from Canada, true-life thriller The Whistleblower, from Britain, cult comedy Submarine, and from New Zealand, independent comedy-drama Rest For The Wicked. [more]

14/12/2011: At The Movies for 14 December 2011
On the final At The Movies of the year, Simon Morris looks back at 2011 - from the King's Speech to the Tree Of Life, Bridesmaids to The Inbetweeners, Kung Fu Pandas, Transformers and Cowboys and Aliens. [more]

09/02/2012: At The Movies for 9 February 2012
At The Movies returns, and in the first show of 2012, Simon Morris looks back at a month of summer blockbusters, and looks forward to the upcoming Oscars, including multi-nominees Hugo, The Descendents, The Help and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. [more]

16/02/2012: At The Movies for 16 February 2012
Simon Morris reviews the new silent-movie sensation The Artist, straight from its triumph at the recent Bafta Awards. He also looks at three rather more business-as-usual releases - The Vow, starring Rachel McAdams, Safe House, starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds, and the latest Star Wars film to be re-released in 3D - The Phantom Menace. [more]

23/02/2012: At the Movies for 23 February 2012
Simon reviews two Oscar nominees: 'Moneyball', produced by and starring Brad Pitt; and 'The Ides of March', starring, written and directed by George Clooney. And 'Killer Elite' combines the talents of action star Jason Statham and the illustrious Robert De Niro. [more]

01/03/2012: At The Movies for 1 March 2012
Simon Morris looks at three movies all dealing with diseases - sex addiction in Shame… Tourette's Syndrome in Vincent Wants To Sea… and Asperger's Disease in the 9/11 drama Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close. [more]

08/03/2012: At The Movies for 8 March 2012
Simon Morris looks at the award-winning Tilda Swinton film, 'We Need To Talk About Kevin', the Norwegian hit thriller 'Headhunters', written by Jo Nesbo and the New Zealand documentary about a New Zealander captured and killed by the Khmer Rouge, 'Brother Number One'. [more]

15/03/2012: At The Movies for 15 March 2012
Simon Morris reviews the Oscar-nominated British film, My Week With Marilyn, John Carter, a 100-year-old space fantasy finally makes it to the screen and opera romantic comedy First Night, featuring a non-singing Sarah Brightman. [more]

22/03/2012: At The Movies for 22 March 2012
Simon Morris talks to Cinema Showcase director Bill Gosden about the state of so-called mainstream American movies and he looks at two recent releases, the Spanish thriller The Skin I Live In and independent American drama Martha Marcy May Marlene. [more]

29/03/2012: At the Movies for 29 March 2012
Simon Morris talks to Sam Neill about his new film The Hunter, and is pleasantly surprised by both The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, starring Judi Dench and Bill Nighy, and the movie version of old TV series 21 Jump Street. [more]

04/04/2012: At the Movies for 5 April 2012
Simon Morris compares and contrast two films aimed at young adults - from Britain Attack The Block, and from America The Hunger Games. And something for the rather older - French feelgood hit The Women On The 6th Floor. [more]

12/04/2012: At The Movies for 12 April 2012
Simon Morris looks at the new Aardman stop-motion animated feature Pirates Band Of Misfits, and the award-winning Israeli film Footnote. He also admires the latest Shakespearean adaptation - Coriolanus, directed by its star Ralph Fiennes. [more]

19/04/2012: At The Movies for 19 April 2012
Simon Morris looks at a Hollywood movie based on the old-fashioned board-game, Battleship. And he talks to Mon Leather of Out Takes, the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival about this year's line-up. [more]

26/04/2012: At The Movies for 26 April 2012
Simon Morris talks to the writer-director of the latest New Zealand film, 'The Most Fun You Can Have Dying', Kirstin Marcon; and reviews the winner of this year's Oscar for Best Foreign Film, the Iranian drama 'A Separation'. [more]

03/05/2012: At the Movies for 3 May 2012
On At The Movies Simon Morris looks at the new Marvel Comics blockbuster, The Avengers, featuring Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest. He also reviews The Way - starring Martin Sheen and directed by his son Emilio Estevez - and A Dangerous Method - the clash between analysts Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. [more]

10/05/2012: At The Movies for 10 May 2012
Simon Morris looks at three very different films - the New Zealand so-called "pavlova western", Good For Nothing an American film The Grey, starring Liam Neeson and the French-Canadian hit comedy Starbuck. [more]

17/05/2012: At The Movies for 17 May 2012
Simon Morris interviews director Michael Winterbottom about his latest film, Trishna. [more]

31/05/2012: At The Movies for 31 May 2012
Simon Morris looks at the long-delayed third Men in Black movie, and two contrasting films from Scandinavia. From Sweden, a new thriller, Last Will, from the producers of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and from Norway, the tragi-comedy Happy Happy. [more]

07/06/2012: At the Movies for 7 June 2012
Simon Morris talks to distinguished British director Terence Davies about his latest film. The Deep Blue Sea is set in the post-war years, and stars Rachel Weisz (VICE) and The Avengers villain, Tom Hiddleston. [more]

14/06/2012: At The Movies for 14 June 2012
Simon Morris reviews the highly-anticipated Prometheus - the Alien prequel, directed by that film's Ridley Scott. And two more films from Scandinavia - Le Havre, directed by Finnish gadfly Aki Kaurasmaki and also from Finland, Letters to Father Jacob. [more]

21/06/2012: At The Movies for 21 June 2012
Simon Morris loses his temper with the new rock and roll musical, Rock of Ages, starring Tom Cruise. And he confesses himself bewildered by two rather smaller films - from France, The Well-Digger's Daughter, and from rural England, Tortoise In Love. [more]

28/06/2012: At The Movies for 28 June 2012
Simon Morris and International Film Festival Director Bill Gosden pick some of the highlights of this year’s Festival – dramas, documentaries, musicals, comedies – and some titles that defy categorisation. [more]

05/07/2012: At the Movies for 5 July 2012
Simon Morris looks at three films with a royal theme - 'Snow White and the Huntsman', the new Pixar film 'Brave'and Danish real-life drama 'A Royal Affair'. [more]

12/07/2012: At The Movies for 12 July 2012
Simon Morris looks at the return of the new, amazing Spiderman - rejigged, rebooted and recast. And he talks to the director of one of the highlights of the upcoming International Film Festival - Brazil's Neighbouring Sounds. [more]

19/07/2012: At The Movies for 19 July 2012
Simon Morris looks at three contrasting films - Ted, the American hit comedy about a teddy-bear that comes to life. The Door, starring Dame Helen Mirren, based on an award-winning Hungarian novel and the New Zealand "stalker comedy" How to Meet Girls From a Distance. [more]

02/08/2012: At The Movies for 2 August 2012
Simon Morris gate-crashes two Ladies' Nights - Magic Mike is all about male strippers, while Bel Ami features a young man whose secret is seducing the wives of important men. And he previews the 6 finalists for the Film Festival's Short Film Competition. [more]

09/08/2012: At the Movies for 9 August 2012
Simon Morris looks at the year's silliest-looking film, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. He also looks at three New Zealand contributions to the International Film Festival - The Red House, The Last Dogs of Winter and Song of the Kauri. [more]

16/08/2012: At the Movies for 16 August 2012
Simon Morris reviews political comedy The Campaign, eternal-triangle drama Take This Waltz, starring Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen, and - fresh from the Film Festival - real-life crime comedy Bernie. [more]

23/08/2012: At The Movies for 23 August 2012
Simon Morris checks out The Bourne Legacy - the Bourne-free sequel to the successful thriller series. He also reviews one of the hits of the Film Festival, Japan's I wish, and one for Downton Abbey fans - Cheerful Weather for the Wedding. [more]

30/08/2012: At The Movies for 30 August 2012
Simon Morris reviews the remake of sci-fi thriller Total Recall and a new - but hardly original - romantic drama Hope Springs. He also talks to Auckland film-maker Richard Green about an intriguing project - an international film called 50 Kisses, involving 50 script writers and 50 directors. [more]

06/09/2012: At The Movies for 6 September 2012
Simon Morris reviews two films, both starring Bruce Willis, that couldn't be more different - Sylvester Stallone's Expendables 2, and the quirky comedy Moonrise Kingdom. And he talks to one of the top producers of American independent films, Ted Hope, about the future of movies - are we doomed to 3D blockbusters forever? [more]

13/09/2012: At The Movies for 13 September 2012
Simon Morris looks at three contrasting films - from England, Hysteria looks at the Victorian approach to women's medicine, Wunderkinder deals with two Jewish child prodigies during World War Two and Hit and Run features two rising Hollywood stars, Dax Shepherd and Kristen Bell. [more]

20/09/2012: Extended interview - American writer-director Lynn Shelton
Lynn Shelton talks about her new film, 'Your Sister's Sister' including, the cast - Emily Blunt, Mark Duplass and Rosemarie DeWitt - and why one sister is English while the other is American! [more]

20/09/2012: At The Movies for 20 September 2012
Simon Morris looks at Oliver Stone's latest thriller Savages, and a dark comedy from best-selling author Jo Nesbo, Jackpot. He also talks to the writer-director of a little independent comedy-drama. Your Sister's Sister, starring - isn't everything? - Emily Blunt. [more]

27/09/2012: At The Movies for 27 September 2012
Simon Morris casts a jaded look at the Spring Cleaning season - including Iron Sky, The Watch, Ruby Sparks and two New Zealand films, Two Little Boys, starring Bret McKenzie, and Kiwi Flyer, starring Vince Martin. [more]

04/10/2012: At The Movies for 4 October 2012
Simon Morris cheers up significantly with three terrific films. Looper is the best sci-fi of the year so far, Where Do We Go Now is a lighter-than-usual look at the problems of the Middle East, and The Sapphires is clearly the feelgood movie of the summer. [more]

11/10/2012: At The Movies for 11 October 2012
Simon Morris reviews Dredd 3D, starring New Zealand's Karl Urban and the popular Pitch Perfect, featuring some great a cappella singing. He also looks at the phenomenon of live theatre filmed to be played in selected cinemas. [more]

18/10/2012: At The Movies for 17th October 2012
Simon Morris discovers Taken 2 is pretty much a carbon copy of the first Liam Neeson hit. And he reviews three independent films - Safety Not Guaranteed, The Words and the cult hit Searching For Sugarman. [more]

01/11/2012: At The Movies for 1 November 2012
Simon Morris talks to Western fan, New Zealand director Lee Tamahori about the rise and fall of the cowboy film - from The Great Train Robbery to High Noon, Shane, The Searchers and the Wild Bunch. [more]

04/11/2012: At the Movies for 4 November 2012
In a special At The Movies, Simon Morris talks to Western fan, New Zealand director Lee Tamahori about the rise and fall of the cowboy film - from The Great Train Robbery to High Noon, Shane, The Searchers and the Wild Bunch. [more]

08/11/2012: At The Movies for 8 November 2012
Simon Morris looks at three American films inspired by the new, intelligent TV drama series on HBO. Killing Me Softly goes to Sopranos territory, Arbitrage is a modern-day Mad Men, while Argo is a docu-drama about an unlikely piece of American history - when the CIA set up a fake movie to free six American hostages. [more]

15/11/2012: At The Movies for 15 November 2012
Simon Morris goes to three minor films before the end-of-year onslaught of blockbusters. Electrick Children is a small independent American film, Barrymore features Christopher Plummer live on stage, and the French film Delicacy stars Audrey Tautou and a rather intrusive music track. [more]

22/11/2012: At The Movies for 22 Nov 2012
Simon Morris goes to the final Twilight - Breaking Dawn Part 2 - hoping it will finally make sense. He also reviews a documentary about fashion empress, Diana (DEE-ARNA) Vreeland, and a little Sundance Festival winner with an intriguing name, Robot And Frank. [more]

29/11/2012: At The Movies for 29 November 2012
Simon Morris remembers the Sixties - 50 years of James Bond, from Goldfinger and Pussy Galore to Skyfall and Dame Judi Dench. And Sixties chick Charlotte Rampling talks about her fascinating career and her new film, I Anna, directed by her son Barnaby Southcombe. [more]

06/12/2012: At The Movies for 6 December 2012
Simon Morris looks at three movies that make up in charm and intelligence what they lack in budget - Oscar-nominee Monsieur Lazhar, awards favourite Beasts of the Southern Wild, and a little Welsh musical that remembers the seventies - Hunky Dory. [more]

13/12/2012: At The Movies for 13 December 2012
Simon Morris looks back at the New Zealand films of 2012. He also checks out a drama from France, Polisse, and a documentary from Scotland, You've Been Trumped, a sort of real-life Local Hero starring billionaire Donald Trump. [more]

20/12/2012: At The Movies for 20 December 2012
Simon Morris looks back on a busy year of movies, including Star of the Year, Trend of the Year and Comeback of the Year. And he looks forward to two Oscar hopefuls - Peter Jackson's The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey, and Ang Lee's equally spectacular The Life of Pi. [more]

13/02/2013: At The Movies for 14 February 2013
Simon Morris returns with a look at the past summer holiday season - from Oscar hopefuls like Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook and Zero Dark Thirty to quirkier fare like Seven Psychopaths and Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. [more]

14/02/2013: At The Movies for 14 February 2013
Simon Morris returns with a look at the past summer holiday season - from Oscar hopefuls like Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook and Zero Dark Thirty to quirkier fare like Seven Psychopaths and Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. [more]

21/02/2013: At The Movies for 21 Feb 2013
Simon Morris looks at a Hitchcock-type movie about Alfred Hitchcock, and the making of his hit film Psycho. This Is 40 revisits the world of 2007 comedy Knocked Up and Bruce Willis returns as John McClane in A Good Day To Die Hard. [more]

28/02/2013: At The Movies for 28 February 2013
Simon Morris looks back at the Oscars, and the winner of the Best Foreign Film, Amour. And he fights a losing battle getting visual feasts like Samsara and Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away onto the radio. [more]

07/03/2013: At the Movies for 7 March 2013
Simon Morris reviews the film version of popular Seventies TV series The Sweeney. He also checks out mother and son comedy The Guilt Trip and a British switch on the traditional romcom, Give It A Year. [more]

14/03/2013: At the Movies for 14 March 2013
Simon Morris looks at three familiar films - Oz The Great and Powerful is the prequel to The Wizard of Oz… 21 and Over comes from the same producers - and with the same plot - as The Hangover… and Great Expectations must be the most-filmed Charles novel ever. [more]

21/03/2013: At The Movies for 21 March 2013
Simon Morris reaches Episode 500 of At The Movies - and looks back to the very first show back in 2002. He finds curious parallels with this week's two films - Broken City, starring Russell Crowe, and romantic drama Liberal Arts, written, directed and acted by television's Josh Radnor. [more]

28/03/2013: At the Movies for 28 March 2013
Simon Morris goes to yet another spectacular based on a fairy-tale - Jack the Giant Killer - and wonders why their performance is so disappointing at the box-office. He also checks out the Oscar-nominated French film, Rust and Bone, and looks at the replacement to the Cinema Showcase. [more]

04/04/2013: At The Movies for 4 April 2013
Simon Morris looks at the reality behind our heroes - Hyde Park On Hudson shines a bright light on the private life of President Frankin Roosevelt, and No shows how Chilean dictator Pinochet was dethroned by an unlikely freedom-fighter. Plus, a new film about music and musicians - Performance. [more]

11/04/2013: At The Movies for 11 April 2013
Simon Morris looks at three films with alternate realities - the narrator of Trance is suffering from amnesia… The Perks of Being a Wallflower features a troubled soul with blanks in his memory... and New Zealand film Eternity sends its hero into a video-game murder mystery. [more]

18/04/2013: At The Movies for 18 April 2013
Simon Morris is bullied into seeing three films by the publicity – the Tom Cruise science-fiction drama 'Oblivion'… the animated Stone Age family comedy, 'The Croods'… and the new film by Woody Allen, 'You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger'. [more]

25/04/2013: At The Movies for 25 April 2013
Simon Morris looks at two American movies - Olympus Has Fallen sees terrorists take over the White House, while Warm Bodies offers a new twist on the old zombie movie. And German film Barbara is set, once again, in pre-reunion East Germany. [more]

28/04/2013: At The Movies 636
On At The Movies, Simon Morris goes to the latest Disney live action remake of a well-known animated hit, The Jungle Book. He also reviews an independent New Zealand film, Orphans And Empires, and a Tina Fey comedy set in Afghanistan - Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (think about it!). [more]

02/05/2013: At The Movies for 2 May 2013
Simon Morris looks at stars, past present and future. Iron Man 3 stars the currently unstoppable Robert Downey Junior and The Company You Keep is directed by its star, veteran Robert Redford. Meanwhile First Position is a documentary about budding ballet stars, competing for the Youth America Grand Prix. [more]

09/05/2013: At The Movies for 9 May 2013
Simon Morris looks at three smaller movies - Song For Marion, which stars two legends of the Swinging Sixties, Vanessa Redgrave and Terence Stamp… War Witch, the Oscar-nominated story of an African child soldier… and one for foodies - the French Haute Cuisine. [more]

16/05/2013: At The Movies for 16 May 2013
Simon Morris looks at three contrasting movies - the new Star Trek blockbuster - Into Darkness; a "youth runs wild" film, Spring Breakers, that's attracting a lot of media attention; and a nostalgic remake of an old Sixties comedy, Gambit, starring Colin Firth and Alan Rickman. [more]

23/05/2013: At The Movies for 23 May 2013
Simon Morris looks at the Norwegian Oscar-nominated Kon Tiki; a better-than-average film with Duane "The Rock" Johnson in Snitch, and pick of the week, Broken - that revives memories of the classic To Kill a Mockingbird. [more]

30/05/2013: At The Movies for 30 May 2013
Simon Morris checks out the third - and, we're promised - final Hangover. And two films about terrorism - post 9/11 Pakistan in The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and disaffected Israeli youth in Policeman. [more]

06/06/2013: At The Movies for 6 June 2013
Simon Morris looks at two contrasting films - from America, The Fast and the Furious 6 and from Raumati, Shopping. And he investigates how films get audiences to like their characters. [more]

06/06/2013: At The Movies for 6 June 2013
Simon Morris looks at two contrasting films - from America, The Fast and the Furious 6 and from Raumati, Shopping. And he investigates how films get audiences to like their characters. [more]

13/06/2013: At The Movies for 13 June 2013
Simon Morris finds out if Baz Luhrmann's 3D Great Gatsby is as disappointing as most critics seem to think; Bekas features two runaway Kurd boys, looking for Superman; and Remembrance looks at an unlikely love affair - in a Nazi concentration camp. [more]

27/06/2013: At The Movies for 27 June 2013
Simon Morris invites Bill Gosden, Director of the International Film Festival, to preview this year's selection.The range is huge - from the Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra and the latest episode of the 7 Up series - 56 Up - to a stunning new print of New Zealand classic Utu and Joss Whedon's Hollywood version of Much Ado About Nothing. [more]

27/06/2013: At The Movies for 27 June 2013
Simon Morris invites Bill Gosden, Director of the International Film Festival, to preview this year's selection. The range is huge - from the Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra and the latest episode of the 7 Up series - 56 Up - to a stunning new print of New Zealand classic Utu and Joss Whedon's Hollywood version of Much Ado About Nothing. [more]

04/07/2013: At The Movies for 4 July 2013
Simon Morris wonders why the end of the world is so hot this week - including the Seth Rogen comedy This Is The End, and the new Superman origin story Man of Steel. He also looks at the new New Zealand film White Lies and American drama The Place Beyond the Pines, starring Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper. [more]

11/07/2013: At The Movies for 11 July 2013
Simon Morris looks at three films that deal with nostalgia - the new Lone Ranger; the sequel to Before Sunrise and Before Sunet - Before Midnight; and a film set in the world of Soho striptease king, Paul Raymond – The Look of Love. [more]

18/07/2013: At The Movies for 18 July 2013
Simon Morris looks at two 'odd couple' films. The Heat is a traditional buddy-cop comedy, but starring women this time - Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. Monsters University goes back to when Monsters Inc leads, Mike and Sulley, met as teenagers. And a preview of this year's animation programme at the International Film Festival. [more]

25/07/2013: At The Movies for 25 July 2013
Simon Morris is invited to two more "end of the world" movies - The World's End, appropriately, ends badly, while Pacific Rim is a surprisingly fascinating revival of the old Japanese rubber-monster movie. Also, Private Peaceful is a blend of anti-war film and Downton Abbey soap opera. [more]

01/08/2013: At the Movies for 1 August 2013
Simon Morris reviews two examples of excess - the latest Marvel Comics extravaganza, The Wolverine, and Farewell To My Queen, a French film about the last days of Marie Antoinette. And New Zealand actress-writer Sophie Henderson talks about her new film, Fantail, funded by the new Escalator scheme. [more]

08/08/2013: At The Movies for 8 August 2013
Simon Morris looks at two rather different sides of English actress Kristin Scott Thomas - as a homicidal mother in Only God Forgives, and in her more usual role as a dignified wife in the French Looking For Hortense. And a crime caper movie, Now You See Me, is rather better than he expected. [more]

15/08/2013: At the Movies for 15 August 2013
Simon Morris reviews the new feel-good movie from the makers of Little Miss Sunshine, and Byzantium - Irish director Neil Jordan's contribution to the Vampire genre. He also looks at two very different takes on Reality TV celebrity - from Italy, Reality, and from the States, God Bless America. [more]

22/08/2013: At The Movies for 22 August 2013
Simon Morris looks at the first Hollywood films by two directors who made their name from home - South Africa's Neill Blomkamp and South Korea's Can-Wook Park. And independent movie Frances Ha, starring Greta Gerwig, has been called the Annie Hall of the Twenty Tens. [more]

29/08/2013: At The Movies for 29 August 2013
Simon Morris looks at a wild variety of smaller films – the return of Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass 2; a woman’s-eye-view of a Middle East war; an Irish-Spanish co-production called Tasting Menu; and Josh Whedon’s highly-regarded Hollywood version of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. [more]

05/09/2013: At the Movies for 5 September 2013
Simon Morris reviews the sequel to Red, starring Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren. Ashton Kutcher's take on computer billionaire Steve Jobs has strangely clashing tones and French film In The House sees a literature teacher becoming part of his star pupil's story. [more]

12/09/2013: At the Movies for 12 September 2013
Simon Morris welcomes the best Woody Allen in a while - Blue Jasmine starring Cate Blanchett. There's also a slightly less impressive cyber-thriller called Paranoia, and that rare thing, a New Zealand rock opera movie - Romeo and Juliet - A Love Song. [more]

03/10/2013: At The Movies for 3 October 2013
Simon Morris talks to New Zealand film producer Tim Coddington. Tim's worked on some of our biggest co-productions over the years - from the Narnia films and Bridge To Terebithia to Mister Pip. Now he's going it alone in a film set in Otago during the Gold Rush years - The Colour. [more]

13/02/2014: At The Movies for 13 February 2014
Simon Morris looks at the summer season of Academy Awards hopefuls. Nebraska, 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall Street and the rest may get all the publicity, but there were other more modest pleasures on offer, including New Zealand film The Pa Boys. [more]

20/02/2014: At The Movies for 20 February 2014
Simon Morris looks at a week of movies that make up in quantity what they may lack in quality - comedies 'Are We Officially Dating' and 'Last Vegas', supernatural love story 'Winter's Tale', not to mention 'I Frankenstein' and 'Endless Love'. [more]

27/02/2014: At The Movies for 27 February 2014
Simon Morris reviews Robert Redford's most challenging role - as a solo sailor in trouble in All Is Lost and Joel and Ethan Coen's new film, Inside Llewyn Davis, remembers the half-forgotten Traditional Folk Boom of the early 60s. Meanwhile there's a new player in the New Zealand film and television industry - Neil Cross's Libertine Pictures. [more]

06/03/2014: At the Movies for 6 March 2014
Simon Morris looks back on the Oscars, and reviews one of the winners - Her for Best Original Script. He also looks at two films about travel - Non Stop, a murder mystery set on an intercontinental flight and Le Week End, in which a Brit couple have a second honeymoon in Paris - it's rather better than it sounds. [more]

13/03/2014: At The Movies for 13 March 2014
Simon Morris looks at four films all based - more or less - on reality. Spinning Plates is a documentary about restaurants. Stories We Tell is as much about stories as about director Sarah Polley's family. 300 Rise Of An Empire taps into Greek history, while Hannah Arendt looks at more recent history - the trial of Nazi war criminal Adolph Eichmann. [more]

20/03/2014: At The Movies for 20 March 2014
Simon Morris invites two fellow-critics to discuss the role of the movie reviewer. His guests are Sarah McMullan, film reviewer for Afternoons with Jim Mora, and Alexander Bisley, editor at large for the online film journal the Lumiere Reader. [more]

27/03/2014: At The Movies for 27 March 2014
Simon Morris wonders why Hollywood has abandoned movies with adult concerns to the rest of the world - the Iranian/French film The Past… from Italy, the Oscar-winning The Great Beauty… and a film from a country where cinemas are prohibited - Saudi Arabia's audience favourite Wadjda. [more]

03/04/2014: At The Movies for 3 April 2014
Simon Morris looks at the controversial new film about Noah and the Flood and the sequel to the highly-successful action movie from Indonesia, The Raid. And Bill Gosden reveals some of the successes and failures of digital restoration on the eve of the Film Festival Autumn Events. [more]

03/04/2014: Interview with Film Festival Director Bill Gosden.
An extended version of the interview with Film Festival Director Bill Gosden. On the eve of his annual Autumn Events programme of film classics, he talks about the meticulous digital restoration of film like On The Waterfront, The Third Man and Lawrence Of Arabia. [more]

10/04/2014: At The Movies for 10 April 2014
Simon Morris welcomes the blockbuster season - this week it's Captain America Winter Soldier. And in the smaller cinemas there are smaller, more demanding films: from Britain a film inspired by Oscar Wilde's Selfish Giant, and from Australia, Tracks, the account of a true-life solo journey across the Western Desert. [more]

17/04/2014: At The Movies for 17 April 2014
Simon Morris looks at three contrasting films - new Young Adult franchise, Divergent… a Japanese family drama about two children separated at birth - Like Father Like Son… and the highly-anticipated Grand Budapest Hotel from cult director Wes Anderson. [more]

24/04/2014: At the Movies for 24 April 2014
On At The Movies, Simon Morris talks to the new head of the New Zealand Film Commission, Dave Gibson. After over 40 years in the local industry, Dave has had plenty of time to formulate some strong - and often controversial - ideas about where New Zealand films should be heading, and how the Commission can help. [more]

01/05/2014: At The Movies for 1 May 2014
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at two holiday favourites - the Lego Movie and the new Spiderman - Rise of Electro. He also reviews a film from Nigeria, dealing with the tragic breakaway province Biafra in the 1960s. It's called Half Of A Yellow Sun. [more]

08/05/2014: At The Movies for 8 May 2014
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at a big budget sci-fi drama, Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp, and a low-budget musical, Scotland's Sunshine On Leith. And ultra-cool New York director Jim Jarmusch has a unique take on vampire films - Only Lovers Left Alive. [more]

15/05/2014: At The Movies for 15 May 2014
On At The Movies, Simon Morris reviews three films for older audiences - Belle looks at racial prejudice at the time of Jane Austen, Catherine Deneuve is the week's most glamorous grandmother and Chef is another film about the eternal attraction of good food. [more]

22/05/2014: At The Movies for 22 May 2014
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at the rise of Christian movies in the States, so called "faith-based films", including Son of God, which has just been released here. Also, the biggest blockbuster of the year so far - Godzilla - and Fading Gigolo, a rare Woody Allen film written and directed by someone else - actor John Turturro. [more]

29/05/2014: At The Movies for 29 May 2014
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at two headlining movies - for all the right reasons, the well-received X Men Days Of Future Past, and for all the wrong - Grace of Monaco. But it's a little Polish film, Ida, that's proved to be the week's hot ticket. [more]

05/06/2014: At The Movies for 5 June 2014
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at another re-invented fairy-tale, Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie, and yet another spoof of a western, A Million Ways to Die in the West. And Brit comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon go back on the road in The Trip to Italy. [more]

12/06/2014: At The Movies for 12 June 2014
On At The Movies, Simon Morris reviews the new Tom Cruise sci-fi thriller Edge of Tomorrow, and the American smash-hit teen drama, The Fault In Our Stars. Meanwhile Switzerland has produced its own take on the Cold War of the 1950s - Manipulation. [more]

19/06/2014: At The Movies for 19 June 2014
Simon Morris talks to Drive screenwriter, Englishman Hossein Amini, about his first film as a director, Two Faces Of January, starring Viggo Mortensen. He also reviews American comedy, 22 Jump Street and Irish film Good Vibrations - punk-rock in Belfast at the height of the Troubles. [more]

26/06/2014: At the Movies for 26 June 2014
On At The Movies, Simon Morris and International Film Festival Director Bill Gosden launch this year's programme: 140 movies that cover the usual astonishing range of subjects - from Jimi Hendrix to the end of the world, from a murder mystery on the Galapagos Islands to a New Zealand film about a South Auckland speed-chess player. In other words, an overview of some of the best films of 2014. [more]

03/07/2014: At the Movies for 3 July 2014
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at Taika Waititi's much-anticipated vampire comedy, What We Do In The Shadows, as well as France's most successful comedy in years, The Volcano. Two rather smaller American films look at, respectively, doubles in The Face Of Love, and gay discrimination in 1979 - the year that the Village People were topping the charts. [more]

10/07/2014: At The Movies for 10 July 2014
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at three contrasting mid-winter movies - from America, Clint Eastwood's story of the Four Seasons, Jersey Boys… from France, children's animation Ernest & Celestine… and from Ireland, Calvary, starring Brendon Gleeson as a priest under sentence of death. [more]

17/07/2014: At The Movies for 17 July
On At The Movies, Simon Morris reviews the eagerly-anticipated next in the Apes series - Dawn of the Planet of the Apes… He also looks at that rare thing here, a French political satire - The French Minister… and a New York musical, directed by the Irish film-maker John Carney, who won the world's heart with Once. [more]

24/07/2014: At the Movies for 24 July 2014
On At The Movies, Simon Morris reviews the self-descriptive comedy Sex Tape, starring Cameron Diaz, and the more old-fashioned French costume drama A Promise, with an all-English cast led by Alan Rickman. He also looks at the Oscar-nominated Belgian country music tearjerker The Broken Circle Breakdown. [more]

31/07/2014: At The Movies for 31 July 2014
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at the latest movie Hercules, starring the Rock and a feelgood Australian movie about caged men and eagles - Healing. He also goes to a new New Zealand film, Everything We Loved, and checks out the six finalists of New Zealand's Best Short Films. [more]

07/08/2014: At The Movies for 7 August 2014
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at the hottest New Zealand film for years, The Dark Horse, starring Cliff Curtis. He also reviews French doomed romance, Just a Sigh, and the "cop movie meets exorcism thriller", Deliver Us From Evil. [more]

14/08/2014: At The Movies for 14 August 2014
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at a wide range of films this week. Guardians of the Galaxy is a comic-book blockbuster, funnier than most, and So It Goes, starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton is clearly aimed at the older audience, while Palo Alto is the latest in a very long line of teenage dramas. [more]

21/08/2014: At the Movies for 21 August 2014
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at three films defined by their makers - Sylvester Stallone's Eighties flashback The Expendables 3… the Oprah Winfrey-produced foodie, feelgood movie The 100 Foot Journey… and who better to make a film of Sacher-Masoch's Venus In Fur than perennial bad boy Roman Polanski? [more]

27/08/2014: At The Movies for 28 August 2014
Simon Morris looks at three non-Hollywood films - from France, sci-fi thriller Lucy, starring Scarlett Johanssen, from Australia, musician Nick Cave celebrates 20,000 Days On Earth and from Sweden, a comedy with self-explanatory title The 100-Year-Old Man Who Jumped Out the Window and Disappeared. [more]

04/09/2014: At The Movies for 4 September 2014
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at the award-winning American film Boyhood, filmed with the same actors over a 12-year period… The new Inbetweeners film is as funny - and foul-mouthed - as its predecessor… and Magic In The Moonlight offers the rare combination of Colin Firth and Woody Allen.. [more]

11/09/2014: At The Movies for 11 September 2014
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at three thrillers - from England, Before I Go To Sleep, starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman… from Sweden, the cold-case police drama The Keeper Of Lost Causes… and from here, the comedy-horror festival favorite Housebound. [more]

23/11/2014: At The Movies for 23 November 2014
Kailey Caruthers reviews My Old Lady, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 1, Amazonia 3D and Is the Man Who is Tall Happy? [more]

27/11/2014: At The Movies for 27 November 2014
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at three minor films in a week of epic spectaculars. Jimmy's Hall is a film by Ken Loach about a battle between a community hall and the Church… The Good Lie is the rarely told story of modern-day African refugees… and Life of Crime is another attempt to get Elmore Leonard's crime-world to the big screen. [more]

04/12/2014: At The Movies for 4 December 2014
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at the Oscar-tipped Nightcrawler, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, and the final film from The Sopranos' James Gandolfini, The drop. Also an American remake of a Spanish success, Elsa and Fred, now featuring Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer. [more]

11/12/2014: At The Movies for 11 December 2014
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks back on 14 years of Sir Peter Jackson's Middle Earth films - and takes the opportunity to detail a remarkable year for New Zealand films - features, shorts, documentaries and TV movies. [more]

18/12/2014: At The Movies for 18 December 2014
On the final At The Movies of the year, Simon Morris looks back over a year of film: from Oscar winner 12 Years A Slave to the big trends of 2014. It was a year of big, if shaky, franchises, a lot of films about music-makers and the belated discovery that teenagers weren't the only ones going to the cinema. [more]

05/02/2015: At The Movies for 5 February 2015
The Movies returns, and this week Simon Morris looks at the many Oscar hopefuls that came out over the summer holidays. Titles include Birdman, American Sniper, and The Imitation Game and Wild. [more]

12/02/2015: At The Movies for 12 February 2015
At The Movies returns, and this week Simon Morris looks at three very English films, including multi Bafta-winner The Theory of Everything. James Bond spoof Kingsmen stars Colin Firth, while old-fashioned scoundrel Mortdecai features Johnny Depp and Gwynneth Paltrow. [more]

19/02/2015: At The Movies for 19 February 2015
Simon Morris bravely goes to no-man’s-land – the film Fifty Shades Of Grey. He also invites New Zealand filmmakers Fiona Samuel, Phillipa Campbell and Leanne Pooley to discuss the curious shortage of women in front of and behind film cameras. [more]

26/02/2015: At The Movies for 26 February 2015
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks back at the Oscars, and the future of Hollywood films. He reviews Jupiter Ascending and The Interview, and has a rare look at some plays being screened at our cinemas - like A Streetcar Named Desire and Treasure Island. [more]

05/03/2015: At the Movies for 5 March 2015
On At The Movies, Simon Morris reviews The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and previews a year packed with even more sequels. He also looks at a rare public-private partnership out to help the New Zealand film industry - the Vista Foundation. [more]

12/03/2015: At The Movies for 12 March 2015
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at three rather average films: fantasy epic Seventh Son, starring Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore, conman comedy Focus with Will Smith, and Kidnapping Mr Heineken starring Anthony Hopkins as the snatched beer baron. [more]

19/03/2015: At The Movies for 19 March 2015
Simon Morris looks at the latest sci-fi from South Africa's Neill Blomkamp, of District 9 fame. He also reviews a new film directed by actor Alan Rickman, A Little Chaos, and a brilliant little British film called Still Life. [more]

26/03/2015: At The Movies for 26 March 2015
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at two Young Adult films, Insurgent, the sequel to last year's popular Divergent… and X plus Y, a heart-warming story of an autistic young maths genius. He also looks at the king of Older Adult thrillers, Liam Neeson in Run All Night. [more]

02/04/2015: At The Movies for 2 April 2015
On At The Movies, Simon Morris goes the ball - the latest version of Cinderella, directed by Sir Kenneth Brannagh. He also reviews two American comedies - Will Ferrell in Get Hard and Mark Ruffalo in the rather more improving Infinitely Polar Bear. [more]

06/04/2015: At The Movies for 4 June 2015
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at two revivals - old-fashioned disaster movie San Andreas, starring Duane Johnson, and a nostalgic look back on Walt Disney's 1950s view of the future, Tomorrowland, starring George Clooney. He also reviews an Irish film, Noble, based on real-life philanthropist, Christina Noble. [more]

09/04/2015: At The Movies for 9 April 2015
On At The Movies, Simon Morris reviews Mexican animated feature The Book of Life, and the latest - and biggest - film in the Fast and Furious franchise - Furious 7. And as a light sorbet on the side, he goes to a French film set in a hospital ward - Get Well Soon. [more]

16/04/2015: At The Movies for 16 April 2015
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at the come-back of the female-friendly film, including Samba, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Woman In Gold, starring Dame Helen Mirren, and Nicholas Sparks' romance, The Longest Ride, starring up and comer Britt Robertson. [more]

23/04/2015: At The Movies for Thurs 23 April 2015
Simon Morris goes to the theatre - the Broadway version of Of Mice and Men, starring James Franco. He also reviews two contrasting features - action movie The Gunman, starring Sean Penn, and The Age Of Adaline - fantasy romance about a women who never ages. [more]

23/04/2015: Of Mice and Men - film review
Simon Morris reviews the hit Broadway production of John Steinbeck's classic 1937 play, Of Mice and Men. [more]

23/04/2015: The Gunman - film review
Simon Morris reviews action movie The Gunman, starring Sean Penn. [more]

23/04/2015: The Age of Adaline - film review
Simon Morris reviews old-fashioned fantasy romance tale The Age of Adaline. [more]

30/04/2015: At The Movies for 30 April 2015
Simon Morris welcomes the blockbuster season - or at least big films. Avengers Age Of Ultron tackles trendy Artificial Intelligence… Testament of Youth is a film version of a famous First World War memoir… and the award-winning Leviathan takes a critical look at Putin's Russia. [more]

30/04/2015: Avengers: Age of Ultron - film review
Avengers: Age Of Ultron starts off with good intentions, and tackles trendy Artificial Intelligence. [more]

30/04/2015: Testament of Youth - film review
Testament of Youth is a film version of a famous First World War novel… can it do justice to a classic memoir? [more]

30/04/2015: Leviathan - film review
The award-winning Leviathan takes a critical look at Putin's Russia, and what better metaphor than the Biblical monster? [more]

07/05/2015: At The Movies for 7 May 2015
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at two films about music: Boychoir, starring Dustin Hoffman and Eddie Izzard, is the latest in a new genre - the choir movie; Montage Of Heck is a documentary about Nirvana front-man, the late Kurt Cobain; And It Follows is creating a buzz among fans of horror films. [more]

07/05/2015: Boychoir - film review
Simon Morris reviews the latest in a new genre - the choir movie. In Boychoir another troubled kid meets another inspirational teacher… [more]

07/05/2015: Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck - film review
Simon Morris reviews a documentary about Nirvana front-man, the late Kurt Cobain. Montage Of Heck is not quite all you ever wanted to know about Nirvana. [more]

07/05/2015: It Follows - film review
Simon Morris reviews It Follows which writes the next chapter in the history of horror, and is creating a buzz among fans of the genre. [more]

14/05/2015: At The Movies for 14 May 2015
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at teen movies, including the sequel to the popular a cappela vocal movie Pitch Perfect. He also talks to Charlie Lyne, an English documentary maker, who's made a film about the high school movies of the 1990's and 2000's. It's called Beyond Clueless. [more]

14/05/2015: Paper Planes - film review
Simon Morris reviews Australian feelgood flick Paper Planes. [more]

14/05/2015: Perfect Pitch 2 - film review
Simon Morris reviews the sequel to the popular a cappela vocal movie Pitch Perfect. [more]

14/05/2015: Beyond Clueless - director interview
Simon Morris talks to Charlie Lyne, an English documentary maker who made Beyond Clueless a film about the high school movies of the 1990s and 2000s. [more]

21/05/2015: At The Movies 21 May 2015
Simon Morris goes to three very different films: A Royal Night Out puts the future Queen Elizabeth into a frothy comedy… Wild Tales is an Oscar-nominated Argentinian collection of short, dark stories… and Mad Max Fury Road sees Max return 30 years after his last outing. [more]

21/05/2015: A Royal Night Out - film review
Simon Morris reviews A Royal Night Out, which puts princess Elizabeth into a frothy comedy, giving the future queen - if not us - a good time… [more]

21/05/2015: Wild Tales - film review
Simon Morris reviews Wild Tales, an Oscar-nominated Argentinian collection of short, dark stories of revenge, and surprise… [more]

21/05/2015: Mad Max: Fury Road - film review
Simon Morris reviews Mad Max: Fury Road, which sees Max return 30 years after his last outing. Veteran director George Miller shows how it's done. [more]

28/05/2015: At The Movies: Slow West, Gemma Bovery, Spy
On At The Movies, an ailing Simon Morris loses his temper with three films - spy spoof Spy, starring Melissa McCarthy and Jason Statham… a frothy French literary joke - Gemma Bovery… and Scottish-New Zealand western Slow West, starring Michael Fassbender and Central Otago. [more]

28/05/2015: Slow West - film review
Simon Morris reviews snails-pace Scottish-New Zealand western Slow West, starring Michael Fassbender and Central Otago. [more]

28/05/2015: Gemma Bovery - film review
Simon Morris reviews a frothy French "you had to be there" deconstruction/ literary joke Gemma Bovery. [more]

28/05/2015: Spy - film review
Simon Morris reviews the alleged spy spoof comedy Spy, starring Melissa McCarthy and Jason Statham. [more]

04/06/2015: At The Movies for 4 June 2015
Simon Morris looks at two revivals - old-fashioned disaster movie San Andreas, starring Duane Johnson, and a nostalgic look back on Walt Disney's 1950s view of the future in Tomorrowland starring George Clooney. He also reviews an Irish film Noble based on real-life philanthropist, Christina Noble. [more]

04/06/2015: Tomorrowland - film review
Simon Morris reviews Tomorrowland, an old-fashioned look back on the future… [more]

04/06/2015: San Andreas - film review
Simon Morris looks at old-fashioned disaster movie San Andreas, starring Duane Johnson. Is it any great shakes? [more]

04/06/2015: Noble - film review
Simon Morris reviews an Irish film Noble based on real-life philanthropist, Christina Noble. Does a great person automatically mean a great film? [more]

11/06/2015: At The Movies 598
Simon Morris reviews two under-performing American comedy-dramas - Aloha, starring Bradley Cooper, and the movie spin-off of the TV series Entourage. He also discovers the Estonian Oscar nominee - Tangerines - is as good as everyone says it is. [more]

11/06/2015: Aloha - film review
Simon Morris reviews under-performing American comedy-drama Aloha, in which everyone seems to be having fun... except the audience. [more]

11/06/2015: Entourage - film review
Simon Morris reviews the movie spin-off of the TV series Entourage, which explains how films like Entourage get made. [more]

11/06/2015: Tangerines - film review
Simon Morris reviews the Estonian Oscar nominee Tangerines - one house, three nationalities, one great film. [more]

18/06/2015: At The Movies for 18 June 2015
Simon Morris reviews the all-conquering Jurassic World, and the rather more minor hit Hot Pursuit, starring Reese Witherspoon. And the Spanish Oscar-nominated Marshlands delivers to the True Detective audience. [more]

18/06/2015: Jurassic World - film review
Simon Morris reviews the all-conquering Jurassic World, which ups the stakes for the competition. [more]

18/06/2015: Hot Pursuit - film review
Simon Morris reviews minor hit Hot Pursuit, the old "cop escorting the witness" story, with one difference. [more]

18/06/2015: Marshlands - film review
Simon Morris reviews the Spanish Oscar-nominated Marshlands, which delivers to the True Detective audience. [more]

25/06/2015: At the Movies for 25 June 2015
Simon Morris previews the New Zealand International Film Festival. Festival Director, Bill Gosden, picks out some highlights, some headline-grabbers and some personal favourites from the 150-plus titles on offer. [more]

16/07/2015: At The Movies for 16 July
Simon Morris looks at the recent burst of women-oriented films – including Far From The Madding Crowd, Inside Out, The Falling and Man Up. He also talks to a successful New Zealand cinematographer, Ginny Loane. [more]

16/07/2015: The Falling - film review
Simon Morris looks at the recent burst of women-oriented films - including The Falling. [more]

16/07/2015: Far From The Madding Crowd - film review
Simon Morris looks at big costume drama Far From the Madding Crowd. [more]

16/07/2015: New Zealand cinematographer Ginny Loane - At The Movies
Simon Morris talks to successful New Zealand cinematographer Ginny Loane about hacking it in a man's world. [more]

23/07/2015: At the Movies for 23 July 2015
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at the new Marvel Comics movie, Ant-Man. He also talks to former Marvel villain, Sir Ben Kingsley - aka The Mandarin - about his new film Learning To Drive, and a career that has spanned Mahatma Gandhi, Ringo Starr and the Olsen Twins! [more]

23/07/2015: Ant-Man - film review
Simon Morris looks at the new Marvel Comics movie, Ant-Man, starring Paul Rudd playing a reformed burglar. [more]

23/07/2015: Learning to Drive - interview with Sir Ben Kingsley
Learning to Drive stars two people who know what they're doing - Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley… and it turns out the versatile Sir Ben hasn't quite played everything yet… Simon Morris talks to the extraordinary actor. [more]

23/07/2015: Learning to Drive - interview with Sir Ben Kingsley
Learning to Drive stars two people who know what they're doing - Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley… and it turns out the versatile Sir Ben hasn't quite played everything yet… Simon Morris talks to the extraordinary actor. [more]

30/07/2015: At the Movies 30 July 2015
On At The Movies, Simon Morris reviews the latest incarnation of the movies' most-filmed character, Sherlock Holmes. Mr Holmes stars Sir Ian McKellen as a 93-year-old detective, American science fiction thriller Self/less, and, 20 years after Sam Neill's Cinema Of Unease, critic Tim Wong looks at New Zealand films from a very different angle in Out of the Mist. [more]

30/07/2015: Selfless - film review
Simon Morris reviews American science fiction thriller Self/less. [more]

30/07/2015: Mr Holmes - film review
Simon Morris reviews the latest incarnation of the movies' most-filmed character, Sherlock Holmes. Mr Holmes stars Sir Ian McKellen as the 93-year-old detective. [more]

30/07/2015: Out of the Mist - film review
20 years after Sam Neill's Cinema Of Unease, critic Tim Wong looks at New Zealand films from a very different angle. [more]

06/08/2015: At The Movies: Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Irrational Man, Les Combattants
Simon Morris goes to the latest Mission Impossible blockbuster, Rogue Nation, starring Tom Cruise, and yet another Woody Allen film, Irrational Man. The surprise winner though is a little French film called Les Combattants. [more]

06/08/2015: Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation - film review
Simon Morris goes to the latest Mission Impossible blockbuster, Rogue Nation, starring Tom Cruise. Break out the foghorns… [more]

06/08/2015: Irrational Man - film review
Simon Morris reviews yet another Woody Allen film, Irrational Man, to find out what happens when a neurotic Woody Allen hero suddenly cheers up? [more]

06/08/2015: Les Combattants - film review
Simon Morris finds a surprise winner in this small French film called Les Combattants (Love at first fight), in which two people fall in love after she beats him up. [more]

10/08/2015: At The Movies for 10 August 2016
On At The Movies, Simon Morris finds out why the New Zealand music documentary Poi E is so popular - and why Suicide Squad seems to be so unpopular. He also looks at the finalists - and two winners - of the International Film Festival's Short Films competition. [more]

10/08/2015: Poi E review
The crowd-pleasing documentary about "New Zealand's unofficial national anthem", the Patea Maori Club's 1984 smash hit. [more]

10/08/2015: Suicide Squad review
A new kind of superhero team - a gang of super-villains - runs into problems with the comics crowd it was meant to be aimed at. [more]

10/08/2015: NZIFF NZ Short Film review
A survey of the six finalists in the International Film Festival short film competition. [more]

13/08/2015: At The Movies for 13 August 2015
On At The Movies Simon Morris wonders what went wrong with the new Marvel Comics movie Fantastic Four and sees exactly what happened to poor Amy Winehouse in the documentary Amy. He also looks at those once-essential elements in a movie - stars. No longer, apparently. [more]

20/08/2015: At The Movies: Trainwreck, The Man From Uncle, Women He's Undressed
Simon Morris reviews Trainwreck, written by and starring woman of the moment, Amy Schumer, and the movie version of the old TV series The Man From Uncle. He also looks at Women He's Undressed, a documentary about Orry-Kelly who designed the costumes for over 250 Hollywood movies - including the Oscar-winning Some Like It Hot. [more]

20/08/2015: Trainwreck - film review
Simon Morris reviews hit comedy Trainwreck, starring Amy Schumer. [more]

20/08/2015: The Man From Uncle - film review
Simon Morris reviews the update of Sixties TV series, The Man From Uncle. [more]

20/08/2015: Women He's Undressed - film review
Simon Morris reviews the documentary Women He's Undressed, about the hugely successful Hollywood costume designer Orry-Kelly. [more]

27/08/2015: At The Movies for 27 August 2015
Simon Morris reviews Southpaw, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a troubled boxer; Vacation - a sequel/remake of the old 80s comedy; and She's Funny That Way, Peter Bogdanovich's tribute to the classic comedies of the forties. [more]

27/08/2015: Southpaw - film review
Simon Morris reviews boxing drama Southpaw, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, and Forrest Whitaker. [more]

27/08/2015: Vacation - film review
Simon Morris reviews a belated sequel to the 1980s gross-out comedy, National Lampoon's Vacation, featuring Ed Helms, Christina Applegate and star of the first film, Chevy Chase. [more]

27/08/2015: She's Funny That Way - film review
Simon Morris reviews Peter Bogdanovich's attempt to revive the old Forties "screwball comedy" in She's Funny That Way, starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston. [more]

03/09/2015: At The Movies: Last Cab To Darwin, Ricki and the Flash, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Simon Morris takes a box of tissues to three tear-jerkers - Australian right-to-die drama Last Cab To Darwin... Ricki and the Flash, starring Meryl Streep as the fading rocker... and the self-explanatory Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. [more]

03/09/2015: Last Cab to Darwin - film review
Simon Morris reviews Australian film Last Cab to Darwin, starring The Castle's Michael Caton as the cab-driver determined to die with dignity. [more]

03/09/2015: Ricki and the Flash - film review
Simon Morris reviews Ricki and the Flash, starring Meryl Streep as a failed rocker, written by Juno's Diablo Cody - and co-starring Rick Springfield. [more]

03/09/2015: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl - film review
Simon Morris reviews Sundance smash hit Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, which is rather more than a sum of the parts of the title. [more]

10/09/2015: At the Movies - 609
On At The Movies, Simon Morris reviews Straight Outta Compton, the hit biopic about gangsta-rap pioneers NWA. He also goes to the first Transporter film without Jason Statham, The Transporter Refuelled… and the Robert Redford comedy-travelogue A Walk In The Woods, based on the Bill Bryson best-seller. [more]

10/09/2015: The Transporter Refuelled - Film review
Simon Morris reviews The Transporter Refuelled, a reboot of the franchise with Game of Throne's Ed Skrein replacing Jason Statham. [more]

10/09/2015: Straight Outta Compton - Film review
Simon Morris reviews the hit film about hiphop legends, NWA - Straight Outta Compton - featuring Ice Cube's son playing his rapper father. [more]

10/09/2015: A Walk in the Woods - Film review
Simon Morris reviews the film version of the Bill Bryson best-seller, A Walk In The Woods, starring Robert Redford, Nick Nolte and Emma Thompson. [more]

17/09/2015: At The Movies for 17 September 2015
On At The Movies, Simon Morris goes to the new Maze Runner film - The Scorch Trials - and sees how Kiwi Jemaine Clement does in the American family comedy, People Places Things. He also learns something from the real-life story of a man who missed killing Hitler by just 13 Minutes. [more]

24/09/2015: At The Movies for 24 September
Simon Morris looks at two award-worthy thrillers - Everest, the movie version of Rob Hall's disastrous clime, Sicario starring Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro, and he also talks to expat American director Jake Mahaffy, whose film Free In Deed picked up a prestigious award at the Venice Film Festival. [more]

01/10/2015: At The Movies for 1 October 2015
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at two contrasting streets – London Road, based on the ground-breaking, stage-show musical, and Tangerine – life on the hustle on Hollywood Boulevard. He also reviews the new Kiwi hiphop musical, Born To Dance, and the feelgood comedy The Intern, starring Robert de Niro and Anne Hathaway. [more]

08/10/2015: At The Movies for 8 October
Simon Morris reviews The Martian - Sir Ridley Scott's thriller set on the Red Planet, and yet another version of Peter Pan - a prequel this time called simply Pan. He also looks at another well-visited property, Shakespeare's McBeth, starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. [more]

08/10/2015: At The Movies for 8 October 2015
On At The Movies, Simon Morris reviews The Martian - Sir Ridley Scott's thriller set on the Red Planet… and yet another version of Peter Pan - a prequel this time called simply Pan. He also looks at another well-visited property, Shakespeare's McBeth, starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. [more]

15/10/2015: At The Movies for 15 October 2015
On At The Movies, Simon Morris reviews Johnny Depp starring as real-life gangster Whitey Bulger in Black Mass. Miss You Already is a tear-jerker, graced by a star performance from Toni Collette, while Queen and Country is a long-delayed follow-up to John Boorman's wartime memoir, Hope and Glory. [more]

15/10/2015: Black Mass Movie Review
Simon Morris reviews Johnny Depp starring as real-life gangster Whitey Bulger in Black Mass. [more]

15/10/2015: Miss You Already - Movie Review
Simon Morris reviews 'Miss You Already' - a tear-jerker, graced by a star performance from Toni Collette. [more]

15/10/2015: Queen and Country - Movie Review
Simon Morris reviews 'Queen and Countr'y is a long-delayed follow-up to John Boorman's wartime memoir, Hope and Glory. opics] arts [more]

22/10/2015: At The Movies for 22 October 2015
On At The Movies, Simon Morris reviews Crimson Peak, Guillermo Del Toro's tribute to the classic ghost story and Legend, the Kray Twins story, featuring Tom Hardy as both Ron and Reggie. Also an independent Indian film, Umrika, features two more brothers, obsessed with the USA. [more]

22/10/2015: ATM - Crimson Peak Movie Review
Simon Morris reviews a Gothic ghost story from Guillermo Del Toro, that's haunted by its Victorian ancestors. [more]

22/10/2015: ATM - Legend Movie Review
Simon Morris goes to the long-awaited - in Britain - biopic of East Enders icons, the Kray Twins; The gimmick in this version being that both Ron and Reggie are played by Tom Hardy. [more]

22/10/2015: ATM - Umrika Movie Review
Simon Morris reviews the recent Sundance favourite, about two brothers fascinated by the United Statres of America - "Umrika". [more]

29/10/2015: At the Movies for 29 October 2015
On At The Movies, Simon Morris reviews the Steven Spielberg collaboration with the Coen Brothers, Bridge of Spies, and a comedy-drama about celebrity chefs, Burnt. And, straight from the Film Festival, a fascinating documentary about acting legend Marlon Brando - Listen To Me Marlon. [more]

29/10/2015: Bridge of Spies - Movie Review
Simon Morris reviews a real-life Cold War drama, directed by Steven Spielberg, and starring Tom Hanks as a man charged with negotiating a spy swap. [more]

29/10/2015: Listen to me Marlon - Movie Review
Simon Morris looks at a fascinating documentary of the late Marlon Brando - often cited as one of the best movie actors ever - entirely in his own words. [more]

29/10/2015: Burnt - Movie Review
Simon Morris finds this comedy-drama - starring Bradley Cooper as a bad-boy, celebrity chef - a little over-cooked. [more]

05/11/2015: At The Movies for 5 November 2015
On At The Movies, Simon Morris reviews '99-Homes' a real-estate eviction thriller from America, the Australian film 'The Dressmaker' starring Kate Winslet, and assesses The 'Last Witch-Hunter' with Vin Diesel [more]

12/11/2015: At The Movies for 12 November 2015
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at three films dominated by women - the documentary 'He Named Me Malala', about a Nobel Peace Prize-winning teenage activist, the true-life drama 'Freeheld', about a dying lesbian cop's fight for justice, and even 'Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse', written by three women. [more]

19/11/2015: At The Movies 19 November 2015
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at the well-received science fiction drama, Ex Machina. And the 24th James Bond movie, Spectre, is an excuse to look back on the inexorable rise of the film franchise. When did sequels start to completely dominate the box office? [more]

26/11/2015: At The Movies for 26 November 2015
On At The Movies, Simon Morris discovers whether the final Hunger Games is worth the wait, and reviews an American cover version of the Oscar-winning, Argentinean thriller Secret In Their Eyes. And 5 To 7 is a French-New York gem. [more]

03/12/2015: At the Movies for 3 December 2015
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at two sporting movies. Boxing film Creed revives the legacy of the original, Oscar-winning Rocky, while Stephen Frears' The Program re-tells the story of disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong. And is Christmas family movie Love The Coopers worthy of the title? [more]

10/12/2015: At The Movies for 10 December 2015
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at In The Heart Of The Sea, the true story that inspired the classic Moby-Dick. And two Festival favourites - Youth, starring Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel, and one of the big winners at Cannes this year, Taiwan's The Assassin. [more]

17/12/2015: At The Movies for 17 December 2015
On the final At The Movies of the year, Simon Morris looks back at a year when the all-conquering franchise ruled at the box-office, and women dominated for a change - in thrillers like Sicario and Mad Max, in comedies like Trainwreck and Spy, and in the headlines with He Named Me Malala and 50 Shades of Grey. [more]

04/02/2016: At The Movies for 4 February 2016
At The Movies returns, just as most of the Oscar hopefuls hit our cinema screens. Simon Morris looks at the eight Best Film nominations, and wonders why they're so factual, and so backwards-looking. What happened to the noble art of "making stuff up"? [more]

11/02/2016: At the Movies for 11 February 2016
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at the sudden respect being given to the screenwriter - including Aaron Sorkin, who wrote Steve Jobs, and Anomalisa's Charlie Kaufman. He also talks to Oscar-nominated Phyllis Nagy (PRON: Narge) about her film Carol. [more]

18/02/2016: At The Movies for 18 February 2016
Simon Morris looks at the Bafta Film Awards announced this week, and reviews three films about heroes – superheroes in the case of Marvel Comics’ Deadpool, real-life heroics by the US Coast Guards in The Finest Hours, and popular culture heroes in the supermodel spoof Zoolander 2. [more]

25/02/2016: At The Movies for 25 February 2016
Simon Morris goes to the reboot of TV classic Dad's Army, to Will Smith's real-life drama Concussion, and to the delightful independent Samoan comedy-drama, Three Wise Cousins. He also talks to English film-maker Andrew Haigh about the Oscar-nominated 45 Years, starring Charlotte Rampling. [more]

03/03/2016: At The Movies for 3 March 2016
Simon Morris looks back at the troubled Oscars, attacked from all quarters for its lack of diversity. But are the haters missing the point? He also looks at three undeniably diverse films. The Lady in the Van features the dream team of writer Alan Bennett and star Dame Maggie Smith. Gods of Egypt features a generally overlooked mythology. And the Oscar-winner for Best Foreign Film, Hungary's Son of Saul achieves the impossible - a new look at the Nazi Holocaust. [more]

03/03/2016: 2016 Oscars
Simon Morris looks back at the troubled Oscars, attacked from all quarters for its lack of diversity. But are the haters missing the point? [more]

03/03/2016: The Lady in the Van
The Lady in the Van features the dream team of writer Alan Bennett and star Dame Maggie Smith. [more]

03/03/2016: Gods of Egypt
Gods of Egypt is a mostly Australian production, directed by Alex Proyas, and starring Nikolaj Koster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) and Gerard Butler (300). [more]

03/03/2016: Son of Saul
Oscar-winner Son of Saul is directed by Hungarian film-maker László Nemes. It takes an uncompromising look at a Nazi concentration camp. [more]

04/03/2016: At The Movies for 4 March 2016
Simon Morris looks back at the troubled Oscars, attacked from all quarters for its lack of diversity. But are the haters missing the point? He also looks at three undeniably diverse films. The Lady in the Van features the dream team of writer Alan Bennett and star Dame Maggie Smith. Gods of Egypt features a generally overlooked mythology. And the Oscar-winner for Best Foreign Film, Hungary's Son of Saul achieves the impossible - a new look at the Nazi Holocaust. [more]

10/03/2016: At the Movies for 10 March 2016
Simon Morris looks at Mahana, director Lee Tamahori's first New Zealand film in 20 year, 13 Hours: The secret soldiers of Benghazi, an unusually small-scale movie from blockbuster director Michael Bay, and Hail Caesar! - Joel and Ethan Coen's love-letter to 1950s Hollywood. [more]

17/03/2016: Grimsby review
Simon reviews the latest shock comedy from Borat creator Sacha Baron Cohen. This gives a suave superspy and idiot brother called Nobby. [more]

17/03/2016: 10 Cloverfield Lane review
Simon reviews a not-quite sequel to the hit alien-invasion thriller Cloverfield. This one stars John Goodmn and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. [more]

17/03/2016: A Bigger Splash review
Simon reviews an award-winning remake of a classic Sixties French film about lifestyles of the rich and famous, starring Tilda Swinton as a rock star and Ralph Fiennes as her one-time producer. [more]

17/03/2016: At The Movies #630
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at 10 Cloverfield Lane, a thriller that arrives with very little warning, and spy-spoof Grimsby, starring Borat and Bruno's Sacha Baron Cohen. And Italian film A Bigger Splash - a winner at the last Venice Film Festival - stars Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes. [more]

24/03/2016: At The Movies for 24 March 2016
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks one mainstream thriller - London Has Fallen, starring Gerard Butler - one Japanese art-film - An (ARN) - and a niche Christian film called Risen, with an unexpectedly good cast, including Joseph Fiennes and Peter Firth. [more]

24/03/2016: London Has Fallen review
Simon reviews a sequel to the thriller, Olympus Has Fallen. It stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Echkart and Morgan Freeman. [more]

24/03/2016: An review
Simon reviews a small, heart-warming Japanese film, about three lonely outsiders and a very Japanese snack - an, or sweet beans. [more]

24/03/2016: Risen review
Simon reviews a rare American "faith-based" film to reach New Zealand. This one, out in time for Easter, features Cliff Curtis as Jesus and Shakespeare in Love's Joseph Fiennes as a Roman tribune. [more]

31/03/2016: At the Movies for 31 March 2016
On At The Movies, Simon Morris gets repeat helpings of some old favourites. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 took over 10 years to get here. Batman versus Superman - Dawn of Justice manages to be a sequel to two franchises. And Kung Fu Panda 3 takes Po the panda back home. [more]

31/03/2016: Batman v Superman review
Simon reviews the long-awaited superhero mashup, starring Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck and directed by Zack Snyder. [more]

31/03/2016: Kung Fu Panda 3 review
Simon reviews the "threequel" to the popular Chinese-American animated comedy. Starring the voices of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and Bryan Cranston. [more]

31/03/2016: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 review
Simon reviews a sequel to the well-loved family comedy, once again starring Nia Vardalos, John Corbett and Lainie Kazan. [more]

07/04/2016: At the Movies for 7 April 2016
On At The Movies, Simon Morris joins the rest of the country at Taika Waititi's Hunt For The Wilderpeople, and has a rare look at the notorious "straight to DVD" shelf at the video store. What kept American Ultra and Z For Zachariah away from the cinemas? [more]

07/04/2016: Hunt For The Wilderpeople
Simon reviews Taika Waititi's smash-hit action comedy, starring Sam Neill and Julian Dennison. [more]

07/04/2016: American Ultra
Simon reviews the straight-to-DVD comedy, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. [more]

07/04/2016: Z For Zachariah
Simon reviews the film adaptation of a famous 1970s children's book - filmed in New Zealand. It stars Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiafor and Chris Pine. [more]

14/04/2016: At the Movies for 14 April 2016
Simon Morris looks at two holiday films - The Huntsman - Winter's War, with its high-powered cast, led by Charlize Theron and Emily Blunt, and Zootopia, the latest smash hit from Disney Animation. He also talks to the creators of New Zealand independent film The Great Maiden's Blush - Andrea Bosshard and Shane Loader. [more]

14/04/2016: The Huntsman: Winter's War
Simon reviews the sequel to Snow White And The Huntsman, starring Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt and Chris Hemsworth. [more]

14/04/2016: Zootopia
Simon reviews the endlessly surprising animated comedy-drama from Disney Animation. [more]

14/04/2016: Andrea Bosshard and Shane Loader
Simon talks to the writer-director-producers of the independent New Zealand film, The Great Maiden's Blush. [more]

21/04/2016: At the Movies for 21 April 2016
Simon Morris looks three films with women stars. The Boss is a Melissa McCarthy comedy, Phoenix is a drama with a Hitchcockian twist, starring German favourite Nina Hoss and Helen Mirren leads a military mission by remote control in Eye In The Sky. [more]

21/04/2016: The Boss
Simon reviews the Melissa McCarthy comedy, The Boss, about the richest woman in America. [more]

21/04/2016: Phoenix
Simon reviews the new drama from the star/director team Nina Hoss and Christian Petzold (Barbara), about a woman returning to Berlin after years in a concentration camp. [more]

21/04/2016: Eye in the Sky
Simon reviews a film about modern drone-warfare, starring Helen Mirren and - in his final screen role - the late Alan Rickman. [more]

28/04/2016: Orphans and Kingdoms
Simon reviews an independent New Zealand drama, directed by Paolo Rotondo, about three street-kids who invade a home on wealthy Waiheke Island. [more]

28/04/2016: The Jungle Book
Simon reviews the remake of the animated hit of the 1960s, The Jungle Book, featuring the voices of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley and Scarlett Johanssen. [more]

28/04/2016: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Simon reviews a comedy set in Afghanistan, starring Tina Fey and Margot Robbie as two freelance journalists in a war-zone. [more]

05/05/2016: At The Movies for 5 May 2016
Dan Slevin (filling in for Simon Morris) reviews 25 April - an animated version of New Zealand's Gallipoli story - and Meryl Streep portraying the "worst singer in the world", Florence Foster Jenkins. He also chats to the co-director of the Documentary Edge Film Festival, Dan Shanan. [more]

05/05/2016: 25 April
Dan Slevin reviews Leanne Pooley's animated version of the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign of 1915. [more]

05/05/2016: Documentary Edge 2016
Dan Slevin interviews co-director of the DocEdge film festival, Dan Shanan about the 2016 event in Wellington and Auckland. [more]

05/05/2016: Florence Foster Jenkins
Dan Slevin reviews Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in Stephen Frears' new film about "the worst singer in the world". [more]

12/05/2016: At the Movies for 12 May 2016
Dan Slevin (filling in for Simon Morris) reviews Captain America: Civil War - the 13th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series and Wellington labour of love The Great Maiden's Blush. He also talks to US critic Diana Drumm about her Twitter feed @FemaleCritics, which promotes film writing by women. [more]

12/05/2016: At the Movies for 19 May 2016
Once again, Dan Slevin is filling in for Simon Morris and this week he reviews Angry Birds - the seven year old video game, book and apparel franchise makes it to cinemas for the first time - and award-winning documentarian Michael Moore's new film Where to Invade Next. He also talks to cinema owner Simon Werry about the explosive growth in alternative content for cinema screens like operas, ballets and theatre productions. [more]

12/05/2016: Captain America Civil War
Dan Slevin reviews the 13th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series, starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey, Jr. and Scarlett Johansson. [more]

12/05/2016: Angry Birds
Dan Slevin reviews Sony's animated adaptation of the smartphone videogame. [more]

12/05/2016: Female Critics with Diana Drumm
Dan Slevin interviews US freelance film writer Diana Drumm about why it is getting harder for women to make a living writing about film - and what we can do about it. [more]

12/05/2016: Alternative content
Dan Slevin interviews cinema owner Simon Werry about 'alternative content' like opera and ballet productions and how they are winning over arthouse cinema audiences. [more]

12/05/2016: The Great Maiden's Blush
Dan Slevin reviews Andrew Bosshard and Shane Loader's drama about two women stuck in a maternity ward together. [more]

12/05/2016: Where to Invade Next
Dan Slevin reviews Michael Moore's latest socially conscious documentary which looks at which great international initiatives he can bring back to the US. [more]

25/05/2016: At the Movies for 26 May 2016
Once again, Dan Slevin is filling in for Simon Morris and this week he reviews X-Men: Apocalypse, in which our mutant heroes defend the planet from an ancient Egyptian mutant who thinks he is a god; City of Gold, a documentary about the acclaimed Los Angeles food writer Jonathan Gold and Dan talks to Dylan Reeve, co-director of the brilliant new Kiwi documentary, Tickled. [more]

26/05/2016: X-Men: Apocalypse
Dan Slevin reviews the 9th X-Men movie (if you include the two Wolverine and one Deadpool spinoffs). [more]

26/05/2016: Tickled: Dylan Reeve interview
Dan Slevin chats to Tickled co-director Dylan Reeve about the making of the film and what makes a documentary 'cinematic'. [more]

26/05/2016: City of Gold review
Dan Slevin reviews Laura Gabbert's documentary about Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold. [more]

02/06/2016: At The Movies for 2 June 2016
Dan Slevin is filling in for Simon Morris for the final time and this week he reviews Alice Through the Looking Glass, starring Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter; The Nice Guys, a a throwback to the cynical 70s starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, and Our Little Sister, a graceful and unsentimental Japanese drama. [more]

02/06/2016: The Nice Guys
Dan Slevin reviews The Nice Guys, a buddy movie by Shane Black, that stars Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe as the buddies in question. [more]

02/06/2016: Our Little Sister
Japanese master Hirokazu Koreeda's latest triumph reviewed by Dan Slevin. [more]

09/06/2016: At The Movies for 9 June 2016
On At The Movies, Simon Morris returns and reports on the very mixed messages handed out at the famous Cannes Film Festival. Part the Art of the Cinema, part the Art of the Deal, Cannes nevertheless offers an accurate snapshot of the current state of the industry. [more]

16/06/2016: At the Movies for 16 June 2016
Simon Morris wonders what happened to traditional, mainstream movies, squeezed out of the cinemas between, on the one hand, gigantic blockbuster franchises, and on the other, by small, festival-friendly independent films. He looks at two recent examples - heist movie Now you see me 2, and hostage drama Money Monster. He also talks to New Zealand Film Commission CEO Dave Gibson about a very busy next 12 months. [more]

16/06/2016: Now You See Me 2
Simon Morris looks at the sequel to the heist movie that proved the hand was quicker than the eye, starring Mark Ruffalo and Morgan Freeman. [more]

16/06/2016: Money Monster
Jodie Foster directs, George Clooney and Julia Roberts star in a film that blends a hostage drama with a media satire. [more]

16/06/2016: Dave Gibson
The CEO of the New Zealand Film Commission talks about a busy year, "something for everyone" - and his occasionally prickly relationship with the independent sector. [more]

23/06/2016: At the Movies for 23 June 2016
In this web-only At The Movies – an extended version of this week’s interview with Bill Gosden, the director of the New Zealand International Film Festival. More films, more highlights and more reasons to check out this year’s festival programme… [more]

30/06/2016: At The Movies for 30 June 2016
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at hugely successful family movie Finding Dory, and just plain huge Warcraft and Independence Day 2. And a smaller German film packs its own wallop - Labyrinth Of Lies looks at the conspiracy to keep Auschwitz quiet in the Nineteen Fifties. [more]

30/06/2016: Warcraft
The online phenomenon, computer-game World of Warcraft is the latest to be turned into a movie. Directed by Duncan Jones (Moon). [more]

30/06/2016: Finding Dory
The sequel to 2003's Finding Nemo, this Pixar smash hit features, once again, Ellen DeGeneres as the forgetful reef fish. [more]

30/06/2016: Labyrinth Of Lies
In 1958, Auschwitz remained a secret to many young Germans. This film tells how the secret was let out. [more]

06/07/2016: At the Movies for 7 July 2016
On At The Movies, Simon Morris talks to American director Whit Stillman (The last days of disco) about his take on a never-filmed Jane Austen novella, Love and Friendship. He also looks at another golden oldie - the new film The Legend of Tarzan, and a small, feelgood movie, Dough. [more]

07/07/2016: The Legend of Tarzan
100 years old and still going strong, this version comes from the producer and director of the Harry Potter films. [more]

07/07/2016: Dough
An odd-couple comedy-drama, starring Jonathan Price (Game of Thrones) as a Jewish Baker forced to employ a young, African, Muslim kid. [more]

07/07/2016: Love and Friendship
An extended interview with director Whit Stillman, about his adaptation of an unpublished - and very sexy! - novel by Jane Austen. [more]

14/07/2016: At The Movies - BFG Review
Steven Spielberg's first full-on fairy tale, based on a book by Roald Dahl, and starring Spielberg favourite Mark Rylance. [more]

14/07/2016: At The Movies - Sing Street review
Following the interview with director John Carney a few weeks ago, we look at Eighties school-band movie itself. [more]

14/07/2016: At The Movies - NZ International Film Festival
The unruly side-bars to the Festival proper - Animation and Incredibly Strange - are unveiled by curators Malcolm Turner and Ant Timpson. [more]

14/07/2016: At The Movies 647
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at The BFG, based on the Roald Dahl children's favourite and directed by Steven Spielberg… and Sing Street, set in a Dublin boys school in the early Eighties. He also talks animation and Incredibly Strange movies with the Film Festival's Malcolm Turner and Ant Timpson. [more]

21/07/2016: At The Movies for 21 July 2016
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at the controversial reboot of Ghostbusters - the comedy that launched a million angry tweets. There's a new version of Grandmama's favourite Anne of Green Gables, and a stunning Canadian film called Remember, directed by Atom Egoyan, and starring Christopher Plummer. [more]

28/07/2016: At The Movies for 28 July 2016
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at the 13th Star Trek movie, Star Trek beyond, and a film called Demolition, in which Jake Gyllenhaal has to break up his life to put it back together again. He also talks to Icelandic director Grimur Hakonarson, whose film Rams was a big winner at the Cannes Film Festival last year. [more]

28/07/2016: Star Trek Beyond Review
The latest in the franchise, with Fast and furious director Justin Lin taking over from J J Abrams. Written by co-star Simon Pegg. [more]

28/07/2016: Demolition Review
An independent American film, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts, and directed by Jean-Marc (Dallas Buyers Club) Vallee. [more]

28/07/2016: Interview Rams Director Grimur Hakonarson
An extended interview with Icelandic director Grimur Hakonarson, whose film won the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival last year. [more]

03/08/2016: At The Movies for 3 August 2016
On At The Movies, Simon Morris welcomes back the old Bourne team - star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass - on the blockbuster Jason Bourne. He also checks out three smaller films: feelgood flick The Carer, B-movie horror, Lights out, and new New Zealander Jake Mahaffy's award-winning Free in deed. [more]

03/08/2016: Jason Bourne Film Review
Bourne's back with pretty much the whole creative team behind it. Pretty much… [more]

03/08/2016: Lights Out Film Review
A B-movie horror about a mysterious entity that only appears when the lights go out. Featuring a slumming Maria Bello. [more]

03/08/2016: Free In Deed Film Review
A New Zealand co-production, directed by Jake Mahaffay, about a Memphis exorcism. Winner of the Horizon section of last year's Venice Film Festival. [more]

17/08/2016: At The Movies for 17 August 2016
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at the art of the movie-trailer, and why so many seem to be rather more entertaining than the movies they're previewing. He also looks at the much-anticipated Absolutely Fabulous The Movie and the critically-acclaimed thriller Green Room, starring Patrick Stewart. [more]

17/08/2016: Trailers Review
With so many blockbusters disappointing, is the fault in the trailers? Are they too good? [more]

17/08/2016: Absolutely Fabulous The Movie
25 years after the much-loved TV show, Edina and Patsy are back on the big screen. Starring Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley. [more]

17/08/2016: Green Room
When a young punk band meet neo-Nazis, everything goes South. No doubt. Starring Patrick Stewart and the late Anton Yelchin. [more]

24/08/2016: At The Movies for 24 August
On At The Movies, Simon Morris reviews the minimalist The shallows - just actress Blake Lively and a shark. And two films that take very different looks at military secrets - John Le Carre's Our kind of traitor, starring Ewan McGregor and Damian Lewis, and War Dogs, starring comedians Jonah Hill and Miles Teller. [more]

24/08/2016: At The Movies - The Shallows Review
The Shallows - a woman is trapped in a rock by a hungry Great White shark, tantalizingly close to the shore. Starring Blake Lively. [more]

24/08/2016: At The Movies - Our Kind Of Traitor Review
Our Kind of Traitor - when a Mafia money-launderer wants to defect to Britain, a teacher and his wife find themselves caught in a deadly game of treachery. Starring Ewan McGregor, Naomie Harris and Damian Lewis. [more]

24/08/2016: At The Movies - War Dogs Review
War Dogs - the true story of two 20-something dropouts who ended up supplying the Pentagon with armaments during the Iraq War. Starring Jonah Hill, Miles Teller and Bradley Cooper. [more]

31/08/2016: At The Movies for 31 August 2015
On At The Movies, Simon Morris reviews the remake of Ben-Hur, and a new comedy starring Mila Kunis and Chrsitina Applegate - Bad Moms. Pick of the crop though is a small but perfectly formed film from Jordan. Theeb was nominated for a Best Foreign Film Oscar this year. [more]

31/08/2016: Ben Hur Review
A remake of the famous - and multi-Oscar winning - 1959 classic "Story of the Christ." Starring Jack Huston and Morgan Freeman. [more]

31/08/2016: Bad Moms Review
When the pressure to be perfect is too much, three Moms go Bad. Starring Mila Kunis, Christina Applegate and Kristen Bell. [more]

31/08/2016: Theeb Review
A little Bedouin boy tags along when his brother guides a British soldier through the Arabian Desert during World War One. Nominated for an Oscar and a Bafta this year. [more]

07/09/2016: At The Movies for 7 September 2016
Simon Morris reviews the popular Richie McCaw documentary, Chasing Great, and the new Ricky Gervais comedy about an old character - David Brent: Life On The Road. He also looks at a drama about a half-forgotten footnote of American history - Free State of Jones. [more]

07/09/2016: Chasing Great - movie review
The story of a GAB - a "Great All Black" - Richie McCaw in his own words. [more]

07/09/2016: David Brent: Life on the Road - movie review
The return of the man you loved to hate in TV classic The Office. Starring Ricky Gervais. [more]

07/09/2016: Free State of Jones - movie review
A based-on-real-life story of Newt Knight, who deserted from the Confederate Army to form his own country in the heart of Mississippi. Starring Matthew McConnaughey. [more]

14/09/2016: At The Movies for 14 September 2016
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at three films aimed at men - Sully, starring Tom Hanks as a real-life hero… Blood Father, in which Mel Gibson attempts to redeem himself… and perpetual party-dude Seth Rogen's R-rated cartoon, Sausage Party. [more]

14/09/2016: Sausage Party review
A foul-mouthed animated feature about sentient edibles. Starring Seth Rogen, James Franco and Kristen Wiig. [more]

14/09/2016: Blood Father review
The return of Mel Gibson in an action drama about a father and daughter on the run. [more]

14/09/2016: Sully review
The true story of the airline pilot who crash-landed a passenger plane into the Hudson River. Directed by Clint Eastwood, starring Tom Hanks. [more]

21/09/2016: At The Movies for 21 September 2016
On At The Movies, Simon Morris reviews the sentimental remake of Disney's Pete's Dragon, and a rival animated hit, The Secret Life of Pets. And he looks at the film based on a very literary New Zealand novel, The Rehearsal. [more]

21/09/2016: Pete's Dragon Review
A boy and his invisible dragon. Starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford and a Weta-created dragon called Elliot. [more]

21/09/2016: The Rehearsal Review
Alison Maclean's adaptation of Eleanor Catton's novel about young love, scandal and theatre school. [more]

21/09/2016: The Secret Life of Pets Review
An animated comedy for all ages, featuring the voices of Louis CK and Kevin Hart. [more]

28/09/2016: At The Movies #658
On At The Movies, Simon Morris reviews two films about parenthood - Bridget Jones's Baby and Captain Fantastic, starring Viggo Mortensen. And he goes to the latest hit, low-budget horror film - Don't breathe. [more]

28/09/2016: At The Movies Bridget Jones Baby Review
Bridget Jones's Baby - 15 years after her Diary, Bridget's back, starring Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Emma Thompson. [more]

28/09/2016: At The Movies Don't Breathe Review
Don't breathe - from producers Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, a horror thriller where the villain is blind - but with uncannily good hearing. [more]

28/09/2016: At The Movies Captain Fantastic Review
Captain Fantastic - Viggo Mortensen plays a father who brings his children up, away from the excesses of modern, corporate America. [more]

05/10/2016: At The Movies for 5 October 2016
Simon Morris looks at the remake of the classic western, The Magnificent Seven, and a documentary about a famous interview - when French critic turned film-maker Francois Truffaut got Alfred Hitchcock to explain his methods. And there's a new Tim Burton film, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. [more]

05/10/2016: Review - 8 Days a Week
Ron Howard's film about the touring years of the Beatles at the height of the "mania". [more]

05/10/2016: Review - Magnificent Seven
Yet another 2016 remake of a classic movie, starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt. [more]

05/10/2016: Review - HitchcockTruffaut
A documentary about a famous interview that changed the critics' view of the supreme entertainer, Alfred Hitchcock. [more]

05/10/2016: Review - Miss peregine's Home for Peculiar Children
A very Tim Burton story about a home for "peculiars", whose powers include flight, invisibility and bees! [more]

12/10/2016: At The Movies for 12 October 2016
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at two new thrillers - The Girl On The Train, starring Emily Blunt, based on the best-selling novel… and Deepwater Horizon, the story behind the worst oil-rig disaster in history. And he reviews a new New Zealand sci-fi comedy with an irresistible name: This Giant Paper Mache Boulder Is Actually Really Heavy. [more]

12/10/2016: Movie review - The Girl on the Train
Emily Blunt stars as an alcoholic divorcee who discovers she may have murdered her ex-husband's nanny. [more]

12/10/2016: Movie review - Deepwater Horizon
The story behind the real-life 2010 oil-rig explosion that caused the biggest ecological disaster in history. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Kate Hudson and John Malkovich. [more]

12/10/2016: Movie review - This Giant Paper Mache Boulder is Actually
A New Zealand sci-fi comedy in which a group of fans find themselves in a real-life cheesey B-movie. [more]

19/10/2016: Review of Inferno
Tom Hanks stars in a thriller, with at its heart a puzzle based on Dante's famous poem. [more]

19/10/2016: At The Movies for 19 October 2016
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks the latest film based on a Dan Brown novel, Inferno, starring Tom Hanks, and a little English comedy, obviously aimed at the trendy "grey dollar", Golden Years. He also reviews the multi-award winning Argentinian film The Clan. [more]

19/10/2016: Review of The Clan
An Argentinian film about a real-life family of kidnappers who operated during the Galtieri dictatorship. Winner of Best Director at the Venice Film Festival. [more]

19/10/2016: Review - Golden Years
A comedy about a gang of bank-robbing pensioners, starring Bernard Hill, Virginia McKenna and Una Stubbs. [more]

26/10/2016: At the Movies
On At The Movies, Simon Morris reviews three more films from the Spring Clearout season - Jack Reacher Never Go Back, starring Tom Cruise; Café Society, Woody Allen's new comedy, set in 1930s Hollywood and spy spoof Keeping Up With The Joneses, starring Zach Galifianakis and Jon Hamm. [more]

26/10/2016: Movie review - Jack Reacher
Tom Cruise returns as Lee Child's popular action hero. [more]

26/10/2016: Movie review - Cafe Society
Another nostalgic Woody Allen comedy, this time set in the Golden Age Hollywood of the 1930s. Starring Kristen Stewart, Steve Carrell and Jesse Eisenberg. [more]

26/10/2016: Movie review - Keeping Up With The Joneses
A suburban couple discover their new neighbours are international spies. Starring Zach Galifianakis, Isla Blair, Jon Hamm and Gal (Wonder Woman) Gadot. [more]

02/11/2016: Review - Dr Strange
Marvel Studios updates Shangri-La as Benedict Cumberbatch learns the secrets of the Universe from Tilda Swinton. [more]

02/11/2016: At The Movies for 2 November 2016
On At The Movies, Simon Morris welcomes three good movies, for a change! Cannes Film Festival winner I Daniel Blake is Ken Loach at his best - and most passionate. Hell and High Water, starring Jeff Bridges and Chris Pine, sees two Texans take on the banks. And the new Marvel Comics blockbuster Doctor Strange boasts Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton [more]

02/11/2016: Review - I, Daniel Blake
Ken Loach's award-winning drama about two beneficiaries ground down by the system. [more]

02/11/2016: Review - Hell or High Water
A modern western sees Texas Ranger Jeff Bridges hunting two bank-robbers, and wondering whether he may be on the wrong side. [more]

09/11/2016: At The Movies for 9 November 2016
On At The Movies, Simon Morris reviews the new Mel Gibson war story Hacksaw Ridge, about real life conscientious objector Desmond Doss. The Accountant is a thriller starring Ben Affleck and Anna Kendrick, while The Light Between Oceans is tear-jerker, starring real-life lovers Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander - partly shot in Dunedin. [more]

09/11/2016: The Accountant review
A blend of action-thriller with a fascination with autistic maths geniuses. Starring Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick and J K Simmons. [more]

09/11/2016: Hacksaw Ridge review
The untold story of a war hero who refused to touch a weapon. Directed by Mel Gibson. [more]

09/11/2016: The Light Between Oceans review
A love story, set on a remote lighthouse. Starring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander, and partly shot around Dunedin. [more]

07/12/2016: At the Movies
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks back on a year that seemed very dependent on remakes and sequels - many of them long after their sell-by date. He reviews the latest examples - Bad Santa 2 and the fifth of the Underworld franchise - Blood Wars. [more]

07/12/2016: Movie review - Year of sequels
Year of Sequels - a look back at the many remakes, sequels and reboots that dominated 2016 - from the latest Star Wars and Star Trek to new versions of Ben Hur, Blair Witch and The Magnificent Seven. [more]

07/12/2016: Movie review - Bad Santa2
Bad Santa 2 - 13 years on, a sequel to Bad Santa proves harder than it looked. Starring Billy Bob Thornton and Kathy Bates. [more]

07/12/2016: Movie review - Underworld - Blood Wars
Underworld: Blood Wars - the latest in the increasingly convoluted timeline of the Underworld vampire series. Starring Kate Beckinsale. [more]

14/12/2016: At the Movies: the best of 2016
Simon Morris looks at the year's big themes – business, the year 1952 and diversity – and crowns Comeback of the Year, Star of the Year and three Movies of the Year. [more]

08/02/2017: At The Movies for 8 February 2017
On At The Movies, Simon Morris reviews a holiday full of Oscar hopefuls - but how many were actually deserving? [more]

15/02/2017: At The Movies
Simon Morris previews the French Film Festival, now New Zealand's second-biggest cinema showcase after the winter International Festival and takes a peek at the Baftas. [more]

22/02/2017: At the Movies
This week, three films that all, in one way or another, are about cultural misunderstanding: The Great Wall, Silence and Toni Erdmann.   [more]

22/02/2017: The Great Wall review
Set in the 12th century, sees two European adventurers get more than they bargained for when they reach the Great Wall of China. Stars Matt Damon. [more]

22/02/2017: Toni Erdmann review
Toni Erdmann features a high-flying executive being embarrassed by her practical-joking father. Winner at last year's Cannes Film Festival. [more]

22/02/2017: Silence review
Martin Scorsese's passion project about the fate of three Portuguese missionaries in 17th century Japan. Stars Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson. [more]

01/03/2017: At The Movies
Simon Morris looks at two Hollywoods - the sensitive artists reflected in the recent Oscars for Moonlight and La La Land, and the sequel-crazy studio heads. [more]

01/03/2017: Oscars 2017
The Oscars have come and gone. The headlines were taken by the confusion at the end, but were they an improvement on last year's Oscars So White? [more]

01/03/2017: Future Sequels
Despite last year's mixed fortunes, sequel-mania continues to rule this year's slate of blockbusters. Has Hollywood lost the ability to plot? [more]

01/03/2017: T2 Trainspotting
Director Danny Boyle returns to Trainspotting, 20 years later. Is this the sequel that disproves the rule of disappointing sequels? [more]

08/03/2017: At the Movies for 8 March 2017
Simon Morris discovers the old western isn't as dead as you'd think and three new films owe more than a little to its influence, [more]

15/03/2017: At The Movies for 15 March 2017
Simon Morris looks at three rather different films - Kong: Skull Island, A Street Cat Named Bob and The Innocents. [more]

15/03/2017: The Innocents - review
This critically-acclaimed French film tells the story of a group of Polish nuns who were raped by the "liberating army" at the end of World War II. [more]

15/03/2017: A Street Cat Named Bob - review
A street cat named Bob is based on James Bowen's best-selling memoir of life on the London streets. Starring Luke Treadaway, Joanne Froggatt and Bob the Cat. [more]

15/03/2017: Kong: Skull Island - review
Kong: Skull Island revives the old Japanese monster movie version of the story. Starring Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larsen, John Goodman and Samuel L Jackson. [more]

22/03/2017: At the Movies for 22 March 2017
Simon Morris looks at three films that all, in different ways, fail to excite: Loving, Gary of the Pacific and Trespass Against Us. [more]

22/03/2017: Loving
Loving is the true story of the 1960s couple that defied segregated Virginia and ended up changing the law. Starring Oscar-nominee Ruth Negga, Joel Egerton and Kiwi Marton Csokas. [more]

22/03/2017: Gary of the Pacific
New Zealand comedy Gary of the Pacific is about a real-estate agent who becomes chief of an island Paradise. Stars Josh Thomson. [more]

22/03/2017: Trespass Against Us
Trespass against us - about a family of traveller criminals - stars the dream team of Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson. [more]

29/03/2017: At the Movies for 29 March 2017
Simon Morris reviews the sci-fi thriller Life and Brazilian award-winner Aquarius and talks to Hayden Frost and LJ Ritchie about their plans to review every NZ film ever in their podcast Never Repeats.​ [more]

29/03/2017: Movie review - LIFE
Life returns to Alien territory, when a crew of a space-station find themselves hosting an ever-growing, hostile creature from Mars. Stars Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal. [more]

29/03/2017: Movie review - Aquarius
Brazilian award-winner Aquarius sees ageing Sonia Braga determined to hang onto the beachfront apartment she was brought up in. [more]

29/03/2017: Movie review - Never Repeats Podcast
And a new web-site Never Repeats sets out to watch every New Zealand film - good and bad. Simon talks to hosts Hayden Frost and L J Ritchie. [more]

05/04/2017: Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast is the latest Disney animated favourite to get the live-action treatment. Starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens and Kevin Kline. [more]

05/04/2017: At The Movies for 5 April 2017
On At The Movies, Simon Morris reviews two rebooted projects - a new comedy based on 70s TV favourite Chips, and the controversial western version of Japanese cult series Ghost in the Shell. And Beauty and the Beast is the latest Disney animated favourite to get the live-action treatment. [more]

05/04/2017: CHiPS
Chips was a popular TV series in the 1970s - how does it shape up in the ironic 2010s? [more]

05/04/2017: Ghost in the Shell
A Hollywood - and Wellywood - version of the Japanese cult manga series Ghost in the Shell. Starring Scarlett Johansson and Juliette Binoche. [more]

12/04/2017: At The Movies
Simon Morris reviews the Oscar-winning Iranian film The Salesman, and the wildly popular Lego Batman Movie. He also previews the New Zealand Film Festival's Autumn Events - a collection of classic movies return to the big screen. [more]

12/04/2017: Review - Lego Batman Review
The Lego Batman Movie blends two well-known brands, following up the wildly popular Lego Movie. [more]

12/04/2017: Review - The Salesman Review
Iranian Oscar-winner The Salesman watches the strains on the marriage of two actors appearing in the famous American play Death of a Salesman. [more]

12/04/2017: Review - Film Fest Autumn Events Review
Glance at the programme of the New Zealand International Film Festival's annual Autumn Events - featuring new prints of classics like Manhattan and Woodstock, and the new Terrence Malick film Voyage of Time: Life's Journey. [more]

19/04/2017: At The Movies
On At The Movies, Simon Morris reviews two films with a World War Two connection and one of the winners at last year's Cannes Film Festival. [more]

19/04/2017: Movie Review - Their Finest
Their Finest takes place in the real-life setting of the wartime film industry of Great Britain. Starring Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy, and directed by Lone (An education) Scherfig. [more]

19/04/2017: Movie Review - Personal Shopper
Cannes Film Festival award-winner Personal shopper is a Hitchcockian thriller with an occult twist. Starring Kristen Stewart. [more]

19/04/2017: Movie Review - Denial
Denial is based on the true story of the law-suit brought by notorious Holocaust denier, David Irving. Starring Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson and Timothy Spall as Irving. [more]

26/04/2017: At The Movies
On At The Movies, Simon Morris checks out yet another film about elderly bank-robbers, the thriller Beyond the Known World - a New Zealand-Indian co-production and French Film Festival favourite, From the Land of the Moon. [more]

26/04/2017: Movie review - Going in Style
Going in style is a creaky story based on that old favourite - elderly bankrobbers. Starring Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin. [more]

26/04/2017: Movie review - Beyond the known world
New Zealand-Indian co-production Beyond the known world finds itself searching for more than a lost teenager. Starring David Denham and Sia Trokenheim. [more]

26/04/2017: Movie review - From the land of the moon
French film From the land of the Moon stars Marion Cotillard as a troubled patient in a Swiss nursing home. [more]

03/05/2017: At The Movies
On At The Movies, Simon Morris reviews the second episode of Marvel Comics' gigantic Guardians of the Galaxy, and an appealing little Irish film about school, rugby and homophobia. Harder to categorise is Colossal - both a monster movie and a comedy-drama starring Anne Hathaway. [more]

03/05/2017: Movie review - Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 reminds us that comic-book movies are meant to be fun as well as eye-boggling. [more]

03/05/2017: Movie review - Handsome Devil
A little Irish film Handsome devil punches above its weight. [more]

03/05/2017: Movie review - Colossal
Colossal blends two apparent opposites - a little comedy drama and a giant monster movie. Starring Ann Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis and Dan Stevens. [more]

10/05/2017: At the Movies
On At The Movies, Simon Morris reviews three films NOT directed by white, middle aged men.  [more]

10/05/2017: Movie review - Rules Don't Apply
Rules don't apply, the comeback of 80-year-old director-star Warren Beatty, remembers Hollywood during the Howard Hughes years. [more]

10/05/2017: Movie review - Get Out!
Get out! directed by Jordan Peele is a uniquely black take on the old spooky house horror-film. It seems white folks really are out to get you! [more]

10/05/2017: Movie review - The Zookeeper's Wife
The zookeeper's wife is a war story with a female slant - produced by star Jessica Chastain and directed by New Zealander Niki Caro. [more]

17/05/2017: At The Movies
Simon Morris questions the old line “the troubles of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.”  What makes a better movie - little people or big issues? [more]

17/05/2017: Movie Review: Alien Covenant
Alien: Covenant brings back the alien creature, but is more interested in pushing the boundaries of artificial intelligence. Directed by Ridley Scott. [more]

17/05/2017: Movie Review: Viceroy's House
Viceroy's House tells the story of the last Viceroy of India, and how the struggle for India's independence in 1947 ended in the bloody Partition. Starring Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson. [more]

17/05/2017: Movie Review: After the Storm
And After the storm is a charming family drama from writer director Hirokazu (Like father like son) Koreeda. [more]

24/05/2017: At the Movies
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at the two modern phobias - the fear off missing out, and the fear of being left behind by modern trends. [more]

24/05/2017: Movie review - Legend of the Sword
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword sees Guy Ritchie assume, wrongly, that audiences today want a rough-neck, rock and roll version of Camelot. Stars Charlie (Sons of Anarchy) Hunnam and Jude Law. [more]

24/05/2017: Movie review - Pecking order
New Zealand documentary Pecking Order is a fascinating - and often hilarious - view of the world of the poultry-fancier. Directed by Slavko Martinov. [more]

24/05/2017: Movie review - The sense of an ending
The sense of an ending is based on a novel by Booker Prize-winning author Julian Barnes. Stars Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling and Michelle (Downton Abbey) Dockery. [more]

31/05/2017: At the Movies
In At The Movies Simon Morris dives into three movies, all rather outside his usual specialist subjects. [more]

31/05/2017: Norman
Norman sees Richard Gere in the unlikely role of a loser, New York "fixer". Also featuring Dan Stevens, Steve Buscemi and Charlotte Gainsbourg. [more]

31/05/2017: The Hippopotamus
The film version of Stephen Fry's novel The Hippopotamus depends heavily on sharing Fry's enthusiasms. [more]

31/05/2017: The Passion of Augustine
And The Passion of Augustine requires some familiarity with nuns, Vatican 2 and Quebec's Quiet Revolution of the early 1960s. [more]

07/06/2017: At The Movies
Simon Morris looks at two contrasting female-directed movies, and a new documentary about a New Zealand legend who built an empire from a glorified shed. [more]

07/06/2017: Review - McLaren
McLaren is Roger Donaldson's passion-project - the story of Bruce McLaren, the Kiwi kid from Remuera who conquered the international racing scene first as a driver, then as a car designer. [more]

07/06/2017: Review - Wonder Women
Wonder Woman has been a long time coming. Can director Patty (Monster) Jenkins succeed where so many fans have failed? [more]

07/06/2017: Review - Adult Life Skills
Adult life skills is a little movie about a woman making even smaller films in her shed. Director Rachel Tunnard taps into her love of Baywatch, Jane Austen, bobble-hats and the band Whitesnake to make the best movie of the week. [more]

14/06/2017: At The Movies for 14 June 2017
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at the start of yet another movie universe - monster mash, The Mummy. He also looks at two rather smaller films - the French domestic comedy Rosalie Blum, and Cold War spy-thriller Despite the Falling Snow, starring Charles Dance. [more]

14/06/2017: The Mummy review
The Mummy hopes to start a franchise of famous old classic monsters. Starring Tom Cruise, with Russell Crowe as Doctor Jekyll. [more]

14/06/2017: Rosalie Blum review
Rosalie Blum is a French comedy-drama, drawn from a series of popular graphic novels. [more]

14/06/2017: Despite the Falling Snow review
Despite the Falling Snow tells the story of Russian spies - that is, Russians spying for the Americans in the Soviet Union. [more]

21/06/2017: At the Movies - Stranger than Fiction?
At The Movies - Simon Morris discovers that fact may be stranger than fiction, but fiction usually has better endings.  [more]

21/06/2017: Movie review - Rough night
Rough Night takes the old Hangover formula and gives it a female-friendly twist. Starring Scarlett Johannseen and Kate McKinnon, and directed by Lucia (Broad City) Aniello. [more]

21/06/2017: Movie review - Churchill
Churchill shows the British wartime Prime Minister racked with doubt on the eve of D Day. Starring Brian Cox and Miranda Richardson. [more]

21/06/2017: Movie review - All eyez on me
All Eyez On Me adds very little to what we already know about rapper Tupac Shakur. [more]

28/06/2017: At The Movies for 28 June 2017
Simon Morris and Bill Gosden, the director of the New Zealand International Film Festival, preview the 2017 season, which kicks off in Auckland on 20 July. [more]

05/07/2017: At The Movies: 5 July 2017
Simon Morris looks at three films competing with "blockbuster season" – My Cousin Rachel, The Beautiful Fantastic and The House. [more]

05/07/2017: My Cousin Rachel - review
My Cousin Rachel is an old-fashioned gothic melodrama, written by Daphne Du Maurier, and starring Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin. [more]

05/07/2017: The Beautiful Fantastic - review
The Beautiful Fantastic is a whimsical romance, a sort of English version of French favourite Amelie. Starring Tom Wilkinson, Andrew Scott and Jessica Brown Findlay. [more]

05/07/2017: The House - review
The House stars Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler as a suburban couple who start up a neighbourhood casino, with predictable results. [more]

12/07/2017: At the Movies: 12 July 2017
Simon Morris reviews three films about different aspects of popular culture – the American comic-book hero (Spiderman Homecoming) Russia's fixation on ballet (Polina) and France's fascination with clowns (Monsieur Chocolat). [more]

12/07/2017: Spider-Man: Homecoming - review
Spider-Man: Homecoming goes back to its America comic-book roots, with a young teenage superhero, crime-fighting between homework assignments. [more]

12/07/2017: Polina - review
Polina features a young Russian dancer lured away from the Bolshoi Ballet by French contemporary dance. [more]

12/07/2017: Monsieur Chocolat - review
Monsieur Chocolat plays to the French obsession with traditional mime, with the true story of the clown who became the most famous black man in France. [more]

19/07/2017: At The Movies for 19 July 2017
Dan Slevin reviews the final installment of the modern Planet of the Apes trilogy, War for the Planet of the Apes; a fictionalised portrayal of the Northern Ireland Peace Agreement, The Journey and Long Way North, an animated film about a teenage girl searching for her grandfather at the North Pole. [more]

19/07/2017: Review - War For The Planet of the Apes
Dan Slevin reviews the final episode of the trilogy that rebooted a beloved franchise. [more]

19/07/2017: Review - The Journey
Dan Slevin reviews Nick Hamm's reimagining of a key moment in the Northern Irish peace process, starring Colm Meaney and Timothy Spall. [more]

19/07/2017: Review - Long Way North
Animated film about a young girl from 19th century St Petersburg journeys to the Arctic to search for her grandfather, reviewed by Dan Slevin. [more]

26/07/2017: At the Movies
Dan Slevin is filling in for Simon Morris on At The Movies and this week he reviews Dunkirk, Baby Driver and Paris Can Wait. [more]

26/07/2017: Review - Dunkirk
Dan Slevin reviews the World War II epic, Dunkirk, directed by Christopher Nolan. [more]

26/07/2017: Review - Baby Driver
Dan Slevin reviews Edgar Wright's music-inspired heist thriller, Baby Drive, which features lots of car chases. [more]

26/07/2017: Review - Paris Can Wait
80-year-old-Eleanor Coppola is the wife of Oscar-winner Francis Coppola and she's made her first feature film, Paris Can Wait, reviewed by Dan Slevin. [more]

02/08/2017: At The Movies: 2 August 2017
Dan Slevin reviews three films exclusively on Netflix: Brad Pitt in War Machine; Melanie Lynskey in I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore and Okja, from Korean director Bong Joon-Ho. [more]

02/08/2017: War Machine review
Dan Slevin reviews the Brad Pitt vehicle War Machine from Plan B and Netflix. [more]

02/08/2017: I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore review
Dan Slevin reviews the winner of the drama prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival, starring Melanie Lynskey. [more]

02/08/2017: Okja review
Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ahn-Seo Hyun and a CGI super-pig star in Okja, reviewed by Dan Slevin. [more]

09/08/2017: At The Movies for 9 August 2017
Dan Slevin (filling in for Simon Morris) reviews Atomic Blonde, The Dinner and The Big Sick. [more]

09/08/2017: Review - Atomic Blonde
Dan Slevin reviews the new Berlin-based spy thriller starring Charlize Theron, tracking down a mole as the wall comes down. [more]

09/08/2017: Review - The Dinner
Dan Slevin reviews the third heavyweight adaptation of Herman Koch's acclaimed novel, starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan and Rebecca Hall. [more]

09/08/2017: Review - The Big Sick
Breathing new life into the moribund rom-com genre, The Big Sick is a charming true story reviewed by Dan Slevin. [more]

16/08/2017: At The Movies for 16 August 2017
Simon Morris reviews Let The Sunshine In and A Date for Mad Mary, and struggles to make sense of the French sci-fi movie Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets. [more]

16/08/2017: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets - review
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is a very French sci-fi from Luc Besson, starring Dane DeHaan, Cara Delavingne and Herbie Hancock of all people! [more]

16/08/2017: Let the Sunshine In - review
In Let the Sunshine in, veteran French director Claire Denis plunges into the psyche of an amorous painter, played by Juliette Binoche. [more]

16/08/2017: A Date for Mad Mary - review
A Date for Mad Mary –​ a little charmer that recently won the Best Film gong at the Irish Film Awards – sees the titular character Mary determined to get a date for her best friend's wedding. [more]

23/08/2017: At The Movies for 23 August 2017
Simon Morris looks at the latest cinematic universe – Stephen King's The Dark Tower, plus Steven Soderberg's heist film Logan Lucky and another Steve Coogan/Rob Brydon trip, The Trip to Spain. [more]

23/08/2017: The Dark Tower - review
The Dark Tower is very American fantasy from novelist Stephen King, pitting Idris Elba (good) against Matthew McConaughey (evil). [more]

23/08/2017: Logan Lucky - review
Logan Lucky sees director Steven Soderberg (Oceans 11) return to the big screen with a heist movie starring Channing Tatum, Adam Driver and Daniel Craig. [more]

23/08/2017: The Trip to Spain - review
The Trip To Spain -– the third Trip movie – features dueling comedians Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan and a side-order of Spanish cuisine. [more]

30/08/2017: At The Movies for 30 August 2017
Simon Morris is reminded of the limitations of "based on real life" by three fact-based movies: American Made, In Between and An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power. [more]

30/08/2017: American Made
American Made stars Tom Cruise as the real-life pilot Barry Seal, who worked for both the CIA and the drug barons in the Eighties. [more]

30/08/2017: In Between
In Between shows the life of three Palestinian women in Israel, torn between modern club-life and the values of their parents. [more]

30/08/2017: An Inconvenient Sequel
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power is how global-warming activist Al Gore tried to achieve consensus at the Paris climate change conference in 2016. [more]

06/09/2017: At The Movies
Simon Morris looks at a northern summer blockbuster-season, described as the "worst summer in 17 years" and three successful movies from the recent International Film Festival. [more]

06/09/2017: My Year With Helen
My year with Helen - Gaylene Preston's documentary follows Helen Clark's bid to become the first woman Secretary General of the UN. [more]

06/09/2017: Wind River
Wind River sees a rookie FBI agent and a trapper join forces to solve a murder on a Wyoming reservation. Stars Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen. [more]

06/09/2017: The Beguiled
The Beguiled - Sofia Coppola's Cannes favourite that re-imagines an old Clint Eastwood Civil War thriller. Stars Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Colin Farrell. [more]

13/09/2017: At The Movies for 13 September 2017
 Simon Morris reviews the New Zealand-UK co-production 6 Days, directed by Toa Fraser, and kids' favourite Captain Underpants The First Epic Movie. He also talks to Jason Connery about the golf film Tommy's honour. [more]

13/09/2017: Jason Connery on 'Tommy's Honour'
British director Jason Connery's film called Tommy's Honour about the father and son – both called Thomas Morris – who changed the face of golf. [more]

13/09/2017: Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie - review
The hugely successful Captain Underpants books have been adapted into a raucous, funny movie about two kids who make up a fictitious super-hero. [more]

13/09/2017: 6 Days - review
6 Days is a NZ-UK co-production telling the story of the capture of the Iranian embassy in 1980, as seen by three people involved. It stars Mark Strong, Jamie Bell and Abbie Cornish and is directed by Toa Fraser. [more]

20/09/2017: At The Movies for 20 September 2017
Simon Morris notes the lack of independent film 'auteurs' at the moment, but welcomes one in the shape of American Darren Aronofsky. He also welcomes a less elevated thriller, and one from a reliable British actress-director team. [more]

20/09/2017: American Assassin - review
American Assassin revives the old-fashioned action thriller. Starring Michael Keaton and Dylan (Maze Runner) O'Brien. [more]

20/09/2017: mother! - review
Is Darren Aronofsky's drama/allegory mother! a breath of fresh air - or one of the worst films ever? [more]

20/09/2017: Victoria and Abdul - review
Victoria and Abdul reunites English director Stephen Frears with his Philomena star Dame Judi Dench, who plays Queen Victoria again - 20 years after Mrs Brown. [more]

27/09/2017: At The Movies for 27 September 2017
Simon Morris goes to two holiday films - The Lego Ninjago Movie and the second Kingsman comedy-actioner The Golden Circle. By contrast, he also reviews one of the favourites at the recent film festival, A Ghost Story. [more]

27/09/2017: The Lego Ninjago Movie - review
The Lego Ninjago Movie is more from the plastic brick company - though "more" doesn't necessarily mean better. [more]

27/09/2017: Kingsman: The Golden Circle - review
Kingsman: The Golden Circle takes newly dapper spy Eggsy to America. Co-starring Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges and Halle Berry. [more]

27/09/2017: A Ghost Story - review
A Ghost Story features a traditional sheet-clad ghost, but the end result is touching rather than comedic. Stars Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck. [more]

04/10/2017: At The Movies for 4 October 2017
Simon Morris checks out the new New Zealand film The Changeover, starring Timothy Spall and based on a Margaret Mahy book. He also looks at the remake of the '90s hit Flatliners and another NZIFF favourite, Lady Macbeth. [more]

04/10/2017: The Changeover - review
The Changeover is a New Zealand film with lots of promise based a book by Margaret Mahy. Its stars include Melanie Lynskey, Timothy Spall and Lucy Lawless and it's directed by Miranda Harcourt and Stuart McKenzie. [more]

04/10/2017: Flatliners - review
Flatliners is a remake of the old Julia Roberts-Keifer Sutherland thriller from the nineties. This time around, it stars Ellen Page and Diego Luna. [more]

04/10/2017: Lady Macbeth - review
Lady Macbeth – another hit from the NZ Film Festival – has been described as "Wuthering Heights as directed by Alfred Hitchcock". It stars the riveting Florence Pugh. [more]

11/10/2017: At The Movies for 11 October 2017
Simon Morris goes to the sequel to the classic Blade Runner - 30 years later. He also reviews the rather smaller Final Portrait, directed by Stanley Tucci, and Another Mother's Son, the often forgotten story of the Nazi occupation of the Channel Islands. [more]

11/10/2017: Blade Runner 2049 - review
Blade Runner 2049 returns to Ridley Scott's dystopian future 35 years on, and the critics, generally, are wildly supportive. Stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, and directed by Denis (Sicario, The Arrival) Villeneuve. [more]

11/10/2017: Final Portrait - review
Final Portrait is actor and now director Stanley Tucci's tribute to painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti. Stars Geoffrey Rush and Armie Hammer. [more]

11/10/2017: Another Mother's Son - review
Another Mother's Son is a story set in the one part of Britain occupied by the Nazis during World War Two - the Channel Islands. Stars Jenny Seagrove. [more]

18/10/2017: At The Movies for 18 October 2017
Simon Morris goes to three films with very few expectations built in - comedy-horror Happy Death Day, couple in peril The Mountain Between Us and French-German wartime drama Frantz. [more]

18/10/2017: Happy Death Day - review
Happy Death Day is daylight robbery of one of the best loved - and best known - comedy plots there is. And it works far better than it ought to! Stars Jessica Rothe, directed by Christopher (Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse) Landon. [more]

18/10/2017: The Mountain Between Us - review
The Mountain Between Us blends two ideas - the "couple in peril" and the "wilderness survival". Stars Kate Winslett and Idris Elba. [more]

18/10/2017: Frantz - review
French-German film Frantz takes an 80-year-old classic film and swaps the plot around. Directed by Francois (Potiche) Ozon. [more]

29/11/2017: At The Movies for 29 November 2017
Simon Morris looks at three movies that are mostly driven by men - a bleak New Zealand drama, a comedy about New and Old Men, and the man and boy behind one of the most successful children's books ever. [more]

29/11/2017: Human Traces
Human traces puts two men on a lonely island with one woman - but that's just the start. Stars Sophie Henderson, Mark Mitchenson and Vinnie Bennett. [more]

29/11/2017: Daddy's Home 2
Daddy's home 2 is more comedy about fathers, step fathers and sons - mostly. Stars Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg and Mel Gibson. [more]

29/11/2017: Goodbye Christopher Robin
Goodbye Christopher Robin tells the bittersweet story of the father and son behind the Winnie the Pooh phenomenon. Stars Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie and 8-year-old Will Tilston. [more]

06/12/2017: Movie review - The disaster artist
The disaster artist is a tribute to Tommy Wiseau, the writer-director-star of the notoriously bad The Room. Directed by star James Franco, and featuring just about everyone in Hollywood, including Seth Rogen, Bryan Cranston and Sharon Stone. [more]

06/12/2017: Movie review - The man who invented Christmas
The man who invented Christmas is about how Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas carol. Starring Dan Stevens and Christopher Plummer. [more]

06/12/2017: Movie review - Wonder
Wonder tells of a brave little kid who overcomes adversity in his first year at school. Stars Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob (Room) Tremblay. [more]

06/12/2017: At The Movies for 6 November 2017
Simon Morris checks out James Franco's tribute to a one-of-a-kind director in The Disaster Artist, assesses festive fare The Man Who Invented Christmas and bemoans a lack of surprises in Wonder. [more]

13/12/2017: At The Movies for 13 December 2017: the year in review
Simon Morris looks back on 2017 - a year of two Star Wars films, two Lego films and two films mostly about Dunkirk. It was also a year that finally did a little more than pay lip-service to the idea of inclusiveness - Moonlight, Wonder Woman and black horror-comedy Get Out! [more]

24/01/2018: At The Movies
Dan Slevin is filling in for Simon Morris and this week he reviews The Shape of Water, Maze Runner: The Death Cure and The Commuter. [more]

24/01/2018: Review - The Commuter
Dan Slevin reviews the Liam Neeson thriller The Commuter in which he works with Spanish director Jaume Collet-Sera for the fourth time. [more]

24/01/2018: Review - Maze Runner: Death Cure
Dan Slevin reviews the final episode in the popular dystopian young adult trilogy, Maze Runner. [more]

24/01/2018: Review - The Shape of Water
Guillermo del Toro's Cold War fantasy which has received 13 Academy Award nominations, reviewed by Dan Slevin. [more]

31/01/2018: At the Movies
Dan Slevin is filling in for Simon Morris and this week he reviews I, Tonya, Hibiscus & Ruthless, Downsizing and the streaming video service Mubi. [more]

31/01/2018: Review I, Tonya
Dan Slevin reviews the 'based-on-a-true-story' comedy about the 1994 figure skating scandal. [more]

31/01/2018: Review Hibiscus and Ruthless
Dan Slevin reviews the second film by Pasifika writer-director Stallone Vaioga-Ioasa (now known as SQS). [more]

31/01/2018: Review - Mubi
If Netflix or Neon doesn't have enough festival or arthouse films for you, Mubi.com might be the answer, according to Dan Slevin. [more]

31/01/2018: Review Downsizing
Alexander Payne's big budget follow-up to Nebraska and The Descendants, reviewed by Dan Slevin. [more]

07/02/2018: At the Movies
Dan Slevin is filling in for Simon Morris and this week he reviews Phantom Thread, Broken and Molly's Game and previews the 2018 Wellington and Auckland film society programmes. [more]

07/02/2018: Review - Phantom Thread
Daniel Day-Lewis's final screen performance in PT Anderson's 50s fashion drama, reviewed by Dan Slevin. [more]

07/02/2018: Review - Broken
Dan Slevin reviews the faith-based gang drama, shot in picturesque East Coast locations and featuring lots of local talent. [more]

07/02/2018: Review - Molly's Game
Jessica Chastain stars as the "Poker Princess" Molly Bloom in Aaron Sorkin's directorial debut, reviewed by Dan Slevin. [more]

07/02/2018: Preview - Film Society
Dan Slevin previews the 2018 programmes from New Zealand's two largest film societies. [more]

14/02/2018: At The Movies
Simon Morris previews next month's Academy Awards, assessing the chances of a diverse line-up of films vying for best picture. Favourites include Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, The Shape Of Water and Darkest Hour, written by expat Kiwi Anthony McCarten. [more]

21/02/2018: At The Movies
Simon Morris checks out Marvel Comics' latest superhero Black Panther, Oscar nominated comedy-drama Lady Bird and the animated film Loving Vincent. [more]

21/02/2018: Review - Black Panther
Black Panther breaks new ground as Marvel Comics' first African headliner. [more]

21/02/2018: Review - Lady Bird
Lady Bird is the spectacular directing debut of actor-writer Greta Gerwig. It's currently up for five Oscars. [more]

21/02/2018: Review - Loving Vincent
And another Oscar nominee, the extraordinary, hand-painted animated feature Loving Vincent. [more]

28/02/2018: At the Movies
Simon Morris reviews three comedies all about parties and celebrations; Sally Potter's The Party sees Kristen Scott Thomas invite some friends round, in Game Night reality crashes a couples' quiz night, and Finding Your Feet is set in an old folks' rock-n-roll dance class. [more]

07/03/2018: At The Movies
Simon Morris reviews movies with an Oscar connection: Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool, Chile’s A Fantastic Woman, and Jennifer Lawrence's thriller Red Sparrow. [more]

07/03/2018: Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool
Film stars don't die in Liverpool,  the story of an unlikely affair between a young Liverpool actor and Hollywood legend and Oscar-winner Gloria Grahame, stars Annette Bening and Jamie Bell. [more]

07/03/2018: A Fantastic Woman
Chilean film A Fantastic Woman, starring transgender actor and singer Daniela Vega, won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film. [more]

07/03/2018: Red Sparrow
Red Sparrow sees former Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence spread her wings as a Russian spy, and co-stars Joel Edgerton, Jeremy Irons and Charlotte Rampling. [more]

14/03/2018: At the Movies
Simon Morris reviews the remake of the Death Wish vigilante thriller starring Bruce Willis, The Mercy, and New Zealand documentary Kobi. [more]

14/03/2018: Movie review - Death Wish
Death Wish is a revival of a right-wing fantasy movie of the 1970s - this time starring Bruce Willis. [more]

14/03/2018: Movie review - The Mercy
The Mercy is the true story of a solo, round-the-world sailor who tried to cheat the system. Starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz. [more]

14/03/2018: Movie review - Kobi
Kobi is a New Zealand documentary about one of our great jewellers, Kobi Bosshard, made by his daughter Andrea. [more]

21/03/2018: At the Movies
Simon Morris looks at two films about historic figures who’ve often been sidetracked by history. And once again a movie based on a popular video-game proves a loser on the big screen. [more]

21/03/2018: Tomb raider
Tomb raider is a reboot of the old Angelina Jolie series based on a video game. Stars Alicia Vikander, Dominic West and Kristen Scott Thomas. [more]

21/03/2018: The Death of Stalin
The death of Stalin sees TV satirist Armand Ianucci do to 1950s Russian politics what he did with the modern English and American versions (Veep, The thick of it). Stars Steve Buscemi, Paul Whitehouse and Andrea Risborough. [more]

21/03/2018: Mary Magdalene
Director Garth Davis talks about his film about one of the most controversial characters in the New Testament - Mary Magdalene. [more]

28/03/2018: At the Movies
On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks Cannes Film Festival winner, The Square and the sequel to Guillermo del Toro's other rubber monster film, Pacific Rim. And he also belatedly investigates why people keep flocking to the Hugh Jackman musical The Greatest Showman, over three months later. [more]

28/03/2018: Review - The Greatest Showman
The greatest showman has been around for months, and it's high time to find out why. Stars Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Michelle Williams. [more]

28/03/2018: Review - The Square
The Square won the Palme D'Or at last year's Cannes Film Festival with its sardonic look at the European art world. Stars Claes Bang and Elisabeth Moss. [more]

28/03/2018: Review - Pacific Rim 2
The follow-up to Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim promises to be even bigger, with John Boyega (The Force awakens) piloting the gargantuan Jaeger robots this time. [more]

04/04/2018: At The Movies
Simon Morris reviews Steven Spielberg’s retro thriller Ready Player One, the latest Aardman animation, Early Man, and a modern – and female - Jacques Tati in Lost in Paris. [more]

04/04/2018: Ready Player One - review
Ready Player One is set in a future that reveres the Popular Culture of the Eighties. Directed by Steven Spielberg, it's a treasure hunt that takes place in Virtual Reality. [more]

04/04/2018: Lost in Paris - review
Lost in Paris is an independent comedy from writer-directors Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel that remembers the classic comedies of Chaplin, Keaton and Jacques Tati. [more]

04/04/2018: Early Man - review
From beloved animation studio Aardman (Wallace and Grommit) comes Early man, in which Stone Age Dug challenges a Bronze Age tyrant to a winner-take-all football match. Featuring the voices of Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston and Maisie Williams. [more]

11/04/2018: At the Movies
Simon Morris looks at A Quiet Place, the story of a world where talking can be fatal,The Divine Order, on Swiss women's battle for the vote, and wilderness movie Walking Out. [more]

11/04/2018: The Divine Order - review
The divine order is a Swiss suffragette movie - except Switzerland women didn't get the vote until well into the 1970s. [more]

11/04/2018: A Quiet Place - review
A quiet place sees a family under threat from creatures with highly-developed hearing. If you make any sort of noise you die. Starring director John Krasinski and his real-life wife Emily Blunt. [more]

11/04/2018: Walking Out - review
Walking out is a grueling story of a father and son who get in trouble up in the Montana Rockies. Starring Matt Bomer, Josh Wiggins and Bill Pullman. [more]

18/04/2018: At The Movies
Simon Morris reviews Rampage, starring Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, A Wrinkle in Time featuring Oprah Winfrey, and acclaimed Australian film Sweet Country. [more]

18/04/2018: Review - Rampage
Rampage pits Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson against corrupt science and giant mutant animals. [more]

18/04/2018: Review - A Wrinkle in Time
A wrinkle in time combines a popular American children's book with Oprah Winfrey and the landscape around Wanaka. Directed by Ava DuVernay (Selma). [more]

18/04/2018: Review - Sweet Country
Sweet Country is an engrossing and unpredictable story of a  runaway aboriginal couple, based on events in 1920s Australia.. Directed by Warwick Thornton (Samson and Delilah) and co-starring Sam Neill and Bryan Brown. [more]

25/04/2018: At The Movies
Simon Morris goes to some children's holiday movies and also checks out the Amy Schumer comedy that's getting lots of coverage on social media. [more]

25/04/2018: Review - Peter Rabbit
Peter Rabbit updates the Beatrix Potter books with more state of the art digital animation. Featuring Sam Neill, Rose Byrne and the voice of James Corden. [more]

25/04/2018: Review - Sherlock Gnomes
Sherlock Gnomes is the sequel to the successful animated romcom Gnomeo and Juliet. Featuring the voices of Johnny Depp, James McAvoy, Emily Blunt - and Ozzy Osborne. [more]

25/04/2018: Review - I Feel Pretty
I Feel Pretty has Amy Schumer transformed into believing she is a ravishing beauty. Also featuring Michelle Williams, Naomie Campbell and Emily Ratajkowski. [more]

02/05/2018: At The Movies for 2 May 2018
Dan Slevin is filling in for Simon Morris and this week he reviews Avengers: Infinity War, Last Flag Flying and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. [more]

02/05/2018: Review - Avengers: Infinity War
After nearly 34 hours, the Marvel Cinematic Universe saga is nearly at an end and the latest blockbuster is reviewed by Dan Slevin. [more]

02/05/2018: Review - Last Flag Flying
Dan Slevin reviews Richard Linklater's unofficial sequel to the 1973 Academy Award-nominated drama The Last Detail. [more]

02/05/2018: Review - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
A host of great British actors are on show in this adaptation of a best-selling novel, reviewed by Dan Slevin. [more]

09/05/2018: At the Movies
Dan Slevin is filling in for Simon Morris and this week reviews Kiwi comedy The Breaker Upperers, Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs and Truth or Dare, and talks to 13th Documentary Edge Film Festival director Dan Shanan. [more]

09/05/2018: Review - The Breaker Upperers
Jackie van Beek and Madeline Sami write and direct this raucous and Kiwi anti-romantic comedy, reviewed by Dan Slevin. [more]

09/05/2018: Review - Truth Or Dare
A group of California college students unwittingly unleash a demon after partying too hard at Spring Break, reviewed by Dan Slevin. [more]

09/05/2018: Review - Isle of Dogs
Dan Slevin reviews Wes Anderson's stop-motion animation about a Japanese conspiracy against the humble canine house pet. [more]

09/05/2018: Preview - Doc Edge
Dan Slevin interviews the director of the Documentary Edge Film Festival, Dan Shanan, about the 13th event which opens this week. [more]

16/05/2018: At the Movies
At the Movies this week looks at Tully, Chappaquiddick and Swagger of Thieves. [more]

16/05/2018: Review - Tully
Charlize Theron plays a struggling suburban mother in the third collaboration between writer Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman, reviewed by Dan Slevin. [more]

16/05/2018: Review - Chappaquiddick
Dan Slevin reviews John Curran's speculative re-telling of the 1969 scandal that ended Ted Kennedy's chances of becoming president. [more]

16/05/2018: Review - Swagger of Thieves
Head Like a Hole's reunion and recording of a comeback album in 2011 is documented in warts and all fashion by Julian Boshier, reviewed by Dan Slevin. [more]

23/05/2018: At the Movies
Simon Morris reviews Deadpool 2, and  French films Number One and Mr Stein Goes Online that tackle, respectively, sexism in high places, and old people online-dating.   [more]

23/05/2018: Review: Deadpool 2
Deadpool 2 sees Ryan Reynolds return as foul-mouthed superhero Wade Wilson, saving Kiwi Julian Dennison from an assassin of the future. [more]

23/05/2018: Review: Mr Stein Goes Online
Mr Stein Goes Online is a French farce that puts a modern twist on Cyrano de Bergerac, as a grandfather looks for an internet date using a photo of his granddaughter's boyfriend.   it's an olda date using a photo of a his granddaughter's boyfriend. [more]

23/05/2018: Review: Number One
French film Number One tackles sexual politics in today's big business boardrooms. [more]

30/05/2018: At The Movies
Simon Morris reviews  Solo: A Star Wars Story,  The Bookshop and Kodachrome, and wonders why some promising projects fail because something gets lost in the telling. [more]

30/05/2018: Review - Solo: A Star Wars Story
Solo: A Star Wars story gives Han Solo an origin picture, but will it be enough for the fans? Directed by Ron Howard and starring Alden Ehrenreich (Hail Caesar!) Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and actor/rapper Donald Glover. [more]

30/05/2018: Review - The Bookshop
The Bookshop seems to have everything going for it - a good cast, an attractive setting and a reputable book. Does it deliver? Stars Bill Nighy, Emily Mortimer and Patricia Clarkson. [more]

30/05/2018: Review - Kodachrome
Kodachrome sends father and son on a road-trip to the last shop that develops photographic film. Stars Ed Harris, Jason Sudeikis and Elizabeth Olsen. [more]

06/06/2018: At The Movies for 6 June 2018
Simon Morris finds the rival pickings rather lean during the so-called "blockbuster season" - B-movies, children's cartoons - but one delightful documentary. [more]

06/06/2018: Review - Upgrade
Upgrade is the latest horror film from the successful, low-budget studio Blumhouse. A paraplegic gets assisted by technology and lives to regret it. Directed by Leigh Whannel (Saw). [more]

06/06/2018: Review - Tea With the Dames
Tea with the Dames allows four of the theatre's most distinguished actresses the chance to remember their eventful careers. Stars Dame Judi Dench, Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Eileen Atkins and Dame Joan Plowright. [more]

06/06/2018: Review - Duck Duck Goose
Duck duck goose finds a bachelor goose suddenly in charge of two orphan ducklings. Stars the voices of Jim Gaffigan, Zendaya and Stephen Fry. [more]

13/06/2018: At The Movies for 13 June 2018
Simon Morris looks at two twists on old genres - an all-women heist film, and a female driven supernatural horror. And he investigates the Film Commission's new Māori initiative Te Rautaki. [more]

13/06/2018: Review - Ocean's Eight
Ocean's Eight is a new slant on an old hit. But it doesn't convince the heist-phobic Simon Morris. [more]

13/06/2018: Review - Hereditary
Hereditary has been compared to horror classics like The Blair Witch Project, The Exorcist and Rosemary's Baby. Can it match the hype? Stars Toni Collette and Gabriel Byrne. [more]

13/06/2018: New Zealand Film Commission's Te Rautaki Māori initiative
Karen Waaka-Tibble, the new senior executive of the New Zealand Film Commission's Te Rautaki Maori initiative, talks about what it will mean to the future of New Zealand films as a whole. [more]

20/06/2018: At the Movies for 20 June 2018
Simon Morris reviews three films that walk the fine line between what audiences say they want and the boringly predictable. [more]

20/06/2018: Movie review - Tag
Tag is a yet another comedy childhood friends staying together - in this case the true story of several middle-aged men who play Tag once a year. Stars Ed Helms, Jon Hamm and Isla Fisher. [more]

20/06/2018: Movie review - Double Lover
From France, Double lover is a cryptic thriller about twins, doubles and delusion. Directed by Francois Ozon (Potiche, Frantz). [more]

20/06/2018: Movie review: C'est la vie
C'est la vie is the work of writer-directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, who made the delightful The Intouchables and Samba, though it's nothing like either of them, writes Simon Morris. [more]

27/06/2018: At The Movies for 27 June 2018
Simon Morris welcomes the New Zealand International Film Festival, and has his annual chat with Festival Director Bill Gosden about a few of the highlights. The web version offers a director's cut, featuring 10 more minutes of essential insights! Some of this year's highlights include Cannes Festival winner Shoplifters from Japan, from American director Debra Granik, the acclaimed Leave no trace, starring New Zealander Thomasin Harcourt-McKenzie, and from Russia with love, Our new President celebrates Donald Trump… [more]