New Zealand

A first-look review of the anticipated new Derek Cianfrance film.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - The word "dark," when applied to filmmaking, has become a rather neutral description, because it can mean so many different things.
Taika Waititi's latest is funny, sweet and harks back to a certain kind of innocent 80s action-adventure.
Surely I’m not alone in finding the New Zealand accent innately loveable and funny. Its upward inflections and contracted vowels seem superbly suited to a special kind of warm, deadpan humour that references global pop culture yet feels...
Genius and mental illness can feed off each other—if you’re to believe a strong tradition of films like Shine and A Brilliant Mind. But the beauty of The Dark Horse, a New Zealand drama written and directed by James Napier Robertson (I’m Not...

Boy review: A rose-coloured ode to the '80s

A story of superheroes (sort of)
Taika Waititi's Boy takes place during a lazy 1984 summer in the North Island’s Bay of Plenty, when Michael Jackson was at the height of his fame, having just moonwalked into the history books at the Grammys (i.e. long before the abuse...
Saturated with blood and memorable monsters, there\'s also plenty of novelty value.
We’ve seen some pretty dodgy killer animals in horror movies over the years, with serious monsters made of worms and grasshoppers, rabbits and shrews, to name but a few in the crazy menagerie.At first glance, Black Sheep would seem to be taking...