Extremely quiet and incredibly tense
Despite a few quibbles of logic, A Quiet Place manages to grip and terrify in the right measure, writes Darren Bevan.
The Death of Stalin sickeningly dark
As the madness grows in ‘The Death of Stalin’, director Armando Iannucci makes it difficult to empathise with any of the characters.
Black Panther’s nuanced power
Black Panther is a fresh origin tale which feels reflective of the times - and desires of the cinematic universe, writes Darren Bevan.
Lady Bird not just for the hipsters
That Lady Bird is such a delight is a testament to Greta Gerwig’s sudden spurt of maturity, writes Darren Bevan.
A salute to Hollywood’s monster movie era
How you feel about whimsy will largely dictate your feelings on ‘The Shape of Water’, writes Darren Bevan.
Coco is one for the ages — and all ages
This coming-of-age story has some darker edges but doesn’t forget the slapstick, writes Darren Bevan.
Traces of humanity in sparse Kiwi film
Moody, suspenseful and expertly executed, Human Traces is perhaps one of NZ’s finest cinematic 2017 experiences, writes Darren Bevan
Justice League stifles with déjà vu
This should-have-been hit-it-out-of-the-park piece is more a film that never managed to convince itself to reach for greatness, writes Darren Bevan.