Author: James Partridge

Cannes 2016: End of Festival Review

Another Cannes, done and dusted. I’ve said it before – and will no doubt say it again – I can’t wait for next year already. This year’s Cannes definitely threw up some surprises – both good and bad. Expectation were exceeded and bought crashing down to earth – much better than seeing a whole bunch of middle-of-the-road flicks, that’s for sure. There were a few stand...

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Cannes 2016 Review: Money Monster

Synopsis In the real-time, high stakes thriller Money Monster, George Clooney and Julia Roberts star as financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty, who are put in an extreme situation when an irate investor who has lost everything forcefully takes over their studio. During a tense standoff broadcast to millions on live TV, Lee and Patty must work furiously against the clock to unravel the mystery behind a conspiracy at the heart of today’s fast-paced, high-tech global markets. Thoughts So close! Great cast. Great director. And everyone does their best to elevate this above your average thriller....

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Cannes 2016 Review: The Nice Guys

Synopsis A down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March (Gosling) and hired leg-breaker Jackson Healy (Crowe) must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. During their investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power. Thoughts This was a tough one to judge for me. I really liked it… but didn’t love it. A second viewing is require. But it’s bags of fun and stylish as hell. Gosling and Crowe are a superb double-act. Rating...

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Cannes 2016 Review: The BFG

Synopsis The BFG tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. The BFG, while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country, standing 24-ft-tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is the smallest of the giants and a vegetarian. Upon her arrival in Giant Country, Sophie is initially frightened, but realizes the BFG is quite charming. He teaches Sophie all about the magic of dreams. Having both been on their own in...

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Cannes 2016 Review: Elle

Synopsis Michèle seems indestructible. Head of a leading video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michèle’s life forever. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game—a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control. Thoughts I wasn’t expecting much going in to this Paul Verhoeven drama – because I knew little about it. I came away more than pleasantly surprised. This is a brilliantly crafted thriller – a must...

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Cinema Releases

25 MAY

Pirates of the Cribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2D/3D)
The Hippopotamus
The Shack
The Salesman
Whitney: Can I Be Me

26 MAY

Saab Bahadar

26 MAY

Beautiful Accident
Exhibition on Screen: Painting the Modern Garden, Monet to Matisse
My Pet Dinosaur


NZ Box Office

W/E 17 MAY 2017:

1. Alien: Covenant
$660,684 ($667, 252)
2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
$535,473 ($4,671,726)
3. Viceroy's House
$256,802 ($265,111)
4. A Dog's Purpose
$141,361 ($333,957)
5. Get Out
$139,959 ($430,076)
6. Going in Style
$128,248 ($935,806)
7. Lahoriye
$122,894 ($122,894)
8. The Fate of the Furious
$113,450 ($5,036,209)
9. Baahubali: The Conclusion
$74,803 ($798,724)
10. Their Finest
$69,169 ($1,002,416)