The Week Of review: another piece of Adam Sandler digital litter clutters up Netflix
Viewers who make it to the end will be rewarded with an assault of Sandler in drag to bring back those Jack and Jill nightmares.
Mercury 13 review: a fascinating, often infuriating true story of space age misogyny
Adam Fresco reviews the latest Netflix Original documentary about the ready and able women denied by NASA.
Netflix’s 6 Balloons review: a brief but unrelenting study in the toll love can take
The film’s momentum recalls the palpable desperation in the Safdie brothers’ Good Time, praises critic Amanda Robinson.
10 films arriving on Netflix and Stan in April
There’s a tonne of films arriving on Stan and Netflix in April.
The Outsider review: Netflix’s dull, cookie cutter Yakuza film
There’s also a fairly gross white saviour / Last Samurai element to the climax that probably would’ve been more acceptable a few decades ago.
Take Your Pills review: Netflix doco explores our pill-popping, ADHD society
What do patterns of drug consumption say about the broader cultures they belong to? It is a fascinating question with perhaps countless points of historical inquiry, from opium use in Chinese and Islamic societies to the proliferation of dope and LSD in the western world during the 1970s. We know things were swallowed, smoked, injected […]
Here’s 10 films arriving on Netflix and Stan in March
Every month a heap of new films arrive on Netflix and Stan. This month is no different. But we reckon a particularly good crop of flicks are hitting the services on March. Here are our 10 picks. What We Do in the Shadows (Netflix, March 1) An utterly hilarious vampire mockumentary, co-directed, co-written and co-starring […]
Acclaimed sci-fi thriller Annihilation to launch on Netflix on March 12
The writer/director Alex Garland’s acclaimed science fiction thriller Annihilation, starring Natalie Portman and Oscar Isaac, will go straight to Netflix and launch on March 12, 2018 in all territories outside of the USA and Canada. The film was released in cinemas in North America in late February, collecting rave reviews from critics. Chris Evangelista from […]
Netflix original films released so far in 2018: the good, the bad and the awful
There have been lots of Netflix original films released so far in 2018. Critic Luke Buckmaster picks the good, the bad and the awful.
New thriller from Hounds of Love director will go straight to Netflix
The Perth-shot thriller Hounds of Love was widely regarded as one of the scariest films of 2017. It was a striking debut from Australian writer/director Ben Young, who, it seems, has been pretty busy lately. Young has another scary movie coming up called Extinction, starring Michael Pena as a man who suffers nightmares about losing […]
Your guide to new films on Netflix and Stan in February
Want to know what films are arriving on Netflix and Stan in February? We’ve got you covered. As usual an assortment of old and new titles are making their way onto the streaming service providers. Some are undisputed classics, while others are recent movies that got torn apart by critics. If you want to watch […]
Your guide to new films on Netflix and Stan in January
What better way to work off those excess kilos gained during the festive season than to sit on the couch and watch films? OK, we didn’t think that through. But still, holidays are synonymous with butt-flattening periods spent in front of the TV. There are, as ever, lots of films to watch on streaming providers […]
Interview: Lucy Fry on starring in Bright, Netflix’s biggest movie ever
Netflix’s new, mega budget fantasy cop movie Bright cost a whopping $117 million. Landing one of the key roles, starring alongside Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, was a huge coup for the Australian actor Lucy Fry, best known for starring in the first Wolf Creek TV show. What was it like working with some of […]
Joel Edgerton looks amazing in Bright, Netflix’s mega-budget cop movie
Netflix’s biggest film to date, Bright, arrives on the platform this week. With a budget pegged at around $90 million, the movie is a fantasy adventure starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton as a pair of police officers in modern day Los Angeles. Except the character played by Edgerton, Nick Jakoby, ain’t an ordinary cop. […]
Five exhilarating Netflix documentaries from 2017 – and the strange thing they have in common
This year Netflix doubled down on original productions, as they intend to do next year and – presumably – every year from now on, until roughly the end of time. The glut of 2017 content includes a handful of deeply compelling and topical documentaries. Subjects, ideas and observations explored in these films keeping bouncing in […]
10 classic films new to Netflix and Stan in December
It can be hard to keep up with all the films being added to Netflix and Stan every week. So, to help you navigate your viewing material for the festive season, we’ve examined the schedule and picked ten highlights. Some of these classic movies are very much festive season, Christmas type films. Others are very […]
Mudbound: the racial drama that knocks Detroit and Hidden Figures out of the park
It will not surprise fans of Breaking Bad, or its spin-off series Better Call Saul, to be informed that actor Jonathan Banks – aka Mike, the hard-as-nails hitman and underworld problem solver – plays one creepy son of a bitch in Mudbound. In the Netflix-distributed feature film from African American director Dee Rees, his performance […]
Review: ‘1922’, from Australian Zak Hilditch, is the best Stephen King film this year
The story of 1922 – at least for a little while – is about a father and son bonding, with the terrible caveat that they are doing so through a mutual plan to murder their wife/mother. Australian filmmaker Zak Hilditch, adapting a Stephen King novella, renders misogyny as something passed down with chilling ambivalence by […]
First reviews are in for zombie movie ‘Cargo’ – and they say it’s pretty great
The Australian zombie movie Cargo has been eagerly anticipated ever since the short film of the same name became a finalist at Tropfest in 2013. That video has now racked up more than 13 million views on YouTube, and its directors have a movie-length version on the way. The full-length film version, which stars Martin […]
On Demand: New & Recommended This February
February is a juicy time for cinemas in Aotearoa as we’re treated to a heap of Oscar-nominated features. The small screen doesn’t lag behind either, bubbling with a melting pot of quality from fellow Academy Award nominees (Hell or High Water, Arrival) to under-recognised gems (The Witch, American Honey). Here’s what’s new and good for […]