Bay Dreams announces massive line-up for pre-party

One of summer’s biggest events – Bay Dreams 2018 – will kick off in style with a pre-party like no other! Back for a third year running, Bay Dreams takes place at ASB Baypark in Mt Maunganui on January 2,…

Crave! episode 047: Midnight Oil, IT, Victoria & Abdul

The highlight of Steve and Simon’s week has definitely been the return, after more than ten years, of Midnight Oil to New Zealand; it certainly wasn’t the rather disappointing return to the screen, after a quarter-century, of Pennywise the Clown…

Midnight Oil: Still Burning Bright

The Oils still have plenty of fire in their bellies. The veteran Aussie band brought their passion, musicianship, stagecraft and energy to Auckland’s Spark Arena last night, producing a powerhouse show in front of a packed audience. The band swept…

IT: not the worst Stephen King adaptation of the year, but that’s all

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Film adaptations of Stephen King’s writings have been, over the years, a mixed bag. When they’re good, they’re The Shawshank Redemption; when they’re not, they’re The Dark Tower, reviewed a little more than somewhat unfavourably by Simon in Crave! episode…

Crave! episode 46: American Made, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Ariana Grande, The Defenders (again)

Tom Cruise’s latest vehicle is an aeroplane in American Made, a film that’s entertained both Steve and Simon this week, but while they’ve been entertained by The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Samuel L Jackson and Ryan Reynolds’ new buddy-movie, road-movie, bang-smash-shoot-splat-fest, it’s…

Crave! episode 45: Logan Lucky, An Inconvenient Truth, Terminator 2 3D, The Dark Tower, The Defenders

In the 45th episode of Crave!, Steve and Simon have both enjoyed Steven Soderbergh’s latest crime caper, Logan Lucky, even Daniel Craig’s occasionally questionable Deep South accent managing to pass muster. Terminator 2 has received a third dimension that it…

Crave! episode 44: Dunkirk, The Big Sick, Atomic Blonde, Spiderman: Homecoming, Little Mix, Neil deGrasse Tyson

Simon and Steve are finally back from their winter break, and there’s a little catching up to do. Both of our presenters have been wowed by Dunkirk, the Christopher Nolan Second World War epic, and delighted by The Big Sick,…

Atomic Blonde — great soundtrack, shame about the film

Atomic Blonde is a film with an awful lot of potential. Set in West, and partly East, Berlin as the Wall falls, it tells the story of Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron), a British secret agent who has been sent by…

The Big Sick — a sweet, warm and very, very funny film

The Big Sick is much more than just the romantic comedy it’s being marketed as. It’s a daring concept for a film, telling as it does the story of the romance of its central characters Kumail and Emily, who meet…

Dunkirk: a remarkable telling of a remarkable story

Dunkirk is not an easy film to review; it’s not, for that matter, an easy film to watch. Christopher Nolan’s tenth feature tells a very well-known story of the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from the beaches of Dunkirk…