DARKEST HOUR: a stirring film, stirring controversy

Joe Wright’s take on Winston Churchill’s first days as Prime Minister, has, to use a military phrase, copped a lot of flak. It’s inaccurate, critics say, inventing scenes which didn’t occur, changing the way certain characters behaved, and portraying Churchill…

Laneway 2018, Auckland — a hot, hot day out

Pond (photo: David Watson)

  On what must have been the hottest day of the summer in Auckland, St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2018 took place yesterday in Albert Park, perhaps the ideal location for a hugely successful event. The idea behind Laneway is a…

I, TONYA: America’s class war, on ice

It was one of the scandals of the 1990’s. American ice skater Tonya Harding, chasing an Olympic dream, had a spectacular fall from grace when she was linked to a violent attack on her rival Nancy Kerrigan. That’s what most…

Roger Waters at Spark Arena, Auckland: concert review and photo gallery

A bass player isn’t usually the member of a band that you’d most likely want to follow. But most bands aren’t Pink Floyd. Roger Waters, Pink Floyd’s bassist, and to many the creative heart of the band for many years,…

Rising pop stars Sheppard: new single and interview

If you were at Auckland’s Mt Smart stadium last year to see Justin Bieber you may have caught opening act Australian pop band Sheppard. They play catchy melodic pop, and with five years performing and two recorded albums under their…

Crave! episode 53: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; The Post; The Shape Of Water; The Greatest Showman

Simon and Steve are back for another year of entertainment reviews and comment, starting off 2018 with a few words about the utterly superb Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the excellent The Post, the very good The Shape Of Water,…

The Shape of Water – a Fable, Dark and Beautiful

Writer director Guillermo del Toro brings a story that is a romance, a thriller, and a fantasy, all wrapped up in a B grade 1950/60’s Hollywood noir setting. It is beautiful to look at, and richly rewarding as a piece…

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – a truly standout movie

This is a hell of a story and a hell of a film. It takes difficult subject matter – the violent death of a teenager, suicide – and with a clever plot, a smart and often humorous script, and spot…