Whether director Malik Bendjelloul consciously set out to frame this amazing story as a mockumentary is uncertain, but it's a masterstroke if he did. From the moment we meet larger-than-life record shop owner Stephen "Sugar" Segerman, it's obvious that something a little special is about to unfold.
Cultural touchstones can have totally different connotations in different countries. For the United States, the Vietnam War was a disaster that Americans are still trying to get their heads around - losing to a bunch of rice farmers with bamboo guns is not what happens to world superpowers.
Philippe (Francois Cluzet) is a quadriplegic millionaire seeking a live-in carer. After an exhaustive interview process, he surprisingly opts for Driss (Omar Sy), an ex-criminal, whose only purpose in seeking work is to get a welfare payment.
Set around the Nelson trolley derby, Kiwi Flyer is a family comedy that delves into the values of sportsmanship, honour and transtasman rivalry.
According to Looper (Rialto and Hoyts), in 60 years time they will have sorted out the bugs in time travel. And what do you do with such an amazing scientific breakthrough? You turn it over to organised crime so that they can dispose of bodies in the past.
Calvin Weir-Fields (Paul Dano) is a boy-genius novelist whose first novel, published when he was 19, was such a massive hit that 10 years on he has hardly written anything more.
It's not often that 20-something romcoms have the kind of depth that Your Sister's Sister (Rialto) manages to conjure with just three actors, a remote cabin and a bottle of tequila.
I have seen only three Milla Jovovich movies (The Fifth Element, Joan of Arc and The Three Musketeers) and they have firmly cemented in my mind that she is an actress to be avoided if at all possible.
Set in Victorian London and loosely based on the events that led to the development of the world's first vibrator, Hysteria is a whimsical journey into an amusing era of medical misdiagnosis and social transition.
Who would have picked that audiences were interested in watching old action stars impersonating cage-fighters while reprising their old catch-phrases. Not me.
Chosen to open the Dunedin leg of the New Zealand International Film Festival, Wes Anderson's latest foray into a quirky parallel universe has a definite touch of genius.
After reading an article in the Texas Monthly about an odd small-town relationship between a 39-year-old undertaker and an 81-year-old wealthy widow, director Richard Linklater recognised the potential for an even quirkier screenplay.
A very odd thing has happened in the past few years. Meryl Streep has gone from being the go-to actress for tricky accents in searing dramas to a genuine box-office draw in chick flicks for the older woman.
I was looking forward to this film, the latest, cutting-edge James Bond meets Mission Impossible-type epic. The sort of film that keeps you entranced for a couple of hours. And the opening 15 minutes was promising.
When the bride prefers skulking in her room reading Tolstoy and taking slugs from a cheap flagon of brandy to joining her family in the celebration of her wedding, you know that drama is afoot.
I have seen a lot of Will Ferrell movies over the years and they always (at some point) raise a laugh, but I rarely respect myself in the morning.
Based on a story by James Ellroy and featuring a cleverly selected cast headed by Woody Harrelson, Rampart (NZIFF) is a raw evaluation of dodgy law enforcement seen through the eyes of a bent cop.
Based on de Maupassant's 1885 novel about a opportunistic lothario on a mission to elevate his social standing, Bel Ami has about the same narrative cohesion as a 1976 porn-film adaptation.