New to Netflix: Savage – Rough and ready drama shines a light on state abuse over generations and NZ’s ugly gang culture

Wellington, 1989. Damage (Jake Ryan) is the brutal enforcer of one of the region’s most notorious gangs – but he wasn’t always. He once was Danny, a scared young boy abandoned by his family and failed by the government. Living in a state home for young boys, he befriends Moses (John Tui) and the two … Continue reading New to Netflix: Savage – Rough and ready drama shines a light on state abuse over generations and NZ’s ugly gang culture

New to Netflix: The Vigil – Tense Hasidic horror brings demons and repressed PTSD to an eerily quiet New York setting

Yakov (Dave Davis), a down-on-his-luck former member of New York’s Orthodox Jewish community, agrees to a job keeping watch over a deceased man the night before his burial. However, in the dead of night he’s faced with a malevolent entity that forces him to revisit repressed memories and long-buried pain to survive. The woes that … Continue reading New to Netflix: The Vigil – Tense Hasidic horror brings demons and repressed PTSD to an eerily quiet New York setting

New to Netflix: The Midnight Sky – The sky was the limit for Clooney’s sci-fi film; but it was brought back to Earth by unremarkable acting and a confused narrative

Augustine (George Clooney) is a scientist with a terminal illness left behind on Earth to face the effects of a mysterious global catastrophe. But when his isolation is interrupted by the impending return of a group of astronauts, he must race against time to warn them of the danger. It’s been four years since George … Continue reading New to Netflix: The Midnight Sky – The sky was the limit for Clooney’s sci-fi film; but it was brought back to Earth by unremarkable acting and a confused narrative

New to Disney+: Soul – ‘Inside Out for adults’ offers the same comedic and beautiful introspective look at what makes people tick

A teacher (Jamie Foxx) desperately fighting for his chance to become a jazz musician is transported out of his body. He must find his way back to himself with the help of a soul still finding her way (Tina Fey) in the ‘Great Before’ – the place where all souls learn about what makes them … Continue reading New to Disney+: Soul – ‘Inside Out for adults’ offers the same comedic and beautiful introspective look at what makes people tick

New to Netflix: Mank – A pandora’s box of cinephile references and indulgent cinematography trades real sentiment for glamour

Laid up in bed and against the clock to finish the screenplay for Citizen Kane, washed-up screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman) reminiscences on his fall from celebrity against the backdrop of a 1930s Hollywood struggling to survive the threat of the Great Depression and changing social attitudes. Maybe it’s social upheaval in the US. … Continue reading New to Netflix: Mank – A pandora’s box of cinephile references and indulgent cinematography trades real sentiment for glamour