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Alex Casey

Staff writer for New Zealand pop culture-obsessed website The Spinoff and columnist for the NZ Herald.


  • 12 Mar, 2017 3:30pm
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My favourite kind of superhero film is one that doesn't feel like a superhero film at all, which is exactly why Logan shredded my
  • 5 Mar, 2017 2:45pm
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The killer VHS horror franchise, originating in Japan with Ringu in 1998, returns this year with the follow-up nobody asked for in Rings.
  • 9 Feb, 2017 2:30pm
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Nothing screams Oscar season like Denzel Washington and Viola Davis together on the big screen, going head to head in what feels like
  • 29 Jan, 2017 10:30am
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In a twist as sharp as the ending to each of his cinematic creations, M. Night Shyamalan (Signs, The Sixth Sense) returns to form
  • 22 Jan, 2017 4:30pm
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Let me begin by simply saying this: Moonlight is an essential film and you'd be an idiot to overlook it. Recently nabbing the Golden
  • 27 Nov, 2016 3:59pm
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I'll admit that The Founder, the story of the birth of McDonald's, is a little harder to swallow than a cheeseburger and fries. The
  • 11 Sep, 2016 12:00pm
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I don't how to break this news to you, but I think Tom Hanks might be cursed when it comes to air travel. We've seen him survive a
  • 4 Sep, 2016 12:45pm
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Bad Moms follows a group of frazzled moms in suburban Chicago who decide to throw away "having it all" in exchange for having fun and making time for themselves.
  • 10 Jul, 2016 11:00am
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Nothing says "a lovely film for kids" like a giant, crotchety old man in a cloak who peeks through windows and steals young orphans

Movie review: Now You See Me 2

  • 12 Jun, 2016 5:39am
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In 2016, it's possible that there is nothing less relevant or sexy than a magician.

Movie review: Noma: My Perfect Storm

  • 1 May, 2016 10:00am
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Doco about a famed restaurant is as much about social dynamics as flavour dynamics.

Movie review: The Hunt for the Wilderpeople

  • 3 Apr, 2016 1:30pm
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'Wilderpeople' is a truly unique film that could only be made in New Zealand, and may be our best yet.
  • 16 Mar, 2016 6:00pm
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This week, The Bachelor NZ contestants endured the world's most budget dates with the world's most boring results. So who is on top in this week's power rankings?

Alex Casey: Zoolander 2

  • 28 Feb, 2016 9:00am
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It has taken me a while to process things in the aftermath of Zoolander 2.
  • 16 Dec, 2015 8:30pm
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We have come to the end of another exhausting MKRNZ journey, time to relax with some cucumbers on your eyes, fennel puree on your face and rest your weary feet in some perfectly-seasoned consomme.

What it's like being a Star Wars noob

  • 14 Dec, 2015 1:00pm
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Star Wars novice Alex Casey gets to grips with the franchise before the next instalment.

Days of Our Lives: Surviving the sands of time

  • 7 Nov, 2015 8:00am
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Alex Casey visits the alternate universe of soap opera Days of Our Lives, as it celebrates 50 years on television screens.
  • 4 Nov, 2015 9:31am
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The camera makes these puppets seem strangely more human than ever before. Kermit even makes some squirmy allusions to his sex life, writes Alex Casey.
  • 21 Jul, 2015 8:30pm
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Katherine Kelly Lang, star of The Bold and The Beautiful for over 28 years, has brought her luxury kaftan line to New Zealand. With nothing else to do on a Monday, Alex Casey went along to the launch party.
  • 1 Jul, 2015 5:05am
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Non-comedian guests deliver some golden moments on Jaquie Brown's otherwise lacklustre new game show, writes Alex Casey.
  • 27 May, 2015 5:30pm
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Overshadowed by other seismic shifts in our TV landscape, Maori TV recently debuted local Friday-night comedies Brown Eye and Find Me a Maori Bride.
  • 10 May, 2015 10:57am
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The end of The Bachelor NZ has arrived, and the Michael Hill journey for love is over. To celebrate, Alex Casey presents a rose ceremony of her own.

Alex Casey: Paul Henry's embrace of social media not there yet

  • 7 Apr, 2015 6:00am
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Alex Casey logged on to follow Paul Henry's new venture via social media - and found the result underwhelming.