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Francesca Rudkin

Entertainment reviewer for NZ Herald.

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  • 2 Mar, 2017 6:07am
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The latest film from award-winning veteran Indian filmmaker Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding) is a feelgood underdog story everyone in the family can enjoy.
  • 17 Nov, 2016 10:30am
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In his 20th film, Spanish director Pedro Almodovar drops the farcical approach of his last, I'm So Excited!, and the chilling tone
  • 29 Sep, 2016 12:30pm
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Director Tim Burton's adaptation of Ransom Riggs' time travelling, gothic novel about children with peculiar abilities is filled with immaculate costumes, imaginative monsters and an overall attention to detail that you don't get at the movies every day.
  • 22 Sep, 2016 3:40pm
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While you're unlikely to include Bridget Jones's Baby on your 'best of' list, it's certainly a fun Friday night film that will put a smile on your face.
  • 22 Sep, 2016 12:00pm
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It may be a rather perplexing premise, but somehow the chaotic gags and sharp script translates into a fun, sweet story about family and belonging.
  • 15 Sep, 2016 3:00pm
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The Rehearsal retains the wit, candor, realism and heightened drama of the novel, all the while having e a relaxed approach to dialogue.
  • 4 Sep, 2016 1:00pm
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A cautionary tale about a high school teenager working out who she is and the dangers of being hardwired to the internet.
  • 2 Jul, 2016 12:09pm
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Director David Yates now takes on a story that's already been adapted in almost every way possible, and attempts to turn it into a blockbuster that appeals to - well, it's hard to know.

New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie reviewed

  • 2 Jun, 2016 6:30pm
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The heroes in a half shell return for another half-baked action comedy.

Review: Tina Fey works her magic again

  • 21 Apr, 2016 11:30pm
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This movies has a satirical take on life as a war correspondent and requires Fey to move through gears from serious to funny and absurd.
  • 14 Apr, 2016 2:35pm
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Melissa McCarthy has been hilarious in the Paul Feig directed films Spy and Bridesmaids. And her character in The Boss shows the same aptitude for physical comedy, profanity and forwardness. Only this time, it's not so funny.
  • 7 Apr, 2016 4:30pm
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This may be yet another animated animal movie, but, though it has its share of adorable furry characters, there's a lot more to this cartoon crime caper.

Movie review: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

  • 25 Mar, 2016 9:30am
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  • 25 Mar, 2016 6:00am
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Third time around and you may think the gag about a bumbling panda being a Kung Fu master is wearing thin, but no, Po is as entertaining as ever.
  • 18 Mar, 2016 3:00pm
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Producer J.J. Abrams sure knows how to release a film. In 2007, he launched a mysterious trailer for an unnamed sci-fi film at a Transformers screening, creating a buzz that saw Cloverfield, as it was soon to be known, collect just over US$170 million.

Review: Rom-com's lesson fails to deliver

  • 18 Feb, 2016 3:00pm
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Director Christian Ditter has already tackled rom-coms with British film Love, Rosie, but in How to Be Single he goes from riffing on one relationship to wrangling a clutch of them, with the ensemble piece getting the better of him.

Review: Chris Pine's sea rescue story 'lacks urgency'

  • 4 Feb, 2016 2:30pm
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Chris Pine and Casey Affleck play two real-life US Coast Guard sailors who saved 32 men from a sinking oil tanker off Cape Cod in the winter of 1952.

Review: Raunchy road trip makes for 'pointless' comedy

  • 28 Jan, 2016 5:30pm
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Other than starring in David O. Russell films, in recent years seven-time Oscar nominee and two-time winner Robert De Niro has taken to appearing in lightweight films reassuring baby boomers they're relevant, and can still party large.
  • 7 Jan, 2016 4:00pm
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Despite a few hit-and-miss moments, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler prove yet again to be a dynamic duo, Francesca writes.
  • 24 Dec, 2015 2:30pm
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Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg were hilarious together when they teamed up in 2010 for cop movie spoof The Other Guys. While the set-up in Daddy's Home is different, their roles are similar.
  • 24 Dec, 2015 1:30pm
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The Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and David O. Russell show rolls back into town with family drama Joy, an offbeat and quietly entertaining yarn about the rags-to-riches true story of Joy Mangano, the inventor of the Miracle Mop, and her crazy family.
  • 24 Dec, 2015 10:00am
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The hero of The Good Dinosaur, the latest offering from Pixar animations, isn't the adorable apatosaurus, Arlo, his unlikely human companion, Spot, or the red neck T-Rex cowboy voiced by Western film actor Sam Elliott.
  • 5 Dec, 2015 5:00pm
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The night Before reunites director Jonathan Levine with his 50/50 crew, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen, in a chaotic and raunchy comedy that takes place over one Christmas Eve in New York City.
  • 26 Nov, 2015 10:30am
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When writer-director Leslye Headland presented her second feature film, Sleeping with Other People, at the Sundance Film Festival, she described it as "When Harry met Sally for assholes". Turns out, that's an apt description.
  • 19 Nov, 2015 7:00pm
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After four years, three films and reportedly over US$2.2 billion in worldwide box-office takings, author Suzanne Collins' disturbing young adult book trilogy comes to a grim and exhausting conclusion with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.