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Tom Augustine is an award-winning Auckland-based filmmaker and writer. Tom has been writing film criticism since 2016, including regular film column ‘The Weekend in Film’ for the New Zealand Herald’s Canvas Magazine until early 2020. Tom’s writing has appeared in Little White Lies, the New Zealand Herald, The Spinoff, North & South, Metro Magazine, The Pantograph Punch and others, while his directorial work has been profiled in Clash Magazine, Stuff and The Spinoff. Tom is the recipient of a NZ Writers Guild Seed Advanced Grant and recently was selected for the inaugural Tāhuna Writers Residency in Queenstown. He currently programmes the monthly Capitol Cinema Film Club with filmmaker Amanda Jane Robinson.


Movie title: Elvis (Baz Luhrmann, 2022)

Movie description: Anchored by a tremendous performance by relative unknown Austin Butler, whiz-bang Australian auteur Baz Luhrmann blazes back onto the big screen with a typically messy, indulgent but undeniably moving and inventive take on the life of the King.

Date published: June 23, 2022

Country: AUS, USA

Author: Baz Luhrmann, Sam Bromell, Craig Pearce, Jeremy Doner

Director(s): Baz Luhrmann

Actor(s): Austin Butler, Tom Hanks, Olivia DeJonge

Genre: Biography, Drama, Music

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Movie title: Murina (dir. Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović)

Movie description: The spirit of Patricia Highsmith is alive in this steamy, simmering romantic drama set in the Croatian Isles. Co-starring Cliff Curtis, the film is a subtle but gripping coming-of-age tale.

Date published: June 9, 2022

Country: Croatia

Author: Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović, Frank Graziano

Director(s): Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović

Actor(s): Gracija Filipović, Danica Curcic, Cliff Curtis

Genre: Drama

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The Traitor

Movie title: The Traitor (Marco Bellocchio, 2019)

Movie description: It’s a slickly made but unflinchingly brutal beast, easily calling up references to crime classics like The Godfather and Carlos; while its vivid digital photography recalls the fluid action dramas of late-career Michael Mann.....

Date published: June 16, 2022

Country: Italy

Author: Marco Bellocchio, Valia Santella, Ludovica Rampoldi, Francesco Piccolo

Director(s): Marco Bellocchio

Actor(s): Pierfrancesco Favino, Maria Fernanda Cândido, Fabrizio Ferracane

Genre: Crime, Drama, Biography

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Movie title: Hatching (Bergholm, 2022)

Movie description: Finnish filmmaker Hanna Bergholm has crafted a delightfully icky, if somewhat blunt piece of body horror. It’s a startlingly strong case for the ongoing relevance of practical effects.

Date published: June 2, 2022

Country: Finland

Author: Ilja Rautsi

Director(s): Hanna Bergholm, ,

Actor(s): Siiri Solalinna, Sophia Heikkilä, Jani Volanen

Genre: Horror

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