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By way of a sneak preview of a lot of what I will say on Rancho Notorious tonight, here’s this morning’s film segment from Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon.

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When we meet Texan man’s man Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) at the beginning of Dallas Buyers Club he is a mess – a shocking, disreputable, selfish combination of drunk, thief, womaniser and gambler. He doesn’t look so hot either. Soon after that, during a routine hospital check – routine for Ron is the equivalent of …

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It’s one of those rare sunny Saturday afternoons in Wellington and I have work to do. But I’m not going to do that work because it doesn’t look like much fun and — for once — writing tiny film reviews seems like the better option. Leanne Pooley made New Zealand’s most successful documentary ever in 2009 …

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Review: Alan Partridge- Alpha Papa

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Most big films get a special level of promotion before they are unleashed on the general public – they get we call a ‘radio preview’. This is where a couple of hundred random citizens turn up at a cinema having won tickets to a film they can’t remember the name of, get jollied along by a …

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I went into The Turning in the dark and in some ways I wish I hadn’t and in others I’m glad I did. I’ll see if I can explain. The film is a collection of related shorts, each based on a single story from Tim Winton’s acclaimed collection of the same name. That much I knew. …

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