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Review: Sione’s 2: Unfinished Business, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Buck, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and El violin

By Cinema, Reviews

The first Sione’s movie arrived in cinemas in 2006 – before I com­menced this weekly cata­logue of hits and misses – so I have to plead ignor­ance about the Duck Rockers and their earli­er hijinks. I didn’t even try and down­load it. How lame! So, Sione’s 2: Unfinished Business has to stand on its own two feet and I’m pleased to report that it does just that.

It’s five years on from Sione’s wed­ding and the boys have been brought back togeth­er for a dif­fer­ent kind of fam­ily gath­er­ing but one of them has gone miss­ing. The min­is­ter (the great Nat Lees) gives them a mis­sion: find Bolo (the great David Fane) and bring him back before he does some­thing he will regret. So com­mences a mad dash around cent­ral Auckland in a com­mand­eered taxi – from my memory of Ponsonby/Grey Lynn most of those jour­neys would have been faster on foot – try­ing to loc­ate Bolo before all Hell breaks loose.

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Cinematica: Aloha Cinematica

By Audio, Cinema, Cinematica

In today’s epis­ode: The New Zealand MPDA announced their box office fig­ures for 2011 – an 11% drop on 2010. We talk to the President of the MPDA Disney’s Robert Crockett about why that might be and what we can expect in 2012. Four reviews in the show today – I vis­it a Mysterious Island, Kailey checks out a very Kiwi sequel – Sione’s 2 – Unfinished Business. Simon is in remake ter­rit­ory – the long-awaited US ver­sion of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo plus we got to Hawai’I with George Clooney and is dys­func­tion­al fam­ily in The Descendants.