Blade Runner: 2049 (2017)
Thirty years after the events in the first film, a new Blade Runner named K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long held secret that has ramifications for a weakening society. Early reports are good, this is a must see.
The Changeover (2017)
Blending reality and fantasy to equal effect, Miranda Harcourt and Stuart Townsend’s adaptation of Margaret Mahy’s 1984 novel updates the setting to post-earthquakes Christchurch. Young actor Erana James also looks a star in the making.
No Ordinary Sheila (2017)
Great to see this heartwarming documentary get a wider release after some immensely popular screenings at NZIFF2017. Blending a truly inspirational character with footage sourced from the film archives, this is wonderfully told slice of NZ history.
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Whether Taika Waititi’s unique sense of humour is reflected in this latest offering from Marvel remains to be seen, but here’s hoping he can reinvigorate this often underwhelming character.
Another unmissable film that made its debut at NZIFF2017, Waru is made up of eight 10-minute shorts, written and directed by Māori women, and reflecting many issues facing all New Zealanders.