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Black Panther is thrilling, moving and almost unbelievably radical

Marvel's latest, writes Katie Parker, is more than a cinematic triumph: it's a game-changer.

Goodbye Bill!

The National Party leader has said adieu.

Hilary and Jeremy: please don’t make her be his mum

The new Seven Sharp co-hosts have been confirmed - but can they avoid NZ broadcasting's most tired trope?

Review: Laneway Festival 2018

In spite of a few glitches, Laneway proved once again that, for punters, it is the Auckland festival that matters.

Everything you need to think about before Laneway 2018

Be prepared.

95bFM: Turning the page on a new chapter

Inside the revamp taking Auckland's student radio station into the future.

The surprises and snubs of the Oscar nominations

Sexy fish: in! Creepy James Franco: out.

The beginner's guide to summer festivals: Laneway edition

'Here for the vibes, not the bands'.

Jacinda Ardern is going to be a Prime Minister AND a mum

Baby due in June.

Pugs prohibited: Trade Me bans sale of brachycephalic breeds

Man’s cutest friend is actually having a rather rotten time.

Hilary Barry is taking Mike Hosking’s spot on Seven Sharp!

And Hayley Holt is taking her spot on breakfast!

The beginner's guide to summer festivals: Rhythm and Vines edition

What do you need for summer's hottest music festivals? We're here to help.

Keeping up with the Kontentsphere: Best of the year

In no particular order and by no particular logic, let’s remember some of the most thrilling moments of local madness this year.

Best of the year: The movies you might have missed in 2017

It's not too late to see the best (and the weirdest) movies of 2017.

Keeping up with the Kontentsphere

Saying goodbye to Mike Hosking; Max Key's first 2044 policy announced; the Jacinda merch you've been waiting for; and more!

Best of the year: Who won 2017?

The year is almost over: which Kiwis emerged victorious?

Future and Young Thug are coming to Auckland City Limits

And so are JessB and Alien Weaponry.

Keeping up with the Kontentsphere

Steven Adam's Christmas memories; Bachelor NZ goes global; Dai replacing Dom on Dancing with the Stars; and more.

The Singles Life: 10 songs that defined NZ music in 2017

Katie and Hussein pick the tracks that made Kiwi music what it was in 2017.

Best of the year 2017: Animals of NZ

As the year draws to a close, it is finally time to reflect. First up: the best Animals of 2017.

Girls Rock! Camp comes to New Zealand

Giving young women the tools to fight music's boys' clubs.

Here comes the Supermoon

The biggest and brightest moon of the year is set to appear tonight.

Keeping up with the Kontentsphere

Kim Dotcom's impending nuptials; Brooke Fraser's secret Grammy nomination; Golriz Ghahraman's endless op-ed cycle; and more!

The Singles Life: End of year thoughts on NZ music in 2017

Katie and Hussein go back and forth on a strange and frustrating year in Kiwi music.

What should Lorde do if she wins the Grammy for album of the year?

It’s the first time since 1999 that the category includes no white men - so what should Lorde do if she wins?

Which Kiwis will be invited to the Royal Wedding?

As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle celebrate their engagement, New Zealand asks: what about us?

Keeping up with the Kontentsphere

Tony Veitch's TV comeback thwarted; Lorde's album of the year; Jacinda v Jack Tame; and more.

The Singles Life: Which new Six60 song is the Six60-est?

Six60 are the perfect band to argue about. So let's do some arguing.

Keeping up with the Kontentsphere

Destiny Church goes "gangsta for Jesus", Dunedin is terrorised by a piping motorist, Jacinda drags Trump to his face and more.

The Singles Life: Six questions we want answered from the VNZMAs

The VNMZAs are upon us again, ready to light up our lives with music, mischief and glamorous celebrities.

Justice League has something for everyone - but is that what everyone wants?

DC Comic’s answer to Marvel’s Avengers is proof that studios need to get smarter about superhero movies.

Clever man develops app to show what women look like without makeup

At last!

I tried out Matilda Rice’s lazy, beautiful life for a week - and it sucked

Katie Parker puts The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Living a Beautiful Life to the test - and finds that being lazy doesn’t come cheap.

Last minute licensing debacle derails Lorde’s Auckland shows

It’s Lorde vs the Licensing Police

Keeping up with the Kontentsphere

Gareth Morgan hates cats; Trevor Mallard loves babies; Lorde turns 21; and more.

The Singles Life: Make way for Marlon Williams

Can New Zealand’s king of arty pop turn a breakup into a breakthrough?

Premiere: Polyester – ‘Different For a Boy’

“It's kind of like our trans anthem.”

Keeping up with the Kontentsphere

A bachelor couple breaks up; A woman makes political portraits out of cat hair; Drake does Auckland; and more.

The Singles Life: A guide to all the acts Lorde handpicked for her NZ tour

Are the lucky few up to the task?

Everything you need to dress as your favourite NZ politician this Halloween

No costume? No problem!

Keeping up with the Kontentsphere

Max Key's hypothetical diss track; Matilda Rice's lifestyle book; Clarke Gayford's mere existence; and more!

The Singles Life: Say ‘Hey’ to Matthew Young

If you wanted more proof that pop music in NZ is in a good place, look no further.

Taika Waititi's Thor gives the superhero genre what it's been missing

The stakes were high, but Thor: Ragnarok delivers.

The verdict is in: ‘Eminem-esque’ was, in fact, not 'pretty legal'


Auckland City Limits returns with Beck and Grace Jones

The festival is back baby - and the first line-up for 2018 is here.

Keeping up with the Kontentsphere

Sean Plunket's clever joke; Dom Bowden's quest for love; the NZ Bird of the Year voter fraud scandal; and more!

The Singles Life: Abdul Kay is ready for big things

With a co-sign from David Dallas and a promising debut single, Abdul Kay is a name you need to know.

Keeping up with the Kontentsphere

Countdown wages war against the humble plastic bag; Stephie Key eats gross ice-cream; the millennial solving the housing crisis by living in a tent; and much more.

The Singles Life: Say hello to the new Kimbra

She’s back with a hot new single, a Skrillex collab and a very different sound. So what is Kimbra trying to tell us?

The NZ Music Awards nominees are here!

And SWIDT are in the lead.

Noooooo: Auckland bar Golden Dawn is saying goodbye

After seven years, the Ponsonby Road pop-up is set to close.

Can Married at First Sight break New Zealand's reality TV curse?

Marrying a total stranger on the telly: what could go wrong?

Keeping up with the Kontentsphere

Art Green goes red; Guy Williams courts controversy; Winston Peters has a think; and much more.

The Singles Life: Who will (and who won’t) win New Zealand’s most unpredictable music award?

Let the Silver Scrolls speculation begin.

Keeping up with the Kontentsphere

KJ Apa's car crash, Lena Dunham's love for the Real Housewives of Auckland, the Jacinda painting that could be yours and much more.

How to spend your election night: A guide

It's all been leading up to this. So how will you spend the final hours of decision 2017?

The Singles Life: What happened to political music in New Zealand?

In these trying times, political music feels like it would be more vital than ever - so where is it? Has political engagement in music disappeared? Or is something else going on?

Keeping up with the Kontentsphere

Topsy turvy polls, Lorde's new remix, Max Key's snazzy merch and more: all in another roundup of the news you can use.

What did the first-ever Young Voters Debate tell us?

Seven politicians, five hot button issues and a room full of youths.

The Singles Life: MAALA’s got talent

It’s not too often that a reality TV talent show contestant is able to shake off the cringe factor, but MAALA seems to have made the leap.

The 2018 Laneway Festival line-up is here

The War on Drugs, Father John Misty, The Internet and more are headed our way.

Keeping up with the Kontentsphere

This week: NZ pols heats up, Dave Grohl's Kiwi kebab obsession grows and the dreaded Dunedin Turkey strikes again.

It proves that right now is a good time to be making horror

A rare remake that outdoes the original, It is as cathartic as it is escapist.

The Singles Life: What we learned from watching the new Max Key video

Max Key still remains the symbol of cocky and rich Parnell boyhood that we all just love to hate. Katie and Hussein watch his new video and learn a thing or two.

Keeping up with the Kontentsphere

Bill English's delicious week; Gilda Kirkpatrick's political allegiances; Lorde's crazy dancing; and more.

We made leaders debate bingo cards

Because the first leaders debate airs on TVNZ1 tonight.

The Singles Life: Openside have finally hit their stride

Openside’s ‘I Feel Nothing’ is one of the catchiest Kiwi pop anthems this year. Katie and Hussein discuss what makes it so damn good.

A highly unscientific comparison of Labour and National's tv ads

Two houses, both alike in dignity: but who has the better campaign ad?

Keeping up with the Kontentsphere

Tom Cruise's juicy bum; Lizzie Marvelly's TOP dispute; Patrick Gower's twitter fingers; and much more.

Let’s take a moment to appreciate Sam Neill’s beautiful, perfect, pig-filled Twitter account

Assuage your existential dread.

The Singles Life: Can twee ever not be terrible?

Christchurch's Pickle Darling seems about as twee as it gets - but does cute still cut it in 2017?

'We are encouraging women to be bad' - Gaylene Preston on making way for female filmmakers in New Zealand

For women in filmmaking, the struggle is real. My Year with Helen director Gaylene Preston wants to change that.

How to dig yourself a hole - with Gareth Morgan

It’s a metaphor, people!

Keeping up with the Kontentsphere

Taika Waititi's star-studded birthday, the All Black spelling scandal, Guy Williams v The NZ Herald and more.

The Singles Life: The evolution of Shorecore

Featuring two Checks alums, Auckland band Racing are taking on rock and roll in 2017. It has us wondering: is ‘shorecore’ back from the dead?

I watched Miss Universe NZ 2017 so you don’t have to

Beauty queens, magic, dangly bits and nip slips - Miss Universe NZ had it all.

Keeping up with the Kontentsphere

Steven Adam's moustache, Mike Hosking vs democracy, Taylor Swift's court case and more.

The Singles Life: Meet New Zealand's answer to Ed Sheeran

Is Mitch James worth the hype? Katie and Hussein have some reservations.

Beatriz at Dinner is the perfect film for the Trump era

While other films trade in allegory and analogy, Beatriz at Dinner confronts the dystopia of the present.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer: A perverse and enchanting cinematic transgression

The A-list cast may draw in the crowds, but the latest from Yorgos Lanthimos is not for the faint of heart.

Keeping up with the Kontentsphere

Lorde's new vid; Jacinda's rise to the top; Art Green's bowel movements; and much more.

A brief history of celebrities jumping off the Sky Tower

Auckland's favourite very tall tower is turning 20. To celebrate we remember the best and the brightest to hurl themselves off of it.

The Singles Life: How NZ hip-hop artists are telling stories that no one else can

Avondale emcee MeloDownz is making waves with tales of the suburb he knows best. Katie and Hussein talk about why setting the scene is essential for the stories Kiwi artists have to tell.

How Lady Macbeth exposes the superficiality of white feminism

The NZIFF film is more than just another period drama, writes Katie Parker.

It Comes at Night is proof that ‘post-horror’ is overhyped

Haute horror is so hot right now - but why?

A Ghost Story is plodding, pretentious - and totally haunting

It's a slow burn - but give A Ghost Story a chance, writes Katie Parker.

Keeping up with the Kontentsphere

Kylie's kiwi undies, Bieber's hot pastor, Lorde's dangerous driving, and much more.

My Year with Helen: How Gaylene Preston captured an inglorious moment in UN history

My Year with Helen isn't a story of defeat - it's one of strength.

The Singles Life: A beginner's guide to SWIDT

Haven’t heard of SWIDT? We can barely contain our pity. With their new album out this week, there has never been a better time to get acquainted with the guys Aaradhna called “the future of hip hop”.

The Beguiled: Another rumination on the insular, impenetrable world of wealthy white girlhood

The Beguiled is a detour for Sofia Coppola, but somehow all roads lead to the same place

Keeping up with the Kontentsphere

This week: Todd Barclay's big comeback, Kevin Hart's busy hands, Beyonce's lovely babies and Max Key's sister's cultural appropriation.

The Square is the quintessential film festival film - with a twist

Part social commentary, part satire, the Swedish Palme d’Or winner will draw in festy goers like moths to flames. But is it laughing with, or at, its audience?

The Singles Life: Theia and the state of post-Lorde pop

Has Lorde's success changed the New Zealand pop landscape for women as much as we hoped? We talk the post-Lorde pop-scape and what this means for a rising star like Theia.

Dunkirk is more than a typical Christopher Nolan moneymaker - It's a masterpiece

War has never looked like this before.

Keeping up with the Kontentsphere

This week: A flying visit from Ansel Elgort; Donald Trump Jr.'s twitter fingers; Bad Weather; And the bothersome bowel movements of an unnamed celebrity.

The Singles Life: When did Naz become New Zealand’s BBQ Reggae it-girl?

Bachelor NZ babe Naz was always destined for greater things and her latest project is no exception - though at first glance it does raise some questions.

A brief yet traumatic history of Air New Zealand safety videos

As Air New Zealand prepare to launch yet another wacky safety video, we look back at all those that have gone before.

The best and worst movies of 2017 so far

Get Out, Wonder Woman and Fate of the Furious: We argue among ourselves whether Hollywood is killing it atm.

Keeping up with the Kontentsphere

Has another week passed you by with nary a fleeting glance at the weird and wonderful world of online content? Get the goss with another handy dandy instalment of Keeping up with the Kontentsphere.

The Singles Life: The soul singing teacher who will steal your heart

With an incredible voice and some pretty nice hair, Teeks has seemingly all he needs to succeed. But where is this soul sensation headed?

Keeping up with the Kontentsphere

Has another week passed you by with nary a fleeting glance at the weird and wonderful world of online content? Get the goss with another handy dandy instalment of Keeping up with the Kontentsphere.

The Singles Life: The Fate of the Furious Gin Wigmore

Gin Wigmore is back and she’s also fed up with an industry that, once fawning, has grown frigid. Can Gin carve her own path?

What you should see at the NZ International Film Festival

Overwhelmed with options? We're here to help.

The heart in the horror of Spookers

It's the largest haunted attraction in the Southern Hemisphere, an Auckland institution and, now, a film. We talk to director Florian Habicht about the people and the past of Spookers.

Farewell Gchat. Now we have to Hangout.

In a few days, Google's Gchat will be no more. We pay tribute to the home of inane online chat.

Keeping up with the Kontentsphere

Has another week passed you by with nary a fleeting glance at the weird and wonderful world of online content? Get the goss with another handy dandy installment of Keeping up with the Kontentsphere.

The Singles Life: The eerie defiance of Mermaidens

With their new video, Wellington act Mermaidens show that the domestic dream is rotten to the core

The VNMZA’s ‘Urban’ Catagory is no more

Thank you Aaradhna.

The Singles Life: The past, present and future of Lorde

It's a new era for Lorde - but why does it feel like her staying power is being tested?

The Singles Life: Stan Walker is finally ready to take over

Kiwi legend Stan Walker is back again with new music and an insane new video that signals a radical new direction for the pop star.

Lorde announces world* tour!

*Including New Zealand!

Congratulations Sir John!

The Queen's Birthday Honours have been announced and the people’s Prime Minister finally gets his due.

The Singles Life: The second coming of a Shortland Street serial killer

With a newly released album, has the Ferndale Strangler left his throttling days behind him?

Wonder Woman is a wake-up call for superhero movies

Superhero origins and kick-butt girl power are two of the tiredest tropes in cinema. Wonder Woman is here to bring them back to life.

Knock, knock: How the news media turns corpses into content

If it bleeds, it leads, or so the saying goes. But with death knocks being practised daily, what is the impact on the living?

Shortland Street's best plotlines: True fan edition

As everyone's favourite never-ending soap celebrates its 25th anniversary, two patriots take a trip down memory lane.

Rachel MacGregor has had enough of the media’s bullshit

She is neither plaintiff nor defendant in the current Colin Craig trial - so why can’t the media leave his former press secretary alone?

Does Harry Styles have a Kiwi love child?

According to his new song - maybe!

Is it cool to joke about the Trumpocalypse?

At times like this, all you can do is laugh. But should you?

Girls' Club: The women of 95bFM

We talk to five of the game-changing young women who make the Auckland institution what it is today.

Court battle over Eminem's 'Lose Yourself'

The trial of the century has begun!

The real value of Librarians

Auckland Libraries say they will save $1.8 million by cutting 5 percent of staff. But what about the human cost?

Fate of the Furious is the Bond movie we need right now

Hear me out.

What we talk about when we talk about freedom of speech

What does the right to freedom of speech really entitle us to? We asked political theory expert and University of Auckland senior lecturer Dr Kathy Smits to shed some light.

Diary of a millennial homeowner

With a bit of hard work, anything is possible!

The beginner's guide to Auckland fashion

Ponsonby Princess or K Rd Art School Dropout? Pick your starter pack.

Can Ghost in the Shell overcome its race problem?

We review the sci-fi epic that launched a thousand think pieces.

Comedy Festival picks from the best and brightest Kiwi comedians

Not sure what to see? We asked the experts.

How to save The Bachelor NZ from intolerable mediocrity

Six easy steps to bring the bach back from the dead

Women About Sound: The practical workshops helping women make music

We talk to Jess Haugh of Scarlett Lashes about giving female musicians the tools to create in a male-dominated industry.

What does Lorde's Liability remind you of?

Having trouble putting your finger on it? Here are some possibilities...

So This Happened: The women helping women tell stories of everyday sexism

We talk to Maha Albadrawi and Lucy Zee, the brains behind TVNZ’s new web-series So This Happened, about why women’s stories need to be told.

Has Green Light got what it takes to win over these Lorde sceptics?

Let’s find out.

Six things to help you digest the delicious meal that is Lorde’s Green Light

Everyone’s favourite former-teen is back and thank god she’s not build ups.

Video premiere: Gareth Thomas 'Weird Fever'

Gareth Thomas unveils the new video for his song ‘Weird Fever'.

'European' campus club rejects claims of racism

Facebook images have students concerned about the group's motives.

J. Cole fans are really upset with Ticketmaster

Fans are reporting tickets selling out in seconds - only to appear moments later on a re-sale site for five times the price.

Kiwis win big at the Oscars!

We did it guys!

Is The Project ready to save the current affairs show?

It's news delivered *differently! (*very, very quickly)

Seven things we learned from Max Key’s Woman’s Day interview

He’s a slippery fish but someone finally caught him. Here's what we now know.

Why you shouldn’t feel bad for loving Fifty Shades Darker

It’s the franchise that launched a thousand think pieces: but is Fifty Shades really as bad as they say?

Hot Brown Honey: The Rise and Rise of Hope One

We talk to Kiwi artist and beatboxing legend Matehaere Hope 'Hope One' Haami about her upcoming New Zealand double tour.

Split is goofy, glib and glorious

M. Night Shyamalan is back, baby.

Review: Laneway Festival 2017

Laneway makes a case for evolution, not creationism, in music festivals.

Our handy dandy guide to Laneway Festival 2017

What you need to know.

Why Casey Affleck’s alleged misdeeds matter when watching Manchester by the Sea

The film and its performances are undeniably excellent. So why doesn’t Manchester by the Sea’s star deserve an Oscar?

Why Kiwis are joining the Women’s March

Ahead of Saturday's Women's March on Washington, Cindy Buell of the Auckland chapter tells us what the global movement means to New Zealand.

Young Thug no longer coming to Laneway

But What So Not is!

Why did women only speak 27 percent of the dialogue in 2016’s biggest films?

We know words. We know the best words! So why aren’t we saying them in movies?

Who has said the stupidest thing (so far) in the Mad Butcher race debacle?

All it took was one old man saying something stupid to start an avalanche of people saying stupid things. But which one is the stupidest?

This poet flips the script on being racially-profiled by Customs

We thought Mohamed Hassan’s poem was so good, we made a video with him.

Passengers tries to sell a horror movie as a love story

Passengers is the new sci-fi blockbuster with a twist but, writes Katie Parker, it’s not as advertised.

Diary of a Most Days Feminist

Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett has revealed that she is a feminist “most days”. And isn’t that enough?

Doing it for the 'gram: Is social media the end of fashion?

Visiting fashion academics Dr Jana Hawley and Dr Andrew Reilly on selfies, seasons and saying goodbye to fashion as we know it.

What's your favourite Kings Arms memory?

The legendary music venue has been sold. We asked some of its most devoted punters to look back on their best and craziest Kings Arms experiences.

In LA, there are no tall poppies

We talk to the creators of Sitting Room Only, a doco series charting the lives of New Zealand women chasing their Hollywood dreams.

Stan - what are you doing?

An open letter (of sorts) to beloved angel and popstar Stan Walker about the huge mistake he is about to make.

A history of Auckland’s slogan identity crisis

Why can't Auckland come up with a decent slogan?

Will Aaradhna's speech change the NZ Music Awards?

Aaradhna rocked the Vodafone Music Awards with her amazing speech about racism and the Urban/Hip hop Award. Today we speak to the guy in charge of the awards about whether there are going to be any changes.

Our guide to the NZ Music Awards

Chaos reigns but the show must go on.

What we know so far about the Hanmer Springs earthquake

Brace yourself.

Why Chlöe Swarbrick is sticking with politics

"If I can lend my skills to a positive change then, yeah, I’ll do it."

Fairly good news from the very bad week

The political world may have gone up in flames, but for pop culture it was another week in paradise.

The Singles Life: Onehunga to the maximum

SWIDT. Hopefully you know the name by now. If not, now’s the time to get up to speed.

The Singles Life: Are Brooke Fraser’s greatest hits behind her?

Brooke Fraser’s transition from piano chanteuse to pop princess is going at a glacial pace.

The Singles Life: Views from the GC

They may have defected to the Gold Coast but the spirit of Kiwi ingenuity is strong with these cabaret singing, Drake covering, reality TV veterans.

The Singles Life: Bic Runga’s second coming

One has to wonder: why are we commemorating an artist still in their prime?

The Singles Life: Can a rebrand redeem Willy Moon and Natalia Kills?

They’re back and seeking redemption with a brand new act.

The Singles Life: The sweet relief of Kimbra’s comeback

Kimbra is back and better than ever. But did she wait too long?

The Singles Life: Silver Scrolls emergency edition

The Silver Scrolls are back for another year, so we decided to do some judging of our own.

The First Monday In May: high fashion through the looking glass

The First Monday In May sees cultural tensions swept under the rug in exchange for the kind of red carpet porn you can only dream of.

The Singles Life: Is this the NZ music video of the year?

Rei may be that most feared and sinister thing – a Wellington rapper – but we mustn't hold that against him.

Love is dead: An emotional guide to the Brangelina bombshell

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were the greatest Hollywood power couple of their generation. And now they’re over.

The Singles Life: In Stan We Trust

NZ's top 40 chart is looking pretty dire. Is Stan Walker's latest summer jam what we need to turn things around?

Did we really need another Blair Witch film?

Blair Witch might suffer from the inevitable comparison to its predecessor, but in the year of the reboot, it isn't dead in the water.

The Singles Life: We’ve found New Zealand’s Calvin Harris

We push the buttons on the new song from producer Ryan Enzed, New Zealand’s answer to Calvin Harris.

The Singles Life: Bow down to Parris Goebel

Everyone knows Parris Goebel for being our very own superstar choreographer, but did you know she’s got a burgeoning music career in the works?

Bad Moms: Another half-assed female-driven comedy

These mums aren't bad, just mediocre.

The Singles Life: Who the hell is Graham Candy?

If his record label is to be believed, Graham Candy is about to become NZ's next big export. Hussein Moses and Katie Parker attempt to figure out the appeal.

War Dogs isn’t the movie you’ve been sold

But that's not exactly a bad thing.

The Singles Life: Video killed the reality TV star

Welcome to The Singles Life, where we peruse, ponder and pontificate on the latest and (maybe) greatest in New Zealand music.

We need to talk about how bad Suicide Squad is

Yes, it’s as hideously incoherent as you’ve heard.

A sight for sore eyes: why watching the Olympics is a win for women

The Olympics are a radical season of sport watching, which gives our rugby-obsessed little country other things to think about for a change, writes Katie Parker.

Paterson and the fine line between innocence and naivety

White guy character studies are dime a dozen, but NZIFF entry Paterson manages to avoid a bevy of the classic pitfalls.

Personal Shopper doesn't deserve your applause

NZIFF's Personal Shopper has all the hallmarks of a terrible film, writes Katie Parker.

In my father's (Australian) den

Antipodean angst and melancholy melodrama rule in the NZ International Film Festival’s Aussie drama The Daughter.

Monsters, actually

The NZ International Film Festival gets bleak and brutal with Green Room's realist take on the monster genre.

God forbid

Do religious young people watch less porn?

A NZ International Film Festival trailer breakdown

Concrete opinions based on the most tangible evidence we have: trailers.

What your sext is really saying

You know when that hotline bling, that can only mean one thing.

Review: Tickled

Tickled finds humour in the absurd, but its subjects truly shine once David Farrier steps aside.

Choosing sides

In defense of the breaker-upper.

Review: Death Cab For Cutie at St James Theatre

Death Cab For Cutie deliver an unexpectedly fun and fast-paced Auckland show.

Review: The Hateful Eight

It might not be his best, but Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight feels like his darkest release so far.

Film review: Spectre

In Spectre, James Bond has an origin story fit for a marvel superhero. Unfortunately, it ends up feeling tacked on, unnecessary and cynical.

Film review: The Martian

Ridley Scott, on the back of a slew of disappointments, is rolling the dice once again with the release of space epic The Martian

The X Factor NZ 2015: Top 10 moments

A new X Factor star has been born. Let's celebrate the long, painful labour that led us here.

The X Factor NZ: The end begins

In one week our X Factor hatchlings will be ready to fly the nest. Will they soar? Or will they plummet like the flightless kiwis they are?

The X Factor NZ: Hold back the tears

Steve Broad is finally, mercifully, set free.

The X Factor NZ: Back to black

Misogynistic jokes, the emergence of heartthrob Beau and Steve Broad's deeply troubled personal brand.

The X Factor NZ: A love triangle

This week's recap + a very serious examination of the sexy emotions that are running high on The X Factor NZ.

The X Factor NZ: Bad Blood

A double elimination brings a harrowing ordeal of shock and dread.

The X Factor NZ: Enter the void

If developing these contestants into marketable singers is the aim, why do they seem so anonymous?

The X Factor NZ: That summer feeling

Improvements have been made, true contenders are emerging and Dominic Bowden only grows in power.