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The Secret of Moonacre

The Secret of Moonacre

The Secret of Moonacre

IMDb: 6.2
2008
103min

When 13 year old Maria Merryweather’s father dies, leaving her orphaned and homeless, she is forced to leave her luxurious London life to go and live with Sir Benjamin, an eccentric uncle she didn’t know she had, at the mysterious Moonacre Manor.

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Eagle vs Shark

Eagle vs Shark

Eagle vs Shark

IMDb: 6.8
2007
87min

The New Zealand made “Eagle vs Shark” is the tale of two socially awkward misfits and the strange ways they try to find love; through revenge on high-school bullies, burgers, and video games. Love blossoms for Lily over double Meaty Boy burgers at mid-day when uber-computer nerd Jarrod comes in and leaves with free extra large fries. After gatecrashing Jarrod’s party and proving her skills on the game console, Lily goes down to Jarrod’s home town with him so he can settle an old score with a past school bully.

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The Water Horse

The Water Horse

The Water Horse

IMDb: 6.5
2007
112min

A lonely boy discovers a mysterious egg that hatches a sea creature of Scottish legend.

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30 Days of Night

30 Days of Night

30 Days of Night

IMDb: 6.6
2007
113min

This is the story of an isolated Alaskan town that is plunged into darkness for a month each year when the sun sinks below the horizon. As the last rays of light fade, the town is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires bent on an uninterrupted orgy of destruction. Only the small town’s husband-and-wife Sheriff team stand between the survivors and certain destruction.

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Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

IMDb: 7.2
2006
103min

Ordinary people find extraordinary courage in the face of madness. On 13–14 November 1990 that madness came to Aramoana, a small New Zealand seaside town, in the form of a lone gunman with a high-powered semi-automatic rifle. As he stalked his victims the terrified and confused residents were trapped for 24 hours while a handful of under-resourced and under-armed local policemen risked their lives trying to find him and save the survivors. Based on true events.

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Black Sheep

Black Sheep

Black Sheep

IMDb: 5.8
2006
87min

A genetic engineering experiment gone horribly awry turns a large flock of docile sheep into unrelenting killing machines in this rural horror comedy directed by Jonathan King and featuring special effects designed by Weta Workshop.

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Sione’s Wedding

Sione’s Wedding

Sione’s Wedding

IMDb: 6.4
2006
97min

Meet best friends Michael, Albert, Stanley and Sefa; the ladies’ man, the good boy, the weird one and the party boy. They’re staring down the barrel of their thirtieth birthdays, but still act as if they’re sixteen; they get drunk, they chase the wrong women and they have a remarkable record of misbehaving and causing chaos at every wedding they attend. But now Michael’s younger brother Sione is getting married, and everything is about to change. Sione is their boy, the kid they used to look after, who grew up while they were still partying. And to ensure his big day isn’t spoiled by his boys and their idiot antics, Sione has issued an ultimatum; the guys all have to bring dates to the wedding. And not just any dates; real girlfriends, someone they’ve made a commitment to. They have one month. So just how hard can it be to get a date for your best boy’s wedding?

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The Big White

The Big White

The Big White

IMDb: 6.4
2005
100min

To remedy his financial problems, a travel agent has his eye on a frozen corpse, which just happens to be sought after by two hitmen.

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The World’s Fastest Indian

The World’s Fastest Indian

The World’s Fastest Indian

IMDb: 7.8
2005
127min

The life story of New Zealander Burt Munro, who spent years building a 1920 Indian motorcycle — a bike which helped him set the land-speed world record at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967.

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Boogeyman

Boogeyman

Boogeyman

IMDb: 4.1
2005
89min

Every culture has one – the horrible monster fueling young children’s nightmares. But for Tim, the Boogeyman still lives in his memories as a creature that devoured his father 16 years earlier. Is the Boogeyman real? Or did Tim make him up to explain why his father abandoned his family?

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King Kong

King Kong

King Kong

IMDb: 7.2
2005
187min

In 1933 New York, an overly ambitious movie producer coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to mysterious Skull Island, where they encounter Kong, a giant ape who is immediately smitten with the leading lady.

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Without a Paddle

Without a Paddle

Without a Paddle

IMDb: 5.9
2004
95min

Three friends, whose lives have been drifting apart, reunite for the funeral of a fourth childhood friend. When looking through their childhood belongings, they discover a trunk which contained details on a quest their friend was attempting. It revealed that he was hot on the trail of the $200,000 that went missing with airplane hijacker D.B. Cooper in 1971. They decide to continue his journey, but do not understand the dangers they will soon encounter.

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In My Father’s Den

In My Father’s Den

In My Father’s Den

IMDb: 7.7
2004
126min

Paul (Macfadyen), a prize-winning war journalist, returns to his remote New Zealand hometown due to the death of his father, battle-scarred and world-weary. For the discontented sixteen-year-old Celia (Barclay) he opens up a world she has only dreamed of. She actively pursues a friendship with him, fascinated by his cynicism and experience of the world beyond her small-town existence. But many, including the members of both their families (Otto, Moy), frown upon the friendship and when Celia goes missing, Paul becomes the increasingly loathed and persecuted prime suspect in her disappearance. As the violent and urgent truth gradually emerges, Paul is forced to confront the family tragedy and betrayal that he ran from as a youth, and to face the grievous consequences of silence and secrecy that has surrounded his entire adult life.

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You Wish!

You Wish!

You Wish!

IMDb: 6.3
2003
100min

Alex is a high school student who always feels like he is overshadowed by his little brother Stevie; he can’t get the girl of his dreams; he and his two best friends, Abby and James, are outsiders at school; and he is constantly benched on his football team. Then Stevie receives a lucky coin from a strange old man, a coin which he gives to Alex, telling him to make a wish. The next day, Alex gets everything he ever wished for – Stevie is gone (in fact, he is the star of his own TV show, and his family don’t even know him); Alex dates the most popular girl at school; he is one of the most popular kids himself; and he is the star of the football team. At first he enjoys his new life, only to later find out that everything that was great in his original life now is gone.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

IMDb: 8.9
2003
201min

Aragorn is revealed as the heir to the ancient kings as he, Gandalf and the other members of the broken fellowship struggle to save Gondor from Sauron’s forces. Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam bring the ring closer to the heart of Mordor, the dark lord’s realm.

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The Last Samurai

The Last Samurai

The Last Samurai

IMDb: 7.7
2003
154min

Nathan Algren is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare, which finds him learning to respect the samurai and the honorable principles that rule them. Pressed to destroy the samurai’s way of life in the name of modernization and open trade, Algren decides to become an ultimate warrior himself and to fight for their right to exist.

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Riverworld

Riverworld

Riverworld

IMDb: 5.2
2003
86min

A movie for the Sci Fi Channel based on the book series by Philip José Farmer. The location is Riverworld, a mysterious and treacherous land where every human who died between the years 99,000 BC and 2,200 AD has been resurrected on the banks of a huge river.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

IMDb: 8.7
2002
179min

Frodo and Sam are trekking to Mordor to destroy the One Ring of Power while Gimli, Legolas and Aragorn search for the orc-captured Merry and Pippin. All along, nefarious wizard Saruman awaits the Fellowship members at the Orthanc Tower in Isengard.

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Whale Rider

Whale Rider

Whale Rider

IMDb: 7.6
2002
101min

On the east coast of New Zealand, the Whangara people believe their presence there dates back a thousand years or more to a single ancestor, Paikea, who escaped death when his canoe capsized by riding to shore on the back of a whale. From then on, Whangara chiefs, always the first-born, always male, have been considered Paikea’s direct descendants. Pai, an 11-year-old girl in a patriarchal New Zealand tribe, believes she is destined to be the new chief. But her grandfather Koro is bound by tradition to pick a male leader. Pai loves Koro more than anyone in the world, but she must fight him and a thousand years of tradition to fulfill her destiny.

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Zenon: The Zequel

Zenon: The Zequel

Zenon: The Zequel

IMDb: 6.0
2001
100min

Zenon Kar is 15 and lives on a space station which the military has taken over and is dismantling. She receives a mysterious signal and must convince everyone that it’s from aliens who have come to help them.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

IMDb: 8.8
2001
178min

Young hobbit Frodo Baggins, after inheriting a mysterious ring from his uncle Bilbo, must leave his home in order to keep it from falling into the hands of its evil creator. Along the way, a fellowship is formed to protect the ringbearer and make sure that the ring arrives at its final destination: Mt. Doom, the only place where it can be destroyed.

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Second Honeymoon

Second Honeymoon

Second Honeymoon

IMDb: 5.2
2001
120min

A couple, secretly on the verge of announcing plans to divorce, reluctantly depart for a second honeymoon after their family surprises them with a tropical trip as a gift for their 20th wedding anniversary.

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Ready to Run

Ready to Run

Ready to Run

IMDb: 5.5
2000
88min

A 14-year-old girl who works at a racetrack trains a talking racehorse with issues, transforming him into a winner.

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What Dreams May Come

What Dreams May Come

What Dreams May Come

IMDb: 7.0
1998
113min

Chris Neilson dies to find himself in a heaven more amazing than he could have ever dreamed of. There is one thing missing: his wife. After he dies, his wife, Annie killed herself and went to hell. Chris decides to risk eternity in hades for the small chance that he will be able to bring her back to heaven.

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Hard Rain

Hard Rain

Hard Rain

IMDb: 5.8
1998
97min

Get swept up in the action as an armored car driver (Christian Slater) tries to elude a gang of thieves (led by Morgan Freeman) while a flood ravages the countryside. Hard Rain is “a wild, thrilling, chilling action ride” filled with close calls, uncertain loyalties and heart-stopping heroics.

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The Relic

The Relic

The Relic

IMDb: 5.7
1997
110min

A researcher at Chicago’s Natural History Museum returns from South America with some crates containing his findings. When the crates arrive at the museum without the owner there appears to be very little inside. However, police discover gruesome murders on the cargo ship that brought the crates to the US and then another murder in the museum itself.

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The Frighteners

The Frighteners

The Frighteners

IMDb: 7.1
1996
110min

After a car accident in which his wife, Debra, was killed and he was injured, Frank Bannister develops psychic abilities allowing him to see, hear, and communicate with ghosts.

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Heavenly Creatures

Heavenly Creatures

Heavenly Creatures

IMDb: 7.4
1994
99min

Based on the true story of Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker, two close friends who share a love of fantasy and literature, who conspire to kill Pauline’s mother when she tries to end the girls’ intense and obsessive relationship.

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Once Were Warriors

Once Were Warriors

Once Were Warriors

IMDb: 7.9
1994
99min

A drama about a Maori family lving in Auckland, New Zealand. Lee Tamahori tells the story of Beth Heke’s strong will to keep her family together during times of unemployment and abuse from her violent and alcoholic husband.

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The Tommyknockers

The Tommyknockers

The Tommyknockers

IMDb: 5.4
181min

The small town of Haven becomes a hot-bed of inventions all run by a strange green power device. The whole town is digging something up in the woods, and only an alcoholic poet can discover the secret of the Tommyknocker

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The Piano

The Piano

The Piano

IMDb: 7.6
1993
121min

After a long voyage from Scotland, pianist Ada McGrath and her young daughter, Flora, are left with all their belongings, including a piano, on a New Zealand beach. Ada, who has been mute since childhood, has been sold into marriage to a local man named Alisdair Stewart. Making little attempt to warm up to Alisdair, Ada soon becomes intrigued by his Maori-friendly acquaintance, George Baines, leading to tense, life-altering conflicts.

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Braindead

Braindead

Braindead

IMDb: 7.6
1992
104min

When a Sumatran rat-monkey bites Lionel Cosgrove’s mother, she’s transformed into a zombie and begins killing (and transforming) the entire town while Lionel races to keep things under control.

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An Angel at My Table

An Angel at My Table

An Angel at My Table

IMDb: 7.6
1990
158min

Janet Frame grows up in a poor family. She is different than the other kids. She is considered abnormal and locked away in a mental institution for eight years. Everything changes when she starts writing books.

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Willow

Willow

Willow

IMDb: 7.3
1988
126min

Fearful of a prophecy stating that a girl child will be born to bring about her downfall, the evil Queen Bavmorda imprisons all pregnant women within the formidable stronghold of Nockmaar. A child, Elora Danan, is born in the Nockmaar dungeons and identified as the prophesied child by a birthmark on her arm. However, before the black sorceress arrives to claim the child, Elora’s mother convinces her reluctant midwife to escape with the baby. Willow, a timid farmer and aspiring sorcerer, is entrusted with delivering the royal infant from evil.

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Footrot Flats: The Dog’s Tale

Footrot Flats: The Dog’s Tale

Footrot Flats: The Dog’s Tale

IMDb: 7.2
1987
71min

Featuring the characters from Murray Ball’s “Footrot Flats”, (New Zealands most beloved local cartoon strip ). Questions to be answered include: Will Wal Footrot win the affections of Cheeky Hobson over the sleazy Spit Murphy? Will the Dog win the affections of the lovely Jess? Will Wal make a good impression on the All Black selectors at Saturdays rugby match? Can Rangi and Pongo save Cooch’s prize stag from the depths of Blackwater station, home of the Murphy’s, their vicious dogs and deadly croco-pigs? All this and more will be answered as the small town of Raupo comes to life on the big screen.

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Bad Taste

Bad Taste

Bad Taste

IMDb: 6.7
1987
91min

A team from the intergalactic fast food chain Crumb’s Crunchy Delights descends on Earth, planning to make human flesh the newest taste sensation. After they wipe out the New Zealand town Kaihoro, the country’s Astro-Investigation and Defense Service is called in to deal with the problem. Things are complicated due to Giles, an aid worker who comes to Kaihoro the same day to collect change from the residents. He is captured by the aliens, and AIaDS stages a rescue mission that quickly becomes an all-out assault on the aliens’ headquarters.

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The Quiet Earth

The Quiet Earth

The Quiet Earth

IMDb: 6.8
1985
91min

After a top-secret experiment misfires, a scientist may be the only man left alive in the world.

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Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

IMDb: 7.3
1983
118min

In 1942, British soldier Jack Celliers comes to a japanese prison camp. The camp is run by Yonoi, who has a firm belief in discipline, honour and glory. In his view, the allied prisoners are cowards when they chose to surrender instead of commiting suicide. One of the prisoners, interpreter John Lawrence, tries to explain the japanese way of thinking, but is considered a traitor.

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Pork Pie

Pork Pie

Pork Pie

IMDb: 6.6
2017
105min

This remake of 1981’s Goodbye Pork Pie tracks the escapades of a trio of accidental outlaws as they travel the length of New Zealand protesting conformity and chasing lost love, with a posse of cops and a media frenzy in pursuit.

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TimeScapes

TimeScapes

TimeScapes

IMDb: 7.8
2012
52min

TimeScapes is the debut film from award-winning cinematographer and director Tom Lowe. The film features stunning slow-motion and timelapse cinematography of the landscapes, people, and wildlife of the American South West. Lowe spent 2 years roaming the Southwest in his Toyota pickup truck shooting the film.

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