• The BFG Life at Vista

    The BFG

    I remember the first time I read the BFG as a child of seven or eight while in the back of my grandparents’ car on our way to Wales for a holiday. I was frequently travel-sick when young, especially when reading in the car, but refused to put the book down. I’ve got similar memories for many of Roald Dahl’s books, but The BFG was always my favorite.

    12/07/2016 Dan Stokes

  • Finding Dory Life at Vista

    Finding Dory

    Finding Nemo was Pixar’s fifth release and, in my opinion, their first perfect film. They’ve repeated this feat a couple of times, but this was their first with no flaws: every joke found its mark, every emotional beat was hit, every character was unique, and the pacing was perfect. So its sequel, Finding Dory, has big shoes to fill.

    28/06/2016 Dan Stokes

  • Captain America: Civil War Life at Vista

    Captain America: Civil War

    Over the last 8 years, Marvel has reinvented superhero movies. And yet again, they've raised the bar on how a super-powered movie should be produced. Taking a cue from their comic book lines, they build a web of interweaving plots with character crossovers and big events that draw all the heroes together.

    02/05/2016 Dan Stokes

  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople Life at Vista

    Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    Writer/director Taika Waititi has proven adept at telling stories from the point of view of Kiwi teenagers. His earlier film, Boy, has become a kiwi classic. While Hunt for the Wilderpeople skews a little lighter and younger than Boy did, it's no less heartfelt and enjoyable.

    05/04/2016 Dan Stokes

  • Deadpool Life at Vista


    Ryan Reynolds first played Deadpool in 2009’s forgettable X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Reynolds, a fan of the source material, vowed to fans that he’d put things right — a promise he makes good on in this, Deadpool’s own origin story.

    23/02/2016 Dan Stokes

  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Life at Vista

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

    The Hunger Games saga comes to an end with Part 2 of 3. Numbering issues aside, dividing the final chapter into two left the previous film Mockingjay Part 1 feeling like half a movie: all build-up, no pay-off. Mockingjay Part 2, then, is all climax.

    10/12/2015 Dan Stokes