The movie talk at the end of the year has all been about The Hobbit, but a smorgasboard of film fare has preceded it.
Sunday Star Times film reviewer Sarah Watt says a wide variety of releases have made for interesting viewing.
It’s been a big year,” she says. “Personally the documentaries were favourites for me, things like Searching for Sugar Men were definitely a hit, but we also saw lots of comic book adaptations.”
And while the opening of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was not as big here as in the US, Ms Watt says the response has generally been positive.
“I’m speaking to lots of people anecdotally who are seeing the film, and you get a lot of varied responses,” she says. “I think that the general consensus is New Zealand critics were more favourable than critics abroad.”
Ms Watt says releases to watch out for in the New Year include Life of Pi, Quartet, and the new Star Trek film starring Benedict Cumberbatch.
Watch the video for the full interview with Sarah Watt