Summer movies with Sarah Watt

Summer movies with the Sunday Star Times film reviewer Sarah Watt.

Dianna Rigg in Evil Under the Sun
Dianna Rigg in Evil Under the Sun.

What are the best films to watch when you've got time to put your feet up?

We talk summer movies with film reviewer Sarah Watt.

Sarah's Top films of 2014 (in no particular order)

Best overall film of my year - Boyhood

Richard Linklater's bravura experiment to shoot a family story over 12 years , watch six year old Ellar Coltrane morph into a teenager before your very eyes.

Best seriously arthouse/foreign film - Ida

Stunningly simple rendition of a young Polish woman's rite of passage, complicated as she explores her bone-chilling history.

Best Hollywood blockbuster - Edge Of Tomorrow

A Tom Cruise movie which doesn't take itself too seriously.

Best New Zealand film just for fun - What We Do In The Shadows

The hilariously deadpan, utterly charming insight into the travails of nocturnal living in our capital city reinterpreted the "vampire flick" and has gone on to seduce audiences around the world.

Best "It'll blow your mind" film - Nightcrawler

Jake Gyllenhaal proved he was more than just a pretty face by adopting a gaunt, bug-eyed face and chasing ambulances all over LA in order to get the first news footage of gruesome crime scenes.

Best must-watch documentary - Finding Vivian Maier

A box of unclaimed negatives produced an unexpected gallery of incredible photographs and one of the most exciting "who was she?" documentaries of the year.

Classic films to (re)visit this summer

Must-see Old Hollywood musical: Singin In The Rain

A bit of Hitchcock: The Birds

Whodunnit?: Agatha Christie's Evil Under The Sun

When Hollywood Blockbusters were fun: Die Hard

British Arthouse from Mike Leigh Topsy Turvy and Secrets And Lies.

Sarah Watt

Every Monday just before 9am on Summer Report.