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1994, HanWay Films, 102 min, New Zealand, Dir: Lee Tamahori

The nominal head of the dysfunctional family at the center of this gut-wrenching drama is Jake Heke (Temuera Morrison), an alcoholic powderkeg. Wife Beth (Rena Owen) is used to his abuse, but life on the poor side of Otara, New Zealand is beginning to take its toll on their five children – and that may be enough to get her to take a stand. With its title reflecting Beth’s Maori heritage, the film is both inspiring and heartbreaking by turns, with unforgettable lead performances illuminating these complex characters. With Cliff Curtis.

2002, MGM/Park Circus, 133 min, UK, USA, Dir: Lee Tamahori

Caught on a mission in North Korea, 007 is imprisoned and tortured for more than a year before being freed in a prisoner exchange. Convinced he was betrayed by a double agent, Bond follows a trail of clues that leads back to the Korean peninsula - where he and sexy NSA operative “Jinx” Johnson (Halle Berry) are the only ones who can prevent a war between north and south. The 20th James Bond film also is the final one to star Pierce Brosnan as Ian Fleming's storied spy, and he certainly goes out with a bang; Lee Tamahori's hyperkinetic direction dives headfirst into the world of CGI special effects. The film's release coincided with the franchise's 40th anniversary, so watch closely for subtle nods to previous Bond installments (and for a cameo from Madonna, who also sings the title song).

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