Movie of the Week — Hunt for the Wilderpeople

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It’s no secret that New Zealand is a pretty place (c. Lord of the Rings), and if you’ve ever been drinking in Wellington, you’ll know New Zealanders are a funny bunch. These twin strands come together in this charming dramedy from the director of the hilarious What We Do In The Shadows that dials down the deadpan and tugs at the heartstrings in an unusually welcome way. A big-boned tearaway arrives with his latest set of foster parents in the countryside; a series of misunderstandings lead to him and his cantankerous foster father going on the lam in the wilderness. Sam Neill is amazing as said foster dad, visibly enjoying bouncing off Julian Dennison as his young charge, and any film with a dog called Tupac is alright by us. Times & trailer

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