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Channelling demonic forces

Sun, 04/21/2024 - 04:30
From left, Ingrid Torelli, David Dastmalchian and Laura Gordon in "Late Night with the Devil." PHOTO: IFC Films/TNS I would be upsetting my own moral compass if I didn’t preface this review by expressing my profound disappointment with the filmmakers’ decision to incorporate generative AI into the film. It is truly a shame because this stands out as a remarkable addition to 21st century horror cinema. 
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Truck crashes through Dunedin's Octagon

2 hours 29 min ago
 A truck has crashed through Dunedin's Octagon this morning, leaving one person injured and a trail of destruction in the central city. 
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Flights cancelled due to fog in Christchurch

2 hours 30 min ago
People queue to rebook flights at Christchurch Airport on 20 April 2024. Photo: RNZ Seven flights into and out of Christchurch have been cancelled on Saturday morning due to fog.
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Flights cancelled due to fog in Christchurch

2 hours 32 min ago
People queue to rebook flights at Christchurch Airport on 20 April 2024. Photo: RNZ Seven flights into and out of Christchurch have been cancelled on Saturday morning due to fog.
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Top-of-the-table test looms

2 hours 46 min ago
Wakatipu’s James Valentine being restrained by Arrowtown’s Rhodri Gerrard during last Saturday’s ‘Battle of the Basin’. PHOTO: SUPPLIED Having been tested by Cromwell, Maniototo and Arrowtown, but still beaten them, the Wakatipu Premiers rugby side face their sternest examination this Saturday.
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Humble high-achiever

2 hours 46 min ago
Bob Britton, who died last month, and his wife Jean pictured at last year’s Arrowtown Autumn Festival where they won the festival’s ‘unsung hero’ award. PHOTO: SUPPLIED The funeral programme for Queenstowner Bob Britton, who died last month, aged 84, contains the lyric from kids’ TV programme, Bob the Builder: "Can we fix it, yes we can."
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Millionaire goes to court after partner leaves $2m estate to son

3 hours 26 min ago
File photo: Getty Images A professional woman with a net worth in the millions felt she hadn’t been provided for adequately after her partner died and left his entire $2 million estate to his son – so she went to court to fight for a share.
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Woeful Highlanders pointless against Reds

3 hours 44 min ago
The Highlanders put in an insipid display in Brisbane last night, going down 31-0. Photo: Getty Images The Highlanders were lucky to get zero last night.
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Celebrating 50 years of volunteering

3 hours 46 min ago
All spruced up for their awards banquet are Millers Flat volunteer fire brigade members Senior Firefighter (operational support) Mervyn Alexander (left) who was awarded a 50-year medal and Senior Station Officer Phillip Bentley, who received a 25-year gold star. PHOTO JULIE ASHER Half a century is a long time to do any job, never mind one you do not get paid for.
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Organisers readying to run weekly sporting event

3 hours 46 min ago
Alexandra runners will get the chance to join runners around the world on the weekly parkrun when the free community event begins next month. The Wānaka parkrun, pictured, has been held over 250 times. PHOTO: ODT FILES A popular running event is set to add Alexandra to the track when the Central Otago district hosts its first parkrun in May.
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Truck crashes through Octagon

4 hours 19 min ago
 A truck has crashed through the Octagon this morning, leaving one person injured and a trail of destruction in the central city. 
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ODT quiz: April 20

7 hours 16 min ago
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Success fails to yield ‘tangible’ gains

8 hours 16 min ago
Otago Hockey chief executive Andy McLean says there is plenty of work to do for the sport. Photo: Gregor Richardson Otago Hockey has gone through a growth spurt and added a long-awaited third turf, and the Otago men have won back-to-back national championships.
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Obituary: M Emmett Walsh, actor

8 hours 16 min ago
American actor M. Emmet Walsh on the set of Blood Simple, written by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, and directed by Joel Coen. Photo: Getty Images Veteran character actor M Emmett Walsh appeared in more than 220 films and TV series, including Blade Runner, Blood Simple and Knives Out, and played Dermot Mulroney’s dad in My Best Friend’s Wedding.
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Obituary: carved legacy in Oamaru stone

8 hours 16 min ago
Bill Dooley stands with an Oamaru stone carving for a 2007 profile in the Oamaru Mail. Photo: Oamaru Mail WILLIAM JOHN (BILL) DOOLEY  Stone Mason   The "Man of Stone" William John (Bill) Dooley will forever be linked with Oamaru stone.
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Obituary: Laurent de Brunhoff, artist

8 hours 16 min ago
Children's author and illustrator Laurent de Brunhoff working at his home while being interviewed for the BBC television adaptation of his 'Babar' stories, Paris, September 1969. Photo: Getty Images Laurent de Brunhoff’s life was dedicated to an elephant king.
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Obituary: Dries van Agt, politician

8 hours 16 min ago
Former Dutch prime minister Dries van Agt in 1982. Photo: Getty Images Former Dutch prime minister Dries van Agt died hand in hand with wife Eugenie on February 5, aged 93, taking advantage of a law passed after his fall from power for a double euthanasia.
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Obituary: designer who crafted much-loved RPG and PC games

8 hours 16 min ago
Game designer and artist Jennell Jaquays. Photo: Matt Barton JENNELL JAQUAYS Game designer, artist   Jennell Jaquays was a game designer whose work transcended generations: she designed role-playing games (RPG), table top games and also PC games, as well as being an accomplished artist.
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Tilting at windmills must be the thing

8 hours 16 min ago
Photo: Getty Images It's with trepidation that the new Civis takes up the torch for the Passing Notes column, published in this newspaper since 1871, and under the byline Civis from 1878.
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Leaders asking us to take the Aukus 2 model for a test drive

8 hours 16 min ago
Aukus talks participants (from left) University of Otago Prof Robert Patman, former Tokelau prime minister Enele Sopoaga, former NZ prime minister Helen Clark, former Australian foreign minister Bob Carr and Labour list MP David Parker. Photo: Facebook Parliament is in recess and the Prime Minister is sunning himself in Asia — which he may be very grateful for given the heat his government is feeling about its long-promised plans to pare back the public service ramping up considerably this week.
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