Luke Buckmaster


Luke Buckmaster has being writing about the cinema since 1997. In addition to writing for Flicks, he is film and TV critic for The Guardian Australia, and author of the George Miller biography Miller and Max: George Miller and the Making of a Film Legend.


Is Bad Times at the El Royale the strangest Hollywood movie of the year?

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It seemed to come out of nowhere, the basis of its marketing campaign relying on Chris Hemsworth’s chest. Critic Luke Buckmaster explores the very odd Bad Times at the El Royale: an event movie in which very little happens. Is it just me, or was there something unusual about the release of Bad Times at […]

The Happytime Murders is an unexpectedly sad and touching tragedy

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The Happytime Murders takes place in a world in which sugar is to puppets what crack is to people. In a dark den tucked away in a slummy neighbourhood where, as narrator Phil (voice of Bill Barretta) intones in quintessential noir style, “the sugar is cheap and the sex  is cheaper”, a semi-comatose junkie snorts […]

Why Unbreakable is one of the greatest superhero movies ever made

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The trailer for director M. Night Shyamalan’s next film Glass has recently been released, revealing Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson reprising their roles from the 2000 film Unbreakable. Now almost 20 years old, critic Luke Buckmaster revisits Unbreakable and argues that it is one of greatest superhero movies ever made.  In director M. Night […]