Sarah Ward

CRITIC

Sarah Ward is a Brisbane-based film critic who contributes to a range of publications including Arts Hub and Screen Daily

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Exploring the films of Cate Shortland, the Australian director of Black Widow

Sarah WardFeatures

Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland has landed one of the most coveted directing gigs in cinema: helming the forthcoming Black Widow movie. It’s fantastic news for Australian filmmaking, giving one of the country’s top talents a big-budget showcase. It’s also excellent news for Marvel fans. While a film about Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff is long overdue – the […]

The best and worst Frankenstein films

Sarah WardFeatures

In 1816, during a cold Swiss summer, Mary Shelley conjured up a ghost story that would stand the test of time. As Haifaa al-Mansour’s new biopic Mary Shelley depicts, the then 18-year-old took part in a friendly writing contest with her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley, stepsister Claire Clairmont, and their friends Lord Byron and John […]

Ant-Man and the Wasp review: a fun sequel but it feels smaller, not bigger

Sarah WardReviews

When Marvel gets goofy, it usually gets fun. Twenty titles into the comic-book brand’s sprawling cinematic universe, many of its most memorable movies have abandoned superhero seriousness and intermittent sly wisecracks for more amusing and even silly fare. The fish-out-of-water, gods-versus-humans antics of the Thor films led to Thor: Ragnarok’s feast of irreverent wonders. The […]

Ideal Home review: a warm-hearted ode to same-sex parenting, with a killer cast

Sarah WardReviews

When Ideal Home ends, it’s with a rousing series of family snapshots, all featuring same-sex parents and their offspring. Adults beam, children grin and the sounds of 10cc’s The Things We Do For Love pairs perfectly with each real-life photo. Writer/director Andrew Fleming could’ve opened the movie with the same slideshow and it would’ve proven […]

Every Pixar short film, ranked from worst to best

Sarah WardFeatures

When Pixar’s Coco reached cinemas late in 2017, it gifted audiences with another of the studio’s typically engaging animated treats — but, for the first few weeks of the movie’s release, it also gave viewers a shock. In a departure from the studio’s usual routine, the movie wasn’t accompanied by an original Pixar short film. […]