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 […]