Top 20 best action films on Netflix and Stan

Craig MathiesonFeatures

Before there were action movies there was the action scene: a flickering 1920s Hollywood delight of physical expressiveness or heroic daring conjured up for a backlot western or a costumed period adventure. Eventually, with bigger budgets and dedicated filmmakers, the action film became a kinetic genre unto itself. But even now the fight scene, car […]

Why Unbreakable is one of the greatest superhero movies ever made

Luke BuckmasterFeatures

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 […]

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 […]

10 films that define the legendary Australian editor Jill Bilcock

Glenn DunksFeatures

Jill Bilcock is one of Australia’s greatest film practitioners. Probably the most successful film editor this country has ever produced, Bilcock has the unique distinction of editing six of the 20 highest-grossing Australian films of all time (plus a whole host of critical darlings and award winners). An Oscar nominee for Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge!, […]

The best films of 2018 so far

Luke BuckmasterFeatures

Now that we’re half way through the year, it’s a good a time to take stock on the best cinema releases so far in 2018. Critic Luke Buckmaster picks his top 11 films. Game Night The first two and a half minutes of Game Night – which show Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams) […]