Weekend box office: Disney dominates the school holidays


Disney’s Ant-Man and the Wasp and Incredibles 2 have yet again dominated the Australian box office, while Sony’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation saw a 7 % increase from the previous weekend. Dwayne Johnson’s new spectacle Skyscraper premiered in fourth place. Here are the top ten films at the box office in Australia, July 12 to July […]

The Breaker Upperers stars/creators begin national tour


Beloved New Zealand comedians Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami – who wrote, directed and starred in the crowd-pleasing comedy The Breaker Upperers – have just launched a national tour of Australia. The pair will be hopscotching across the country in a jam-packed week, which will surely do wonders for their frequent flyer points. Beginning in Western […]

Critics are going gaga over Mission: Impossible – Fallout


Daredevil special agent and all-round kick arse action hero Ethan Hunt is set to return to Australian cinemas on August 2 in Mission: Impossible – Fallout. If you’re partial to the Mission: Impossible movies, which famously star Tom Cruise as Hunt, you may be in for a real treat if the buzz around this sixth instalment […]

Australian Cate Shortland confirmed as the director of Black Widow


Some big news arrived from Marvel this week, particularly for Australians. One of our very own filmmakers, Cate Shortland, has been announced as the director of the upcoming Black Widow movie, which will star Scarlett Johansson as the arse-kicking superhero. Shortland has made three feature films, all Australian and all on a small budget. They […]

Skyscraper review: will this ridiculous action movie become a classic?

Luke BuckmasterReviews

The great American critic Andrew Sarris once reflected on what he described as “the hard lesson” of film history, proposing that posterity does not subscribe to the high/low art divide. “The throwaway pictures often become the enduring classics whereas the noble projects often survive only as sure-fire cures for insomnia,” he wrote, suggesting that play-to-the-back-rows […]

Weekly box office: Ant-Man and the Wasp flies to #1


Disney’s Ant-Man and the Wasp flew into the top spot, grossing more than $8.8 million at the Australian box office this week. The runner-up was Incredibles 2, another Disney release, which grossed more than $7 million to edge over Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Here are the top ten films at the box office in Australia, July […]

Win 1 of 50 double passes to The Equalizer 2


We’re giving away 50 double passes to The Equalizer 2 – one every minute, for 50 minutes, from 12.30pm (AEST) on Friday July 13th, on our Facebook page. If you have a problem and nowhere else to turn, Robert McCall will help – he is The Equalizer. McCall has been aiding the beaten, exploited, and oppressed by serving […]

Trippy and erotic ‘Roman Porno’ films are coming to Melbourne


Pornos! Now that we’ve got your attention… No, we actually are talking about pornos. Well sort of. Specifically we are talking about the ‘Roman Porno’ or ‘Pink Film’ genre, which began in Japan in the mid-1960s and had a huge influence on domestic cinema there for the next two decades. The genre has recently been […]

Weekend box office: Ant-Man 2 comes out on top


In its first weekend Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp was number one at the Australian box office, making $5.82 million. Incredibles 2 came in second, earning $3.97 million. Here are the top ten films at the Australian box office last weekend, July 5 to July 8. 1. Ant-Man and the Wasp (Walt Disney) $5,821,778 2. Incredibles […]

Win a double pass to RBG


We’ve got five double passes to give away to RBG in cinemas. It is a look at the life of US Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who, now 84 and still inspired by the lawyers who defended free speech during the Red Scare, continues to fight for equal rights for all citizens. RBG opens in cinemas on […]

Top Australian films at the box office so far in 2018


The middle of the year is a time for Christmas in July, a bunch of ‘best so far‘ lists and mid-year box office report cards. The Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA) have published statistics for all Australian films at the box office in 2018. The rambunctious family film Peter Rabbit, an Australia/United States […]

Australian comedy The Merger combines AFL and asylum seekers


New Australian comedy The Merger adapts an award-winning stage show of the same name, combining a socially conscientious story about asylum seekers with good old fashioned footy. It is the second feature from director Mark Grentell, whose previous film was the rambunctious 2013 cricket comedy Backyard Ashes. The first trailer for The Merger hit 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 […]

Grease returns to cinemas for its 40th anniversary


As the cool kids used to say: we’ve got chills and they’re multiplying. The crew from Rydell High – including greaser Danny Zuko and Aussie nice gal Sandy Olsson – are returning to the big screen, with their leather jackets and slick hairdos and songs full of sexual innuendo. We are of course talking about Grease, the […]

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!, […]