Blandly competent cookie-cutter fare at best and insultingly generic at worst.
This sweet and thoughtful film is about releasing your inner child.
The Meg is the kind of birdbrained B movie that condemns audiences before they’ve walked in the door.
Book Club is amiable enough, with a few good laughs.
The Australian stage is so chock full of great stories that it is a constant oddity of the local film industry that so few of them are ever adapted into movies. I’m not exactly sure how comedian Damian Callinan’s one-man show could have possibly worked on stage considering the logistics of its sprawling character-focused story. […]
In the educational documentary Living Universe, the narrator – beloved Australian scientist and radio personality Dr Karl Kruszelinicki – explains that the Kepler Telescope has beamed back images of Earth-sized ‘exoplanets’ in the so-called ‘Goldie Locks Zone’ region of the Milky Way. The Kepler mission confirms that almost every star has at least one planet, and that […]
Rough Night and I Feel Pretty this is not.
This biopic of artist Adam Cullen is one of the stand-out Australian dramas of 2018.
Could well be considered as an attempt to salvage his tarnished reputation.
This film is a tribute to Glenn Close’s talents as not just a brilliant actor, but a compelling leading lady who has persevered across four decades.
Films don’t get more independent than this slice of gothic mystery, the sophomore feature from director and co-writer Donna McRae. A step up from her 2011 debut – the black-and-white student film curiosity Johnny Ghost, which won her awards at both Melbourne and Berlin underground film festivals – Lost Gully Road is a suspenseful yet […]
The new Mission: Impossible movie is not just the best of the series, but the greatest action film of 2018.
The second film from Perth-born director Ben Young, which went straight to Netflix, is a major disappointment.
Jon Hamm gets the best cinematic leading role of his career in this Middle Eastern thriller.
This film is much more than mere misery porn, as downbeat studies of life on the margins are often characterised.
“Plunges us into a maelstrom of fame so monstrous only Michael Jackson could relate”.
Blue collar heroes who administer vigilante justice tend to be ideologically interesting characters, squashed by the same system they see themselves as morally above. The protagonist of The Equalizer films, Robert McCall (Denzel Washington), espouses a conservative ethos, believing bureaucratised institutions have reduced the capacity for basic fairness. Like virtually any character, in life as […]
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Just the title alone sounds like a threat. That pun of a subtitle certainly doesn’t fill one with confidence that this ten-years-later blend of sequel and prequel is going to be any different to the rather ghastly original. Thankfully, whatever it was that kept the 2008 film from capturing […]
When will the world end, and why on earth is it taking so long? These are not ideal questions to ponder while watching a film about the apocalypse. And yet in the Netflix-produced How it Ends, a doomsday road movie almost pathologically devoid of purpose, we wait and wait and wait, and the mind wanders. […]
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 […]
The first words spoken in The Gospel According to André, a documentary that explores the life of former Vogue editor and legendary fashionista André Leon Talley, come from the subject himself, overlaid onto warmly lit images of his home and garden. “I don’t live for fashion. I live for beauty and style,” Talley says, as […]
In their biopic of the great Mary Shelley, who wrote Frankenstein when she was just 18 years old, director Haifaa Al-Mansour and screenwriter Emma Jensen argue that the author penned her seminal novel in response to mistreatment experienced at the hands of men. Accepting the film’s hypothesis, the question it then tries to pose becomes: […]