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news October 06, 2017
‘Blade Runner 2049’
Thirty-five years ago, Blade Runner was a thrilling and potent sci-fi offering. But while its sequel is just as visually inviting, the film’s storyline is more replicant than cutting edge.
news July 15, 2017
Sofia Coppola’s ‘The Beguiled’
In remaking The Beguiled, Sofia Coppola has captured some beautiful and atmospheric moments of the antebellum south. But, the film fails to confront the defining issues of the time.
news September 02, 2017
‘God’s Own Country’
While Yorkshire-born director Francis Lee brings authenticity to the screen with his depiction of rural labours, he fails to find honesty in God’s Own Country’s idealised central relationship.
news June 24, 2017
‘A Quiet Passion’ and ‘Whitney: Can I Be Me’
A film about Emily Dickinson and a documentary on Whitney Houston may seem worlds apart but both address – with varied success – the notion of divine gifts.
news May 13, 2017
Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’
Jordan Peele’s satirical horror Get Out fails to frighten by addressing America’s race politics on the surface rather than probing its subconscious fears.
news April 15, 2017
Kristen Stewart and Olivier Assayas’s ‘Personal Shopper’
Although at times a slightly confused ghost story, Personal Shopper trades on the talent of Kristen Stewart and her connection with director Olivier Assayas.
news March 11, 2017
Jeff Nichols’ ‘Loving’
Made with fidelity and care, ‘Loving’ re-creates history without lapsing into histrionics.
news February 04, 2017
Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’
In his tale of Portuguese Jesuit priests travelling in Japan at a time when Christianity was outlawed, Martin Scorsese returns to the complexities of faith, and makes his best film in 20 years
news December 24, 2016
Damien Chazelle’s ‘La La Land’
Whiplash director Damien Chazelle has sought to deliver a classic Hollywood musical, but La La Land fails to spark.
news November 05, 2016
Paul Verhoeven’s ‘Elle’
Isabelle Huppert’s masterful turn in Elle, Paul Verhoeven’s latest skewering of middle-class concerns, is let down by a psychosexual bent with no convincing basis.
news October 08, 2016
Joe Cinque’s Consolation
In examining Australian society via a heinous true crime, Joe Cinque’s Consolation forces us to look at ourselves.
news August 27, 2016
Ben Wheatley’s ‘High Rise’
Director Ben Wheatley is too faithful to J. G. Ballard’s simplistic prose in High-Rise, missing the opportunity to refine its class politics for the present day.