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news February 17, 2018
‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’
As a fading diva in Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, Annette Bening reminds the reviewer of why he fell in love with film in the first place.
news December 23, 2017
Call Me By Your Name
In Luca Guadagnino’s ‘Call Me By Your Name’, Timothée Chalamet provides an outstanding portrait of a swooning teen’s sexual awakening.
news January 27, 2018
Warwick Thornton’s ‘Sweet Country’
Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country joins the canon of Australian westerns probing violent colonialism and Indigenous dispossession.
news November 24, 2017
‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’
Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Killing of a Sacred Deer is a dark parable about eye-for-an-eye justice. But at the heart of the film is the view that children are never innocent.
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 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 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 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