is the author of The Slap and Barracuda. He is The Saturday Paper's film critic.
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Apr 15, 2017
Although at times a slightly confused ghost story, Personal Shopper trades on the talent of Kristen Stewart and her connection with director Olivier Assayas.
Mar 11, 2017
Made with fidelity and care, ‘Loving’ re-creates history without lapsing into histrionics.
Feb 4, 2017
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
Dec 24, 2016
Whiplash director Damien Chazelle has sought to deliver a classic Hollywood musical, but La La Land fails to spark.
Nov 5, 2016
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.
Oct 8, 2016
In examining Australian society via a heinous true crime, Joe Cinque’s Consolation forces us to look at ourselves.
Aug 27, 2016
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.
Jul 23, 2016
The reboot of Ghostbusters stifles a group of fine comic actresses with an unadventurous script.
Jun 4, 2016
Queen of the Desert plays it safe and fails the story of Gertrude Bell, the pioneering woman who guided the British during the emergence of the modern Middle East.