Christos Tsiolkas
is the author of The Slap and Barracuda. He is The Saturday Paper's film critic.

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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.

news July 23, 2016

Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig Ghostbusters falls into same traps as original

The reboot of Ghostbusters stifles a group of fine comic actresses with an unadventurous script.

news June 04, 2016

Werner Herzog’s ‘Queen of the Desert’

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.

news May 14, 2016

Fear and compromise in ‘Bastille Day’

In trying to be everything to everyone, the emasculated thriller Bastille Day typifies the fearful filmmaking of our time.

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