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

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Culture September 25, 2021


The dangerous edge of Nicolas Cage’s screen performances finds a generous complexity in the otherwise indifferent film Pig.

Culture August 28, 2021


Despite a promising beginning, Leos Carax’s Annette becomes a jumble of styles that falls back on stale, melodramatic tropes.

Culture July 10, 2021

Careless Crime

Shahram Mokri’s new film Careless Crime plays with surreal narratives and timeshifts to create a powerful meditation on Iranian history.

Culture June 19, 2021

Martin Eden

Pietro Marcello’s intelligent film adaptation of Jack London’s classic novel Martin Eden investigates the impossible dilemmas faced by a working-class artist.

Culture April 10, 2021


Although Harry Macqueen’s Supernova is formally unadventurous, this film about a couple dealing with the onset of dementia features transcendent performances.

Culture March 06, 2021

Another Round

Thomas Vinterberg’s remarkable new film Another Round harks back to his earlier work in Dogme 95.

Culture January 30, 2021

Promising Young Woman

Emerald Fennell’s film Promising Young Woman begins well, but is ultimately betrayed by a lack of courage.

Culture December 19, 2020

A year without cinema

In 2020 we mostly had to watch films at home, and the most exciting possibilities still emerged from independent cinema.

Culture December 05, 2020

The Trouble with Being Born

For all its controversial subject matter, Sandra Wollner’s film is a smart, ethical investigation that doesn’t deserve to be banned.