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

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Film 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.

Film 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.

Film 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.

Film 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.

Film March 11, 2017

Jeff Nichols’ ‘Loving’

Made with fidelity and care, ‘Loving’ re-creates history without lapsing into histrionics.

Film 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

Film 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.

Film 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.

Film 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.