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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 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 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 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.
Film 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.
Film 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.
Film 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.
Film 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.