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

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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.

news April 09, 2016

Michael Moore’s ‘Where to Invade Next’

As a maker of documentaries, Michael Moore has already formed an opinion, ruining any chance for insight.

news March 05, 2016

Stephen Page’s ‘Spear’

Stephen Page’s feature film debut, Spear, presents an all-too-rare onscreen examination of Aboriginal masculinity.

news January 23, 2016

Mother nature in ‘Carol’ and ‘Room’

After Carol’s tender yet suffocating tale of sexual repression, comes Lenny Abrahamson’s emotionally dishonest Room.

news December 05, 2015

Joshua Oppenheimer’s ‘The Look of Silence’

A documentary examining Indonesia’s anti-communist purges in the mid-'60s highlights the repression of the nation’s history and its lasting effects.

news October 24, 2015

Colin Farrell and Léa Seydoux in Yorgos Lanthimos’s ‘The Lobster’

Yorgos Lanthimos’s surrealist film The Lobster, punctures cherished myths about love and marriage in an absurdist alternative universe.

news September 26, 2015

Michael Fassbender in Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth

Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth falls short in exploring the true depths of ‘black and deep desires’.

news August 01, 2015

Nouveau western ‘Far From Men’ hits close to home

Viggo Mortensen crosses the desert mountains with an Arab prisoner in 'Far From Men', set during Algeria’s war of independence.