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

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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.

Film 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.

Film March 05, 2016

Stephen Page’s ‘Spear’

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

Film 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.