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

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Film May 09, 2015

Binoche and Stewart in Clouds of Sils Maria

Like Bergman and Antonioni, Olivier Assayas focuses on the experience of women, as in his latest, Clouds of Sils Maria.

Film March 28, 2015

Feeling the Pynchon in Anderson’s Inherent Vice

Paul Thomas Anderson’s efforts to stay true to the novel Inherent Vice leave this film noir floundering in the dark.

Film February 21, 2015

Citizenfour’s Edwardian drama

Laura Poitras’s Snowden film, Citizenfour, is a welcome return to documentary that doesn’t tell us what to think.

Film January 24, 2015

Foxcatcher’s charm wrestling

Foxcatcher’s fearless stars score all the points in a takedown of naked narcissism and searing sociopathy.

Film December 20, 2014

Timothy Spall a vivid J.M.W. Turner in Mike Leigh’s latest

Timothy Spall embodies Turner in a virtuosic performance of an artist in pursuit of the ethereal and elemental.

Film November 29, 2014

The depth of winter sleep

Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s meditative but tightly wound Winter Sleep.

Film November 01, 2014

Wanting more from Brad Pitt’s latest film, Fury

Fury wins the battle as a buddy film, but too many punches are pulled for it to win the war.

Film September 20, 2014

Faulty shades of Gray leaves The Immigrant lacking

The Immigrant joins a long line of films tracing new beginnings in a foreign land. Sadly, this one fails to truly arrive.

Film August 23, 2014

How Robin Williams became lost in Hollywood

Robin Williams was on our screens for more than 30 years, but his genius for creative mayhem was quashed in film.