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

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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.

Film July 19, 2014

"All This Mayhem" documents a long grind

Documentary about champion skateboarding brothers sidesteps some home truths.

Film June 14, 2014

Scarlett Johansson’s loving the alien in Under the Skin

With Kubrick and Cocteau in its DNA, Under the Skin stars Scarlett Johansson as the man-eater who fell to Earth.

Film May 10, 2014

Saved by Rogen’s joshing

If only Bad Neighbours were better, funnier, more inspired. At least the stars shine.

Film April 05, 2014

Charlotte Gainsbourg and Nymphomaniac remain faithful to the flesh

Compulsive and compelling, Lars von Trier’s latest is as much about the nature of sex as the nurture of its telling.