Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’

Christos Tsiolkas
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.

Composer and Oscar winner Hans Zimmer finds new audiences

Darryn King

Composer Hans Zimmer’s monumental soundscapes have won him an Oscar for The Lion King and powered Christopher Nolan’s films, but their rapturous reception at rock music festival Coachella took even him by surprise.

Kristen Stewart and Olivier Assayas’s ‘Personal Shopper’

Christos Tsiolkas
Although at times a slightly confused ghost story, Personal Shopper trades on the talent of Kristen Stewart and her connection with director Olivier Assayas.

Filming ‘Chauka’ at Manus Island's detention facilities

Martin McKenzie-Murray
A collaboration between a journalist held on Manus Island and a filmmaker in Holland shows life in detention in all its stark monotony.

Jeff Nichols’ ‘Loving’

Christos Tsiolkas
Made with fidelity and care, ‘Loving’ re-creates history without lapsing into histrionics.

Designer and film historian Peter Dietze

Kate Holden
A pioneering Melbourne designer discovers a family link to the birth of the Indian film industry.

Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’

Christos Tsiolkas
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

Damien Chazelle’s ‘La La Land’

Christos Tsiolkas
Whiplash director Damien Chazelle has sought to deliver a classic Hollywood musical, but La La Land fails to spark.

Rose Byrne in David Mamet’s ‘Speed-the-Plow’

Steve Dow
After conquering Hollywood, Rose Byrne returns to Australia to take on Mamet for the STC.

Paul Verhoeven’s ‘Elle’

Christos Tsiolkas
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.

Martu elder Nyarri Nyarri Morgan and ‘Collisions’

Romy Ash
A virtual reality tour with Maralinga survivor Nyarri Nyarri Morgan.

Joe Cinque’s Consolation

Christos Tsiolkas
In examining Australian society via a heinous true crime, Joe Cinque’s Consolation forces us to look at ourselves.

Ben Wheatley’s ‘High Rise’

Christos Tsiolkas
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.

Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig Ghostbusters falls into same traps as original

Christos Tsiolkas
The reboot of Ghostbusters stifles a group of fine comic actresses with an unadventurous script.

Bruna Papandrea’s journey from Elizabeth to Hollywood

Donna Walker-Mitchell
The Australian-born Hollywood producer putting women’s stories at the centre of film and television.

Werner Herzog’s ‘Queen of the Desert’

Christos Tsiolkas
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.

Arts companies hit hard by Australia Council funding cuts

Steve Dow
The Australia Council’s latest funding cuts have further devastated arts companies.

Fear and compromise in ‘Bastille Day’

Christos Tsiolkas
In trying to be everything to everyone, the emasculated thriller Bastille Day typifies the fearful filmmaking of our time.

Rake actor Richard Roxburgh's adult themes

Steve Dow
While there might once have been similarities between Rake's Richard Roxburgh and his dissolute character Cleaver Greene, family has grounded the actor.

Michael Moore’s ‘Where to Invade Next’

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

Jennifer Peedom's 'Sherpa' shows Everest through different eyes

Susan Chenery

Australian filmmaker Jennifer Peedom on the making of the Everest documentary Sherpa.

Jan Chapman, producer of 'The Daughter'

Benjamin Law

Behind the scenes, from The Piano to The Daughter, film producer Jan Chapman is a major figure in Australian cinema.

Stephen Page’s ‘Spear’

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

Charlotte Rampling’s Oscars debut for '45 Years'

Helen Barlow

Charlotte Rampling, whose best actress Oscar nomination for 45 Years is her first, talks about her personal losses during a life on screen.

Mother nature in ‘Carol’ and ‘Room’

Christos Tsiolkas

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