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

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

The depth of winter sleep

Christos Tsiolkas

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

Irrepressible and outspoken, Jane Fonda keeps moving on

Helen Barlow
Jane Fonda could have coasted as a movie star. Instead, she campaigned for everything from feminism to peace in the Middle East.

Wanting more from Brad Pitt's latest film, Fury

Christos Tsiolkas

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

Faulty shades of Gray leaves The Immigrant lacking

Christos Tsiolkas

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

Zach Braff's back with new film Wish I Was Here

Susan Chenery

Actor, writer and director Zach Braff has his name all over a new and deeply personal film project. So why is he tetchy?

Richard Linklater's moving look at Boyhood

Joyce Morgan

Unique and ambitious, Boyhood follows the life of a child and his family over a 12-year period.

Beloved Australian actor Sigrid Thornton enters a new stage

Romy Ash
Now 55, much-loved actor Sigrid Thornton is back in the spotlight, performing for the MTC.

How Robin Williams became lost in Hollywood

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

The long-awaited return of filmmaker Ian Pringle

Diana Plater

After Romper Stomper, filmmaker Ian Pringle spectacularly fell from grace. Now, 22 years on, he’s back behind the camera.

Is there anything writer, actor and director Wayne Blair can't do?

Peter Craven
He’s worked with Oscar winners, directed a hit film and now brings to life the story of a revered Indigenous Australian.

"All This Mayhem" documents a long grind

Christos Tsiolkas
Documentary about champion skateboarding brothers sidesteps some home truths.

'Charlie's Country' director Rolf de Heer shows his Dutch courage

Steve Dow
Rolf de Heer’s long-term friendship with actor David Gulpilil once again unearths filmic gold.

John Michael McDonagh on his new film 'Calvary'

Susan Chenery

Writer-director John Michael McDonagh revisits his Celtic roots with the tale of a persecuted priest.

Scarlett Johansson's loving the alien in Under the Skin

Christos Tsiolkas

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

Pearce's finest role as acting's go-to guy

Fenella Souter
Once a painfully shy little boy, Guy Pearce has transformed himself into one of Australia’s finest – and most in-demand – character actors.

Saved by Rogen's joshing

Christos Tsiolkas

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

Wim Wenders and Mary Zournazi's peace mission

Paola Totaro
Acclaimed filmmaker Wim Wenders and Australian philosopher Mary Zournazi have spent a decade exploring the visual and moral language for peace.

Rick Smolan: Out of the desert

Susan Chenery

His Day in the Life series was a phenomenal success and he still reigns as the king of coffee-table photography books. But it’s a 1970s assignment in the Australian desert that holds a special place in Rick Smolan’s heart.

Charlotte Gainsbourg and Nymphomaniac remain faithful to the flesh

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

An audience with actor Brendan Cowell

Alex McClintock
He’s known for his roles as knockabout Aussie blokes, but there’s more to Brendan Cowell than just the loveable larrikin.

Blue Is the Warmest Colour

Christos Tsiolkas
Obsession is ready for its close-up in this poignant tale of potent desire and despair.