Movies – 288

August 5, 2016
Down Under Writer-director Abe Forsythe is a brave man – imagine pitching a comedy about the 2005 Cronulla riots to NSW funding bodies? Boldly he charges into some tricky terrain. But then, the best comedies […]

Movies – 287

July 21, 2016
Embrace of the Serpent Nominated for Best Foreign Film at this year’s Oscars, Ciro Guerra’s journey up the Amazon is the sort of movie that leaves critics stunned, falling over themselves to find reasons to […]

Movies – 286

July 7, 2016
Our Kind Of Traitor The Russians may have changed from commies to brutal mobsters, but they’re still worming their way into the heart of British politics, according to Susanna White’s drum-tight adaptation of John le […]

Movies – 285

June 25, 2016
Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival 2016 The poster for this year’s Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival suggests we’re in for more Nordic Noir, or maybe a dose of existential angst. Both are there (The Pusher Trilogy, Absolution, […]

Movies – 284

June 10, 2016
Mustang Nominated for a best foreign film Oscar in 2016, Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s portrait of female empowerment and teenage hi-jinks is really quite something… It’s simply a delight, and rare for such a powerful message […]

Movies – 283

May 27, 2016
Queen of the Desert If there’s one thing Brit critics can’t stand it’s Aussie actors playing their native-born heroes. “Nicole Kidman hardly looks desert hardened,” one of them sniffs. (But didn’t he see her walk […]

Movies – 282

May 12, 2016
The Meddler Marnie (Susan Sarandon) is recently widowed, and has moved to LA to be closer to her daughter Lori (Rose Byrne). She’s a whirlwind of energy, most of it misspent on helping others, even […]

Movies – 281

April 29, 2016
And Then There Were None Late last year the online Daily Mail was “stunned” by a controversial new Agatha Christie about to screen on BBC, which contained “drug abuse, gruesome violence” and (oh no!) “the […]

Movies – 280

April 15, 2016
Mia Madre Nanni Moretti, the acclaimed Palme d’Or winning Italian director again sensitively maps out the heartbreak involved in personal tragedy, but this time with some welcome light touches and some cracking good jokes. Mia […]

Movies – 279

March 31, 2016
2016 Spanish Film Festival If you’re on a good thing, do it again! Last year the always wildly popular Spanish Film Festival opened with Spain’s biggest ever box office hit, A Spanish Affair, and quick […]
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