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Up, up and away: this blog has moved

Up, up and away: this blog has moved

Luke BuckmasterJan 23, 2014

Crikey has launched a new culture website -- and this blog has moved.

Bad Grandpa movie review: low, low, low-art

Bad Grandpa movie review: low, low, low-art

Luke BuckmasterNov 15, 2013

Bad Grandpa, from Jackass alumni Jeff Termaine and Johnny Knoxville, isn't exactly high-art. But who cares?

The Counselor: Ridley Scott breaks bad on the Tex-Mex border

The Counselor: Ridley Scott breaks bad on the Tex-Mex border

Luke BuckmasterNov 5, 2013

Veteran Ridley Scott adapts an off-the-wall screenplay from esteemed novelist Cormac McCarthy, and the results are nothing if not audacious.

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Thor: The Dark World movie review: a superhero craptastrophy

Thor: The Dark World movie review: a superhero craptastrophy

Luke BuckmasterOct 29, 20137 Comments

In some circles superhero movies have a bad name. Want to know why? Go see Thor: The Dark World.

Captain Phillips movie review: bus stops, billboards and HMS Hanks

Captain Phillips movie review: bus stops, billboards and HMS Hanks

Luke BuckmasterOct 29, 20135 Comments

Paul Greengrass' breathlessly intense drama Captain Phillips is being marketed as a Tom Hanks movie. What impact does that have on the film's quasi-documentary grasp of realism?

About Time movie review: less rom-com, more tick-tock?

About Time movie review: less rom-com, more tick-tock?

Luke BuckmasterOct 20, 20133 Comments

English writer/director Richard Curtis' new movie -- a sweet-toothed time travel rom-com starring Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams -- poses several interesting questions, and answers almost none of them.

Prisoners movie review: trapped in a maze of moral murkiness

Prisoners movie review: trapped in a maze of moral murkiness

Luke BuckmasterOct 19, 20131 Comment

Studio-produced Hollywood mystery-thrillers don't get a great deal better (or bleaker) than director Denis Villeneuve's enthralling film about a search for two abducted young girls.

Win a double pass to <em>About Time</eM>

Win a double pass to About Time

Luke BuckmasterOct 18, 2013

Writer/director Richard Curtis' time travel rom-com About Time is now playing in Australian cinemas. Cinetology has 10 in-season passes to give away, valid nation-wide.

'Where the fuck were you?' Interview with John Landis, director of The Blues Brothers & Three Amigos!

'Where the fuck were you?' Interview with John Landis, director of The Blues Brothers & Three Amigos!

Luke BuckmasterOct 16, 20131 Comment

On the subject of business in Hollywood, veteran John Landis -- director of classics such as The Blues Brothers, Three Amigos! and Animal House -- pulls no punches.

Rush movie review: pole position for Ron Howard, the invisible auteur

Rush movie review: pole position for Ron Howard, the invisible auteur

Luke BuckmasterOct 9, 2013

Capturing the sensational long-running stoush between Formula 1 racers James Hunt and Niki Lauda, Ron Howard has directed one of his most entertaining movies in years.

Gravity movie review: a new space odyssey

Gravity movie review: a new space odyssey

Luke BuckmasterOct 4, 20133 Comments

Prepare to return your jaw to its upright position. Alfonso Cuarón's space-set drama -- starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock -- is a sight to behold.

The Best Offer movie review: the finer points of fakery

The Best Offer movie review: the finer points of fakery

Luke BuckmasterOct 3, 2013

Italian filmmaker Giuseppe Tornatore directs a perfectly cast Geoffrey Rush in this gloomy and deceptive film set in the industry of high-end art dealing.

Stories We Tell movie review: basking in narrative confusion

Stories We Tell movie review: basking in narrative confusion

Luke BuckmasterSep 26, 20131 Comment

In its own modest way, Sarah Polley's debut documentary feature about her family is a sophisticated and beguiling work.

Mood Indigo movie review: don't cry for me, I'm already dead

Mood Indigo movie review: don't cry for me, I'm already dead

Luke BuckmasterSep 20, 20132 Comments

Michel Gondry is celebrated for odd films and visual flair, but his work has never felt pretentious or inaccessible. Until now.

So, Harvey Weinstein is coming to Australia. Here's 5 things he can do to help us out

So, Harvey Weinstein is coming to Australia. Here's 5 things he can do to help us out

Luke BuckmasterSep 18, 20133 Comments

Legendary studio mogul Harvey "Scissorhands" Weinstein is coming to Australia. Here are five ways he can help the Australian film industry.

Blue Jasmine movie review: dramatic masterclass c/o Woody Allen and Cate Blanchett

Blue Jasmine movie review: dramatic masterclass c/o Woody Allen and Cate Blanchett

Luke BuckmasterSep 15, 20133 Comments

A late-period masterstroke from the ever prolific Woody Allen offers many things, including one of Cate Blanchett's finest performances.

The Rocket movie review: explosive melancholia

The Rocket movie review: explosive melancholia

Luke BuckmasterSep 11, 2013

Australia's nomination for best foreign language film for the 2014 Oscars is a quaint and beautifully balanced Laos-set drama.