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Articles by Luke Buckmaster

The Rocket movie review: explosive melancholia

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

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Right for the Jugular — new Australian thriller comes to my lounge room

Australian feature film Jugular opens this year’s Melbourne Underground Film Festival. In it my friend goes crazy and there’s a scene in my apartment. Allow me to explain.

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White House Down movie review: disaster porn comes to D.C.

Comedy and drama are regarded as easily distinguishable forms, but movies like White House Down prove defining them is not so simple.

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Jobs movie review: dairy-infused biopic balderdash

Cheesy moments can quickly derail a dramatic movie. Director Joshua Michael Stern’s Steve Jobs biopic is full of them.

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Kick-Ass 2 movie review: superheroes on social media

Kick-Ass 2 may feature the most digitally connected heroes and villains in Hollywood history, but it’s also an uncomfortably amoral experience.

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On a bleed to know basis: interview with Dror Moreh, director of The Gatekeepers

Dror Moreh scored the coup of a lifetime when he sat down to talk to all surviving heads of Israeli intelligence agency, the Shin Bet. His Oscar-nominated documentary The Gatekeepers explores the grey areas of war and terrorism.

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Pain & Gain movie review: humping the American Dream, Michael Bay style

A terrific movie about the American Dream, directed by Michael Bay. Hang on, what?

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Elysium movie review: in space, nobody can hear you politicise

Neill Blomkamp’s follow-up to District 9 is another loud action movie ensconced in political allegory. This time around the old gray mare ain’t what she used to be.

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Interview with Michael Winslow, Police Academy’s Man of 10,000 Sound Effects

As the ‘Man of 10,000 Sound Effects’, his reputation precedes him. And speaking to Police Academy’s Michael Winslow doesn’t disappoint.

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The Turning movie review: Oz film par excellence

A Tim Winton-adapted anthology film this ambitious, with this much scope and talent, must have been a high risk project for curator Robert Connolly and the bevvy of Australian directors involved in its making. That risk paid off extraordinarily well.

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Galore movie review: Oz film cliches, and plenty of ‘em

The Australian film industry is deeply familiar with morose dramas. Despite considerable talent in front and behind the camera, Galore ticks too many of the same old boxes.

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The Wolverine movie review: all bark, no bite

According to Hugh Jackman, every movie he’s ever been in is the best movie he’s ever been in. The same is true — and not true — about The Wolverine.

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Video: interview with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, stars of The World’s End

After the halcyon highs of my bone-jittering 4D interview with The World’s End director Edgar Wright, things came crashing back to earth when I sat down for a chat with stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.

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Addictive entertainment: an early look at ABC3′s Nowhere Boys

ABC3′s upcoming 13-part series Nowhere Boys is geared towards a young adult audience, but going by the first four episodes both grown-ups and adolescents will find it addictive viewing.

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Fallout movie review: science to art and back again

Lawrence Johnston’s new feature has been described as a “making of” documentary about the book and film version of On the Beach, but it’s much more than that.

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Video interview: taking The World’s End director Edgar Wright into the fourth dimension

Have you ever watched a film critic interview a major film director inside a 4D cinema, while watching a 4D movie? Let’s assume the answer is no. Therefore, you’ve come to the right place.

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This is the End movie review: end is nigh celebrity shenanigans

There’s smug navel-gazing a-plenty in this colourful, ambitious and goofily apocalyptic comedy from Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen.

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