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Luke Buckmaster

Writer, Critic and The Daily Review Journalist

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Up, up and away: this blog has moved

Up, up and away: this blog has moved

January 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

November 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

November 5, 2013

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

Thor: The Dark World movie review: a superhero craptastrophy

Thor: The Dark World movie review: a superhero craptastrophy

October 29, 2013 7 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

October 29, 2013 5 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?

October 20, 2013 3 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

October 19, 2013 1 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

October 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!

October 16, 2013 1 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

October 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

October 4, 2013 3 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

October 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

September 26, 2013 1 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

September 20, 2013 2 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

September 18, 2013 3 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

September 15, 2013 3 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

September 11, 2013

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