July 13, 2013 9 Comments
There's a lot of heavy duty spectacle in Guillermo del Toro's big toys blockbuster, but not much else.
July 11, 2013 4 Comments
They've done it again. The team behind Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz smash out another twisted gem: a boozy buddy movie with a big twist.
July 9, 2013 3 Comments
If you thought the tale of Edward Snowden's explosive document dump would make a good film, there is actually already one out there -- and it contains a couple of important lessons for Hollywood.
July 1, 2013 3 Comments
The latest film in the critical redemption of Matthew McConaughey is a male weepie with a deeply affecting sense of grace and purpose.
June 25, 2013 3 Comments
Good old fashioned fun is treated as something passé in Zack Snyder's Superman reboot, which is long, laborious and repetitive.
June 20, 2013 2 Comments
James Gandolfini rose to stardom with his unforgettable performance in TV's The Sopranos. But the veteran character actor, who passed away this week, also did great things for cinema.
June 18, 2013 2 Comments
The winner of Sydney Film Festival's top gong continues to turn heads, and stomachs. Nicolas Winding Refn's follow-up to Drive is a seductively awful film: uncompromising and unforgettable.
June 15, 2013 1 Comment
Nobody directs a turkey quite like M. Night Shyamalan. The director's latest production, a sci-fi from Will Smith Corp, fails to reverse a pattern of stinkers.
June 11, 2013 2 Comments
Academy Award nominated character actor James Cromwell has appeared in dozens of popular film and TV shows since the 1970s -- but never, until now, in a lead role. Cromwell reflects on life, death, legacy, working as an ageing actor and much more.
June 10, 2013
Whiz-bang blockbuster filmmaker Joss Whedon turns his focus to Shakespeare, adapting the Bard on a micro budget and a 12 day shoot. The results can inspire other deep-pocketed directors to test themselves.
June 6, 2013
The Sydney Film Festival is now underway, cinephiles in Australia once again spoiled for choice. Which titles should you see? I've written a bunch of short reviews of some of my highlights.
June 3, 2013 14 Comments
The response to acclaimed director Alex Gibney's WikiLeaks documentary may say more about the current state of the organisation than anything in his film. I talked to Gibney -- and somehow got caught up in the maelstrom.
May 24, 2013
Last drinks have been called for The Hangover franchise. The bar tab hasn't completely ran dry, but it's time for everyone to go home.
May 22, 2013 3 Comments
Over zealous trailer editors reveal the best bits in movies well before you cough up your hard-earned to see them. But can a trailer really spoil the cinematic experience? I invented a way to find out.
May 14, 2013
Derek Cianfrance's follow-up to his 2010 head turner Blue Valentine has guns, shoot-outs and Ryan Gosling -- but it's also a daring and unconventional work. There was plenty to talk about.
May 10, 2013 4 Comments
Writer/director Derek Cianfrance's follow-up to Blue Valentine is extraordinarily bold and compelling, and one of the pedigree American films of 2013.
May 9, 2013 2 Comments
Star Trek Into Darkness is more than an elaborate dress rehearsal for J.J. Abrams' next movie, Star Wars: Episode VII. It is a stunningly realised blockbuster.