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Luke Buckmaster

Writer, Critic and The Daily Review Journalist

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Pacific Rim movie review: heavy duty headache maker

Pacific Rim movie review: heavy duty headache maker

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.

The World’s End movie review: apocalyptically awesome

The World’s End movie review: apocalyptically awesome

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.

All about efficiency: reviewing Verax, the world’s first Edward Snowden film

All about efficiency: reviewing Verax, the world’s first Edward Snowden film

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.

Mud movie review: mind, soul, McConaughey

Mud movie review: mind, soul, McConaughey

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.

Man of Steel movie review: super long and super heavy

Man of Steel movie review: super long and super heavy

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.

Vale James Gandolfini: the TV giant who gave us big cinema in small parts

Vale James Gandolfini: the TV giant who gave us big cinema in small parts

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.

Only God Forgives movie review: a place beyond the pines

Only God Forgives movie review: a place beyond the pines

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.

After Earth movie review: sci-fi, Shyamalan style

After Earth movie review: sci-fi, Shyamalan style

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.

‘Have I made a difference in the world?’ Interview with James Cromwell, star of Still Mine

‘Have I made a difference in the world?’ Interview with James Cromwell, star of Still Mine

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.

Much Ado About Nothing movie review: Whedon drops the bang, keeps the whiz

Much Ado About Nothing movie review: Whedon drops the bang, keeps the whiz

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.

Picks for the 2013 Sydney Film Festival

Picks for the 2013 Sydney Film Festival

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.

‘The tactics of Scientology’: filmmaker v Assange, WikiLeaks v the world

‘The tactics of Scientology’: filmmaker v Assange, WikiLeaks v the world

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.

The Hangover 3 movie review: time for detox

The Hangover 3 movie review: time for detox

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.

Can a trailer spoil a movie? Putting it to the test with The Call

Can a trailer spoil a movie? Putting it to the test with The Call

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.

‘Moments that happen one time’: interview with Derek Cianfrance, writer/director of The Place Beyond the Pines

‘Moments that happen one time’: interview with Derek Cianfrance, writer/director of The Place Beyond the Pines

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.

The Place Beyond the Pines movie review: narrative masterclass

The Place Beyond the Pines movie review: narrative masterclass

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.

Star Trek Into Darkness movie review: long live the lens flare

Star Trek Into Darkness movie review: long live the lens flare

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.