Given nine years have passed since Mad Max: Fury Road blasted its way into cinemas, you might have forgotten what a staggering breath of fresh air this masterpiece of action cinema truly was. Perhaps it helped that expectations were undeniably low for a sequel to George Miller's seemingly dead Mad Max trilogy no one was really asking for. Six (yes, six!) Oscars and a worldwide box office of $380 million silenced anyone who had scoffed at the need for a return to the Wasteland. Rather than deliver another sequel (though,...

After dazzling with his terrifying thriller A Quiet Place and its equally terrific sequel A Quiet Place Part II, there would be few expecting writer/director John Krasinski to pick a family fantasy comedy as his next film. Then again, he's not the first director with such a wild genre shift in their filmography. Robert Rodriguez's resume includes both From Dusk Till Dawn and Spy Kids. Martin Scorsese gave us Shutter Island and Hugo. George Miller, the man behind the Mad Max franchise, is also responsible for Babe and Happy Feet. And, of course, Steven...

When 20th Century Fox rebooted its seemingly dormant Planet of the Apes franchise in 2011, few expected Rise of the Planet of the Apes to launch three films that not only collectively earned $1.6 billion worldwide but also become one of the best trilogies in cinema history. You can baulk at that all you like, but it deserves to (and, for some odd reason, rarely does) stand alongside trilogies like The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Toy Story, and The Dark Knight. Seven years after we said farewell to Caesar, those damn...

In 2023, Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt were supporting players in two of the biggest films of the year that combined to become the weirdest double bill in cinema history. Gosling and Blunt stole focus as the unappreciated partners of the titular characters in Barbie and Oppenheimer and both rightly waltzed away with Oscar nominations. Now they're back in the lead in a film steadfastly determined to make blockbusters fun again. Remember those days? Remember fun?! A ridiculously entertaining, genuinely funny, and charmingly romantic crowd-pleaser, The Fall Guy soars on...

Do you like tennis? If your answer is no, the good news is Luca Guadagnino's Challengers is still very likely to be right up your alley. Or in your court. Or some other tennis pun. Much like King Richard wasn't inherently a "tennis film," this very stylish, occasionally trashy, palpably sexy, and unashamedly horny good time is more of a tantalisingly soapy character study than an introspection on the ins and outs of jeu de paume. Ménage à trois is a far more appropriate French term to be...

Marketing films is a tricky business. Reveal too much and you risk audiences staying home after feeling like they've seen the entire movie in its trailer. Reveal too little and you might fail to whet the appetite of potential viewers entirely. Then there's something like Civil War; a film with trailers that suggest a highly political, super divisive, and action-packed epic that's really just a thinly veiled allegory/warning for America's impending future. In reality, this film is somehow simultaneously all these things and none of them. Whether that makes...

Can we just take a moment to appreciate the rise of Dev Patel from that lanky, dorky kid in Slumdog Millionaire and TV's Skins to the captivating, Oscar-nominated (and BAFTA-winning) leading man he is today? Patel takes another big step forward in his impressive career with his dazzling directorial debut, Monkey Man; a slick, stylish, entertaining, and brutally violent revenge thriller that announces Patel as both a bonafide action star and a remarkably talented director. Is there anything this guy can't do? Inspired by the Hindu legend of Hanuman, Monkey Man...

From Annabelle to Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Insidious to The Exorcist, horror prequels are generally what occurs when studios run out of ideas for sequels and instead serve up an origin story no one really asked for. It's why one approaches something like The First Omen with immense trepidation and dreadfully low expectations. Colour me wrong. Standing as one of the first big surprises of 2024 and that rare kind of horror prequel that completely justifies its existence, this unsettling, atmospheric, and beautifully crafted demonic thriller is actually pretty damn good. Set...

Australian horror has experienced quite a renaissance in the last decade. From Talk to Me and The Babadook to You'll Never Find Me and Sissy (plus low-budget guilty pleasures like Wyrmwood and 100 Bloody Acres), Aussie filmmakers are consistently proving they can cook up terrors with the best of them. Tackling two well-worn sub-genres of horror that generally feel quite stale, brothers Colin Cairnes and Cameron Cairnes breathe new life into the tropes of demonic possession and found footage films with the terrifically unnerving and deliriously entertaining Late Night with the Devil. A simple yet...

After ten years, four films, and one television series of Legendary Pictures' MonsterVerse franchise, we're back for another serving of Titan chaos. Say what you will about these films, but they all know exactly what they are and wisely refuse to apologise for delivering everything audiences want and expect. Whether the premise of watching several gigantic animals beat the crap out of each other while levelling numerous buildings is growing thin by now is entirely up to you to decide. For this film critic, it's the kind of...

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