In the 28 years since Jane Campion became only the second female filmmaker in history to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Director, the writer-director has made just four films. Much like her careful filmmaking and storytelling style, Campion is a director who prefers to take her time. The results are always worth the wait. With her latest effort, Campion may have delivered her greatest work to date and one of the very best films of the year. A slow-burn character study that's as captivating as it is...

Attempting to capture a figure's entire life in one film is a task doomed to fail. It's an issue we saw just a few months ago with the earnest but conventionally shallow Respect. The best historical biopics understand this and instead choose to limit the focus to one key period of time. It's just one of the elements that make Pablo Larraín's harrowing portrait of a tragic princess such a spectacular success. Another is an actor at the absolute top of their game in one of the finest...

From Brad and Denzel to Angelina and Nicole, you know an actor has really hit the big time when they're known by just their first name. In the sports world, there are two instantly recognisable first names that have dominated the cultural zeitgeist for more than two decades; Venus and Serena. That's why it may seem strange Hollywood's first attempt to capture their life in an Oscar-bait biopic bears the moniker of their father. After viewing King Richard, you'll completely understand why. An entirely rousing crowd-pleaser that will leave...

One of the biggest criticisms lobbed at the Marvel Cinematic Universe is its persistence with sticking to the tried and true "Marvel formula." In most Marvel Studios films (particularly first outings of new superheroes), we meet our down on their luck protagonist who soon discovers their hidden superpower which attracts the attention of some ungodly antagonist who forces our new hero to overcome insurmountable odds and ultimately save the day. Now that you've read it, you can see how many Marvel films it applies to, right? To be fair,...

For the last 18 months, we've been more reliant on technology than ever before. Smartphones, social media, and video calls were essentially the only tools keeping the world's population from total social isolation. Whether we'll remember this dark time and begin to cherish real-life connections remains to be seen. That's why it's pertinent timing for an animated film like Ron's Gone Wrong; a breezy family flick with a few messages to deliver. Amidst a goofy dose of slapstick humour and a tremendous amount of heart, Ron's Gone Wrong seeks...

In 2020, we were served a throwback classic Western in the form of Paul Greengrass' charming News of the World. In 2021, co-writer-director Jeymes Samuel is here to give the genre one almighty shake with the coolest Western in years. A brutal, bloody affair that finally places an ensemble cast of actors of colour at the forefront of such a narrative, The Harder They Fall is stylish as hell, hugely entertaining, and uproariously fun. An ambitious directorial debut that announces the arrival of a bold new filmmaking talent, The...

As the old saying goes, there are two sides to every story. But in the case of Ridley Scott's latest Middle Ages epic The Last Duel, there are actually three. A film that admirably attempts to dabble in the #MeToo movement but gets somewhat lost along the way, this is more of a medieval soap opera than a scathing critique of sexism and misogyny. Whether that's a compliment or a criticism will be entirely up to the viewer. Impeccably crafted and brilliantly acted, The Last Duel runs long and...

It's been a strange and terrible year for many reasons. After the misery of 2020, we foolishly assumed this year had to be better. As someone who's been in the Sydney lockdown for over 100 days, I can attest this year has been more akin to a terrible sequel; more of the same, yet somehow so much worse. But if you'd told me at the start of 2021 that one of my favourite films of the year would star Nicolas Cage and its narrative would centre on his...

For over two decades, the world has watched in horror at the news of yet another shooting inside an American school. From Columbine and Sandy Hook to Parkland and Virginia Tech, the number of shootings and the growing death toll is too painful to even fathom. There's a whole generation of children who have sadly grown accustomed to school shootings being a reality of their formative years to the point active shooter drills are now necessary to prepare American kids for the very real possibility of a shooting...

It's perfectly acceptable to admit you forgot there was an animated feature film version of The Addams Family back in 2019. A lot has happened since then. And, to be honest, the film didn't exactly take the world by storm. The film's saccharinely sweet treatment of Charles Addams' deliciously macabre source material drew a tepid response from critics. But a surprising worldwide gross of $203 million on a budget of just $24 million meant a second film was all but assured. Much like many animated sequels, The Addams Family...