One of the most pleasing recent Hollywood trends has been female-led horror/thrillers that deliver the chill factor but also wisely offer affecting emotional narratives and dare to tackle pertinent themes. Think films like Hereditary, Midsommar, and The Invisible Man. In 2021, a great example of this emerging sub-genre of horror stands as The Night House, the impressive sophomore effort from director David Bruckner and led by a sublime performance from the eternally underrated Rebecca Hall. Both a haunting atmospheric psychological thriller and a gripping exploration of grief, The Night...

From writer/director Richard Bates Jr., King Knight centres on Thorn (Matthew Gray Gubler), the High-Priest of a modern-day Californian Wiccan coven he runs with his adoring wife, Willow (Angela Sarafyan). The pair have made a peaceful community for their clan of fellow Wiccans, which also doubles as the headquarters for Thorn's fledgling online birdbath business. The coven is busy planning for the upcoming Pagan holiday of Beltane, which celebrates fire, fertility, and the arrival of summer with numerous rituals and a large bonfire party that Thorn hopes will...

Last year, it was Billie Holiday and Ma Rainey. The previous year, it was Judy Garland and Elton John. This year, it's the Queen of Soul. Hollywood's recent obsession with Oscar-bait biopics centred on infamous divas of music finally reaches the late, great Aretha Louise Franklin. A film that's been cooking around in development since early 2018, Respect is a paint-by-the-numbers biography that feels far too conventional for a woman who was anything but. Saved by the magnificent performance of Jennifer Hudson, impeccable production values, and the jukebox soundtrack Hudson...

A refreshing change from the tentpole sequels, remakes, and adaptations that litter the U.S. summer box office season, Free Guy arrives in cinemas (and only in cinemas) unburdened by the heavy weight of hype. Sure, its release date has been postponed three times in the last 18 months, which naturally increases anticipation, but it's unlikely most audiences are expecting all that much from this film. Admittedly, I was one of them. But this superbly entertaining blast proves to be the biggest surprise package of the season and perhaps even...

If most films earned $746 million at the worldwide box office and walked away with an Academy Award, you'd likely call them a roaring success. Yet, you'd be hard-pressed to find many who consider anything about 2016's Suicide Squad particularly successful besides its introduction of the magnificence that is Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn. Whether it was the rumoured studio intervention of director David Ayer's vision or just poor execution all around, this muddled, hyper-coloured mess left a sour taste in the mouths of both fans and critics alike. As...

Back in 2003, the world initially scoffed at the idea of a film based on a Disneyland ride. Admit it. You thought Disney had lost their mind. There were few who expected Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl to be particularly good, let alone score Johnny Depp his first Oscar nomination and launch a wildly successful franchise that would ultimately net more than $4.5 billion at the worldwide box office. Given that franchise has fizzled in recent times (a reboot appears to be on...

You have to feel for a director whose first major film earned six Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, scored over $600 million at the worldwide box office, and delivered one of the greatest twists in the history of cinema. For the last two decades, writer/director M. Night Shyamalan has been desperately attempting to recapture the lightning in a bottle of 1999's pop culture phenomenon The Sixth Sense with varied results. While there have been the mild highs of films like Signs and Split, there have also been...

Have you ever yearned to see King Kong give The Iron Giant a fist bump? Or witness Pennywise, Catwoman, and the droogs from A Clockwork Orange cheering on from the sidelines of a basketball game? If so, Space Jam: A New Legacy is certainly the film for you. In one of the most shameless pieces of cross-promotion cinema has ever seen, this long-awaited (perhaps too long) sequel stuffs so many pop culture cameos into 115 minutes that it would take even longer to name them all. A film that...

A new film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe opening in theatres around the globe is surely a sign the world of cinema is beginning to return to some sense of normalcy. After three release date delays and a change in strategy that sees the film debut simultaneously on Disney+ with Premier Access, Marvel Studios' long-awaited prequel Black Widow has finally arrived to give a fallen hero her deserving swan song. Part James Bond spy thriller, part Mission: Impossible action epic with a good dose of tense familial drama, Black...

For those of us who live in nations where international travel is still off-limits, watching a film set in a foreign location is the closest we'll get to an overseas holiday for at least another six months. Just in time for the onset of Australia's brisk winter, the wizards of Pixar Animation are here to provide a joyous trip to the sunny shores of the Italian coast with their latest little gem that typically packs an emotional punch. Crafted with a gorgeously quaint storybook quality rarely seen in Pixar...