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Film review: Gravity — a new space odyssey

Prepare to return your jaw to its upright position. Director Alfonso Cuarón’s space blockbuster is a sight to behold, writes Luke Buckmaster.

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Film review: Mood Indigo — pretentious quasi-art cinema

French director Michel Gondry is celebrated odd and eccentric films, but his work has never felt pretentious and inaccessible. Until now, writes Luke Buckmaster.

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Movie review: Galore — Oz film cliches, and plenty of ‘em

The Australian film industry is deeply familiar with morose dramas. Despite considerable talent in front and behind the camera, Galore ticks too many of the same old boxes, writes Luke Buckmaster.

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Film review: Fallout — documenting On The Beach and author Nevil Shute

Director Lawrence Johnston’s new feature documentary has been described as a behind the scenes look at both the book and film version of On the Beach. But as Luke Buckmaster writes, it’s much more than that. .

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Film review: Last Days Here — heavy metal, self destruction and fandom

Heavy metal pioneer Bobby Liebling’s life should make for a grim documentary. But as James Rose writes, there are plenty of heartwarming moments among the pentagrams and candles.

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Film review: This is the End — apocalyptic celebrity shenanigans

There’s smug navel-gazing a-plenty in this colourful, ambitious and goofily apocalyptic comedy from Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, writes Luke Buckmaster.

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Film review: Patrick — high voltage Ozploitation

Not Quite Hollywood director Mark Hartley’s first fictional feature is a scorcher — a cattle prod to the senses that reminds the Oz film industry that “genre” isn’t a dirty word, writes Luke Buckmaster.

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Film review: Pacific Rim — high voltage headache maker

There’s a lot of heavy duty spectacle in Guillermo del Toro’s big toys blockbuster, but not much else. Luke Buckmaster wasn’t impressed.

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Introducing the world’s first Edward Snowden film — and it’s a doozy

If you thought the story of Edward Snowden would make a good film, there is actually already one out there. It’s an impressive work with some timely lessons for Hollywood, writes Luke Buckmaster.

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Film review: Mud — mind, soul, McConaughey

The latest film in the critical redemption of Matthew McConaughey is a male weepie with a deeply affecting sense of grace and purpose. It’s one of the year’s finest, writes Luke Buckmaster.

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Movie review: Man of Steel — super long and super heavy

Good old fashioned fun is treated as something passé in director Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot, which is long, laborious and repetitive, writes Luke Buckmaster.

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Film review: Only God Forgives — seductive grotesquery

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, writes Luke Buckmaster.

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Film review: Much Ado About Nothing — Whedon does Shakespeare

Whiz-bang blockbuster director Joss Whedon turns his focus to Shakespeare, adapting the Bard on a micro budget and a 12 day shoot. The results could inspire other filmmakers to test themselves in similar way, writes Luke Buckmaster.

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Movie review: The Great Gatsby — candy coloured desecration

Director Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby cements his reputation as the quasi-intellectual’s Michael Bay, who destroys things with glitter instead of Transformers, writes Luke Buckmaster.

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Movie review: The Hangover 3 — time for detox

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, writes Luke Buckmaster.

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Can a trailer completely spoil a movie? Putting it to the test

Over zealous trailer editors often reveal the best bits in movies. But can a trailer really spoil the cinematic experience? Luke Buckmaster invented a way to find out.

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We already have a Great Gatsby — and it’s called Spring Breakers

At first blush, Harmony Korine’s new film doesn’t have much in common with The Great Gatsby. But under the bonnet, it may echo the themes of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s seminal work more powerfully than Baz Luhrmamn’s movie, writes Luke Buckmaster.

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Movie review: The Place Beyond the Pines — narrative masterclass

Writer/director Derek Cianfrance’s follow-up to Blue Valentine is extraordinarily bold and compelling. It’s one of the pedigree American films of 2013, writes Luke Buckmaster.

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Movie review: The Hunt — guilt by accusation

Mads Mikkelsen is perfectly cast as a man unfairly accused of child abuse in writer/director Thomas Vinterberg’s cautionary tale about small town mob justice. But like the film, there is something cold and clinical about it, writes Luke Buckmaster.

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Movie review: Iron Man 3 — Black in action

The most interesting thing about Iron Man 3 isn’t the movie itself, but the return of legendary screenwriter Shane Black, writes Luke Buckmaster.

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Parallax Podcast: Olympus Has Fallen, Oblivion, Sleepwalk with Me & more

Terrorists storm the White House. Aliens roam the surface of a ravaged earth. A comedian sleepwalks and Hugh Jackman sings. This and more with Luke Buckmaster and Rich Haridy in The Parallax Podcast.

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Film review: Oblivion — expansive, enticing and empty

Tom Cruise and the director of Tron Legacy teamed up to make a US$100+ million art movie. It didn’t quite go to plan, writes Luke Buckmaster.

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Silence in the House of God movie review: devil is in the detail

Oscar-nominated director Alex Gibney’s exposé about sex abuse in the Catholic church may be slanted, but it has every right to be, writes Luke Buckmaster.

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Movie review: Housos Vs. Authority an unflinching Aussie satire

Paul Fenech has been lobbing comedy grenades for eons. Whether he intended it or not, his latest movie is one of Australia’s most brutal satires of lower class suburbia, writes Luke Buckmaster.

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Movie misogyny: new Aussie footy film Blinder sickens

The cast and crew of Australian drama Blinder have shown courage in confronting complex issues head on. And with that courage should come the conviction to admit they got it very, very wrong, writes Luke Buckmaster.

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