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Film review: <em>The Counselor</em> — Ridley Scott breaks bad on the Tex-Mex border

Film review: The Counselor — Ridley Scott breaks bad on the Tex-Mex border

November 5, 2013

Veteran Ridley Scott adapts an off-the-wall screenplay from esteemed novelist Cormac McCarthy, and the results are nothing if not audacious, writes Luke Buckmaster.

Movie review: <em>Thor: The Dark World</em> — a superhero craptastrophy

Movie review: Thor: The Dark World — a superhero craptastrophy

October 30, 2013

Thor: is everything that is wrong with superhero movies, writes Luke Buckmaster.

Movie review: <em>Captain Phillips</em> — bus stops, billboards and HMS Hanks

Movie review: Captain Phillips — bus stops, billboards and HMS Hanks

October 29, 2013

Paul Greengrass' new film is being relentlessly marketed as a Tom Hanks vehicle. That might ruin the quasi-realistic feel, but it's all part of getting bums on seats, writes Luke Buckmaster.

Movie review: <em>Mystery Road</em> — wide-open neo-noir

Movie review: Mystery Road — wide-open neo-noir

October 28, 2013

There’s plenty to admire in Australian writer/director Ivan Sen’s expansive neo-noir about a grisly crime and a detective who asks difficult questions, writes Luke Buckmaster.

Movie review: <em>Prisoners</em> — trapped in a maze of moral murkiness

Movie review: Prisoners — trapped in a maze of moral murkiness

October 21, 2013

Studio-produced Hollywood mystery-thrillers don’t get a great deal better (or bleaker) than this, writes Luke Buckmaster.

Movie review: <em>About Time</em> — less rom-com, more tick-tock?

Movie review: About Time — less rom-com, more tick-tock?

October 21, 2013

Writer-director Richard Curtin (Four Weddings and a Funeral) has delivered a soppy and somewhat creepy rom-com, writes Luke Buckmaster.

“Critically I was always a bit of a shmuck” — an interview with John Landis

“Critically I was always a bit of a shmuck” — an interview with John Landis

October 16, 2013

On the subject of business in Hollywood, veteran John Landis -- director of classics such as The Blues Brothers, Three Amigos! and Animal House -- pulls no punches, writes Luke Buckmaster.

Film review: <em>Rush</em> —  pole position for Ron Howard, the invisible auteur

Film review: Rush — pole position for Ron Howard, the invisible auteur

October 9, 2013

The real-life events that defined the headline-hogging animosity between Formula 1 racers James Hunt and Niki Lauda is perfect fodder for dramatisation.

Film review: <em>Gravity</em> — a new space odyssey

Film review: Gravity — a new space odyssey

October 4, 2013

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

Film review: <em>The Best Offer</em> — the finer points of fakery

Film review: The Best Offer — the finer points of fakery

October 3, 2013

Italian filmmaker Giuseppe Tornatore directs a perfectly cast Geoffrey Rush in this gloomy and deceptive film set in the industry of high-end art dealing, writes Luke Buckmaster.

Movie review: <em>Stories We Tell</em> — basking in narrative confusion

Movie review: Stories We Tell — basking in narrative confusion

September 26, 2013

Sarah Polley's documentary on her own family manages to steer clear of self-indulgence, writes Luke Buckmaster.

Film review: <em>Mood Indigo</em> — pretentious quasi-art cinema

Film review: Mood Indigo — pretentious quasi-art cinema

September 20, 2013

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

Five things movie mogul Harvey Weinstein can do for Australia

Five things movie mogul Harvey Weinstein can do for Australia

September 18, 2013

Film mogul and Miramax head honcho Harvey Weinstein will visit Australia for the Canberra Film Festival. Luke Buckmaster has a few matters he'd like to discuss.

Film review: <em>Blue Jasmine</em> — Blanchett shines in Woody Allen masterstroke

Film review: Blue Jasmine — Blanchett shines in Woody Allen masterstroke

September 16, 2013

Woody Allen delivers a verbose riches-to-rags story, which is tempered by Cate Blanchett's masterful performance, writes Luke Buckmaster.

Film review: <em>The Rocket</em> — feeling good in Laos

Film review: The Rocket — feeling good in Laos

September 12, 2013

Film review: <em>White House Down</em> — disaster porn comes to D.C.

Film review: White House Down — disaster porn comes to D.C.

September 4, 2013

Channing Tatum's good looks and plenty of explosions aren't enough to save this film, writes Luke Buckmaster.

Movie review: <em>Jobs</em> — one long, cheesy moment

Movie review: Jobs — one long, cheesy moment

September 2, 2013

Joshua Michael Stern's Steve Jobs biopic is a bit of a turkey, but anyone trying to pin the blame on Ashton Kutcher should take a closer look at the script, writes Luke Buckmaster.

Movie review: <em>Kick-Ass 2</em> — superheroes on social media leave audience cold

Movie review: Kick-Ass 2 — superheroes on social media leave audience cold

August 29, 2013

Kick-Ass 2 has the most digitally connected superhero and villain in recent memory, but there are no good guys to save the day, writes Luke Buckmaster.

Interview with Dror Moreh, director of <em>The Gatekeepers</em>

Interview with Dror Moreh, director of The Gatekeepers

August 21, 2013

Dror Moreh managed to pull off the impossible -- getting high-ranking members of Israel's secret service to talk about their experiences. Luke Buckmaster finds out more:

Movie review: <em>Pain & Gain</em> — humping the American dream

Movie review: Pain & Gain — humping the American dream

August 20, 2013

Michael Bay has managed to direct a non-blockbuster with heart. Wait, what? Luke Buckmaster explains.