SANDRA HALL Clint Eastwood is back to his old territory - a blinkered depiction of gun-toting, blind American patriotism.
PAUL BYRNES It's like watching a case of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the making, complicated by the complex psychology of Kyle.
PAUL BYRNES In this story of a once-big movie actor trying to do a play in New York, Michael Keaton literally flies, hovers and levitates but mostly glides.
CRAIG MATHIESON Benedict Cumberbatch plays World War II code-breaker Alan Turing with poise while restraining his passion.
Dark fairy tale
PAUL BYRNES Rob Marshall's adaptation of melancholy musical drama Into the Woods retains shades of the original but has been updated for a modern audience.
Reviewed by Philippa Hawker Film shelved for 70 years explores background to what took place in 1945 when Allied soldiers liberated prisoners from Nazi concentration camps.
PHILIPPA HAWKER The third instalment of Liam Neeson's mature-age action franchise, Taken 3, is a bit hard to take.
PHILIPPA HAWKER Angelina Jolie doesn't skimp on the brutality in her second feature as a director.
Jake Wilson Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting is a monstrous 'bridezilla' in this weird yet utterly mainstream film, a romantic comedy in which the main characters both happen to be men.
CRAIG MATHIESON Frank but rarely simplistic, Wild is a Hollywood film that actually gives us a complex female protagonist.
News, interviews, features
GARRY MADDOX Furore over biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side led the Australian Centre for the Moving Image to scrap a planned season late last month.
Philip Bump We pulled data on a number of well-known war movies to see how it stacked up.
Kelly Lawler Clint Eastwood's film has been a hit with audiences, but it has sparked controversy among some in Hollywood for a perceived pro-war message.
Caris Bizzaca Here are nine stars and starlets who have expressed their hopes for superhero-dom - or supervillainy.
DEBORAH GOUGH On the backs of Geoffrey Rush, Cate Blanchett and Nicole Kidman, Australian actors are the third most successful nation of Oscar winners.
Mary Ward Jennifer Aniston admits that there was a 'brief feeling of disappointment'.
GARRY MADDOX COMMENT: It's clear the Academy got it wrong when it came to the nominations for best animated feature.
GARRY MADDOX Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's dark comedy and Wes Anderson's comic adventure lead with nine nominations each.
Michael Bay's action blockbuster is up for seven Golden Raspberries Awards, which 'dis-honour' the worst achievement in film for 2014.
MICHAEL IDATO First of three planned sequels to the hit 2009 film has been delayed by a year.
PHILIPPA HAWKER Sepideh, Reaching For The Stars is an engaging documentary about an Iranian teenage girl with a passion for astronomy and Albert Einstein.
Age of Ultron
New trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron has confirmed that this is going to be a dark instalment in the franchise.
GARRY MADDOX Ivan Sen is to make another film about Mystery Road detective Jay Swan, Selma is snubbed at the Directors Guild awards and Boyhood is likely to be screened in more cinemas in Australia.
SARAH THOMAS The Big Short, about the credit bubble bursting in the 2000s, is boasting a stellar cast line-up.
SARAH THOMAS Things are hotting up around Fifty Shades of Grey, with the release date just under a month away and details of the full star-studded soundtrack listing now released.
Boyhood star and Golden Globe winner revealing she paid her babysitter and dog walker more than she received over the 12 years of the film's life.
PHILIPPA HAWKER This year's ceremony delivered something no one could have anticipated; it was more politically aware than anyone could have expected, with acceptance speeches that struck a mostly serious note.
Finlay Boyle Former Hollywood star and Miss Sweden Anita Ekberg has died aged 83.
PHILIPPA HAWKER What does Ant-Man have that Spider-Man doesn't? A new trailer gives us a glimpse of the smallest superhero in the Marvel Universe.
PHILIPPA HAWKER In her first feature, writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour creates a brilliant, richly detailed Iranian vampire movie with the help of Margaret Atwood and a tabby cat.
KARL QUINN Not all blockbusters are created equal, and amid the usual dross that Hollywood has in store for us in 2015 are some big movies that really might be rather good.
Ada Lee There were some surprises among the usual superhero faces and award-winners.
MICHAEL IDATO The third and final instalment of the franchise is about letting go, says its director.
Eric Kelsey and Lisa Richwine Sony's success in streaming the controversial comedy could hasten the movie industry's slow adoption of video-on-demand.
KARL QUINN A former aide of Lyndon B Johnson has slammed the depiction of the former president in Selma, but the film's director says the distortion of the facts lies elsewhere.
The United Arab Emirates says it won't allow the screening of the biblical epic, mirroring similar bans by Egypt and Morocco.
The Turing circus
Frank O'Shea The truth behind the code-breaking effort depicted in The Imitation Game is far more complicated than the film would have it.
JENNY COONEY CARRILLO Nothing could prepare the pint-sized star for playing Cinderella in the movie version of Stephen Sondheim's Broadway musical Into The Woods.
MICHAEL IDATO Australian Rebel Wilson thought her role was only going to be a cameo but it soon turned into something bigger, and far more memorable.
MICHAEL KOZIOL Christine Cavanaugh, the voice of Babe in the classic 1995 children's film of the same name, has died at the age of 51.
MICHAEL KOZIOL Sony Pictures now face a lawsuit from two Korean pop musicians who claim it has used their music without authorisation.
Out of the box
PAUL BYRNES Great films didn't stand a chance against the killer critters coming out of Hollywood in 2014.
US studios now rely more on foreign revenues than domestic, and about two-thirds of the box office comes from outside their borders - but there are crouching tigers in that jungle.
Sundance invasion; Kidman backs first-timers; The Mule a hit on VOD.
What's showing at the 2014 Melbourne International Film Festival?
News, reviews and interviews from the 2014 Sydney Film Festival.
Strange as it may seem to say, the Cannes film festival this year was both a world apart and an accurate reflection of the world at large.
English mathematician and logician, Alan Turing, helps crack the Enigma code during World War II.
Martin Luther King, Lyndon Baines Johnson and the civil rights marches that changed America.
In the Iranian ghost town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire.
Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private join forces with undercover organization The North Wind to stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine.
Desperate to legitimise their careers, celebrity journalists land an interview with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, which prompts the CIA to recruit the very unqualified pair as assassins.
Wrestler Mark Schultz forms a relationship with his new sponsor, millionaire John du Pont, as they train for the 1988 games in Seoul - a union that leads to unlikely circumstances as both men feel inferior to Mark's revered brother, Dave.
Fury Road revisits Oscar-winning filmmaker George Miller's post-apocalyptic Mad Max trilogy.
A continuation of the saga created by George Lucas set thirty years after Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983).
Michael Keaton plays an actor, famous for portraying an iconic superhero, as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.
A Navy S.E.A.L. recounts his military career, which includes more than 150 confirmed kills.
An exploration of the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner's life.
The story of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit's attempt to cross the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974.
Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. But there's one thing that makes Chappie different from anyone else: he is a robot.
In 1970, drug-fueled Los Angeles detective Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.
Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond.
An Australian man travels to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli to try and locate his three missing sons.
Documentary follows jazz legend Clark Terry over four years to document the mentorship between Terry and 23-year-old blind piano prodigy Justin Kauflin.
The story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny -- to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.
A drama centred on the awakening of the painter Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.
A young programmer is selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I.
Collegiate a cappella group the Barden Bellas enter into an international competition that no American team has ever won.