PHILIPPA HAWKER Yes there is humour and one-liners but it's too long between gags and the stars of the first movie only have one-note cameos.
JAKE WILSON Happily, Paddington Bear's signature traits remain intact in this plush blend of live action and computer animation.
PAUL BYRNES This meandering film fits a long tradition of French literature but the characters are real and the story entertaining.
JAKE WILSON This remake of the 1982 Australian science-fiction action movie fails to convince.
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New ACMI boss
KARL QUINN Former director of the Adelaide Film Festival and now head of Arts at the ABC Katrina Sedgwick will take on the top job at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image from February.
JENNY COONEY CARRILLO Quvenzhane Wallis, the youngest person in history to be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar, is about to become a lot more famous.
Steven Zeitchik There are names we didn't expect and movies that haven't tracked in this year's contenders.
No longer a Spectre-cal
Philip Bump Next year's Bond film, the 24th, will feature something rarely seen in the super-spy's world: an age-appropriate co-star.
SARAH THOMAS The US president's wooing of the-then Michelle Robinson heads to the big screen.
GARRY MADDOX Sundance invasion; Kidman backs first-timers; The Mule a hit on VOD.
Angelina Jolie has been called a “minimally talented spoiled brat” with a “rampaging” ego in a series of fiery emails released by anonymous hackers.
Turkey shoot reboot
PHILIPPA HAWKER Jon Hewitt and Belinda McClory have remade a 1980s Ozploitation classic, entirely without irony.
No quick fix
ROSE POWELL There's enormous appetite for change around the legislation governing downloading and uploading of copyrighted content, but anyone hoping for a quick fix will be disappointed.
Julian Ryall in Tokyo Japanese nationalists have accused Angelina Jolie of racism and have called for her to be banned from the country for directing the film Unbroken.
NATALIE BOCHENSKI The director of the first Chinese animated feature film to be shown internationally said the lines between real actors and computer-created ones will continue to blur.
Dylan Rainforth Seven Intellectuals in a Bamboo Forest by Yang Fudong screens at Australian Centre for the Moving Image this Sunday.
Terminator first look
Darryn King The first trailer for the new Terminator film suggests the plot of the original is being revisited - with the help of the man-machine who started it all.
Not how it is
CAROLYN WEBB A local overnight TV news cameraman has criticised the antics of his fictional, sleazy Los Angeles counterpart in Nightcrawler as offensive and unrealistic.
Neil McMahon Margaret and David walked arm-in-arm into the darkness on Tuesday night, and like Bogart and Bergman this partnership produced cinematic gold, nearly three decades of it, and on their last outing they did not disappoint.
NATALIE BOCHENSKI It's a blockbuster that promises to make the Earth move for filmgoers.
GARRY MADDOX The Oscar winner believes the theme of kindness to an outsider is valuable for the young audience of a new family movie.
ERYK BAGSHAW A small but enthusiastic Tropfest audience were rewarded for enduring the inclement weather as dark comedy Granny Smith took out the country's largest small film festival's top gong on Sunday night.
SARAH THOMAS It was a glamorous swirl of chiffon and sequins on the red carpet at the Paddington premiere on Sunday morning - but with a difference.
Dee Jefferson Dee Jefferson, who has been in the front row of the real-life 'Margaret and David show' for almost 10 years, reveals what they're really like.
ERYK BAGSHAW Torrential rain, lightning strikes and pounding thunderstorms have forced the organisers of Tropfest to close down the site on Sunday afternoon.
ERYK BAGSHAW How do you kick-start your film career? Keep making "fake" trailers until someone takes notice.
STEPHANIE BUNBURY The former child star is famous for playing lightweight heartthrobs, but a controversial thriller may change his reputation.
STEPHANIE BUNBURY It's a cute family comedy, but there's lots more going on in the film from The Mighty Boosh director Paul King than first meets the eye.
Blind Film Critic
STEPHANIE BUNBURY Blind since birth, Tommy Edison has proven there's more to appreciating a good movie than the images onscreen.
MICHAEL IDATO The master of the smart blockbuster opens up on his life's triumphs and tragedies.
Claire van der Boom
KARL QUINN She surfed into Hollywood as the next big thing, but five years on Claire van der Boom is happy in a different role.
STEPHANIE BUNBURY When her stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper became Hollywood stars, Danish director Susanne Bier's troubled dark love story became an even more difficult project.
JOEL MEARES Margaret Pomeranz would die to keep news and current affairs going on the ABC and SBS.
'Slave state' essay
MICHAEL LALLO You can go a month without seeing a film with a black woman in a speaking role says actor Chris Rock.
His word is his Bond
The physicist Stephen Hawking says he would like a part in a James Bond movie, and with details of the next film to be announced this week perhaps he's dropping hints.
Sir Peter Jackson's final Hobbit instalment has been panned as a 'series of stomping footnotes in search of a climax' by a prominent British film reviewer.
PAUL BYRNES The gangster movie glorified violent outsiders during the Depression and audiences loved it, but those outsiders came in from the cold when war broke out.
Exodus: Gods and Kings
MICHAEL LALLO 'Since when are Egyptians not white?' Media baron Rupert Murdoch sparks storm on Twitter while defending new bible movie.
David Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz The hosts of At the Movies finally reveal what they really think of each other.
Reluctant pop star
Stephanie Merry A song from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I, with vocals by Jennifer Lawrence, has landed on the singles charts in Australia (at number 12) and the UK (No.14).
SARAH THOMAS Russell Crowe says his new film on Gallipoli must prove its mettle so he can tell another Australian story.
MICHAEL IDATO Australian actors Margot Robbie and Jai Courtney have booked two of the six lead roles in the upcoming Warner Bros blockbuster film Suicide Squad.
SARAH THOMAS Angelina Jolie's war epic has garnered some praise among critics, but many have said it falls short in depicting the extraordinary story of Louis Zamperini.
GARRY MADDOX Two new Australian films have been selected for the world dramatic competition at the prestigious American festival.
Won't let it go
For those hordes of fans whose appetite for Frozen certainly hasn't melted, there's some good news.
GARRY MADDOX The Water Diviner is a leading contender at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards - but not in the best director category.
Spot the goof
MICHAEL IDATO It was barely hours after fans got their first glimpse of the new Star Wars film The Force Awakens that the audience bit back.
MICHAEL IDATO The release of the 88 second trailer sees a new lightsaber, a new stormtrooper and some familiar fan frenzy.
JENNY COONEY CARRILLO Jason Reitman says his new film gave him an education in the foreign, and occasionally frightening, world of social media.
GARRY MADDOX Erik Poppe's film about a warzone photographer torn between work and home is drawn straight from his own life.
MICHAEL IDATO Hollywood star Christian Bale immersed himself in the character of Moses for his latest film, and discovered a complex character stricken with doubt.
A limp excuse
PAUL BYRNES Though triple Oscar winner Walter Brennan was famous for his limp, it wasn't real. But was it justified?
STEPHANIE BUNBURY A fascinating documentary examines the startlingly close relationship between a "son of Hamas" and an Israeli spy.
GARRY MADDOX A warm-hearted romance is another chance for a great French actress to show her sexual side.
GARRY MADDOX Paul Fenech's latest big-screen outing has a fair crack at challenging The Wolf of Wall Street's record for expletives.
Police in Britain have arrested two men on suspicion of leaking Sylvester Stallone's third installment of The Expendables.
Into The Woods set
A pregnant Emily Blunt came to the rescue of her co-star Meryl Streep after the veteran actress suffered a frightening fall on the set of their new film Into The Woods.
STEPHANIE BUNBURY For director Mark Levinson, witnessing a particle collision at CERN was akin to seeing Thomas Edison switch on the first lightbulb.
Guardian of the business
Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn has opened up about calling Hollywood's obsession with shared universes 'flawed'.
JENNY COONEY CARRILLO Joel Edgerton was lying on a Sydney beach when he got the call telling him he would be starring in Ridley Scott's biblical epic, Exodus: Gods and Kings.
Blackbeard vs Sparrow
Could Hugh Jackman's Captain Blackbeard out-camp Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow? If the first trailer for Pan is anything to go by, he's in with a chance.
NICK GALVIN The first trailer for Jurassic World, the latest instalment in the dino franchise, opens with one of the greatest moments in bad parenting.
KARL QUINN An internet parody has shed light on the truth about Anna Kendrick, Stanley Kubrick and Harry Connick Jr.
SARAH THOMAS Children's favourite Winnie the Pooh has been banned from decorating a children's playground for being 'half-dressed'.
The Force to awaken
Anousha Sakoui and Christopher Palmeri The first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will debut this weekend ina small number of cinemas in the US.
Saba Hamedy It fell short of its franchise predecessors, but The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is the US's biggest opening weekend yet.
Gale Anne Hurd
STEPHANIE BUNBURY Though she co-wrote The Terminator and produces The Walking Dead, Gale Anne Hurd insists it's characters that matter, not special effects.
STEPHANIE BUNBURY David Cronenberg has always been fascinated by the darker side of life, and beneath Hollywood's glitzy surface he found plenty to work with.
PAUL BYRNES The biggest influence in Hollywood today might be Washington, rather than any studio conglomerate.
Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton are gone, and so, in some respects, is the world that made them possible.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A young boy whose parents have recently divorced makes an unlikely friend in the misanthropic war veteran who lives next door.
An Australian man travels to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli to try and locate his three missing sons.
A modern retelling of the musical Annie: An orphan adopted by a wealthy politician.
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 son of a founding leader in the Palestinian organization, Hamas, becomes a spy for the Israelis.
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.
The marriage of a couple of cattle farmers in Normandy is rocked when the wife races off to Paris planning an affair.
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.
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.
Ex-government operative Bryan Mills finds his life is shattered when he's falsely accused of a murder that hits close to home.
Martin Luther King, Lyndon Baines Johnson and the civil rights marches that changed America.
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.
In Depression-era North Carolina, the future of George Pemberton's timber empire becomes complicated when it is learned that his wife, Serena, cannot bear children.
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.
Hungry for success, Lou Bloom inserts himself in the underworld of Los Angeles freelance crime journalism.
English mathematician and logician, Alan Turing, helps crack the Enigma code during World War II.
A Navy S.E.A.L. recounts his military career, which includes more than 150 confirmed kills.
A tour into the heart of a Hollywood family chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts.