Movie Reviews

The Wolfpack review: a confronting and confounding true story

Paul Byrnes The Wolfpack walks a perilous line in documentary ethics, but there's no question it is a sensitively crafted and riveting story.

Best of Enemies review: Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley Jr rewrote rules for political coverage

William F. Buckley Jr and Gore Vidal in the political documentary Best of Enemies.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Philippa Hawker The footage of encounters between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley jnr makes intriguing viewing.

John Jarratt's unpleasant black comedy turns tables on violent relationship

Kaarin Fairfax and John Jarratt in <i>Stalk Her</i>.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Philippa Hawker StalkHer sets itself up as a black comedy, and presents its characters in over-the-top fashion, as a heightened, extreme example of a male-female relationship.

She's Funny That Way review: Jennifer Aniston shines in Peter Bogdanovich's nostalgic farce

Imogen Poots and Owen Wilson and in <i>She's Funny That Way</i>.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Jake Wilson Veteran director Peter Bogdanovich's new film is suffused in nostalgia for the 1930s comedies of Ernst Lubitsch.

Ricki and the Flash review: Meryl Streep rocks out with conviction

Meryl Streep in <i>Ricki and The Flash</i>.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Philippa Hawker A supermarket cashier by day and leather-clad rocker at night, Ricki isn't a rock'n'roll free spirit, she's a George W. Bush voter.

The Gift review: Joel Edgerton creates a Fatal Attraction guaranteed to divide viewers

Intimacy thriller: Joel Edgerton, Rebecca Hall and Jason Bateman in <i>The Gift</i>.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Jake Wilson Australian actor Joel Edgerton's directorial debut bends the rules of the thriller genre.

Ryan Corr and Anthony LaPaglia excel in radical and heartbreaking gay love story

Craig Stott and Ryan Corr  stars of Holding The Man

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Jake Wilson In many respects, Neil Armfield's Holding the Man feels like a late contribution to the Australian tradition of "heritage cinema" established some 40 years ago: the careful period re-creations, the...

We Are Your Friends review: Zac Efron hits the decks in DJ movie that loses the beat

Zac Efron and Wes Bentley in <i>We Are Your Friends</i>.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Jake Wilson As a screen presence, Zac Efron is full of intriguing contradictions: the clean-cut beefcake look, the capacity to seem sly, vulnerable and inscrutable all at once.

Southpaw review: Jake Gyllenhaal's boxing drama a mawkish mess

Jake Gyllenhaal stars as boxer Billy Hope in Antoine Fuqua's <i>Southpaw</i>.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Paul Byrnes Jake Gyllenhaal brings every ounce of his physical self to the role, but rippling muscles and a mashed-up face don't really constitute a performance.

Dope review: Focus on inequality in teens' harsh search for rightful highs

Quincy Brown (Jaleel), Shameik Moore (Malcolm), Kiersey Clemons (Diggy) and Tony Revolori (Jib) star in <i>Dope</i>.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Jake Wilson A straight-A student who has his sights set on getting into Harvard becomes embroiled in the world's most unlikely drug cartel.

Irrational Man review: Woody Allen revisits old themes with Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone pair up as lecturer and student in <i>Irrational Man</i>.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Sandra Hall Irrational Man proves one thing about Woody Allen: the guy needs to take some time off.

Dope review: Coming-of-age tale in a gritty LA suburb

Malcolm and his friends negotiate life in a tough Los Angeles suburb in <i>Dope</i>.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Craig Mathieson A serious comedy about crime, music and race politics in the suburbs of LA.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. review: Guy Ritchie's film stylish but light on thrills

All style: Alicia Vikander plays a glamorous East German in <i>The Man from U.N.C.L.E</i>.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Craig Mathieson While looking great, this retro spy caper fails to build any tension.

Girlhood review: Celebrating the power of four young women against the world

A sense of belonging transforms a young life in <i>Girlhood</i>.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Philippa Hawker A sense of belonging transforms the life of a teenager living in the towers of Paris.

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The Man From UNCLE review: Forget the serious spies, it's the women who have the most fun

Elizabeth Debicki in <i>The Man from UNCLE</i>.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Philippa Hawker It's hard to get enthusiastic about Guy Ritchie's reworking of the 1960s spy TV series when his characters certainly never manage it.

5 Flights Up review: Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman star in comfortable comedy

Dappled afternoon: Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman go through their routines in <i>5 Flights Up</i>.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Jake Wilson The hipsters are encroaching on a Brooklyn couple forced to sell their apartment in a film that feels both overloaded and insubstantial.

Iris review: Two legends join forces to create affectionate, wise documentary

Fashion icon: Iris Apfel.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Paul Byrnes This documentary from the late Albert Maysles is both a portrait of his friend Iris Apfel and a meditation on the challenges and rewards of ageing.

Fantastic Four review: superheroes' origin story outshines the last reboot

Jamie Bell as The Thing in <i>Fantastic Four</i>.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Craig Mathieson Rather than a pure tale of comic-book action heroes, viewers see a drama with lessons about life.

Last Cab to Darwin review: Michael Caton discovers more of Australia and himself

Rex (Michael Caton) has only three months to live. He gets in his cab and drives from Broken Hill to Darwin.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Sandra Hall This road movie starring Michael Caton as a taxi driver with terminal cancer is in every sense a journey into the interior – his own and the country's.

Unity review: Our egos versus the earth

The film <i>Unity</i> brings together a chorus of celebrity voices speaking out for those who can't.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Sandra Hall Big names and famous faces anchor this passionate plea for a more peaceful world.