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Top 5 films: our guide to the best weekend viewing

Top 5 films: our guide to the best weekend viewing

The Birds shows Alfred Hitchcock at the peak of his poetic powers

  • by Jake Wilson

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Storm Boy stumbles where the original soared

Storm Boy stumbles where the original soared

The producers of this new version of Colin Thiele's classic children's story from 1963 would like it known that they did not set out to remake the 1976 film by Henri Safran. Just as well. The much-loved original never puts a foot wrong.

  • by Paul Byrnes
Piercing movie review: A grim thriller of the bloody variety

Piercing movie review: A grim thriller of the bloody variety

Memories of Hitchcock's Rear Window are evoked by the opening shot of Nicolas Pesce's Piercing as the camera travels at night across the face of a block of lighted apartment buildings.

  • by Sandra Hall
Review: Pick of the Litter is perfect antidote to Marvel

Review: Pick of the Litter is perfect antidote to Marvel

Puppy recruitment as a guide dog for the blind grounds this family perfect documentary, writes Sandra Hall.

  • by Sandra Hall
Top 5 films: Our pick of the weekend's best viewing

Top 5 films: Our pick of the weekend's best viewing

Pick of the Litter is set up like a reality show where the contestants are canine.

  • by Jake Wilson
Movie review: Instant Family has the moral lessons of a 1980s sitcom

Movie review: Instant Family has the moral lessons of a 1980s sitcom

The film – reportedly inspired by the director's own experiences as a foster parent – at times resembles a public service announcement.

  • by Jake Wilson
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M.I.A. documentary charts the fiery path of a modern music icon

M.I.A. documentary charts the fiery path of a modern music icon

Biographers once had to piece together the lives of their subjects from scraps of paper and memory. Now we have video, and it has revolutionised the way music documentaries in particular are made.

  • by Paul Byrnes
Top 5 films: our pick of the weekend's big-screen offerings

Top 5 films: our pick of the weekend's big-screen offerings

THE APARTMENT (125 minutes) PG

  • by Jake Wilson
Mary Poppins returns in the most delightful way

Mary Poppins returns in the most delightful way

Director Rob Marshall has not only brought Mary into the present, he's set her up for the future.

  • by Sandra Hall
Gasper Noe's latest shock tactics build to a tedious Climax

Gasper Noe's latest shock tactics build to a tedious Climax

France's Gaspar Noe is reported to have been disappointed and mildly alarmed when told that only half-a-dozen people had walked out of the Cannes screening of his new film, Climax. His usual count is 25 per cent of the audience, he says.

  • by Sandra Hall
Short cuts: current release films reviewed

Short cuts: current release films reviewed

Struggling at first to make sales, Cassius turns things around once he starts using his "white voice".