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The Wild Goose Lake - Supremely stylish neon-noir
THE WILD GOOSE LAKESupremely stylish neon-noir
Owing a debt to Nicolas Winding Refn, Diao Yinan’s sophomore feature may be little more than an exercise in style, but it’s certainly a dazzling and mythic one.
Liam Gallagher: As It Was - Half insight, half PR exercise
LIAM GALLAGHER: AS IT WASHalf insight, half PR exercise
There are scenes that are fascinating and genuinely absorbing and show a vulnerable side of Liam rarely seen in public, but the documentary, unfortunately, morphs into a full-blown hagiography.
Werewolf - Struggling for survival in post-war Poland
WEREWOLFStruggling for survival in post-war Poland
Combining wartime drama and survival horror instead of merely taking a gruesome premise and throwing it to the wolves, this is a thoughtful, understated and quietly powerful film.
The Operative - Finding the humanity in espionage
THE OPERATIVEFinding the humanity in espionage
If you’re after a character-focused espionage drama with an emphasis on realism rather than a James Bond-style spy caper, 'The Operative' is worth checking out.
Color Out of Space - A messy fusion of sci-fi, horror and comedy
COLOR OUT OF SPACEA messy fusion of sci-fi, horror and comedy
Combining the unholy trio of Nicolas Cage, H.P. Lovecraft and Richard Stanley seems like insane brilliance on paper, which is why it’s so disappointing that this film is a bit of a slog.
Vivarium - What makes a house a (horrific) home?
VIVARIUMWhat makes a house a (horrific) home?
The film explores the perils of suburbia by satirising typical issues and offering up grotesque caricatures of real-life parenting discomforts.
Suzi Q - Celebrating a female rock icon
SUZI QCelebrating a female rock icon
A profile of a versatile, passionate and insatiable performer, who dedicated her life to being on stage, on her own terms. Essential for fans and anyone with an interest in feminism and music.
Greener Grass - A deeply odd and very funny suburban nightmare
GREENER GRASSA deeply odd and very funny suburban nightmare
Distorting reality through a dreamlike lens, the filmmakers created a world of blunt allegories and social antagonisms, perverted by a unique style into a manic, nearly unclassifiable black comedy.
The Report - Truth and idealism versus the administrative state
THE REPORTTruth and idealism versus the administrative state
The film boils down to the idea of truth and morality versus the administrative state, and a country not living up to its ideals. With America more polarised than ever, this film couldn’t be more timely.
Dark Whispers Vol. 1 - A spooky anthology from Australia's female horror directors
DARK WHISPERS VOL. 1A spooky anthology from Australia's female horror directors
After flicking through every page and watching the eerie stories brought to life by 11 talented Australian female filmmakers, you’ll quickly decide on your own favourites and be left wanting more.
47 Metres Down: Uncaged - Fails to surface
47 METRES DOWN: UNCAGEDFails to surface
If there’s anything that these last four decades of ‘Jaws’ knock-offs and wannabes have taught us, it’s that it takes a Steven Spielberg-level talent to make a great movie about a killer shark.
The Golem - A horrifying spin on Jewish folklore
THE GOLEMA horrifying spin on Jewish folklore
The film emphasises humanity over inhumanity not only by being a slick-looking period piece featuring an underused monster, but also an immersive morality tale that is as hopeful as it is horrific.
3 From Hell - They should have stayed there
3 FROM HELLThey should have stayed there
This shambling revenant of a film is something that might only be appreciated by the most indiscriminate midnight-movie crowd and diehard fans of the series.
Satanic Panic - Demons, dildos and deep dish pizza
SATANIC PANICDemons, dildos and deep dish pizza
More than just a fast-paced, 88-minute horror-comedy, first-time director Chelsea Stardust demonstrates that some of the most exciting work in the horror field is being done by female directors.
Castle of Dreams - Fractured families and heart-stirring emotions
CASTLE OF DREAMSFractured families and heart-stirring emotions
Reza Mirkarimi has crafted a film about people trapped by their past, by their present, and by each other. It’s a detailed, emotional snapshot of a broken family struggling for genuine connection.
The Furies - A bloody well-executed gorefest
THE FURIESA bloody well-executed gorefest
Aside from boasting gruesome gore effects, it also has impressive acting from its female leads and some thoughtful twists to its premise that elevate it above the masses of low-budget horror flicks.
Slam - A gripping urban mystery
SLAMA gripping urban mystery
Darkly elegant cinematography, expert utilisation of colour and excellent performances by the two leads ensure ‘Slam’ is never less than compelling and through-provoking viewing.
Chained for Life - The aesthetics of acting
CHAINED FOR LIFEThe aesthetics of acting
An amusing, cunningly structured meta-commentary on filmmaking and cinematic ideals of beauty, the film is also an inside joke with a generosity of heart and humour.
Birds of Passage - A visually stunning, narcotised gangster epic
BIRDS OF PASSAGEA visually stunning, narcotised gangster epic
It manages to make a narco narrative feel new and visually stunning on a broad dreamlike canvas, taking a creaky old Hollywood genre and molding it into something altogether more entrancing.
Locusts - A low-key, low-down thriller
LOCUSTSA low-key, low-down thriller
It might be an imperfect movie with a few scenes that ring hollow, but the moments that work are fuller than many whole films.
Fuck You All: The Uwe Boll Story - A sympathetic portrait of the ultimate Hollywood outsider
FUCK YOU ALL: THE UWE BOLL STORYA sympathetic portrait of the ultimate Hollywood outsider
Sean Patrick Shaul’s documentary on Boll's life and career explores his background, how he broke into the industry, and why he developed such a bad reputation amongst fans of films and video games.
Braid - A dark and unhinged fairytale
BRAIDA dark and unhinged fairytale
Rooted in Polanski-like psycho horror and with an ending that is interpretively ambiguous, this film leaves something to be desired as a story.
Dreamland - Surrealist noir
DREAMLANDSurrealist noir
Equal parts violent, tragic, comic, silly and surreal, this is an extremely strange movie, and that strangeness will either endear it to you or alienate you.
Freaks - Slow-burn science-fiction drama
FREAKSSlow-burn science-fiction drama
The picture works intuitively, letting you try to figure things out on your own while focusing on what’s going on. This is the work of growing filmmakers who are clearly only getting started.
Mantis Nest - A murder mystery ménage à trois
MANTIS NESTA murder mystery ménage à trois
Deceptively complex and richly told, the film explores an array of cultural, religious, socioeconomic and familial tensions. It also sustains strong characters, deep emotions and clear dramatic force.
Angel of Mine - Less than heavenly
ANGEL OF MINELess than heavenly
There are some interesting moments and solid performances, but more often than not, the film simply doesn’t deliver as a viscerally unsettling thriller, tense psychodrama or even as a soap opera.
The Longest Shot - Misses the target
THE LONGEST SHOTMisses the target
As an excursion into a Chinese underworld filled with sharp suit-wearing thugs and handsomely-filmed interiors, the film is compelling... but only to an extent.
The Spy Gone North - Engrossing espionage escapades
THE SPY GONE NORTHEngrossing espionage escapades
You don’t need to know much about Korean politics to enjoy it; you only need an appreciation for political intrigue and tension-inducing filmmaking.
Dark Place - An unsettling Indigenous horror anthology
DARK PLACEAn unsettling Indigenous horror anthology
Running at a lean 75 minutes and offering a bounty of gore, atmosphere and thought-provoking stories, it's a rare horror anthology that moves from strength to strength and never overstays its welcome.
A Resistance - A sombre portrait of faith and courage
A RESISTANCEA sombre portrait of faith and courage
An increasing amount of Korea's best movies are highly influenced by their difficult and often turbulent history. Much like its protagonist, this film manages to keep the faith.
The Great Battle - An awesomely entertaining war epic
THE GREAT BATTLEAn awesomely entertaining war epic
With over half the movie consisting of action scenes, if you love violence as much as a Spartan, Quentin Tarantino, or a video-game-playing teenage boy, you will be endlessly fascinated.
The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale - An extremely silly zomedy
THE ODD FAMILY: ZOMBIE ON SALEAn extremely silly zomedy
If you’re seeking a lightweight and absurd comedy featuring zombies, then this film might just tickle your funny bone with its eccentric characters and plot.
Rampant - Ho-hum historical Korean zombie thrills
RAMPANTHo-hum historical Korean zombie thrills
It excels neither as a zombie film, nor a throne-room drama, but what it lacks in originality is made up for with gruesome visuals and cold-blooded savagery.
Ray & Liz - Not your typical
RAY & LIZNot your typical "poverty porn" flick
It may be dour, but it's also vital, edgy and progressive. This drama crackles with angry energy, and reflects how grim life really was and still can be for large parts of the population.
Okko's Inn - A gentle tale of ghosts and human kindness
OKKO'S INNA gentle tale of ghosts and human kindness
An exceptionally gentle exploration of death, trauma and simple human kindness (as well as Japanese culture) that's charming and effective at pleasing its young audience.
Extra Ordinary - Just plain old ordinary
EXTRA ORDINARYJust plain old ordinary
At its best, the film is alive with light humour and a clumsy romance. But it's too uneven - with a wonky tone, hit-and-miss jokes and annoying acting - to be anything more than merely ordinary.
Memory: The Origins of Alien - Three Men and a Xenomorph
MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIENThree Men and a Xenomorph
A comprehensive look at the three men who created 'Alien' and the influences which bled together into a masterpiece.
The Seer and the Unseen - Elves and environmentalism under the Northern Lights
THE SEER AND THE UNSEENElves and environmentalism under the Northern Lights
A documentary that looks past the beauty of Iceland to see the life of one extraordinary environmentalist and her struggle against the mindless wheels of bureaucracy under the Northern Lights.
Carmine Street Guitars - Heartfelt #GuitarPorn
CARMINE STREET GUITARSHeartfelt #GuitarPorn
The most enjoyable music documentary of the year. The genuine passion for guitars and music felt by all the participants in the film reverberates out of the screen and into the hearts of the audience.
Monos - A hypnagogic mix of teen angst and warfare
MONOSA hypnagogic mix of teen angst and warfare
This film is a mood, an aesthetic, an idea; a sensory cinematic experience more than a story.
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