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Faraway Downs was always going to be a strange beast, but in teasing out the most compelling threads from the tangle that was Australia, Luhrmann has managed to turn a forgettable film into a flawed but dazzling piece of television.
An origin story about a now-defunct device doesn’t sound like a hoot a minute. But Johnson makes it bouncy and funny, balancing character-oriented comedy with, in its own modest way, authoritative drama that before you know it creeps into serious messaging, as if arriving there organically. Read more
Quietly riveting and deeply upsetting, Jamie Dack’s directorial debut goes to far darker places than most would dare, with an unsparing, chillingly realistic approach. Neither sexually explicit nor graphically violent, Palm Trees and Power Lines depicts a banal and somehow more brutal horror; the final moments took my breath away.
Judy Blume’s story of girlhood and growing up is a classic for a reason, and this heartwarming adaptation a crowdpleaser. Abby Ryder Fortson as the titular Margaret is wonderful, bringing all the agony and joy of tweendom to life with earnestness and authenticity.
Good grief, it seems that once in a blue moon they do make them like they used to. With a touch of the Kelly Reichardt school of slow burning, gentle dread mixed with eye-popping landscape capturing, this is one we’ll be raving about annoyingly for years.
Heartfelt and often hilarious tribute to Hipgnosis, the British creatives behind some of the 1970s most iconic record covers. This rock-star-studded trip is perfect for fans, and anyone fascinated by the collision of art and commerce that occurs when a round record is popped into a square sleeve.