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Gold is an unyielding genre film led by a solid, sun-frazzled performance from Zac Efron
Zac Efron searches for his edge in this sparsely effective Australian-made thriller.
Fantastical romance Wolf Like Me makes the most of a howlingly good cast
A broken family finds redemption, romance, and twisted secrets in this Adelaide-set dramedy.
Scream skewers new genre gags alongside genuinely disturbing knifeplay
This new entry is acutely aware of its positioning as a “requel”.
Simon Rex is explosively funny in toxic comeback comedy Red Rocket
Top marks for acting, editing, and a soundtrack made up solely of NSYNC’s ‘Bye Bye Bye’.
Juggling silliness and tragic true history, The King’s Man finds itself in no man’s land
Just two films in comes a prequel that feels unasked for, even if it has entertaining moments.
The Tourist offers darkly comic thrills that will have you hollering ‘WTF’ in the very best way
Stan’s UK-Australian co-production makes an early case for best show of 2022.
No-one emerges from House of Gucci looking (or sounding) good
Ridley Scott’s star-studded misfire feels like a film made up of deleted scenes.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife is an unwelcome spectral form of the original movie
Stop trying to make ghostbusting cool, or sentimental, or serious. It’s not going to happen, Jason Reitman.
Season four of Cobra Kai serves up more sweet crane-kicking goodness
“I still can’t believe this show is awesome, but it consistently is.”
The Matrix Resurrections is really good – and it’s also outrageously bananas
Wildly literal commentary on sequels and reboots is more weird, more self-aware, more fun.
All its stars can’t save Don’t Look Up from being a disaster of a disaster comedy
Bafflingly unfunny, with a cast that’s largely squandered, and surprisingly little to say.
No Way Home is a captivating heart-on-sleeve reminder why Spider-Man’s so beloved
It’s not fan service; it’s just good storytelling.
Olivia Colman can’t take a holiday away from herself in aching drama The Lost Daughter
Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut adapts Elena Ferrante’s novel with sharp insight and character construction.
The Sex Lives of College Girls is about much more than ‘four girls, one dorm’
The real excitement lies in the insight into campus life and the unprecedented freedom it offers.
Liberal outrage, smart arse dialogue and other Sorkinisms are on fine display in Being the Ricardos
True-ish stories, smart arse dialogue and liberal outrage with a sprinkling of sentiment – ah yes, it’s another Aaron Sorkin movie.
Spielberg’s West Side Story reboot feels like a simulation from Ready Player One
Spielberg has directed his first musical – an old-fashioned film with dazzling sets and dynamic camerawork.
Elegant, sinister and grand, Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog is the work of a master
With an expert directorial hand and exquisite performances, it’s not difficult to see why this film is attracting awards speculation.
Stylish assassin flick The Protégé still has a lot to learn about action movie plotting
Maggie Q, one of the action genre’s most undersung stars, is a vengeful killer in this solid Amazon original.
Back to the Outback offers dinky-di charm for young children – but little for their parents
Grown-ups may only be tempted by the all-star Aussie voice cast—especially Tim Minchin as a celebrity koala.
Oscar Isaac gambles on redemption in Paul Schrader’s unforgiving The Card Counter
“Sweaty nightmares of torture and degradation”? It’s not an easy watch, but it’s a fascinating one.
The bloody great, bloody fun Firebite reimagines vampire lore through an Indigenous lens
Rob Collins and Shantae Barnes-Cowan rule the desert as slayers of colonising Eurotrash vamps.