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God’s Favourite Idiot only allows Melissa McCarthy to use about half her talent
This comedy is unwilling to push Melissa McCarthy into where she’s best: the world of the jagged and imperfect.
Our fave dysfunctional adopted superhero family is back in a new season of The Umbrella Academy
They’re even more dysfunctional than before – if that’s even possible.
Netflix doco Halftime offers a slice of J.Lo’s life – if a carefully constructed one
Superbowl rehearsals reveal tireless star power that is far from as effortless as it seems.
Spiderhead offers cerebral sci-fi thrills—and a fun villainous role for Chris Hemsworth
Consider it “weekend viewing” rather than “future classic.”
Friendship is everything in authentic rom-com series Everything I Know About Love
Older viewers might clutch their pearls at the sex, drugs, and modern vulgarities of Dolly Alderton’s clever show.
Phil Tippett is Frankenstein and Mad God is his painstaking, visionary monster
The Old Gods are dead: long live a potato with human teeth, in Tippett’s apocalyptic stop-motion feat.
Dolly Parton lookalike movie Seriously Red is seriously muddled
Star and writer Krew Boylan simply isn’t up to the gig: Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale are also wasted.
Bawdy absurdist comedy Nude Tuesday is silly, raucous and sometimes surprisingly moving
“Where to start with Nude Tuesday? To say the film is audacious would be an understatement.”
Pixar’s promising Lightyear quickly nosedives into disappointment
Pixar’s latest effort is a disappointing experience, though not a disaster.
First Nations anthology film We Are Still Here is a rabble-rousing treat
Opening this year’s Sydney Film Festival, it fields an exciting array of filmmakers with bold, diverse visions
Marvel fandom is a key to inner power in enthusiastic teen series Ms Marvel
Are this show’s sweet specificities going to melt away favour of cameos and people doing zoomies in the air?
Adam Sandler’s Hustle pairs gorgeously captured b-ball scenes with a taut, funny script
“Adam Sandler loves basketball and he loves making movies, so you quite simply will not believe what happens next.”
Men tries to teach men a lesson about women’s trauma—tedious in the extreme
With on-the-nose imagery, the folk horror sees Alex Garland return to simplistic ‘gendered brain’ analysis.
Jurassic World: Dominion scratches itch for nostalgia and adventure
Plot holes may be Brontosaurus sized but there’s plenty to enjoy – especially the returning Jurassic Park cast.
Misogyny is the culprit in true crime drama Under the Banner of Heaven
Andrew Garfield stars in a complex, deeply considered critique of enshrined traditions.
The Silent Twins speaks up for misunderstood sisters June and Jennifer Gibbons
Based on an astounding true story, Agnieska Smoczynska’s biopic brought colour, music and heartbreak to Cannes.
For All Mankind returns for more highly addictive sci-fi soap spectacle
The alternate history space drama sets its sights on two distant destinations – Mars and the 1990s.
Irma Vep is a beautifully observed satire on modern filmmaking and prestige TV
Charming, sexy, and laugh-out-loud series is an easy recommend for anybody who can read a subtitle.
The Boys is still disgustingly entertaining but risks becoming the machine it’s mocking
As fun as it is, this third season poses a serious problem to the show’s identity.
Danish political drama Borgen is back and as brilliant as ever
Taking on darker shades to reflect the geopolitical climate, Borgen has lost none of its power and glory.
Pistol is a print-the-legend punk series that has problems avoiding parody
Danny Boyle’s biopic series would’ve been better as a movie, rather than this too-clean too-new limited series.