Today: April 11, 2024

Ben Winkley


This Hyena is a rare beast indeed, a British film about policemen. Britain has myriad small-screen coppers, a world-leading collection of taciturn, quirky law enforcers who plod their way through 60-minute murder cases –
March 2, 2015

Life of Crime

An immutable law of Hollywood is that where there is a genre movie, there will be another close behind it. Whether it’s cowboys, gangsters, aliens or monsters, if there’s a blockbuster tearing
January 1, 2015

Third Person

In the decade since his Oscar-bothering Crash, Paul Haggis has spent more time as writer than director. His latest directorial foray, the insipid, supercilious Third Person, suggests he should probably spend more time bashing out Bond films. Third
November 11, 2014

20,000 Days On Earth

Of all Australia’s sons and daughters to have found spiritual acceptance in the mother country Nick Cave, star and focus of the fascinating documentary 20,000 Days on Earth, is perhaps the most unexpected. The
October 20, 2014


There is only one scene in Joe, a sweaty slice of Deep South drama, that would make it onto the fabled YouTube showreel ‘Nicolas Cage Losing His Sh*t’. That four minutes of
September 29, 2014


In the sweltering Sicilian summer, a hit goes down. In a salvo of shots, Salvo routs the men who want his bosses head. Salvo, the titular bodyguard, has dropped four opponents before
September 23, 2014

The Family

The genesis of Luc Besson‘s The Family, a weak comedy, can be traced back to 1999’s Analyze This, in which Robert De Niro played it for laughs on Billy Crystal‘s couch. That
March 27, 2014

The English Teacher

Linda Sinclair (Julianne Moore) is The English Teacher, living and working in smalltown America. Passionate about her subject and her students, she lives a simple life and since childhood has been devoted
February 26, 2014

The Fifth Estate

Too soon. Had The Fifth Estate, aka The Wikileaks Story, been released this year instead of last, it may have got a nod from Oscar. That’s not to say it’s an especially
February 10, 2014

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints starts like a film should end – with a shoot out. Bob (Casey Affleck) and Ruth (Rooney Mara) are young lovers on the lam. Their hold-up has led
January 27, 2014
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