Quietly commanding and utterly compelling, this finely layered drama from Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev is an immensely powerful examination of regret and the consequences of compromise. Sustained by its performances and tone, the movie is a bleak, haunting experience that remains absorbing even when there seems, on the surface at least, to be very little […]

Logan Lucky

Making his inevitable return to feature film directing despite his 2013 ‘retirement’ announcement that followed a particularly prolific period of three releases in quick succession (Magic Mike, Side Effects and Behind the Candelabra), Steven Soderbergh has opted for a low-brow version of his 2001 heist film Ocean’s 11 to mark his return to the big screen. […]

Big Sound is Here Again

The most exciting week of the year for Brisbane music fans is almost upon us once again with the live music program of the Big Sound Music Conference and Festival showcasing more than 130 artists over four nights. Running from September 5 to 8, each day of Big Sound 2017 will feature an extensive selection […]

Queensland Poetry Festival

The Queensland Poetry Festival kicks off this week with four days of activities and events across several Brisbane venues, the majority of which are free. In addition to poetry readings and performances, the festival will also include panel sessions, book launches, live music, visual art installations and the 2017 Poetry Awards which will feature as part […]

Wind River

Taylor Sheridan struck pay dirt with his script for Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario, a taught, tense crime thriller set within the world of law enforcement infiltration of Mexican drug cartels and people smuggling operations on both sides of the Mexico-USA border. Following up with the Texas-set contemporary western Hell or High Water (for which he received […]


The British film industry is much more diverse than Hollywood when it comes to making films for a broad audience demographic, which in turn provides greater opportunities for actors of all ages to secure substantial roles. Such is the case with Hampstead, a quaint romantic comedy set in the gentrified part of London from which […]

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Adapted from the comic book series Valerian and Laureline, the decision by writer/director Luc Besson to go with Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets as the film’s title is interesting because it fails to acknowledge the fact that the story is very much about a partnership in which both characters contribute equally to […]