New Australian film The Rooster is a small character study of two fragile men, and a powerful examination of isolation and moving on.
The screen adaptation of Jane Harper’s follow-up to her bestselling novel The Dry sees Detective Aaron Falk on the trail of a possible killer after a woman goes missing in dense Victorian bushland – but it’s the movie itself that ends up lost.
Sofia Coppola’s film shows how Elvis’s courtship of the very young Priscilla locked her in a gilded cage that had little to do with love and a lot to do with his immature notion of what marriage should be.
Interweaving the personal and professional, this high-stakes drama starring Adam Driver as racer turned entrepreneur Enzo Ferrari ultimately derails expectations.
Billion-dollar Barbie sprinkled fairy dust across cinemas worldwide just as the Hollywood strike ground production to a halt, but there were plenty of other screen gems to savour in 2023. Penelope Debelle looks back at the highlights – and reveals her most adored film of the year.
Music and love lifted Bradley Cooper’s first outing as director and star, A Star is Born, to a cultural moment. In Maestro, he elevates the theme to magnificence.
We may be none the wiser about Napoleon the man, but Ridley Scott’s mastery in mounting battlefield extravaganzas is unsurpassed.
An outsider penetrates the inner circle of an eccentric aristocratic family in this uneven drama that veers from posh Bacchanalian revelry to something darker.
A literary whodunnit about who wrote what that inserts a handsome newcomer into the family of a famous writer whose inspiration has dried up since the death of his son.
The British Film Festival opens with the forgotten story of a handful of English men and women in Prague who brought Czech children to safety on the verge of the First World War.
The power of the musical brain is explored in this new Scott Hicks film bringing together musicians David Helfgott, Ben Folds, Daniel Johns and Simon Tedeschi.
Another pair of Australian filmmaking brothers has come up with a smart and funny horror movie – this one set in the world of late-night talk shows.
Martin Scorsese’s epic true-crime drama about the murder of members of the Osage Nation on their oil-rich Oklahoma reservation has been hailed by some as a masterpiece, but does it live up to expectations?
This controversial documentary tells the story of a bleak yet important chapter in Indonesia’s history.
Past Lives follows two close childhood friends who find themselves emotionally floored when they reunite after a 20-year separation. What follows is much more interesting than a love triangle.
Two and a half years after Michael Gudinski’s death, this new documentary celebrates his life and far-reaching impact on the Australian music scene.
Wes Anderson’s Asteroid City once again nests stories within whimsical stories in this film about a 1950s TV show that is in turn about the writing of a play set in a tiny, desert town in Atomic Age America.
A brilliant violinist, composer and swordsman rises to the heights of the French aristocracy in this melodrama about the extraordinary life of biracial musician Joseph Bologne.
The setting is 1930s Hollywood, where double-crosses are a dime a dozen and the dark corners hold secrets. But the real crime is the film itself.
Truth matters – although the editors at the fictional Die Chronik take some convincing in this satirical film about a journalism scandal which is screening as part of the German Film Festival.
This is something of a good-natured romp that plays on inverted expectations when naive American housewife Kristin – played by Toni Collette – inherits leadership of Italian mafia gang the Balbanos.
A director’s love for animals and nature drives this unusually beautiful film following a Polish donkey on a road trip after his circus closes.