Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in La La Land.
Black Label Media
Musicals are back in vogue, with La La Land cleaning up at the Golden Globes. The film is, among other things, an homage to the classic musicals of old. So what are the must see movies of the genre?
Dev Patel as Saroo Brierley in Lion (2016).
Long Way Home Productions
Lion, which has screened to critical acclaim around the world, seems to think it's a political film. In reality it's an effective melodrama that uncritically embraces a colonial fantasy of white saviours.
Maggie Naouri as Anu Singh, behind Jerome Meyer as Joe Cinque. Singh famously killed Cinque in 1997 by injecting him with a fatal dose of heroin.
In 1997, Joe Cinque was killed by his girlfriend Anu Singh. A new film about his death is riveting Australian cinema, with a heightened sense of tension and implicit violence throughout.
Collisions director Lynette Wallworth used drones and 360 degree filming to create a totally immersive experience.
What if your first contact with the Western world was witnessing an atomic test? This is the story of Nyarri Nyarri Morgan, told in stunning virtual reality in animation/documentary hybrid Collisions.
20th Century Fox
IBM's Watson watched hundreds of horror movie trailers and then created its own for the new film Morgan.
Jack Nicholson gave perhaps his greatest performance as journalist David Locke.
Michelangelo Antonioni's The Passenger (1975), starring Jack Nicholson, explored time and memory. We look at a single scene, featuring one of the most influential camera moves of '70s cinema.
‘Blade Runner’ poster.
Ridley Scott's ‘Blade Runner’ has transcended its sci-fi/hardboiled noir detective thriller formula to spawn a dedicated cult following.
Warcraft: the Beginning is based on the wildly popular game World of Warcraft – a fantasy escape for tens of millions of people. Yet watching the film brings home uncomfortable truths about race.
Ethan Hawke and Greta Gerwig star as John and Maggie in this intelligent, satirical screwball comedy.
Rebecca Miller's latest film, Maggie's Plan, takes on a love triangle and the tribal customs of academia.
Actress Charlize Theron strikes a pose on the red carpet at the 69th Cannes Film Festival.
Does it matter that money plays such a big role in festivals like Cannes?
DC has dialled up the grit, as Batman grimly faces off against Superman.
Courtesy of Warner Bros.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has committed performances and Zack Snyder's trademark action. But it can't overcome a confused internal logic – and has the colour palette of an ashtray.
A still from Mirrors of Bergman, a profoundly moving audio-visual essay.
Digital technology has transformed the work of cinema scholars, spawning a rich and poetic critical form.
The Oscars ceremony might seem very far away, but Australia’s film industry is closely tied to Hollywood and it’s worth paying attention.
The Oscars have become the focus point for a huge cultural conversation about Hollywood, race, gender, inclusiveness and diversity. Should Australians care? Well, yes.
The Coen brothers’ Hail, Caesar! romps through several genres, and only occasionally wallows in self-indulgence.
Image courtesy of Universal Pictures International
The Coen brothers may have returned to form with the genre-spinning Hail, Caesar! It still remains to be seen if they'll ever reach the heights of their glory days again.
It’s time to rethink content distribution.
Netflix's recent ban on proxies, unblockers and virtual private networks (VPNs) is unlikely to provide a long-term cure to content providers’ chronic headaches.
The X-wing fighters have been criticised for doing World War II dogfights in space.
YouTube/Star Wars (screen grab)
Some people love to pick holes in science fiction movies, such as Star Wars, especially when they stray from science fact. But does it really matter?
It’s time to look back on a year of art and culture.
Blake Danger Bentley. Melbourne street art
It's another year in Arts + Culture, so in case you missed it we've collected all the best coverage of screen, theatre, music, books and culture in one place.
BB-8 (left) is a new droid addition to the Star Wars universe.
The droids in the Star Wars universe often play a key role in the movies. But how close are they to some of the real robots in our own universe?
Hollywood moves are always breaking box office records because the industry doesn't adjust for inflation, which changes the picture considerably.
From schmaltzy to savagery, we dissect the classic Christmas flick.
Love Actually, Universal Pictures.
From Hallmark to Hulk Hogan, we round up classic Christmas cinema. If you're looking for sweet, schmaltzy or satirical December viewing, start here.