Anthony Hopkins (left) as Benedict and Jonathan Pryce as Francis in The Two Popes (2019).
The new Netflix film Two Popes focuses on the different outlooks of Popes Benedict and Francis.
Grant, one of the men interviewed in Happy Sad Man. Each of the five men the film focusses on is extremely articulate in describing his experiences with mental illness.
Photo: Shannon Glasson
This new optimistic and empathetic documentary from Genevieve Bailey looks at the mental health of five Australian men.
The Portal uses individual stories of meditative transformation to suggest a bigger change is possible.
A new film contends that meditation can transform us from individuals in chaos to calm beings - and in turn change the world.
Geoffrey Tozer was a child prodigy who struggled as an adult after the loss of his mother Verna.
A new film examines the life and tragic death of a concert pianist once hailed as our nation's brightest prodigy - and a former PM's accusations of neglect by cultural leaders.
Image courtesy of See-Saw Films
The second feature from the creator of Brass Eye and Four Lions is a savage spoof on the FBI's counter-terrorism strategy.
Teresa Palmer, centre, as Michelle Payne in Ride Like a Girl.
This is a film about farmyards; single dads; a wedding; a funeral; horses - falling off them and getting back on - all leading to a fast climax and a no-nonsense denouement.
Phoenix Raei plays an Iranian refugee forced to join a fight club in a detention centre in the film Below.
Melbourne International Film Festival
In the film Below, a fight club is set up in a fictional, remote immigration detention centre. However the film’s shock tactics often feel manufactured, and risk exploiting the refugee crisis as mere backdrop.
Adam Goodes in The Australian Dream: in the film he talks of finding an identity in football and with The Sydney Swans.
Melbourne International Film Festival
A new film chronicling the impact of racism on Indigenous football star Adam Goodes is both a damning and hopeful portrait of contemporary Australia.
The French film School’s Out is a masterpiece.
Avenue B Productions, Canal+, OCS
A flawless French film, a Macedonian parable and a documentary following alt-right strategist Steve Bannon are three of the stand out films from this year's festival.
Aisling Franciosi in Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale: perhaps the most interesting aspect of the film is the controversy surrounding the violence it depicts.
BRON Studios, Causeway Films, Creative Wealth Media Finance
As revenge films go, Australian writer-director Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale is watchable if uninspired. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the film is the controversy surrounding the violence it depicts.
Miranda Tapsell in Top End Wedding, a new Australian film about identity and belonging, directed by Wayne Blair (The Sapphires).
Courtesy of Universal Pictures
Romantic comedy meets road movie in Wayne Blair's much anticipated new film.
Milea (Vanesha Prescilla (left)) and Dilan (Iqbal Ramadhan) in a scene from Dilan 1991’s official trailer.
What makes the _Dilan_ series unique is that it provides Indonesia's young audiences, who were born in the 1990s, with a window on urban youth in Bandung during Soeharto's New Order regime.
Captain Marvel has fun taking us back to the 1990s.
The new Captain Marvel movie takes us back to the 1990s with a look at some of the technologies of the day. Do people still use pagers?
Alita: preparing for battle.
20th Century Fox
We have robots that can walk and run but still a long way to go before the technology matches the cybernetic skills in the new science fiction film Alita: Battle Angel.
Stephan James and Kiki Layne in If Beale St Could Talk.
The new film from Moonlight writer and director Barry Jenkins delivers on high expectations.
Felicity Jones (centre) as Ruth Bader Ginsburg in new biopic On The Basis of Sex.
Trailblazing US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is known to many as the 'Notorious RBG'. But the new film On the Basis of Sex is a muted portrayal of her.
Leah Ashwood, Jasper Lloyd, and Texas Watterston in The School (2018).
Bronte Pictures, Head Gear Films, Kreo Films FZ
Some of the best examples of horror and fantasy genre films have emerged from Australia. Unfortunately, The School is not one of them.
Lucas Hedges and Théodore Pellerin in Boy Erased. The film shows a boy who enters gay conversion therapy in the US.
While queer movies don't necessarily have to be made by queer filmmakers, Boy Erased is a safe film. It is finely made albeit heavy-handed in its melodrama.
First Man: Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon.
Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures
The new film is a down-to-Earth portrayal of astronaut Neil Armstrong and our complex relationship with the Moon.
Tom Hardy in Venom: the intense action sequences are balanced by disarming humour.
Avi Arad Productions, Columbia Pictures Corporation,Marvel Entertainment.
Venom is an engrossing science fiction film, which balances intense action sequences with disarming humour. Viewing it in 4DX, however, did not add to the experience.