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The mechanical shark used in the 1975 film Jaws. Tom Simpson/ flickr

The great movie scenes: Steven Spielberg’s Jaws

The 1975 film Jaws launched the career of a young Steven Spielberg. In this scene, the town's police chief Martin Brody witnesses the shark's brutal attack for the first time - taking the viewer along for the ride.
They’re back: Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Nebula (Karen Gillan), Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Drax (Dave Bautista) and Rocket voice by Bradley Cooper). Walt Disney/Marvel Studios

Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2: a scientist’s review

The Guardians of the Galaxy team are rocking the universe again in the latest volume of the science fiction blockbuster. But how does the science stand up to some number crunching?
(Eternal Sunshine of Spotless Mind) says to me…true love is still possible and you can put your faith in it.

The great movie scenes: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Bruce Isaacs analyses the deceptively complex closing scene of Charlie Kaufman’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), starring Jim Carey and Kate Winslet.
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in La La Land. Black Label Media

Beyond La La Land: the top ten toe-tapping film musicals

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 is a well-made melodrama with a rather disturbing message

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. Supplied

Joe Cinque’s Consolation: violence, delusion and the question of guilt

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.
Jack Nicholson gave perhaps his greatest performance as journalist David Locke. Youtube

The great movie scenes: Antonioni’s The Passenger

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.
James Stewart and Kim Novak in Vertigo (1958). Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions

The great movie scenes: Hitchcock’s Vertigo

What makes a film a classic? In a new monthly column, film scholar Bruce Isaacs analyses a single sequence from a great film. Here, we look at a scene from Vertigo.

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