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Crazy Rich Asians depicts cosmopolitan rich Asians with complex humanities. Warner Bros.

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ – a movie and a movement

Crazy Rich Asians is an entertaining film, but also has been a long time coming. The struggle for Asian representation in Hollywood and Broadway started more than 55 years ago.
Actors Laura Harrier and John David Washington humorously and believably drive home the film’s strong racial irony. Universal Pictures

‘BlacKkKlansman’ – a deadly serious comedy

BlacKkKlansman is more than a good story: it expertly weaves together comedy with serious drama to bring the story of past racism to illuminate our present day issues.
Composite: Stills from Godfather (1972), Shutterstock

The great movie scenes: The Godfather

The final scene of The Godfather, Francis Ford Coppola deploys a technique known as parallel montage to great and rhythmic effect.
Adam Driver and John David Washington in Spike Lee’s BlackKkKlansman. Production Co: 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Blumhouse Productions, Legendary Entertainment

From Klansmen to a kindergarten teacher: the unmissable films of Sydney Film Festival

The Sydney Film Festival's 2018 program was outstanding. Movies to watch out for include a WWII-contemporary mash-up set in Paris, a doco about mammoth hunters, and Spike Lee's racially charged cop movie, BlacKkKlansman.
In Upgrade, a man is implanted with AI, which gives him superhuman capabilities. Screenshot from Youtube

Upgrade is an extremely pleasurable sci-fi revenge film

Upgrade, the latest film from Saw creator Leigh Whannell, is one of the best Australian films of the 21st century.
Bernard Herrmann’s music for the final scene in Psycho fragments and breaks down, echoing the psychotic episode experienced by the character Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins). Graphics: Emil Jeyaratnam/The Conversation; Image: Still from 'Psycho' (1960)

The great movie scenes: Hitchcock’s Psycho and the power of jarring music

In this episode of Close-up, Bruce Isaacs contrasts the unsettling musical score from Hitchcock’s Psycho with Howard Shore’s score for Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring.
In Cargo, Martin Freeman plays Andy, a man who has to kill his wife after she turns into a zombie and travels across country with baby daughter Rosie on his back. Addictive Pictures, Causeway Films, Head Gear Films

The Australian zombie horror Cargo is burdened by its own gravitas

In Cargo, zombies roam Australia and Aboriginal people living off the land are best equipped to repel them. The first half hour is brilliant but the film becomes far less satisfying.

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