Adam Driver and John David Washington in Spike Lee’s BlackKkKlansman.
Production Co: 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Blumhouse Productions, Legendary Entertainment
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.
Frances McDormand in the film that inspired many protesters.
Merrick Morton/Fox Searchlight Pictures
Activism increasingly relies on strong visuals that can be shared online, and – somewhat surprisingly in a digital world – physical billboards still play an important role.
In Upgrade, a man is implanted with AI, which gives him superhuman capabilities.
Screenshot from Youtube
Upgrade, the latest film from Saw creator Leigh Whannell, is one of the best Australian films of the 21st century.
Computer-generated dinosaurs walk the Earth.
Universal Pictures Studios
The first time computer-generated characters interacted with humans on a movie screen was 25 years ago, in 'Jurassic Park.' Since then, technology has improved, giving directors more choices.
A scene from ‘Wolf Warrior 2’.
Well Go USA Entertainment
Film could benefit China's soft power. It highlights the country's deep pockets and potential for wider audience appeal.
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)
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.
The social structures that once enabled male artists to exploit and abuse women must be cast into the past. But castigating their work to the scrapheap is an act of cultural suicide.
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
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.
We've never needed Oculus Rift to provide immersive experiences – they've been around for as long as we have.
Lee Abbott pleads with his son to stay silent in the film A Quiet Place.
Jonny Cournoyer/© 2018 Paramount Pictures. All rights reserved.
The aliens of A Quiet Place track their prey by hearing something outside the norm.
Thelma Plum is one of many musicians featured in a new documentary that both celebrates the worth of women and discusses problems in the music industry.
Michelle Grace Hunder
A new film examines the gender imbalance in Australia's music industry. The women interviewed tell some confronting stories but the documentary points to a better future.
People are still drawn to cinema to share the mass experience of watching a movie.
Netflix's Chief Content Officer has said the streaming service is the future of film. But cinemas have survived many other threats to their dominance.
Flamingoes dance on a lake in South America in Planet Earth II Live in Concert.
Planet Earth II Live fuses footage from the BBC series with live orchestration. Despite some narrative flaws, it's a stirring call to look after our environment.
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela being laid to rest. In death, as in life, she divided opinions.
Society expects journalists to report objectively. But a documentary filmmaker has an opinion.
John Krasinski in A Quiet Place.
With A Quiet Place and Far Cry 5, sci-fi influenced media is once again turning a mirror on society's anxieties.
Jesus and Mary, as portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara in Mary Magdalene.
Mary Magdelene film props up a view of Judaism as archaic, unchanging and out of date.
Rooney Mara as the titular Mary.
Jesus and Mary are white, while an unsympathetic Peter is played with a cod 'African' accent.
Dora the Explorer is coming to Queensland but is our local industry too dependent on international movies?
This week actors including Cate Blanchett signed an open letter calling on the government to protect our screen industry. More needs to be done to create a sustainable local industry beyond Dora-style, Hollywood productions.
Three Oscar-nominated films prominently featured characters using sign languages. It's an important contribution to recognising Deaf culture and identity.
Adrian McLoughlin meets his end as Stalin in The Death of Stalin.
The Death of Stalin has been banned in Russia. While the film is hardly disrespectful to Russian people, it does make Putin uncomfortable with its satirical take of leadership.