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Daniel Day-Lewis won the 2012 Academy Award for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln. Is Spielberg’s historical drama a good way to learn about the 16th U.S. president? Touchstone Pictures

Are movies a good way to learn history?

History movies may have Oscar potential, but their educational potential is more complicated. Should teachers use Hollywood to teach?
Brett Whiteley: his colourful biography frequently obscures the seriousness of his work. Transmission films

Whiteley: a seductive cinematic portrait of a serious artist

Brett Whiteley's output was uneven but at his best, his work was brilliant. A new film offers an unusual insight into the life and art of this creative and troubled maverick.
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?
Photos of some of the 43 Mexican college students who disappeared in 2014 and are feared to have been massacred by gang members and police. Screen depictions of Mexico’s drug trade mostly ignore their human cost. Jorge Lopez/Reuters

Why glamorising narco culture, on screen and in Sydney’s pop-up shop, is wrong

Los Pollos Hermanos is a chicken shop run by a drug lord in the TV series Better Call Saul. A pop-up version opens in Sydney today - and both ignore the savage reality of Mexico's drug wars.
(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.
André Holland and Trevante Rhodes in Moonlight: it has seemed in recent years that queer films are just not Best Picture material. A24, Plan B Entertainment

With Moonlight’s Oscar win, Hollywood begins to right old wrongs

When Warren Beatty began his acting career in the 1950s, the idea of homosexual men at the centre of a cinematic story could not be countenanced. Moonlight still shows us lives generally absent from film screens.
The Lego Batman Movie. Warner Bros.

Lego Batman: the darkest knight yet?

The Lego Batman Movie is a worldwide box office smash – but have the filmmakers delved too much into the character's more 'toxic' elements?

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