Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, and Jonathan Groff in Frozen II (2019).
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Frozen smashed Disney stereotypes on its release in 2013. But six years later, its sequel will arrive in a very different cultural moment.
The French film School’s Out is a masterpiece.
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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.
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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.
Octavia Spencer is one of the few black women to have a lead role in a horror film.
For decades, black characters in horror movies were objects of ridicule, died first or played evil Voodoo practitioners. But now we're seeing a wave of films created by blacks and starring blacks.
World premiere of Godzilla: King of the Monsters at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, on May 18 2019.
Godzilla might be radioactive and toxic but he's also a 'green' monster. As the latest 'King of the Monsters' film rampages across our screens, it's time to investigate his ecological credentials.
A still from the new film Godzilla: King of the Monsters, which opens this week. In a time of environmental destruction, Godzilla is the perfect monster to represent the consequences of humanity’s actions.
Popular monsters often reflect humanity's greatest fears. Godzilla, with its destructive rampages, is the foremost monster for our age of environmental threat.
An upcoming film will explore the origins of the Joker, last seen in the Batman franchise. But prequels are often poorly received – perhaps with good reason.
From the Joker to a Game of Thrones prequel, origin stories are increasingly common in film and TV – perhaps at the expense of originality in popular culture.
In the live-action ‘Aladdin,’ Mena Massoud stars Aladdin, while Will Smith plays the Genie.
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While the 2019 'Aladdin' is a big improvement from the 1992 version, it still recycles some old tropes.
Optimism is an essential part of our climate solution.
A new movie highlights the importance of radical hope and courageous action in responding to the climate crisis
The members of Afghani metal band District Unknown pose after a music video.
An Australian documentary about a group of young Afghanis who form a heavy-metal band highlights rock's subversive power.
Some have any easier time than others connecting with fictional worlds and characters.
According to a new study, those who have a tendency to sabotage their relationships may find solace in the fictional worlds of TV and movies.
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Climate change is mentioned in British television about as often as zombies.
US actor Kevin Spacey is escorted into Nantucket District Court in January for arraignment on a sexual assault charge. His lawyers entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf.
If it is wrong to censure art or refuse to display it because of its content, how can it be right to shun it because of the behaviour of the artist?
A still from Xavier Dolan’s film
The Death and Life of John F. Donovan.
In pop culture such as series, music, magazines and comics, queer children often find ways out of a world that cannot contain them.
Miranda Tapsell in Top End Wedding, a new Australian film about identity and belonging, directed by Wayne Blair (The Sapphires).
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Romantic comedy meets road movie in Wayne Blair's much anticipated new film.
Eric Idle, from left, John Cleese, Michael Palin, and Sue Jones-Davies in Life of Brian (1979).
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As parody goes, this infamous Monty Python film is a pretty gentle, even, respectful sort. It is now more likely to be criticised for breaching the boundaries of 'political correctness'.
The Matrix was a box office hit, but it also explored some of western philosophy’s most interesting themes.
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Cult film The Matrix was released 20 years ago this month. From Plato to Baudrillard, the film explored philosophical dilemmas we are still wrestling with today.
Saoirse Ronan as Mary Stuart in Josie Rourke’s 2018 film Mary Queen of Scots.
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Was Mary Stuart a passionate and jealous failed queen, or a brave and complex woman? Opposing representations in a new film and play reflect modern anxieties about women's agency and leadership.
Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali in Green Book, the film that surprised many by winning Best Picture.
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Many cinephiles were probably surprised at Green Book's Best Picture win - but given the Academy's track record, it shouldn't be that much of a shock.
One category will be notably missing from this year’s Academy Awards.
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Audio description began as an accessibility aid but has developed into an art form.