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The French film School’s Out is a masterpiece. Avenue B Productions, Canal+, OCS

Five films not to miss from the 2019 Sydney Film Festival

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. BRON Studios, Causeway Films, Creative Wealth Media Finance

The Nightingale - much ado about nothing

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. Universal Pictures/YouTube

We’re in a golden age of black horror films

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.
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. Warner Bros/IMDB

Why Godzilla is the perfect monster for our age of environmental destruction

Popular monsters often reflect humanity's greatest fears. Godzilla, with its destructive rampages, is the foremost monster for our age of environmental threat.
Optimism is an essential part of our climate solution. GoodThing Productions

2040: hope and action in the climate crisis

A new movie highlights the importance of radical hope and courageous action in responding to the climate crisis
Eric Idle, from left, John Cleese, Michael Palin, and Sue Jones-Davies in Life of Brian (1979). HandMade Films, Python (Monty) Pictures

Life of Brian at 40: an assertion of individual freedom that still resonates

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'.
Saoirse Ronan as Mary Stuart in Josie Rourke’s 2018 film Mary Queen of Scots. Liam Daniel/Focus Features

Mary, Queen of Scots is newly relevant in the age of #MeToo

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.

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