Phoenix Raei plays an Iranian refugee forced to join a fight club in a detention centre in the film Below.
Melbourne International Film Festival
In the film Below, a fight club is set up in a fictional, remote immigration detention centre. However the film’s shock tactics often feel manufactured, and risk exploiting the refugee crisis as mere backdrop.
Adam Goodes in The Australian Dream: in the film he talks of finding an identity in football and with The Sydney Swans.
Melbourne International Film Festival
A new film chronicling the impact of racism on Indigenous football star Adam Goodes is both a damning and hopeful portrait of contemporary Australia.
The French film School’s Out is a masterpiece.
Avenue B Productions, Canal+, OCS
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
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.
Miranda Tapsell in Top End Wedding, a new Australian film about identity and belonging, directed by Wayne Blair (The Sapphires).
Courtesy of Universal Pictures
Romantic comedy meets road movie in Wayne Blair's much anticipated new film.
Milea (Vanesha Prescilla (left)) and Dilan (Iqbal Ramadhan) in a scene from Dilan 1991’s official trailer.
What makes the _Dilan_ series unique is that it provides Indonesia's young audiences, who were born in the 1990s, with a window on urban youth in Bandung during Soeharto's New Order regime.
Captain Marvel has fun taking us back to the 1990s.
The new Captain Marvel movie takes us back to the 1990s with a look at some of the technologies of the day. Do people still use pagers?
Alita: preparing for battle.
20th Century Fox
We have robots that can walk and run but still a long way to go before the technology matches the cybernetic skills in the new science fiction film Alita: Battle Angel.
Stephan James and Kiki Layne in If Beale St Could Talk.
The new film from Moonlight writer and director Barry Jenkins delivers on high expectations.
Felicity Jones (centre) as Ruth Bader Ginsburg in new biopic On The Basis of Sex.
Trailblazing US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is known to many as the 'Notorious RBG'. But the new film On the Basis of Sex is a muted portrayal of her.
Leah Ashwood, Jasper Lloyd, and Texas Watterston in The School (2018).
Bronte Pictures, Head Gear Films, Kreo Films FZ
Some of the best examples of horror and fantasy genre films have emerged from Australia. Unfortunately, The School is not one of them.
Lucas Hedges and Théodore Pellerin in Boy Erased. The film shows a boy who enters gay conversion therapy in the US.
While queer movies don't necessarily have to be made by queer filmmakers, Boy Erased is a safe film. It is finely made albeit heavy-handed in its melodrama.
First Man: Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon.
Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures
The new film is a down-to-Earth portrayal of astronaut Neil Armstrong and our complex relationship with the Moon.
Tom Hardy in Venom: the intense action sequences are balanced by disarming humour.
Avi Arad Productions, Columbia Pictures Corporation,Marvel Entertainment.
Venom is an engrossing science fiction film, which balances intense action sequences with disarming humour. Viewing it in 4DX, however, did not add to the experience.
Mike Wheeler (Sam Smith) and his taxi driver (Sher Alam Miskeen Ustad) in Jirga.
Jirga has a clear message to the Taliban, Westerners, and other Afghans - even in the horror of warfare you can’t escape moral accountability.
Still from Zanny Begg’s film The Beehive.
Zanny Begg's film The Beehive, about the 1975 murder of Juanita Nielsen, dismantles the idea that documentaries can impart unequivocal knowledge about the world.
A prettier predator we have not seen.
20th Century Fox / Davis Entertainment
Scientists and soldiers deal with alien invaders in the new Predator movie, but how does the science stack up? With brains and brawn you'd think they'd know how to keep an alien tied down to a table.
Constance Wu and Henry Golding in Crazy Rich Asians.
Crazy Rich Asians is good for Asian-Americans but not great for Singaporean or broadly Asian politics.
Melbourne Town Hall lit up with the rainbow for the Coming Back Out Ball.
In the midst of the same-sex marriage debate, Melbourne held The Coming Back Out Ball, an evening to honour queer elders.
Damian Hill plays Jim, a dad looking after his son.
West of Sunshine takes place over a single day, following Jim, a courier of increasingly dangerous sorts, as he delivers packages across Melbourne.