Author Lance Harris


Netflix’s Narcos is as addictive as cocaine

Netflix’s original programming is quickly becoming a better reason to subscribe to the video streaming service than the stash of months-old films and series it carries from other content producers. Its 2015 line-up has been consistently interesting, from the kooky delights of


Ant-Man cuts Marvel’s superheroics down to size

Ant-Man – a smaller, leaner and more agile superhero film than anything Marvel has made in ages – shows that bigger isn’t always better. The latest entry into the comic book company’s universe of films is low-key in both story and presentation compared to the

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Arnie’s back, and not in a good way

Terminator Genisys understandably pretends that Terminator 3 and Terminator: Salvation never happened, yet fails to provide much justification for its own existence. It’s an awkward attempt to channel the success of


Tomorrowland: Futurobama

Armageddon has captured the human imagination since the days of the ancient Sumerians, but Tomorrowland director Brad Bird and scriptwriter Damon Lindelof are convinced that our current love for stories about the end of the world could turn into a


New Mad Max is a symphony of destruction

It’s not often that a tent-pole summer film as bonkers as Mad Max: Fury Road comes along, and that’s enough reason to celebrate the return of the Australian road warrior after a 30-year absence from cinema screens. Helmed by George Miller


Age of Ultron: too much, yet not enough

The Marvel Comics money printing machine rolls on with the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, the headlining act in “phase two” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s predictably big, slick


Chappie: sentient but not intelligent

Neill Blomkamp’s 2009 debut feature, District 9, seemed to signal the arrival of a major new talent with the dark wit and visual flair to become the new Paul Verhoeven of Total Recall and Robocop fame. Elysium’s poor scripting and wooden performances left his potential


Nightcrawler: if it bleeds, it leads

“All the animals come out at night,” said one of cinema’s most memorable misfits in Taxi Driver, and among nocturnal prowlers, few are hungrier, more relentless and more cold-blooded than Nightcrawler’s


Kingsman: licence to mock

This will be a busy year for cinematic spies with James Bond to return in Spectre, Ethan Hunt back for another Mission: Impossible and director Guy Ritchie rebooting the cult 1960s TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E as a feature film. First off the mark is

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