Luke Buckmaster, The Guardian

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Past articles by Luke:

The Newsreader season two review – raises the stakes and ups the ante

Anna Torv and Sam Reid are back for a second season of the hit newsroom drama, which picks up with the 1987 election looming → Read More

Neighbours, The Newsreader and Cocaine Bear: what’s new to streaming in Australia in September

Plus Delta Goodrem stars as a female pilot in Love is in the Air – and Halle Bailey is utterly radiant in The Little Mermaid → Read More

One Night review – Jodie Whittaker is a highlight in this lacklustre series

Yael Stone and Nicole da Silva round out an impressive cast in an Australian mystery drama that otherwise feels a little too contrived → Read More

Mother and Son review – Matt Okine’s remake can’t hold a candle to the original

The salty genius of the beloved sitcom is lost in a flurry of antics where the laughs don’t land – despite some likable performances from Okine and Denise Scott → Read More

Ahsoka, M3GAN and new Mother and Son: what’s new to streaming in Australia this August

Plus Meryl Streep and Paul Rudd join Only Murders in the Building, Nicolas Cage’s first western and a Japanese ‘zom-com’ → Read More

The Survival of Kindness review – Rolf de Heer’s dystopia is meditative and hauntingly beautiful

The Australian auteur’s output is vast and varied. Here, he gets cryptic in an eerie study on race, industrialisation and the apocalypse, starring a first-time actor → Read More

Bridgerton, Muppets Mayhem and Ten Pound Poms: what’s new to streaming in Australia this May

Plus an adaptation of a Markus Zusak novel, a big-budget sci-fi mystery and an Australian creature feature → Read More

The Giants review – Bob Brown documentary is inspiring and beautiful

This elegant film uses the natural world to wrap an ancient context around contemporary politics and the former Australian Greens leader’s drive to save the environment → Read More

Totally Completely Fine review – Thomasin McKenzie can’t save us from contrived writing

The actor is compelling as a mouthy twentysomething who talks people off the ledge. But the Stan TV series is neither as funny nor as sharp as it thinks it is → Read More

Love Me season two review: very middle class, very Melbourne – and very compelling

You’ll enjoy being in the company of all the characters in this gently crafted show, with Hugo Weaving as good as ever as the sweet everyman Glen → Read More

The Games: Clarke and Dawe’s Sydney Olympics mockumentary deserves a gold medal

If you enjoyed the absurdity of Cunk on Earth, it’s worth trying this Australian classic, filled with Seinfeldian nothingness and crap spin doctors → Read More

Succession, Daisy Jones & The Six, and Weird Al: what’s new to streaming in Australia this March

Plus Jordan Peele and Baz Luhrmann’s latest thrills, a Brigid Delaney adaptation, and … a film about Tetris? → Read More

True Spirit review – Netflix’s Jessica Watson biopic is cheesy and mawkish

This film’s daytime-soap vibes render an unquestionably inspiring true story into an experience that feels entirely false → Read More

Broad City, Kindred and The 400 Blows: what’s new to streaming in Australia this February

Plus David Cronenberg’s latest grisly experiment, a very rich dog, so much queer content, and the Jennaissance continues with another Coolidge film → Read More

Transfusion review – paint-by-numbers drama could be written by AI

Decent acting from Sam Worthington and Phoebe Tonkin can’t save this moody action flick from a lacklustre script, which contains no surprises → Read More

Koala Man review – will this Hugh Jackman and Sarah Snook animation translate outside Australia?

This starry series about a suburban dad trying to be a superhero is often entertaining but doesn’t always hit → Read More

The 10 Australian films to look out for in 2023

We’re set to be spoiled this year, with a new Aaron Falk mystery, a Wiggles documentary and … a Pete Davidson comedy directed by Animal Kingdom’s David Michôd? → Read More

The Last of Us, Shrinking and Kaleidoscope: what’s new to streaming in Australia this January

Plus Copenhagen Cowboy, Extraordinary, Sam Worthington in a homegrown thriller and lots of Rocky movies → Read More

Black Snow review – Australian murder mystery has a corker of a premise

With twin narratives set in 1994 and 2019, the whodunnit centres on a buried time capsule – but struggles to maintain tension → Read More

From Wednesday and Matilda to NYE fireworks: the best things for children to watch this weekend

Exhausted by the festive season? You’re not alone. Here’s a bunch of films and streams to keep kids of all ages occupied around Australia → Read More