Craig Mathieson

Craig Mathieson
Craig Mathieson is a television critic for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, an author, and the creator of the Binge-r streaming newsletter.



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Its own reward: ‘The Virtues’

Culture

Topping February’s streaming highlights is a four-part series examining trauma and addiction, propelled by Stephen Graham’s affecting performance

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Deep cuts: ‘Small Axe’

Culture

Black solidarity is a palpable force throughout Steve McQueen’s five-film anthology

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‘The Dry’ directed by Robert Connolly

Culture

Eric Bana stars as a troubled investigator dragged back to his home town in a sombre Australian thriller

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Purple reign: ‘The Crown’

Culture

Among November’s streaming highlights, the fourth season of Netflix’s royal drama fails to excite

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Chequered careers: ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ and ‘The Good Lord Bird’

Culture

Among October’s streaming highlights are stories of a teenage chess prodigy and a zealous abolitionist

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‘Kajillionaire’ directed by Miranda July

Culture

A family of con artists are the American writer-director’s latest offbeat protagonists in a surreal but heartfelt film

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Processing trauma: ‘I May Destroy You’

Culture

Michaela Coel’s inventive series charting sexual assault and creativity is this month’s streaming standout

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Look back in horror: ‘Lovecraft Country’

Culture

The monsters are both supernatural and human in HBO’s recasting of the horror genre

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Pole position

Culture

Eschewing clichés and reflecting inclusiveness on both sides of the camera, ‘P-Valley’ tops this month’s streaming highlights

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