Craig Mathieson


71 ENTRIES 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.


Still from ‘New Gold Mountain’


‘New Gold Mountain’

SBS’s Australian goldfields series looks beyond colonial orthodoxies to tell the neglected stories

Still from ‘Only Murders in the Building’ showing Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez. © Craig Blankenhorn


Murder they spoke: ‘Only Murders in the Building’

A droll comic mystery about budding true crime podcasters leads September’s streaming highlights

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Funny business: ‘Hacks’

Tracking a growing friendship between two comics, bittersweet comedy series ‘Hacks’ leads August’s streaming highlights

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Petty bourgeoisie: ‘The White Lotus’

Mike White’s scathing takedown of privilege leads July’s streaming highlights

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High-impact exercise: ‘Physical’

Starring Rose Byrne as an uncompromising aerobics instructor, Annie Weisman’s unorthodox series leads June’s streaming highlights

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Souls train: ‘The Underground Railroad’

June’s streaming highlights are led by an epic drama transcending its historical source with magic-realism

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Can’t get you out of my head: ‘Made for Love’

Leading April’s streaming highlights is a subversive black comedy that takes coercive control to its digital extreme

Image of Cătălin Tolontan in Collective.


Bitter pill: ‘Collective’

This staggering documentary exposes institutionalised corruption in Romanian hospitals

Voices carry: ‘Calls’


Voices carry: ‘Calls’

Among March’s streaming highlights is a sci-fi thriller making clever use of telephone and radio exchanges

Image of Stephen Graham as Joseph McCarthy in The Virtues


Its own reward: ‘The Virtues’

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’

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

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‘The Dry’ directed by Robert Connolly

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

Image showing Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles and Emma Corrin as Diana Spencer in The Crown.


Purple reign: ‘The Crown’

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

Image of Anya Taylor-Joy as Beth Harmon in The Queen’s Gambit.


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

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

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