Harry Windsor

Harry Windsor is a critic for The Hollywood Reporter and the former editor of Inside Film.

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Laurent Cantet’s new film explores the lure of political extremism for the young and bored
‘The Workshop’: teen angst in a post-Charlie Hebdo France
Laurent Cantet’s L’Atelier (The Workshop) got a bit lost in the shuffle at Cannes last year, where it was overshadowed by another French premiere, the Grand Prix-winning BPM (...
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Jennifer Lawrence reunites with her ‘Hunger Games’ director in this dated thriller
‘Red Sparrow’ keeps us guessing, to a point
Based on a book written in 2013, the new Jennifer Lawrence vehicle Red Sparrow manages to be both topical and wildly behind the times. Directed by Francis Lawrence, who oversaw...
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The French-Moroccan director presents a clear-eyed portrayal of true activism during the AIDS epidemic
Robin Campillo’s ‘BPM’
As period pieces go, BPM (Beats Per Minute), the story of AIDS activists in Paris in the early 1990s, is light on the trimmings. The jeans may be cut differently, and bomber...
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The screenwriter leaves nothing unexplained in his directorial debut
‘Molly’s Game’: Aaron Sorkin plays a predictable hand
Molly’s Game (released nationally on February 1) is the first film Aaron Sorkin has directed himself, and it couldn’t be more topical. The screenwriter’s first female-led film...
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Having conquered planes and automobiles, Neeson and director Jaume Collet-Serra move the action to trains
Liam Neeson’s routine ride in ‘The Commuter’
Perhaps because his run as an action star came when he was in his mid 50s, Liam Neeson seems like a man making up for lost time. Unable to do any but his native accent, he’s like...
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David Simon’s new series shines amid the sleaze of the New York porn industry
‘The Deuce’ (HBO / Foxtel)
David Simon is still scoping out the corner, only this time the people standing on it night after night are peddling their own flesh instead of drugs. Set in Times Square in 1971...
The lo-fi New Yorkers take on a Robert Pattinson–starring genre thriller
The art of the hustle in the Safdie Brothers’ ‘Good Time’
Brothers Benny and Josh Safdie have made a series of lo-fi features and shorts limning the street life of New York City and some of its most marginalised characters: drifters and...
‘American Made’ provides more subversive smarts than you’d expect from a Tom Cruise vehicle
Risky business
Born on the Fourth of July, Jerry Maguire, Magnolia, Minority Report, Collateral. For a modern movie star, Tom Cruise has made an uncommon number of good films. The disconnect...
Does the playful transgression of Caryl Churchill’s ‘Cloud Nine’ still have the capacity to shock?
Modern family
The Sydney Theatre Company is in the middle of a realignment, having farewelled Andrew and Cate as well as Jonathan Church, whose aborted appointment lasted only months last year...
‘Lady Macbeth’ is a cold and confronting take on the period drama
Bleak house
The country house, familiar from so many hot toddy English period dramas, is reframed as a battlefield in Lady Macbeth, and not just of the verbal kind. Liberally adapted by...
The streaming giant is paying big money for big names as it expands into film, but will that be enough?
Netflix goes to war
If the past couple of weeks have proved anything, it’s that Netflix’s ability to attract publicity is second to none – just not for their movies. This year’s Cannes Film Festival...
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eOne Films
‘Loving’ directed by Jeff Nichols
Mildred and Richard Loving were a working-class couple whose fight to live legally as husband and wife went all the way to the US Supreme Court, where Loving v. Virginia...
FX’s new Marvel superhero show is refreshingly cerebral
The welcome challenge of ‘Legion’
Even in this age of plenitude, it’s rare to come across a series that’s genuinely challenging, rather than just morally ambiguous or confrontingly violent. Legion fits the bill...
With ‘Hacksaw Ridge’, Mel Gibson returns to the mythmaking game
Prodigal son
No major star in the history of modern Hollywood has disappeared from the studio books quite as swiftly as Mel Gibson, whose place in the firmament was untouchable as recently as...
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Season two; ABC2
The first season of Catastrophe premiered last year and was a riotous wonder: an antidote to the antiseptically primped relationships that stock every other sitcom. The six-part...
Beyond Home Entertainment; $29.95 (DVD) / Stan (online)
Right now, American television drama is doing two things well that its cinema is barely touching. Most starkly, TV is where the chewy roles for women are. The characters played...
Madman Films
‘Partisan’ directed by Ariel Kleiman
For a country of wide open spaces, Australia produces a staggering number of films about suffocating claustrophobia. Our specialty is the domestic nightmare, as in Justin Kurzel’s...
Pierre Morel’s ‘The Gunman’ reviewed
A man of action
Sean Penn has long cultivated a reputation as an outlier in contemporary Hollywood, as well as a throwback. Penn spent the early years of his career apprenticing himself to an...