culture

The hyperbole machine

Social media and streaming services are changing what and how we watch

Hell hath no fury: Karyn Kusama’s ‘Destroyer’

Nicole Kidman confronts in this LA crime thriller

Making the private public: ‘The Seventies’ by Michelle Arrow

This new history traces how the decade’s redefined politics shaped modern Australia

A showcase of the unexceptional: the 2019 Berlin Film Festival

This year’s offerings did little to arrest the event’s apparent decline

‘Zebra and Other Stories’ by Debra Adelaide

Difficult-to-grasp characters populate this new collection

‘Exploded View’ by Carrie Tiffany

This new novel is most striking in how it diverges from its predecessors

The Monthly music wrap: February 2019

On the precarious state of live music in NSW and the impact of proposed festival-licensing laws

‘Manus’: troubling and obligatory viewing

An Iranian play brings stories of Australia’s offshore detention centres to the Adelaide Festival

‘Stan & Ollie’: a beautiful lie

Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly are perfectly cast in this affectionate biopic

A scar is born: ‘Vox Lux’

Natalie Portman grapples with celebrity’s demons in this unconvincing film

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