Mia Wasikowska

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Piercing

11 Feb 20193 stars

Stylish, superbly performed horror comedy from Nicolas Pesce

A literal lady killer is the focus of this obscenely stylish horror comedy based on the novel by Ryû Murakami that sets out to shock before doing away with the standard women-as-victims narrative. It's the sophomore feature of writer-director Nicolas…

Alice Through the Looking Glass

23 May 20164 stars

James Bobin takes the helm of a superior sequel, with Sacha Baron Cohen stealing the show

Here’s a rarity: a summer sequel that’s far better than its predecessor. Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland was an indulgent mess, leaning heavily on 3D hallucinogenics. But, with Burton stepping aside, new director James Bobin arrives with a hatful of…

Crimson Peak

14 Oct 20154 stars

Guillermo del Toro returns to his filmmaking roots with a lavish haunted house horror

The master of modern horror returns to the field in which he made his name with a sumptuous period piece that's head over heels for tradition. With Crimson Peak Guillermo del Toro steers far straighter than in his comparable efforts, playing by the…

The Turning

2 Feb 20154 stars

Tim Winton's stories become scintillating cinema in this abbreviated adaptation

An adaptation of Australian author Tim Winton's 2005 collection of short stories, The Turning is a beguiling piece of storytelling. Producer Robert Connolly tasked 18 Australian directors (including himself) to each bring a segment of the book to life…

Maps to the Stars

22 Sep 20142 stars

David Cronenberg's satirical misfire stars a nevertheless impressive Julianne Moore

David Cronenberg arrives about 20 years too late to the party with Maps to the Stars, a strained satire of Tinseltown neuroses that feels surprisingly old hat. Screenwriter Bruce Wagner's slice of Hollywood gothic takes lazy pot shots at easy targets…

Tracks

21 Apr 20143 stars

Blends the hallucinogenic beauty and horror of the desert

Australian cinema has frequently explored the lure of the outback, from 1970s classics like Picnic At Hanging Rock, Walkabout and the just re-released Wake In Fright to more recent films like The Proposition and Wolf Creek. Now, director John Curran…

The Double

13 Mar 20143 stars

Richard Ayoade undermines some solid performances with airless retro-stylings

After rising to fame through The IT Crowd, Richard Ayoade made an accomplished directorial debut with coming-of-age saga Submarine. Taking on the work of Fyodor Dostoyevsky for his next project suggests a welcome ambition, but despite a good central…

Mia Wasikowska: Stoker shoot was fun

28 Feb 2013

Film gossip

Mia Wasikowska says the atmosphere on the 'Stoker' set was surprisingly cheerful. The 23-year-old actress claims she had a blast hanging out behind the scenes with her co-stars Nicole Kidman and Matthew Goode because the mood of South Korean director…

Stoker

18 Feb 20134 stars

Unusually intense slice of American Gothic adds something fresh to the thriller genre

Despite director Park Chan-wook’s previous involvement with vampires (Thirst), his American debut has nothing to do with Dracula writer Bram Stoker. Instead India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) is a teenage girl mourning the death of her father Richard (Dermot…

Interview: Park Chan-wook - Korean director on his Hitchcockian thriller Stoker

18 Jan 2013

Latest film from director of Oldboy stars Mia Wasikowska and Nicole Kidman

The Korean director of Oldboy turned down Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy and The Evil Dead remake to direct Stoker, which was written by Prison Break star Wentworth Miller. Taken from the annual Black List of the best, unproduced scripts and produced by…

Disney orders Alice in Wonderland sequel

10 Dec 2012

Film gossip

Disney has ordered a script for an 'Alice in Wonderland' sequel. The studio has hired Linda Woolverton to pen a follow-up to the 2010 film starring Mia Wasikowska as Alice and Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, but details are being kept under…

Albert Nobbs

18 Apr 20123 stars

Glenn Close's period drama passion project is a squandered opportunity of intriguing premise

(15) 113mins Fifteen years in development, Rodrigo Garcia’s adaptation of George Moore’s short story The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs arrives on the back of two deserved Oscar nominations for stars Glenn Close and Janet McTeer. And while it’s just…

Restless

17 Oct 20113 stars

Sweet romantic drama from Gus Van Sant, starring Mia Wasikowska and Henry Hopper

(12A) 95min Gus Van Sant’s unpredictable career has run the gamut from mainstream sentimentality (Good Will Hunting, Finding Forrester) to experimental arthouse angst (Gerry, Last Days). Restless falls softly between these extremes as it offers a…

Jane Eyre

19 Aug 20114 stars

Gothic yet modern adaptation helped by excellent performances

(PG) 120min The latest adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s classic book demonstrates that great texts can have many different interpretations. Director Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre) dumps the childhood chapters, makes insinuations as to the cruel…