Zachary Cruz-Tan

Senior Reviewer and Editor

Zachary Cruz-Tan

Zachary Cruz-Tan - Senior Reviewer and Editor

“From Shakespeare’s darkest, most affecting tragedy rises a movie of splendid elegance, of wistful fogs, and a steep sense of regret and woe”. 4½ stars

After moving from Singapore to Perth in 2010 (visit Singapore if you can, but never live there), Zachary did absolutely nothingwith his life except attend Curtin University for three years, during which he helmed a couple of short films, and discovered a love for film theory and film history - yay!

Since graduating, he’s been writing screenplays with friends, shooting pro bono wedding videos, developing his modest, but size able movie collection (he’s 5 short of 500), and pursuing a career as a film critic. His favourite films include – but are certainly not limited to – The Cabinet Of DrCaligari, Citizen Kane, The Godfather, The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, and Gravity (yes, Gravity should have trampled 12 Years A Slave at the Oscars).

Luc Besson is a Girl’s Best Friend

Hollywood may be progressing, or haphazardly fumbling its way, toward a more gender-balanced work ethic, but one cannot shrug off the itchy feeling that it’s trying too hard. Flipping beloved all-male classics into all-female remakes is a cheap and glib way of making a statement. Suddenly erupting with female-led historical...

Christopher Nolan’s Best Closers

Since the black-and-white beginnings of Christopher Nolan’s hefty career, he has taken sadistic pleasure in leaving us with closing scenes that have been specifically designed to drive us mad with speculation long after we’ve staggered out of the cinema. Of course, not all his endings have been confounding. Some have...

The Formidable Woman of the Screen

I don’t remember a time when women didn’t play a big part in the movies for me. Even as I was growing up and cinemas everywhere were filled with The Matrix (1999), Trinity always seemed the most dangerous. She kicked the most butt, slipped into some of the most ridiculously...

Top 5 Male Disney Characters

I love my Disney just as much as the next girl. Okay, maybe that’s generalising, but I can’t bring to mind a single man I know who has Disney Princess posters tacked to his wall. I don’t either, but I make up for it by singing along to “Under the...

Knives Out

Knives Out is a tirelessly entertaining murder mystery that moves so quickly its wheels would come...

Ford v Ferrari

Ford v Ferrari is absolutely thrilling. It features the best racing sequences I’ve seen since Rush (2013). Perhaps...

The Report

The Report is trimmed, lean and single-minded in its pursuit of justice. It follows Dan Jones...

Last Christmas

Last Christmas is strange. It’s a very British movie, written by Emma Thompson and Bryony Kimmings. It’s set in...

Joker

I don’t think there has ever been a more malleable fictional character than the Joker....

Ad Astra

Ad Astra is a quiet, withdrawn movie about a lonely man on a quest to find...

The Farewell

There are movies that speak to me on such intimate frequencies they almost seem to...

Booksmart

Few movies this year will seem as worldly as Booksmart, the directorial debut by Olivia...

Parasite

There is something about South Korean cinema. I’m not quite sure what it is. It...

Wild Rose

Wild Rose begins with a self-centred country singer from Glasgow, Scotland, and ends with a complex,...

Rocketman

ike Elton John sculling vodka to drown his miseries backstage then leaping out in front...

Little Woods

Nia DaCosta‘s Little Woods is a slick, haunting thriller about the dangers and inevitably of the drug...

All Is True

All Is True leaves me somewhat conflicted. It is a gloomy, brooding picture about William Shakespeare’s...

The Chaperone

“The story centers on the teenage Louise Brooks”, says Wikipedia about The Chaperone, which is a...

Missing Link

There are movies that look a lot better than they play, and Missing Link is one of...

The Sisters Brothers

It’s a curious thing that Jacques Audiard, whose directing credits include the great French films Rust and...

The Guilty

One of the advantages of Australia receiving foreign language movies about ten-thousand years after the...

Stan & Ollie

There is a sadness that runs through Stan & Ollie, the new movie by Jon S. Baird that...

Vice

Vice begins with a young Dick Cheney in Wyoming getting pulled over for drunk driving. His...

Robin Hood (2018)

I should have known right from the moment Taron Egerton’s ominous narration warns that what we’re about...

Widows

Widows is a movie that works, despite several fundamental flaws, simply because it is pitched at...

First Man

I’m at a crossroads with First Man, the new film by Damien Chazelle about Neil Armstrong and his...

Jirga

Jirga is a movie of such simplicity it seems to be almost entirely improvised, which is...

The Insult

It takes a certain amount of circumstantial knowledge about the history of the Eastern Mediterranean...

The Wife

We are living in a time of burgeoning female empowerment, with lots of movies speaking...

Two Is a Family

There is not a single convincing moment in Two is a Family, aside from the performances...

Tag

Tag is almost a movie that is immune to criticism, not because it is good in...

Tully

The partnership of Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody is one that works because they share the natural instinct to...

Unsane

Unsane has all the ingredients of a proper thriller. It is directed by Steven Soderbergh, whose movies...

Blockers

Blockers is a confused little movie. It seems to think sex and toilet humour are somehow...

The Post

The US government lied to its people for over twenty years regarding their involvement in...

The Commuter

It’s seriously difficult to hate on a movie as clueless as The Commuter. It knows many of...

Coco

I suspect the writers of Coco, Disney/Pixar’s newest family film, started their screenplay with the end....

Detroit

Detroit is an examination of prejudice. It is set in the 1960s during a period of...

American Assassin

  There’s something to admire about Michael Cuesta’s American Assassin, albeit somewhat ironically. This is...

The Lovers

The Lovers starts with two affairs; one tenuous and volatile, the other filled with passion....

Cars 3

Like the first two, Cars 3 is a heap of good fun when it’s switched...

Wonder Woman

About twenty minutes into Wonder Woman I realised with great satisfaction that this wasn’t going...

Churchill

Churchill takes place during the apex of World War II, but is not about fighting. It may trace a...

Allied

If By The Sea foreshadowed the end of a real couple, then Allied signals doom...

The Founder

You don’t tell the story of one of America’s most ruthless, savage businessmen and expect...