Win Captain America: Civil War on DVD

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Captain America: Civil War has conquered both audiences and critics, debuting to $179.1 million—the fifth-biggest domestic opening of all time—and earning a 90% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Captain America: Civil War is the highest-grossing film of 2016 domestically, internationally and globally, earning more than $1.14 billion at the worldwide box office. Political pressure mounts

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Beloved books on film: when stories stumble from the page to the screen and just don’t work

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Hollywood often turns to books for inspiration. Although fans of a book might sometimes complain the movie adaptation doesn’t do the original justice, many film adaptations offer a new perspective on the stories and characters. A good adaptation can also create new fans who are more likely to buy the books, which can even lead to more movies.

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Snowden movie review: Oliver Stone plays nice

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The best and worst thing about Oliver Stone making an Edward Snowden movie is actually the same thing: he was never going to create a realistic level headed drama. You could bet on the veteran firebrand (whose films include Wall Street, Platoon and JFK) embracing the ideological aspect of the whistleblower’s game-changing revelations. The danger

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Jumanji reboot accused of sexism, but the original holds up just fine

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This week the online outrage-o-meter has been given a right royal workout, even by exhausting current standards. Donald Trump Jr (it breeds!) compared Syrian refugees to poisoned Skittles. Disney was walloped with accusations of cultural appropriation in the form of a zip-up Halloween costume for an animated film starring Dwayne Johnson. Another movie headlined by

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Nick Cave: One More Time with Feeling/Skeleton Tree review

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It’s been just over a year since the “incident” — the tragic death of Nick Cave’s son, Arthur. The new Bad Seeds album, Skeleton Tree has now been released with a new Cave film One More Time with Feeling (directed  by Andrew Dominik) that documents the grief of Cave and his wife Susie Bick and is accompanied by the music from

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Pete’s Dragon movie review

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There’s a good reason Disney’s semi-animated 1977 musical Pete’s Dragon was never high on the list of potential remakes. Well, several. The first and foremost being it is less a minor hit on the Big Mouse’s slate than an execrable, make-it-stop misfire: something to wash off the company’s CV with the proverbial high-power hose. Stilted

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Kate Miller-Heidke’s ‘Muriel’s Wedding’ musical to premiere at Sydney Theatre Company

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Muriel Heslop’s dream of escaping the sleepy, fictional coastal town of Porpoise Spit has well and truly come true. Muriel’s Wedding The Musical will open at Sydney Theatre Company’s Roslyn Packer Theatre in November 2017, with an original score by pop/opera musician Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall, and a book by PJ Hogan, who wrote the screenplay for

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Sully movie review: Clint Eastwood applies pressure packed direction

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Few settings are as ripe for moral dilemmas as a cockpit: so many lives, so much responsibility. Director Robert Zemeckis’ underrated 2012 drama Flight presented a curious hypothetical. What if the pilot flying your plane was three sheets to the wind? And what if, because of their altered state of consciousness, after encountering a mechanical

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