‘Demolition’ is stony-hearted and heavy-handed

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Whatever measure of success Demolition has in Australia – I suspect not much, given this outside-the-square Jake Gyllenhaal drama is both frustrating abstract and brutally heavy-handed in its metaphors – the producers can assume local torrenters aren’t going to be downloading it six ways from Sunday. For one thing, the logline “from the director of

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Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are lovesick in the divine trailer for musical romance ‘La La Land’

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Full-blown Hollywood musicals are rare these days. Whiplash director Damien Chazelle looks like he has a special one on his hands with La La Land, going by the sumptuous first-look trailer featuring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone playing punchdrunk lovers. The trailer is paced to the tune of Gosling crooning a song called City of

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Screen Australia announces huge boost to female-led film and TV productions

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In a precedent-setting day for film funding in Australia, Screen Australia has announced the largest number of projects funded in a single in the course of the organisation’s history. Fifty-eight film and TV projects have been given a cash injection as part of Screen Australia’s $5 million Gender Matters initiative, which was launched in December

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Ghostbusters review – and the movie is a giddy, high-spirited hoot

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Much has been made of Ghostbusters returning to the big screen with a female-led cast and the retilting of the gender scales complete with Chris Hemsworth playing a himbo receptionist. According to the grapevine, diehard fanboys of the original are currently gathered in man caves cussing and moaning about feminazis taking control, in between swigs of Coke

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Swiss Army Man: come for the farting corpse, stay for the pathos

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Agreeing to star in your next film as a farting corpse is a tough decision to gauge in the what-does-this-mean-for-your-career stakes. Is Daniel Radcliffe’s decision to play the said flatulent dead body in Swiss Army Man, a black indie comedy certain to invoke mention of Weekend at Bernie’s, a Shia-LaBeouf-esque way of saying “look at

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