The Shining’s Overlook gets a makeover (without the Redrum)

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Bars and restaurants “themed” according to famous movies are not new. There’s a floating Titanic restaurant in Melbourne; a tavern in Darwin called The Raging Bull (a steakhouse, obviously); and there’s a Mildred Pierce joint in Toronto (as far as we know it’s a one of a kind, but we do hope it features waitresses dressed as Joan Crawford armed with wire coat

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Win tickets to Jasper Jones

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Based on the best-selling novel, Jasper Jones is the story of Charlie Bucktin, a young bookish boy living in a small town. One night, local mixed-race outcast Jasper Jones appears at Charlie’s window and the pair embark on a journey to solve a mystery that will consume the entire community. Jasper Jones stars Toni Collette, Hugo Weaving,

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The Great Wall movie review – the first blockbuster for the Trump era

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Following the election of a pumpkin-skinned President and the associated Trumpification of American politics, film critics have been on the look out for movies that might in some way correspond to the zeitgeist. Observers down in the mouth about the present political situation in the White House have, for example, suggested comedies or musicals boast

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What would you pay for movie tickets? New app introduces demand-based pricing

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A Melbourne-based start-up will next month launch an app which allows audiences to access cheap movie tickets to sessions and films in low demand. Standard ticket prices for movies in Australian capital city cinemas are now sitting consistently above $20, up to well above $25 for certain sessions. But the vast majority of available cinema tickets in

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Toni Erdmann movie review

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Nothing strikes terror in the heart of parents quite like the thought of calamity befalling their children. But in writer/director Maren Ade’s already legendary (and freshly Oscar-nominated) German dramedy Toni Erdmann, a father inflicts cataclysmic misfortune onto his daughter very deliberately, swinging his madness around like a wrecking ball and infusing her life with chaos.

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The on-screen pain and humiliation of Anthony Weiner

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Americans are, by now, fairly accustomed to the regular sex scandals that plague their elected representatives. Republicans and Democrats alike have implicated themselves in controversies of varying degrees – from Bill Clinton’s famous declaration that he “did not have sexual relations with that woman” to Republican Governor Mark Sanford’s mysterious weeklong sojourn in Argentina with

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Hidden Figures movie review: a postcard history lesson

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At the start of director Theodore Melfi’s Oscar-nominated historical drama Hidden Figures, we are introduced to a precocious young girl and informed she is a prodigy. The script lays it on thick: “in all my years of teaching …” we hear her primary school teacher say, understanding immediately that young Katherine Coleman (Lidya Jewett) is

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Jasper Jones movie review: a modern Australian classic

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Craig Silvey’s 2009 novel Jasper Jones is a bit of a modern classic, telling a dark, moving and often quite funny story of prejudice in Corrigan, a small West Australian town in the 1960s. The book has picked up several awards and plenty of adult and teenage fans since its release, and has been called, perhaps a

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Manchester by the Sea movie review – an American masterpiece

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Is a flashback, like a voice-over narration, a powerful device too often over-used and under-thought? We’ve recently seen the technique put to highly memorable effect in the science fiction film Arrival. In that film, director Denis Villeneuve played with what a flashback (or ‘switchback’ as they were once known) might mean in a universe where time is a palindrome:

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