Hugh Jackman’s appearance on 7:30 highlights the problems of starry-eyed cultural journalism

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The ABC’s 7:30 program is a reliable source of quality journalism, offering dignified current affairs investigations at a time in the evening when other networks race to the bottom – zooming in on tasty dishes in My Kitchen Rules and lifeguards pounding the sand in Bondi Rescue. Last week 7:30 investigated franking credits, the aftermath

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From The Hunting to SeaChange redux: 10 Australian TV shows to look out for in 2019

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There were several excellent Australian TV productions that graced our screens in 2018 – from the asylum seeker drama Safe Harbour to new iterations of Mystery Road, Picnic at Hanging Rock and Jack Irish. This year’s lineup looks eclectic, mixing big hitters with smaller budget passion projects. As usual the majority of interesting-sounding titles come

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Aquaman film review: a candy-coloured studio-dictated desecration

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There are objectively bad movies, and then there are movies as objectively bad as Aquaman: the kind of candy-coloured studio-dictated desecration the late comedian Bill Hicks would likely describe using words such as “Satan’s spawn” and “devil’s jizz.” The DCEU blockbuster arrives the same year as Avengers: Infinity War, which marked a new low in

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Why Michael Moore is no longer an earth-rattling political force to be reckoned with

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Film, News & Commentary, Screen |

The veteran rabble-rouser Michael Moore’s latest film Fahrenheit 11/9, which opened in Australian cinemas last week, begins by invoking déjà vu. The shock-doc-jock presents images of political rallies on the evening prior to the 2016 US presidential election, as people prepare for the supposedly inevitable: the election of Hillary Clinton as President of the United States.

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First Man film review: Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong biopic is big on thrills and short on heart

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What is more important for a filmmaker: telling an interesting story in interesting ways, or attempting to evoke the sensation that ‘you were there’? In his historical drama First Man, about the career and various NASA missions of astronaut and first man on the moon Neil Armstrong (played by a workman-like, restraint-exhibiting Ryan Gosling), director

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