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The Riot review: ABC TV’s Gay Mardi Gras drama

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As we stumble through our daily lives forced to partake in that, at times, insufferable activity known as ‘conversation’, we are all doomed to experience what the French call l’esprit d’escalier. In English, this is known as ‘stairway wit’ or ‘the stairway syndrome,’ referring to how the perfect riposte arrives in one’s mind too late –

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Phantom Thread film review: a dreary expression of ostentation

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Phantom Thread will reportedly feature the final film performance from Daniel Day-Lewis. Some wags have quipped, however, that this is just another example of the three-time Oscar-winner’s famous method approach: for his next role, you see, he will play a retired actor. It was a safe decision for Day-Lewis to entrust his swansong (if indeed

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I, Tonya film review: Margot Robbie is outstanding in a black comedy merging fact with fiction

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I, Tonya is Australian director Craig Gillespie’s fourth-wall breaking biopic about disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding. In the questions it raises about guilt and implication, the individual versus society, the film riffs on Bob Dylan’s blame-searching song Who Killed Davey Moore?, which probed the roles of people associated with a boxer who died in the

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With Godless and Sweet Country, the western is alive and bristling with energy

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There is a compelling argument to say motion pictures began with the western. Or at the very least, the genre was around since the beginning. The Great Train Robbery, released in 1903, is among cinema’s earliest narrative films, considered a milestone with a then-whopping 12 minute running time. The meat pie (Australian) western arrived soon

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Molly’s Game film review: Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut a snappy poker tale about the American dream

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His Girl Friday, one of the great comedies of the 1940s, is remembered less for what it says, than how it says it. Australian director Bert Deling, who helmed the grungry 1975 classic Pure Shit, showed his cast the film to encourage them to speak faster and remove gaps between sentences. Streams of frantically paced

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