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Mystery Road TV review: acclaimed neo-noir transitions to the small screen in excellent ABC series

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Director Rachel Perkins’ six-part ABC TV series Mystery Road is the third instalment in the titular franchise, following two hardboiled movies from filmmaker Ivan Sen and star Aaron Pedersen – including the terrific, big thinking neo-noir/western Goldstone. Among Mystery Road’s many virtues is a gravitas-weeping performance from Pedersen as outback detective Jay Swan, the actor

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The Magic Pill film review: Pete Evans’ intellectually poisonous diet documentary

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With the addition of the Pete Evans-produced health documentary The Magic Pill to its library, Netflix continue a slate of commissions and acquisitions that are either bold or tone deaf, depending on your perspective. See also: the second season to the controversial 13 Reasons Why, among the most socially irresponsible television shows of the 21st

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The Picnic at Hanging Rock TV series: six exquisite shots

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When news arrived that a Picnic at Hanging Rock TV series was in the works, many of us reacted with cynicism. Why go there? What kind of folly was this? Although technically an adaptation of Joan Lindsay’s 1967 novel, the show invariably lives in the shadow of Peter Weir’s 1975 masterpiece – one of the great

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Tully film review: Charlize Theron impresses in a monstrously shot and contrived drama

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Charlize Theron plays a sleep-deprived, overworked and under-loved mother of three young children in Tully, whose spirit is rejuvenated when a ‘night nanny’ provides a panacea for her woes. Screenwriter Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman (their third collaboration, following Juno and Young Adult) revisit Mary Poppins by way of bleary-eyed Middle America, substituting the

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Last Flag Flying film review: Richard Linklater’s old-timer road movie is anti-war and pro-friendship

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The basic editing technique ‘cutting for continuity’ is as much about images we see as the space between them. If a shot is presented of a person about to ascend a flight of stairs, and the next one reveals that person at the top of them, we understand these images are connected. There is no

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Avengers: Infinity War film review: a celebration of mediocrity on a scale the cinema has never seen before

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Has any film series in history pursued the ‘more of everything’ and ‘bigger is better’ ethos as vigorously as the Avengers franchise? The latest installment, Avengers: Infinity War, heralds the arrival of 19 Marvel Cinematic Universe movies in 10 years. Their running times are epic blow-outs, the latest ballooning into an elephantine 160 minutes. Working from a

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Rampage isn’t the greatest video game movie ever. Assassin’s Creed is

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Which is better: a harebrained movie that does what it says it’d do on the packet, or an ambitious film that challenges, confounds, frustrates and fascinates viewers? Which is more meaningful: a popcorn flick that never wanted to be anything special, wink-winking audiences in regular acknowledgement of its dumbness, or a film that tries –

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I Feel Pretty movie review: Amy Schumer miscast in a flaky, hypocritical comedy about inner beauty

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In the under-rated anthology comedy Movie 43, Hugh Jackman plays a hunky bachelor with one, shall we say, slightly unusual thing about him: a pair of huge testicles that dangle from his chin. His shell shocked date, Kate Winslet, cannot take her eyes off them; nor can she understand why nobody else in a busy restaurant appears

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