Ghost in the Shell movie review – with full body whitewashing

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Allegations of whitewashing have dogged Ghost in the Shell – a remake of, until now, a thoroughly Japanese franchise – since news circulated that Scarlett Johansson had been cast in the lead role. But nobody said anything about full body whitewashing. As an arse-kicking cyborg protagonist known as Major, Johansson runs around in a tight,

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Dance Academy: the movie review

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If there’s one thing firmly understood by the creative talents behind the new Dance Academy movie — based on the popular ABC teen drama series of the same name — it’s that the film’s audience will be almost entirely made up of fans of the TV series. That’s true of most films spun-off from TV shows, but many of

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Ruby Wax Frazzled review (Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne Comedy Festival)

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American-born and British-favourite comedian Ruby Wax has worn so many hats during her professional career — actor, script editor, writer, mental health advocate, interviewer, lecturer — it’s never entirely clear what you can expect from one of her one-woman shows. Wax has never been entirely satisfied to just do the regular stand-up thing, and her newest

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Carmen review (Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, 2017)

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Director Gale Edwards’ spectacular, smart, and wildly entertaining 2013 staging of Carmen is the first production to be revived for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. Revisiting the production, it’s clear to see why. Edwards and her team found the perfect balance between spectacle and nuance — and given the scale of the glitzy annual event, that balance

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Kate Miller-Heidke and the Sydney Symphony (Sydney Opera House)

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Watching a symphony orchestra backing a pop singer is often a bit of a strange experience. There’s usually plenty of respect given back and forth between the classically-trained instrumentalists and the singer, despite their very different disciplines, but those musicians don’t exactly grow up dreaming of augmenting pop songs with the occasional orchestral flourish. You can’t help

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The Homosexuals, or ‘Faggots’ review (Griffin Theatre, Sydney)

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When Declan Greene’s new play, The Homosexuals, or ‘Faggots’ premiered in Melbourne last month, it did so in the same week that controversial gay conservative commentator Milo Yiannopoulos lost his book deal. In Sydney, it opened the day after the Federal Government announced its plans to reform 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, to remove the words “offend, insult,

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Life movie review: alien blockbuster loses its course

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“Calvin” is an awful cute name for a tiny alien blob that comes alive and embarks on a murderous rampage; I would have preferred “Norman” or “Hagetha.” In space nobody can hear you scream, so the saying goes, though initially Swedish director Daniel Espinosa’s containment thriller Life – with the aforementioned Calvin as a terrifying

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Faster (Australian Ballet, Melbourne)

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The Australian Ballet’s new triple bill, Faster, exemplifies the pace and complexity of 2017 life. It also offers audiences a chance to pause and appreciate a display of incredible physicality, deep intelligence and pure emotion – elements that can get lost in our hyper-connected, 24-7, technology driven world. Opening act Faster celebrates the immense capabilities

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