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The Square movie review: a savagely funny parable

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Film, Reviews, Screen |

Much has been made of Ruben Ostlund’s The Square as a satire of the contemporary art world, complete with extraordinary set pieces about avant-garde conceptual art. But Claes Bang’s charismatic performance as Christian, a suavely dressed, cool-cat curator in a showy, modern Stockholm museum, is so nuanced and compelling that what might have been a

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Perth Festival reviews: Siren Song, Beyond Time, Repatriate, Museum of Water, Attractor

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Dance, Reviews, Stage, Theatre, Visual Arts |

Actor, writer and regular Daily Review contributor, Humphrey Bower has been engaged by the Perth Festival as a “Festival Navigator“. He navigates its first week of performances below.  The opening ceremony Gnarnk-Ba Karla Waarnginy (‘Speaking Fires of our Mother’) took place at the west end of St George’s Terrace: hardly the most obviously scenic spot, despite

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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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Film, Reviews, Screen |

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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DVD review: Actor Rod Taylor, former boxer and lifesaver, pulls no punches

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Reviews, Screen, TV |

As an all-purpose Australian leading man of the 1950s through to the ’70s in Hollywood, Rod Taylor was the natural screen successor to Errol Flynn. Flynn has maintained legendary status despite or because of his scandalous private life as well as his sparkling performances on screen, inspiring many biographies and biopics. Meanwhile, the impressive acting

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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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