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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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Alice in Wonderland: Adrenaline- Junkie, Justice-Freak

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The exhibition Wonderland now on at Melbourne’s ACMI begins with Lewis Carroll’s 1865 book Alice in Wonderland and follows Alice’s journey through her many cinematic appearances from 1930’s silent Alice in Wonderland to the recent Tim Burton blockbusters. The exhibition looks at the importance of Lewis Carroll’s creation, and how technological innovations and filmmakers’ unique voices have added intriguing new layers

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Isle of Dogs film review: the obsessive Wes Anderson creates a visual sensation

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As Alfred Hitchcock once said: “self-plagiarism is style”. The writer/director Wes Anderson, whose best-known films include The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Royal Tenenbaums, has been self-plagiarising for some time now, and boy, is his style distinctive. He is, in fact, among the most visually distinctive auteurs working today. His idiosyncratic, teeth-achingly fastidious aesthetic is defined with labels

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RuPaul’s Drag Race has ruined Drag

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Trixie Mattel is the winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars 3. There is a certain irony that Brian Firkus’ perfectly executed parody of plastic, mass-produced womanhood (Barbie) seized the crown in a reality TV-show franchise that has “Barbie”-fied the art of drag: taking a staple of underground queer nightlife and turning it into a basic

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Lawrence Mooney’s bizarrely good ‘Unofficial Malcolm Turnbull’ web series goes beyond political impersonation

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Political impersonators often come across as traders in a low-rent form of satire: pantomime obsessed with mimicking speech and gesture, and little else. I do not wish to use this occasion to ridicule entertainers trying to make a crust, such as ‘John How-Odd’ or the more straightforwardly named ‘Kevin Rudd Impersonator’ (“humour that cuts through

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