Transitions film festival: A vestige of hope for the last rhinos

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Any doubt that rhinos are rapidly being poached to extinction is dispelled in the first few seconds of Vestige, an extraordinarily intimate and moving documentary that will screen as part the Transitions Film Festival at Melbourne’s Cinema Nova later this month. The opening sequence depicts the night time patrol of armed anti-poaching rangers who look

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From The Hunting to SeaChange redux: 10 Australian TV shows to look out for in 2019

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There were several excellent Australian TV productions that graced our screens in 2018 – from the asylum seeker drama Safe Harbour to new iterations of Mystery Road, Picnic at Hanging Rock and Jack Irish. This year’s lineup looks eclectic, mixing big hitters with smaller budget passion projects. As usual the majority of interesting-sounding titles come

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Aquaman film review: a candy-coloured studio-dictated desecration

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There are objectively bad movies, and then there are movies as objectively bad as Aquaman: the kind of candy-coloured studio-dictated desecration the late comedian Bill Hicks would likely describe using words such as “Satan’s spawn” and “devil’s jizz.” The DCEU blockbuster arrives the same year as Avengers: Infinity War, which marked a new low in

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Mary Poppins Returns film review

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There was a great disturbance in the force when it was announced there was going to be a new Mary Poppins movie. Messing with such a beloved classic that’s stood the test of time and entertained youngsters and their parents since its 1964 release was always going to be risky. The big question was, how

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