The Girl in the Spider’s Web film review

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The extra half star is a generous gesture aimed at those who haven’t read the fourth instalment of the Millennium books, written by David Lagercrantz after the untimely demise of original author, Stieg Larsson. Anyone who has read the books, and particularly The Girl in the Spider’s Web, will spend much of the time caught

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Can the film festival save cinema-going from the streaming service onslaught?

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Head to the cinemas while you still can. In the United States, cinema attendance plummeted to its lowest in 25 years. At home, Screen Australia’s CEO Graeme Mason said movie theatres are surviving on blockbusters alone. With streaming platforms like Netflix freeing us from the collective watching experience – anyone who loves popcorn, a choc

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Why Michael Moore is no longer an earth-rattling political force to be reckoned with

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The veteran rabble-rouser Michael Moore’s latest film Fahrenheit 11/9, which opened in Australian cinemas last week, begins by invoking déjà vu. The shock-doc-jock presents images of political rallies on the evening prior to the 2016 US presidential election, as people prepare for the supposedly inevitable: the election of Hillary Clinton as President of the United States.

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First Man film review: Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong biopic is big on thrills and short on heart

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What is more important for a filmmaker: telling an interesting story in interesting ways, or attempting to evoke the sensation that ‘you were there’? In his historical drama First Man, about the career and various NASA missions of astronaut and first man on the moon Neil Armstrong (played by a workman-like, restraint-exhibiting Ryan Gosling), director

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Ladies in Black film review

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Bruce Beresford has a repertoire of films that stretch from broad and iconic comedies (The Adventures of Barry McKenzie) to brilliant and nuanced relationship studies (Tender Mercies and the Oscar-winning Driving Miss Daisy among them). Despite his extraordinary track-record, it has taken him 25 years to pull together the financing to adapt Australian writer-expat, Madeleine

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Funny Cow film review: a morbidly gloomy drama about a struggling female comedian

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Director Adrian Shergold’s morbidly gloomy drama Funny Cow follows a working class female comedian as she struggles through the Northern England stand-up scene circa the 1970s. Tony Pitts’ screenplay paints a general picture of life on skid row, rather than a particular insight into the craft of comedy or what motivates joke-makers to flagellate themselves in

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Ant-Man and the Wasp film review: tiny ideas in second film starring Marvel’s miniature hero

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The first appearance of the miniature superhero Ant-Man was in a 1962 comic book called Tales to Astonish, published five years after The Incredible Shrinking Man arrived in cinemas. This classic midnight movie is famous for scenes featuring the titular protagonist battling a spider with a pin raided from a sewing kit, and navigating comparatively huge household

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New Melbourne International Film Festival director appointed

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The board of Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) has announced the appointment of Al Cossar as the festival’s new artistic director. He takes up the position formally in October. Cossar has been acting as interim artistic director of this year’s festival for the outgoing MIFF director, Michelle Carey, who took maternity leave in October 2017. She has held the

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