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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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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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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