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Tully film review: Charlize Theron impresses in a monstrously shot and contrived drama

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Charlize Theron plays a sleep-deprived, overworked and under-loved mother of three young children in Tully, whose spirit is rejuvenated when a ‘night nanny’ provides a panacea for her woes. Screenwriter Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman (their third collaboration, following Juno and Young Adult) revisit Mary Poppins by way of bleary-eyed Middle America, substituting the

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Last Flag Flying film review: Richard Linklater’s old-timer road movie is anti-war and pro-friendship

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The basic editing technique ‘cutting for continuity’ is as much about images we see as the space between them. If a shot is presented of a person about to ascend a flight of stairs, and the next one reveals that person at the top of them, we understand these images are connected. There is no

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Win a double pass to Chappaquiddick (the movie, not the island)

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Anyone familiar with the Ted Kennedy staffer drowning scandal in 1969 on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts (or the brilliant Black Water by Joyce Carol Oates written from the perspective of its victim Mary Jo Kopechne), should want to see this film based on its real life events. Chappaquiddick, its producers say, is a “piercing re-examination of the true events surrounding the most difficult seven days

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Avengers: Infinity War film review: a celebration of mediocrity on a scale the cinema has never seen before

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Has any film series in history pursued the ‘more of everything’ and ‘bigger is better’ ethos as vigorously as the Avengers franchise? The latest installment, Avengers: Infinity War, heralds the arrival of 19 Marvel Cinematic Universe movies in 10 years. Their running times are epic blow-outs, the latest ballooning into an elephantine 160 minutes. Working from a

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The Florida Project DVD Giveaway: a moving drama about real life America

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Director Sean Baker’s acclaimed The Florida Project is set over one summer as it follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Walt Disney World, Florida. It stars Brooklynn Prince and Willem Dafoe. Daily Review has 10

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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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Win a double pass to Breath advance screening in Melbourne tonight!

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Breath is based on Tim Winton’s award-winning novel of the same name and is actor Simon Baker’s feature film directorial debut. It follows two teenage boys, Pikelet (Samson Coulter) and Loonie (Ben Spence), growing up in a remote corner of the Western Australian coast. Hungry for discovery, the pair form an unlikely friendship with Sando (Simon Baker),

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