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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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A few last minute ideas for Arts Minister Mitch Fifield ahead of the Federal Budget

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In this edited extract from Currency House’s Platform Papers, the cultural economist David Throsby, a Distinguished Professor of Economics at Macquarie University, reviews Australia’s fraught attempts to deliver a sustainable, wide-ranging arts and cultural policy – and on the eve of Budget 2018, points to where we could go from here. The last national cultural policy was

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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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Art and mental health issues, they seem to go together

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Anglicare’s artsandminds.org.au in Brisbane has produced a web-series and a billboard campaign across the city to tell of artists and their commitment to increasing awareness of mental health. The church organisation has paired five emerging artists affected by mental health issues with five established artists to create artworks that will be auctioned at an event on May 31. The five

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