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Film Review: Woman in Gold

Fantastic work from Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds isn’t quite enough to save Maria Altman’s fascinating, true story from the awful screenplay. More than 50 years after the end of the Holocaust, Maria (Mirren) and her inexperienced lawyer, Randy Schoenberg (Reynolds) embark upon a major battle to have the artwork …

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The Five Weirdest Acts of Eurovision 2015

What’s not to love about Eurovision, the only song competition where all white attire is almost an unspoken dress code, where people sing about cheesecake and there are more feathers than can be seen in an aviary? Every year the leather spiked heels get higher, the suits and dresses get …

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The Review: Wild Tales

Humorously unsettling. Two words are all that’s needed to describe this movie. Wild Tales, by Damián Szifron, is not a new film, however it is new to Australia and set to release today. Wild Tales was released in 2014 in Argentina, winning 10 awards and is now nominated for an Oscar. …

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The Review: Theatresports 30th Anniversary World Cup

Saturday 2nd May saw the wild collision of the world’s greatest names in Improvisation in the inaugural Theatresports World Cup. Hosted by Theatresports legend Andrew O’Keefe, it was a night that left your cheeks with the aching pain acquired only through laughter. Theatresports, for those who don’t know, is a …

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Film Review: Testament of Youth

Testament of Youth is based on Vera Brittain’s WWI memoir; it took fifteen years to write, so painful were her memories. It’s a stunning, searing look at the futility of war; an epic that explores young lives cut short and the agony of those left behind. James Kent’s first feature …

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Film Review: Partisan

From Australian filmmaker Ariel Kleiman comes Partisan, his directorial debut which explores the gritty and grimy reality of an Eastern European cloistered cult. The film unfolds like origami, a little at first, and then all at once. At the outset, it delivers frustratingly little in the way of plot, and is instead …

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Film Review: The Longest Ride

Movies based on Nicholas Sparks’ novels are a genre unto themselves. For a normal person, who is, y’know, cynical, it’s easy to write them off as melodramatic messes that aren’t worth your time. But The Longest Ride is not only palatable, it is also relatable and even enjoyable. It does …

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The Review: An Evening With Stephen Hawking(‘s Hologram)

It’s a Sunday night and I’m in the same room as Stephen Hawking. Well, kinda. I’m sitting in Sydney’s Opera House, whilst Professor Hawking is in his United Kingdom home. So how could we possibly be in the same place, at the same time? HOLOGRAM, DER! It’s like finding a …

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Film Review: The DUFF

The Duff desperately wants to achieve a Mean Girls-like status, but is let down from the start by an array on cringe-worthy moments that can’t be overcome by some cute pop culture references and Mae Whitman.

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Weightless Review

Weightless is a contemporary novel that encapsulates what it means to be a teen in today’s technologically savvy world. Keeping with the times, Sarah Bannan is able to use Facebook to illustrate how cyberbullying works, in a way that is realistic and believable. She doesn’t resort to dramatics or over-the-top, …

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Insurgent Review

It’s always hard to be the middle in a set of three. The middle film in the Divergent Series, Insurgent, may not be the best of the series, but at least it’s a better middle sibling than Kim Kardashian. It does fall into some of the traps of being the …

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Toys Through Time Review

Get in touch with you inner child – c’mon, we all have one. Hell, some of us still are children. The Sydney Living Museums knows that, and will amuse it with the Toys Through Time exhibition until 9 August. This exhibition will rekindle memories for the older generation and give …

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Les Mis Review

From Victor Hugo’s 1862 tale of extreme poverty, loss and redemption comes the 2015 extravaganza of Les Miserables that moved an audience to tears and more than one standing ovation. This dynamic reimagining of the original story broke international box office records, has been seen by over 65 million people …

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Girls Season Recap

When season three ended, all four girls were left in a shaky spot. After a debut season that was applauded internationally the next two seasons got really dark, really fast but that being said, Iowa roars back as one of the strongest episodes with its quick wit and dynamic jokes. …

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The Review: ‘Would You Like a Tour’

It only took six whole years, but boy did he make up for lost time – that’s right, Drizzy Drake landed on Aussie soil recently, with fellow hip hop artists, 2Chainz and P Reign in tow. The overwhelmingly flannel-clad, timber-wearing attendees were treated to a super fresh two hour set …

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Transformers: Age of Extinction Review

The fourth instalment of a franchise is rarely hailed for its quality and Transformers is no exception. A painfully long 2 hour and 45 minute runtime, not aided by a trigger-happy slo-mo operator, is persistently padded with unnecessary side plots and feeble character development. Once more, director Michael Bay has …

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Review

The eighth title in the franchise, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, is arguably one of its best. Director Matt Reeves’ effort displays a remarkable respect for intelligent, engaging and emotive story dragging the audience through the complex psyche of its characters. Set some years after the previous instalment, …

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Lucy Film Review

Lucy can be compared to IGA’s tasty, crispy chicken fingers. You get excited for them, they have all the right ingredients and you believe in them so much, but they really don’t make any sense – chickens don’t have fingers. Scarlett Johansson plays Lucy, an innocent girl whose attraction to …

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All This Mayhem Review

What’s better than becoming the number one skateboarder in the world? Having your brother as number two and knocking Tony Hawk off his perch in the process. That was the case for Melbourne born Tas Pappas before it all came tumbling down in one of the most tragic stories in …

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22 Jump Street Review

21 Jump Street was possibly the most self-referential Hollywood film ever made. Until now. 22 Jump Street is exactly the same as the first film – even the characters keep saying ‘This is exactly the same as the last case. Exactly the same.’ – but that’s half the fun. It’s …

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Edge of Tomorrow Review

Based on a Japanese novel, All You Need Is Kill, Edge of Tomorrow is a two-hour whirlwind of guns, aliens, explosions and time travel. You’d be forgiven for thinking that this would be a mindless romp through well-trodden paths. But with some stunning visual effects (the aliens are a real …

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The Fault In Our Stars Review

Thanks to Book World, I was given the opportunity to view an exclusive pre-screening of The Fault in Our Stars before its June 5th release in Australia. Guys, if you take away just one word from this review, let it be ‘beautiful’. Everything about it was beautiful – the casting, …

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Dragon Dictate Review

Once I realised that Dragon Dictate wasn’t actually technology enabling me to speak to my laptop in the voice of Smaug, there was the question of how professional I looked wearing the headband-style microphone (yes, the ones telemarketers wear). Once I perfected my ‘Welcome to McDonald’s Drive Thru, can I …

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Godzilla Review

I managed to snag 2 free boxes of popcorn at the Godzilla premiere! That was probably the highlight of my night… First of all, I was expecting a badass, muscular, ‘I’m here to f#@k shit up’, Godzilla; instead I got a slow, fat, proportion changing lizard who’d forgotten leg day. …

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