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A fine, if occasionally clumsy look at dementia in the Oz comedy-drama ‘June Again’: includes interview with writer/director JJ Winlove

Brief respite: Noni Hazlehurst portrayal a woman with dementia in the comedy-drama ‘June Again’. JUNE AGAIN *** (99 minutes) M ...
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Biopic of future French leader falls flat in the drab drama ‘De Gaulle’

Please listen: Lambert Wilson portrays a young Charles de Gaulle in the biopic ‘De Gaulle’. DE GAULLE *1/2 (109 minutes; ...
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Hilary Swank hits hard with solid B-movie psycho-thriller ‘Fatale’

Here’s trouble: Hilary Swank plays a detective with personal issues in ‘Fatale’. FATALE *** (103 minutes) MA Cheesy as heck ...
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Rugged Frontier drama ‘First Cow’ finds warmth in baking, business and bonding between men; Dickens update falls flat in ‘Twist’

Milking it: John Magaro with bovine co-star in Kelly Reichardt’s ‘First Cow’. FIRST COW ***1/2 (121 minutes) M Above its ...
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Latest Video Interviews

The making of his first feature film ‘June Again’ presented a steeper learning curve than writer/director JJ Winlove expected: interview

“To be able to just switch off that part of my brain and just focus on the directing was such ...
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Beyond the Placemats – the sprawling new art exhibition ‘She-oak and Sunlight’ celebrates the classics while deepening our understanding of Australian Impressionism and rebranding ‘The Heidelberg School’

Saved: ‘Spring’ by Arthur Streeton is one of the classic Australian paintings reclaimed by Michael Varcoe-Cocks, Associate Director of Conservation ...
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Finding joy and human connection amidst all his mud-slinging from that bleak, lonely place: Andrew Wolfe review & interview MICF 2021

“I just like to be the cynic, the jaded, vile antagonist; I don’t think we’ve made the best use of ...
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Emo smoothly delivers confronting comedy without the need to be confronting in ‘Black Santa’: review & interview – MICF 2021

“My comedy is to bring people together, not to divide.” – Emo. Black Santa by Emo – review & interview ...
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Latest Articles & Commentary

Oscars 2021 Postscript: record-low ratings reflect public resentment of New Hollywood WokeThink, but hope is not entirely lost – yet

Oscar love: Roberto Benigni’s reaction when his little film ‘Life Is Beautiful’ won big at the 1999 Oscars. If the ...
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Your comprehensive, 100% honest rundown of the COVID-affected 2021 Oscar race: who’ll win, who won’t and why some films got up

Frontrunner: Anthony Hopkins, a sure bet to take out Best Actor for ‘The Father’. Or… Of all the brave predictions ...
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Beyond the Placemats – the sprawling new art exhibition ‘She-oak and Sunlight’ celebrates the classics while deepening our understanding of Australian Impressionism and rebranding ‘The Heidelberg School’

Saved: ‘Spring’ by Arthur Streeton is one of the classic Australian paintings reclaimed by Michael Varcoe-Cocks, Associate Director of Conservation ...
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Cinemas likely to die and movie pirates likely to pounce with the home release of ‘WW84’, a brave move by Warner Bros that might backfire

Running into trouble: The home release of ‘WW84’ could ignite widespread movie piracy. In what could turn out to be ...
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Latest Comedy

Wrapping his thorny mace of material in the bubble wrap of laughter, Amos Gill proves himself a skilled seller of unfashionable cynicism

Amos Gill: Kept his audience onside through a minefield of hot-button topics. AMOS GILL – THE SHEEPLE’S CHAMPION **** Swiss ...
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The Next Big Thing in comedy might already be here if local stand-up Dahn Rozario has his way. Interview – MICF 2021

“Oh, I want to be, like, the biggest Australian comedian. That’s the goal.” Full of bubbly confidence, comedian Dahn Rozario ...
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The Journeyman Comedian – an interview with veteran comedy scene fixture Terry North

“I was the class clown. I had to be, otherwise I’d get beaten up.” No discussion about the Melbourne comedy ...
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Who needs a secure, high paying job in the petroleum industry when you can do stand-up? Kevin Passman explains – MICF 2021

“What have I sacrificed? A high-paying, dangerous job that I did not like, so it’s not really that much of ...
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