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Latest Movies & Streaming Reviews

Solid, attractive bio-doc ‘Playing with Sharks’ pays overdue tribute to pioneer diver, conservationist and shark expert Valerie Taylor

My little friend: Valerie Taylor’s life-long love of sharks is featured in the documentary ‘Playing with Sharks’. PLAYING WITH SHARKS: ...
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Amidst the mayhem, the fun new ‘Fast & Furious’ has moments where all the chasing & crashing & crunching achieve a weird balletic grace

Over easy: A truck has braking issues in the long-delayed ‘Fast & Furious 9’. FAST & FURIOUS 9 **** (143 ...
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Beautiful, moving Kiwi drama ‘Cousins’ a subdued celebration of family connection; includes video interview with the directors

Lost spirit: Mata (Tanea Heke) yearns for home in the New Zealand drama ‘Cousins’. COUSINS **** (98 minutes) M The ...
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‘Heroic Losers’: a fun, revenge-fuelled caper comedy

Caper crusaders: A gang of swindled investors scheme against a banker in ‘Heroic Losers’. HEROIC LOSERS (LA ODISEA DE LOS ...
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Latest Video Interviews

Making the low-budget drama ‘Cousins’ involved, spirit, community, culture and saying “F.U.” to the establishment: interview with co-directors Ainsley Gardiner & Briar Grace-Smith

High Spirits: co-directors Ainsley Gardiner (left) and Briar Grace-Smith. Says Gardiner: “There is a hierarchical structure that relies on a ...
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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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Latest Articles & Commentary

The Brief Debrief: ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ was a fun-filled melange of dumplings, cheating and bungling – but is Sir Alan Sugar going soft?

We saw what you did: Martha Kalifatidis feels the heat but dodges a firing on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’. Of all the ...
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Why you & everyone you know should be watching ‘Celebrity Apprentice Australia’, the show that redefines what “celebrity” now is

Happy together: Sir Alan Sugar and the gang from ‘Celebrity Apprentice Australia’. (Composited image) News just in that a new ...
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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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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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