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The Picasso Century – an overview of a remarkable NGV exhibition

Man of powers: The wide-ranging influence of one of the 20th century’s defining artists is explored in ‘The Picasso Century’ ...
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Sweet, social-realist romance with ‘Ali & Ava’; Likeable, if predictable mentor-student tale in fashion drama ‘Haute Couture’

Perfect mismatch: Adeel Akhta and Claire Rushbrook star in the rom-drama ‘Ali & Ava’. ALI & AVA *** (94 minutes) ...
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Full of weasel words and pub test fails, the Rebel Wilson/SMH fiasco cries to be filmed – and where’s Sir Alan Sugar when Nine needs him?

Not so funny: Rebel Wilson, at the centre of a story she didn’t sign up for. Imagine, for a moment, ...
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Very funny and on-point, ‘Ricky Gervais: SuperNature’ is catnip for fans, while the angry reaction it has provoked from the cancel culture crowd provides a telling case study in impotent rage

Straight talk: Ricky Gervais unleashes his brand of unfiltered comedy in ‘SuperNature’. RICKY GERVAIS: SUPERNATURE ***1/2 (65 minutes) MA It’s ...
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With ‘Ambulance’ action-movie supremo Michael Bay unleashes another hyper-kinetic boom-crash opera with no room for rest breaks

Brothers in arms: Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in Michael Bay’s ‘Ambulance’. AMBULANCE ***1/2 (136 minutes) MA However frenetic ...
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Swift, frenetic ‘Sonic 2’ serves up more of the same and then some, including a revved up Jim Carrey and a rival scene stealer

Scene stealer: Jim Carrey returns for more cheesy overacting in ‘Sonic 2’. SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 ***1/2 (122 minutes) PG ...
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OSCARS 2022: Some notes on who will, who won’t, who should and who shouldn’t win at Hollywood’s rapidly diminishing Night of Nights

Long shot: The odds are against it, yet low-budget drama ‘Coda’ could deliver an upset. There are lots of grand, ...
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Set in a Washington D.C. that looks suspiciously like Melbourne, the latest Liam Neeson action pic ‘Blacklight’ is a mediocre offering

Run, run, run: Liam Neeson and Emmy Raver-Lampman in ‘Blacklight’. BLACKLIGHT * (104 minutes) M There is obviously a powerful ...
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‘Rifkin’s Festival’ reworks many of Woody Allen’s favourite themes in a witty comedy about an old grouch in a crisis over his dying marriage

Death becomes him: Wallace Shawn and Christoph Waltz star in Woody Allen’s ‘Rifkin’s Festival’. RIFKIN’S FESTIVAL *** (92 minutes) PG-13 ...
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