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Infinity Pool is gluttonous, psychosexual excess: Sundance Film Festival Review

January 26, 2023

The wealthy whites and their easy skewering is a narrative mentality that we have been witness to in a variety of practices as of late.  But unlike The White Lotus and The Menu, two of the most recent examples of such a temperament, Brandon Cronenberg‘s Infinity Pool pushes further past being just a little wicked […]

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Fair Play is an intense, gripping thriller from Chloe Domont: Sundance Film Festival Review

January 26, 2023

Fair Play tells the story of a recently engaged young couple Emily and Luke (Phoebe Dynevor and Alden Ehrenreich) who both work at a corporate hedge fund in secret. As they witness a fellow employee crash and burn and is let go of their job, a new spot for PM has opened up, leaving a […]

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Shayda is a touching and harrowing look into the tribulations of Iranian women: Sundance Film Festival Review

January 26, 2023

Shayda tells the story of our titular heroine (Zar Amir Ebrahimi), an Iranian woman who is living in Australia with her 6-year-old daughter Mona (Selina Zahednia). She resides in a women’s shelter after having fled from Iran to hide from her husband Hossein (Osamah Sami) and she tries to establish a normal life for her […]

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Run Rabbit Run trips over due to lack of originality and well-done drama: Sundance Film Festival Review

January 26, 2023

Run Rabbit Run tells the story of Sarah (Sarah Snook), a fertility doctor and single mother who is trying to maintain a carefree existence for herself and her daughter Mia (Lily LaTorre). The two start to celebrate by planning Mia’s seventh birthday, with Sarah’s ex-husband Peter (Damon Herriman) his partner and their child in attendance. […]

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The Pod Generation is an amusing, if thematically lacking sci-fi satire on impending parenthood: Sundance Film Festival Review

January 26, 2023

Set in 22nd century New York, The Pod Generation tells the story of Rachel (Emilia Clarke) and Alvy (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a happy couple who live in a future where technology has become overabundant in terms of efficiency and convenience. Rachel is a rising executive at the Womb Center and Alvy is a botanist with a […]

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Thrice announce The Artist in the Ambulance 20th Anniversary Tour

January 26, 2023

California post-hardcore legends Thrice have announced yesterday that they will be heading to Australia this September for The Artist in the Ambulance 20th Anniversary Tour, hosted by SBM Presents. The band will be performing their seminal record in its entirety across five dates in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Featuring the hits “Stare at […]

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Hamlet

Fringe World review: Bogan Shakespeare Presents: Hamlet is a clever, light-hearted take on the classic play

January 25, 2023

It’s always a risk to adapt a Shakespeare classic, as there are so many other versions to compete with—how can you find something new to say? Well, it’s never been said in bogan… Bogan Shakespeare Presents: Hamlet takes the most formal, complex material and transforms it into over-the-top Aussie slang, complete with local references and […]

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You can now sit in the cockpit of a retired British Airlines Concorde in New York City

January 25, 2023

One of the most recent attractions to open its doors at the Intrepid Air & Space Museum on the waters of Manhattan in New York City, is an updated experience for one of the 20 Concorde jets built in the 70s and retired in 2003. The British Airways jet – a record breaking Concorde Alpha […]

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Interview: Cate Blanchett and Nina Hoss on Tár; “You have to know when people can take a harsh criticism or when they’re not ready to hear that.”

January 25, 2023

Nominated for her record eighth Academy Award for her latest role as Lydia Tár, Cate Blanchett‘s turn as the titular character in Todd Field’s Tár is a tour-de-force performance that speaks to the strive for perfection within the world of art and a female’s abuse of power. As the film releases nationally in Australia, Peter […]

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Interview: Todd Field on Tár, writing for Cate Blanchett, and tackling female abuse of power

January 25, 2023

Tár, set in the international world of classical music, centers on Lydia Tár, widely considered one of the greatest living composer/conductors and first-ever female chief conductor of a major German orchestra. Enveloped by a career-best Cate Blanchett in her Golden Globe-winning (and now Oscar nominated) performance, Tár is brought to the screen by director Todd […]

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Film Review: Cate Blanchett devours Tár whole and spits it out with a venom that addresses “cancel culture” and female toxicity

January 25, 2023

There’s a lot to digest within the 158 minutes of Todd Field‘s ambitious Tár, so much so that lead Cate Blanchett practically devours it whole and spits out a venomous toxicity in return.  It’s an, at-times, icy black comedy and a tragic character study melded within the cancel culture mentality and the #MeToo movement.  It […]

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Interview: Director Shekhar Kapur on What’s Love Got To Do With It? and the emotional throughline of his varied career

January 25, 2023

How do you find lasting love in today’s world? For documentary-maker and dating app addict Zoe (Lily James), swiping right has only delivered an endless stream of Mr Wrongs, to her eccentric mother Cath’s (Emma Thompson) dismay. For Zoe’s childhood friend and neighbour Kaz (Shazad Latif), the answer is to follow his parents’ example and […]

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Persona 4 Golden Review: The best way to play an established masterpiece

January 25, 2023

Up until this very day, Persona 4 Golden holds a very special place in my heart. I’m not a huge fan of the JRPG genre as a whole, but more so titles within the genre. As a result, Persona 4 Golden stands as my favourite Persona game to date and my favourite game on the […]

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Romanie shares endearing tribute “Anthony” and five things you didn’t know about her

January 25, 2023

Melbourne indie-pop artist Romanie has returned with the heartfelt single “Anthony”, her first new music since 2021 debut EP Little Big Steps (which we premiered right here). The latest offering – released 12 January – is a story about dementia and an endearing tribute to her grandfather who passed away from the disease last year. […]

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Persona 3 Portable Review: A worthy port that shows slight signs of age

January 25, 2023

While Persona 4 Golden stands as one of my favourite JRPG titles of all time, I feel as though I never gave Persona 3 Portable a fair chance. This time around, I was delighted to find that this entry holds up in many ways, thanks to its deep and nuanced combat and dark story, even […]

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WWE 2K23 announced with John Cena as cover star

January 25, 2023

It only feels like we recently reviewed WWE 2K22, but it turns out 2K Sports are ready for yet another round. WWE 2K23 has been announced, with legendary wrestler John Cena set to grace this year’s cover. Before we go any further, yes we agree, we couldn’t see him on the cover art either. WWE […]

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EA Sports PGA Tour Preview: Return to the fairway

January 25, 2023

EA Sports’ golfing games may have missed the spotlight for the better part of seven years, but that won’t stop the franchise from heading back onto the fairway for another round. We recently got an inside look at EA Sports PGA Tour, as they unpacked the new and exciting features, licenses, gameplay and inclusions that […]

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Universal Studios reveals new micro parks and Super Nintendo World Hollywood details

January 25, 2023

It’s been a busy few years for Universal Studios, as the theme park side of the company (Universal Parks & Resorts) continues to expand the size and scope of operations. Once just a backlot tour in Hollywood, Universal Parks can now be found in 5 cities around the world, with their latest Beijing location opening […]

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Film Review: What’s Love Got To Do With It? is an agreeable romantic comedy that answers its own question with charm and vigour

January 25, 2023

Don’t let the title fool you, What’s Love Got To Do With It? has nothing to do with Tina Turner.  Instead, the titular question is a rhetorical of sorts that documentary filmmaker Zoe (Lily James) ponders when she hears that her life-long best friend (Shazad Latif‘s Kaz) is interested in an arranged marriage, and subsequently […]

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Magazine Dreams is a brutal, affecting drama bolstered by the terrifyingly perfect Jonathan Majors: Sundance Film Festival Review

January 24, 2023

A brutal movie to endure, Elijah Bynum‘s Magazine Dreams speaks to the strive for physical perfection within men and how such toxicity can consume them from the inside out. On that outside, Killian Maddox (Jonathan Majors in a demanding, raw performance that should already be favourited come award season next year) has the type of […]

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Win a double in-season pass to see Brendan Fraser’s acclaimed performance in The Whale

January 24, 2023

Thanks to Madman Films we have 10 double in-season passes (Admit 2) to see the new drama The Whale, starring Brendan Fraser in his acclaimed comeback role and directed by Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, mother!), in cinemas from February 2nd, 2023. A reclusive English teacher living with severe obesity attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage […]

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Mad Cats is a high-art-meets-low-brow martial arts extravaganza of melodramatic proportions: Slamdance Film Festival Review

January 23, 2023

Sometimes an artist’s vision is best conveyed through the use of metaphorical imagery.  Reiki Tsuno is not one of those artists! Leaning bombastically far into literal chaos and absurdity, Tsuno’s Mad Cats is a high-art-meets-low-brow martial arts extravaganza that embraces melodramatic nonsense – and is all the better for it. When he receives a message […]

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Ben Stevenson shares five tips for planning a funeral ahead of Ratbag

January 23, 2023

Coffs Harbour comedian Ben Stevenson is coping with grief in the best way that he knows how: through comedy. Using his wit as an outlet for the emotions surrounding the loss of his mother, Stevenson created Ratbag – a stand-up routine combining the darkest point in his life with uplifting stories from his childhood. The […]

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Sometimes I Think About Dying‘s at-times tedious pace doesn’t take away its emotional resonance in tackling the themes of social anxiety: Sundance Film Festival Review

January 22, 2023

Whilst it isn’t always moving at a tolerable pace, nor does it necessarily answer the questions it raises throughout, Rachel Lambert‘s at-times dreamy dramedy Sometimes I Think About Dying still manages an emotional resonance as it tackles social anxiety and the feeling of disconnection that can stem from such. Daisy Ridley – in a beautiful, […]

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Photo Gallery: Elana Stone + Butternut Sweetheart – Seymour Nights (21.01.23)

January 22, 2023

Seymour Nights in association with Sydney Festival has produced an outstanding series of free concerts this January at the Seymour Centre in Chippendale. Last night it was Elana Stone and Butternut Sweetheart who graced the stage. The weather nearly got the better of proceedings, with a downpour curtailing Butternut Sweetheart’s set.  The advantage of an […]

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Mahogany Drive is a layered comedy detailing racial and gender bias on a subconscious level: Slamdance Film Festival Review

January 22, 2023

The unexplained corpse of a white woman at the feet of three Black gentlemen doesn’t look good.  Four dead white women looks even worse, and it’s a situation at the centre of Mahogany Drive that writer/director/star Jerah Milligan navigates with precise wit and a social commentary that doesn’t quite travel where we expect it to. Before […]

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5 International Tours not to miss in Australia this February

January 20, 2023

The international tours are back and there are some incredible acts touring Australia in February. We’ve picked five of our favourites bands and artists  that are performing. Ed Sheeran Hundreds of thousands of tickets have been sold to Ed Sheeran’s upcoming stadium + – = ÷ x Tour – (pronounced ‘The Mathematics Tour’). It’s going to be […]

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Dizzy

New Music Discoveries 20th January: Dizzy, DMA’S, Dulcie and more

January 20, 2023

Happy New Year! We’re back from our summer break and we’ve had ten new tracks added to our Discovery playlist on Spotify and Apple Music. Our Track of the Week is “Birthmark” from Ontario-based band Dizzy.  The vocals from lead singer Katie Munshaw are gorgeous, with a constant beat, dreamy feels and modern production as […]

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Film Review: Shotgun Wedding offsets its traditional romantic comedy sensibilities with bloodshed and a scene-stealing Jennifer Coolidge

January 20, 2023

If there’s one thing you can rely on when it comes to the romantic comedy genre, it’s that if there’s a wedding involved Jennifer Lopez can’t be too far from the fray.  The reliable superstar knows how to play the genre game, but if any audiences are concerned that Shotgun Wedding will play things a […]

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Ghostface is “something different” in first full-length Scream VI trailer

January 20, 2023

After 27 years of slicing and dicing his (and sometimes her) variety of assorted victims over 5 films, it’s nice to see the iconic Ghostface rebrand themselves as “something different”; at least that’s what’s being promised to returning franchise player Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) in the first full-length trailer for Scream VI, the hotly anticipated […]

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