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13 unmissable summer movies
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13 unmissable summer movies

From tentpole event flicks to Oscar hopefuls, the movies of summer have more to recommend them than two hours of air-conditioned heat relief. Here are Time Out’s top picks of the December-to-February offerings – including our own made-up, cheesy sell lines...

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Moonlight Cinema

Moonlight Cinema

There's nothing quite like a film under the stars in the evening cool of the Botanic Gardens

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Melbourne's getting a drive-in rooftop cinema
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Melbourne's getting a drive-in rooftop cinema

Of course it is.

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McDonald's movie The Founder gives franchise mogul Ray Kroc a good grilling
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McDonald's movie The Founder gives franchise mogul Ray Kroc a good grilling

Ray Kroc was a 52-year-old travelling salesman when he met the McDonald Brothers in 1954. Impressed with the efficiency of their San Bernardino hamburger restaurant, he offered to franchise their restaurants across America. New movie The Founder, written by Robert D Siegel (The Wrestler), tells Ray Kroc’s story, but also the story of the birth of the modern fast food industry and ultimately the dark heart of American corporate practice... 

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Guides for Melbourne movie lovers

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See all of our latest film reviews

Check out the latest releases in Australian cinemas, all reviewed by Time Out critics

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Upcoming film festivals in Melbourne
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Upcoming film festivals in Melbourne

Attention movie buffs: add these excellent Melbourne film festivals to your diary

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The best outdoor cinemas in Melbourne
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The best outdoor cinemas in Melbourne

Catch cult classics, new releases and family favourites under the stars in Melbourne.

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Top ten Aussie films to scare off tourists
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Top ten Aussie films to scare off tourists

A sweaty handful of movies making Tourism Australia's job that little bit harder

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Film screenings and events in Melbourne

Films in cinemas now in Melbourne

Queen of Katwe
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Queen of Katwe

A big-hearted Disney feelgood film is set in one of Uganda's poorest slums

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

It's.... kind of fantastic actually

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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The Fencer
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The Fencer

It's School of Rock with swords instead of guitars

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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I, Daniel Blake
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I, Daniel Blake

Ken Loach rages about the failings of the society around him

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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War on Everyone
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War on Everyone

A messy, raucous dirty-cop comedy on the tail of two masterpieces

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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The best cinemas in Melbourne

Cinema Nova
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Cinema Nova

Melbourne's largest arthouse movie complex also hosts regular films events, special screenings and festivals

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Lido Cinemas
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Lido Cinemas

An arthouse complex complete with a jazz bar, rooftop cinema and Huxtaburger

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The Astor Theatre
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The Astor Theatre

A single-screen Art Deco theatre with a program of new and classic films in 35mm, 70mm and digital

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Coburg Drive-In
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Coburg Drive-In

One of Melbourne's last remaining drive-ins, this is a cinematic experience brimming with nostalgia

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The Sun Theatre
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The Sun Theatre

This pint-sized Art Deco cinema counts Quentin Tarantino among its legion of film-loving fans

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Upcoming film releases in Australia

Paterson
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Paterson

The dependably distinctive and rewarding Jim Jarmusch returns with a lovely, episodic fable about the fragile, relationship between creativity and everyday life

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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The Birth of a Nation
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The Birth of a Nation

Provocative onscreen and off, Nate Parker’s slave-rebellion drama toggles between impressive fury and made-for-TV blandness 

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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La La Land
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La La Land

La La Land is that rare beast: a grown-up movie musical that's not kitschy, a joke or a Bollywood film

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Moana
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Moana

This charming animated family movie is about a teenage Polynesian girl fighting to save her Pacific island’s future 

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Carols at Como Park
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Carols at Como Park

Escape the festive madness and enjoy an evening of Christmas carols with family and friends. The City of Stonnington is proud to present a night of Carols at Como Park, a family friendly occasion that brings loved ones together to celebrate the spirit of Christmas.  This year, Rhonda Burchmore hosts the much-loved event, welcoming an impressive line-up of performers to the stage. Bobby Fox (Jersey Boys), Amy Lehpamer (Sound of Music), Verity Hunt-Ballard (Mary Poppins) and Bert LaBonte (MTC) come together to deliver a wondrous night of carolling in an inner city oasis.  John Thorn stands at the helm as musical director, conducting choral support from the South of the River Choir and musical backing from Stonnington City Brass Orchestra. Frank Di Sario, Greg Ryan and Sam Lemann come together to form the band. The event is free and open to all ages.

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Ben & Jerry's Openair Cinemas

Ben & Jerry's Openair Cinemas

Make the most of the long summer evenings at this cinema (and ice cream parlour) by the sea. The film selection features quirky comedies, new releases and genre-spanning classics. Highlights include Arrival, Nocturnal Animals and Doctor Strange to name just a few. Monday night retro screenings will throwback to classics such as Labyrinth and Elf.  Ben & Jerry's Openair Cinemas will feature a fully licensed bar as well as pizza and salad to sort out your movie and dinner date. They're also hosting weekly Sundae Sessions where live musical acts will cool things down a notch (the free ice cream should also help).   Sunday November 27: Beth Grace DJ set and Keeping Up with the JonesesSunday December 4: Emily Soon and Boys in the TreesSunday December 11: Alexander Biggs and Beth Grace DJ set and ArrivalSunday December 18: Jade Alice and Beth Grace DJ set and War on Everyone  Grown-ups can look forward to a fully stocked bar and there’s plenty of ice cream for film buffs young and old.

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The Canberra Hit List
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The Canberra Hit List

Canberra used to be the punchline of jokes: known only for porn, politicians and legal fireworks. Now the fireworks are restricted and there are far more stimulating things happening outside the adult shops than on their shelves. Canberra in the twenty-teens boasts hipper hotels than Sydney, excellent cafés, some of the best galleries and museums in the country, and, of course, the chance to pick up leaked Federal documents from behind the couch at popular public servant boozers. Because some things never do change. Tigerair's great value daily direct flights between Melbourne and Canberra launch December 8, book one today.

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