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Hot damn: A hot tub cinema is coming to Melbourne
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Hot damn: A hot tub cinema is coming to Melbourne

Does anyone else think this winter is especially brutal? Never fear, we have a (warm) alternative. A hot tub cinema is coming guys, so get your bikinis and boardies ready. The Hot Tub Cinema Club is launching in Melbourne after a successful run in Sydney earlier this month. This new venture promises punters the opportunity to experience top-notch movies from the comfort of a steaming hot tub. Each show includes a free drink on arrival, in-tub food and drink service, onsite lockers and changing rooms, plus a pretty unbeatable cinema experience on top of that.  The cinema will be running exclusive showings that will be sold on a first come, first serve basis with ticket information and details to be released in the coming weeks. To get an idea of the vibe, Sydney's program included cult favourites like Mean Girls, Anchorman, Die Hard and Ferris Bueller's Day Off. You can sign up for pre-release tickets via their website right now.  While we don't have the confirmed dates or films just yet, we're pretty sure Hot Tub Cinema Club is going to be the hot ticket item this winter. Just don't forget your swimmers!  ICYMI Melbourne's get its first axe throwing centre. Film fan? Check out the full program for the Melbourne International Film Festival here.

The full program of Melbourne International Film Festival 2017 is here
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The full program of Melbourne International Film Festival 2017 is here

Director Michelle Carey has unveiled the full program for MIFF 2017, which kicks off on August 3. Tickets go on sale Friday July 14

Celebrate! Studio Ghibli
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Celebrate! Studio Ghibli

Better hail the catbus, jump on your broomstick or a catch convenient nearby wave: the weird, wonderful, magical, so-not-Disney animated movies of Japan's Studio Ghibli are about to take ACMI by storm

Potterfest: A Harry Potter Marathon
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Potterfest: A Harry Potter Marathon

Watching all eight Harry Potter films in one feverish marathon is a bit like taking a roadtrip across the entire country or starting a vegetable patch: it's a feat often talked about, but rarely acted upon

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

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

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.

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

Film screenings and events in Melbourne

Films in cinemas now in Melbourne

War for the Planet of the Apes
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War for the Planet of the Apes

The monkey business is serious, brutal and utterly persuasive in this dazzling third entry of a sci-fi series that's only getting better

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
A Ghost Story
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A Ghost Story

As lovely, mysterious and cosmic as horror movies get

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
A Monster Calls
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A Monster Calls

Or Pan's Labyrinth 2: The Oscar Years

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Dunkirk
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Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan’s harrowing, unusual war film tries hard, with real success, not to feel like just another war movie

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Baby Driver
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Baby Driver

Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright takes the car-chase action film – loaded with tyre squeals – and weds it to a cracking jukebox playlist

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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The 100 best comedy movies
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The 100 best comedy movies

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The 50 best family movies

The 50 best romantic comedies
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The 50 best romantic comedies

The 100 best horror movies
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The 100 best horror movies

The 100 best romantic movies
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The 100 best romantic movies

The 100 best animated movies
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The 100 best animated movies

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

Users say
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Lido Cinemas
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Lido Cinemas

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

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

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

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

Upcoming film releases in Australia

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
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An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

Back with more environmental bad news and a ringing call to action, Al Gore is more interesting than the film surrounding him

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
The Big Sick
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The Big Sick

This dynamite, intimate romantic comedy stars actor-writer Kumail Nanjiani, better known as peevish computer coder Dinesh in Silicon Valley

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars

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You might already enjoy their beer – including Pale Ale, Rogers' and Dog Days – but did you know there's a way to take your Little Creatures love a little deeper? This year the brewery is taking their show on the road with a series of parties that feature live performance art, food and beer at various on-premise locations and festivals across Australia. They're calling it Little Creatures Live – inspired by the original moniker of their very first Pale Ale, brewed their own way with fresh hops flowers and live yeast.  Little Creatures Live will be back in Melbourne very soon. Curious as to what to expect? Check out our recaps below. Or if you can't wait, why not pay a visit to Little Creatures' Geelong or Fremantle breweries? 

The Perth Hitlist: What to do and where to go on a three or five day stay
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The Perth Hitlist: What to do and where to go on a three or five day stay

It’s the only capital city in Australia where you can watch the sun set over the ocean, but that’s not the only reason Perth is now one of the coolest places to visit. Once known only for its pristine beaches, Perth’s love of food and culture is capturing the attention of tastemakers. Blame it on Instagram or the perfect weather – no one can explain how WA’s capital city made its way onto the international radar – but the latest frenzy of new hotel openings, a statewide culinary scene that is booming and a string of new urban projects may provide some clues. Stay a little longer and you can explore ancient caves and award winning wineries just three hours ‘down south’ around Margaret River. // var axel = Math.random() + ""; var a = axel * 10000000000000; document.write(''); //

Where to try Australia’s best beer in Melbourne
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Where to try Australia’s best beer in Melbourne

White Rabbit’s White Ale has been named the Australian Champion Beer for 2017. Refreshing with just a hint of botanicals such as coriander, bitter orange and juniper berry, it’s no wonder it took out the top prize. The citrus-spiced brew originally came from the lush landscape of Healesville, Victoria and has since settled in its new home in Geelong, the White Rabbit Brewery and Barrel Hall. The White Ale has also managed to find its way into the big smoke, becoming a staple craft beer in bars, pubs and bottle shops in inner city Melbourne. Want to try it out? Head to one of these fine establishments. In the CBD, find your pint of White Ale at Beer DeLuxe and Cookie, otherwise head northside to Ichi Ni Nana Izakaya and Upside Rooftop Bar where you can pair your refreshing ale with some delicious Japanese food. If you're hanging around Windsor, head to the Windsor Alehouse, but the best place to try a White Rabbit White Ale right at the source in the Geelong brewery. 

Comedy's biggest names are coming to Melbourne
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Comedy's biggest names are coming to Melbourne

Get ready to laugh until you cry Melbourne, because some of the biggest names in comedy are coming to town this spring. Kicking off the tour on August 21 is Rhys Darby, better known as Murray Hewitt from Flight of the Conchords. Darby is returning to Australia with his new show Mystic Time Bird, a hilarious journey through ancient mysticism and personal epiphanies. If you’re a fan of podcasts, you’re probably onboard the My Favourite Murder bandwagon already. True crime and comedy might seem like an odd pairing of genres, but podcast hosts Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark somehow make it work. Catch them present their podcast live on stage in Melbourne on September 8-9 .  Joel McHale will be splitting sides when he comes to Melbourne on September 12. Best known for his dry and snarky performances on The Soup and Community, McHale is coming to Melbourne as part of his first national Australian tour. Often dubbed as France's answer to Jerry Seinfeld, Gad Elmaleh will be performing a one-off show in Melbourne on September 14. It’s hard to find someone with better comedy chops - Elmaleh’s popularity saw him perform sold-out shows in Paris’ Olympia theatre hall for seven consecutive weeks. Want to see America’s 'top partier' in action? Check out Bert Kreischer when he comes to town on September 14. Said to be the inspiration behind Van Wilder, Kreischer’s wildly hilarious stories make him a regular guest on the Joe Rogan Experience and Rachel Ray Show, as well as havin