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American Essentials Film Festival

American Essentials Film Festival

A US documentary about Australia’s James Bond is among the highlights of the American Essentials Film Festival, which brings the best of American independent cinema to Australia

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Jordan Peele: “Can you make a horror movie where white people are the bad guys?”
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Jordan Peele: “Can you make a horror movie where white people are the bad guys?”

With Get Out, Jordan Peele has become the most successful debut director in US box office history. We meet the comedian-turned-horror filmmaker to talk about the tricky race politics behind his sensational film

Essential Kurosawa: Selected by David Stratton

Essential Kurosawa: Selected by David Stratton

Catch up on some of the all-time jewels of Japanese cinema

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Film lovers can watch films for $6 on Kino Cinema's 30th anniversary
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Film lovers can watch films for $6 on Kino Cinema's 30th anniversary

To celebrate their three decades in Melbourne CBD, the arthouse cinema will be selling movie tickets and snacks at 1987 prices 

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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

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

You can't hide basic script flaws with FM radio classics

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Rules Don't Apply
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Rules Don't Apply

Warren Beatty tackles the legend of Howard Hughes

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Things to Come
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Things to Come

This delightful film from French filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve is built around the star power of Isabelle Huppert 

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Raw
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Raw

This shocking feminist horror thriller will test the strongest of stomachs

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Berlin Syndrome
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Berlin Syndrome

There's style and eroticism but not much suspense in Cate Shortland's abduction drama

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

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

Get Out
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Get Out

White suburbia is the scariest place of all

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
John Wick: Chapter Two
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John Wick: Chapter Two

No, they haven’t come for his cat this time

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars

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Alluvial Restaurant

At Alluvial Restaurant the past never feels far away. You’ll find the dining room located between Collins Street’s Rialto and Winfield buildings, both of which were built in the 1890s during the twilight years of Melbourne’s gold rush; the former is designed in Venetian neo-gothic style. Once a laneway, Alluvial Restaurant is now a soaring glass atrium, running all the way from Collins Street to Flinders Lane. Look up, and you’ll notice floors of five-star hotel rooms that once served as wool and wheat stores. Look down, and you might miss another of Alluvial Restaurant’s secrets: beneath the floorboards is the original bluestone cobbled laneway. While Alluvial Restaurant embraces its history, there is nothing passé about chef Tijn Bremmers’ menu, which takes inspiration from Melbourne’s many diverse cultures and brings them to life using local produce, fresh herbs from the hotel’s rooftop garden and honey harvested from their rooftop beehives. Start with finely sliced kingfish ceviche, topped with thin ribbons of cucumber and flanked by button-sized dollops of zingy lemon gel. Seafood lovers will also jump on the squid ink linguine – heirloom tomatoes and crayfish butter providing a rich sauce to the fat tiger prawns. Moreton Bay bugs come adorned with flavoursome crisp chicken skin, along with mild, melt-in-your-mouth pumpkin ravioli. And those crunchy, smoked paprika fries with garlic aioli? Follow your instinct and order them. When it comes to choosing a wine from the 1

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Here's what it's like to try opera for the first time
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Here's what it's like to try opera for the first time

Opera is one of our most revered forms of culture. But with great reputation comes a high intimidation-factor. At Time Out, we’re lucky enough to have seen plenty of operas, so we know it’s not all valkyries in horned helmets and heavy breast armour. But we also know not everyone has been so lucky. Like Shakespeare, The Iliad and The Odyssey or Jane Austen, opera has worked itself so deeply into our pop-cultural imaginations that most of us can probably recognise Bizet’s ‘Habanera’ aria, or the twisty plotting of Cosi Fan Tutte without necessarily knowing where it came from. Given this sense of familiarity, we figured that for most people, seeing a famous opera for the first time will feel more like reconnecting with an old friend than meeting someone new. To test the theory, we gathered together four young creative types, with very different backgrounds, from three different cities, with one thing in common: they’d never been to the opera as an adult. We brought them all to Sydney for Opera Australia’s production of Puccini’s La Boheme and filmed the results.   Melburnian Ali Barter may make grungy guitar pop now, but the Girlie Bits singer is also a classically trained soprano. As a kid, she’d actually appeared on stage in an opera, but she’d never seen one performed before. “I imagine I’m going to be blown away by their technical ability,” she told us before the show. True to her word, she came out impressed. “Just their breathing ability… it was incredible. Now I kn

Cabaret the Musical
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Cabaret the Musical

Transport yourself to the last days of bohemian hedonism in pre-Nazi Berlin when Kander and Ebb's great musical Cabaret comes to the Athenaeum Theatre. The Melbourne run will see Paul Capsis take on the role of the louche Emcee of the Kit Kat Klub, and Chelsea Gibb playing the Klub's star attraction, Sally Bowles.  Expect plenty of jazz hands, skimpy costumes, feather boas and famous numbers such as 'Willkomen', 'Money (Makes the World Go Around)' and 'Don't Tell Mama'. Choreography is by Kelley Abbey and musical direction by Lindsay Partridge.  If you really want to make a night out of it, make sure you book one of the Kit Kat Club Tables, which will have you seated front and centre, right up in the action. Find out more about Cabaret the Musical.