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Lion filmmaker: “What’s important is just accepting people, no matter where they come from”
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Lion filmmaker: “What’s important is just accepting people, no matter where they come from”

Saroo Brierley’s story is every parent’s nightmare. In 1987, aged five, he was separated from his brother at a train station in India and ended up destitute on the streets of Kolkata. Adopted by a Tasmanian couple, 25 years later he used Google Earth to try to track down his birth family, a search he recounted in his autobiographical book A Long Way Home. Now Melbourne-based director Garth Davis tells Saroo’s story with his feature film debut Lion.... 

Boxing Day movies ranked best to worst
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Boxing Day movies ranked best to worst

We get that the post-Christmas movie serves multiple purposes – heat relief, child minding, desperate attempt at family bonding – but if you want our honest opinions on the day's big releases, here they are...

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Here's the verdict on the new, gritty installment in the rapidly expanding saga

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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...

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

Jackie
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Jackie

Right from the beginning of Pablo Larraín’s near-experimental stunner, you can tell you’re in for a psychodrama of strange, hypnotic intimacy

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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
Allied
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Allied

What’s your pleasure: a frothy spy romance or a grim World War II drama? How about both at once? 

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
A United Kingdom
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A United Kingdom

It's a story of forbidden romance and political intrigue in far-flung locations

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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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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

Moonlight
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Moonlight

Barry Jenkins’s exquisite coming-of-age drama is a heartbreaker 

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Lion
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Lion

When, in 1986, five-year-old Saroo (Sunny Pawar) gets on the wrong train at a station in Buhanpur, Northern India, he finds himself 1,600km from home

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Manchester by the Sea
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Manchester by the Sea

An emotional powerhouse with the weave of great literature has a complex central performance to match cinema’s all-time great brooders

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars

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The Munich Brahaus will be celebrating Australia Day with an all day party in the beer hall and beyond. They'll be hosting a special summer barbecue from 2pm, dishing out grilled corn on the cob, bratwurst, grilled chicken, veggie skewers and more delicious summer food. There will also be a drinks special which includes a peach, strawberry, mango and passionfruit Summer Schnapps Bellinis and buckets of craft beer including the Munich Lager. You can also stay tuned into Triple J’s Hottest 100 throughout the day, which will be streaming right across the dining hall, beer garden and bars. If you're a sports fan, you can also catch the Australian Open semi-final, screened live all day.

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Experience royally good entertainment at Kingpin Bowling

It’s bowling but, not as you know it. Kingpin at Crown Melbourne has undergone a major makeover that now boasts four luxe entertainment spaces to bowl, wine and dine. Open seven days a week from 10am to 2am, Kingpin is crowned by The Hub; a contemporary party area featuring 12 state-of-the-art bowling lanes and over 3,000 bowling pins secured to the ceiling. Punters can sit and dine or order mouth-watering dishes and cocktails straight to their lanes. The menu features share dishes (think hot wings, nachos and sliders), a barbecue pork rib feast for you and your crew and slow cooked beef brisket. Kick back at the Patrón sponsored cocktail bar, Room 300, and select from a delicious drinks menu or order cocktails on tap. Table and bottle service is available for those seeking the royal treatment or, you can book your VIP crew into Pins Royale; an exclusive event space fitted with mahogany lanes and gold bowling balls. If you need a break from the lanes, there are also pool tables to test your skills, while a DJ spins all night. Revellers can also play on at Playtime. Choose your weapon, enter a new reality, shoot old school hoops or experience cutting-edge driving games with over 150 games to keep you entertained.

The Art of Banksy

The Art of Banksy

A Banksy retrospective, featuring more than 80 of his best-known works, and exhibited in a gallery space. Does it sound like something that the British artist – an anti-establishment icon – would ever approve?  No, it doesn’t – and it’s not. The Art of Banksy is an entirely unauthorised exhibition, curated by the famously anonymous artist’s former agent, Steve Lazarides. The pair, who are both from Bristol, go back many years to the days when Lazarides took photos of Banksy’s work for the now-defunct Sleazenation magazine. These days, he owns Lazarides Rathbone gallery in London, and is recognised as a key figure in bringing street art into galleries. Several years ago, he realised that many of his clients owned Banksy works, some of which had never been seen by the public. Soon, the idea of doing a retrospective took hold. Lazarides didn’t feel the need to seek Banksy’s approval – not that he would’ve received it anyway. For reasons he’d rather not talk about, the pair haven’t spoken for eight years. “He probably fucking hates it,” he says, laughing. “But I think [Banksy] genuinely belongs to the general public. He made himself public property…  and I haven’t taken anything off the street – I’ve just put a collection of works together for people to enjoy the art of Banksy.”  Not everyone agrees with this sentiment. Two days before the exhibition opened, Melbourne street artist Matt ‘Adnate’ painted a version of Caravaggio’s 'The Taking of Christ' directly onto the entranc