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Spanish Film Festival

Spanish Film Festival

It's been a very strong year for Spanish cinema – here's what, and who, is coming to Melbourne in April

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Irish Film Festival

Irish Film Festival

Call it the luck of the Irish... Melbourne gets a new film festival and big issues and big laughs are promised 

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12 incredible true facts about David Stratton that his movie mostly skips over
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12 incredible true facts about David Stratton that his movie mostly skips over

He's done more with his life than just watch movies

12 highlights of the Alliance Française French Film Festival
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12 highlights of the Alliance Française French Film Festival

We've scoured the full program for the crème de la crème

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

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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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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

Beauty and the Beast
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Beauty and the Beast

The smash hit live-action Disney remake is a triumph, and here's why

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
Loving
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Loving

Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga play an interracial couple and unwitting heroes of the 1960s civil rights movement in this sensible, compassionate but uncomplicated drama

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
The Space Between Us
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The Space Between Us

This interplanetary romance about a Martian boy and an Earth girl is pure sentimental schlock

Time Out says
  • 2 out of 5 stars
David Stratton: A Cinematic Life
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David Stratton: A Cinematic Life

Care to hazard a guess as to how many movies Strats has seen?

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
A Few Less Men
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A Few Less Men

The sequel to 2011's A Few Best Men reeks like a corpse left to rot in the outback

Time Out says
  • 1 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

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Their Finest
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Their Finest

This witty, sophisticated and unexpectedly sober romcom pays tribute to wartime filmmaking 

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
Rules Don't Apply
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Rules Don't Apply

Sphinx, playboy and Hollywood legend Warren Beatty, now 79, has used his fame to direct and produce a clutch of daring movies, all of which would have languished without him. Heaven Can Wait (1978) is the kind of impeccable verbal comedy that was going out of style during the dawning era of the blockbuster; Reds (1981) and Bulworth (1998) are examples of the studio machine put to radical political purposes. Even Dick Tracy (1990) is the most unusual thing Madonna ever agreed to be involved with. It may be that Beatty was born to play Howard Hughes, the billionaire mystery man and womaniser who might be described with the same terms above. But the star’s long-gestating passion project, Rules Don’t Apply, has a few unfortunate strikes against it – not least of which is Martin Scorsese’s epic 2004 biopic, The Aviator, which covers similar ground. For his original script, Beatty turns to collaborator Bo Goldman, himself steeped in Hughes lore after penning the off-kilter 1980 comedy Melvin and Howard. In its own impressive way, Rules feels crazier than any previous Hughes film: Beatty leans into the germophobe’s wildness, flinching at the presence of children, refusing to answer questions and – most disturbingly – conducting his affairs from behind a curtain like some ominous figure from a David Lynch nightmare. Distractingly, Beatty foregrounds the romance of two young people: a secretly talented starlet under contract to Hughes (Lily Collins) and a clean-cut limo driver with

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
Things to Come
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Things to Come

This delightful film from French filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve (Eden, Goodbye First Love) is her first built around a genuine star. Isabelle Huppert gives a typically intelligent and low-key performance as Nathalie, a Parisian philosophy teacher and writer who we meet at a point of personal and intellectual crisis. Her conservative school-teacher husband, Heinz (André Marcon), announces he’s leaving her for his mistress just as their two kids are growing up and fleeing the nest. Meanwhile, her flamboyant elderly mother (Edith Scob) is difficult and unwell. In Nathalie’s profession life, her publishing house has little use for her anymore and her favourite former student, brooding free spirit Fabien (Roman Kolinka), is retreating to an anarchist collective in the mountains. Things to Come could hardly be more French if it declared itself a republic and took up the accordion. It’s steeped in the rhythms and talk of liberal bourgeois metropolitan family life and unfashionably unafraid of ideas – all set to the background of a truly lived-in near-contemporary Paris (Sarkozy is still President) with brief detours to Brittany and the foothills of the Alps. It echoes Hansen-Løve’s previous films in her delicate approach to the passing of time and her sensitivity towards life’s expectations and disappointments. She’s a filmmaker who tends to identify strongly with one lead character, drawing us closely into that person’s life and thoughts, and Huppert is more than up to the job, deliver

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Colossal
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Colossal

Anne Hathaway impresses in this brilliant genre-melting wry comedy from Spaniard Nacho Vigalondo that's part indie character study and part monster movie

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars

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Spend a night indulging in 2017's best cocktails as Melbourne mixologists serve up Australia’s best spirits at High Spirits by Winning Tastes. This one-night-only event will see Little Bourke Street’s Higher Ground overrun by five different pop-up bars, each serving an award-winning spirit from the recently announced Australian Distilled Spirits Awards (ADSA). All drinks will be included in your ticket and will allow you to try exclusively-created cocktails that feature this year’s award-winning spirits, put together by some of the city’s best bartenders and mixologists. You’ll also get a chance to meet local distillers who will share their knowledge and knack for alcohol.  High Spirits by Winning Tastes will kick off at 7.45pm on Thursday April 6 at Higher Ground.

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If the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Rhys Nicholson is snappy suits, candy-apple hair and square glasses, then you need to get to know him better. The Sydney-based comedian has cultivated a huge following with his super-intelligent and biting observational comedy and no-holds-barred reflections on his life – all of which he delivers at breakneck pace. Last year, Nicholson's show was nominated for the illustrious Barry Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. To that, he says: "Why not come and watch me desperately try and back that up this year? C'mon. Why wouldn't you?"

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