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The many faces of M Night Shyamalan
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The many faces of M Night Shyamalan

America has never seemed more like a sufferer of some kind of split personality disorder, so the new film from The Sixth Sense director M Night Shyamalan is curiously on point.   In Split, three teenage girls are drugged and locked in a basement cell. They soon realise their abductor, Kevin (James McAvoy), has Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), with 23 identities grappling for control of his mind, ranging from a strict matriarch to a mischievous eight-year-old boy. While Kevin’s psychiatrist, Dr Fletcher (Betty Buckley), gets increasingly suspicious, his captives await the appearance of Kevin’s shadowy 24th personality – known as the Beast.   Shyamalan himself has worn different masks, from Oscar-nominated wunderkind (The Sixth Sense) to the derided peddler of flops The Happening and The Last Airbender. He even tried his hand with found footage with 2015’s The Visit and had an unexpected triumph. His follow-up film is another witty, well acted, quality piece of pulp. Time Out spoke to the filmmaker via phone to LA about McAvoy, directing horror, and keeping audiences on their toes. Night, what was the origin of Split?I've had this idea for a long time in my drawer. It’s a fascinating idea – realising that the person who has abducted them is many people, and they have to manipulate those personalities to get out.  James McAvoy is great in this – which of his personalities was the most fun to direct?[laughs] He was amazing at all of them. Probably Patricia – Patricia was

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...

Moonlight Cinema

Moonlight Cinema

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

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

Lion
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Lion

When 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
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
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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

Live by Night
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Live by Night

 Adapting a novel by writer Dennis Lehane, a fellow Bostonian, Affleck plays Joe Coughlin, an invincible World War I-veteran-turned-outlaw, son of a high-ranking cop (Brendan Gleeson) and lover of a notorious mobster’s girlfriend (Sienna Miller)

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Patriots Day
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Patriots Day

Mark Wahlberg stars in a muscular, street-level dramatisation of 2013’s Boston Marathon bombing

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Toni Erdmann
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Toni Erdmann

Embarrassing dads don't come much more meaningful (or embarrassing) than the one in this German comedy

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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
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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  Nominated for FIVE Golden Globe Awards:• Best Picture (Drama)• Best Director – Kenneth Lonergan• Best Actor – Casey Affleck• Best Supporting Actress – Michelle Williams • Best Screenplay – Kenneth Lonergan Time Out has 50 double passes to see Manchester by the Sea at Palace Kino, Melbourne. Manchester by the Sea tells the story of the working class Chandler family from Massachusetts. After his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) suddenly passes away, Lee (Casey Affleck) is made the legal guardian of his nephew (Lucas Hedges). Lee is forced to deal with a tragic past that separated him from his wife Randi (Michelle Williams) and the community where he was born and raised. Manchester by the Sea is the new film written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count on Me, Margaret). "Casey Affleck joins the ranks of giants in a tremendously moving portrait of grief" - Time Out New York Manchester by the Sea will be released in Australian cinemas on February 2. To enter, simply enter your details below before 10am on Friday, January 20. Name: Email: Gender: Female Male Other Year of Birth: Postcode: Do you have a lot of opinions? We're keen to know what our readers think, so we've created an insider's club to find out. Join, and we'll email you surveys and questions from time to time. It's a great chance to have your thoughts heard, and we'll reward you with treats too. Tick this box if you'd like to join our insider's club. Enter now!   Terms and condition

Open Sessions at the Australian Open

Open Sessions at the Australian Open

The Australian Open is underway and whether or not you're a tennis fan, you'll want to head down to Melbourne Park and check out all the action on offer. In addition to tennis stars battling it out on court for grand slam glory, the Open Sessions will see top-notch Australian and international musicians ripping it up on the Australian Open Live Stage.  The series of gigs is on throughout the tournament: expect the likes of The Living End (Jan 19), Jimmy Eat World (Jan 20), Peking Duk (Sat 21), DMA's (Jan 22) and so many more. You can also catch all the tennis action on the big screens, so don’t worry; you won’t miss a serve. Sounds pretty ace if you ask us. The gigs are free if you've already bought a ticket to that day's tennis. Ground passes start at $25 for adults, and $5 for kids, and get you access to all that's on offer at the Australian Open.

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Crown Live on the Riverwalk

The Riverwalk on Southbank will become a bustling street fair for ten days this summer, with food stalls, pop-up bars and big screen where you can watch all the tennis action. The esplanade along the Yarra will transform into your ultimate summer party playground. Stock up on snacks from the likes of The Merrywell (think mini Wagyu beef burgers and Yankee dogs), Gradi (big slices of pizza), Gochi (they'll be doing fresh sushi and sashimi) and Movenpick (ice cream, of course). Best part is, entry to Crown Live is completely free.  You can also grab a refreshing drink from pop-up bars from Chandon and Kirin. Pimm’s Summer Garden will also have fruity cocktail jugs and outdoor games.  So round up some mates and head to Crown Live for a perfect afternoon by the river.

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Chinese New Year at The Valley

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