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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

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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

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 50 best family movies

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The 50 best romantic comedies

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The 100 best horror movies

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The 100 best romantic 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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Seeking out Creatures on the road from Melbourne to Geelong

Apart from an open-range zoo, the freeway between Melbourne and Geelong is there to take you where you want to go, not to inspire you. But it’s just one hour’s drive to get to the city that’s the gateway to the Bellarine Peninsula and the Great Ocean Road. Drive straight to the waterfront to find the Geelong of today and the Geelong of yesteryear merging thanks to the presence of more than 100 bollards painted in the likeness of local identities. Created by late local artist Jan Mitchell, the figures nod to Geelong’s maritime heritage, with sea captains, sad clowns and dart-smoking broads of days gone by all represented. There’s also a dog called Timmy who loves digging up rocks from the seabed. This classic slice of beachside Australiana is found amid the sunshine and seagulls in hot chip search-and-destroy mode. Down in South Geelong, another great Australian tradition lives on. Taking an old wool mill and spinning it into a multipurpose space, Little Creatures Brewery is an ode to the fine art of brewing. It’s also a cinema, canteen, pizzeria, and on the weekend an arts market too. This is Little Creatures Geelong head brewer Warren. With a look of contentment on his face that could only come from working in the beer industry his whole life, Warren has travelled around the world helping thirsty people out with craft ales since before craft brewing was cool – from the Cook Islands to the Marshall Islands, Hawaii, Arizona, Sydney, Melbourne and now Geelong. Warr

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Imagine a riverside terrace house with a microbrewery out the back and you'll get an idea of what Hopscotch is all about. This Southbank promenade brew bar is all about tapping tasty beers, with more than 30 different options on tap. Many come from Hopscotch's own in-house microbrewer, which they've nicknamed Frank. Not sure where to start? Try a tasting paddle for just $10 or have a chat to your bartender and they can give you a hopping hand through the selection process. On the food front it's all about snacks that go well with a beer in hand: bao buns, burgers, falafels and tacos. Order Hopscotch's signature dish, which is a beer can chicken coated in Alabama slammer sauce, with sides of smoked butter mashed potatoes, kim chi mac‘n’cheese, beer fried broccoli, sliced white bread, pickles and to top it all off, beer gravy. Not that into beer? They've also got DIY cocktail kits, frosé, tapped cocktails and spiked slushies. Add in DJs, live art and beergustations and you've got a one stop party, snack and beer stop.

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Blood: Attract and Repel
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Blood: Attract and Repel

For its inaugural exhibition Science Gallery Melbourne will be doing a deep dive into the very thing that all makes us human and keeps us alive – blood.  Across 22 works, from interactive sensory pieces to taboo-confronting works, the exhibition will explore our relationship with and feelings towards blood, from fear to nostalgia, curiosity to calmness. You'll get to see blood from the eyes of both artists and scientists alike in this experiment-meets-exhibition that's not for the squeamish or faint-hearted.  Blood: Attract and Repel is open Tuesday through Sunday until October 3. Entry to the exhibition is free and there's also a series of complementary special events and performances running alongside the exhibition.

Time Out Food Awards
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Time Out Food Awards

Melbourne, it’s time to mark Monday September 18 in your calendar because the annual Time Out Food Awards are upon us. Join us as we toast the city’s best fine dining restaurants and casual diners; degustations and sensational takeaways; top chefs and rising stars. Expect delicious drinks, sweet tunes brought to you by Flex Mami, and great food by Pontoon St Kilda Beach – not to mention all the suspense of the awards as we give back to those venues and talent that make feasting in Melbourne superb. Tickets are $70 + BF and include food, drink, fun and a copy of the annual Time Out Food Awards issue ($4.95 value), hot off the presses before it hits newsstands. Limited first release tickets go on sale Thursday July 20.You can also have your say by voting in the People's Choice awards. Powered by Eventbrite in association with

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