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Scandinavian Film Festival

Scandinavian Film Festival

The fourth Scandinavian Film Festival is coming soon with films from Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Sweden, screening at Palace Norton Street and Palace Verona

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Sydney Film Prize winner announced – Sydney Film Festival Diary #4
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Sydney Film Prize winner announced – Sydney Film Festival Diary #4

Closing night of Sydney Film Festival 2017 at the State Theatre brought with it the announcement of the winner of the 10th Sydney Film Prize from among the 12 films in the official competition.  The $60,000 cash prize for "audacious, cutting-edge and courageous" film went to a popular choice...

Mountain, The Farthest, The Square, and Blade of the Immortal reviewed  – Sydney Film Festival Diary #5
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Mountain, The Farthest, The Square, and Blade of the Immortal reviewed – Sydney Film Festival Diary #5

The final weekend of Sydney Film Festival took us to feudal Japan, the highest places on the planet and the farthest reaches of space. We were exhilarated, challenged and (in some cases) just a little bit annoyed...

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Sofia Boutella: From dancing for Madonna to Mummy dearest

The French-Algerian actor walks, talks and fights like an Egyptian opposite Tom Cruise in Universal’s new take on its monster franchise

Guides for Sydney movie lovers

Read reviews of all the latest films
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Read reviews of all the latest films

Get expert opinions on the films currently in Australian cinemas 

Upcoming film festivals in Sydney
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Upcoming film festivals in Sydney

Attention movie buffs: add these film festivals to your diary

The best outdoor cinemas in Sydney
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The best outdoor cinemas in Sydney

Enjoy a movie alfresco with Time Out's guide to all the outdoor cinema seasons

The top ten Aussie films to scare off tourists
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The top ten Aussie films to scare off tourists

A sweaty handful of movies making Tourism Australia's job that little bit harder

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Films in cinemas now in Sydney

Kedi
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Kedi

Impossible to resist (and 100 per cent allergy-free for us afflicted souls), Kedi is almost shamelessly satisfying: a documentary about the thousands of scrappy wild cats that prowl Istanbul with insouciance

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
A Quiet Passion
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A Quiet Passion

This delicate and thoughtful film imagines the life of the 19th-century American poet Emily Dickinson, played with brittle, red-eyed intensity by Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
The Promise
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The Promise

This ambitious WWI-era epic arrives with the noble aim of raising awareness of the still-disputed Armenian genocide

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Wonder Woman
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Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is the real deal, a rollicking action adventure in the tradition of Indiana Jones, with a fully functioning sense of humour and the year’s most lip-smackingly evil baddie

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
20th Century Women
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20th Century Women

Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann) is a quiet teenage boy. The three glorious women in his life are the best education he’ll ever have. 

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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The 100 best animated movies

The best cinemas in Sydney

Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace
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Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace

Without doubt the grandest cinema in Sydney, Cremorne’s Art Deco picture palace is a stunning step back in time. Built in 1935 by George Kenworthy, the top theatrical architect of the period, today’s version is even glitzier than the original thanks to a $2.5-million restoration some years back by owner and local TV celeb Mike Walsh. Each of the six auditoria has its own colour scheme and decor, but the 744-seat Orpheum is the true star of the show. It even has a genuine Wurlitzer cinema organ, which rises out of a stage pit on weekend evenings complete with flashing lights and a grinning organist. Expect a mix of mainstream US, British and Australian fare, with some art-house, special presentations and the occasional cabaret show.

Ritz Cinema Randwick
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Ritz Cinema Randwick

With a distinctive Art Deco design restored to its former 1930s glory and an impressive sound system, the six-screen Ritz cinema is both a local landmark and an excellent venue for catching the latest mainstream releases. Signs explain the regulations – no alcohol, bare feet, smoking or skateboards – which make sense if you hit the place in the afternoon after school’s out. In the evening the place attracts a different crowd, including film geeks who seek out the Ritz for its great acoustics and old-fashioned flair. Upstairs the inimitable Bar Ritz boasts a marble bar and balcony – perfect for pre- and post-film drinks. Bus 372, 373, 376, 377.

Palace Norton Street Cinemas
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Palace Norton Street Cinemas

Leichhardt's Palace Cinemas were fully refurbed in 2013 and now have eight auditoria, all licensed, and an impressive foyer with a lounge bar and café on site. Palace Norton Street plays host to some of the best annual film festivals such as the French, Spanish, Greek, German and Italian. It is also in close proximity to the eateries and vibrant culture of Norton Street.

Palace Verona Cinemas
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Palace Verona Cinemas

Paddington’s intellectuals, gays and art-house crowds are always seen milling about the Palace Verona with glee. The four screens are on the small side, the seats are snug and the pre-show commercials... well, they tend to go on forever. But we're forgiving film lovers, especially since this oft-buzzing venue screens an expertly curated line-up of arthouse releases from name directors (Woody, the Coens, PT Anderson...), world movies, quirky Australian indies and special one-offs, like screenings of overseas stage productions and concerts. There's a licensed café, wine and espresso bar on the premises – good for a pre-movie drink, a post-movie chat or even just a day date, since you don't have to purchase a ticket to enjoy what they're pouring and brewing. And if you're a frequent moviegoer, you'll want to check out Palace's great-value membership schemes, which are more than worth the investment if you see flicks on the regular.

Chauvel Cinema
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Chauvel Cinema

Named after the Australian film pioneer Charles Chauvel - of Jedda fame - this much-loved local cinema is part of the Palace cinema chain. Its proscenium arch brings true grandeur to the art of film and the staff really know their stuff. Screenings tend to be seriously arty and the place also holds Cinemateque screenings. Be sure to seek out the lovely upstairs bar. Bus 333, 352, 378, 380. Screens 2. Tickets $16.50; $9-$12.50 reductions; $8 Tue.

Upcoming film releases in Australia

It Comes at Night
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It Comes at Night

This nerve-shredding domestic thriller is a major statement on the subject of civilisation in free fall

Time Out says
  • 5 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
Lady Macbeth
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Lady Macbeth

This feminist British indie plunges a cold, sharp knife into the back of costume dramas

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Graduation
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Graduation

Romanian director Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) delivers a bruising, powerful drama 

Time Out says
  • 5 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

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The Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards and exhibition showcase not only the best of the natural world, but the patience, ingenuity and talent of the photographers who spend their time embedded within wildlife so that they can get that incredible, revealing shot. Judged by a panel of industry-recognised professionals, this year's 100 finalists were taken by some of the world’s best nature photographers and selected for their creativity, artistry and technical complexity.

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