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Sydney Film Festival announces Kurosawa retrospective
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Sydney Film Festival announces Kurosawa retrospective

Ten classics by one of the finest directors in film history, as curated by David Stratton, are set to screen during Sydney Film Festival. Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998) popularised Japanese cinema internationally in the wake of World War II, with dramas and action movies demonstrating extraordinary composition, psychological complexity and sheer visual excitement

6 Hour Fright Night Horror Marathon

6 Hour Fright Night Horror Marathon

The Alaska Projects Car Park in Elizabeth Bay will be the scene of a horror triple feature that has been programmed as part of the FFS (For Film's Sake) Festival

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Sydney Film Festival

Sydney Film Festival

Highlights have been announced for June’s big feast of movies. Time Out has selected the top 11 

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Classic Hollywood at the Ritz Cinema

Classic Hollywood at the Ritz Cinema

To mark the 80th birthday of the Ritz, they have programmed a season of nine all-time Hollywood greats spanning 1939 to 1967, all of them digitally restored and all of them must-sees for everyone who loves movies

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Read reviews of all the latest films

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Upcoming film festivals in Sydney
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Upcoming film festivals in Sydney

Attention movie buffs: add these film festivals to your diary

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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

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The top ten Aussie films to scare off tourists

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Films in cinemas now in Sydney

Raw
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Raw

This shocking feminist horror thriller will test the strongest of stomachs

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Berlin Syndrome
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Berlin Syndrome

There is style and eroticism but not much suspense in this would-be abduction thriller

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Their Finest
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Their Finest

Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy shine in a funny feminist WWII romcom by An Education director Lone Scherfig

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
CHIPS
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CHIPS

This reboot of the '70s cop show about LA highway patrolmen is soul-crushingly unfunny

Time Out says
  • 1 out of 5 stars
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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

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

Time Out says
  • 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, tackles the legend of Howard Hughes

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Get Out
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Get Out

White suburbia is the scariest place of all

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars

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Surrounded by the retail and tree-lined streets of Double Bay is the InterContinental hotel, a charming destination whose marble and gold interiors house a restaurant and cocktail lounge that any passer-by can experience. Enter the hotel via the regal, winding marble staircase and try the gin-focused menu at the sophisticated Stillery lounge. Or sidle into Stockroom Restaurant for a seasonally-inspired menu utilising the best of local produce, and a casual atmosphere. With more than 100 varieties of rare, vintage and limited-edition gin and an innovative menu of aromatic G&Ts, Stillery is your place to start. Each of their unique G&Ts is elaborately garnished with botanicals matched to the base gin's flavour profile. A Gin Mare, for example, is a savoury Mediterranean sipper that arrives crowned by ripe basil leaves, rosemary twigs and a juicy cherry tomato with fever tree tonic, adding botanical-enhancing flavour and aromas. You can settle in here with a long list of gin cocktails and accompanying tasting plates or head to the adjoining dining room for more. Stockroom Restaurant is offering a three-course menu paired with a Stillery G&T for $69 per person this autumn. Stockroom Restaurant’s Executive Chef, Alex Vilches, has designed the menu to pair nicely with the flavours of gin. Dishes are made with floral elements in mind, like the glistening kingfish carpaccio which arrives dotted with crunchy black sesame and delicate edible flower petals, the fresh and light bites

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