13 unmissable summer movies
From tentpole event flicks to Oscar hopefuls, the movies of summer have more to recommend them than two hours of air-conditioned heat relief. Here are Time Out’s top picks of the December-to-February offerings – including our own made-up, cheesy sell lines...
Bring your furry friend to a pet-friendly Moonlight Cinema screening
Stop reading now if you hate doggy puns. Moonlight Cinema in Centennial Park is holding the first ever 'pet-miere' on Friday December 9 with their pet-friendly screening of The Secret Life of Pets. The night is a partnership with Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment who invite you to bring your dog or cat, "get snapped by the puperazzi" and enjoy entertainment such as "pawtraits, pam-purring, selfies and doggy pawdicures." Seeing as they're so keen on the puns we have a few suggestions of movies they could show next time... and remember guys you started this, not us. Musical: The Hound of MusicSci-Fi: Close Encounters of the Furred KindHorror: Woof CreekClassic: Citizen CanineKitchen-sink drama: I, Spaniel BlakePeriod drama: The King's PoochBlockbuster: Dogue One: A Star Paws Story... Stop us. Please. We know this is a sickness.
McDonald's movie The Founder gives franchise mogul Ray Kroc a good grilling
Ray Kroc was a 52-year-old travelling salesman when he met the McDonald Brothers in 1954. Impressed with the efficiency of their San Bernardino hamburger restaurant, he offered to franchise their restaurants across America. The rest is history. New movie The Founder, written by Robert D Siegel (The Wrestler), tells Ray Kroc’s story, but also the story of the birth of the modern fast food industry and ultimately the dark heart of American corporate practice...
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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
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
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
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.
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.
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Fratelli Fresh are doing a new long lunch
Fratelli Fresh are set to make your Sunday summer lunches a bit longer and a lot tastier, with the introduction of the new long lunch menu. For just $49 you can enjoy unlimited pizza, wine and pasta for two lavish hours, noon-3pm. The menu includes pizzas like the classic Margherita with San Marzano tomatoes, basil and buffalo mozzarella, the Diavola with spicy salami, roasted capsicum and olives or the prosciutto and funghi with ham, mushrooms and smoked scamorza. Choose from pastas including the linguine with pangrattato, lemon and chilli or a penne lamb ragù. And finally round it out with a wild rocket and parmesan salad. Add to this unlimited red and white wine and you've got a lunch of epic proportions. This special is avaliable at all Fratteli Fresh locations including Alexandria, Bridge Street, Macquarie Street, Potts Point, Walsh Bay and Westfield Sydney.
Pause Fest returns to Melbourne this year with a line-up of super smart tech industry insiders, creative entreprenuers and start up leaders. You'll hear from the likes of Etsy's Linda Kozlowski; Pozible co-founder Rick Chen; and CEO of Beattie Wines and Startup Victoria, Georgia Beattie. This year's event will be broken up into Creative, Tech and Business days, with each day to home in on new ideas and innovative technologies relating to each topic. On Wednesday February 8, Pause Fest is focusing on the intersection of creativity and technology, and how creatives are redefining the process of making ideas tangible. On Thursday February 9, Pause Fest will be focusing in on technology and exploring the consequences, risks and endless opportunities that follow progress. Finally, it's all about business on Friday February 10. Keynote speeches and panel discussions will be exploring how moments of change in the digital world can define a business, and how the old and the new might exist in tandem. As well as talks, Pause will be bringing a line-up of innovative tech experiences from Tesla test drives to the world’s first virtual reality Tilt Brush competition by top Melbourne graffiti artists, curated by Backwoods Gallery. Find out more about Pause Fest.
Cork & Chroma
Always wanted to paint but never had the guts or time to go to a session and have a crack? What if we were to tell you, you could paint – with a glass of your favourite vino in hand – right in the heart of Surry Hills? Well you can. Cork & Chroma is Sydney's newest, buzzy creative night out. All you need to do is BYO favourite bottle of wine and Cork & Chroma will take care of the rest. They prepare paints, a canvas and set up for the evening. An in-house artist will take you through a step-by-step tutorial to help you paint your own masterpiece. No artistic experience necessary – this mini workshop is about getting creative and trying something new. Go grab a bottle of your favourite pinot and get ready to get those creative juices flowing.
Hsin Shih Tang
Chinatown's got a brand new Taiwanese restaurant from Taiwanese chefs Henrry Chou and Idi Hu. Both previously worked at the five-star Grand Hyatt Taipei and are now at Hsin Shih Tang producing authentic, famous Taiwanese dishes. Hsin Shih Tang's signature beef noodle soup has been tried and loved by Australia's favourite My Kitchen Rules co-host Mr Manu Feildel. Hsin Shih Tang’s signature dishes are a beef noodle soup and fried rice with pork. The soup base is cooked daily for more than 13 hours, with 15 Chinese herbs, ox bone, vegetables and no added MSG. The restaurant uses only local Australian beef (Wagyu beef shank, chicken and pork), while all noodles are imported directly from Taiwan to retain an authentic taste. The fried pork with rice sees a tender pork fillet marinated in a secret sauce. Time Out readers can try these signature dishes and more by ordering an exclusive tasting menu. For just $53 you’ll get: • Soup• Platter• Fried pork chops• Beef fried rice• Three treasure beef noodle soup• Boiled vegetables• Two special drinks • A dessert Term and conditions:1. Please show Hsin Shih Tang’s staff this article when ordering the tasting menu.2. Tasting Menu dishes cannot be exchanged for other dishes.3. Offer valid until February 28, 2017.