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Ewan McGregor talks Trainspotting and T2: "Renton was the role of a lifetime"
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Ewan McGregor talks Trainspotting and T2: "Renton was the role of a lifetime"

"The new one is such a brilliant piece of writing. It does something very special with our nostalgia for these characters"

Mardi Gras Film Festival

Mardi Gras Film Festival

Festival director Paul Struthers notes that this year has seen an increase in the number of lesbian and transgender-themed films programmed – a welcome development

Five five-star films you must see this month
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Five five-star films you must see this month

You can tell it's Academy Awards season when the cinemas are crowded with high quality flicks, all hoping to capitalise on the free publicity. These five movies are Oscar hopefuls (with one deliriously weird exception) and all of them rate the maximum five stars from Time Out critics

Horror Movie Campout

Horror Movie Campout

Every good slasher movie gets a sequel, and so it is with the Horror Movie Campout in the eerie parklands of Mount Penang, one hour north of Sydney

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

Hidden Figures
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Hidden Figures

This huge-hearted crowd-pleaser has a sophisticated idea running through it: by and large, busy scientists don’t have time for racism or sexism

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Silence
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Silence

Martin Scorsese's furiously alive and concentrated parable about faith under fire set in 17th-century Japan ranks among the greatest achievements of spiritually minded cinema

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
The Love Witch
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The Love Witch

This vastly entertaining pastiche seems plucked from the same Playboy-era universe of huge hairdos, lurid makeup and voracious female appetites

Time Out says
  • 5 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
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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The 100 best horror movies

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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

Jasper Jones
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Jasper Jones

A beloved Australian novel gets a film adaptation, with mixed results

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
T2 Trainspotting
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T2 Trainspotting

You can’t recreate your past, but you can relive it in your head over and over again, seeing it differently as you become someone new each year, month, week and day. That's the big, trippy idea at the heart of Danny Boyle’s T2 Trainspotting

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Miss Sloane
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Miss Sloane

Jessica Chastain flexes her extraordinary Meryl Streep-like range and just about keeps this convoluted political thriller in the realm of enjoyably watchable

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
David Stratton: A Cinematic Life
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David Stratton: A Cinematic Life

Care to hazard a guess as to how many movies Strats has seen?

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Loving
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Loving

Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga play an interracial couple and unwitting heroes of the 1960s civil rights movement in this sensible, compassionate drama 

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
The Space Between Us
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The Space Between Us

This interplanetary romance about a Martian boy and an Earth girl is pure sentimental schlock

Time Out says
  • 2 out of 5 stars

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Valentine's Day at Fratelli Fresh

Spread the amore this Valentine’s Day with an intimate Italian meal for two at Fratelli Fresh. With seven venues around Sydney where you can get premium pasta, charcuterie, salads, Italian wine, pizze and antipasti, Fratelli Fresh brings an authentic touch of Italy to dining in Sydney – seemingly effortlessly. Italian food is, after all, the food of love. You can choose from Fratelli’s à la carte menu or chef’s Valentine’s Day specials. One item not to miss on February 14 is the new Vanilla Panna Cotta: vanilla bean panna cotta, raspberry caramel coulis and chocolate biscotti. Or perhaps you’re planning a surprise picnic in the park? Fratelli Fresh has gourmet hampers that can complete your picnic basket. If cooking at home, visit the retail sections at Fratelli Fresh in Alexandria, Potts Point or Walsh Bay for fresh produce: fruit and vegetables, baked bread, cured meats and more.  

Valentine's Day at The Star
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Valentine's Day at The Star

Whether you want a full five-course dinner or a simple heart-shaped pizza, there is something for all lovers at The Star this Valentine's Day.  Black Bar and Grill will be doing a four-course menu of spanner crab, Saikou salmon with housemade gnocchi, striploin Wagyu steak, and chocolate ganache with raspberry, mint ice cream to finish ($175pp).  Over at Sokyo as usual they will be dishing out super-fresh nigiri, sashimi and robata grill, alongside a special Valentine's Day dessert of rose jelly, coconut dacquoise and white chocolate with fresh berries ($18 for dessert).  Balla are offering a five-course menu: scampi tartare and caviar; risotto with calamari, green pea and squid ink; kingfish with Ligurian olive salad and lemon burrata; and veal fillet wrapped in prosciutto with sage and porcini mushrooms. For dessert they will be doing a vanilla semifreddo with raspberries and dark chocolate, and you'll also get bubbles on arrival, all for $139pp ($195 with matching wines).  Then down at Pizzaperta, for just $30 a couple, you'll get a heart-shaped Margarita pizza, two glasses of Chandon and a Nutella-filled Italian donut.  All deals are available from 5.30pm on Tuesday February 14.  Find out more about Valentine's Day at the Star.