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There’s a new cinema opening in Chippendale
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There’s a new cinema opening in Chippendale

Palace Cinemas are on a roll. First they announced they’ll be opening a new cinema in Double Bay within the next two years, and now they’ve unveiled plans for a new 14-screen complex on level three of Central Park Mall. The new development is set to open in late 2017, screening mainstream and new release films as well as Palace Cinema’s trademark international film festivals. And in keeping with the Mall’s impressive green rating, the fourth cinema in the family chain will be as eco-friendly as possible by using recycled water to heat and cool the auditoria. Did you know Tropfest is moving to Parramatta? 

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The world of 'endurance tickling' is no laughing matter
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The world of 'endurance tickling' is no laughing matter

It sounds like harmless YouTube fodder: young men tying each other down and trying to make each other laugh on camera. But when a television entertainment reporter from Auckland, David Farrier, began digging, he was met with abusive emails and legal threats. 

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Tropfest is moving to Parramatta
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Tropfest is moving to Parramatta

Tropfest will be moving to a new home in Parramatta Park in its 25th year

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Ten filthy and fantastic movies in the 10th Sydney Underground Film Festival
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Ten filthy and fantastic movies in the 10th Sydney Underground Film Festival

From taboo sex to drug binges, from conspiracy theories to occult mania, from surreal comedy to the furthest reaches of mind-blowing horror, SUFF has screened it all – and then some. The year, co-directors Stefan Popescu and Katherine Berger have programmed a fitting line-up of movies old and new features such auteurs of the outré as John Waters, David Cronenberg and Todd Solondz, along with tributes to Tommy Wiseau and Brian De Palma. Here are the top ten feature-length outrages to expect at the Factory Theatre this September 15-18.

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Films in cinemas now in Sydney

Free State of Jones
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Free State of Jones

This Civil War epic suffers from too much ambition

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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David Brent: Life on the Road
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David Brent: Life on the Road

Are you ready to rock/cringe?

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Train to Busan
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Train to Busan

A stonking K-thriller takes offers and express ride into the zombie apocalypse 

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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High-Rise
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High-Rise

Tom Hiddleston stars in a dystopian satire set in the 1970s

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Bad Moms
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Bad Moms

It's an unelcome return to chick-flick banality

Time Out says
  • 2 out of 5 stars
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Upcoming film releases in Australia

Sunset Song
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Sunset Song

A lusty ballad of love and heartbreak sung with passion and power

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Nerve
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Nerve

A shy student gets drawn into an online reality dare game in this cyberthriller based on the 2012 young-adult novel

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Captain Fantastic
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Captain Fantastic

Viggo Mortensen will always be our Aragorn, charging the Black Gate and stirring Middle-earth spirits: “This day, we fight!” But there’s always been a soulful, hippyish side to the actor as well (in real life, too), and Captain Fantastic, an unusual antidomestic drama, captures something brainy and bullheaded about Mortensen that feels true. He plays Ben, an off-the-grid survivalist and intellectual blessed with six kids whom he rears in the forests of the Pacific Northwest. We get to know the children like the animals on Noah’s ark: a pair of surly almost-men, a pair of beautifully confident teenage girls; a pair of blond tykes. All of them are proficient in hunting, knives and high-level literature, but their Noam Chomsky–adoring mother has just committed suicide, and Ben dreads the inevitable confrontation with society and its expectations. The movie works best in the clan’s private world (even if rock climbing in the rain seems like poor parenting). But then it deflates: Frank Langella, normally a welcome presence, is clownishly directed as a mean grandfather, and the plot abandons its tensions too abruptly. - Joshua Rothkopf

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Gloria

Gloria

Writer and director Benedict Andrews (The Maids; The War of the Roses) is premiering his new play at Sydney's home of new writing, Griffin Theatre Company.  Reuniting Andrews with stage and screen actress Marta Dusseldorp (Janet King), Gloria follows a famous actress as she prepares for her latest role: playing the survivor of a sadistic crime.  Dusseldorp will lead an ensemble of eight that includes Meyne Wyatt, Chloe Bayliss and Huw Higginson, wrangled by Griffin's artistic director, Lee Lewis. 

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Mercy
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Mercy

In collaboration with Bell Shakespeare and commemorating Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary, FODI (Festival of Dangerous Ideas) presents Mercy – a panel and performance inspired by the iconic playwright’s The Merchant of Venice. In a reimagination of the 16th century courtroom scene, Mercy brings together both performers and academics to discuss the contemporary relevance and timelessness of human dilemmas such as mercy, justice and the law. By exploring these universal concepts, the panel will question whether our obsession with ‘justice’ blinds us from realising the potential for something better. The esteemed panel includes philosopher and author A.C. Grayling; South Sudanese child soldier-turned-lawyer Deng Adut; Shakespeare scholar and renowned feminist Germaine Greer and former High Court judge and human rights activist Michael Kirby. Performers include John Bell, James Evans, Andrea Demetriades, Brian Lipson, Damien Strouthos and Jacob Warner.

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The Bank Hotel gets a charcoal barbecue
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The Bank Hotel gets a charcoal barbecue

The Bank in Newtown has been a drawing crowds to the Inner West for decades. These guys know how to throw a party. Now the Bank is unveiling a new charcoal barbecue to have pride of place in the venue’s famous beer garden. It will be operated by a new head chef, Zac Smart (SoCal in Neutral Bay), who has devised a fresh menu based around the flavours emparted by barbecue techniques. But don’t expect the American style of barbecue that’s all too familiar to Sydney pub goers. Smart is more interested in the Latin American side of the equation, with flavours like house-made chimichurri and romesco sauce, chancaca and chillies. The menu features dishes such as cauliflower and spiced yoghurt; octopus and romesco; and half chicken and ancho, which are all cooked over charcoal. Small plates such as barbecue corn, tomatillo salsa and manchego, and the piquillo peppers with mushrooms and pinto beans, round out the dining experience. Try the new menu at the open launch party in the beer garden on Wednesday August 31, 6-8pm. Cocktails and food samples will be available and DJ Gonzo will be spinning the tunes. It’s also an opportunity to check out the beer garden’s design tweaks which channel a back-lane party vibe, with art by Sydney artist Lauren Webster.

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Corbett & Claude opens at Rhodes Waterside
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Corbett & Claude opens at Rhodes Waterside

Brisbane pizza and cocktail legends Corbett & Claude have opened their first Sydney restaurant at Rhodes Waterside shopping centre. The newly opened restaurant joins the ever-growing list of cuisine retailers in the centre’s emerging food precinct. Focused on shared food in a relaxed atmosphere, Corbett & Claude serve delicious small plates (think grilled haloumi with peach-muscatel chutney and crisp chicken with chipotle aioli), gourmet pizza (all the classics and many more), pan-fried linguine and gnocchi, salad and of course, dessert. They’re also the first on-site bar at Rhodes Waterside, so you now have a place to drink away your buyer’s remorse and put your feet up after shopping til you drop. Choose from 12 on-tap craft beers (including C&C’s very own house lager) and an impressive selection of cocktails including C&C’s Winter Elixir (pampero blanco rum, peach and pear liqueur, ginger, mint and fresh lemon) and Mr Claude Espresso Martini (allpress espresso, liqueur 43, Kahlua and Ketel One vodka). Corbett & Claude join Lilly’s Espresso and Cucina, Mama’s Wok, Rhodes Phoenix Chinese Restaurant, Ribs & Burgers, Smokkim Korean BBQ, and many more.

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