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See the Sydney premiere of Top of the Lake and meet director Jane Campion
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See the Sydney premiere of Top of the Lake and meet director Jane Campion

Fans of Top of the Lake will know the second second series of Jane Campion’s crime thriller was filmed here in Sydney, and so to celebrate the new installment of the TV show Sydney Opera House is hosting the premiere screening of the first two episodes – alongside a Q&A with the writer and director

Potterfest: A Harry Potter Marathon

Potterfest: A Harry Potter Marathon

Watching all eight Harry Potter films in one feverish marathon is a bit like taking a roadtrip across the entire country or starting a vegetable patch: it's a feat often talked about, but rarely acted upon

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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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Hot damn: Sydney’s getting its own hot tub cinema
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Hot damn: Sydney’s getting its own hot tub cinema

Yes, really. Sydney is all set to get their own hot tub cinema, promising punters the opportunity to experience top-notch movies from the comfort of a steaming hot tub

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

Dunkirk
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Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan’s harrowing, unusual war film tries hard, with real success, not to feel like just another war movie

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Baby Driver
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Baby Driver

Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright takes the car-chase action film – loaded with tyre squeals – and weds it to a cracking jukebox playlist

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Spider-Man: Homecoming
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Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spider-Man: Homecoming offers a welcome narrowing of the Marvel mega-verse, away from alien invasions and globe-smashing supervillains and back towards something more local and intimate

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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
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
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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

The Beguiled
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The Beguiled

Sofia Coppola delivers an exquisitely crafted drama of seduction, survival and sexual awakening in Civil War-era Virginia

Time Out says
  • 4 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
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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If the mere thought of an Espresso Martini makes your heart beat a little faster, then it’s a great time to live in Sydney right now. For a limited time, a selection of top Sydney bars curated by Patrón are creating special twists on the classic Espresso Martini, using Patrón XO Café. Each of these bars is putting their own expression on the cocktail, and together, they make up the Expresso Society (get it?). They’re shaking up the classic cocktail in all sorts of delicious ways – Rosie Campbell’s ‘Patroco’ blends Patrón XO Café, chocolate liqueur and homemade toasted coconut syrup and coconut cream to create a tropical holiday in a glass. For a nutty kick, try Café del Mar’s ‘Espresso del Mar’, which adds Frangelico, hazelnut syrup and butterscotch to Patrón XO Café and espresso. The creativity doesn’t stop there. Bars like Paddington Inn are adding sweetness by throwing burnt marshmallows into the mix, while the clever bartenders at Pitt Street’s Mexican diner Mejico are staying true to their roots by using Peloton Mezcal and agave in their ‘MeXo Espresso’. The question is: which of these Espresso Martinis do you most want to drink? To win a $200 tab at one of these Sydney bars, tell us which cocktail recipe takes your fancy (the full list is here). Enter by telling us which of these Patrón XO Café Espresso Martinis you'd most like to drink, and why by Monday July 31. Name: Email: I'd like to drink: (25 words or less)  Tick this box to hear more from Patrón XO

Flappy Hour
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Flappy Hour

Guys, we've found it. The cheapest early bird special in town and it's on for one night only. The Munich Brauhaus and participating Bavarian Bier Cafés around Sydney are trying to serve a record breaking 100,000 wings in an hour of power they're calling flappy hour (geddit). The best part is it's going to be from 5pm-6pm on Fri Jul 28 so all you need to do is duck out of work the tiniest bit early and order a king's ransom in wings for pocket change. Seriously, they're 10c a pop, but the minimum order is 20. That makes it dinner for two dollars. It's bargain city over here.  They're also holding wing eating competitions on the Saturday, but the best value all round is flappy hour so avoid the afternoon snacks and treat yourself to a weekend warm-up that'll cost you less than a coffee.

Win a Sunset Sessions Bridge Climb
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Win a Sunset Sessions Bridge Climb

What’s better than ascending to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge? Ascending to the top bathed in the golden light of sunset, while a musician plays soft guitar beside you. Time Out and BridgeClimb are giving you the chance to win one of two double passes to Sunset Sessions; a series of Climbs over July and August on Saturday and Sunday evenings. Normally, tickets to this bucket list experience will set you back upwards of $350; but this time, you could be zipping up that grey jumpsuit and heading up for free. They’ll even equip you with everything you need based on the weather, including beanies, gloves and fleeces. So if you’re keen to watch the sun dip over the horizon and see the city turn to pink and red (hello, ultimate date night!) then enter our competition below by Tuesday 18 July. Each double pass is valid for 12 months from the issue date*. However, in order to enjoy a Sunset Sessions Climb, the climb will have to be booked on a weekend in July or August 2017. *Not valid during peak period (25/12/17 to 03/01/18). COMPETITION CLOSED   Terms and conditions in full. By entering this competition you agree to receive relevant communications from Time Out including news, events, offers and competitions.