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What to do if it rains at open air cinema
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What to do if it rains at open air cinema

Outdoor cinema is something Sydney does better than anywhere else in the world. Unfortunately, summer rain is also one of our specialties. Don’t be too bummed out – here is what to do if the weather looks bad and you’re not sure how your evening is going to play out...

M Night Shyamalan talks Split, McAvoy and toying with the audience
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M Night Shyamalan talks Split, McAvoy and toying with the audience

America has never seemed more like a sufferer of some kind of split personality disorder, so the new film from The Sixth Sense director M Night Shyamalan is curiously on point... 

Boxing Day movies ranked best to worst
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Boxing Day movies ranked best to worst

We know that the post-Christmas movie serves multiple purposes – heat relief, child minding, desperate attempt at family bonding – but if you want our honest opinions on the day's big releases, here they are...

13 unmissable summer movies
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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...

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

Lion
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Lion

When, in 1986, five-year-old Saroo (Sunny Pawar) gets on the wrong train at a station in Buhanpur, Northern India, he finds himself 1,600km from home

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Jackie
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Jackie

Right from the beginning of Pablo Larraín’s near-experimental stunner, you can tell you’re in for a psychodrama of strange, hypnotic intimacy

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
La La Land
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La La Land

The young writer-director Damien Chazelle has followed his Oscar-winning drama Whiplash with another entirely novel film steeped in the world of music

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Allied
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Allied

What’s your pleasure: a frothy spy romance or a grim World War II drama? How about both at once? 

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Moana
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Moana

This charming animated family movie is about a teenage Polynesian girl fighting to save her Pacific island’s future 

Time Out says
  • 4 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

Live by Night
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Live by Night

Adapting a novel by writer Dennis Lehane, a fellow Bostonian, Affleck plays Joe Coughlin, an invincible World War I-veteran-turned-outlaw, son of a high-ranking cop (Brendan Gleeson) and lover of a notorious mobster’s girlfriend (Sienna Miller)

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Moonlight
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Moonlight

Barry Jenkins’s exquisite coming-of-age drama is miraculous on several counts

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Patriots Day
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Patriots Day

Mark Wahlberg stars in a muscular, street-level dramatisation of 2013’s Boston Marathon bombing

Time Out says
  • 4 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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Barbu

Barbu

Canada's Cirque Alfonse will be bringing their own brand of contemporary circus to the Opera House, along with their formidable facial hair ('Barbu' is French for 'bearded'). Their latest performance is set to a fast-paced live electronic soundtrack and features spectacles including juggling with beer-filled kegs and forming a human disco ball. The burly men are flanked by two strong women, all of whom perform some serious feats of brute strength and deft skill. These acrobatic hipsters also have strong roots in a more traditional kind of circus and manage to inject some cabaret flair into the show too. For some cheeky end of summer fun, snap up tickets to Barbu and ready yourself for some bearded good times at in the Studio.

Hottest 100, coldest beers
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Hottest 100, coldest beers

Fancy spending the last holiday of January down at the pub? Ripper, mate. If you head to the Dove and Olive, Keg and Brew or the DOG Hotel this January 26, you'll find all three pubs are hosting Australia Day parties with Triple J’s Hottest 100 broadcasts all day long. They'll also be doing Mismatch Session Ale and Hills Apple Cider schooners for just $6.50 and $5 Carlton Draught, Good Ciders, Good Beers or Mad Dog Lagers. Why? Because they're not just celebrating the Hottest 100, they're celebrating the Hottest 100 Australian craft beers, with a social hashtag, sweeps and more.    All three venues will be offering bargain food specials all day long as well as some fun Aussie Day themed chef’s specials. At the Dove and the DOG, you can grab yourself a steak and chips for only $12.50; while the KB is offering a jalapeno beef burger for the same price. If you want to be a bit more adventurous, all three venues will be dishing up homemade Aussie beef and vegemite pies. If that still isn’t enough; the KB and the Dove will also be offering lamb and tzatziki burgers and if you really want to be jumping for joy, then grab yourself some Kangaroo skewers from the DOG. There are chances to win prizes with any Carlton & United Breweries purchase. At the DOG you can win an Odysea surfboard; there is a men’s vintage bike from Reid Cycles up for grabs at the KB; and a summer backyard fun pack of an esky and banana chairs going at the Dove & Olive.  So head for your closest local, fill

Win tickets to an exclusive Time out preview screening of Manchester by the Sea
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Win tickets to an exclusive Time out preview screening of Manchester by the Sea

  Nominated for FIVE Golden Globe Awards:• Best Picture (Drama)• Best Director – Kenneth Lonergan• Best Actor – Casey Affleck• Best Supporting Actress – Michelle Williams • Best Screenplay – Kenneth Lonergan Time Out has 50 double passes to see Manchester by the Sea at Event Cinemas, George St. Manchester by the Sea tells the story of the working class Chandler family from Massachusetts. After his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) suddenly passes away, Lee (Casey Affleck) is made the legal guardian of his nephew (Lucas Hedges). Lee is forced to deal with a tragic past that separated him from his wife Randi (Michelle Williams) and the community where he was born and raised. Manchester by the Sea is the new film written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count on Me, Margaret). "Casey Affleck joins the ranks of giants in a tremendously moving portrait of grief" - Time Out New York Manchester by the Sea will be released in Australian cinemas on February 2. To enter, simply enter your details below before 10am on Friday, January 20. Name: Email: Gender: Female Male Other Year of Birth: Postcode: Do you have a lot of opinions? We're keen to know what our readers think, so we've created an insider's club to find out. Join, and we'll email you surveys and questions from time to time. It's a great chance to have your thoughts heard, and we'll reward you with treats too. Tick this box if you'd like to join our insider's club. Enter now!   Terms and conditi

Ben and Jerry's Openair Cinemas Bondi

Ben and Jerry's Openair Cinemas Bondi

Ben and Jerry's Openair Cinema returns to Bondi Beach on January 19 for six weeks of cinema and ice cream under the stars. This year’s film program is a mix of hot recent releases (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, La La Land, Moana, Passengers, Trolls, Rogue One), as wells as cult classics (Dirty Dancing, Clueless, Forrest Gump, Anchorman) and more. There's a fully licensed bar stocked with wine, beer, cider and non alcoholic drinks, plus pizza and salads available. Sunday screenings feature free Ben & Jerry's ice cream before the movie starts, so if you're keen to see Trolls, Why Him?, La La Land, Lion or Gold be sure to book a 'Sundae Session'. Tickets are selling fast and capacity is limited, so check out the program and book now to avoid disappointment.