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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

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Van Morrison’s Masterpieces Featuring Vince Jones And The Astral Orchestra

Van Morrison’s Masterpieces Featuring Vince Jones And The Astral Orchestra

Beloved Australian singer, trumpeter, songwriter and performer Vince Jones has assembled a crack squad of Australian jazz musicians, with musical direction and piano by Matt McMahon, to form the Astral Orchestra.  This super-group of local legends will, for one night only, take on Van Morrison's seminal late '60s and early '70s albums Astral Weeks and Moondance. These are the records that turned Morrison into Van the Man, and gave us 'Madame George' and 'Into the Mystic'. Not only were both albums critically acclaimed (although, for Astral Weeks, the road to recognition was a slow one) they were also hugely influenential for a young Vince Jones. This show at Angel Place's City Recital Hall follows two sold out performances at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, so act fast. Astral Orchestra full lineup: Matt McMahon – piano and music directorBen Hauptman – guitarBrett Hirst – bassJames Hauptman – drumsPhil Slater – trumpetPaul Cutlan - saxaphone and fluteMichelle O'Young – violinStephanie Zarka – violinJustine Clarke – vocals

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Father’s Day Lunch at Glass Brasserie
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Father’s Day Lunch at Glass Brasserie

Your dad likes meat, right? And we’re guessing he likes beer, wine and barbecues too. Thought so. Then this Father’s Day Lunch offer at Glass Brasserie in the Hilton Sydney is one you should get on board with. On Sunday September 4, acclaimed restaurateur/chef Luke Mangan is putting together a lunch with three delicious courses matched with brews from Young Henrys and fine wines. The set menu includes confit pork belly, Moroccan spiced lamb and the famous dark chocolate cream Milo mousse. Luke will be also be on hand for an interactive presentation with top butchers (and father-son duo) Anthony and Victor Puharich of Victor Churchill, Woollahra and Vic’s Meat Market, Pyrmont. Dad can brush up on his barbecuing and meat seasoning skills, and learn the tricks behind selecting the perfect cut of meat. Guests also have the chance to win a selection of premium meats from Vic’s Meat Market valued at $300. Think of it as the ultimate meat tray, and then some. Glass Brasserie’s Father’s Day Lunch is $125 per person. Spaces are limited, so be quick to make your reservations via eat@glassbrasserie.com.au.  

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The Festival of Dangerous Ideas is just around the corner
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The Festival of Dangerous Ideas is just around the corner

Sydney’s annual festival of controversial ideas and thought-provoking discussions is back for its eighth year, September 3-4. Sydney Opera House will host 24 individual speaker sessions and 12 panel talks over the weekend with this year’s festival covering four major themes: Disappearing Countries, Dealing in Death, Disruptive Behaviour and Dirty Politics. Headline speakers include author Lionel Shriver (We Need to Talk About Kevin), Black Lives Matter activist Alicia Garza, artist and journalist Molly Crabapple, philosopher and columnist AC Grayling, UK science correspondent Alok Jha and English stand-up comedian Alexei Sayle (author of Thatcher Stole My Trousers).  The biggest talking points of the festival will be the US election, the results of the recent Australian election, Millennials vs Baby Boomers, human rights violations from racism to the effects of climate change, the global refugee crisis, religious and political extremism and the horrifying number of Indigenous people dying in an international suicide epidemic. “We don’t need to talk about business-as-usual, particularly when you live in Sydney and the sun is shining and the coffee is good…” says FODI co-curator and head of talks and ideas at Sydney Opera House, Ann Mossop. She's laughing at our sense of impending doom. “We look at the more dangerous end of the equation, but also the less-dramatic but equally-interesting topics like the ‘Bamboo Ceiling’, which is about discrimination against people from Asia

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