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Posted 17 Feb 2016 @ 10:59am

★★★★☆

 

If you’re thinking of not seeing 45 Years because it looks like Oscar-bait, don’t do yourself the disservice. With its wonderfully accented, BBC veteran cast, it would be easy to assume: but you would be wildly wrong. 45 Years looks at the relationship between Kate (Charlotte Rampling) and Geoff (Tom Courtenay) in the week leading up to their 45th wedding anniversary...

Posted 16 Feb 2016 @ 6:04pm

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. It's a real serious week, you guys, with three more Oscar contenders just in case you weren't already sick of them.

 

Then again, this week is post-Deadpool, so maybe we needed a jolt of something serious to bring us back to reality. Or not, if the...

Posted 11 Feb 2016 @ 11:27am

Welcome to the Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Alas, there's only three big Western releases hitting our screens, but with superheroes, supermodels and Saoirse Ronan on offer, there's plenty to enjoy.

 

To fill out the ranks, there's always Bollywood - this time cribbing off a Western classic - and a local favourite whose...

Posted 10 Feb 2016 @ 11:50am

 

Remember the movie Zoolander? It’s pretty much impossible to forget when your annoying co-worker keeps quoting that stupid line about the Derek Zoolander Centre for Kids Who Can’t Read Good (it’s been 15 years, Ben; you need to chill the fuck out). Well, the sequel you were definitely not hanging out for is out now, and oh god it is just awful.
 
Zoolander and...

Posted 9 Feb 2016 @ 11:55am

To celebrate the Australian arrival of internationally renowned artist, filmmaker and author Miranda July, ACMI will be screening July's latest feature The Future along with her short film Getting Stronger Every Day.

 

The Future tells the tale of a 30-something couple who are thrown into a new world of doubt, action and contemplation after deciding to adopt a cat, Paw-Paw,...

Posted 2 Feb 2016 @ 3:35pm

Welcome to the Beat’s weekly rundown of what’s hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. If you're an Apple devotee (ugh), you'll be happy to know your lord and saviour is back on the silver screen.

 

For the rest of us (i.e. Macbook owners who don't bang on about it), there's plenty of drama and romance to get us through the week. And it's almost the end of Oscar...

Posted 2 Feb 2016 @ 3:06pm

Flickerfest is back for another incarnation. 

 

This year the program has been specially made for Melbourne  to shine a spotlight on local filmmakers with the theme: South of the Border: Flickerfest in Melbourne.
 
Some of the highlights are three films that recently won awards at the 2016 Flickerfest. These are Slingshot for Virgin Australia Award for Best Australian...

Posted 2 Feb 2016 @ 2:57pm

Set inside the pristine surroundings of the Abbottsford Convent, the Shadow Electric has returned this summer with a gangbuster program certain to pique the interests of Melbourne's music, arts and food cognoscenti.

 

With their fifth film program handcrafted by the Human Rights & Arts Film Festival's esteemed Lauren Valmadre, so far this summer we've seen an eclectic range...

Posted 30 Jan 2016 @ 11:04am

Welcome to the Beat's weekly rundown of what’s hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. And I'll be honest with you, dear readers: it's slower than your mate on the Mary J.

 

Fortunately, the enterprising chaps at some of our nation's biggest cinema chains have tapped into the rich oil vein that is Indian cinema, so I've...

Posted 28 Jan 2016 @ 1:04pm

Now in its fifth incarnation, Transitions Film Festival is returning with a slew of quality documentaries covering big ideas and world issues, ranging from activist grandmothers to pathways out of poverty.

 

 

The program kicks off with pre-festival outdoor screenings at City Square, before officially opening with Catching The Sun - a film exploring the...

Posted 25 Jan 2016 @ 12:00pm

Cinema and sports will collide for a special two day program at the MCG, giving punters the chance to set up with pillows and a picnic when the hallowed turf transforms into a stadium-sized outdoor cinema.

 

Cinema at the 'G will be screening sports drama Million Dollar Arm and Oscar-nominated film The Martian. Proceeds from the event will go to the Bank of Melbourne...

Posted 21 Jan 2016 @ 3:04pm

The Goblin King will return to the big screen once more. 

 

Set to take place next weekend, the Shadow Electric open-air cinema in the Abbotsford Convent will host a tribute screening of Labryinth. 
 
It's one of the 1000s of tributes that organisations and communities have given to the Starman, with most recently the Mayor of New York declaring Wednesday January 20,...

Posted 21 Jan 2016 @ 12:13pm

Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight carries a couple of clues about itself in name alone. It’s the eighth film from the one-time cult director, set in a comparable post-Civil War universe to its predecessor, Django Unchained. It’s also one of Tarantino’s most violent films yet. Kurt Russell, a Tarantino veteran from 2007’s Death Proof, acknowledges that in a time when America’s problem with...

Posted 19 Jan 2016 @ 3:41pm

Welcome to the Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. It's been a brutal week for the arts with the dual loss of David Bowie and Alan Rickman, and we're all searching for distractions.

 

Fortunately a...

Posted 14 Jan 2016 @ 3:33pm

The Stringybark Cinema is transforming the beautiful Emu Plains Reserve in Balnarring, unlike anything seen on the Mornington Peninsula before. 

 

Showing movies weekly, the giant six-metre blow up-screen is currently featuring family favorites such as Back To The Future, Stand By Me, Muriel’s Wedding, The Blues Brothers, The Sound Of Music and Dirty Dancing.
 
On top...

Posted 7 Jan 2016 @ 10:22am

So you’ve already seen Star Wars twice, but we’re still in for plenty of days when it’s going to be too hot to breathe outside. If an air-conditioned cinema and a choc-top strike you as a fine way to get away from the sun, here are five of the best on offer this summer.

 

Youth (December 26)

 

Academy Award and Cannes Prix du Jury winner Paolo Sorrentino...

Posted 4 Jan 2016 @ 2:32pm

The generous cinephiles behind Movies by the Bay are bringing their under the stars and free of charge outdoor cinema back for 2016, with two locations and a fresh program.

 

On the cards for the waterfront cinemas are screenings of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Big Hero 6, Minions and Australian comedy Oddball.

Posted 3 Jan 2016 @ 1:30pm

Julian Rosefeldt is a Berlin-based artist of the moving image, whose practice lies somewhere between cinema and visual art. ACMI, along with several of his other films, is currently exhibiting Manifesto, the unique product of a collaboration between Rosefeldt and actor Cate Blanchett. Questioning the role of the artist in society today, Rosefeldt draws on an incredible variety of texts from...

Posted 30 Dec 2015 @ 12:50pm

Each summer we’re faced with the dilemma of how to optimally enjoy the warmer temperatures without being reduced to an exhausted puddle of inactivity. Outdoor cinemas essentially provide the perfect solution, letting us savour the summertime freedom while bypassing the guilt of staying indoors. Correspondingly, Melbourne’s seen a proliferation of open-air cinemas in recent years, each with...

Posted 29 Dec 2015 @ 9:07am

Entries for the 33rd annual St Kilda Film Festival competitions are now officially open.

 

Both emerging filmmakers and industry professionals are being called on to submit their creative works across three categories; Australia’s Top 100 short film competition, the SoundKILDA music video competition and Under the Radar for filmmakers under the age of 21. 
 
The...

Posted 29 Dec 2015 @ 9:05am

Gasworks Backyard Cinema have announced their most varied and vibrant program for year's event.

 

The 2016 program will feature a mixture of narrative features both new and old, spanning comedy, drama and dance as well as a number of engaging documentary feature films.
 
Next year each session in the program will be presented by a local community organisation or film...

Posted 26 Dec 2015 @ 7:31pm

Welcome to the Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. It's Christmastime, so get ready for a slew of festive films to plonk your kids in front of while you do something worthwhile.

 

Although, as we covered the awful Alvin & The Chipmunks ...

Posted 18 Dec 2015 @ 11:41am

Set inside the pristine surroundings of the Abbottsford Convent, the Shadow Electric will return this summer with a gangbuster program certain to pique the interests of Melbourne's music, arts and food cognoscenti.

 

With their fifth film program handcrafted by the Human Rights & Arts Film Festival's esteemed Lauren Valmadre, this summer will see an eclectic range of the...

Posted 17 Dec 2015 @ 9:43am

When Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens hits cinemas this week, it’ll be 38 years since the release of the film series’ first instalment, Episode IV: A New Hope. Despite the misleading chronology, this is in fact the seventh entry into the series, comprising the original trio of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and the highly contentious turn of the millennium...

Posted 16 Dec 2015 @ 12:51pm

Welcome to the Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases, wherein my job is rendered completely pointless by the juggernaut that is the Star Wars franchise.

 

Nevertheless, watch in awe as I struggle manfully to crack some of next week's huge list and find something - literally anything - to talk about other than lightsabers and...

Posted 16 Dec 2015 @ 12:41pm

The Setting Sun Short Film Festival is looking for the next crop of Melbourne's finest filmmakers, boasting new initiatives for high school students and female artists to get involved. 

 

The 2016 program will see the debut of an all-female program, dedicated to featuring female creatives in roles ranging from screenwriting to directing.

 

Continuing the theme of...

Posted 15 Dec 2015 @ 12:38pm

The historic Astor Theatre has unveiled their latest calendar of new releases, fan favourites and cult classics. Capping it off comes limited 70mm screenings of the upcoming Tarantino film, The Hateful Eight in 70mm.

 

The Hateful Eight will be screened a full week ahead of its wider cinematic release, featuring several minutes of extra footage exclusive to the 70mm version....

Posted 14 Dec 2015 @ 6:27pm

This month ACMI will present Essential Anime, a week-long compilation of old and new anime films ready to delight and entertain veteran and budding anime fans. “My cousins really loved Dragon Ball Z growing up and they always had it on. I think it’s so interesting because people [who] love anime have grown up loving that genre and [they] are so into it – like, really, really into it,” muses...

Posted 9 Dec 2015 @ 2:06pm

Welcome to the Beat’s weekly rundown of what’s hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Thing is, everyone's holding out for Boxing Day, so the release cup runneth under this week.

 

Nevertheless, a few leaps back and forth through time were all that was necessary to make up the week's quota. Got a problem with that? Fight me....

Posted 4 Dec 2015 @ 2:54pm

ACMI will screen a hand-picked selection of soul music biopics, punk rock classics, sound art documentaries and award-winning foreign language films from December until February.

 

Featured on the program is the Australian premiere of Stefan Schwietert's Imagine Waking Up Tomorrow And All The Music Has Disappeared. The documentary follows Bill Drummond as he attempts to pull off...

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