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Film

Posted 2 Dec 2015 @ 10:10am

Welcome to the Beat’s weekly rundown of what’s hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This week sees a bumper crop of big-name releases across the genre spectrum, and more Aussie faces than you'd find in a British pub.

 

Whatever you're hunting for - whales, truth, a Christmas miracle, a new high or a new inspiration - there's something for you on the big screen this...

Posted 1 Dec 2015 @ 11:40am

 

An alien council, in trying to decide whether or not to eliminate earth, bestow limitless power onto an average human being (Neil, played by Simon Pegg). If he can use his powers for good instead of evil, the planet will be saved. The idea of a comedy film ‘without limits’ is a relatively overdone concept: we’ve been subjected to these often ‘feats’ of imagination over the...

Posted 1 Dec 2015 @ 11:38am

★★★

 

Taking heaped buckets of inspiration from Patrick Bateman, Nicholas Hoult plays coked out '90s A&R man Steven Stelfox in Kill Your Friends, based on the novel of the same name by John Niven, which takes inspiration from his own experiences as an A&R man. In a megalomaniacal effort to become the head of A&R at the record label he works at, Stelfox engages in the...

Posted 26 Nov 2015 @ 6:52pm

Fancy watching Hot Tub Time Machine in a, err, hot tub? 

 

Well now you can, for some reason. Hot Tub Cinema is coming to Melbourne.
 
Next year Splash Out Hire is bringing Hot Tub Cinema, a concept has taken off overseas in such places as London and New York, to Melbourne. For approximately six weeks you'll have the chance to enjoy your movie watching experience from...

Posted 25 Nov 2015 @ 1:29pm

Welcome to the Beat’s weekly rundown of what’s hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Those of you with a taste for the macabre should be making their way to Dendy Newtown’s fiendish festival of fear, A Night Of Horror, which kicks off on Thursday. Would you like...

Posted 23 Nov 2015 @ 1:40pm

From Studio Ghibli creations to the likes of Dragon Ball Z, Japanese animation is coming to the forefront at ACMI next month.

 

Essential Anime will showcase three of Hayao Miyazaki's classic creations in 35mm screenings, all with original Japanese overdubs and English subtitles. The emphasis is on a tightly chosen selection of quality and iconic anime, including Laputa: Castle...

Posted 18 Nov 2015 @ 2:20pm

Welcome to Beat’s weekly rundown of what’s hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. There aren’t many major Western films hitting the screen this week… but then again, you’d have to be crazy to open against this.

 

So, to keep things...

Posted 17 Nov 2015 @ 11:59am

Dust off the picnic blanket and beanbag, because the team behind Moonlight Cinema have just revealed their 2015/2016 program - complete with advance screenings of 15 new release films before they reach the general public.

 

Suffragette starring Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter will officially open the season, followed by two screenings of the final Hunger...

Posted 9 Nov 2015 @ 12:53pm

Now in its tenth year, the Rooftop Cinema has returned with their first summer program with their tried-and-tested combination of new releases, cult favourites and classics.

 

The season will kick off with a screening of The Martian starring Matt Damon, alongside a generous collection of sci-fi offerings. Elsewhere, the program features James Cameron's Aliens, intergalactic...

Posted 4 Nov 2015 @ 12:09pm

Legendary Australian film critic Margaret Pomeranz has announced the first instalment of the Hollywood Retro Film Festival, of which she is a patron and co-curator. With it, 22 Hollywood classics from the first golden age of cinema will come to life on the big screen once more, lovingly restored to high quality digital format.

 

Highlights include digitally remastered screenings...

Posted 4 Nov 2015 @ 12:05pm

 

Amy Winehouse was arguably one of the most prolific yet haunted singer-songwriters of the early 21st century. Hounded incessantly by the media, there was a trend of portraying her as a substance-abusing trainwreck whose death at the age of 27 came as no surprise.
 
This year’s British documentary film about the late artist, Amy, aims to change the public’s perception by...

Posted 4 Nov 2015 @ 11:15am

No stars

 

Hey kids! Wanna know about rape culture? Why not check out Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse?
 
Ben (Tye Sheridan) is a Nice Guy torn between his two best friends – Augie (Joey Morgan), a scouting enthusiast trapped in pre-pubescence, and Carter (Logan Miller), a loathsome little weed obsessed with getting laid. They’re forced to grow up just that...

Posted 4 Nov 2015 @ 11:10am

Welcome to the Beat's new film column, where (normally) I will guide you with sure hands to this week’s greatest new releases. On this auspicious day, however, my hands are somewhat less sure as I’ve seen all of ONE of this week’s batch. And let’s just not talk about that one.

 

So sit back...

Posted 2 Nov 2015 @ 2:54pm

Set in the picturesque Dandenong Ranges, the Cameo Outdoor Cinema is back with a program full of new-release films.

 

Highlights include an opening session of new James Bond movie Spectre, followed by hotly anticipated screenings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 and Quintin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight. Bring your little sister along to...

Posted 2 Nov 2015 @ 2:17pm

Did Halloween give you a taste for something ghoulish? Monster Fest is a three-day celebration of everything gloriously gory and grotesque in international cult cinema. Boasting a program packed with blood soaked thrillers that will have you on the edge of your seat, capping it off is a range of curated events from acting masterclasses to spooktacular parties.

 

The official...

Posted 30 Oct 2015 @ 11:54am

Lido Cinemas, the artiplex situated in the heart of Hawthorn that opened earlier this year, have today launched the program for their rooftop cinema, set to launch in a fortnight. 

 

Lido on the Roof is Melbourne’s first rooftop cinema that features latest release films.
 
The launch of Lido on the Roof will kick off in high style upcoming James Bond film, Spectre....

Posted 14 Oct 2015 @ 2:58pm

★★★★

 

John Crowley’s Brooklyn tells of young Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan; Atonement, The Lovely Bones) navigating her solo migration to New York City from small-town Ireland in the 1950s. When tragedy forces her back to Ireland, Eilis agonises over the choice between her two homes and the romances that pull her back to them. Irish director Crowley – best known for his 2003 debut...

Posted 8 Oct 2015 @ 12:52pm

Gotta catch 'em all.

 

 

You best believe it, Pokemon: The First Movie is heading back to the big screen. From today Thursday October 8 - Sunday October 11 Hoyts Melbourne will be screening the film Melbourne Central, Frankston Northland as well as Highpoint.

 

In case you need a reminder in the film the leader of Team Rocket, Giovanni, plans to take...

Posted 6 Oct 2015 @ 1:42pm

ACMI will screen A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence, the final chapter in the award-winning Living Trilogy from acclaimed Swedish director, Roy Andersson, this October and November.

 

Winner of the Golden Lion at the 71st Venice International Film Festival, A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence plays out in a series of linked and stand-alone vignettes....

Posted 29 Sep 2015 @ 3:07pm

It’s an old philosophy to leave the world in a better state than when you found it. Admirable, yet few of us can truly attest that the world has benefitted from our brief tenure. Sure, you might have family and friends who will mourn you for a generation or two, but via our carbon footprint alone, our individual impacts have historically been a bit of a drain.

 

While the scales...

Posted 29 Sep 2015 @ 3:05pm

Every so often a curveball interview comes your way. It might be that the band member you were expecting has been suddenly replaced, or the performer you've always idolised is suddenly brought within spitting distance. Sometimes, the awe and surprise runs deeper still, which was entirely the case with Martin Baker. If you don't know his name, then you might just recognise some of his past...

Posted 28 Sep 2015 @ 3:13pm

An eclectic series of feature films and documentaries have been selected to herald the return of Southgate Cinema, Melbourne's only silent cinema experience.

 

Award winning biopics Selma, Big Eyes and The Theory of Everything are joined by a program focusing on the greats of design, photography and art. Highlights include Bill Cunningham New York, chronicling the career of the...

Posted 24 Sep 2015 @ 12:23pm

Pull up a beanbag when Moonlight Cinema returns for their 20th season this December, showing advance screenings, new releases and cult favourites under the stars, all summer long.

 

The biggest outdoor cinema in Australia are gearing up for another season of great films, bringing the festival atmosphere to film-watching.
 
Doggie Nights will once again return to the...

Posted 23 Sep 2015 @ 4:40pm

The 2015 Greek Film Festival have announced the full program for their 22nd year. The program includes 16 features, four documentaries, three shorts programs and a retrospective of Aliki Vougiouklakiâ's work. 

 

This year's opening night film is Australian stage play turned big screen movie Alex and Eve, Directed by Peter Andrikidis, it is a feel-good Australian story about...

Posted 22 Sep 2015 @ 5:51pm

★★★☆

 

Some films are made for the big screen, and Everest is one of them. It’s hard to say how enjoyable the experience would have been on a smaller screen with less wholly encompassing sound, but witnessed in the comforts of the IMAX, it’s an engrossing and nail-biting man vs. nature thriller.
 
It’s 1996, and numerous international agencies are vying to get...

Posted 22 Sep 2015 @ 5:46pm

“Photography is a good way of saying I’ve been here and you’ve been here,” says photographer Dennis Stock to his subject in the new film by Anton Corbijn, Life. It’s not exactly a dramatic moment – just two men walking through the rain when one takes a snapshot of the other. History remembers it differently, however: it’s 1955, the rain is falling on Times Square in New York City, and the...

Posted 17 Sep 2015 @ 9:28am

Girls on Film Festival will return this October to present a three-day mixtape of movies, parties and feminism.

 

After a successful inaugural outing last year, their sophomore program will feature an expanded program that celebrates women and girls in the movies, including animated masterpieces, thrillers with a twist and beloved modern classics.
 
The...

Posted 16 Sep 2015 @ 5:22pm

Sizzler 77, the closing film in this year’s Melbourne Underground Film Festival is kind of an accidental movie, born out of the comedic chemistry between two actors. “I wrote it for Teri Yeboah and Alan King,” says writer and director Timothy Spanos. “I was doing another film, Moonlight Magic, with a couple of cop characters played by Alan (King) and Terry (Yeboah) and they had such chemistry...

Posted 9 Sep 2015 @ 4:24pm

You could be forgiven for thinking the title The Decline Of Western Civilization is a judgement of the documentary series’ subject matter: Early 80s LA punk bands, mid 80s glam and metal bands, late 90s street punks. But it becomes apparent - if not immediately then certainly by the time your heart is wrenched out halfway through Decline III - that the films tell the story of the...

Posted 8 Sep 2015 @ 2:09pm

Spring is nearly upon us and Howler is here to welcome the season back with the return of Spring Break Cinema. The bandroom will be transformed into an intimate cinema, bringing together independent films with a nod to music, fashion and '90s visionaries.

 

The program kicks off with Mia Hansen-Løve’s latest, Eden. Informally known across the globe as 'The Daft Punk Movie', Eden...

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