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Steven Knight

One man, a car, a phone: that's Steven Knight's Locke

PHILIPPA HAWKER A car, a phone, night time. These elements, says director Steven Knight, were the starting points for his new film, Locke.

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Magic in the Moonlight

Sophie (Emma Stone) and Stanley (Colin Firth) in a scene from MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT, directed by Woody Allen
In cinemas August 28, 2014
An Entertainment One Films release
For more information contact rbraye@entonegroup.com Sophie (Emma Stone) and Stanley (Colin Firth) in a scene from MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT, directed by Woody Allen.In cinemas August 28, 2014.An Entertainment One Films release.For more information contact rbraye@entonegroup.com

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

CRAIG MATHIESON With Woody Allen's phenomenal work rate there will be slip-ups, and this year's model is the director's worst effort ever.

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Felony

Cop out: Malcolm Toohey (Joel Edgerton) is caught in a complex moral web in Felony.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

SANDRA HALL This Joel Edgerton-scripted thriller is among the finest Australian films to come along this year.

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Locke

Drive time: Tom Hardy gives a masterclass in psychological suspense.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

SANDRA HALL Steven Knight's uncompromising new film is an impeccable exercise in psychological suspense.

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Deepsea Challenge 3D

Mission down under: James Cameron enlisted Ray Quint as director on Deepsea Challenge 3D.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

JAKE WILSON James Cameron's latest film is a real-life adventure that indulges his great passion for deep-sea diving but reveals little about the man.

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The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

Robert Gustafsson as Allan Karlsson in

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

JAKE WILSON Felix Herngren's film is meant to be a jolly romp, but barely raises a smirk.

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The Inbetweeners 2

Lost in space: Well, Australia actually. The cast of <em>The Inbetweeners 2</em>.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

PHILIPPA HAWKER As a hymn to male bonding, and an exploration of the comic possibilities of what happens when a turd hits a water slide, The Inbetweeners 2 is a precisely crafted piece of work.

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In Search of Chopin

'In Search of Chopin' film still.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

PAUL BYRNES British documentary maker Phil Grabsky has fine form in covering the great composers, but his take on Fryderyk Chopin rarely hits the high notes.

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News, interviews, features

Film prize

Paper Planes wins $100,000 prize in WA

Robert Connolly's <i>Paper Planes</i> stars Ed Oxenbould as a 12-year-old with a special gift.

PHILIPPA HAWKER CinefestOZ has put the spotlight on Busselton with the richest film prize on offer in Australia.

Wrong Attenborough

Oh, brother: Tributes flow for David

Attenborough

CAROLINE ZIELINSKI Social media has exploded as users mourn the death of TV wildlife presenter David Attenborough - except they've got the wrong brother.

Highlights

10 jewels in Richard Attenborough's crown

Richard Attenborough as Bartlett in <i>The Great Escape</i>.

NICK GALVIN The career of Richard Attenborough spanned more than 70 years as actor, director and producer.

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Curtain call

The Astor will live as a cinema, owner vows

Doom and gloom at The Astor.

CAROLINE ZIELINSKI The Astor Theatre will continue to operate as an independent, single-stream cinema despite fears it would close forever, its owner has vowed.

Astor to close

The Astor Theatre to close in 2015

The Astor Theatre

DEBORAH GOUGH The Astor Theatre will close - and show its last movie on April 5, 2015 - with its owner and its proprietor citing irreconcilable differences.

Peter Cousens

Freedom marks singer's leap of faith

Peter Cousens, director of the film <i>Freedom</i>.

KARL QUINN He lost it all with the failure of the theatre company Kookaburra, but now Peter Cousens is born again as a director, with a film pitched at the burgeoning faith-based market.

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Short Cuts

Short cuts: Australian film industry news

Period drama: Kate Winslet will be shooting outside Melbourne opposite Liam Hemsworth.

GARRY MADDOX Seven bound for Toronto; the west goes art-house; Winslet comes to Melbourne.

Casting

Cate Blanchett to star in new Jungle Book film

Snake tales: Blanchett has signed on to play the python, Kaa, in the upcoming <em>Jungle Book</em> movie.

Cate Blanchett and Christian Bale have joined the cast of one of two Jungle Book movies in the works.

Betty Boop

Cowell, Animal Logic team for Betty Boop

Simon Cowell and Betty Boop.

GARRY MADDOX The American Idol creator is making a Betty Boop movie with the Australian animation studio behind The Lego Movie.

Effects

Star Wars to drop CGI for final episodes

Jedi Master Yoda in a scene in an undated publicity photo from Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

The new Star Wars movies will ditch an overload of CGI for more "practical" special effects, says director Rian Johnson

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Israeli film festival

Protest film will open Israeli Film Festival

Self Made: starring Samira Saraya as Nadine.

PHILIPPA HAWKER Israeli writer-director Shira Geffen blends fairytale and grim reality with a touch of DIY in her new feature, 'Self Made'.

Angry

Unbeatables writer compares critic to Ebola

Cry foul: writer Richard O Smith took issue with a poor review of <i>The Unbeatables</i>.

When a screenwriter read a review of his new film in London's Daily Telegraph, he was disappointed it received only one star.

Film Fest

Bryan Brown lends support to Lebanese fest

Bryan Brown

ANDREW TAYLOR At first glance, Bryan Brown’s patronage of the Lebanese Film Festival is a marriage of opposites.

Tribute

Mara Wilson: 'We're all his goddamn kids'

Robin Williams.

SARAH THOMAS Mara Wilson, the unfeasibly cute little girl who played Robin Williams' daughter in Mrs Doubtfire, has penned a touching, heartfelt blog about her relationship with the late comic.

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Festivals

Tribute to Jan Svankmajer in Czech Festival

Confronting history: The mini-series <i>Burning Bush</i> explores the history of communist occupation.

JAKE WILSON Cerise Howard's passion for Czech and Slovak cinema has led to the creation of the Czech and Slovak Film Festival of Australia, now in its second year.

Mockingjay

Expect surprises in Hunger Games 3

Before and after ... colourful character Effie gets a drab makeover as she joins District 13 in <i>Mockingjay</i> movie.

Even avid readers of The Hunger Games will be surprised with the next instalment of the hit franchise, according to director Francis Lawrence.

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Kasimir Burgess

Exploring nature and revenge in Fell

Young actress Isabella Garwoli stars in <i>Fell</i>.

PHILIPPA HAWKER Already hugely successful as a maker of artful short films, Kasimir Burgess has turned to an intimate story of revenge set in magisterial logging country for his feature debut.

Never too old

The old boys' club is back in action

Liam Neeson in Taken, the  first

PAUL BYRNES There's never been a better time to be an old bloke in action. If you're over 60 and can hold a gun, there is a job for you.

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Pirates

Disney plan to switch $21.6m cash to Pirates

Geoffrey Rush as Captain Barbossa

KARL QUINN Disney has reportedly asked the government to approve a reallocation of $21.6 million granted to lure its 20,000 Leagues production down under to the latest Pirates of the Caribbean film.

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Melissa George

Melissa George: enjoying the good life

ca. 2005 --- Stylist is Janine Israel, hair by Peter Savic and makeup by Troy Jensen. --- Image by ? Yariv Milchan/Corbis Outline

ED GIBBS Croissants, a babe in arms and a new film ... this Aussie actor has much to be happy about.

Joel Edgerton

Felony star knows value of keeping his head

Actor Joel Edgerton.

KARL QUINN Joel Edgerton is in a pretty great place right now, but the star of Felony knows it would be a crime to take it all for granted.

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Patrick Hughes

Australian director plays with the big boys

Two homes: Patrick Hughes in Los Angeles, where he has one of his two homes in Venice Beach.

KARL QUINN Patrick Hughes was just a little kid when he started making action movies. Now he's mixing it with the biggest names in the business.

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All grown up

The Inbetweeners head Down Under

The Inbetweeners 2

GARRY MADDOX The British TV spinoff The Inbetweeners Movie was so successful in Britain – and surprisingly popular in this country – that a sequel was inevitable.

Memories

Don McAlpine on 'brilliantly obsessive' star

Don McAlpine.

Garry Maddox and Michael Idato Veteran Australian cinematographer Don McAlpine has given an insight into both the brilliance and the obsessiveness of Robin Williams as they worked on three movies together. 

Star Trek

How George Takei chose to boldly go...

George Takei.

JOEL MEARES George Takei's personal journey as a gay actor is sensitively told in a new documentary.

Ian Pringle

Pringle back at MIFF after 22 years away

Ian Pringle

KARL QUINN Ian Pringle's promising career took him to America, but after things fell apart in the most bizarre way imaginable filmmaking was the last thing on his mind. Until now.

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James Cameron

Plumbing the depths for Deepsea Challenge

Adventurer: One of the surprises of <i>Deepsea Challenge 3D</i> is learning how much director James Cameron considers himself an explorer as well as a filmmaker.

GARRY MADDOX The scene is the National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour. With a submarine and a small flotilla docked outside, legendary Hollywood filmmaker James Cameron is launching his latest movie.

Depressed

Williams 'started to disconnect', says friend

The end was shockingly sudden. But the road that led to Robin Williams' suicide at age 63 was a long one - and if you knew where to look, there were plenty of signposts indicating trouble along the way.

Screen icon

Bacall was nobody's woman, except Bogie's

Lauren Bacall.

KARL QUINN Lauren Bacall was a conundrum, a proto-feminist forever linked to the man she loved, and whose presence in her life she believed held back her career.

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Lauren Bacall dead at 89

Lauren Bacall has reportedly died.

MICHAEL IDATO The veteran actress has died after a massive stroke at the age of 89.

Cash from comics

Comic-book heroes big earners for film studios

The Avengers

MICHAEL IDATO An astonishing 30 super-hero movies are scheduled for release over the next six years.

Mark Ruffalo

Begin Again star is king of ruffled charm

Second chances: Mark Ruffalo plays a jaded record producer who is reinvigorated by Keira Knightley in romantic musical Begin Again.

STEPHANIE BUNBURY He's been through depression, a brain tumour and the murder of his brother. And somehow, Mark Ruffalo is still smiling - and utterly charming.

Melanie Griffith gets up on the tightrope

Melanie Griffith in <i>Working Girl</i>.

STEPHANIE BUNBURY “Hello, I’m Melanie and I’m an alcoholic.” That isn’t exactly how Melanie Griffith✓ introduces herself, but it’s near enough.

Telemovie

Mandy McElhinney to play Gina Rinehart

Mandy McElhinney to play Gina Rinehart.

ANDREW HORNERY Producers have finalised casting of the lead role, with Mandy McElhinney winning out over several other leading ladies who had been vying to play Gina Rinehart.

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Set Visit

Helen Mirren, full of grace, Lasse is with thee

Food porn: Helen Mirren stars as Madame Mallory in <i>The Hundred-Foot Journey</i>.

STEPHANIE BUNBURY Lasse Hallstrom knows his way around a feelgood movie, and when this one combines French food porn with a star-studded cast what's not to love?

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Robin's best

Robin Williams' greatest performances

Robin Williams

Philippa Hawker, Paul Byrnes, Jake Wilson, Sandra Hall, Craig Mathieson Fairfax's film critics nominate the best performances on film from one of the greatest comedic talents the world has ever witnessed.

Genius, madness of man who touched us all

Robin Williams

MICHAEL IDATO He was trained formally at the Juilliard School, the prestigious American talent academy founded a century ago. But in a career spanning four decades, comedian and actor Robin Williams came to personify the very opposite of its rigid, classical tradition.

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The genius Genie who taught me to laugh

Robin Williams as the Genie in Disney's Aladdin.

JOEL MEARES A '90s kid reflects on the man who was the Genie.

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Joe Swanberg

The lo-fi master of keeping it real

Director Joe Swanberg is in Melbourne for the film festival.

KARL QUINN Joe Swanberg makes lo-fi improvised indie slices of life that are funny and real in equal measure, but the days of churning out six films in a year are behind him.

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Shelling out

Cowabunga! TMNT sequel already planned

The film reboots the characters from the popular animated TV series from the '80s and '90s.

SARAH THOMAS The reviews have been mixed at best, but the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot has scored big at the US box-office - and earned a sequel in the process.

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MIFF coverage

Melbourne Film Festival

What's showing at the 2014 Melbourne International Film Festival?

Columns

Short cuts: Australian film industry news

Seven bound for Toronto; the west goes art-house; Winslet comes to Melbourne.

Why today's female screen 'legends' are less powerful than in Lauren Bacall's day

Great actresses have gained much more freedom since Lauren Bacall's day, but have their options, and their choices, really improved all that much?

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Trailers

Magic in the Moonlight

A master illusionist who is invited to a family mansion to unmask a possible swindle involving an alluring young clairvoyant named Sophie.

Locke

Ivan Locke, a dedicated family man and successful construction manager, receives a phone call the could destory his life.

Felony

Three male detectives become embroiled in a tense struggle after a tragic accident that leaves a child in a coma.

In Search of Chopin

Phil Grabsky explores to find the great Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin and better understand his genius.

Postman Pat The Movie

A veteran postman is selected for a talent show, but the robots designed to replace him attempt to take over the world.

Palo Alto

A dark drama centered on a group of teens with a penchant for finding trouble. Based on James Franco's book of short stories.

The Hundred Foot Journey

The Kadam family moves from India to a small village in the south of France where they open a restaurant, causing trouble with the local top chef, Madame Mallory.

And So It Goes

A self-absorbed realtor enlists the help of his neighbour when he's left in charge of the granddaughter he never knew existed until his estranged son drops her off.

The Expendables 3

Barney and his team, known as "The Expendables", come into conflict with ruthless arms dealer Conrad Stonebanks, the Expendables' co-founder, who is determined to destroy the team.

A Most Wanted Man

A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror.

The Maze Runner

A group of boys, with no memories of their past lives, must escape a massive maze infested with deadly creatures.

These Final Hours

A self-obsessed young man makes his way to the party-to-end-all-parties on the last day on Earth, but ends up saving the life of a little girl searching for her father.

Begin Again

A dejected music business executive forms a bond with a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Company of Thorin has reached Smaug's lair but can Bilbo and the Dwarves reclaim Erebor and the treasure?

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

Join esteemed victors Peeta Mellark and Johanna Mason in their support of President Snow's Panem Address, Unity.

The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom

Chinese martial arts fantasy about political intrigue and eternal love set during the Ming Dynasty.

The Captive

Doting father and husband, Matthew, leaves his sleeping daughter alone in his truck while he ducks into a roadside diner. When he returns, she is gone and instantly his world is destroyed.

Wish I Was Here

Aidan Bloom is a 35-year-old man who finds himself at major crossroads, which forces him to examine his life, his career and his family.

Exodus: Gods and Kings

Ridley Scott's epic account of Moses' hand in leading the Israelite slaves out of Egypt.

Kingsman - The Secret Service

A super-secret spy organisation recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency's ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

Dracula Untold

Dracula Untold explores the origin of Dracula, weaving vampire mythology with the true history of Prince Vlad the Impaler.

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