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Spaghetti western sets

The towns Sergio Leone left behind

KARL QUINN Abandoned in the 1970s, the former sets for Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns are now trying, with varying degrees of success, to reel in the tourists in southern Spain.

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13 Minutes

Oliver Hirschbiegel's <i>13 Minutes</i> cuts back and forth between the interrogation of Georg Elser (Christian Friedel) and the experiences that led to his desperate act.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

JAKE WILSON A German carpenter's 1939 attempt to kill Hitler and other high-ranking Nazis might have changed history if not for an error of timing.

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Ant-Man

Marvel's Ant-Man, played by Paul Rudd.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

CRAIG MATHIESON A comparatively modest, disarmingly enjoyable instalment in the engorged superhero ecosystem that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Forever Young

Li Yifeng plays Xu Nuo in the lightweight Chinese coming-of-age film <i>Forever Young</i>.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

JAKE WILSON This Chinese coming-of-age film marks the directorial debut of He Jiong and draws inspiration from a hit song he recorded a few years ago.

The Gallows

Restaging: <i>The Gallows</i> follows a high school drama production overshadowed by the past.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

JAKE WILSON A found footage shocker in the vein of The Blair Witch Project, but with techniques too familiar to be truly unnerving.

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Mr Holmes

Mr Holmes

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

PAUL BYRNES Bill Condon's Mr Holmes is perhaps close to a perfect story – a gentle suspense, surrounded by deep emotion.

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Paper Towns

Cara Delevingne is Margo, the force of nature in a hoodie and black nail polish who disappears.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

CRAIG MATHIESON Friends band together to find clues to a teenager's disappearance in Paper Towns.

News, interviews, features

Constant training keeps Tom Cruise in form for Mission: Impossible stunts

Tom Cruise reprises the role of spy Ethan Hunt in <i>Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation</i>.

Ryan Hooper 11:45pm Tom Cruise, who is known for performing his own stunts, credits them to long working hours and years of practice.

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Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine trailer paints unflattering portrait

Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs with the Apple I computer in 1976.

Ebony Bowden The trailer for the second Steve Jobs film to be released this year has been revealed, offering an insight into the life of the late tech icon from stitched-together archival footage and interviews.

Top Gun sequel: Tom Cruise open to reprising Maverick role

Tom Cruise

Alex Fraser Hollywood star Tom Cruise says he would be open to reprising his 1980s role as US Navy pilot Maverick in a possible sequel to action drama "Top Gun".

Chance meeting with Ethan Hawke introduced the world to little-known pianist Seymour Bernstein

Seymour Bernstein, a former concert pianist, is the subject of a documentary directed by Ethan Hawke.

Michael Cooper Seymour Bernstein, a piano teacher who retired from the stage almost 40 years ago, is enjoying his new role as an unexpected movie star.

Lawrence Leung's life - but is it fact or fiction?

Lawrence Leung.

CRAIG MATHIESON Lawrence Leung believes in obsession. The Melbourne comic and television star doesn't display mere interest in a topic, he has an abiding fascination, one that requires him to dive deep and explore every facet of the field.

Pawno a slice of inner-west life

John Brumpton in a scene from Pawno.

CRAIG MATHIESON The film Pawno makes a virtue out of a single distinctive locale, in and around a pawnbroker's shop on Barkly Street in Footscray.

Fresh start in new body soon becomes fraught

Madeline (Natalie Martinez) repeatedly asks Damian (Ryan Reynolds),

CRAIG MATHIESON When an ageing tycoon transfers in to the body of a younger man, he finds acclimatising to his new world is not as simple as he imagined.

13 Minutes review: Unflinching look at the unsung hero who tried to kill Hitler

Christian Friedel plays carpenter George Elser, whose plan to assassinate Adolf Hitler was undone by a last-minute change in travel plans by HItler.

SANDRA HALL A new film examines the German carpenter who almost toppled the Third Reich.

I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story review: The man under the yellow feathers

<i>I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story</i> offers revealing glimpses of life behind the scenes of <i>Sesame Street</i>.

SANDRA HALL Puppeteer Carroll Spinney has spent more than half his life bringing a much-loved Sesame Street character to life.

Human Highway

Human Highway: Rare Neil Young movie on at Melbourne Film Festival

Neil Young has long made films under the name of Bernard Shakey.

PAUL BYRNES Neil Young's $3 million home movie is a good-humoured take on the end of the world.

Top picks of the Melbourne International Film Festival

<i>7 Chinese Brothers</i>.

CRAIG MATHIESON Critics' pick of the Melbourne International Film Festival.

A smarter movie lurks within this thriller

Ryan Reynolds in <i>Self/Less</i>, the story of an older man transplanted into a younger man's body.

CRAIG MATHIESON The concept of transplanting a consciousness into a new body in the movies is an old and often satisfying one.

Beyond Hollywood: David Stratton's festival of the best of British

<i>2001 A Space Odyssey</i>.

Brian McFarlane As Cinema Nova presents a feast of British classics, a local cinephile lets the credits roll.

Soft Cell

Self/less review: Ryan Reynolds gets second chance at life

Ryan Reynolds in Self/less

PHILIPPA HAWKER A Faustian pact to prolong youth is at the heart of this thriller from the creator of The Cell.

Gyllenhaal tough to recognise in Southpaw

Jake Gyllenhaal stars in <i>Southpaw</i>.

Steven Rea From his role as a feral video cameramen in Nightcrawler, Jake Gyllenhaal has transformed himself for Southpaw, in which he is a prizefighter, all muscle, sinew, tattoos and bling.

MIFF 2015: Willem Dafoe enters the dark world of Italian film director Pasolini

Uncanny resemblance: Willem Dafoe as Pier Paolo Pasolini in <i>Pasolini</i>.

STEPHANIE BUNBURY Famous for playing villains with a leering sense of menace, Willem Dafoe recreates the final day in the life of controversial director Pier Paolo Pasolini in his latest outing with Abel Ferrara.

MIFF 2015: Our film critics preview 10 titles to look out for

Aferim!

Stephanie Bunbury, Philippa Hawker, Karl Quinn, Jake Wilson The Age's film critics preview 10 of the films worth seeing at this year's Melbourne International Film Festival.

Hints dropped

Revealed: the Star Wars: The Force Awakens micro-spoiler that will make fans of the 1977 original film squeal

FORCEFUL: David Prowse as Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes back (left); Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) unload (right).

MICHAEL IDATO Chewy fans are in for a treat if this spoiler is anything to go by.

William Shatner

William Shatner's one-man show Shatner's World: We Just Live in It coming to Oz

William Shatner is bringing his one-man show to Australia.

KARL QUINN The seeds of his acclaimed one-man show were sown in Australia, and now William Shatner is finally bringing the finished product back where it all began.

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Last Cab to Darwin: WA director Jeremy Sims on his morbid masterpiece

Michael Caton stars as Rex, a terminally ill taxi driver.

CANDICE BARNES When we first meet Rex, the sickly lead character in Last Cab to Darwin, he's chowing down on a polony and tomato sauce sandwich.

Documentary Best of Enemies shows Buckley v Vidal: When debate became blood sport

Point-scoring: William F. Buckley (left) and Gore Vidal in one of their television debates, from the documentary Best of Enemies.

MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM A new documentary brings to light the televised clashes between two public intellectuals and considers the influence this had on media debates.

MIFF opening night

MIFF opening night: Paul Cox has a date with destiny

David Wenham, left, stars in Paul Cox's new film, which will have its world premier at the Melbourne International Film Festival.

PHILIPPA HAWKER Paul Cox has been making films since the 1970s, but his appetite for discovery has never deserted him  In his latest feature, Force of Destiny, he says, he has found a new confidence, a glimpse of a new direction that he's eager to explore again.

Just announced

Jurassic World sequel set for June 2018, with Chris Pratt returning

Jurassic World

In some rather unsurprising news - if you've been following the box office - the dinos are going to wreak havoc once more.

Ryan Reynolds: keen to learn from directors, the true 'gods' of filmmaking

Ryan Reynolds is 'clicking' with foreign directors.

Pip Cummings He's been a romantic lead and an action man, but Ryan Reynolds isn't necessarily interested in happy endings. "I love it when, for the good of cinema, we can have a film that doesn't necessarily wrap itself up in a perfect bow at the end."

Festivals

How Sweden hit its 50:50 gender target for film production in record time

Cannes Film Festival featured only two films by women in competition this year. It could never happen in Sweden, which has revolutionised its industry in just four years.

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Sydney Film Festival

Check out reviews, trailers and the latest news from the festival.

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Human Highway: Rare Neil Young movie on at Melbourne Film Festival

Neil Young's $3 million home movie is a good-humoured take on the end of the world.

Short Cuts: Nowhere Boys heads for cinemas and more news from Australian film

The hit ABC young adult series Nowhere Boys heads for the big screen, as does cricketer Brett Lee in the romantic comedy UnIndian.

Trailers

The Martian

Left behind by his crew, stranded astronaut Mark Watney must find a way to survive on Mars.

Trainwreck

Having thought that monogamy was never possible, a commitment-phobic career woman may have to face her fears when she meets a good guy.

Joy

From director David O. Russell, a story about a single mother Joy (Jennifer Lawrence) who establishes herself as an inventor and unexpected business mogul.

'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman and Superman are at war with each other in an epic battle to save the world.

Goosebumps

A young kid teams up with the niece of young adult horror author R.L. Stine after the writer's imaginary demons are set free on the town of Greendale, Maryland.

The Intern

Widower Ben Whittaker has discovered that retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site.

Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine

Documentary from Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney exploring the life and legacy of Apple founder, Steve Jobs.

Point Break

A young FBI agent infiltrates an extraordinary team of extreme sports athletes he suspects of masterminding a string of unprecedented, sophisticated corporate heists.

Suicide Squad

A team of supervillains are assembled to work for a secret government agency.

Spectre 007

James Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE.

Black Mass

The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.

Jem and the Holograms

As a small-town girl catapults from underground video sensation to global superstar, she and her three sisters begin a journey of discovering that some talents are too special to keep hidden.

Amy

A documentary about the late singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse, who died of alcohol poisoning in 2011.

Legend

Identical twin gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray terrorise London during the 1950s and 1960s.

Crimson Peak

When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay: a place filled with secrets that will haunt her forever.

Sinister 2

A young mother and her twin sons move into a rural house that's marked for death.

Southpaw

A boxer fights his way to the top, only to find his life falling apart around him.

The Emperor's New Clothes

World-famous British comedian and activist Russell Brand joins forces with acclaimed director Michael Winterbottom on a polemical documentary about the financial crisis and gross inequality we currently face.

Fantastic Four

Four young outsiders teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe which alters their physical form in shocking ways.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The movie trailer that may just break the internet. Star Wars is back.

Ant-Man

Armed with a super-suit with the ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Ruben Guthrie

By day, 29-year-old Ruben Guthrie is the wunderkind creative at one of Sydney’s hottest boutique ad agencies; by night, he is one of Sydney’s most notorious party boys until he jumps off a hotel roof into a wading pool and nearly kills himself.

Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation

Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate, an International rogue organisation committed to destroying the IMF.

Hotel Transylvania 2

When the old-old-old-fashioned vampire Vlad arrives at the hotel for an impromptu family get-together, Hotel Transylvania is in for a collision of supernatural old-school and modern day cool.

Man Up

A single woman who's mistaken for a stranger's blind date, leads to her finding the perfect boyfriend.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organisation.

True Story

The relationship between journalist Michael Finkel and Christian Longo, an FBI Most Wanted List murderer who for years lived outside the US under Finkel's name.

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