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Aaron Sorkin's Jobs demands your attention

STEPHANIE BUNBURY Aaron Sorkin admits he took liberties with some facts in his screenplay for Steve Jobs. But he did so to 'get at some larger truths'.

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Room

Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay in the film Room.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

PHILIPPA HAWKER A powerful imagining of an extraordinary situation: a mother and small child kept prisoners, held in a single room.

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Dirty Grandpa

Bad bromance: Jason Kelly (Zac Efron) and Dick Kelly (Robert De Niro) in <i>Dirty Grandpa</i>.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

JAKE WILSON Though it cannot be described as good or even halfway competent, as raunchy Hollywood comedies go it's more intriguingly kinky than most.

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Looking for Grace

Ordinary people: Radha Mitchell and Richard Roxburgh chase a runaway in <i>Looking for Grace</i>.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

PAUL BYRNES So many comedies trade in juvenile and trivial ideas; this one offers a deep observation of human nature, with a sense of the ridiculous.

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The 5th Wave

Alex Roe and Chloe Grace Moretz in <i>The 5th Wave</i>.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

SANDRA HALL Hollywood's latest dystopian fantasy offers nothing we haven't seen before.

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Spotlight

This photo provided by courtesy of Open Road Films shows, Rachel McAdams, from left, as Sacha Pfeiffer, Mark Ruffalo as Michael Rezendes and Brian d?Arcy James as Matt Carroll, in a scene from the film,

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

CRAIG MATHIESON A compellingly precise drama about a team of Boston newspaper reporters who uncovered a vast sexual abuse scandal involving Catholic clergy.

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Carol

Cate Blanchett in <i>Carol</i>.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

PAUL BYRNES An immaculate movie in which Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara take us inside a story of desire and retribution that's both satisfying and disturbing.

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The Hateful Eight

Samuel L. Jackson in <i>The Hateful Eight</i>, directed by Quentin Tarantino.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

JAKE WILSON The new Tarantino conjures up a western, a murder mystery and a horror film.

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The Danish Girl

The Danish Girl

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

SANDRA HALL  Eddie Redmayne's winsome smile works much too hard in The Danish Girl.

The Big Short

Christian Bale as the eccentric Michael Burry in <i>The Big Short</i>.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

JAKE WILSON For all its liveliness, it can be heavy going: the dialogue remains weighed down with jargon, and the storytelling gimmicks distract more than they clarify.

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Goosebumps

Cranky neighbour: Jack Black plays author R.L. Stine in the movie adaptation of <i>Goosebumps</i>.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

PHILIPPA HAWKER Storybook monsters come to life in a movie based on R.L. Stine's Goosebumps series.

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Shortcuts: The Price We Pay, Heaven Can Wait, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton clash in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

CRAIG MATHIESON 12:15am The Transitions Film Festival exposes the dark world of corporate tax avoidance.

Blue Steel is back

Ben Stiller reveals the one thing he kept coming back to in Zoolander No. 2

Ben Stiller says the characters came before the plot in this movie.

SARAH THOMAS 2:00pm The first movie anticipated the rise of selfie culture, and for the sequel, Ben Stiller says, he had no choice but to put our culture's narcissism front and centre.

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Ex-Neighbours actor Bella Heathcote lands role in Fifty Shades Darker

Bella Heathcote has landed a role in <i>Fifty Shades Darker</i>, the second instalment of E.L. James' trilogy.

ANDREW TAYLOR Bella Heathcote joins the long list of Neighbours alumni who have landed plum roles in Hollywood.

Selfie-obsessed Zoolander sets a Guinness world record

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04:  Ben Stiller attends a London Fan Screening of the Paramount Pictures film

True to male supermodel form Ben Stiller has taken the cast of Zoolander No 2 into the record books - with a selfie.

Beefcake with the lot

'I make fun of Ryan Reynolds, and I like that': Deadpool's self-deprecating star

Ryan Reynolds makes fun of his own image in <i>Deadpool</i>.

Andrew Purcell The star's ripped torso allows the Marvel team to have its beefcake and eat it too.

Top 5 films: From Japanese fantasy to New York and Flinders Ranges

Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams in To The Wonder.

JAKE WILSON Our pick of films playing this weekend include a Malick curiousity.

Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston talks luck and heartache on his way to the Oscars

In Trumbo, Bryan Cranston plays scriptwriter Dalton Trumbo, who was jailed for being a socialist.

STEPHANIE BUNBURY Having redefined small-screen evil as Walter White, the late-bloomer is at last taking centre stage.

Questions over Bollywood productions

Media Alliance raises concerns about unsafe work on Indian film Sardaarji Returns in Sydney

From the <i>Sardaaji Returns</i> shoot in Sydney.

GARRY MADDOX Allegations have drawn attention to Bollywood films shooting in Australia.

Is it time to revive the Black Oscars?

Will Smith was honoured at the Tree of Life Awards for his title role in Ali.

Tre'vell Anderson The Tree of Life Awards, launched in 1981 and running until 2007, were a way to celebrate black accomplishments in the film industry, and now some are calling for their return.

In Steve Jobs Kate Winslet plays the hovering henchwoman

Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman in the movie <i>Steve Jobs</I>.

JENNY COONEY CARRILLO  A short brunette wig helped the Oscar-winning actress get a key role.

Back from the dead

Tropfest announces Simon Baker, Rebecca Gibney and Jocelyn Moorhouse as judges

Simon Baker ... Tropfest judge.

GARRY MADDOX After all the dramas, the iconic short film festival is getting ready to roll again.

Nasty Baby director Sebastian Silva is ebullient, opinionated and unguarded

Sebastian Silva and Kristen Wiig in Nasty Baby.

STEPHANIE BUNBURY It is hard to imagine Nasty Baby director Sebastian Silva being embarrassed by anything much.

So long, Summer Bay

Stephen Peacocke stars opposite Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke in Me Before You

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EBONY BOWDEN Home and Away actor Stephen Peacocke is headed in the Hemsworth brothers' footsteps.

Furious Again

Fast and Furious: Vin Diesel confirms release dates for three more films

Paul Walker and Vin Diesel in scene from one of the <i>Fast & Furious </i>films.

There's way more fuel in the tank for Fast and Furious film franchise.

Win tickets to Trumbo preview screening at Dendy Portside

Trumbo.

Brisbane Times is teaming with eOne and Dendy Cinemas to give 100 people and their guest a preview peek at the latest film to get a tick from the critics.

French director Jacques Rivette, a master of the New Wave, dies aged 87

Jacques Rivette at Cannes Film Festival in 2001.

The pre-eminent theoretician of the French 'New Wave' and the filmmaker who, with Jean-Luc Godard, came closest in his own work to realising the movement's aims and aspirations.

Titantic retake

Rose let Jack die: Kate Winslet buys into Titantic controversy

FILE--Jack Dawson, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, and Rose DeWitt Bukater, played by Kate Winslet, portray passengers aboard the ill-fated Titanic in this scene from the movie

LINDA MORRIS Titantic actress says tearful ending of disaster epic could have been a whole lot different.

Classic casting

Writer Bruce Joel Rubin says Ghost could easily have starred Nicole Kidman and Paul Hogan

Instead of Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze it could have been Nicole Kidman and Paul Hogan starring in the movie Ghost.

GARRY MADDOX An Oscar-winning screenwriter talks about what almost was for a hit Hollywood movie.

'Unmitigated delight'

George Miller named as president of the Cannes Film Festival jury

George Miller ... heading for Cannes.

GARRY MADDOX Another honour for the director of Mad Max: Fury Road.

This week's Australian film news

The Sapphires sashay their way to television as an animated series

<i>The Sapphires</i> animated TV series.

GARRY MADDOX Goalpost Pictures and Sticky Pictures are in the final stages of developing an animated TV series for children based on Wayne Blair's 2012 film to screen on the ABC.

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Al Jazeera journalists Egyptian trial set to become political thriller

Al-Jazeera English producer Baher Mohamed, left, Canadian-Egyptian Acting Cairo Bureau Chief Mohamed Fahmy, centre, and correspondent Peter Greste, right, face court in Cairo in 2014.

EBONY BOWDEN The harrowing year three Al Jazeera journalists spent wrongfully imprisoned in an Egyptian jail is headed for the big screen.

Holy-wood

Pope Francis to make film debut but is 'not an actor' says Vatican

Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he delivers his 'Urbi et Orbi' blessing.

Pope Francis is expected to appear in a spiritual film aimed at children, Italian producers said on Monday.

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Broke trailer has echoes of troubled rugby league star Mitchell Pearce's downfall

Fallen rugby league star Ben Kelly played by Steve Le Marquand in <i>Broke</i>.

GARRY MADDOX An exclusive first look at the new trailer for an intensely topical Australian film about drinking and gambling in sport.

Hail, Buster Crabbe: a saturated screen star to remember

Buster Crabbe as Flash Gordon in the film <i>Flash Gordon Goes to Mars!</i>

PAUL BYRNES Could there be a more banal passing for a man who once wrestled lions for a living?

Ben Stiller reveals Zoolander's real appeal

Ben Stiller as Derek Zoolander has a new love interest in Penelope Cruz as Valentina Valencia in <i>Zoolander 2</i>.

Danielle McGrane The comic cult male model is back for another look at the world of fashion.

Screen life

Frank Finlay, star of Three Musketeers and Othello, dead at 89

Actor Frank Finlay

The Oscar-nominated star of films like Othello and The Three Musketeers passed away on Saturday.

'Welcome to diverse TV': Actors of colour win big at SAG awards

Idris Elba, winner of Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for <i>Beasts of No Nation</i>, and Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for <i>Luther</i>.

Australia's Ruby Rose celebrates win in absentia as Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman and Miranda Otto miss out on gongs at the Screen Actors Guild awards in Los Angeles, which honoured diverse casts and roles.

Robert De Niro and Zac Efron hit the road in a crude caper

Robert De Niro, left, and Zac Efron play grandfather and grandson in Dirty Grandpa.

CRAIG MATHIESON What would Scent of a Woman look like if it was remade by American Pie's Stifler, and starred Robert De Niro and Zac Efron?

How Australia's landscape sears into our movies and inspires Looking for Grace

Odessa Young in Looking For Grace.

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PAUL BYRNES The Australian landscape frequently inspires cinematic terror but there is another side to it.

Mad Max, Blanchett, take honours at International AACTA awards

Cate Blanchett won best actress for her role in Carol.

MICHAEL IDATO Mad Max: Fury Road has won two awards at the AACTA International Awards in Los Angeles, making it well-placed in the Oscar race.

Colm Toibin's Brooklyn traces one story of the Irish diaspora to America

When Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) emigrates to New York, she becomes involved with plumber Tony (Emory Cohen).

STEPHANIE BUNBURY To many, the film tells the quintessential Irish story, but at its heart lies an exploration of what it means to be nomadic.

Film picks: The Blues Brothers, About Elly, The Iron Giant, Women He's Undressed, Spotlight

The Blues Brothers (1980) defines the term 'cult classic'.

JAKE WILSON The Blue Brothers has yet another outing, this time in the outdoor setting of Stringybark Cinema.

Australians out in force

Mariah Carey flaunts engagement ring with James Packer at G'Day USA gala

James Packer and Mariah Carey arrive at the 2016 G'Day USA gala.

MICHAEL IDATO Mariah Carey, the newly minted bride-to-be of Australian casino billionaire turned Hollywood film producer James Packer, made a stunning debut on the G'Day LA red carpet in Los Angeles. But the 45-year-old New York-born singer was upstaged in dramatic fashion – by her own engagement ring.

'Mr Fuzzy Pants'

Kevin Spacey goes from villainous president to fuzzy cat in new film Nine Lives

The Usual Suspects story would be more likely to appear as a TV production than a movie today, says Kevin Spacey.

EBONY BOWDEN He's best known for his role as bloodthirsty president Frank Underwood, but Kevin Spacey's latest character is a little more - well it's weird.

Competition

Irrational Man: win a new TV and a DVD pack

Fairfax Media and Entertainment One are giving you the opportunity to win a brand new Samsung TV to mark the release of Woody Allen's latest movie on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD.

Columns

Simon Baker closes in on cast for Breath, his Tim Winton movie

Simon Baker is close to casting the two central roles of thrill-seeking teenage surfers in his film adaptation of Tim Winton's novel Breath.

Why Hollywood movies are so bad

Hollywood has abandoned high-quality, artistic drama in favour of big-budget, action-based, computer-generated, cookie-cutter movies featuring robots, men in capes, and giant scary machines.

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Joy

The true story of the woman who rises to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty.

Hail Caesar!

A Coen brothers comedy about the kidnapping of the star of a 1920s movie, and the Hollywood 'fixer' sent to retrieve him.

Born To Dance

An ambitious young man from Auckland dreams of being a professional hip-hop dancer.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (trailer 3)

Director JJ Abrams picks up the story 30 years after the events of episode VI (film three, 1983's Return of the Jedi).

Downriver

Release from prison, James tries to find the body of the boy he was accused of drowning, for his sake and that of the boy's grieving mother.

The Daughter

A man returns to his hometown after a long departure and discovers the costs of uncovering deeply-buried family secrets. The Daughter opens in Australian cinemas on March 3, 2016.

The Hateful 8

In post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunters try to find shelter during a blizzard but get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception.

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

Three scouts and lifelong friends join forces with a cocktail waitress to become the world’s most unlikely team of heroes when their peaceful town is ravaged by a zombie invasion.

The Crow's Egg

Two children from the slums of Chennai, India go to extreme lengths to taste some pizza.

The Finest Hours

The remarkable true story of the greatest small boat rescue in US Coast Guard history.

Our Brand Is Crisis

Feature adaptation of a documentary about the use of American political campaign strategies in South America.

Point Break

A young FBI agent infiltrates a team of thrill-seeking athletes suspected of carrying out a spate of daring crimes.

A Month of Sundays

One night Frank Mollard gets a phone call from his mother. Nothing out of the ordinary. Apart from the fact that she died the year before.

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