The Captive

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Nov 302014

The Captive

A busy day ends with a stop to get pie on the way home. It’s just a quick stop, he can even see his truck through the window. He talks to the assistant, gets his pie (cherry) and then gets back in the truck. This is the beginning of the nightmare for Matthew, the beginning of unimaginable pain. The Captive is reviewed after the jump.

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30th Independent Spirit Award Nominations

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Nov 272014


The 30th Independent Spirit Award nominations have been announced early this morning Australian time, with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Birdman (Or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) leading the way with six nominations. Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler and Ava Duvernay’s Selma each scored five.

Movies budgeted over $20 million, such as The Grand Budapest Hotel, Inherent Vice, or funded and produced overseas are ineligible.

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12 Films To See This Summer

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Nov 262014


As we enter into the Australian Summer and 2015 cinemas are decked out with a mix of family films for the holidays and all of the Oscar hopefuls, launching later than the U.S so that distributors can take advantage of the marketing opportunity. Quite often, it is the time for some of the best cinema of the year. Here are twelve films to keep an out for this Summer.

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Nov 252014


“If you want to win the lottery, you have to make the money to buy a ticket” – a pearl of wisdom from entrepreneurial young man, Lou Bloom. Lou is someone willing to go the extra mile, the extra 100 miles, to do what it takes to succeed. So what happens when he decides to turn his sights to capturing video news footage? Nightcrawler is reviewed after the jump

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The Best Films Set In…Philadelphia

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Nov 232014


This is the fourteenth post in the “The Best Films Set In…” series. The setting can be a place (like Tokyo), a location (like the beach), or a time (like Winter). In these posts we’re going to pick our 5 favourite films that are set in that particular place/location/time and explain why we like them. In this edition Andrew Buckle looks at films set in a city which is home to the 76ers, Eagles, Flyers and Phillies – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Trailer: Selma

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Nov 212014

SELMA is the story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for African-Americans – a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated in the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama that galvanized American public opinion and persuaded President Johnson to introduce the Voting Rights Act in 1965. 2015 is the 50th anniversary of this pivotal moment in the Civil Rights Movement.

David Oyelowo (The Butler) stars as Martin Luther King and is joined by a cast that includes Tom Wilkinson, Giovanni Ribisi, Oprah Winfrey, Tim Roth and Cuba Gooding Jnr.

SELMA has received very positive reviews after its première at the recent AFI festival in LA. In his review for Variety, Scott Foundas says:

DuVernay’s razor-sharp portrait of the civil rights movement — and Dr. King himself — at a critical crossroads is as politically astute as it is psychologically acute, giving us a human-scale King whose indomitable public face belies currents of weariness and self-doubt.

SELMA is set for release in Australia on February 5 via STUDIOCANAL.

Giveaway: Double Passes to THE CAPTIVE

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Nov 202014


Thanks to Icon Films , we have 3 x double passes to give away to THE CAPTIVE – in Australian cinemas from December 4.

Doting father and husband, Matthew (Reynolds), 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. Struggling under the weight of loss, suspicion and guilt, his marriage breaks down. Through all of the heartbreak and turmoil he never loses hope that he’ll find his missing child. Eight years later, with the help of local police , a girl who matches  his  daughter’s description is  sighted on the internet. With his  daughter found to be held captive, but her actual whereabouts unknown, Matthew is in a race against time to save her.

To Win

Tell what your favourite Ryan Reynolds film is and why. Send your answers, along with your name and postal address to by 9pm on Tuesday 2nd December, 2014.

Check out the terms & conditions of the competition after the jump.

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2014/15 Moonlight Cinema Programme Announced

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Nov 192014

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Moonlight Cinema’s December and January film program has just been announced and it’s jam-packed with over 20 different advance screenings – and that’s just the first two months. The outdoor cinema will be making an appearance in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth this summer.

Moonlight Cinema will be officially launched across the country with an exclusive advance screening of zany comedy Dumb and Dumber To on December 18. It’s been a whole twenty years since Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels brought their lovable imbeciles, Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne, to the big screen.

Fans of Bill Murray can catch him in upcoming indie drama St Vincent, more than a week before it hits cinemas. We caught this film at TIFF and can recommend it for those looking for a feel-good film with heart. Other titles to catch at Moonlight before the rest of Australia include Disney’s latest, Big Hero 6 about a boy and his plus-size, inflatable robot (we’ve seen this and we’re in love with the robot!); the superhero film with an art-house edge, Birdman starring Michael Keaton and Emma Stone; and WWII drama filmed in Sydney and directed by Angelina Jolie, Unbroken.

Also joining the program will be Clint Eastwood’s latest directorial American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper as U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. This film has been getting awards buzz following its première in the US and is a film we’re really looking forward to seeing. The Imitation Game, Foxcatcher, and Nightcrawler are three other big-name titles that you should consider booking a patch of grass for.

Bring Australia Day in early with some Australian cinema. The Water Diviner will be showing at Moonlight Cinema on Australia Day Eve, January 25. It tells the moving tale of an Australian man, played by Russell Crowe, who travels to Turkey after the Battle at Gallipoli to try to locate his three missing sons. The Water Diviner is also showing as an advance screening at Moonlight on December 19.

For more information on the programme and to book tickets, head to the official website.
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