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Narcos Season 3

NARCOS returns to Netflix on September 1st. Season 3 of this ground-breaking series is new territory in more ways than one. Seasons 1 and 2 covered the rise and fall of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. The demise of Escobar and the Medellin drug cartel means its chief competitor, the Cali cartel, is now the leading manufacturer and importer of cocaine in the world. They become responsible for 90...

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Logan Lucky

LOGAN LUCKY; the movie has an ungainly title, but apart from this, it fires on all cylinders. As in all good heist films, the audience should want the would-be criminals to get away with their clever plan. The Logans are worthy subjects for our cinematic admiration. The three siblings live in West Virginia and they’re doing it tough. Jimmy (Channing Tatum) was going to be a professional football p...

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Viceroy’s House

1947. Lord and Lady Mountbatten arrive in Delhi. He is the last Viceroy of India and he is charged with the task of overseeing the transition of British India into an independent nation. While Lord Mountbatten speaks with Indian leaders, sectarian violence between Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims increases. This violence pushes the British towards Partition, the creation of the Dominion of India (Hindu) ...

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I Am Heath Ledger

I AM HEATH LEDGER documents the life of Academy Award winning Australian actor Heath Ledger. Born in Perth in 1979, Ledger went on to great fame and success despite a relatively brief career which was cut short after his accidental death from an overdose of prescription drugs. He was 28. The bare bones of Ledger’s story are well known in Australia. Our celebrities’ lives are scrutinised in minute ...

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Bad Girl

Amy (Sara West) is a seventeen-year-old with a troubled history. She has been in trouble, in and out of various schools and now finds herself on thin ice with her adoptive parents, particularly her father. The family move to regional Western Australia for a change of scenery and to isolate Amy from the bad influences in her life. She quickly befriends local girl Chloe (Samara Weaving). She seems l...

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Their Finest

Advertising copywriter Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) thinks she is interviewing for a secretary’s job at the Ministry of Information’s film unit, however they are looking for someone who can articulate the women’s point-of-view for a series of informational short films. The Second World War is raging. It is 1940, not long after the Battle of Dunkirk and Catrin is living in London ...

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David Stratton: A Cinematic Life

David Stratton is best known to Australian audiences in his role as a film critic. For 28 years he co-presented a movie review show, first on SBS, then on ABC, with Margaret Pomeranz. The pair became known for never seeing eye-to-eye on the movies they saw (not true) and for a fractious presentation style which could make them seem more like a bickering couple than professional film critics (absol...

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A Few Less Men

English groomsmen Tom (Kris Marshall), Graham (Kevin Bishop) and Luke (James Helm) have returned to make life difficult for David Locking (Xavier Samuel) the groom from the 2011 Australian comedy hit A FEW BEST MEN (directed by Stephan Elliott). A FEW BEST MEN was the raunchy comedy set in New South Wales’ Blue Mountains where David’s wedding to his bride Mia was obstacled continually ...

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Miss Sloane

Miss Sloane (Chastain) is a leading lobbyist in DC. She has a reputation for ruthlessness and being an operator who is always two steps ahead of the opposition. As the movie begins, we discover she has taken a wrong turn somewhere and is now under investigation for bribery and corruption. How this came to pass is told in flashback. We follow her through the months of intense lobbying around the He...

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Jackie Review

At first glance, the idea of Natalie Portman playing Jackie Kennedy seems like stunt casting. Although she has played numerous roles in her long career, nothing about Portman suggests the former First Lady. The process of using a well-known movie actor to play another famous person is always something of a trick. The substitution of one famous set of features for another requires the skill of the ...

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Last Cab To Darwin

LAST CAB TO DARWIN is about a taxi driver called Rex (Michael Caton). Rex is in his 70s and has lived in Broken Hill all his life. His life is mostly simple. He drives people around in his cab and he looks after a dog called “Dog”. The only complicated bit of his existence is the relationship with his neighbor Polly (Ningali Lawford-Wolf). They spar verbally. She is more than ready to list his sho...

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief Review

GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF is a feature length documentary about Scientology made by Alex Gibney. It examines the experiences of high profile ex-Scientologist screenwriter Paul Haggis (Quantum of Solace, Million Dollar Baby) as well as detailing the life of Scientology founder and science fiction author L.Ron Hubbard. The birth, growth and subsequent controversies surroundin...

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