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Review / ‘Terminator Genisys’ (M) ***

NOW that Arnold Schwarzenegger has retired from gubernatorial duties, the best description for the timeline in the screenplay that Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier confected to wring more juice from the Terminator franchise is “crazy”. Arnie once again plays the android Guardian sent in the first Terminator film to kill Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and […]

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Review / ‘Amy’ (MA) ***

RUNNING for 128 minutes, London-born filmmaker Asif Kapadia’s documentary about jazz singer Amy Winehouse is a collage of interviews with family and people involved in her life and career and movie images from her family archives and, not surprisingly, the media scavenging that no celebrity can avoid. That intro, stating the bleeding obvious, should surprise […]


Impro and other arts this weekend

‘IMPROVENTION’ is Australia’s international festival of unscripted theatre and comedy. THEATRE professionals from 10 countries are thrown together and asked to create 35 shows from short-scene comedy to drama in the style of Hemingway, to performance art with a spontaneous vocal soundtrack, to a fairy tale on ice, or a version of Eurovision where none […]

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Whither the arts asks Brendan?

FOLLOWING yesterday’s 2015 Arts Policy launch the Liberals’ Brendan Smyth wants to know what progress has been made. “The release of the government’s Arts policy framework yesterday shows that three years on from the 2012 policy nothing has changed, with the government telling us more needs to be done in the Arts without detailing what,” […]

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Behold the 2015 ACT Arts Policy

JOY Burch has released the 2015 ACT Arts Policy, following extensive consultation with the local arts sector and broader Canberra community. “artsACT received feedback from over 300 individuals and representative organisations as part of the consultation process and as a result we are confident that the final policy document is a strong reflection of the […]


From the ANU Bar circa 1992 to headlining Summernats, You Am I and the Hoodoo Gurus coming to Canberra amid the haze of burning rubber

SUMMERNATS has announced its first artists for the 2016 festival. Leading the line-up on the main stage at Summernats 29 are two of Australia’s favourite rock acts, You Am I and Hoodoo Gurus. More acts will be announced in the next couple of months. You Am I will be opening the Summernats music program on […]

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Review / ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ (M) *** and a half

IN 1967, John Schlesinger directed Julie Christie as Bathsheba Everdene and Terence Stamp as Sgt Troy in a 157-minute adaptation of perhaps the least gloomy of Thomas Hardy’s Wessex novels. The dramatic emphasis in Thomas Vinterberg’s 118-minute, 2015 version focuses more on the relationship between Bathsheba and stolid, reliable Dorset sheep-farmer Gabriel Oak, whose function […]

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Review / ‘Ted 2′ (MA) ** and a half

COARSE humour has been around for millennia and only prudes would gainsay it. Satire of public institutions, human frailties and cultural habits has nourished literary invention throughout written history. Consequences of a mating of these styles can be fun, not necessarily with high aesthetic or moral values but confirmation that laughter is indeed a good […]