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Film & TV

Film review: Downton Abbey – A New Era

Downton is a franchise built on country-manor snobbery, which means the quality and serving sizes above and below the stairs remain consistent. Time to check in with the toffs and their servants who, over seven seasons and two movies, have been variously to jail, hell, and now, France.

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Miniature marvels bring historic moments to life in Tiny Oz

An extraordinary slice of 19th-century Adelaide history involving a pioneering hot-air-balloon flight, a pair of daredevil ‘lady trapeze artists’ and a crowd of fascinated onlookers is re-created in miniature in a new ABC TV series co-hosted by local tiny craft artist JoAnne Bouzianis-Sellick.

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Film review: Peaceful

A highlight of the 2022 French Film Festival, this sad yet unsentimental movie follows a man – and his mother – forced to confront the imminent end of an unfinished life.

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French film needs its monsters

The 2022 French Film Festival opens in Adelaide this week with a strong line-up of films ranging from searing romances to a remastered classic crime thriller and a documentary filmed high on the Tibetan plateau.

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Film review: Drive My Car

This dreamy and exceptional film opens with the recurring obsessions of author Haruki Murakami, on whose short story it is based: namely, sex and the idea of pieces of identity left with or taken by lovers.

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Film review: Belfast

For all the Shakespearean drama Kenneth Branagh has done (As You Like It, Henry V, Hamlet and more), this personal memoir of childhood in the tightly packed streets of Northern Ireland may be his crowning achievement.

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Film review: Parallel Mothers

The relationship between two women who meet while giving birth is at the heart of Pedro Almodóvar’s engaging new film, but the Spanish director also uses Parallel Mothers to reckon with a dark period in his country’s history.

Brooke Shields plays an author who travels to Scotland to avoid a scandal and ends up falling in love with a castle in Netflix's new rom-com 'A Castle for Christmas'. Photo: Netflix
Film & TV

How rom-coms became a festive season staple

Hallmark can be held responsible for many of the tropes of Christmas films – from snow and crackling fires, to holiday romances and happy ever after. But other streaming services are getting in on the act with feel-good festive fodder.

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Film review: The Power of the Dog

Oscar-winning director Jane Campion’s first film in 12 years is a dark and unnerving western featuring unforgettable performances from a cast including Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst and Kodi Smit-McPhee.

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Film review: Dune

Director Denis Villeneuve’s breathtaking adaptation of Dune shows that Frank Herbert’s epic 1965 science-fiction novel was not ‘unfilmable’ after all.