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Hugh Jackman goes extra dark in Prisoners, but the real surprise, says People's critic, is the late James Gandolfini showing his lighter side in Enough Said. See This var brightcovevideoid = '2682946555001'; Prisoners There's nothing like the psychic shock and horror of child abduction. It terrifies communities and sends parents into entirely understandable panic. So it's with no small calculation that Prisoners snatches two children right out from under their watchful parents' noses - and on Thanksgiving, no less. Then it gets really mean. If you're no fan of on-screen brutality, then this is not your Saturday night at the movies. »
- Alynda Wheat, PEOPLE Movie Critic
Foxtel has commissioned a documentary on the history of cinemas in Australia, evoking an era when audiences were entertained in giant picture palaces decades before the advent of television.
Graham McNeice Productions is shooting the 90-minute programme which has the working title Saturday Night at the Movies.
The docu will focus on the glory years of cinema when going to the movies was a glamorous event.
The crew has been filming at numerous historical theatres around the country, presumably including Sydney.s State Theatre and Hayden Orpheum, Melbourne.s Regent Theatre and Adelaide.s Piccadilly Cinema.
The docu will feature interviews with executives at the major cinema chains and independent exhibitors, filmmakers, and TV and radio personalities, politicians and sportspeople who recount their experiences attending the cinema as youngsters.
McNeice has produced numerous documentaries for Foxtel.s Crime & Investigation channel and Thanks for Listening: The History of Australian Radio.
- Don Groves
Television is a gold goose that lays scrambled eggs;
and it is futile and probably fatal to beat it for not laying caviar.
When people argue over the quality of television programming, both sides — it’s addictive crap v. underappreciated populist art — seem to forget one of the essentials about commercial TV. By definition, it is not a public service. It is not commercial TV’s job to enlighten, inform, educate, elevate, inspire, or offer insight. Frankly, it’s not even commercial TV’s job to entertain. Bottom line: its purpose is simply to deliver as many sets of eyes to advertisers as possible. As it happens, it tends to do this by offering various forms of entertainment, and occasionally by offering content that does enlighten, inform, etc., but a cynic would make the point that if TV could do the same job televising fish aimlessly swimming around an aquarium, »
With summer being the biggest major motion picture season of the year, making a choice for your Saturday night at the movies can often feel a little overwhelming. From "Iron Man 3" to "Man of Steel" it's clear the season is already off to a fantastic start! But to help you keep your cool and plan your weekends well in advance, we've created a calendar of upcoming action packed comic book-inspired movies set to release throughout the next five years!
» July 26th: "The Wolverine" (Marvel)
Whether surrounded by his fellow mutants or independently taking on ninjas, we just can’t get enough of Wolverine. In Hugh Jackman's second solo movie as the invincible Logan, his character is pushed to physical and emotional limits when he travels to Japan and finds himself confronted with a face from his past. Our viewing tip: Don’t forget to stick »
- Splash Page Team
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Most films are a passive experience. They require little thought, little engagement, little effort on the part of the audience. They’re entertainment, pure and simple, often part of a night out, a socially acceptable way for you and your significant other to sit quietly in the dark, tolerating each other’s company. You lay your money on the counter, you buy your gallon of fizzy corn syrup, your bucket of popcorn and your stale nachos spaffed with bright industrial yellow cheese (that’s a lotta corn you’re consuming, by the way…), you slump in your seat and you let the film wash over you. A couple of hours later you stumble, blinking like a mole, back into the light, your wallet several pounds lighter, your gut several pounds heavier and your senses numbed by watching robots knock seven shades out of each other or »
- David Watson
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