4 Films to See this Winter

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As we spearhead into the final month of winter there’s no better time to knock off a few must see flicks. Winter is the season of movies, it’s a guilt free way to spend a night over a cold weekend, and to make your lives that much easier we’ve gone and picked out a handful of films you should see before Spring is upon us.

Ex Machina – Golden Age Cinema –August 20, 21 & 23

Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine, makes his directorial debut with the stylish and cerebral thriller, EX MACHINA. This intricate and dark film is focussed on a computer programmer who finds himself in a real life experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava (Alicia Vikander), a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated, and more deceptive, than anyone expected. An intense psychological thriller, Ex Machina explores the nature of consciousness, emotion, sexuality, truth and lies, and although fiction at its core, Garland presents some very real questions and challenges with AI, perhaps questions we might need answering a lot sooner than we thought.

Last Cab to Darwin – Out Now

Michael Caton’s (The Castle) dry humour and Aussie charm is at its best in this warm-hearted road movie about Rex, a Broken Hill cabbie who takes on a bold quest when he is diagnosed with terminal cancer. He decides to drive across the country to Darwin to take advantage of new euthanasia laws and die with dignity. Shot in the vast country side between Broken Hill and Darwin, the film shows a vivid portrait of outback life that blends both past and present. Director Jeremy Sims taps into colloquial Australian humour without baulking at showing the racism that also exists in outback Australia. Expect a bunch of laughs and a solid story about finding out about what matters in life.

Hitchcock Winter Matinees – Golden Age Cinema – Throughout August

We all know the name but how many of the great Sir Alfred Hitchcock’s films have you actually seen? Aside from the obvious novelty factor of the Saturday afternoon film, the cold weekend afternoons provide the perfect excuse for Golden Age’s Hitchcock Winter Matinees. This retrospective of Hitchcock’s work spans from 1943’s Shadow of a Doubt through to screenwriter Ernest Lehman’s North by Northwest, “the Hitchcock picture to end all Hitchcock pictures”.

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Whiplash – Now on DVD

Whiplash opened the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, taking home both the Festival’s Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award in the ‘Dramatic’ category. Those two awards should be enough to get anyone to see this film – the soundtrack alone is another. Beyond awards its been called “cinematic adrenaline” and praised for its tight editing, ballsy screenplay and electric performances. The story is based around the relationship between Andrew (Miles Teller), a promising jazz drummer who gets accepted to the prestigious Shaffer Conservatory of Music, and his teacher Mr. Fletcher (J. K. Simmons), who pushes the boundaries in the pursuit musical perfection. Fear of mediocrity drives both characters to do whatever it takes to achieve success. Both Simmons and Teller are brilliant.

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