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Six Ways to Make the Most of Sydney’s New Winter Arts Festival (From Free to Fancy)

Check out luminous projections, party with sharks and make your own burrata.

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Seven Go-To Bars and Restaurants Where You Can Catch a Sydney Solstice Show This Winter

Wine, dine and get a big ol’ dose of culture with dazzling drag shows, early morning rave sessions and swingin’ country tunes.

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Review: Minari (2021)

Few coming-of-age films are as delicately directed as Lee Isaac Chung’s deeply personal Minari.

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Classic Rock, Cold Ones and Camaraderie: Why You Should Catch Returning Hit The Choir of Man

For Concrete Playground: Head to Sydney Opera House for a night at the pub with nine affable — and wildly talented — blokes.

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Review: Words On Bathroom Walls (2020)

Mental illness hasn’t always had the best representation on screen. Whether its exploitative, melodramatic or underplaying its severity, sometimes highlighting a specific illness on camera does more harm than good for breaking down social stigmas. That is why, surprisingly, Words on Bathroom Walls is so good.

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Review: The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020)

From the outset, The Broken Hearts Gallery is a winning formula

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Where to Shop Like a Local In and Around Rose Bay

For Concrete Playground: Get all of the essentials — bread, bedding and burgers — plus a few treats in this harbourside suburb.

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OzHarvest Has Opened a Second Pay-What-You-Can Supermarket for Sydneysiders Doing it Tough

For Concrete Playground: Located in Waterloo, the new market has a “take what you need, give if you can” philosophy.

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Sydney Institution Frango Has Opened Australia’s First Charcoal Chicken Drive-Thru

For Concrete Playground: Drive, don’t walk or run, to get your charcoal chook and chilli sauce fix in Edmondson Park.

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Carriageworks Has Officially Been Saved — and Plans to Restart Events As Early As August

For Concrete Playground: You could be shopping at the multi-arts centre’s popular Saturday farmers market as early as next month.

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Review: The Current War (2020)

Is the history of electricity interesting?

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Six Healthy Changes You Can Make To Your Working Day

For Concrete Playground: How are your new year’s resolutions going?

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Review: Downhill (2020)

The premise of Downhill takes after Ruben Ostlund’s Force Majeure, telling the story of a couple on a family ski vacation that sees their relationship come to a breaking point after a certain event shapes what each other consider important in the face of a crisis.

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Review: Onward (2020)

If you’re talking Pixar, you’re talking high quality, heartfelt, premium animation with a standard unsurmounted by other animated feature films.

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Four Mardi Gras Events to Hit at This Surry Hills Pub to Make the Festivities Last All Month

For Concrete Playground: From watching ‘The Birdcage’ under the stars to joining outrageous bingo nights.

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Review: Honey Boy (2020)

It’s hard to make a movie about your life without seeming overly indulgent or seeking empathy at every turn.

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Review: A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood (2020)

My first peek into this American TV legend from 1968 to 2001 was in the documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? which took a peek at the man, Fred Rogers and his life before and during his hugely successful TV program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

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Review: Bombshell (2020)

Bombshell’s story is a perfectly manicured version of sexual harassment allegations against Fox New CEO and Chairman Roger Ailes.

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Eden Caceda’s Top 10 Films of the 2000s

Wow, a decade has passed.

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Review: Spies in Disguise (2019)

I attended a screening of Spies in Disguise, a Blue Sky Studios – maker of Ice Age franchise and Rio – I went in with low expectations. And with such a lazy title, I expected the worst.

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Review: Jojo Rabbit (2019)

Jojo Rabbit, based on the novel Caging Skies by Christian Leunens, is directed and written by Taika Waititi, and is most likely the first Nazi comedy that’s as subversive as it is boundary-pushing.

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Review: Little Women (2019)

Little Women retains the spirit of the story but also makes it feel fresh for new audiences.

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Review: Knives Out (2019)

The whodunnit renaissance is upon us!

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Interview with Drew Livingston

Actor Drew Livingston is taking out the role of Tony, Billy’s brother in an emotional role that sees him acting and singing in a number of performances every week.

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Review: Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)

I quite enjoyed Terminator.

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Review: KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities, Sydney Entertainment Quarter (2019)

Cirque du Soleil is hit and miss.

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Review: School Of Rock, Capitol Theatre, Sydney (2019)

I love School of Rock. The 2003 film written and starring underrated Mike White is a fun, music-filled romp that is inspirational to kids everywhere and teaches them about “sticking it to the man”.

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Nine Sydney Festival Experiences You Can Have For Less Than $40

For Concrete Playground: Lay down and listen to a historic organ in Sydney Town Hall, see an energetic display of youth in western Sydney and explore a light-filled inflated labyrinth in Darling Harbour.

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Review: Hustlers (2019)

“This is a story about control” starts the opening scene of Hustlers, as Janet Jackson’s hit plays while we meet Dorothy, now Destiny, (Constance Wu), the apparent new girl at a strip club in New York back in 2007.

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Review: Ready Or Not (2019)

Woke horror-thrillers appear to be the thing of the moment after the successes of Get Out and Us, and the new Ready Or Not plays off a lot of similar concepts and narrative structure in this comedic take on a classic slasher film.

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Review: Billy Elliot, Sydney Lyric Theatre (2019)

Opening with black and white footage of the UK in 1984, with clips of the nationalisation of the coal industry and the ensuing miner’s strike in an attempt to prevent colliery closures, sets the stage for Billy Elliot’s return to Sydney 12 years after its last visit.

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Review: The Politician: Season 1 (2019)

First there was Popular, a teen drama in the 90s, then there was Nip/Tuck, then a return to teen drama with Glee.

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Review: Sweetbitter: Season 2 (2019)

Sweetbitter is just as the misnomer suggests, a bittersweet show.

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Review: Ad Astra (2019)

Tackling space in film is a frontier I think has been well exhausted in recent years.

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Review: The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019)

I was pleasantly surprised with The Angry Birds Movie 2.

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Review: Brittany Runs A Marathon (2019)

Every star needs its vehicle and Jillian Bell runs a marathon performance (and more) in Brittany Runs A Marathon, her breakout film and one of the best crowd-pleasers of the year.

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Review: Animal (2019)

Off the bat, the script for Animals is excellent.

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Review: Blinded By The Light (2019)

This year seems to be a big for jukebox musicals in the form of Rocketman, Yesterday and now, Blinded By The Light.

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Review: Booksmart (2019)

There are lots of excellent things about Booksmart.

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Review: The Lion King (2019)

As the third Disney remake to hit the silver screen this year after the critical failings of Dumbo and Aladdin, all eyes are on the classic “re-imagining” of the classic 1994 animated feature The Lion King

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Review: Men In Black: International (2019)

Retreating once again into a formula that proved successfully exactly one time, Men In Black returns in 2019, this time global and with a – gasp – female lead in this tireless and bland retreat into the universe no one asked for.

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Review: Dark Phoenix (2019)

Full disclosure: I’m a huge X-Men fan and have been for many years.

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Review: Hotel Mumbai (2019)

I personally am not a fan of films about terrorism.

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Review: Storm Boy (2019)

There’s always little luck in adaptations of beloved children’s novels and a little less so when a majority of the population have grown up with it and studied it in school.

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Review: The Front Runner (2019)

I am a long time fan of Jason Reitman, ranking Up In The Air and Juno amongst my favourite films of the 21st century.

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Review: Mary Poppins Returns (2019)

In the wake of Disney live action remakes and sequels, there were always going to be lots of eyes on the Mary Poppins follow up.

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Eden’s Worst 5 Films of 2018

For Back Row: Fortunately for me, I didn’t see an overwhelming number of terrible films over the past year, but the ones that I did see, were ones I hope to never see again or subject anyone else to watch.

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Eden’s Top 10 Films of 2018

For Back Row: For the first time in a few years my Top 10 Films list span a wide variety of genres, from blockbuster thrillers to historical comedies to art house dramas.

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Objective Opinion: Top 10 Films of 2016

For Pulp Media: It is a truth universally acknowledged that 2016 has been a disaster of a year. In the wake of unparalleled political divergence across the world, the passing of some of our greatest cultural icons and the uncoupling of Brangelina, one thing has not failed us yet, and that is cinema.

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Review: Kooza, Cirque du Soleil, Sydney Entertainment Quarter (2016)

For Pulp Media: Australia has had its fair share of circus shows in the last decade, so there’s been an obvious collective hesitation to attend another Cirque du Soleil production at Sydney’s Entertainment Quarter beneath the behemoth that is the Grand Chapiteau that has kept the world captivated for years.