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Men in Black: International

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Failing to re-launch this franchise, that is the truth

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'You know the difference between you and me? I make this look good.' - Agent J (Will Smith)

Ministry Centre: Sydney

Reel Dialogue - Toy Story 4 - See a movie on us

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The gang is back for a new adventure

To celebrate the upcoming Disney release of Toy Story 4 on 20 June, Reel Dialogue wants to offer our fans a chance to win a double pass to be utilised in your local theatres.

Ministry Centre: Sydney

Godzilla II: King of the Monsters

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REEL DIALOGUE: Why do we think we can control creation?

Godzilla is looking pretty good for being over 65 years old, since his debut in Ishirō Honda's 1954 film that bore his name. And he has since gone on to be in over 30 films in his illustrious on-screen career. The latest alliteration of the hulking figure is part of the resurgence of the monster universe from Warner Brothers and Legendary Entertainment called the Monsterverse that will include the famous movie monsters throughout history.

Ministry Centre: Sydney

Aladdin review

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Here's the rub, this film is magical in its own way

3.5 stars

You’re only in trouble if you get caught. - Aladdin

It's hard to believe that the animated version of Aladdin with Robin Williams was released 27 years ago, because the film continues to play in the public’s lives through streaming, cable and memes. Then to think that anyone could live up to the masterful performance of the legendary comedian seems to be an insurmountable task.

Ministry Centre: Sydney

Top End Wedding review

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The wedding invitation everyone would like to receive

Director Wayne Blair delivered the captivating true story of the indigenous Australian singing group, The Sapphires. He managed to tell a uniquely Australian tale and the impact of this talented group on the soldiers of the world during the Vietnam War. Miranda Tapsell was a bright spark in the ensemble portrayed in the musical drama and her talents began to grow across the acting world. Along with acting, she proved to have skills in writing and producing which led her to bring her romantic-comedy of Top End Wedding to audiences.

Ministry Centre: Sydney

‘We will rebuild’

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As Paris mourns and considers what to do during the aftermath of Notre Dame Cathedral being engulfed by a catastrophic fire, one message consistently stated is that ‘we will rebuild.’

French President Emmanuel Macron was quoted, “Let’s be proud, because we built this cathedral more than 800 years ago, we’ve built it and throughout the centuries, let it grow and improved it. So I solemnly say tonight: we will rebuild it together.” (Reuters/AP 16 April 2019)

Ministry Centre: Sydney

God’s rescue mission

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How the narrative of The Martian helps us to connect with God’s story

Micro-story’s connection with the meta-story

The recent story of the boy’s soccer team that was rescued from the cave in Thailand dominated headlines. The world was rapt with attention around this rescue mission. The drama, the danger and the hope were palpable on screens and in the media. The world loves to hear a story about a rescue mission.

The real-life stories and well-told fictional accounts manage to show how the micro-story can influence the meta-story.

Ministry Centre: Sydney

Avengers: Endgame

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Reel Dialogue's spoiler free review

Kevin Feige and the team at the Marvel Cinematic Universe have managed to pull off something unprecedented to maintain the attention of a passionate fanbase through 22 films over 11 years. There have been longer lasting franchises, like James Bond, but nothing on the scale or with the concerted effort of this series of films. From Ironman (2008) until Captain Marvel (2019), each has played its part in adding to the storyline that has led to Avengers: Endgame.

Ministry Centre: Sydney

Shazam!

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Billy Batson is not quite the diamond in the rough he should be

Over the past decade of superhero films in all their varied success, many critics have attempted to predict the eventual demise of this genre. So does Shazam! prove the naysayers wrong?

Ministry Centre: Sydney

Questions for an immigrant

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A personal story of crossing the cultural divide

It is not hard for me to understand why people do not think of me as an immigrant. This label is usually reserved for the political refugee and those coming to Australia for a better life. I grew up as an American and represent one of the lowest immigrant populations in Australia. Why? The simplest explanation is that Americans generally do not immigrate.

Ministry Centre: Sydney