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THURSDAY JULY 16 2020 ENTERTAINMENT 23 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Movies a streaming boon LEIGH PAATSCH Movie Reviewer WHILE cinemas are being forced to make do with midstrength fare or are shut altogether the streaming platforms seemingly have a lock on the most entertaining features on offer. Here are some of the most prominent movies to liven up the streaming landscape recently THE OLD GUARD (MA15+) NETFLIX, 123 min Big-budget, low-calorie action has long been a house specialty for Netflix Original productions. This new Charlize Theron butt-kicker will definitely appease those who thought highly of the platforms recent hit Extraction with Chris Hemsworth. Theron plays Andy, the leader of a band of immortal warriors whose one job is save the world from its self-destructive tendencies. Andy is tired of centuries of dying and resurrecting repeatedly, and seems to want out just as her posse is admitting their first new member (KiKi Layne) in many generations. Plotting can get pedestrian here the stakes feel a little low for a tale encompassing political hot spots like Afghanistan and South Sudan but welldesigned fight sequences never drop their guard for a moment. Based on the cult graphic novel series by Greg Rucka. HAMILTON (M) DISNEY+, 162 min k This is not a feature movie adaptation of the mega-hit stage musical that has been selling out houses around the world for several years. That will happen later this decade, for sure. No, this is a live recording of the spectacular stage show featuring the Alist company (headed by creator and chief composer Lin Manuel Miranda) that put this epic endeavour on the map in the first place. This is the version for which a ticket often changed hands for thousands of dollars. So a look-see up close from the comfort of your lounge room just has to be a bargain, right? Kind of. An ambitious biopic of American founding father Alexander Hamilton can easily get the better of those not totally up to speed with their US history. Dont be afraid to press pause and take a breather. ALI & CAVETT: THE TALE OF THE TAPES (PG) BINGE, FOXTEL, 95 min It is almost impossible to make a bad documentary about legendary heavyweight boxing champ and standout human being Muhammad Ali. While this new one is hardly the most essential of an extensive array of Ali docos, it also cannot fail to entertain or enlighten. Such is the boundless charisma and vitality of the man. The set-up is very simple here. The doco sifts through Alis 12 appearances on the US TV talk program The Dick Cavett Show, and finds gold just about everywhere. Footage spans the late 1960s through to the 1990s, and while Cavett is not that well known here in Australia, rest assured he is an intelligent and sharp interviewer who got the best out of the bloke they called The Greatest time and time again. THE DEAD DONT DIE (MA15+) BINGE, FOXTEL, 104 min Welcome to Centerville, where some newly zombiefied former residents have returned, looking to pick up where they left off while still alive. Oh, and theyre rather hungry after taking that dirt nap, too. So begins a deliriously deadpan zom-com looking to have some smart fun at the expense of how dumb a zombie movie thing can be. It doesnt exactly hurt that director Jim Jarmusch has attracted an A-grade cast to this goofy B-movie, led by comedy legend Bill Murray and Star Wars regular Adam Driver as Centervilles best cops on the creepy case. Costars set to chow down or be chomped include Steve Buscemi, Iggy Pop, Tilda Swin ton, Tom Waits and Selena Gomez. LAUREL CANYON (M) DOCPLAY, 160 min This exquisite study of a singular place and time in popular music history is one of the finest music documentaries of recent years. Laurel Canyon is a rustic, idyllic hideaway just kilometres away from downtown Los Angeles. It is here, in the mid-1960s, that an incredibly influential community of singer-songwriters evolved, including Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt and various members of The Eagles. The roll call does not end there. The use of previously unseen home movies and photographs is spellbinding. Highly recommended. THE VAST OF NIGHT (M) AMAZON, 82 min What this bargain-basement American indie lacks in polish, it more than compensates for with ideas, intelligence and a determination to deliver. The setting is a small country town in the 1950s, where unexplained electrical interference could be signalling an imminent visit by strangers from parts unknown. If this sounds a little science-fictiony, lets just say this clever tale passes through that realm on the way to something of its own making. Some virtuoso camera shots and the accomplished work of an unknown cast combine for something truly special: close to exactly what a Steven Spielberg might have done if he was just starting out today. A scene from Netlfix movie Old Guard, starring Charlize Theron and KiKi Layne. Lin-Manuel Miranda and Phillipa Soo star in Hamilton. NIGHTCLIFF BOWLS CLUB 2020 MIXED MEDLEY July 24 - 26 $2000 Pr ize Pool Bistro Open for Lunch & Dinner!