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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Stephen Romei

Star Wars: The Force Awak­ens would be a more ex­cit­ing film if the new di­rec­tor, the first in the Dis­ney era, had more im­posed his con­sid­er­able imag­i­na­tion on pro­ceed­ings. Hav­ing said that, this sev­enth in­stal­ment of the fran­chise Ge­orge Lu­cas started al­most 40 years ago is not just a good Star Wars film but a good film full stop, one that will ap­peal to a wide au­di­ence while also ap­peas­ing the diehard fans, es­pe­cially of the 1977 orig­i­nal, to which it pays al­most ex­ces­sive homage.

Joy The Magic Flute Julie Tay­mor’s fam­ily-friendly abridged pro­duc­tion of The Magic Flute re­turns with elab­o­rate pup­petry, star­ring Taryn Fiebig as Pam­ina, John Long­muir as Tamino, Sa­muel Dun­das as Pa­pageno and Hannah Dahlen­burg as the Queen of the Night. Sydney Opera House, Ben­ne­long Point. Opens Wed­nes­day. Tick­ets: $44-$199. Book­ings: (02) 9250 7777 or on­line. Un­til Jan­uary 16.

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