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Questions for an immigrant

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.

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The Shape of Water

Winner of Academy Award for best picture: Is this the best of the year?

'Well, the first thing is that I love monsters, I identify with monsters.'

Guillermo del Toro

Walking into the cinema...

A romance fantasy about a woman who falls in love with The Creature from the Black Lagoon... Only in Guillermo del Toro's world.

Reel Dialogue: 3.5 stars

(Due to the mature content in this film it is for adult audiences only.)

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Reel Dialogue's 2017 Rankings

What are the best and worst films of 2017?

It has been a year of painful box office results and few standouts. The majority of the best films were for mature audiences, while the representation of family films honestly struggled this year.

Despite being a challenging year to pick the best, the teams at Reel Dialogue has looked back over the year and compiled the best and worst films to date in 2017.

Some interesting things to observe: Dunkirk makes the list twice, Superhero films are dominant, Jon Brenthal makes the list multiple times and violence plays a major factor in the year's best films.

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