Monthly Archives: October 2018

Manus Island witness ‘terrified’ after Reza Barati’s accused killer escapes

Mourners at the memorial service for Reza Barati, held at the Al-Mahdi mosque in the Nabard neighbourhood in South East Tehran, Iran. Photo: Kate Geraghty Labor MP Melissa Parke has petitioned for witness Benham Satah to be brought to Australia.

A key witness to the slaying of Reza Barati in the Manus Island detention centre in 2014 says he fears for his life after one of the alleged killers escaped from prison.

Kurdish Iranian Benham Satah, who says he received death threats from guards at the centre after giving evidence against Joshua Kaluvia, has asked to be placed in isolation in the centre’s mental health unit after the escape. So far the request has been denied.

“Since my testimony I cannot sleep at night in case something might happen to me. Now I heard he has escaped and is on the island,” Mr Satah told Fairfax Media.

“All his friends, his relatives are working here still. Now I have to be more careful than before. I’m going crazy.”

The escape on March 28 coincides with heightened tensions at the centre over the decision to separate the more than 900 detainees according to their refugee status.

Kaluvia, a former Salvation Army worker at the Manus Island detention centre, had been facing trial for the wilful murder of Mr Barati and was meant to appear in court this week to continue the trial.

Dominic Kakas, from the PNG Police Media Unit, confirmed Kaluvia’s escape to Fairfax Media, saying he would make information available as it came to hand.

Mr Satah said he slept for three of the last 24 hours, suffering constant nightmares where he was pursued and his throat is cut. He is alarmed that the escape only came to notice when Kaluvia failed to appear in court this week.

Mr Satah has testified that Kaluvia came into the centre during a riot on the night of February 17 and struck Mr Barati multiple times in the head with a piece of wood.

Another man, former G4S guard Louie Efi, is accused of dropping a large rock on Mr Barati’s head as he lay on the ground.

Both Kaluvia and Efi have protested their innocence, with Kaluvia complaining about the standard of his defence when the trial began last year. The trial judge, Nicholas Kirrowom, has issued a warrant for Kaluvia to be recaptured and to reappear in court by April 18.

Two expatriates, an Australian national and a New Zealand national, who were also allegedly responsible for Mr Barati’s murder, left Papua New Guinea after the riots and have not been interviewed by PNG police, despite repeated requests for them to be returned.

“He believes he is going to be killed at any moment,” says Diana Cousens, who organised a petition requesting Mr Satah be brought to Australia and resettled and spoke to him on Tuesday.

Labor MP Melissa Parke last month tabled the petition in federal Parliament seeking Mr Satah’s transfer to Australia. It has more than 18,000 signatures.

Meanwhile, at least four refugees who left Manus Island are believed to have returned to the province after attempting to settle in PNG’s two biggest cities, Port Moresby and Lae, complaining of fear and poverty.

Since the move to separate detainees, six of those who have refugee status and had so far refused to leave the centre are understood to have signed papers providing for their re-location to a transit centre in Lorengau.

Behrouz Boochani, a Iranian Kurd and writer, summed up his view of the predicament of the detainees on Facebook.

“If you stay in the centre, you must endure much traumatising pressure and live in a hell prison. If you leave the centre you must live in East Lorengau, with no safety and a deep feeling of insecurity and loneliness,” he wrote.

“If you leave the island you must live as a homeless person and endure hungriness and live like a poor man. I believe the main aim is that the pressure they put people under will force them to go back to their country of origin.”

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Nine shares slump after ad market warning

“Nine’s summer of cricket was adversely impacted both by the weather and the standard of the competition,” Nine said in a trading update. Photo: Cameron Spencer Nine’s television revenues were down 11 per cent in the third quarter of the final year. Photo: Louie Douvis

Reno Rumble has been a ratings disaster for Nine. Photo: Supplied

A dire summer of cricket with a below-par West Indies team and lots of wet weather, as well as a poor start to the ratings year that included the disastrous launch of Reno Rumble, have combined to deliver a serious blow to Nine Entertainment’s revenue and sent the company’s shares tumbling.

Nine’s television revenue was down 11 per cent in the third quarter of the financial year, compared with the corresponding period, which the company said was also affected by an earlier Easter and no Cricket World Cup.

Nine shares plunged 24.7 per cent to $1.14 in morning trade.

Following the conclusion of the third quarter, Nine said that the advertising market remained subdued in March.

“Nine’s ratings during the period were softer than anticipated, which has impacted [free-to-air] revenue share. In particular, Nine’s Summer of Cricket was adversely impacted both by the weather and the standard of the competition, with [circa] 30 per cent of scheduled play days lost,” Nine said in a statement to the Australian Securities Exchange.

Nine’s Reno Rumble debuted its second season on March 21 with just 395,000 metropolitan viewers, with rival Seven securing 1.46 million viewers for My Kitchen Rules.

After a week of poor ratings, Nine dropped the show from its 7.30pm timeslot, back to 8.50pm on Mondays and 8.40pm on Tuesdays. It is being replaced by a new season of Married at First Sight on Mondays and Tuesdays and back-to-back episodes of The Big Bang Theory on Wednesdays. In a bright spot for Nine, despite poor reviews, Daryl Somers’s new show, You’re Back in the Room launch on Sunday night with 1.65 million viewers nationally, and 1.16 million metropolitan viewers.

“The free-to-air advertising market is now expected to record a low single digit decline for FY16, versus our previous guidance of ‘flat to down marginally’. Reflecting the disappointing ratings start to 2016, Nine’s share is now expected to be [circa] 37 per cent for the year,” the statement says.

Nine had previously forecast to have FTA share of 38 per cent.

The company said that the trend in digital, which was double digital earnings growth in the first half, was expected to continue in the second half.

Nine flagged at its half-year results that it had begun a number of cost-cutting initiatives in order to combat the soft revenue environment. It forecasts that costs, excluding higher-than-expected legal costs from the second half, to be down 4 per cent for the financial year.

In an interview with Fairfax Media last week, Nine chief executive Hugh Marks said the metropolitan broadcaster was making good progress on cutting costs and flag that it was still looking at other areas of the business.

“$700 million of our $900 million cost base is in content. So getting efficiencies in our content spend, making sure we’re spending the right dollars on the right programs is really what the focus is,” Mr Marks said.

However, Mr Marks said he did not have any planned changes for senior programming people.

“I’m working with the team that we’ve got to make sure when we launch next year, we’ll launch with a much more competitive set of programming. The plan is certainly to improve,” he said.

“Would I have loved to have launched better? Yep. Will we get there next year? That’s my challenge now.”

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iPhone SE review: small, blocky smartphone has guts where it counts

The most important thing to realise about the iPhone SE is that it’s not a new phone. Not really.

This phone is kind of like the ‘s’ branded iPhones that release every second year and serve as refinements to their direct predecessor, except that the SE is a refinement to 2013’s iPhone 5s. For anyone used to a newer phone, the biggest shock in using the SE will be the reminder of what flagship phones looked and felt like three years ago.

Of course, the phone’s insides are taken from the much newer iPhone 6s, meaning for anyone using Apple’s latest the SE represents a downgrade in physical design (and price), and a sidegrade in guts.

While there are several reasons a 6 or 6s owner might want to switch to the SE (more on that in a bit), the diminutive iPhone’s biggest success is in filling a hole Apple had in its line for a less expensive, more manageable handset that has the latest functionality. Many more people — whether they’re on a budget or simply don’t need the biggest, fastest, prettiest pocket candy they can get their hands on — now have the option of getting a brand new iPhone, and that can only be a good thing. Build and screen

The SE looks like a throwback, especially since the 5 and 5s were already retro-looking at the time of their release. Unfortunately, the first thing I noticed when I switched on the device was also a bit of a time trip — back to an age before HD phone screens.

It won’t be a big deal to everyone given the size, but coming from the world of big phones where 1080×1920 is the bare minimum, the little panel plucked directly from the iPhone 5s shows its age. Viewing angles and contrast are identical to the 2013 phone, but it’s the resolution that sticks out most. A 4-inch LED at 640×1136, the pixel density is comparable to the iPhone 6s but far below the 6s Plus or any recent Android flagship.

The phone’s body has seen some minor updates in the details — the aluminium and shiny Apple logo are a bit nicer this time around — but at a glance and in the hand the SE could well be mistaken for an iPhone 5s.

The edges are chunky and square, which makes for excellent grip and easy one-handed use. I was shocked to remember how much of the phone’s face was taken up by plastic, which makes the small screen feel even more cramped, but being able to reach both the home button and top edges with the same thumb is nice. The 3D Touch of the iPhone 6s is nowhere to be seen on the SE. Performance

Inside that ageing shell beats the heart of a much more modern machine, with the central processor, graphics processor and RAM pulled straight from last year’s iPhone 6s. The efficiency of the new tech paired with the simplicity of the sub-HD screen means the SE has the snappiest navigation of any iPhone you can get right now, and probably the best battery life too.

According to Apple’s own battery numbers, the big iPhone 6s Plus has the SE beat for standby longevity and talk time (since the screen is off), and the SE has a slight edge when it comes to internet use. In much less scientific real-world use however, the SE seems to last quite a bit longer than its larger brothers, and way longer than the 5s does.

The quickness of the SE shows iOS 9 in its best possible light, with buttery smooth transitions and no delay or stuttering when launching apps or navigating that animation-heavy app switcher. If you’re currently on an iPhone 6 or 6s and like the sound of a smaller screen, the more stable overall performance could be enough to sway you to sidegrade.

Of course apps and games benefit from the improved internals as well, with the phone taking even the latest 3D intensive graphics in its stride. It’s worth thinking about the apps you use when considering the SE though, as it’s clear developers tailor their efforts for the 4.7-inch iPhone. When shrunk to the SE, tap targets can be harder to hit and your hands will cover more screen real estate. While this is something you get used to with some apps — messaging, browsing, more passive games — it can make others difficult.

Camera-wise, you get a mixed bag with the SE. The main shooter is straight from the 6s, which remains one of the best mobile cameras on the market. Live photos and burst mode are supported, which will be a nice upgrade if you’re trading in your 5s, and all this without the unsightly camera bump seen on the new iPhones. Less nice is the fact that the front-facing camera is the same old 1.2MP guy from 2013, meaning low-light selfies are pretty poor even with the light-blasting ‘retina flash’.

Finally, while the SE packs the same version of Touch ID seen on the 5s, it has an NFC chip ready for Apple Pay built into the back. Should you get one?

If you don’t currently have an iPhone and are in a position to get any one you like, your decision will depend on your priorities. The SE is the smallest, lightest and cheapest of the five options available from Apple, while the others are bigger, bolder and pricier. If you already have a 6 or 6 Plus, moving to the SE will give you a noticeable performance bump, while 6s and 6s Plus users don’t have a reason to switch unless they really want a smaller phone.

The user more likely to consider the SE is the one who can’t (or doesn’t want to) drop the kind of cash needed for Apple’s big new phones. If this is you, you can rest assured that the SE is every bit as capable as its biggest brothers, even if it’s not quite as shiny. Using the screen and body of a three-year-old device, this is definitely a budget product (although Apple would never designate it so), but it’s shiny and new where it counts.

The iPhone SE is available in silver, gold, ‘space grey’ and ‘rose gold’. Outright from Apple, the 16GB model costs $679, while the 64GB model costs $829.

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Family want new investigation team on death of Scott Johnson in Sydney cliff fall

Scott Johnson was about to receive a doctorate in mathematics before his death. Photo: NSW Police Steve Johnson, brother of Scott Johnson, outside the NSW Coroners Court in 2015. Photo: Nick Moir

NSW Police Detective Inspector Pamela Young. Photo: Wolter Peeters

The family of Scott Johnson, whose body was found at the bottom of a Sydney cliff, say NSW Police should have nothing to do with the investigation into his death, claiming the force’s “bias” could unfairly affect the coronial process.

Instead, they want to see a new team replace investigators currently on the case.

A third inquest is set to be held into the death of Mr Johnson, a 27-year-old mathematics prodigy, whose naked body was found at the bottom of a cliff near Blue Fish Point, Manly, in 1988.

His family believe Mr Johnson was thrown or chased off the cliff and that his death was one in a spate of gay hate murders in Sydney in the 1980s.

At a directions hearing on Monday, barrister for the Johnson family, John Agius SC, indicated they wanted a change of investigators.

He said in an “ideal world” NSW Police should have nothing to do with the investigation.

“They have demonstrated their position to be one of so much bias that it could only unfairly infect the coronial process,” he told the Coroner’s Court.

However, Mr Agius conceded the chances of achieving that were not great.

He submitted a new group other than the unsolved homicide team or a team that had nothing to do with the current investigators, should be given carriage of the case.

Further submissions will be made on Thursday.

Originally, Mr Johnson’s death was ruled as a suicide however that finding was thrown out when a coroner made an open finding in 2012.

Mr Johnson’s brother, Steve, has spent $1 million carrying out his own investigations.

Last year, the lead unsolved homicide team investigator on the case, Detective Chief Inspector Pamela Young, accused a former police minister of “kowtowing” to the Johnson family during an extraordinary interview with ABC’s Lateline program.

Inspector Young also told the program there was still evidence pointing to suicide as the cause of Mr Johnson’s death.

The NSW State Coroner Michael Barnes then asked that Inspector Young be taken off the case as her interview had the potential to undermine public confidence in the experienced detective’s impartiality.

The coroner acknowledged that Inspector Young had devoted an enormous amount of time to the investigation and had an intimate knowledge of it.

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Gig Guide

LUXURIOUS: Sarah Blasko will provide the council chambers with a beautiful shake-up on Saturday night when she performs at Newcastle City Hall.MUSIC5 Sawyers Friday,DJ Perry Carter. Saturday,DJ ShotsFired.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday,SpankN TheMonkey. Sunday, Daxton Monaghan.

Argenton HotelFriday, Karaoke.

Argyle House Friday, Slumberjack. Saturday, Running Touch.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday,TheBadandtheUgly.

Avon Valley Inn Saturday,Xyz.

Bar 121 Friday,Tiali. Saturday, Tommy Gun.

Bar Petite Thursday, Back & Forth album launch. Friday, Truman Smith. Saturday, Emmy Rose. Sunday, CrocQ.

Bay Hotel Saturday, Lounge Lizards.

Beach Hotel Sunday, Go Stereo.

Belmont 16 FootersFriday,MidnightDrifters,RyanDaley. Saturday,ElvisToTheMax…starringMaxPellicano,Cruzers,BobbyC. Sunday,PhillipCrawshaw.

Belmont Hotel Saturday, The Hummingbirds.

Belmore Hotel Saturday, Hard Grime presentsIan Munro&DJ I-Dee.

Beresfield Bowling Club Friday, 24 Hours. Saturday, The Smarts.

Bimbadgen Estate Saturday, Chris Isaak, James Reyne,Richard Clapton,Thirsty Merc.

Blackbutt Hotel Friday,Angel Gear. Saturday,Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.

The Bradford Thursday, Lennie. Friday, Monsters of Rock Down Under.Saturday, Unlocking The Doors. Sunday, Frets With Benefits.

Burwood Inn Friday,DaneFitzsimmons.

Cambridge Hotel Thursday, The Bennies, Off With Their Heads,Hightime.Saturday,Craze Nightclub featuringOski,Trey-Y,Amir.

Cardiff RSLClubFriday, Aqwa Duo.Saturday,Loko.

Carrington Bowling ClubFriday, Karaoke Klubhouse.

Carrington PlaceThursday, The Frenchman Street New Orleans Jazz Band. Saturday, The Royal Key.

Catho Pub Saturday,Angie. Sunday,Unlocking The Doors.

Central Charlestown Leagues ClubFriday, MattSemmens.

Central HotelStroud Saturday,Greg Bryce.

Cessnock Rugby League Supporters Club Saturday, Counterpart.

Charlestown Bowling Club Thursday,Anyerin. Friday,The Levymen. Saturday, Earthbound.

Chittaway Bay Tavern Friday, Bob Allan Trio.Sunday, RickO’Keeffe.

City Hall Saturday, Sarah Blasko.

Club AzzurriSunday, Latinova.

Club KotaraFriday, Daniel Arvidson.Saturday, Solid Gold Party.

Colliery Inn Friday, Karaoke. Saturday, Pete Sneddon.

Commercial HotelBoolaroo Friday,Murray Byfield.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Friday, Mark Wells. Saturday,PeteGelzinnis.

Country Club Hotel Shoal Bay Friday, resident DJs. Saturday, Shivoo, Dave McCredie. Sunday, JamieMartensDuo.

Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday, Sam Russell.

Doyalson RSL Sunday, Kelly Hope.

Drone Friday, Suburban Haze,Dog Act, Introvert, Jacoband Altai.

Duke Of Wellington Friday, TK. Saturday, The Big Bang.

East Cessnock Bowling Club Saturday,CathyCannon. Sunday, Boney Rivers.

East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Boney Rivers.

Edgeworth Bowling ClubFriday,All Access 80s.

Edgeworth Tavern Saturday,Jackson Halliday.

Exchange Hotel Friday,TwinsanityTrio. Saturday, Alias.

Finnegans Hotel Saturday, Luke La Beat.

Firestation Hotel Saturday, The Royals.

Foghorn Brewhouse Friday,Hartley Duo. Saturday,Hot Cop. Sunday,Crazy Old Maurice.

Gallipoli Legion Club Friday, Yes Commissioner.

Gateshead Tavern Friday,The Brown Bull.

Greta Workers Club Friday,Soundabout.

Grain Store Saturday,Ryan Daley. Sunday,JJ King.

Grand Hotel Tuesday,Cleon’s Three.

Gunyah Hotel Friday,Ngariki. Saturday,GenR8.Sunday, Blues Bombers.

Hamilton Station Hotel Thursday, Suburban Haze.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Friday, X&Y. Saturday, Aqwa, Misbehave. Sunday, Kristn Lane Duo.

Honeysuckle Hotel Thursday, Mark Wells. Friday,GarethHudsonTrio. Saturday,Adrianna MacTrio. Sunday,MickJones,TheLamplighters.

Hotel Jesmond Friday, Phonic Duo. Saturday, Kim and Mik. Sunday, Michael Mills.

Iron Horse Inn Saturday, Purple Rain.

Jewells Tavern Saturday,The Way.

The Junction Hotel Friday,Advocate. Saturday,Mike Horzbac.

Kent Hotel Friday,The New Cool. Saturday,Fox Catapult. Sunday,Giant Blues Band.

King Street Hotel Friday, Senor Rose. Saturday, Samuel James. Sunday, Any Given Sunday.

Kotara Bowling Club Friday,DanielArvidson.

Kurri Kurri Bowling Club Saturday, ShirazandDiamond.

Lake Macquarie Tavern Saturday, October Rage.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Bob Allan.

Lakeside Village Tavern Saturday,TheV Dubs.

Lambton Park Hotel Saturday, Daley Holliday.

Lass O’GowrieFriday,Los Scallywags,Voodoo Youth,Stale Cakes. Saturday,Truman Smith Band,Michael Mason.

Lizotte’s NewcastleFriday, The Pigs. Saturday,First Ladies of Soul.Sunday,The Rehab Brass Band.

Mark Hotel Saturday, The Gaudrys. Sunday,TheJungleKings.

Mary Ellen Saturday, Love That Hat.

Mattara Hotel Friday, Beth Gleeson.

Mavericks On The Bay Friday, Phil McKnight. Saturday, Todd Schmoo. Sunday, Kim.

Mayfield Bowling Club Saturday,Busta Thong.

Muree Golf Club Saturday,DaxtonMonaghan.

Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Mick Boogaard.

Nag’s Head HotelSaturday, Redline.

Neath Hotel Saturday, Hayden Johns.

Nelson Bay Diggers Friday,LokoTrio. Saturday, Coastal Craze. Sunday, Holly Wilson.

Newcastle United Sports ClubFriday,You’re The Star Karaoke.

Northern Star Hotel Friday,Alex Johnson. Saturday,Graham Raisbeck.

Pippis At The Point Friday,Dean Kyrwood,The Remedy.Saturday, Kristen Lane Duo.Sunday, Kylie Jane.

Plough Inn Friday,DaxtonMonaghan.

Potter’s Brewery Friday,Makaylie.

The Pourhouse Maitland Saturday, Ian Henry.

Premier Hotel Saturday,Free Willy & the Grace Brothers. Sunday, Jungle Kings.

Queens Wharf Hotel Friday,DJ Matteo Verde. Saturday,Horenco,Eoin Smith.

Railway Hotel CessnockSaturday, Hendo.

Rathmines Bowling Club Sunday,PeterStefanson.

Regal KurriHotel Saturday, Secret Society.

Royal Crown Hotel Dudley Saturday, Holly Wilson.

Royal Federal Hotel Saturday, The Gracetones.

Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Top Shelf.

Royal Motor Yacht Club – TorontoFriday,Leigh Warren. Sunday,Georgina Grimshaw.

Salamander Shores Friday,Chad Shuttleworth.

Seven Seas Hotel Carrington Friday,Kieran Glasgow. Saturday,Thomas Blake.

Shaft Tavern Friday, The Big Bang.

Shortland Hotel Friday,KarenO’Shea. Saturday, Mick Jones.

The Small Ballroom Saturday, Borkfest feat.Trophy Eyes,Stories, Chronolyth, Burial At Sea, Buried With The Rest,PashaBulka,OfDivinity,ScarsHaveFaded,Chromatide,Lycanthrope,TheCondemned, Dimensions.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Friday, Peter Stefanson.Saturday, BlueSuedeRockers.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Thursday, Merewether Fat Blues Band. Friday, The Ironhorses, The Hurricanes. Saturday, Sean McMahon & The Moonmen, Elwood Myre.

Star Hotel Friday, Bobby C. Saturday, Mark Wells Duo.

Stockton Bowling Club Friday,Bounce.Sunday, Phil McKnight.

Summerland Sporties Sunday, Darren Rolling Keys.

Swansea RSLClub Saturday,BackBeat.

Sunnyside Tavern Saturday,Government Grants.

Sydney Junction Hotel Saturday, Shooting Molly.

Tea Gardens Hotel Motel Saturday, Frets With Benefits.

Tilligerry RSL Friday,JaybeeDuo. Saturday, Kelly Hope.

Town Hall Hotel Friday,Jungle King Duo.Saturday,Kevin O’Hara. Sunday,Kenny Jewell.

Wangi District Workers Club Friday,Maryanne Rex. Sunday,Emile.

Wangi Hotel Sunday,Jackson Halliday.

Warners At The Bay Thursday, Kylie Jane.Friday,Secret Society. Saturday,Loose Bazooka.

Warners Bay Hotel Saturday,4 Letter Word.

Westfield Kotara Friday,Ava. Saturday, Jessica Cain. Sunday, Gareth Hudson.

Wests Leagues Club New Lambton Thursday, Angamus.Friday, LoveThatHat.Saturday, The Snape Trilogy.Sunday,The Fabulous 60’s and 70’s Show. Tuesday, Angamus.

Wickham Park HotelFriday,Loose Bazooka.Saturday,King Shakey,Viagro.Sunday,Thomas Blake,Mark Wells Band.

Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Jake Folbigg.

MOVIES10 Cloverfield Lane(CTC) Waking up from a caraccident, a young woman finds herself in the basement of a man who says he’s saved her life from a chemical attack that has left the outside world uninhabitable.

FANTASY: Australian actor Chris Hemsworth has reprised the role of Eric in The Huntsman: Winter’s War, the prequel to 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman.

45 Years (R)There is just one week until Kate Mercer’s 45thwedding anniversary and the planning for the party is going well. But then a letter arrives for her husband. The body of his first love has been discovered, frozen and preserved in the icy glaciers of the Swiss Alps. By the time the party is upon them, five days later, there may not be a marriage left to celebrate. (Regal)

Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice(M)Fearing the actions of a god-like super hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’ most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.

Brooklyn(M) In 1950s Ireland and New York, young Ellis Lacey has to choose between two men and two countries.

Deadpool(MA15+) Deadpool is an unique super hero film thattells the origin story of a former special forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool.

Eye In The Sky(M) When UK intelligence officer Colonel Katherine Powel discovers the terrorists she is tracking are planning a deadly suicide attack, her mission escalates from “capture” to “kill”. American drone pilot Steve Watts is poised to engage when, suddenly, a nine-year old girl enters the kill zone.

Hail, Caesar!(PG) A Hollywood fixer in the 1950’s works to keep the studio’s stars in line. (Regal)

How To Be Single(M) New Yorkis full of lonely hearts seeking a match, and what Alice, Robin, Lucy, Meg, Tom and David have in common is the need to learn how to be single in a world filled with ever-evolving definitions of love.

London Has Fallen(MA15+) In London for the Prime Minister’s funeral, Mike Banning discovers a plot to killthe attending world leaders.

Looking For Grace(CTC) When their teenaged daughter goes missing, a couple and an investigator search for her while keeping their own secrets and stories hidden.

Kung Fu Panda 3(PG) Continuing his “legendary adventures of awesomeness”, Po must face two hugely epic, but different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to his home.

Miracles From Heaven(PG)Based on the incredible true story of the Beam family. When Christy discovers her 10-year-old daughter Anna has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter’s healing as she searches for a solution. After Anna has a freak accident, an extraordinary miracle unfolds in the wake of her dramatic rescue that leaves medical specialists mystified, her family restored and their community inspired.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2(PG)After spending most of their time focusing on their troubling teenage daughter, Toula and Ian are facing marital problems while also having to deal with yet another Greek wedding – this time, even bigger and fatter.

National Theatre: Les Liaisons DangereusesIn 1782, Choderlos de Laclos’ novel of sex, intrigue and betrayal in pre-revolutionary France scandalised the world. Two hundred years later, Christopher Hampton’s irresistible adaptation swept the board, winning the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for best play. Josie Rourke’s revival marks the play’s 30-year anniversary. (Event Newcastle)

Room(M) A modern-day story about the boundless love between mother and child. (Regal, final screening)

Sherpa (M)A fight on Everest? It seemed incredible. But in 2013 news channels around the world reported an ugly brawl at 21,000ft as European climbers fled a mob of angry sherpas.

Spotlight(M) The Academy award-winningtrue story of how the Boston Globe newspaperuncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire church to its core.

The Daughter(M) The story follows a man who returns home to discover a long-buried family secret, and whose attempts to put things right threaten the lives of those he left home years before.

The Finest Hours (PG)Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias’ book detailing a daring 1952 coast guard rescue off the New England seaboard comes to the screen in this Disney film.

The Huntsman Winter’s War (M)As two evil sisters prepare to conquer the land; two renegades – Eric the Huntsmen – who previously aided Snow White in defeating Ravenna, and his forbidden lover, Sara set out to stop them.

The Jungle Book (PG)Mowgli is a human boy raised by the Indian wolves Raksha & Akela ever since he was a baby andbrought to them by Bagheera, the black panther. When the fearsome Bengal tiger Shere Khan threatens his life, since man isn’t allowed in the jungle, Mowgli leaves his jungle home. (Advanced screening)

The Lady In The Van(M) A man forms an unexpected bond with a transient woman living in her car that’s parked in his driveway.

Where To Invade Next (M)To discoverwhat the USA can learn from other nations, Michael Moore playfully “invades”them to see what they have to offer. (Event Newcastle)

Zootopia(G) In the animal city of Zootopia, a fast-talking fox who’s trying to make it big goes on the run when he’s framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Zootopia’s top cop, a self-righteous rabbit, is hot on his tail, but when both become targets of a conspiracy, they’re forced to team up and discover even natural enemies can become best friends.

THEATREA Little Something Hunter TAFE’s acting diploma students present amusing poetry, self-devised monologues and engaging group improvisations. Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Nightly until Saturdayat 7.30pm. Free. 4923 7595.

Robyn Schall – New York Comedy Gala The American comedian offers amusing tales aboutlife in the Big Apple. Lizotte’s Newcastle, Lambton. Thursday, dinner and show from 6pm. Show only at 8.30pm. 4956 2066.

The Magic Flute A handsome prince, aided by a reluctant bird-catcher, fights the evil Queenof the Night and other villains in his search for romance; Mozart’s lively opera. Central CoastOpera and Central Coast Conservatoriumat Laycock Street Community Theatre, Gosford.Thursday8pm; Saturday 2pm and 8pm. 4323 3233.

The 39 Steps Lively and amusing adaptation by Patrick Barlow of Alfred Hitchcock’s spy-chase film, with four actors playing 139 roles. Theatre on Brunkerat St Stephen’s ChurchHall, Adamstown. Friday and Saturdayuntil April 23 (dinner and show at 7pm, show only at8pm), plus Sunday matinees onApril 10 and 17at 2pm. 4956 1263.

Witness for the Prosecution Tense Agatha Christie thriller about a man put on trial formurder and the views of his wife and others about his guilt or innocence. DAPAat DAPATheatre, Hamilton. Friday and Saturday 7.30pm, plus 2pm Saturday and Sunday matinees.(Final week). 0416 252 446.

Stars of the Central Coast: Dance for Cancer Prominent Central Coast members performdance routines with the support of professional dance instructors to raise money for theCentral Coast branch of the NSW Cancer Council. Laycock Street Community Theatre,Gosford. Friday8pm. 4323 3233.

Singalong to the Shows: Requests Audience members join in singing favourite songs fromstage and screen musicals, with this program drawn from the most popular songs since the showbegan seven years ago. Adamstown Artsat the Adamstown Uniting ChurchDungeon. Saturday2pm. 4943 5316.

Melinda Does Doris – A Tribute to Doris Day Country singer Melinda Schneider performsfavourite songs by the popular Hollywood actress. The Harbour Agency. CessnockPerforming Arts Centre onSaturday2pm; 4990 7134. Laycock Street Community Theatre,Gosford, Sunday2pm; 4323 3233.

Disney’s Mulan Jr A determined Chinese girl dresses in men’s clothes and joins the army tohelp fight foreign invaders and save her family; heartwarming musical. Young People’sTheatreat Young People’s Theatre, Hamilton. Opens Monday and plays daily at 11am untilFriday, April 15, plus 7pm show on Wednesday. Then plays each Saturday at 2pm and 7pmfrom April 16 to May 21, plus 2pm Sunday matinees on May 1 and 15. 苏州美甲美睫培训学校ypt.org419论坛;4961 4895.