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By Sarah Ward
October 19, 2019
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By Sarah Ward
October 19, 2019
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Open the cinema doors, HAL, because The Astor Theatre is serving up a very special 11-week film feast. You won't need someone to strap you to a chair and force your eyes open with a specula to get you to watch this fantastic movie lineup — and you won't have to wander around a maze-like haunted hotel to get there either.

The St Kilda venue is turning its attention to celebrating a movie master, with the one and only Stanley Kubrick is in the spotlight. On most Monday nights between October 28 and January 13 (except November 25), the cinema will unleash 12 of the British filmmaker's full-length features upon eager cinephiles.

That means everything from early noir The Killing, to the controversial Lolita, to his final completed effort, aka the Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise-starring erotic thriller Eyes Wide Shut. Discover why "I am Spartacus!" became such a famous cinema phrase, find out how Dr Strangelove learned to stop worrying and love the bomb, and plunge into the horrors of the Vietnam War with Full Metal Jacket.

Sure, 2001: A Space Odyssey and A Clockwork Orange pop up in retrospective programs around the country quite often, but there's never a bad time to see these classics the way they were meant to be seen. And, with The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep hitting cinemas in early November, the timing is perfect.

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