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Movie review / ‘Only the Animals’ (MA)

“Only the Animals” is a thriller, a murder mystery, an emotional roller-coaster of love, betrayal, emotional and physical brutality, passion, adultery, truth, lies, coincidence and implausible credibility., says movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘Penguin Bloom’ (PG)

The ability of “Penguin Bloom” to polarise audience response is powerful, one way or the other, says movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Artsday / Paul Kelly steps into the documentary spotlight

Ian Darling's doco “Paul Kelly: Stories of Me”, will be screened at the NFSA, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA in her daily arts round-up.

Street festival celebrates hip-hop culture

Garema Place in Civic is set to break out this Saturday (January 23) with a show of “peace, love, unity and having fun” — the “four principles” of hip-hop — as the inaugural Canberra Street Dance Festival swings into gear.

Love at all costs heralds opera’s grand return

When Opera Australia emerged recently from a year of closures and lockdown, it did so in a grand manner, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Clingan takes theatre back to basics

In the midst of and lamentations over the cancellation of large-scale theatre events, composer Judith Clingan last week delivered a timely reminder that theatre is about people, not technology, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Artsday / QL2 dancers to explore Portrait Gallery

QL2 is coming to the National Portrait Gallery with 'This Is My Place', a performance that explores the gallery's creative spaces, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA in her daily arts round-up.

Free film fest features women in the reel world

The second annual free Kambri Film Fest is due to kick off on the ANU campus and by no coincidence at all, the focus will be on women, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Art reflects on the space between us

A light installation created for the National Portrait Gallery acts as a prompt to maintain social distancing, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA in her weekly Arts in the City column.

No fireworks, but an ‘iconic’ line-up

Canberra's Australia Day celebrations won't feature its usual fireworks display, but its music line-up is predicted to be "iconic" with Daryl Braithwaite headlining the concert. 

Movie review / ‘Ammonite’ (M)

“Ammonite” does unexpected things for its viewers. Getting to its one explicit love sequence and discovering its aftermath is a film-watching experience that for delicacy and perceptiveness has few equals, says reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Witty and the weird and wonderful

Streaming news certainly took no holiday break, writes "Watch It!" columnist NICK OVERALL.

Movie review / My Salinger Year (M)

“My Salinger Year” offers a view of a craft that seldom exposes what goes on between writing a book and its appearance on a retailer’s shelves, writes movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘The Dig’ (PG)

Reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD likes "The Dig", "a very pleasant little movie that tells an important story".

Artsday / Comedian Chris will perform her ‘Work in Progress’

The Q has engaged comedian Chris Ryan to perform last year's 'Work in Progress', says arts editor HELEN MUSA in her arts round-up.

Liam Neeson movie to hold up traffic in Canberra

Canberra's city streets will turn into a movie set for the filming of a potential Hollywood blockbuster.

Giving wine a future, a bottle at a time

"We should commit to purchasing and consuming Australian wine. It seems that next time Tom and I get together, we should buy a bottle of Australian wine, not just two glasses," writes wine columnist RICHARD CALVER.

Artsday / M16 opens with ‘double standards’

Arts editor HELEN MUSA compiles a list of what's on in Canberra's arts scene in her latest "artsday" column.

Cancelled ‘Shrek’ won’t stop John Frost

THE Canberra Theatre's just cancelled staging of “Shrek”, was to have been the first Canberra gambit by Australia’s top producer of musicals, John Frost, since 1991.

Theatre centre postpones ‘Shrek The Musical’

The Canberra Theatre Centre has made the "difficult decision" to postpone the upcoming season of "Shrek The Musical".





Have you seen Rian?

Police are searching for 36-year-old Rian Minnis after he went missing on Thursday, January 14.


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