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Movie review / ‘Yuli: The Carlos Acosta Story’ (M)

"To say 'Yuli: The Carlos Acosta Story' blew me away is an understatement." Movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD likes this film.

Movie review / ‘The Furnace’ (MA)

Four and a half stars for the new Australian movie "The Furnace", says reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘Waves’ (MA)

On learning that the running time for "Waves", a film about an African-American family, is 135 minutes, you might be forgiven for approaching it with reservations and a little caution. Don’t do that, advises reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘Mrs Lowry & Son’ (PG)

Heres a "a low-budget, high-provenance movie that says much about devotion and passion. Not of the conventional kind". DOUGAL MACDONALD has reviewed it rated it highly.

Movie review / ‘Parasite’ (M)

“'Parasite' led me to laugh outright in a cinema more often than in a long while," writes reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘The Best of Enemies’ (MA)

"The Best of Enemies" does just about everything that a message movie should without losing sight of that other element that has nourished movies ever since they began – being entertaining, writes DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘Heroic Losers’ (M)

“Heroic Losers” was Argentina’s entry at the 2020 Oscars and reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD gives it whopping 4.5 stars!

Movie review / ‘Blackbird’ (MA)

“'Blackbird' is a six-tissue movie intelligently delivering emotional power with subtlety, surprise and occasional humour," writes movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ’23 Walks’ (M)

"23 Walks" a tale of the human condition as old age begins to bite, telling it like it is when two strangers, no longer young, meet in a London park while walking their dogs, says reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘In the Name of the Land’ (M)

"You don’t have to be a farmer to take satisfaction from 'In the Name of the Land',' says reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ (PG)

Reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD was surprised to be alone in the cinema watching “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote”. He says it's refreshingly different and deserves wide exposure.

Movie review / ‘An Unexpected Love’ (M)

“Sexual flings sprinkle a narrative principally about domestic moments – moving out of the apartment, selling the apartment, little daily habits”... all in a movie that gets 4.5 stars from reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘The Father’ (M)

"The Father" is a film reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD describes as one that touches our hearts and souls, for the best of reasons – its absolute humanity, sympathy and credibility, without demanding a box of tissues. But take a few, just in case.

Movie review / ‘Death of a Ladies’ Man” (MA)

Movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD left “Death of a Ladies' Man” with a strong sense of a man easy to like, hard to respect, easy to feel sympathy for but unable to help.

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.

Movie review / ‘Birds of Passage’ (MA)

DOUGAL MACDONALD reviews 'Birds of Passage' and finds it a "beautiful, challenging and ultimately rewarding film".

Film review / ‘Dark Waters’ (MA)

Movie review / Four stars for a forensic thriller about Teflon.

Movie review / ‘Adam’ (PG)

"I watched it alone and was enchanted by it." Film reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD writes about "Adam".

Movie review / ‘La Belle Epoque’ (M)

"A zany, entertaining, puzzling French movie that’s sometimes comedy, other times drama." Reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD's been to see 'La Belle Epoque'.

Movie review / ‘Apollo 11’ (G)

“Apollo 11” is a powerful reminiscence of an event that held the world’s attention half a century ago. So says reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD. Four stars.





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