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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 / ‘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 / ‘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 / ‘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 / ‘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.

Movie Review / ‘The Happy Prince’ (MA)

Reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD gets wild (four stars) about a new Oscar Wilde movie.

Movie review / ‘By the Grace of God’ (M)

DOUGAL MACDONALD reviews a powerful and timely film telling how a movement grew to bring justice and emotional solace to the victims of a French paedophile priest. Four stars!

Movie review / ‘The Heiresses’ (MA)

Movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD enjoys "The Heiresses".

Movie review / ‘Happy Sad Man’ (M)

Costing relatively little to highlight the plights of four men with mental issues, "Happy Sad Man" is more than just a message movie, says reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘True History of the Kelly Gang’  (MA)

Movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD reckons “True History of the Kelly Gang” tells important parts of Ned’s story with more credibility than did its predecessors.

Movie review / ‘Yesterday’ (M)

"You are entitled to expect a good experience when Danny Boyle’s name appears on a film’s masthead as director. When Richard Curtis’ name appears on the next line in the credits as writer, expectations soar even further." Reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD'S at "Yesterday".

Movie review / ‘For Sama’ (MA)

"For Sama" is remarkable documentary that has been nominated for an Oscar. Reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD has no hesitation: four stars.

Movie review / ‘The Good Liar’ (MA)

"The Good Liar", says movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD, is "a quite delightful, intense combination of thriller and romantic styles".

Movie review: ‘Hotel Mumbai’ (MA)

This full-on movie telling the story of the 2008 terrorist attack that left 166 dead and 293 wounded in Mumbai has much to tell filmgoers with the wit to read between its lines.

Movie review / ‘The Two Popes’ (M)

A film about two old bachelors mulling over each other’s moral attitudes may not sound like much fun and jollity, but in "Two Popes" they come across pretty convincingly, writes reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘The Public’ (M)

The production shortcomings in "The Public" are not powerful enough to displace the human values that form its core, writes movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

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