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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 / ‘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 / ‘The Heiresses’ (MA)

Movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD enjoys "The Heiresses".

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: ‘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 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.

Movie review / ‘Who You Think I Am’ (M)

"It’s romantic. It’s a message about truthfulness. It’s an intelligent observation of women’s sexuality," writes film reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD after seeing the movie "Who You Think I Am".

Movie review / ‘Rocketman’ (M)

Curious movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD comes to a surprise conclusion about the Elton John bio-pic "Rocketman".

Movie review / ‘Destroyer’ (MA)

“Destroyer” may not be the greatest thriller that ever came out of Hollywood, but inputs made to it by two women make it high-grade cinema for the right reasons, writes reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan’ (MA) 

The characters are real and the film’s depiction of their parts in the battle is by and large accurate, writes film reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD after watching "Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan".

Movie review / ‘Burning’ (M)

"I liked this film a lot, more than I expected." He doesn't write that very often, so four stars and a thumbs up from reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD has got to be worth a look...

Movie review / ‘Peterloo’ (M)

"Peterloo" is not It’s not populist cinema. It’s cinema craft of a high order, especially in its staging of a day the legacy of which most of the world’s countries now enjoy, says reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘The Farewell (PG)

Four stars from reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD for the new movie "The Farewell".

Movie review / ‘The Chaperone’ (M)

Movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD has some fond words for "The Chaperone".

Movie review / ‘2040’

Australian documentarist Damon Gameau made "2040" to show his four-year-old daughter Zoe how her life might be at age 25 by suggesting how technologies available in 2019 might help humankind avoid extinction. DOUGAL MACDONALD reviews the film.

Movie review / ‘Downton Abbey’ (PG)

"It’s all good British fare, to which in this genre there are few if any equals." Film reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD tugs a forelock for the big-screen "Downton Abbey".

Review / ‘Everybody Knows’ (M)

'Everybody Knows' is a dramatic potpourri of tension, worry, anger, frustration and grief in 133 minutes of stylish energy and complexity that will satisfy the most demanding viewer expectations, says movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD

Movie Review / ‘Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood’ (MA)

Movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD enjoyed "Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood". Are you going to see it?




Emotive choral work draws a large audience

"An opportunity to see and hear Pergolesi’s 'Stabat Mater' performed live is not to be missed," writes reviewer LEN POWER.


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