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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".

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 / ‘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 / ‘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".

Film review / ‘After The Wedding’ (M)

Meet powerhouse New York business woman Theresa and Isabel, who lives in India where she helps in running an orphanage. The link between them is that they are both the mother of Grace, the bride. Confused about that? Don’t be, says movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

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 / ‘Blinded by the Light’ (PG)

A big tick from film reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD: "'BLINDED by the Light' is a joyous film that reaches its destination by combining adversity with determination, as any good drama should. 

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 / ‘Ride Like A Girl’ (PG)

“'Ride Like A Girl' tells a warm-hearted story, well modulated by smiles and laughter, not without griefs," writes movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.





Giving Canberra a spin on the ‘circuit of horror’

Director Tony D’Aquino is lucky to be back in Australia in one piece – he’s just been on what’s called the "circuit of horror” as he prepares for the general release of his R-rated, Canberra-made feature, “The Furies”, writes art editor HELEN MUSA.


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