Holiday movie / ‘Dolittle’ (PG)

Movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD is two-star sniffy about "Dolittle".

Movie review / 1917 (MA)

“1917” feels like it’s observing real time – no editorial cuts, no jumps between places or actions or characters... delivering a look that’s new, memorable and discomforting for the best reasons, says movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Holiday movie / “Farmageddon” (G)

Movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD wonders about Shaun the Sheep’s latest adventure.

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.

Holiday movie / ‘Spies in Disguise’ (PG)

“‘Spies in Disguise’ is an animated spoof of every super-spy hero movie ever made. And it’s not half bad!,” enthuses movies reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Holiday movie / ‘My Spy’ (PG) ***

Movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD says “My Spy” is a comedy evoking the era when Hollywood comedies were smart rather than potboilers fuelled by American TV’s voracious demand for low-energy fodder for low-energy minds.

Never mind the smoke, open-air cinemas open

UNDAUNTED by the atmosphere, the Open-air Cinemas returns to Canberra from tonight (January 8) with its annual festival  program of food and films.

Movie review / ‘The Gentlemen’ (MA)

Movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD says "The Gentlemen" is rough-textured, tough to digest, complex and jolly good fun.

Holiday movie / ‘Little Women’ (G)

"Little Women" looks good, especially the exterior scenes. Filmed in and around Concord, Massachusetts, it offers some authenticity of place., says movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘Jojo Rabbit’ (M)

"We’re about to embark on the movie industry’s annual orgy of self-praise and political finagling called the Oscars.  'Jojo Rabbit' looks good for at least a nomination," writes film reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Holiday movie / ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ (PG)

"The best I can say about 'Jumanji: The Next Level' is that it’s a noisy, vigorous statement of the bleeding obvious – escapism to the max," writes film reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD. 

Movie review / ‘Sorry We Missed You’ (MA) 

“Sorry We Missed You” is about the Turner family confronting economic stringency, trying to battle its way out of debt, exploitation and internal turmoil. But it's a great cast and a powerful story to which even the hardest of hearts must surely resonate, says film reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘The Truth’ (PG)

Movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD shares the untruths of "The Truth".

Movie review / ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ (M)

"This is a very truncated summary of a powerful story that tells it like it is, delicately, intimately but without prurience, with admirable and poignant credibility". Film reviewer approves of  "Portrait of a Lady on Fire".

Holiday movie / ‘Cats’ (G)

Movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD has three stars for "Cats".

Five of the best cat films (that don’t include ‘Cats’)

In the light of the controversy around the new movie "Cats",  DEBORAH HUNN looks back at five of the best feline performances on the big screen.

‘Star Wars’ closes another trilogy, but does it work?

"The Rise of Skywalker" ends a third "Star Wars" trilogy. STEFANIE JOHNSTONE explains why stories work so well in threes.

Holiday movie / ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ (M)

"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker": "How did I feel about it? Not a lot," says movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD, who can muster only a single star of approval.

Holiday movie / ‘Playmobil: The Movie’  (G) 

"This is another hybrid of mating between a simple flexible toy with which little kids could invent their own play scenarios, and moving images," writes movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘Playing with Fire’ (PG)

"The producers of 'Playing With Fire' could not have foreseen the local situation that would greet it on release in Australia. But even from its get-go, its title is a big lie," writes movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

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