Movie review / ‘Freaks’ (MA)

"The violence, the mystery, the fantasy, combine to create an enigmatic outcome, par for the course in this genre," writes reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD after seeing "Freaks".

Record number of short films in this year’s festival

The Canberra Short Film Festival received 387 submissions – a 20 per cent jump on last year — of which 155 will be screened across 13 screening events.

Movie review / ‘The Farewell (PG)

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

Movie review / ‘Angel of Mine’ (MA) **

Movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD has some misgivings about the veracity of the Melbourne movie "Angel of Mine".

Movie review / ‘It: Chapter 2’ (MA)

"Films like 'It: Chapter 2' have an audience. I don’t recall ever meeting a member of it," says movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Fiona’s new film company goes ‘dark’

Canberra actor and top costume designer Fiona Victoria Hopkins is branching out into film production, writes HELEN MUSA.

Movie review / ‘The Nightingale’ (MA)

"The Nightingale" is not a “nice” movie in the sense of sweetness and light, but as imaginative of what might have been possible, it ticks just about every possible dramatic box, says reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD

Movie review / ‘The Kitchen’ (MA)

DOUGAL MACDONALD reviews the new gangster movie "The Kitchen".

Movie review / ‘Dragged Across Concrete’ (R)

DOUGAL MACDONALD reviews Mel Gibson's new R-rated movie "Dragged Across Concrete".

Movie review / ‘Overcomer’ (PG) ***

“'Overcomer's' a well-crafted piece of cinema blessed with impressive performances and agreeable credibility," writes reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD. 

Movie review / ‘Angel Has Fallen’ (MA)

"No prizes for predicting how this little lot will turn out after spending an estimated $US80 million staging scads of small-arms fire, road wreckage, bodies and blowings up," writes DOUGAL MACDONALD in his review of 'Angel Has Fallen'.

Movie review / ‘The Australian Dream’ (MA)

Reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD says "The Australian Dream" is a movie we should all see. It offers mind food to help us think not about an us-and-a-them but about an all-embracing us, regardless of race, skin colour, place of birth or ancestry. 

Doing the time warp again at the NFSA

The National Film and Sound Archive is kicking off its new "Arc Out Loud" season tonight with a screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Movie review / ‘A Dog’s Journey’ (PG)

Heading out to see "A Dog’s Journey" this weekend? See what movie review DOUGAL MACDONALD thought of the film.

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?

Movie review / ‘Midsommar’ (R)

“Midsommar”... By and large it’s as boring a movie as you might hope ever not to see, writes movie 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 / ‘Palm Beach’ (M)

Is it a drama? A comedy? A love story? A social analysis? A satire? asks Dougal Macdonald after he watched the movie "Palm Beach".

Movie review / ‘Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw’ (M)

For sheer imaginative absurdity and mindless, expensive-looking fun (mostly created by several huge computer graphics teams) the film is hard to beat, writes DOUGAL MACDONALD after seeing "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw".

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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