Movie review / ‘Cousins’ (M)

"Cousins" is a film with an intensity that examines the status of M?ori women from, in one case, kindergarten to old age. DOUGAL MACDONALD reviews it.

Movie review / ‘Heroic Losers’ (M)

“Heroic Losers” was Argentina’s entry at the 2020 Oscars and reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD gives it whopping 4.5 stars!

Movie review / ‘Percy vs Goliath’ (PG)

"For a civil, as opposed to criminal, lawsuit movie, by and large, 'Percy v Goliath' works well enough," says reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘Breaking Bread’  (M)

IN "Breaking Bread" you can’t taste what’s cooking on the screen. But you can see Israeli and Muslim cooks co-operating, exchanging recipes, comparing methods, above all, being friends. Anybody got a better idea, asks movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘Minamata’ (MA)

Without doubt, Johnny Deep’s performance in new movie "Minamata" is an eye-popper, the sort of portrayal that collects nominations for awards, says reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.  

Movie review / ‘Breaking News in Yuba County’ (MA) ***and a half

In-your-face satire “Breaking News in Yuba County” moves at a pace just short of being too quick to follow, says movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘A Quiet Place Part II’ (M)

A sequel to "A Quiet Place Part II" is said to be in development, but movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD probably won't be rushing to go see it after only giving Part II one star.

Movie review / ‘Cruella’ (PG)

Emma Stone does well as "Cruella" de Vil in the new "Cruella" movie but in reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD's book, the real star is Emma Thompson playing Baroness von Hellman.

Movie review / ‘My Name is Gulpilil’ (M)

After watching the documentary "My Name is Gulpilil", movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD describes David Gulpilil Ridjimiraril Dalaithngu as a beautiful human being.

Facebook lifts ban on Canberra festival film

FACEBOOK has recanted and blamed its disabling of advertising for the Canberra documentary film festival, “Stronger than Fiction”, as being "in error".

Movie review / ‘Deux (Two Of Us)’ (M)

The deep human tenderness of the movie "Deux (Two Of Us)" should be having helpful effect on public attitudes about lesbian women, but it's not.

Movie review / ‘The Godmother’ (M)

"The Godmother" delivers heist-movie hi-jinks, black comedy and pathos, with a feminist twist, says reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘Death of a Ladies’ Man” (MA)

Movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD left “Death of a Ladies' Man” with a strong sense of a man easy to like, hard to respect, easy to feel sympathy for but unable to help.

Facebook censors festival’s promotion of a film

Plans to promote the next film in the Canberra documentary film festival, “Stronger than Fiction”, have been thwarted after Facebook disabled the event’s advertising account because its promotion of the film has been deemed “political advertising”. 

Movie review / ‘Ema’ (MA)

"Ema" is a movie blockbuster different from what that description usually signifies. Set in Valparaiso, Chile, its narrative follows a complicated domestic relationship, says reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘Carmilla’ (MA)

"Movies of this kind have an audience. I was not unhappy to see the end of it. Which is not to deny that in its own way, it has subtle merit," writes reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD after sitting through "Carmilla".

Movie review / ‘The Man in the Hat’ (PG)

Reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD says "The Man in the Hat" movie is intelligent, zany cinema without no apparent purpose, until the end credits start rolling and you begin to realise that you’ve been enjoying it without realising why.

Movie review / ‘De Gaulle’ (M)

Movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD found "De Gaulle" as "profoundly interesting". He says being French or familiar with the history isn’t a prerequisite to finding it satisfying, even rewarding.

Movie review / ‘June Again’ (M)

"There’s no rule requiring everybody on the planet to be sweet and affectionate. But in a movie about a bossy woman like June, presenting her as a bundle of laughs, gaiety and family unity is not easy." DOUGAL MACDONALD reviews "June Again". 

Movie review / ‘Locked Down’ (M)

"It was inevitable that people would make movies about the pandemic. I don’t know whether this comedy-crime-thriller movie leads the pack," writes reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD about "Locked Down".  





CSO to celebrate China’s cultural and musical heritage

In “East Meets West”, Guy Noble will conduct a 50-piece orchestra comprising musicians from leading symphony orchestras, says arts editor HELEN MUSA in her weekly "Arts in the City" column.


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