Movie review / ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ (M) 

"Hillbilly Elegy" is not a fun movie, says reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD, The acting is powerful. The vocabulary comes straight from the gutter.

Support of $355,000 goes to local films

Screen Canberra has announced support for seven projects across two CBR Funds, sharing a total of $355,000.

Movie review / ‘Radioactive’ (M)

Movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD says "Radioactive" treads a difficult line through an awesome assembly of facts, science, personal tragedies and glories, and French political shenanigans.

Movie review / ‘Brazen Hussies’ (M)

"After the film ended, the six women in the cinema began to applaud. Movie audiences don’t often do that. I found myself joining in." DOUGAL MACDONALD reviews "Brazen Hussies".  

Movie review / ‘The Mystery of Henri Pick’ (M)

DOUGAL MACDONALD reviews a "delectable Agatha Christie-style caper whose main characters include a famous literary critic, a deceased best-selling author, his bookworm daughter, an ambitious young publisher and an up-and-coming writer”.

Movie review / ‘Rams’ (PG)

"Any movie about sheep is bound to strike a melodious chord in Australia, isn’t it?" DOUGAL MACDONALD reviews "Rams".

Movie review / ‘Baby Done’ (PG)

"Baby Done’s" screenplay squeezes out every possible social, emotional, medical, obstetric and relationship problem that might confront a woman in her first pregnancy, writes movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘On the Rocks’ (M)

Here's a "wonderfully satisfying combination of narrative style and gently insistent drama that steers clear of message or unresolvable tension". DOUGAL MACDONALD reviews "On the Rocks".  

Movie review / ‘Never Too Late’ (M)

DOUGAL MACDONALD review a mildly amusing movie that tells about four veterans planning to repeat their escape from a Vietnamese PoW camp. Escape? From where? From an Adelaide veterans’ retirement village.

Movie review / ‘Irresistible’ (M)

"Irresistible" is a gleeful, jocular look at the twin demons of money and packaging setting about killing electoral democracy, says movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.  

Movie review / ‘Hope Gap’ (M)

"Hope Gap" is essentially a two-hander performed with style, grace and a screenplay that pulls no punches, says movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘Rebecca’ (M)

"Against my natural inclination, I confess that I found its 129 minutes entertaining, its thesis compelling and its environment persuasive." DOUGAL MACDONALD reviews "Rebecca".

Movie review / ‘The Leadership’ (M)

“The Leadership” is a movie of a voyage to Antarctica in a pretty little cruise ship carrying 76 highly educated women. DOUGAL MACDONALD reviews it.

Movie review / ‘Lucky Grandma’ (M)

Pit a lucky/unlucky/lucky Chinese grandma against a gang of crooks when the bullets start flying and anything can happen. DOUGAL MACDONALD reviews the new "Lucky Grandma" movie.

Strutting the message of climate change

The Australian Dance Party's new 'ad'-style videos, themed around electric and active transport, can be seen at Palace Electric, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA. 

Movie review / ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ (MA)

DOUGAL MACDONALD reviews Aaron Sorkin’s new movie "The Trial of The Chicago 7". Four stars.

Movie review / ‘The Last Black Man in San Francisco’ (M)

"The film is a gentle, sweet, observation of the human condition under adversity. Perhaps it’s not populist cinema, but I found satisfaction in both its last black man and its SF vistas," writes reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD about "The Last Black Man in San Francisco".

Movie review / ‘Antebellum’ (MA)

"Antebellum" is a fantasy based on time travel, with enough recorded history to, if not validate, then at least respect our credibility, writes movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Film festival showcases Italian cinematic art

The 21st Italian Film Festival is bound to confirm all over again the extraordinary hold Italian film-makers have on cinematic art, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Reflecting on an unexpected icon

Film reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD revives a couple of recent movie reviews to honour the memory of legendary American jurist Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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