Movie review / ‘The Father’ (M)

"The Father" is a film reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD describes as one that touches our hearts and souls, for the best of reasons – its absolute humanity, sympathy and credibility, without demanding a box of tissues. But take a few, just in case.

Movie review / ‘The Courier’ (M)

"This is no James Bond spy thriller. It’s a sober telling of a version of actual events," writes movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD. He'd been to see "The Courier".

Movie review / ‘Nobody’ (MA)

"What worries me most about 'Nobody' is the example it might set to young adult males in search of anti-social diversion." Not a toe curler for movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘The Painter and the Thief’ (M)

"The Painter and the Thief" delivers a compelling portrait of compassion and forgiveness, says movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ (M)

"For all its noise and futuristic violence, I must confess to having slept through much of it." DOUGAL MACDONALD reviews the new movie "Godzilla vs. Kong". 

Movie review / ‘Crisis’ (MA)

"Crisis" is a 118-minute dramatic thriller telling three stories in which the common element is opioid pain relievers, writes movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘White Riot’ (M)

"White Riot" may mean more to today’s Britons who were alive half a century ago than to younger folk, but movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD was happy to have seen it.

Movie review / ‘French Exit’ (MA)

"French Exit" is 110 pleasant minutes in which not much happens. But three stars from movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

‘Cracking’ start to Short Film Festival

The Canberra Short Film Festival got off to a cracking start last night (March 17) at Dendy, with a mix of international, national and Canberra-made films.

Movie review / ‘Girls Can’t Surf’ (M)

There’s a lot of talking heads moments in the film, of women being refreshingly candid about themselves, about the treatment of women surfers, about ambition and survival, writes movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD about "Girls Can't Surf".

Movie review / ‘Then Came You’ (M)

Film reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD forgave the little structural shortcomings and moments of bleeding obvious in "Then Came You", and laughed at more than one of its comedic moments.

Movie review / ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ (MA)  

Is it a good movie?  More than most, an evaluation of that epithet will depend on the viewer, writes film reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD about "Judas and the Black Messiah".

NFSA celebrates Canberra’s ‘real’ birthday

The NFSA will celebrate the actual birthday of the nation's capital on March 12 with a new free film program.

Movie review / ‘Chaos Walking’ (M)

Don't bother is movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD's advice when it comes to "Chaos Walking".

Movie review / ‘About Endlessness’  (M)

Reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD says the new film "About Endlessness" is entertaining without being didactic; it’s a collection of vignettes of humans behaving in visual/aural bites that each don’t take more than about 180 seconds to illustrate on the screen.

Movie review / ‘Nomadland’ (PG)

Movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD writes that “Nomadland” has no perceptible plot. But it’s not a documentary. Nor does it show any hint of scripted dialogue.

Movie review / ‘Blackbird’ (MA)

“'Blackbird' is a six-tissue movie intelligently delivering emotional power with subtlety, surprise and occasional humour," writes movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘Endgame’ (M)

"Non-Chinese viewers might find it a tad difficult to keep track of who’s doing what and how in which circumstances." Two stars from reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD for "Endgame".  

Movie review / ‘Boss Level’ (MA)

"I have a standard response whenever people tell me they envy me for seeing so many movies: 'Yes, but I see a lot of bad ones'.” For reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD this is one of them...

Emotion and love make for an ‘unusual’ festival

It's 'l'amour, toujours l'amour' at the 32nd Alliance Française Film Festival, and much of that love can be attributed to its new curator, Karine Mauris.





Fun, colourful Japanese-inspired fusion

Yaki Boi is a new addition to the Braddon dining scene, with its rooftop location great for people watching, says dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.


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