Review / ‘Ben is Back’ (M) *** and a half

WRITER/director Peter Hedges may be disappointed that his film, co-starring his son Lucas and Hollywood big-name Julia Roberts, has to the end of January...

Review / ‘The Front Runner’ (M) ***

IN a week when three movies opening their local seasons tell stories about family issues, the least effective is director Jason Reitman’s filming of...

Review / ‘The Hate U Give’ (M) **** and a half

AT the movies, in the beginning is always the word. And the word forming the foundation of director George Tillman Jr’s film is the...

Review / ‘Green Book’ (M) **** and a half

THIS Oscar-nominated film opens with a slide averring that it’s based on a true story. In closing, it shows another slide averring that after...

Review / ‘The Mule’ (MA) *** and a half

SAM Dolnick’s screenplay for director Clint Eastwood’s most recent film is based on Nick Schenk’s "New York Times Magazine" article "The Sinaloa Cartel's 90-year-old...

Holiday film review / ‘Storm Boy’ (PG) *** and a half

THIS is a remake of a lovely film that swept Australia, and rightly so, when Henri Safran filmed it in 1976. This time, Justin Monjo’s...

Review / ‘Glass’ (M) ***

ALMOST two years ago to the day, I reviewed “Split”, the second film in director M Night Shyamalan’s filmic dissertation about the condition that...

Review / ‘Mary, Queen of Scots’ (M) *** and a half

HISTORY does not record any face-to-face meeting between the Mary Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I. The daughter of Scottish king James V,...

Review / ‘Loro’ (MA) *** and a half

WRITER/director Paolo Sorrentino has made a curate’s egg of a biopic about a very rich man who achieved world fame by the way he...

Holiday movie review / ‘The Kid who would be King’ (PG) ****

THIS fantasy/actioner, which doesn’t open in the US until next week, has crept up on Australia with little if any warning. After a stylishly-animated introduction...

Arts / Dogs welcome but not when the fur flies

BILLED as “doggy-friendly”, the American Express Openair Cinemas program has now become a regular fixture on the Canberra calendar. Dog owners may bring their best...

Holiday movie review / ‘The Favourite’ (M) *** and a half

HISTORY records the reign of Anne, daughter of the last Stuart king James II, as a tumult of political, military, social and cultural achievements...

Holiday movie review / ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ (PG) **

WHEN Ralph hits the big screen, things that might normally (hey, what’s “normal” in the cyber world?) have existed only on a small screen...

Review / ‘Colette’ (M) *** and a half

"Handsomely mounted, 'Colette' pulls few if any punches in depicting a relationship between a wife with a zest for life and a husband 15 years her senior," writes film reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Review / ‘Bumblebee’ (PG)*

Reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD says kids of or even beyond double-digit age may well go wild about “Bumblebee”.  Adults may find its 113 minutes of same-old same-old to be a bore. You have been warned!

Review / ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ (PG) **

DRAT! I forgot to pick up the spray-can of insecticide before leaving home to see joint directors Bob Persichetti and Peter Ramsay’s foray into...

Review / ‘Peppermint’ (MA) ***

With holidays almost here, movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD enjoys “Peppermint”, effective summer holiday escapist cinema that makes few demands of its audience.

Arts / Joseph Banks steps into the spotlight

HELEN MUSA previews “Beauty Rich and Rare”, a digitally presented story of the English botanist-superstar, Joseph Banks, who sailed with Cook on his first Pacific voyage (1768 to 1771)

Review / ‘Hostiles’ (MA) *** and a half

DIRECTOR Scott Cooper based his screenplay for this film on a manuscript by Donald E Stewart (who adapted several of Tom Clancy’s novels featuring...

Review / ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ ***and a half

IT has for some time puzzled me that on the same day cinemas from different chains have started screening different films that each in...

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