A ‘Restless’ return to screen

DUE to popular demand, the Canberra International Film Festival will run another session of the film "Restless" starring Canberra's own Mia Wasikowska. The film about...

In Time (M) ? ? ? ½

THIS monster-free, earth-bound sociological thriller is science fiction for people to whom reality-based science offers better stimulation. The only universal currency is time. Everybody gets...

Drive (M) ? ? ?

IN this flawed yet perversely engaging blood-and-gutser, a reticent, laconic, careful young man (Ryan Gosling) drives stunt cars for movie-makers and getaway cars for...

Warrior (M) ★ ★ ★ ½

A MIXED martial arts, cage-fighting contest with a winner-take-all, $5 million prize underlies Gavin O’Connor’s film. Its rules are simple. No eye-gouging or scrotum twisting...

A forest of feature films

HERE'S an unusual film festival – the films being screened were all winners in the International Year of Forests Film Festival. This short event, a...

Weaving festival magic

YOU’D expect Simon Weaving, in his third year as director of the Canberra International Film Festival, to be full of weighty cinematic observations. After all,...

Contagion (M) ★ ★ ★ ½

WITHOUT slime-covered, multi-toothed monsters threatening to extinguish all human life, Steven Soderbergh’s medical research thriller is as convincing a horror film as you might...

The Three Musketeers (PG) ★ ★

SINCE World WarII there have been four major English-language productions of Alexandre Dumas’s rollicking adventure yarn. It presses many escapist buttons, ticks many boxes....

Midnight in Paris (M) ★ ★ ★ ½

WOODY Allen makes a fantasy time-travel visit to the City Of Light during three of its most notable cultural, intellectual and hedonist eras. Gil writes...

Canberra film for Lucerne festival

THERE'S no shortage of good news on the short film front from Canberra these days. A short film, “Finding Eric,” produced in Canberra with a...

The Cup (PG) ★ ★ ★ ½

IN 2002, Damien Oliver rode the Irish-trained Media Puzzle to Melbourne Cup victory. Next day, he attended the funeral of his beloved older brother...

What’s Your Number? (M) ★ ★ ½

NONE of the husband candidates Allie (Anna Faris) has bed-tested have matched her selection criteria. A magazine article suggests that the magic maximum is...

Tabloid (M) ★ ★ ★

IN “Tabloid”, documentarist Errol Morris lets the people involved tell what British print media in the 1970s called the “Kidnapped Mormon Story”, a cheque-book...

Andrew’s aliens come to life

ALIEN invasions, body snatchers, an eccentric billionaire and a team of brilliant teenage fighters are all in the mix in “Resistance”, a new kids...

Real Steel (M) ★ ★

AT some time in the future, Charlie (Hugh Jackman) is doing the country show circuit with a beat up truck, a crude survival sense...

The Hunter (M) ★ ★ ★ ★

FOUR stars for this Tasmanian-grown eco-thriller forgives little visual moments that, while their validity doesn’t withstand close examination, don’t diminish a beautiful, exciting, tense...

Holiday fun at NFSA

THE National Film and Sound Archive's Spring School Holiday Program is in full swing. It’s been inspired by its latest exhibition, “Collective Passions: the art...

The Whistleblower (MA) ★ ★ ★ ½

CANADIAN film maker Larysa Kondracki’s based her confronting feature debut on American cop Kathryn Bolkovac’s book recounting her experiences as a UN peacekeeper in...

Crazy Stupid Love (M) ★ ★ ★ ½

CHOOSING which of the people involved in creating this comedy who most deserve praise was not easy, but at its conformist yet credible conclusion,...

Project Nim (PG) ★ ★ ★

IN 1973, a family of wealthy New York hippies bought a baby chimpanzee, named it Nim and set about rearing it as if it...

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