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Movie review / ‘The New Mutants’ (M)

There’s nothing in "The New Mutants" 94-minute run time that even the world’s most bestest pubic-relations flack could inflate its reputation into a crowd pleaser for all audience tastes, says movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears’ (M)

"Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears" (M) * and a half DON'T get me wrong about that star rating. The big-screen successor to TV’s...

Movie review / ‘A Dog’s Journey’ (PG)

Heading out to see "A Dog’s Journey" this weekend? See what movie review DOUGAL MACDONALD thought of the film.

Movie review / ‘Brightburn’ (MA)

Some commentators describe "Brightburn" as “a radical new genre: super-hero horror”. Reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD is unimpressed.

Movie review / ‘Birds of Prey’ (MA)

"It’s not the most compelling argument for the feminist cause." Reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD finds "Birds of Prey" boring.

Movie review / ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ (M)

"After 114 minutes of 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix', I couldn’t contain myself: 'What a load of crap'." And so brave film reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD sets himself up for the predictable response.

Movie review / “Little” (PG)

WRITER/director Tina Gordon’s film is about a bossy bitch who learned at school that the only way to get one’s own way is to...

Movie review / ‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’ (PG)

"This little pile of juvenile nonsense comes from a long cinematic blood-line, from fantastic titles such as 'King Solomon’s Mines' and just about every 'Tarzan' movie." With one star, movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD isn't fussed about "Dora and the Lost City of Gold".

Movie review / ‘Tenet’ (M)

"'Tenet' runs for 154 minutes. I’ve seen longer movies but none of them as ultimately disappointing," writes movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Holiday movie / ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ (M)

"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker": "How did I feel about it? Not a lot," says movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD, who can muster only a single star of approval.

Movie review / ‘Like A Boss’ (M)

"Like a Boss" is a movie that has made reviewers smile, not because it’s funny ‘cos it’s not, but for the opportunities it gives for creative similes, says reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘Midsommar’ (R)

“Midsommar”... By and large it’s as boring a movie as you might hope ever not to see, writes movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘Occupation: Rainfall’ (MA)

"There’s an audience out there for movies like 'Occupation: Rainfall'. And it doesn’t include me." Reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD is not impressed.

Movie review / ‘Good Boys’ (MA)

"If the screenplay’s attention to the boys’ plight had been better-informed, 'Good Boys' might have delivered its message more effectively. But it wasn’t and it didn’t." Movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD us unamused.

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 / ‘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...

Movie review / ‘Love, Weddings & Other Disasters’ (M)

Half a star and a big chance of winning a Golden Raspberry Award. Movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD is unimpressed about "Love, Weddings & Other Disasters".

Movie review / ‘Playing with Fire’ (PG)

"The producers of 'Playing With Fire' could not have foreseen the local situation that would greet it on release in Australia. But even from its get-go, its title is a big lie," writes movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

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