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Movie review / ‘Supernova’ (M)

The relationship between Sam (Colin Firth) and Tusker (Stanley Tucci) has endured for several decades. Now it is time for them to take to the road to visit old friends before early-onset dementia claims Tusker. "Supernova" is a four-star performance, says movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘The Heiresses’ (MA)

Movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD enjoys "The Heiresses".

Movie review / ‘Happy Sad Man’ (M)

Costing relatively little to highlight the plights of four men with mental issues, "Happy Sad Man" is more than just a message movie, says reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘True History of the Kelly Gang’  (MA)

Movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD reckons “True History of the Kelly Gang” tells important parts of Ned’s story with more credibility than did its predecessors.

Movie review / ‘Yesterday’ (M)

"You are entitled to expect a good experience when Danny Boyle’s name appears on a film’s masthead as director. When Richard Curtis’ name appears on the next line in the credits as writer, expectations soar even further." Reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD'S at "Yesterday".

Movie review / ‘For Sama’ (MA)

"For Sama" is remarkable documentary that has been nominated for an Oscar. Reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD has no hesitation: four stars.

Movie review / ‘Nomadland’ (PG)

Reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD has been waiting for “Nomadland” for months. “It has been worth waiting for,” he says.

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 / ‘The Good Liar’ (MA)

"The Good Liar", says movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD, is "a quite delightful, intense combination of thriller and romantic styles".

Movie review / ‘High Ground’ (MA)

"I urge readers to see this film... Its entertainment values are profound. And it stands as an undeniable reminder that Australians can make great movies." Reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD likes "Higher Ground". A lot!

Movie review: ‘Hotel Mumbai’ (MA)

This full-on movie telling the story of the 2008 terrorist attack that left 166 dead and 293 wounded in Mumbai has much to tell filmgoers with the wit to read between its lines.

Movie review / ‘The Two Popes’ (M)

A film about two old bachelors mulling over each other’s moral attitudes may not sound like much fun and jollity, but in "Two Popes" they come across pretty convincingly, writes reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

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 Public’ (M)

The production shortcomings in "The Public" are not powerful enough to displace the human values that form its core, writes movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘Sorry We Missed You’ (MA) 

“Sorry We Missed You” is about the Turner family confronting economic stringency, trying to battle its way out of debt, exploitation and internal turmoil. But it's a great cast and a powerful story to which even the hardest of hearts must surely resonate, says film reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘Les Misérables’ (MA)

Film reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD is energised by "Les Miserables", and its portrayal of an exciting, vigorous, confronting, sympathetic day in the life of people abandoned by society.

Movie review / ‘Richard Jewell’ (MA)

"There is no denying that Clint Eastwood has again delivered a cracker of a film. The cast is good. The tempo and tensions hold up well." Thumbs up from reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD for "Richard Jewell".

Movie review / ‘Who You Think I Am’ (M)

"It’s romantic. It’s a message about truthfulness. It’s an intelligent observation of women’s sexuality," writes film reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD after seeing the movie "Who You Think I Am".

Movie review / ‘Rocketman’ (M)

Curious movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD comes to a surprise conclusion about the Elton John bio-pic "Rocketman".

Movie review / 1917 (MA)

“1917” feels like it’s observing real time – no editorial cuts, no jumps between places or actions or characters... delivering a look that’s new, memorable and discomforting for the best reasons, says movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

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