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Movie review / ‘Machine’ (M)

Reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD rates "Machine" as the hardest film he can remember having had to review. "It says important stuff that I feel people need to see," he says in his cover note to the editor.

Movie review / ‘Parasite’ (MA)

See it, even if you hate subtitled dialogue. reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD has no qualms about the Oscar-award top dog "Parasite".

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.

Film review / ‘After The Wedding’ (M)

Meet powerhouse New York business woman Theresa and Isabel, who lives in India where she helps in running an orphanage. The link between them is that they are both the mother of Grace, the bride. Confused about that? Don’t be, says movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘Jojo Rabbit’ (M)

"We’re about to embark on the movie industry’s annual orgy of self-praise and political finagling called the Oscars.  'Jojo Rabbit' looks good for at least a nomination," writes film reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘Bellbird’ (M)

"Bellbird" tells how farmer Ross copes with his private journey through the unplanned-for hell of losing a beloved wife, writes reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘Destroyer’ (MA)

“Destroyer” may not be the greatest thriller that ever came out of Hollywood, but inputs made to it by two women make it high-grade cinema for the right reasons, writes reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘Just Mercy’ (M)

Film reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD has some strong feelings for "Just Mercy". Four stars.

Movie review / ‘Unhinged’ (MA)

"Unhinged" is not a “nice” film. Russell Crowe plays a man beset by an awful family tragedy, who happens to be driving the pick-up truck that doesn’t move off after the light goes to green.

Movie review / ‘The Ideal Palace’ (PG)

"A film can be enjoyable as well as hard to like. 'The Ideal Palace' does both rather nicely." writes reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘Motherless Brooklyn’ (M)

Movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD lurves "Motherless Brooklyn" .

Movie review / ‘Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan’ (MA) 

The characters are real and the film’s depiction of their parts in the battle is by and large accurate, writes film reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD after watching "Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan".

Movie review / ‘Blinded by the Light’ (PG)

A big tick from film reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD: "'BLINDED by the Light' is a joyous film that reaches its destination by combining adversity with determination, as any good drama should. 

Movie review / ‘The Dry’ (MA)

“The Dry” is a great way to start the year’s moviegoing, writes reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘We’ll End Up Together (M)

“We'll End Up Together” is a film that belongs to François Cluzet as Max, in a great performance in a happy-ender made more credible by the close shaves traversed before arriving there, says movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘Burning’ (M)

"I liked this film a lot, more than I expected." He doesn't write that very often, so four stars and a thumbs up from reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD has got to be worth a look...

Movie review / ‘Ride Like A Girl’ (PG)

“'Ride Like A Girl' tells a warm-hearted story, well modulated by smiles and laughter, not without griefs," writes movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘Peterloo’ (M)

"Peterloo" is not It’s not populist cinema. It’s cinema craft of a high order, especially in its staging of a day the legacy of which most of the world’s countries now enjoy, says reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘A White, White Day’ (M)

“A White, White Day” offers rewards to amaze and delight, coos movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘The Farewell (PG)

Four stars from reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD for the new movie "The Farewell".





Combine shrubs and perennials for colour

Winter doesn’t have to be a drab time in the garden, when colour can be provided with small evergreen shrubs combined with perennials, writes gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT.


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