Movie review / ‘The Torture Report’ (M)

"I was glad to see the end titles start rolling. Not because the film is ill-fashioned – it certainly is not. But because of that information overload in unfamiliar and complex political territory," writes movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

An inventive jazz narrative to remember

COMMISSIONED by The Street Theatre, this narrative song cycle about Australian Dr David Warren, inventor of the black box flight recorder, pairs ARIA-nominated composer Sandra France with Helpmann award-winning lyricist and playwright Alana Valentine.

Lisa’s rich viola playing is a concert rarity

Of particular note throughout the entire concert was the tone projection, superb intonation and beauty of sound from viola player Lisa Berthaud, writes reviewer TONY MAGEE after seeing the Skride Piano Quartet concert.

Oliphant’s glass works tell a ‘unique’ Canberra story

In this exhibition, Ruth Oliphant's hot and cold glass working techniques, such as carving and fusing, captures the empty spaces of the Yarralumla Brickworks kilns and tells the viewer of her interest in architectural spaces, writes reviewer MEREDITH HINCHLIFFE.

Wharf Revue takes risks with ‘unredacted’ material

There's still the biting satire and comic parodying of political and social trends but this year there's extra risk-taking in the material, writes reviewer JOE WOODWARD. 

Asian fusion with lots to celebrate

"There’s no pretension here and White Chaco has been smart to keep its prices super reasonable, wanting customers to flock back time and time again. And they do," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

Inspirational concert’s professional but repetitive

With a little tightening, this accessible and professional-looking work would be ideal as a touring piece to events where inspiration is sought, and who doesn’t need a bit of that? writes reviewer HELEN MUSA after seeing “Still, We Rise".

Not your usual ACO concert, but enjoyable

Not your usual ACO concert, but a most enjoyable evening, says reviewer GRAHAM McDONALD.

Inspiring concert of moving poetry

Known for the extraordinary quality of her voice and her amazing vocal range, Katie Noonan’s abilities as a producer and songwriter were seen at a weekend concert in Canberra and they were just as impressive, says reviewer ROB KENNEDY.

Dancers move through a feast of innovative

“Matrix” is not only a feast of innovative and memorable dance theatre but also a remarkable example of the value of cultural exchange, writes reviewer BILL STEPHENS.

Movie review / ‘Pain and Glory’ (M)

Five stars from DOUGAL MACDONALD for Pedro Almodovar’s latest movie. It doesn't get much better.

Movie review / ‘Last Christmas’ (PG)

“Last Christmas” turns out to be a subtle yet merciless, loosely disguised, satire on Christmas mercantilism, interwoven with a poignant romantic thread, writes movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

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.

‘Master’ crafter Phoebe knows her way around rings

Phoebe Porter is confident in her use of materials and techniques and knows where and when she can explore and experiment with different materials, writes craft reviewer MEREDITH HINCHLIFFE.

‘Cinderella’ captivates from the start to the happy end

“Cinderella” is a delight to both the eyes and the ears, writes reviewer BILL STEPHENS.

Indulge in food nonnas are loved for

"Coffee is locally roasted, gelato locally churned, charcuterie locally cured and Briscola stocks wines and beers from more than 10 Canberra wineries and breweries....

Three ‘Ring Masters’ craft pieces to celebrate

It is such a delight to see artists who are in such control of their chosen materials, writes craft reviewer MEREDITH HINCHLIFFE.

Rapturous reception for polished performers

Reviewer TONY MAGEE has some kind words to say about CORO Chamber Ensemble.

Movie review / ‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ (M)

"Brittany Runs a Marathon" mixes comedy and message with a plea for tolerance of Brittany’s problems and a hope that she will find resolution of them. Movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD is non-plussed.

Movie review / ‘Balloon’ (M)

Movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD enjoys a new out-and-out thriller that sustains its tensions to the very end.





Hub gives support to migrants and refugees

A new service will deliver support services for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers settling in Canberra, according to Multicultural Affairs Minister Chris Steel. 

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