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.

Holiday movie / “Farmageddon” (G)

Movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD wonders about Shaun the Sheep’s latest adventure.

Holiday show / Colour, exuberance and clever staging

“I don’t know about the kids, but this reviewer loved it!”. BILL STEPHENS reviews “The Little Mermaid”.

Holiday show / ‘Danny’ captivates the little people

LEN POWER reviews a “good school holiday show” for children over the age of seven and says adults will have a good time with it as well.

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.

Holiday movie / ‘Spies in Disguise’ (PG)

“‘Spies in Disguise’ is an animated spoof of every super-spy hero movie ever made. And it’s not half bad!,” enthuses movies reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Holiday movie / ‘My Spy’ (PG) ***

Movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD says “My Spy” is a comedy evoking the era when Hollywood comedies were smart rather than potboilers fuelled by American TV’s voracious demand for low-energy fodder for low-energy minds.

Movie review / ‘The Gentlemen’ (MA)

Movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD says "The Gentlemen" is rough-textured, tough to digest, complex and jolly good fun.

Holiday movie / ‘Little Women’ (G)

"Little Women" looks good, especially the exterior scenes. Filmed in and around Concord, Massachusetts, it offers some authenticity of place., 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.

Holiday movie / ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ (PG)

"The best I can say about 'Jumanji: The Next Level' is that it’s a noisy, vigorous statement of the bleeding obvious – escapism to the max," writes film reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD. 

Sea and summer unite the works of Matisse and Picasso

Arts reviewer JOHN LANDT savours the summer, the sea and the south of France that unite the works of Matisse and Picasso.

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 / ‘The Truth’ (PG)

Movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD shares the untruths of "The Truth".

Movie review / ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ (M)

"This is a very truncated summary of a powerful story that tells it like it is, delicately, intimately but without prurience, with admirable and poignant credibility". Film reviewer approves of  "Portrait of a Lady on Fire".

Holiday movie / ‘Cats’ (G)

Movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD has three stars for "Cats".

Five of the best cat films (that don’t include ‘Cats’)

In the light of the controversy around the new movie "Cats",  DEBORAH HUNN looks back at five of the best feline performances on the big screen.

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.

The divine Miss Alcorn bedazzles

"As diverting and razor sharp as are Catherine Alcorn’s comedic skills, it’s her talents as a superlative songstress that had her audience demanding more songs from her" writes reviewer BILL STEPHENS.  

Holiday movie / ‘Playmobil: The Movie’  (G) 

"This is another hybrid of mating between a simple flexible toy with which little kids could invent their own play scenarios, and moving images," writes movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.





How I get along with Hercule Poirot

Arts editor HELEN MUSA chats to Hercule Poirot actor David Suchet about his most famous role, and his unusual unscripted show “David Suchet, Poirot & More: A Retrospective”, coming to the Canberra Theatre in January


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