Movie review / ‘The Dig’ (PG)

Reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD likes "The Dig", "a very pleasant little movie that tells an important story".

Heart and ‘Soul’ family viewing

Columnist NICK OVERALL says this is going to be a big year, the biggest, for streaming entertainment.

Movie review / ‘Summerland’ (PG)

“Summerland’s” plot may be a tad sentimental and melodramatic and offers perhaps a few too many clichés, but none detracts from the film’s overall charm, writes reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘The Dry’ (MA)

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

Screenwriter steps into the spotlight

Streaming columnist NICK OVERALL previews what happens when the screenwriter of a movie classic steps into the spotlight. 

Movie review / ‘How to be a Good Wife’ (M)

“This reviewer, who doesn’t totally disagree with the naysayers, confesses to having found the film entertaining, amusing and agreeably French. Palatable summer holiday escapist viewing sums it up.” DOUGAL MACDONALD writes about “How to be a Good Wife”.

Movie review / ‘A Call to Spy’ (M)

Movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD is moved to tears watching “A Call to Spy”.

Movie review / ‘End of the Century’ (R)

“I don’t know how well gay men might relate to “End of the Century”. As cinema, it’s slow, wordy, honest in its attempt to explain it,” writes movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘Nomadland’ (PG)

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

Movie review / The Bee Gees (PG)

The new Bee Gees documentary may provide younger people with an explanation of something they’ve heard about but not actually encountered, says movie reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘Dreamland’ (MA)

Dreamland (MA) *** and a half IN the mid 1930s, life in America’s west was tough from every aspect, graphically described in “The Grapes of...

One of the best, confesses jazz critic

"I’ll dive straight into the deep end by saying that this was one of the best jazz concert performances I’ve ever attended." Reviewer TONY MAGEE doesn't hold back.

Bingeing the world’s best drama on Netflix

Some of the best and original productions being streamed right now are coming from all over the world, says streaming columnist NICK OVERALL.

Times are changed, but Haydn rewards live listeners

As always, the Australian Haydn Ensemble rewards listeners with well-thought-out programs, sprightly playing and a sense of enjoyment. Reviewed by GRAHAM McDONALD.

Talking loyalty with a Pike on the line

"When it comes to a wine that goes best with excellent fish and chips, I turn to a solid performer that I first encountered at Stanley’s café in Gouger Street, Adelaide (now long closed): Pikes riesling," writes wine columnist RICHARD CALVER. 

Paco brings flamenco flair and then some

"There was loads of pure flamenco technique from Paco Lara at the heart of the music, but also a willingness to take the music in new directions," writes reviewer GRAHAM McDONALD.

Enveloped by the power and joy of music

"Taking their inspiration from the words in Franz Schubert’s song 'An Die Musik' (To Music), Bethany Hill, soprano, and Penelope Cashman, piano, gave a concert... of power and joy," says reviewer LEN POWER.

Movie review / ‘Words on Bathroom Walls’ (MA)

"Words Written on Bathroom Walls" is a film best viewed without expectations, says reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘The Witches’ (M)

'TIS the season for bored children to go to the pictures and "The Witches", a visual imagining of a Roald Dahl story, is a movie for kids of every age, says reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.

Movie review / ‘The Furnace’ (MA)

Four and a half stars for the new Australian movie "The Furnace", says reviewer DOUGAL MACDONALD.





Stay calm, brown snakes are scared of you, too 

THE Eastern Brown Snake is one of the most feared creatures in Australian wildlife. It can grow to 2.5 metres and strike at a metre a second. And Gavin Smith can't get enough of them. 

Digital edition January 21


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