Review: ‘Performance’ (M) **** and a half

THIS lovely debut feature by producer/writer/director Yaron Zilberman didn’t get a nomination for the recent Academy Awards. Nor should it have. Too good for box-office-driven...

Review: CSO rises to ‘Centenary’ premiere

music Symphony No. 3 – “Century” World premiere, Canberra’s Centenary celebrations, March 11. Reviewed by Clinton White

Review: ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ (PG) **

DRAWING indiscriminately from L. Frank Baum’s 18 Oz-based novels for children (of whatever age), Sam Raimi’s film for Disney looks handsome, with special effects...

Review: ‘Barbara’ (M) ****

GERMAN writer/director Christian Petzold’s film, exploring the dilemma of personal satisfactions competing with moral obligations, has few of the elements that automatically proclaim box...

Calthorpe house: the way we were

HOMEOWNERS are usually there to welcome visitors, but when you pop into Calthorpes’ House, on Mugga Way, you’ll find the family’s long gone, eerily...

Grand designs on Terrace eating

IT’S a grand setting. Of that there is no doubt. Whether you sit inside or outside The Terrace at the Memorial Café you’re surrounded...

Review: Enlightened dance in every sense

dance “Morning Star” Mirramu Dance Company in association with artists from Arnhem Land. At James O Fairfax Theatre, National Gallery of Australia, March 1-3 Reviewed by Bill Stephens

Review: ‘Side Effects’ (MA) *** and a half

STEPHEN Soderbergh says this non-violent (apart from one domestic murder) thriller is his last big-screen film before moving to TV. Its complex plot develops after...

Review: ‘I Give It A Year’ (M) ***

IN the title of writer/director Dan Mazer’s somewhat acerbic rom-com, “It” is the marriage into which Nat (Rose Byrne) and Josh (Rafe Spall) have...

Review: ‘Save Your Legs’ (M) *** and a half

WATCHING Boyd Hicklin’s feature directorial debut telling about the 2001 tour of India by the Abbottsford Anglers Cricket Club, I was acutely aware of...

Review: The Bard, pole dancing and party mayhem

theatre “Henry 4” By William Shakespeare Bell Shakespeare Canberra Theatre, until March 9 Reviewed by Simone Penkethman

Review: Easy lieder with a century in mind

music “Centenary in Song” Art Song Canberra At Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, February 24. Reviewed by Clinton White

Review: ‘Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away’ (G) ****

NEW Zealand director Andrew Adamson has assembled excerpts from seven Canadian troupe Cirque du Soleil shows running in Las Vegas in 2011: “O”, “Mystère”,...

Review: ‘Beautiful Creatures’ (M) ***

IN writer/director Richard La Gravenese’s adaptation of Kami Garcia’s fantasy romance novel set in an isolated South Carolina town, Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich) reads real...

Review: ‘Amour’ (M) ****

LOVE follows its own rules. Filmmaker Michael Haneke follows a stylistic canon that allows variations to suit his film’s purpose. “Amour” is a love story...

Review: Touching, dazzling ‘Les Miserables’

musical theatre “Les Miserables” Canberra Philharmonic Society At Erindale Theatre, until March 16. Reviewed by Bill Stephens

Review: Psychosexual odyssey raises more questions than it answers

MUCH of what passes  in “Our Lady By The Beach Over The Sea,” is not action but  self-exploration. Visually and musically sophisticated, this is a poetic...

Review: The ‘Girls’ get it right

theatre “Calendar Girls” Canberra Rep At Theatre 3 until March 2. Reviewed by Len Power

Review: ‘Safe Haven’ (M) ***

WHETHER Lasse Hallstrom’s latest film is melodramatic romance or romantic melodrama has been exercising my mind since leaving the cinema. There is a difference,...

Review: Epic ‘River’ flows with success

theatre “The Secret River” By Kate Grenville, adapted for the stage by Andrew Bovell Sydney Theatre Company Canberra Theatre, until February 17 Reviewed by Simone Penkethman

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