Review: ‘Filth’ (R) *** and a half

 IN the argot of Britain’s criminal brethren, “filth” is not merely dirt, grot and muck. It’s also the crims’ nickname for the cops. Director Jon...

Review: ‘Adoration’ (MA) *** and a half

DERIVED from “The Grandmothers” by Doris Lessing, this beautiful film directed and co-written (with Christopher Hampton) by Anne Fonteyn could have been set anywhere....

At home on the promenade

LIFESTYLE. It’s what Canberra’s only urban waterside community promises. And for visitors and thousands of residents, wining and dining is a massive part of...

Review: ‘Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa’ (MA) *

JOHNNY Knoxville (born 1971) plays Irving (age 86), free at last from a marriage to a termagant. Irving wants only one thing – poontang,...

Review: ‘The Fifth Estate’ (M) ****

JOSH Singer’s screenplay draws heavily from accounts by Daniel Domschitt-Berg (Daniel Bruhl), David Leigh and Luke Harding about the founding of WikiLeaks and the...

Review: ‘Enough Said’ (M) ***

WRITER/director Nicole Holofcener’s film shrouded me in an increasing uncertainty about its genre. Is it a chick-flick? Its collection of women in major roles is...

Take a tasty trip to ‘healthy heaven’

THE proof is in the pudding. You don’t have to sacrifice taste or style to enjoy vegan food – sweet or savoury. Sweet Bones, an...

Review: Musical joy in Gunning

music The National Capital Orchestra and David Pereira In Gunning on November 9 and at Queanbeyan Bicentennial Hall, November 10 . Reviewed by Helen Musa

Cabaret season entertains with the unexpected

cabaret "Short + Sweet Cabaret" At Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre, until November 10 Reviewed by Samara Purnell

Review: ‘The Counselor’ (MA) *** and a half

RIDLEY Scott’s name on a film has always been a foreboding of tensions skilfully crafted and staged. Who, having watched his second feature “Alien”,...

Review: ‘Fruitvale Station’ (M) ***

IN this fictionalised documentary that is young writer-director Ryan Coogler’s first feature, Michael B Jordan plays Oscar Grant who, less than a hour into...

Review: ‘Mr Pip’ (M) ****

ANDREW Adamson’s perceptive film unfolds in a remote coastal village on Bougainville, but what Adamson and novelist Lloyd Jones want us to concentrate...

Review: Short + sweet + varied

dance "Short + Sweet Dance" At Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre, until November 10. Reviewed by Samara Purnell

Review: Enjoyable fusion of music, poetry and dance

dance "I Thought I Was Not Alone" Sidney Creswick and Fresh Funk At The Street Theatre until November 2. Reviewed by Samara Purnell

Review: ‘Annie’ gets politically correct

musical “Annie Get Your Gun” Queanbeyan Players At The Q, Queanbeyan until November 16. Reviewed by Bill Stephens

Review: Unusual twists in youth plays

theatre “Triptych – A Trilogy Of Works” *“Bona Mors” written by Olivia Hewson and directed by Jessica Alexander *“Fight Or Flight” written by Jessica Bellamy and directed by Remy Graham-Throssell *“Run Rihanna! Run!” written by Lachlan Philpott and directed by Karla Conway Canberra Youth Theatre, At Gorman House C Block Theatre, until November 9 Reviewed by Len Power

Review: ‘Sister’ (M) *** and a half

THE bleakness of Ursula Meier’s second feature is no reason to shun a story that implores compassion. Simon (Kacey Mottet Klein) at 11 sells stolen...

Review: ‘The Butler’ (M) *** and a half

IF you must winnow the grains of truth from the chaff of this film’s inventions about the black American who served as a butler...

Review: ‘Thor: The Dark World’ (M) *and a half

WE’VE seen it before and often. A bad guy with ambitions to steal a throne – in this case, it’s Loki (Tom Hiddleston), son...

Review: Dancer Lea flies like bird

dance “Seeking Biloela” Directed by Liz Lea At The Street Theatre, season closed. Reviewed by Bill Stephens





Truly time for holly to step up

Gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT remembers he'd forgotten to write about holly... for decades! 


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