Memories of fires in communal exhibition

“Run” by Michael Boyle Leaves for the Memory Tree “Past, Present, Future,” at Scope, Mount Stromlo Observatory Mount Stromlo Road Weston Creek, until February 18, 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Sunday. Reviewed by Helen Musa

Review: ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ (M) ***

FOLLOWING eight months’ committal to a psychiatric institution for punching the guy he caught under the shower with his wife Nikki, bi-polar history teacher...

Review: ‘Flight’ (MA) ***

ROBERT Zemeckis’ film “Flight” proposes that rolling an airliner into inverted flight will cure the deleterious effect of a jammed elevator. It didn’t for...

Review: ‘Zero Dark 30’ (MA) ****

FOR Katherine Bigelow’s intense film about tracking down Osama bin Laden, Mark Boal‘s screenplay steadily develops a true story about revenge using powerful, credible...

Review: Warhorse plot, magnificent singing

opera “Il trovatore” By Giuseppe Verdi.Directed by Matthew Barclay from the original production by Elke Neidhardt, conducted by Arvo Volmer, for Opera Australia. Sydney Opera House until March 5. Reviewed by Helen Musa

Review: ‘Django Unchained’ (MA) *** and a half

 I’D hazard a guess that writer/director/bit player Quentin Tarantino and his actors and crew enjoyed making this vivid actioner that manages to be both...

Review: ‘Guilt Trip’ (M) **

IN Anne Fletcher’s road-trip/family movie, Barbra Streisand plays obsessive widowed mother Joyce whose chemist son Andy (Seth Rogen) loves her but has tried to...

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

SPANISH film-maker Juan Antonio Bayona’s film of Maria Belon’s book telling how her family endured on Boxing Day, 2004, is a testament to human...

Review: Futuristic Verdi for Opera Australia

“A Masked Ball” by Giuseppe Verdi, Opera Australia at Sydney Opera House, Sydney Festival 2013, a co-production with companies in Buenos Aires, Brussels, Oslo and Bologna. January 24, 27, 30 and February 5, 8, and 12. Reviewed by Helen Musa

Review: ‘You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger’ (M) ***

EARLY into this film, a whisper got put in my ear – “Am I past Woody Allen or is this just not very good?” “This”...

Review: ‘Monsters University’ (PG) ** and a half

PARENTS should not fear that the scary values in this Pixar animation might emotionally disturb their children, at whom it is most directed. Compared with...

Review: ‘This is 40’ (M) *

JUDD Apatow’s sequel to “Knocked Up” may well have the 2013 Razzies’ “Worst Movie” done and dusted before any other contenders get released! That’s kinda...

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

THE late Mervyn Jones, manager of Greater Union’s Canberra cinemas, once demanded that the editor of “The Canberra Times” stop publishing my reviews after...

Review: ‘Gangster Squad’ (MA) *** and a half

RUBEN Fleischer’s dramatisation of a book by Paul Lieberman purports to tell how, in 1949, a squad of cops waged a sub rosa campaign...

Review: ‘ParaNorman’ (PG) ***

AFTER the screening of Chris Butler’s animated zombie-based satire in contemporary American society, two little girls with their mother reckoned they had seen a...

Review: Lots of Pooh, but little bounce

children's theatre “Winnie the Pooh” Adapted from the books of A.A. Milne, directed by Amy Dunham for Free Rain Theatre At the Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre, 10.30am and 12.30am January 11-13, 16-20. Reviewed by Helen Musa

Review: Rare performances from Youth Orchestra

Canberra Youth Orchestra, Dukas, Bottesini and Sibelius, conducted by Rowan Harvey-Martin, at Llewellyn Hall, December 16. Reviewed by Helen Musa

Review: Lautrec: brief, prolific, vital

“Toulouse-Lautrec: Paris & the Moulin Rouge Exhibition,” at the National Gallery of Australia, until April 2, 2013. Reviewed by Johnny Milner

Review: ‘Liberal Arts’ (PG) *** and a half

“LIBERAL Arts”, Josh Radnor’s second feature as writer/director/lead actor, establishes him as an intelligent player in the cinema game in a way that better-known...

Review: ‘The Man with the Iron Fists’ (MA) ** and a half

IN his multiple functions as director, co-writer and lead actor in this ornate, violent actioner played out in a remote Chinese village late in...

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