Review / Garden concert tops big day

Belgium National Day Jazz Concert Embassy of Belgium, November 28, 2014 Reviewed by Clinton White

Review / ‘Serena’ (MA) ***

WHAT’S not to like about a gutsy melodrama? Director Susanne Bier engaged art director Martin Kurel to convert a Czechoslovakian valley into a 1920s North...

Review / ‘A Thousand Times Good Night’ (M) ****

NORWEGIAN Erik Poppe knows exactly what reporting terrible events in the Middle East or heartbreaking conditions in Africa involves – he was a reporter...

Review / ‘Men, Women and Children’ (MA) *** and a half

FILMMAKER Jason Reitman casts a dispassionate eye over how social media influences life in the developed countries (thank heaven he forbore from including their...

Review / ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 1’ (M) ***

PITCHED at young adult audiences, the film of Suzanne Collins’ futurist political fantasy pseudo-science-fiction novel basically bored me in the same way as does...

Review / ‘The Dark Horse’ (M) **** and a half.

REMEMBER “Once Were Warriors” (1994)? Or “Boy” (2010)? When Kiwi filmmakers get their creative teeth into a tough topic, the result can be, often...

Dining / The critic dishes it up

WENDY JOHNSON is the longest-serving columnist at ‘CityNews’ and, at 10 years, probably the most experienced dining reviewer in Canberra. On this auspicious anniversary, we inveigled her to tell us what she really thinks…

Review / When in Rome…

theatre "Scandalous Boy" By David Atfield At The Street Theatre, until November 23. Reviewed by Helen Musa.

Review / ‘My Old Lady’ (M) ***

IN writer/director Israel Horovitz’s story, three characters confront events that happened before two of them were born, in the context of ownership of a...

Review / ‘The Drop’ (MA) *** and a half

THE sheer cinematic quality of director Michael Roskam’s second feature augurs well for his future. Written by Dennis Lehane adapting his novel “Animal Rescue”,...

Review / ‘Let’s Be Cops’ (MA) half a star

THE essence of comedy pits straight man against fall guy. Luke Greenfield’s film may be billed as comedy but a small audience representative of...

Dining / Sweet dreams are made of this

“I know what my palate wants and that’s what my palate got at Stand By Me at Lyons shops," says dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Review / A fun night of strut, mince, high-kick and tap

musical theatre “La Cage Aux Folles” Director, Garrick Smith; musical director, Rose Shorney; choreographer, Jacquelyn Richards. At ANU Arts Centre until November 22. Reviewed by Bill Stephens

Review / ‘Love, Rosie’ (M) ** and a half

THE source of this German/British co-production is a novel “Where Rainbows End” by Cecelia Ahern, about Rosie (Lily Collins) who at 18 had won...

Review / ‘Interstellar’ (M) ** and a half

THERE’S much brouhaha and conjecture going on about how Christopher Nolan’s 169-minute futurist astrophysical space-travel climate-change fantasy polemic will fare at the next Academy...

Review / ‘Testament of Youth’ (M) *** and a half

THREE weeks ago, James Kent’s film, based on Vera Brittain’s memoirs of 1914 to 1918 when she postponed her ambition to go to Oxford...

Dining / Tasty wonders of cooking on a spit

"We’ll be back, but with a bigger crowd so we can explore more dishes in one sitting," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Review / ‘Sound’ of a lavish, musical treat

music "The Sound of Music" Queanbeyan Players At The Q, Queanbeyan, until November 15. Reviewed by Simone Penkethman

Review / Birthday treat from young players

music Canberra Youth Orchestra Celebrating Larry Sitsky’s 80th Birthday Llewellyn Hall, October 31 Review by Clinton White

Review / ‘Kill The Messenger’ (M) ***

THE source for Michael Cuesta’s film is Gary Webb’s 1996 articles in the “San Jose Mercury” telling how the CIA set in motion the...

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