Sully – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

September 7, 2016 by  

The real life event on which this film is based was dubbed Miracle on the Hudson and recreates memorable images of evacuated passengers standing on aircraft wings in the middle of the river.   Read more

Kubo and the Two Strings – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

August 18, 2016 by  

“I tell stories about epic heroes and monsters but I had no idea my stories were true” says boy hero Kubo, in the trailer for this enthralling animated action adventure from director Travis Knight (ParaNorman,Box Trolls).

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Down Under – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

August 11, 2016 by  

Examples of irony and idiocy litter this Australian black comedy from director and writer Abe Forsyth as he shows that bouts of bad behaviour can be interspersed with surprising moments of clarity and truth.

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Truman – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

August 9, 2016 by  

“Truman doesn’t sound very Spanish” said my friend.  It turns out to be the name of a dog and the ostensible focus of this delightful film.

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Embrace – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

July 29, 2016 by  

When my teenage daughters used to complain about an aspect of their bodies, I told them they had everything they needed for a happy life. I made peace with my thighs some time ago but after viewing Embrace realized that perhaps I could have saved years of anguish if I had been more truly accepting of my own body.

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Love & Friendship – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

July 14, 2016 by  

It’s interesting that non- British directors consistently produce fine British costume dramas. Read more

Ice Age: Collision Course – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

June 21, 2016 by  

When my favourite plus1 was not available for a preview of the fifth outing of this animated anthropomorphic franchise, I took a friend and her grandson. I need a little tacker for feedback.

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Land of Mine – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

June 6, 2016 by  

It has been a few weeks since I viewed Land of Mine but images have stayed with me.

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Queen of the Desert – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

June 2, 2016 by  

Being of a more practical than romantic bent, I watched explorer Gertrude Bell (Nicole Kidman) gadding about the desert  swathed nun-like in beige linen and all I could think was – slap on a hat woman or you’ll end up with a ruddy complexion. But this being art, she remains pale as a lily.

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God Willing – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

June 2, 2016 by  

It’s not that often you get a good laugh at the movies. First time director/writer Eduardo Falcone provides plenty of laughs but it’s nicely calibrated and not slapstick, well perhaps only a little.

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Is This the Real World – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

May 26, 2016 by  

Reviewing movies takes me to places I might otherwise not go.  In the past I might have considered myself a tad old to enjoy a story about a teenage boy but was engrossed by this debut film from writer/director Martin McKenna.

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Florence Foster Jenkins – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

April 28, 2016 by  

It must have been hard work for Meryl Streep to learn to sing off-key.  Read more

Marguerite – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

April 15, 2016 by  

Perhaps it is coincidence the heroine of this movie shares her name with Margaret Dumont, the woman who was the “straight man” in several Marx Brothers comedies and the oblivious butt of many jokes.

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Wide Open Sky – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

April 11, 2016 by  

Think big, dream wide is the maxim of Moorambilla Voices.  Michelle Leonard, founder and Artistic Director of the choir, is just the woman to bring dreams to life.

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Sherpa – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

March 29, 2016 by  

It should be peaceful at Base Camp, Mount Everest with all that  clean air, dazzling white snow and towering peaks. But in the short climbing season, it is so crowded up there, it’s more like Bondi Beach on Boxing Day, but with parkas.

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Rams – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

March 24, 2016 by  

Sheep have never figured much in my life. Yet in the past month I have read and discussed a book about sheep farming at my book club*, spent time considering Tom Roberts famous painting of sheep shearers and taken in this film. I will try, although not too hard, to avoid any woolly thinking.

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Eye in the Sky – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

March 17, 2016 by  

Two British treasures  – Alan Rickman (in one of his last appearances) and Helen Mirren bring their finely honed skills to this modern thriller, so it’s already off to a good start.

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10 Cloverfield Lane: A movie review by Toni Susskind

March 10, 2016 by  

10 Cloverfield Lane is a taut psychological thriller which draws you in and demands your attention. Read more

13 HOURS: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi…a movie review by Toni Susskind

February 23, 2016 by  

Directed by Michael Bay of Transformers fame, 13 hours attempts to retell the attack on a visiting US diplomat and a CIA compound that did not officially exist in Libya in 2012. Read more

Trumbo: a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

February 16, 2016 by  

It is not a crime to belong to a political party. But there was a time in America when it was a crime to be a communist working in Hollywood.

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Zoolander 2 – a movie review by Toni Susskind

February 11, 2016 by  

Similar to its predecessor, Zoolander 2 is a mix of satire and tongue in cheek humour that doesn’t to take itself too seriously. The jokes are more hit and miss than the original, but it is still an entertaining way to spend a night out. Read more

Room: a movie review by Toni Susskind

January 27, 2016 by  

Based upon the novel by Emma Donoghue, I approached Room with a level of trepidation. Read more

Spotlight – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

January 27, 2016 by  

Spotlight could be seen as an elegy for a lost world.

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Looking for Grace – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

January 21, 2016 by  

What do parents do when their teenage daughter disappears and they have no idea why or where she has gone? Read more

The Hateful Eight – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

January 13, 2016 by  

Despite the likelihood of people getting shot and me being a bit squeamish, I enjoy a good western.

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Carol – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

January 10, 2016 by  

Cigarettes are in important prop in any movie set in 1950s New York. Adapted from a Patricia Highsmith novel, The Price of Salt, we know exactly where we are when women sport pointy bras, men wear hats and smoking punctuates the drama. Read more

The Revenant: a movie review by James Berardinelli

The Revenant, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning Birdman, plays like a cross between Terrence Malick and Sam Peckinpah. Read more

Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

December 29, 2015 by  

If you ever read a Peanuts comic strip then you know that it’s a bit like childhood meals. You had to finish the veggies to get dessert.  In this animated movie, if Charlie Brown is the veggies, Snoopy is dessert.

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The Belier Family – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

December 13, 2015 by  

Laughter is said to be universal but humour does not always translate well between countries. This outing from director Eric Lartigau (The Big Picture) has been a huge hit in France, and while it does have charm, I don’t see the enormous appeal.

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The Crow’s Egg (Kakka Muttai) – a film review by Roz Tarszisz

November 19, 2015 by  

Watching this film from writer and director M. Manikandan, it occurred to me that while the story is particular to India, it also demonstrates many points of similarity to the world we live in.   Read more

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