Forbidden Music: Composers banned by the Third Reich

January 6, 2017 by  

Continuing the series by Stevie Whitmont of music banned by the Nazis. Read more

Jackie – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

January 5, 2017 by  

For those who remember the day President John Kennedy died in November 1963, this biopic will bring it all back. Read more

The Edge of Seventeen – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

December 29, 2016 by  

Angst and tantrums – the teenage years are a challenge for all involved.  This well drawn portrait from writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig is worth a look for its depiction of a girl who has yet to work out her place in the world, or indeed, if she even has one.

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La La Land – a movie review by Roz Tarszsisz

December 20, 2016 by  

It has been a long time since a movie like this graced cinema screens.

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Little Men – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

December 8, 2016 by  

It’s the little touches that make this tale of childhood friendship from director Ira Sachs (Love is Strange) so engaging.  The story spans a small arc but for those involved, the consequences are life changing.

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Golden Years – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

December 5, 2016 by  

For the oldies in this British comedy caper, there’s nothing golden about their declining years. After a lifetime of upright citizenship, there’s no back up or recourse when their superannuation funds collapse.

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Rosalie Blum – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

December 5, 2016 by  

It’s refreshing to watch a French film about ordinary people. .  Filmed in Nevers, a small town in rural France, it’s all about the characters and a plot which hinges on a series of coincidences.

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Mahana: a movie review by Glen Falkenstein

November 29, 2016 by  

When I spoke with Mahana Director Lee Tamahori earlier this week he told me that westerns were a dead genre. Mahana may not be a western, but the genre’s spirit is alive and well in the accomplished Director’s confronting and visually rapturous thriller. Read more

The Founder – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

November 15, 2016 by  

You don’t need to have entered a McDonald’s restaurant to appreciate how a hamburger stand became a billion dollar empire.  Director John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr Banks) has brought to life the American success story of the man who saw gold in a beef patty.

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The Light Between Oceans – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

November 2, 2016 by  

The idea of the place where two oceans meet is both romantic and exciting. Writer and director Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine, Place Beyond the Pines) has based his film on the eponymous bestselling novel by M.L. Stedman.

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The Accountant – a movie review by James Berardinelli

The Accountant is a superhero movie. Despite not being based on an existing comic book (a welcome change), the film has all the beats and tropes we have come to expect from superhero movies, although the R-rating makes it more of an adult experience than one targeted for younger viewers. Read more

Hell or High Water: a movie review from Glen Falkenstein

October 20, 2016 by  

It takes a lot to outdo Jeff Bridges and Chris Pine, even in the latter’s best performance to date. Ben Foster (Inferno, 3:10 to Yuma) does just that, and he’s a sight to behold. Read more

Café Society: A movie review from Glen Falkenstein

October 12, 2016 by  

Jesse Eisenberg, in a role Director Woody Allen would no doubt have played himself were he 40 years younger, moves to Hollywood in the guise of New York-native Bobby to work for his studio-heavyweight uncle Phil (Steve Carell), only to fall for Phil’s secretary Vonnie (Kristen Stewart). Read more

Joe Cinque’s Consolation – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

October 10, 2016 by  

When Anu Singh was charged with the murder of her boyfriend Joe Cinque in 1997, it was a crime that shocked Australia.

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The Girl on the Train – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

October 5, 2016 by  

If you discount the mobile phones, this modern whodunit could have been made over 20 years ago. It not that it’s out of date, but it’s more about ramped up tension than special effects.

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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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