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
After the Taliban tried to kill her in 2012 Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai emerges as a leading advocate for children’s rights and the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.
Serious chefs have lent their skills and advice to this outing from director John Wells (Love and Mercy). Read more
With names like Spielberg, Hanks, and the Coen Brothers, it’s hard not to be excited about a project like Bridge of Spies. Read more
This may be a film about women, written and directed by women, but that does not make it a chick flick.
Director and writer Nancy Meyers (Something’s Gotta Give, It’s Complicated) has said she doesn’t want to be known as the one who makes movies for older people.
Of all Shakespeare’s flawed heroes, Macbeth is surely the hardest to care about. Watch him bring about his own downfall as he pays the price for treachery.
Taking my grandson (4.5) to the movies is always a delight, especially if the movie is about penguins. This one has the bonus of a large, white, fluffy dog.
Even if you know little about James Dean you would recognise some of the famous off-screen photographs which have made him a poster pin-up for generations.
When a popular book is adapted for the big screen, screenwriters take artistic licence to keep the story flowing.
Just because a story is about teenagers doesn’t mean it should be dismissed as a movie only for teens. This one won Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2014.
Billed as “a journey of love on a transplant waiting list”, this latest offering from veteran writer/director Paul Cox is not as grim as it sounds.
It has been too long since Director Gillian Armstrong’s name has been on the big screen and in this entertaining documentary she brings a little-known Australian success story to life. Read more
The National Gallery in Canberra will screen a remarkable film featuring Jewish American artist Jon Imber. Read more
Spare me the misery is my usual reaction to anything connected to the novels of Thomas Hardy. I studied – somewhat loosely – Tess of the d’Urbervilles in high school and have steered clear of him ever since.
It matters not whether you followed the long running TV series on which this movie is based.
Timing is everything, in life and in art.
When can a romantic drama also be classed as science fiction? If the whole premise hinges on scientific flim-flam, that’s when.
One of my guilty pleasures is that I love a rollicking country and western soundtrack.
It’s a really big lie that is the heart of this latest outing from veteran director Tim Burton.
Global media has speculated this drama is a polemic against Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In a well– told historical drama, the opening credits show photographs of the actors interspersed with family snaps, indicating that Pour une Femme has personal meaning for its director, Diane Kurys (Sagan, L’anniversaire, Entre Nous), who wrote and directed this post World War II war story set in France.
Based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice has the lot – sex, drugs and a great rock soundtrack – tied up in a classic detective noir.
There are expectations that come with the follow-up to a successful movie. Read more
At Paris’s Gare du Nord station, a group of boys – some teenagers, some younger – are hanging around, constantly moving and regrouping. There are at least dozen, fluidly crisscrossing the station. Who are they? What are they up to? What language are they speaking? It’s certainly not French. Read more
A road movie with blisters? As someone who likes her outdoors neatly packaged, I wondered if Wild would hold my interest. There are indeed plenty of sores and blisters but as the miles are chalked up, it becomes so much more. Read more
I did wonder if it mattered that I had not seen Taken or Taken2. But since it’s an action thriller, I decided Taken3 can be viewed as on its own merits. Read more
Taking a small child to the movies is about so much more than just what’s on the screen; it’s an outing, and the movie can easily end up the least of it. Read more
In an ideal world you would come fresh to this knowing little about the British code breakers of World War II as it is a fascinating piece of history. Read more