Based upon the novel by Emma Donoghue, I approached Room with a level of trepidation. Read more
Spotlight could be seen as an elegy for a lost world.
What do parents do when their teenage daughter disappears and they have no idea why or where she has gone? Read more
Despite the likelihood of people getting shot and me being a bit squeamish, I enjoy a good western.
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
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.
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.
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.