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

He Named Me Malala – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

November 11, 2015 by  

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.

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JIFF off to a stirring start

October 29, 2015 by  

The Jewish International Film Festival has got to a rip-roaring start with a sell-out crowd attending the opening screening in Sydney last night.

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Burnt – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

October 21, 2015 by  

Serious chefs have lent their skills and advice to this outing from director John Wells (Love and Mercy). Read more

Bridge of Spies – a movie review by James Berardinelli

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

Miss You Already – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

October 8, 2015 by  

This may be a film about women, written and directed by women, but that does not make it a chick flick.

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The Intern – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

September 30, 2015 by  

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.

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Macbeth – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

September 16, 2015 by  

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.

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Oddball – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

September 15, 2015 by  

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.

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Life – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

September 8, 2015 by  

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.

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A Walk in the Woods – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

September 2, 2015 by  

When a popular book is adapted for the big screen, screenwriters take artistic licence to keep the story flowing.

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

August 31, 2015 by  

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.

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Force of Destiny – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

August 10, 2015 by  

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.

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Women He’s Undressed…a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

July 9, 2015 by  

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

Remarkable Jewish artist

June 27, 2015 by  

The National Gallery in Canberra will screen a remarkable film featuring  Jewish American artist Jon Imber. Read more

Far From the Madding Crowd…a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

June 16, 2015 by  

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.

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Entourage…a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

June 3, 2015 by  

It matters not whether you followed the long running TV series on which this movie is based.

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A Testament of Youth – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

April 23, 2015 by  

Timing is everything, in life and in art.

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The Age of Adaline – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

April 17, 2015 by  

When can a romantic drama also be classed as science fiction?  If the whole premise hinges on scientific flim-flam, that’s when.

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The Longest Ride – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

April 9, 2015 by  

One of my guilty pleasures is that I love a rollicking country and western soundtrack.

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Big Eyes – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

March 20, 2015 by  

It’s a really big lie that is the heart of this latest outing from veteran director Tim Burton.

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Leviathan – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

March 16, 2015 by  

Global media has speculated this drama is a polemic against Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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