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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For a Woman – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

March 15, 2015 by  

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.  

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Inherent Vice – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

March 5, 2015 by  

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.

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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel…a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

February 23, 2015 by  

There are expectations that come with the follow-up to a successful movie. Read more

Eastern Boys – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

February 22, 2015 by  

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

Wild – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

January 16, 2015 by  

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

Taken3…a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

January 7, 2015 by  

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

Penguins of Madagascar…a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

December 29, 2014 by  

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

The Imitation Game…a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

December 16, 2014 by  

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

Exodus, Gods and Kings…a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

December 3, 2014 by  

Do we really need yet another swords and sandals cutlery saga? Why rehash ancient history? What could we expect from Director Ridley Scott? Read more

Folies Bergere…a film review by Roz Tarszisz

November 26, 2014 by  

Judging by the recent spate of mature-age romances, coming of age stories are a trifle old hat. From writer and director Marc Fitoussi, this is a delightful coming of second age (or possibly third) tale. Read more

Self Made…a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

August 25, 2014 by  

A modern fairytale with deep political messages, Self Made demands that the viewer suspend critical analysis and tag along for the ride. Read more

Next to Her…a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

August 17, 2014 by  

Chelli (Liron Ben-Shlush), an attractive young woman, is a school security guard in Haifa. Read more

The Selfish Giant…a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

July 28, 2014 by  

Grim and gritty does work well in the North of England. Read more

Still Life…a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

July 19, 2014 by  

Funerals are meant for the living. Still Life opens intriguingly with the same solitary figure at a series of burial services. Read more

Venus in Fur…a film review by Roz Tarszisz

July 13, 2014 by  

Venus in Fur – a play within a play. Based on David Ives’ Tony Award winning play “Venus in Fur”, this two hander directed by Roman Polanksi opens innocuously enough in a small rundown theatre in Paris.

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Olympus has fallen 3/4 – a film review by James Berardinelli

April 18, 2013 by  

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There’s irony to be found in the recognition that the best Die Hard to be released in 2013 isn’t the franchise’s official entry, A Good Day to Die Hard, but the White House-based copycat, Olympus Has Fallen. Read more

Warm Bodies 2½/4 – a movie review by James Berardinelli

April 11, 2013 by  

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As if it wasn’t bad enough that Twilight defanged vampires, turning them into whiny emo Harlequin romance heroes, now Warm Bodies has done something similar for zombies. Read more

Hyde Park on Hudson 2½/4 – a movie review by James Berardinelli

March 28, 2013 by  

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Hyde Park on Hudson represents the odd marriage of an uninteresting, borderline-creepy “romance” and a peek behind the scenes of a notable but unsung historical event. 2012 has seen dramatizations of eras from the administrations of two of America’s greatest leaders. Read more

Rust and Bone 3/4 – a movie review by James Berardinelli

March 28, 2013 by  

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When Rust and Bone tells a story of a woman’s recovery from a devastating injury, it hits all the right notes, traveling a path that is poignant without being mawkish and triumphant without being saccharine. Read more

Broken City **/4 – a movie review by James Berardinelli

March 7, 2013 by  

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Broken City? More appropriately, Broken Movie. Read more

Side Effects ***/4 – a movie review by James Berardinelli

February 28, 2013 by  

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There’s something delightfully old-fashioned about Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects. Read more

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