Volume 18, Issue 2Miss Potter Starring Renee Zelweger, Ewan McGregor, Emily Watson and Richard Mulholland. Directed by Chris Coonan. Rated G. 88 min. This really is a film of sweetness and light that only an ingrained grump (and it seems there are many) could dislike.Beatrix Potter first published her tales of Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck, Jeremy Fisher and other animal friends in 1902. Despite the publishing company’s reservations, they proved enormously popular and have since taken their place among the most successful of all children’s books. And Potter not only wrote the stories –...


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Pan's Labyrinth

Starring: Ivana Baquero and Doug Jones.
Directed by Guillermo del Toro.
Rated MA15+, 112min

Guillermo Del Toro has two diverse groups of admirers: those who wish he made more films like the powerful dramatic story of children and teachers at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, The Devil’s Backbone, and those who admire him for his comic book actioners: Mimic, Blade II, Hellboy. With Pan’s Labyrinth, he goes quite a way towards satisfying both niche markets. 

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Volume 17, Issue 23 

For those of you out there looking for Christmas gifts with a religious character, here are some suggested books…

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Catch a Fire
Starring: Tim Robbins, Derek Luke and Bonnie Henna. Directed by Philip Noyce. 101 minutes. Rated M.

Only a few Australian directors whose names are synonymous with the Australian film revival of the 1970s are still making films that matter. Phillip Noyce is one of them. His 2002 films Rabbit Proof Fence and The Quiet American drew audiences in Australia and around the world, not just because he is a master storyteller. They are significant because they shed light on our own times by revisiting the past. This is the achievement of his latest film Catch A Fire, which is an exhilarating blend of historical facts, contemporary relevance, and great artistry.