Fun the second time around

Film | My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 | PG

Reviewed by BOB FASER

I never thought a sequel could ever be better than the original film. It’s particularly hard for a sequel to exceed the original when the first film set ...

Bridging cultures

Book | Building Bridges | Joe Reich

Review by EMMET O’CUANA

Building Bridges is the third book by Melbourne ophthalmologist Joe Reich. Launched to a packed room at the Melbourne Jewish Writers Festival in May, Reich’s mixture of ironic humour and wry ...

A colourful record     

BOOK | SURREY HILLS UNITING: A CHURCH HISTORY | GRAHAM BEANLAND

Review by Gwenda Smyth (SHUC Elder)

When Graham Beanland came to Surrey Hills Uniting Church some years ago, he discovered that, though there were documents by the dozen and considerable pride in ...

Kiwi adventure with heart

Hunt for the Wilderpeople | Film | PG

Review by GARTH JONES

Hunt for the Wilderpeople is New Zealand writer/director Taika Waititi’s (Eagle vs Shark) fourth feature film.

A family-oriented wilderness adventure comedy, Waititi’s latest is based on the 1996 book ...

Family fun

Book | Angry Birds: The Movie | G

Reviewed by: JAMES NEL, 10 years old (with help from his mum).

Do you ever feel like you don’t fit in when everyone else around you seems to be happy? Then you know ...

Songs for children

CD | I Am Loved: Community Songs for Children and Children’s Ministry

Review by ROB HANKS (Youth Worker)

I Am Loved is a crowd-funded children’s ministry music project produced by collaborators and friends, Heather Price and Alison Davies. The women were ...

Finding the balance

Balancing Act– Australia Between Recession and Renewal | Quarterly Essay 61 | George Megalogenis

Review by GARTH JONES

Expanding on themes briefly explored in 2015’s Australia’s Second Chance, journalist George Megalogenis returns with his second Quarterly Essay, Balancing Act- Australia ...

Sermons with heart

Book | The Heart of It All: Sermons from St Stephen’s | David Gill

Review by BOB FASER

Since retiring from parish ministry, I’ve been culling my library. One area I’ve culled dramatically is my books of sermons. Examining my shelves today, ...

Timeless tale

Film |The Jungle Book |PG

Review by ROS MARSDEN

Keen to “forget your worries and your strife”? Then treat yourself to a night at the cinema to see the 2016 version of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book.

It’s a risk ...

Tales from the past

Book | Out of the Ordinary: Twelve Australian Methodist Biographies | editors: Patricia Curthoys and William W. Emilsen. 

Review by BOB FASER

While a reasonable amount of material has been written since Union by historians in the UCA on the ...