At the Movies (Australian TV series)

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At the Movies
Starring Margaret Pomeranz
David Stratton
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 11
Producer(s) Claude Gonzalez
Running time 26 minutes per episode
Original network ABC
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
Original release 1 July 2004 – 9 December 2014
External links

At the Movies is an Australian television program on ABC hosted by film critics Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton, where they discussed the films opening in theatres that week.


The program, which began in mid-2004, is a continuation of the pair's earlier program The Movie Show, which aired on SBS One from 1986 to 2004. The pair left SBS after expressing dissatisfaction with high-level decisions.

The weekly half-hour program consists of film reviews and discussions as well as interviews with cast and crew members. The hosts also occasionally broadcast from film events such as the Cannes Film Festival.

The pair's 25 years of presenting film reviews on television was celebrated in a special show on 26 October 2011, filmed before an audience and special guests, hosted by Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush.[1]

On 16 September 2014, Stratton and Pomeranz announced they would be retiring at the end of the 2014 series. The final episode aired on 9 December 2014[2] and Stratton and Pomeranz said farewell to over 700,000 viewers, making it one of the most watched season finales on the ABC in the history of the station.[3]

5 star films[edit]

Only seven films have achieved a "5 star" rating by both Pomeranz and Stratton.[4]

In the previous SBS format, several films achieved 5 stars from both Margaret and David, including films such as Goodfellas, The Thin Red Line,[5] Schindler's List,[6] 2001: A Space Odyssey,[7] Aliens,[8] Eyes Wide Shut.[9] and Russian Ark,[10]

In other media[edit]

Pomeranz and Stratton both appeared in a parody of themselves and At the Movies in the fourth episode of the ABC show Lawrence Leung's Choose Your Own Adventure.[11] They have also appeared in the ABC shows The Chaser's War on Everything,[12] Review with Myles Barlow and Good Game.


  1. ^ "The David and Margaret show" by Graeme Blundell, The Australian (15 October 2011)
  2. ^ "Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton roll end credits on 28-year film review partnership; At The Movies will not return to ABC in 2015". ABC News. 16 September 2014. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "At The Movies wraps with bumper 726,000 metro viewers" by Dan Robbins, Mumbrella (5 July 2015)
  4. ^ "Five-star movies". ABC. Retrieved 25 Dec 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Thin Red Line". SBS. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Schindler's List: Review". SBS Movies. Retrieved 2015-10-30.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  7. ^ "2001: A Space Odyssey". SBS. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "Aliens: Review". SBS. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "Eyes Wide Shut Review". Retrieved 2015-09-25. 
  10. ^ "Russian Ark review: One-take wonder is a most amazing achievement". SBSaccessdate=7 April 2016. 
  11. ^ "Choose your own Margaret & David" by David Knox, TVtonight (12 April 2009)
  12. ^ The Chaser's War on Everything, season 2, episode 17, at 15:31 on YouTube

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