At the Movies (Australian TV program)

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At the Movies
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons11
ProducerClaude Gonzalez
Running time26 minutes per episode
Original release
Release1 July 2004 (2004-07-01) –
9 December 2014 (2014-12-09)

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.

Host Margaret Pomeranz
Host David Stratton


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 perfect 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] Russian Ark,[10] The Thin Blue Line,[11] Evil Angels,[12] Return Home,[13] The Piano,[14] Lantana,[15] and Three Colours: Red.[16]

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.[17] They have also appeared in the ABC shows The Chaser's War on Everything,[18] Review with Myles Barlow and Good Game. In December 2020, they appeared in a spoof YouTube video reviewing the year 2020.[19] Around 2006 Hopscotch Entertainment released a DVD Margaret & David at the Movies interactive quiz, hosted by Stratton and Pomeranz, containing around 1500 film-based questions (and answers), with list of rules and scoresheet.


  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". Australia: 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". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 22 December 2013. Retrieved 25 December 2013.
  5. ^ "The Thin Red Line". SBS. January 2009. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Schindler's List: Review". SBS Movies. SBS. 16 February 1994. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  7. ^ "2001: A Space Odyssey". SBS. January 2009. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Aliens: Review". SBS. 6 November 1986. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Eyes Wide Shut Review". January 2009. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  10. ^ "Russian Ark review: One-take wonder is a most amazing achievement". SBS. 27 April 2003. Retrieved 7 April 2016.
  11. ^ "The Thin Blue Line: Review". 28 June 1989.
  12. ^ "Evil Angels". SBS Movies. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Return Home". SBS Movies. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  14. ^ "The Piano: Review". SBS Movies. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  15. ^ "What Margaret and David say about 500 Oz Movies". ozflicks. 13 September 2016. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  16. ^ Three Colours Red: Review, retrieved 17 April 2021
  17. ^ "Choose your own Margaret & David" by David Knox, TVtonight (12 April 2009)
  18. ^ The Chaser's War on Everything, season 2, episode 17, at 15:31 on YouTube
  19. ^ "Margaret & David Review '2020' – YouTube" – via YouTube.

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