Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge
) is nothing if not ambitious, crafting an old-fashioned, post-modern epic combination of a Western, a romance, a war story and a message movie about racism. He takes viewers on a long bumpy ride, but it's generally an entertaining journey. Very proper Englishwoman Lady Sarah (Nicole Kidman) arrives in Australia in 1939 only to find her husband dead. She decides to keep the ranch going and drive the cattle to market, with the help of he-man loner Drover (Hugh Jackman) and a motley crew including an adorable little boy named Nullah (Brandon Walters) who steals the movie. Luhrmann overreaches in Australia
and the result is choppy and sometimes cheesy. If you want to tear the movie apart, there are plenty of places to start biting. But if you like big soapy epics with great scenery and are in a forgiving mood, Australia
pays off. 165 minutes. DVD INFO: Includes deleted scenes. Look for a jazzy special edition with lots of extras towards the end of the year.