Elvis

  M, 159 minutes 5 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury   The King has been gone a while now but that doesn’t mean people don’t feel a connection and want to bring him back. Just what was it about Elvis Presley that spoke to…

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Nude Tuesday

      MA15+, 100 minutes 3 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury The latest relationship comedy from New Zealand is out there and experimental with some good things going for it. To start with it has lead actors, Jackie van Beek and Damon Herriman,…

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A Hero

    PG, 127 minutes 4 Stars   Review by © Jane Freebury A new film from Asghar Farhadi will never now go unnoticed. Not since he won a best foreign language Oscar for his riveting drama about a young couple splitting up, and then…

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Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

  PG, 109 minutes 3 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury   Travellers lucky enough to have visited Bhutan will have insights of their own into the small mountain kingdom wedged between China and India, but for the rest of us it seems an exotic…

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Top Gun: Maverick

  M, 130 minutes 4 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury Why are we watching Top Gun: Maverick today? To see why Joe Biden got hooked on aviator sunglasses, to make a joke of cocky American can-do attitudes, to check out how Tom Cruise looks…

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Everything Went Fine, aka Tout S’Est Bien Passe

MA 15+, 113 minutes Four Stars Review by © Jane Freebury It isn’t every day that the subject of a European film coincides neatly with events on the ground on our side of the world. This new French film based on a published memoir of…

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Maigret a one-off, says director Patrice Leconte

    By © Jane Freebury The versatile, veteran French filmmaker Patrice Leconte, whose work includes fine films like The Hairdresser’s Husband, Ridicule, Girl on the Bridge and The Man on the Train, has decided to do a Maigret. It’s intriguing, and perhaps a little…

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A Chiara

M, 122 minutes 4 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury It’s a birthday party, Italian style, with an 18-year-old basking in all the love and attention as family and friends swirl around her. The vino is flowing freely, delectable dishes keep landing on tables already…

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Ablaze

PG, 81 minutes 4 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury   As personal as it is, this new documentary is likely to be a revelation for many. It is a record of the quest by a young Australian opera singer to discover more about his…

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To Olivia

  M, 94 minutes 3 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury There’s a promising start to this new film that visits the life of the famous children’s author, Roald Dahl. A tall, imposing figure enters a hall and strides across the floor through a crowd…

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Petit Maman

      PG, 73 minutes 3 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury It’s my guess there are few filmmakers who could make a success of the story of a young girl who goes back in time to meet her mother when she is young,…

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Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

M, 121 minutes 4 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury On the face of it, an anthology or portmanteau movie can look like it has plenty going for it, if it brings together top directors, writers and stars. But it can still get a mixed…

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The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

  M, 107 minutes 4 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury Nic Cage playing Nick Cage in this toey new Hollywood number plays along with the persona that goes with the actor’s name. The actor’s angry, brooding screen presence and the excesses of the Hollywood…

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When the Camera Stopped Rolling

4 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury The long list of credits for this intimate, handsomely crafted documentary looks like a who’s who for the local film industry. It’s a tribute to the subject of the film, filmmaker Lilias Fraser, and to her cinematographer daughter,…

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Ithaka

  M, 111 minutes 4 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury   Since Wikileaks, the organization he founded, sensationally uploaded hundreds of thousands of files of classified information to the internet, Julian Assange has lived his life in different forms of incarceration. It’s probably safe…

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Fred Cavaye on point about Farewell Mr Haffmann

       By © Jane FreeburyWhat happens when a good person switchessides? What drives someone to take that one fateful step from which they cannever return?It was questions like these that exercised theFrench director and screenwriter Fred Cavayé while developing the screenplay for Farewell Mr Haffmann, setin…

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Happening

R 18+, 99 minutes 4 Stars   Review by © Jane Freebury It doesn’t quite capture its original French title, L’Evenement meaning the event, but if the name this new film is known by in English has a vaguely inconsequential air to it, a note…

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Memoria

PG, 136 minutes 4 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury The new film from Apichatpong Weerasthakul, is a big step for the celebrated indie director. Filmed in the cities, villages and mountains of Colombia, with a cast of English and Spanish-speaking actors and Tilda Swinton…

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The Duke

M, 95 minutes 5 Stars   Review by © Jane Freebury When a portrait by a Spanish master went missing in 1961 from the National Gallery in London, it could only mean one thing. Master thieves at work. Whoever it was who was responsible for…

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Nowhere Special

M, 95 minutes 3 Stars   Review by © Jane Freebury The relationship between fathers and sons is closely observed in this low-key family drama set in Northern Ireland. It broaches the difficult subject of preparing for bereavement while protecting the innocent. It’s a sad…

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