Red Joan

Rated M, 1 hr 50 mins Capitol Cinema Manuka, Dendy Canberra Centre, Palace Electric New Acton 2.5 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury Any film with Judi Dench commands attention. She  has brought a mix of authority, vulnerability, and humour to every role, from James…

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Suburbicon

Reviewed by © Jane Freebury It can’t be as bad as all that, can it? I mean, Suburbicon is directed by the sophisticate George Clooney. Those brilliant, witty purveyors of comedy noir, Joel and Ethan Coen, wrote the original screenplay and Matt Damon is in…

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Viceroy’s House

  Review by © Jane Freebury This sweeping historical drama is the work of a filmmaker with a happy knack for the comic and the absurd, and for discovering the spaces between cultures where people can meet and be themselves. With work as sharply observed…

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       My Cousin Rachel Handsome, lush, gorgeous to look at and not nearly as over the top as the trailer suggests. Romantic obsession has been plausibly updated, as a young man who is used to male company - Sam Clafin excellent in the role…

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The Legend of Ben Hall

  Review by © Jane Freebury A refusal to submit to authority has pride of place in movies from down under. Here we expect a film about a 19th century bushranger, who robbed the banks and the filthy rich, to be a spirited journey with…

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The Age of Adaline

Review by © Jane Freebury So, being tall, willowy and perfectly proportioned, with lustrous hair and perfect skin is not always the distinct advantage you might think it is. Not if you never age, anyway. It's a shaky premise to build a movie on, but…

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Fifty Shades of Grey

Review by © Jane Freebury So, after weeks of pre-release sales, it's here at last, the film of the international best-selling novel translated into more than 50 languages. The story of a virginal undergrad who is introduced to the world of BDSM by her corporate…

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Diana

Review by © Jane Freebury It can take an outsider to reveal what we cannot see for ourselves. So the news that German film director Oliver Hirschbiegel was making a film about the people's princess, weak link in the British royal chain, sounded more than…

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Red Hill

Review by Jane Freebury It’s one helluva first day at work for a young policeman who has moved to a quiet country town to improve his wife’s health during her pregnancy. His first call is to a property where a horse lies disembowelled, the farmer…

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Sex and the City

Review by Jane Freebury OMG, a review of SATC when I haven’t paid attention to the series on TV! What to say? Much of my thirties spent in t-shirts, flat shoes and in the company of small children, might disqualify me from the show’s demographic…

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