Master Gardener

M, 111 minutes 2 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury The dungarees with a pair of pruning shears protruding from the front pocket were to be expected, but not the slicked down, short back-and-sides and the haggard look. We expect a gardener to look like a man of the earth, robust and relaxed, but as… Continue reading Master Gardener

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

M, 108 minutes 2 Stars   Review by © Jane Freebury What would possess someone to walk the length of England, from southernmost Devon to the Scottish border? It is an unlikely quixotic adventure but at its helm is the actor most likely to make it work, dependable Jim Broadbent. Why do it? It’s a… Continue reading The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

80 for Brady

M, 95 minutes 2 Stars         Review by © Jane Freebury There is a smidgeon of voyeurism in this latest comedy for retirees about ladies of a certain age who gather around the screen on a regular basis to watch the moves of their favourite footballer. A bit of honest admiration for… Continue reading 80 for Brady

Mafia Mamma

  MA 15+, 101 minutes 2 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury It is a delicious idea, nearly as good as home-made pasta. A middle-aged working mum in California gets a mysterious call from a stranger telling her that her presence is required at a funeral in Rome. She barely knew the grandfather who has… Continue reading Mafia Mamma

Where the Crawdads Sing

M, 125 minutes 2 Stars   Review by © Jane Freebury The fanfare launching this movie about a fiercely independent young woman living in the swamp wilderness who becomes a naturalist and author, hardly seems necessary. If best-seller lists are anything to go by, an audience already exists. Ready-made and keen to see the screen… Continue reading Where the Crawdads Sing

India Sweets and Spices

M, 101 minutes 2 Stars     Review by © Jane Freebury   Whether or not there’s such a spirited critique to make of the wealthy and highly successful South Asian diaspora in the US, this jaunty social satire from Geeta Malik is clearly an inside job. Writer-director Malik, who is of Indian heritage, grew… Continue reading India Sweets and Spices

The Voyeurs

R 18+, 116 minutes 2 Stars     Review by © Jane Freebury     The opening montage of this good-looking erotic thriller features the human eye in all its abstract beauty, sometimes fringed with lashes, sometimes bathed in coloured lights. From looking inside a lingerie shop to watching intimate couples through the window, there’s… Continue reading The Voyeurs

Beckett

A stumbling, loosely conceived action thriller that lacks conviction but has atmos, cinematography and music of mood, to recommend it   MA15+, 110 minutes 2 Stars Netflix     Review by © Jane Freebury This latest film with lead actor, John David Washington, is a straightforward actioner without any of the fluctuating time and space… Continue reading Beckett

This Little Love of Mine

G, 91 minutes Netflix 2 Stars   Review by © Jane Freebury   The romantic couple in this new Australian feature first clap eyes on each other on their way to a tropical island. No prizes for guessing what eventually happens there, but in romantic comedy it’s the journey that counts, isn’t it. They couldn’t… Continue reading This Little Love of Mine

Land

M, 89 minutes 2 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury In her first directorial role, Robin Wright took herself and her crew deep into the magnificent North American mountain wilderness. High above the snow line, among the deer, grizzlies, wolves and eagles is beyond many folks’ comfort zone. It would be interesting to know how… Continue reading Land

The Comeback Trail

  M, 105 minutes 2 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury It would be fun to know the insider gags that went into this remake of a film from 1982. It is, among other things, a comedic take on how the entertainment business can work at the murkier end of the scale. A shonky producer… Continue reading The Comeback Trail

Honest Thief

Another throwback to old-fashioned action hero for Neeson, who would have done better to send this well-worn character up M, 98 minutes 2 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury A film title with a contradiction in terms like this suggests we could be up for a fun ride. It stars Liam Neeson, a decent man… Continue reading Honest Thief

Love Sarah

M, 98 minutes 2 stars Palace Electric  Review by © Jane Freebury This letter to loved ones lost begins with a young woman on a mad dash across London. Cycling past the Thames and the Eye and other familiar spaces, she is clearly running late for something. Sarah (Candice Brown) never makes it, and we… Continue reading Love Sarah

Mrs Lowry & Son

More about mother than son PG, 91 minutes 2 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury It was lucky for the artist L .S. Lowry that his family fell on hard times and moved out of their leafy Manchester suburb to a new home near the city factories. Lucky, I think, because he was inspired to… Continue reading Mrs Lowry & Son

The Party

Review by © Jane Freebury The Party brings a bunch of people together in the comfortable middle-class environs of London, at the home of Janet, Kristin Scott Thomas in the role, and her husband Bill, a more than usually lugubrious Timothy Spall. Everyone has a secret to divulge. Each character represents a segment of the… Continue reading The Party