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…

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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…

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The King’s Man

As the first Kingsman movie opened eight years ago, the filmmakers were suggesting that it might fill the space that Bond was relinquishing. Maybe then, but not anymore.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Long Story Short

Good lead performances but they do not lift a screenplay with a tricky premise and strained humour M, 95 minutes 2 stars Review by © Jane Freebury What if you woke up one day with a whole year gone, just like that? We just did,…

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The Nest

Plenty of atmosphere and an interesting set up, but hints at malevolence lose momentum and early promise leads nowhere MA15+, 107 minutes 2 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury It’s hard to see how many of the things that happen in this movie set a…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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The Call of the Wild

A wild journey with a pretend dog PG, 100 minutes 2 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury By the look of the bio of the American author, Jack London, there was a time when he answered the call of the wild himself. After many adventures…

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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…

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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…

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The Mountain Between Us

Review © Jane Freebury After a hasty set-up at an airport closed due to bad weather, The Mountain Between Us delivers us onto a snowbound mountainside when a small plane crashes in the wilderness. The first and pressing challenge for the two passengers who survive…

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Eat Pray Love

Review by © Jane Freebury Eat Pray Love, the book an American journalist and author wrote about a year she spent overseas, was in the US top 10 bestselling list for more than three years. Elizabeth Gilbert’s personal story became, with a bit of help…

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