Danger Close: the Battle of Long Tan

Rated MA 15+, 1 hr 58 mins All cinemas 3.5 Stars Review © Jane Freebury In 1966, Long Tan was just an abandoned village inside a rubber plantation not far from Saigon, today’s Ho Chi Minh City, in southern Vietnam. After 18 August that year,…

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The White Crow

Rated M, 2 hrs 7 mins Dendy Canberra Centre and Palace Electric New Acton 3.5 Stars Review © Jane Freebury Before the great Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev defected to the West in June 1961 and became a household name, he had one or two decisions…

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Yesterday

Rated M, 1 hr 55 mins Dendy Canberra Centre, Capitol Cinemas Manuka, Palace Electric New Acton 3.5 stars Review © Jane Freebury The concept for Yesterday is terrific. It’s hard to imagine a better reason for getting the Beatles’ back catalogue into a movie, played…

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2040

Rated G, 1 hr 32 mins Dendy Cinema Canberra Centre, Palace Electric New Acton 3.5 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury In a couple of decades, twentysomething Australians may be turning to their parents to ask: what were you thinking? why didn’t you do something?…

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The Reports on Sarah and Saleem

Rated MA15+ 2 hrs 12 mins Palace Electric 3.5 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury This film is from the Middle East, written and directed by Rami Alayan and Muayad Alayan, and about infidelity.  An affair between a Palestinian man and an Israeli woman who…

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Burning

Rated M, 2 hrs 28 mins Palace Electric New Acton 3.5 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury It’s good to see a film like this, an all too rare event. A simmering drama from South Korea that slowly and inexorably turns the screws as a…

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Green Book

M, 2 hrs 10 mins Capitol Cinema Manuka, Dendy Canberra Centre Review by © Jane Freebury 3.5 Stars A highly entertaining movie released weeks ago and in a major upset won the Oscar for Best Film. Green Book has since had a new lease of…

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Everybody Knows

Review by © Jane Freebury M, 2 hr 13 mins Capitol Cinemas Manuka, Dendy Canberra Centre 3.5 Stars In the ambience of the Spanish countryside, star couple Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, look so completely at home it is easy to forget that in Everybody…

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Jirga

Rated M, 1 hr 18 mins Screening at Dendy, Canberra Review by © Jane Freebury 3.5 Stars Obstacles that directors face on film shoots range from the trivial to the legion that sink projects altogether. They very nearly sank Benjamin Gilmour’s project when he arrived…

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Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot

Review © Jane Freebury Rated M, 1 hr 54 mins Screening at Dendy and Palace Electric   The cartoon that lends its caption to this Gus Van Sant film shows a sheriff’s posse staring at an empty wheelchair among cactus in the desert. The rough…

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Juliet, Naked

Review by © Jane Freebury 3.5 Stars Screening at Palace Electric This romantic reboot for two who could have done better in life is based on a book by Nick Hornby, the English novelist with a happy knack for making us feel good about ourselves.…

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RBG

Review by © Jane Freebury 3.5 Stars At Palace Electric, and Dendy Canberra Centre   From the flamboyant outfits and fishnet gloves she wears for public events, to the lace collars worn to deliver opinion as a justice of the US Supreme Court, Ruth Bader…

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Brothers’ Nest

Review by © Jane Freebury A couple of chumps, their evil plan and a long ‘to do’ list with little imagination for backup are all the ingredients necessary for a crime to go wrong. It's the substance of this new film from the Jacobson brothers,…

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Ocean’s Eight

Review by © Jane Freebury Ever since Clooney and Pitt stepped up for a rat pack romp in Vegas it’s been clear that all you need to do at an Ocean’s movie is sit back and relax and let it wash over you. There’s nothing…

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Tully

Review by © Jane Freebury Somehow or other, the South African-American actress Charlize Theron is able to switch between the most intimate of stories, like this one, Tully, and action adventure and make it work. As the one-armed road warrior in Mad Max: Fury Road,…

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Molly’s Game

Review © Jane Freebury The bluff and counter-bluff of a poker game is no guarantee of a visually appealing and viscerally engaging experience, even if there’s something tangible at stake like a callow celeb losing a mountain of money. But if we're watching the young…

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Phantom Thread

Review by © Jane Freebury High end fashion is not a place to expect to find the actor Daniel Day-Lewis. Over his long career he has fought on the American frontier alongside the Mohicans, he has led a vicious gang in 19th century New York…

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The Teacher

Review by © Jane Freebury This is a film that shows what’s possible on screen with a good idea that is well thought through and delivered in a confined space. Clarity of purpose can make for some engrossing drama. Even the necessary period detail here…

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Blade Runner 2049

Review by © Jane Freebury It took a decade to perfect the original Blade Runner by jettisoning the voiceover and upbeat ending and restoring some scenes that had landed on the cutting room floor - as they did in those days. Even though the film…

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