Man Vs Bee

PG, 102 minutes Netflix 3 Stars     Review by © Jane Freebury Man on bicycle rides into gated property towards designer mansion in the modern style. The owners have been expecting someone to arrive from HouseSittersDeluxe and are all set to leave the moment…

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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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The Kitchen Brigade

  M, 97 minutes 3 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury It’s not hard to imagine how working in a kitchen as a sous-chef under one gastronomic eminence or other, might get the ego bristling. It is a situation we have no difficulty in accepting…

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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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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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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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Loveland

M, 102 minutes 3 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury Who could have foreseen that the talented Ivan Sen would set his heart on making a science fiction romance in Hong Kong? The writer-director, who made a name for himself with Indigenous stories set under…

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Miss Marx

  M, 107 minutes 3 Stars         Review by © Jane Freebury Details of the family life of a titan of modern philosophy may hold some surprises for those of us who only know Karl Marx as the author of the original…

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Benedetta

    R 18+, 131 minutes 3 Stars   Review by © Jane Freebury The story of a lesbian affair inside a 17th century convent told by the director of Basic Instinct may be a match made in heaven for those who want to see…

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Gold

  M, 97 minutes 3 Stars           Review by © Jane Freebury Two nameless men, a pack of wild dogs and a scorpion make bare essentials in this minimalist survival drama set in the middle of nowhere. Other characters who appear…

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The Card Counter

  MA 15+, 116 minutes 3 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury   A mind like a steel trap has its up and downside. Ever since he served an eight-and-a-half-year term in military prison, William Tell/Tillich, played by Oscar Isaac, has been working hard at…

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Titane

R 18+, 108 minutes 3 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury So, the jury at Cannes has given the Palme d’Or to a film directed by a woman. It’s the second time this has happened and for the first time the prize is not shared…

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Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn

  R 18+, 106 minutes 3 Stars   Review by © Jane Freebury After whips, masks and explicit sex open the show, this argumentative, chaotic film from Romania sets off in various more unexpected directions. It is actually a social protest film, and it won…

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The Green Knight

  MA 15+, 130 minutes 3 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury With or without a head on his shoulders, the Green Knight who disrupts a feast at King Arthur’s court is an enigmatic character of English myth and legend. What did he want? What…

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Nitram

MA 15+, 112 minutes  Three stars   Review by © Jane Freebury Among the lists recommending the best of this or that out on the net, there are sites listing feature movies about mass murder. It comes as a bit of a shock to realise…

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The Guilty

  M, 90 minutes 3 Stars   Review by © Jane Freebury It’s always a bit of a jolt to be reminded how much drama a movie can coax from a few actors in a single location with a bunch of different camera positions and…

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The Donut King

M, 99 minutes 3 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury Once during the spectacular rise of doughnut entrepreneur, Bun Tek Ngoy, his chain of fast-food outlets in West Coast USA was more than 75%-owned by Cambodian refugees, just like him. In fact, he had sponsored…

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The Stronghold

MA 15+, 105 minutes 3 Stars   Review by © Jane Freebury The Hollywood buddy movie as we know it comes in various generic guises and is often framed as comedy with two male leads. In buddy movies it usually takes two, but on this…

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JJ+E

MA 15+, 91 minutes 3 Stars         Review by © Jane Freebury When a film gets remade, it’s intriguing for the quizzical questions it prompts. If the original worked well, why would it need a revision, whether it’s good or indifferent? If…

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