M, 79 minutes 4 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury It may not be the right year, or the real chef, or the exact historical moment when public dining rooms opened in France, but do we really mind? When this delectable gastronomy comedy gets so much right, going along with the confected notion that underpins … Read more

The Worst Person in the World

  MA15+, 128 minutes 4 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury       The worst person in the world is not as bad as it sounds, just a gently ironic and self-deprecating reference to an expression apparently common in Scandinavia for admitting you could ‘do better’. Joachim Trier, the filmmaker who has made this … Read more

The Hand of God

MA 15+, 130 minutes 4 Stars   Review by © Jane Freebury How absurd life looks through the eyes of an adolescent. Weird, grotesque, enticing, deadly. If only that first step was a little easier to take. Now soccer, on the other hand, when the ball is played by the masters, has the grace and … Read more

The French Dispatch

  M, 108 minutes 4 stars Review by © Jane Freebury         If watching The French Dispatch feels like thumbing through an old-style print magazine at leisure, getting hooked on an arcane subject that a writer is passionate about, then it certainly also looks the part. It’s a film inspired by a … Read more

Eric Clapton – Lockdown Sessions

No rating, 89 minutes 4 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury It was never meant to be the way it turned out. Eric Clapton and a combo of some of his closest musical collaborators were due to perform live at the Royal Albert Hall in front of thousands of fans earlier this year, but the … Read more


M, 71 minutes 4 Stars   Review by ©  Jane Freebury It’s a doggie world in Stray. A singular doco about the dogs that live on the streets of the great city of Istanbul, where, far from being feared or avoided, they are patted, fed and even cared for. It’s not every day that a … Read more

The Rescue

  M, 107 minutes 4 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury   When the junior soccer team and coach who went missing inside a vast underground cave system in Thailand in 2018 were discovered, it was said that finding them had been the easy part. Getting them back to the surface alive was so difficult … Read more


              PG, 98 minutes 4 Stars   Review by ©  Jane Freebury Two women with completely different approaches to life, meet by chance one sweltering day in a leafy, airy, gracefully furnished hotel tearoom in Manhattan.  Once childhood friends, they have not seen each other for many years until … Read more

The Last Duel

MA 15+, 153 minutes 4 Stars   Powerful and immersive, despite making a shift away from the usual driven narrative style and embarking into 14th century gender politics Review by © Jane Freebury Instead of a story arc that develops through the traditional three stages, The Last Duel is told from three different angles, leading … Read more

A Fire Inside

M, 92 minutes Four Stars             Review by © Jane Freebury Volunteering in this country is strong. We saw how it boosted the Sydney Olympics. Then two decades later the Australian volunteering public was called on to do more, and then some, during the incredibly testing conditions of the Black … Read more

Count Me In

M, 82 minutes 4 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury As a doco about the overlooked, drummers who were integral to the success of famous rock bands but weren’t celebrated, Count Me In has its work cut out. Not only is there a lot of territory to cover, there is no shortage of people who … Read more

Hating Peter Tatchell

MA 15+, 91 minutes 4 Stars       Review by © Jane Freebury Peter who? Just in case you aren’t sure you have the right person in mind, the lively montage that opens this documentary is a powerful reminder of the lifetime of protest that Peter Tatchell represents. Storming pulpits, attempting citizen arrests of … Read more


MA 15+, 85 minutes 4 stars   Review by © Jane Freebury This new Australian indie has its reasons for opening with a vigorous sex scene. The sex life of two of its main characters, while nobody else’s business, is one of the reasons why the couple fall out with their good friends, also married … Read more

Blood Brothers: Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali

MA 15+, 96 minutes 4 Stars         Review by © Jane Freebury   The day that he met Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X had no idea who he was. The ‘greatest’ had yet to prove himself as he hadn’t yet beaten Sonny Liston to become world heavyweight boxing champion. It was 1962 and … Read more

The Rose Maker

Despite some twee familiarity at the start, this story about a tough, committed businesswoman becomes a story about youth and second chances   M, 95 minutes 4 Stars   Review by © Jane Freebury Another year, another rose show, and still no recognition for the quality of her blooms. Is it because the rose breeder … Read more

The Souvenir

MA15+, 119 minutes Netflix 4 Stars         Review by © Jane Freebury   This highly accomplished feature is a portrait of the artist as a young woman, unformed and unsure, as she starts out in life. It’s a finely crafted miniature of a film that takes its title from the late 18th … Read more

Nine Days

M, 124 minutes 4 Stars       Review by © Jane Freebury   Building new worlds and creating new rules might just be worth contemplating in these strange times. Edson Oda, a young Japanese-Brazilian writer-director, has gone big and bold in this sci-fi drama, his outstanding first film, entertaining ideas about salvaging what’s good, … Read more

Black Widow

M, 134 minutes 4 stars           Review by © Jane Freebury Given that Black Widow is the 24th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a movie about this particular female superhero has taken a while. After all, Scarlett Johansson has been showing us her martial smarts as Black Widow, aka Natasha … Read more