Anatomy of a Fall

MA 15+, 152 minutes 5 stars Review by © Jane Freebury As they must, it’s the small details that matter on the day a man dies, suddenly and mysteriously, after falling from the upper floor of a chalet in the alps. In the background there are glorious mountains, in the foreground a family tragedy that… Continue reading Anatomy of a Fall

The New Boy

Aswan Reid in The New Boy,. Image courtesy Roadshow

M, 116 minutes 5 Stars Review by Jane © Freebury In startling opening scenes, a boy trying to escape from police is felled by a boomerang, bundled into a sack and loaded onto a goods train. He is headed for a place where they will train him to wear a shirt, shorts and sandals, comb… Continue reading The New Boy

EO

MA 15+, 87 minutes 5 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury If he has seen and done it all now, the Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski who made his feature debut in 1960, has made a sharp, new career turn in his mid-80s. EO is a deeply empathetic perspective on the life of a gentle, vulnerable… Continue reading EO

Triangle of Sadness

  Harris Dickinson makes light in Triangle of Sadness. Courtesy Sharmill Films M, 147 minutes 5 Stars   Review by © Jane Freebury If the big name fashion brands feel needled by the way their advertising is sent up in the opening scenes of this black comedy, it’s likely they will be good sports about… Continue reading Triangle of Sadness

She Said

M, 129 minutes 5 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury   It’s not that long ago now, only five years. Yet it still feels like things have turned a corner since news was published in New York of the mounting case against film industry mogul, producer Harvey Weinstein. The success of his company Miramax was… Continue reading She Said

Decision to Leave

M, 139 minutes 5 Stars   Review by © Jane Freebury If the director of this moody, compelling murder mystery was inspired to make movies after watching Vertigo, his new film about a detective besotted with a prime suspect shouldn’t surprise us. There have been some arresting and distinctive films along the way from South… Continue reading Decision to Leave

Lost Illusions

  M, 144 minutes 5 Stars  Review by © Jane Freebury This extravagantly-mounted, lush period drama adapted from the book of the same name by Honore de Balzac is set at a time of foment in France, the Restoration. The country had in quick succession experienced a remarkable revolution in the name of liberty, equality… Continue reading Lost Illusions

The Duke

M, 95 minutes 5 Stars   Review by © Jane Freebury When a portrait by a Spanish master went missing in 1961 from the National Gallery in London, it could only mean one thing. Master thieves at work. Whoever it was who was responsible for lifting Francisco Goya’s painting of the first Duke of Welllington,… Continue reading The Duke

Drive My Car

    MA 15+, 179 minutes 5 Stars   Review by © Jane Freebury Not without good reason, they say the short story is a perfect foundation for a screenplay. Not too much material to translate to screen, with enough scope for the filmmaker to riff on the original ideas. Short stories and novellas have… Continue reading Drive My Car

Limbo

  M, 104 minutes 5 Stars   Review by © Jane Freebury Every now and then, a film comes along that lands its points perfectly, in one fell swoop. The number of films and television series that have been mounted about the plight of refugees and asylum seekers are legion, yet this one film may… Continue reading Limbo

The Power of the Dog

  M, 127 minutes 5 Stars   Review by © Jane Freebury Sensuality laced with violence often features in the films of writer-director Jane Campion whose remarkable career, with its surprisingly modest output, saw her the first female director to win a Palme d’Or at Cannes. There have been numerous awards and accolades but that… Continue reading The Power of the Dog

First Ladies

PG & M, 6 x 40-minute episodes 5 Stars Streaming, SBS On Demand     Review by © Jane Freebury   A mixed-race guy, brought up in Hawaii, he’s gotta be weird. It’s how Michelle Obama recalls what went through her mind as she met the man who would become her husband and subsequently the… Continue reading First Ladies

Collective

MA15+, 109 minutes 5 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury         A fire that swept through a nightclub in Bucharest killed dozens of young people in 2015. The premises were neither a proper venue for the kind of pyrotechnic music event that was taking place nor were there adequate safety measures to… Continue reading Collective

High Ground

MA15+, 105 minutes 5 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury High Ground has been a long time in the making. Twenty years, the filmmakers say. People like David Gulpilil were once attached to the project. It world-premiered in Berlin just before Covid hit, then had to wait out the year as the cinema release stalled.… Continue reading High Ground

Brazen Hussies

M, 93 minutes 5 Stars Review by ©  Jane Freebury     Brilliantly put together, this important doco tells a story about social justice for women that’s a likely eye-opener for millenials When a couple of women chained themselves to the footrails in a Brisbane bar in 1965, it was a sign that something new… Continue reading Brazen Hussies

The Trial of the Chicago 7

MA15+, 129 minutes 5 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury This is a wildly ambitious film, compact and fast-paced over two hours. If wordy and a touch self-important, it is brilliantly written and performed, and the result is riveting. It could easily have been a television miniseries. The backstory, for a start, is immense. protesters… Continue reading The Trial of the Chicago 7

Babyteeth

Pitch-perfect performances all round, a beautifully crafted drama about a teenager’s last fling at life M, 118 Minutes Dendy, Palace Electric 5 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury Babyteeth has more than a few things going for it, including a terrific ensemble cast, cinematographer and director. Yet this family drama about a teenager with terminal… Continue reading Babyteeth