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…

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Elvis

  M, 159 minutes 5 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury   The King has been gone a while now but that doesn’t mean people don’t feel a connection and want to bring him back. Just what was it about Elvis Presley that spoke to…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Annette

  MA 15+, 139 minutes 5 Stars In limited cinema release, and due to stream on Prime       Review by © Jane Freebury Every ten years or so, Leos Carax delivers a movie that is darn impossible to ignore. Holy Motors in 2012…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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For Sama

MA15+, 84 minutes Dendy Canberra Centre 5 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury This documentary is a letter for a little girl who was born during the conflict in Syria and now lives with her parents in London. She grows up on film, smiling occasionally…

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire

M, 119 minutes 5 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury   A boat with a young female passenger on board makes its way along a rocky coastline. When a piece of luggage falls overboard she jumps in to rescue it, petticoats, boots and all. It…

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Pain and Glory

MA15+, 114 minutes 5 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury The actor Antonio Banderas and director Pedro Almodovar first worked together in the 1980s and helped make each other famous with sexy, taboo-breaking films like Law of Desire, Women on the Verge of a Nervous…

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Eduardo (Cesar Vicente) with his sketch of young Salvador (Asier Flores)

Apollo 11

Rated G, 93 mins Capitol Cinemas Manuka, Dendy Canberra Centre, Palace Electric New Acton 5 Stars Review © Jane Freebury There are no talking heads recalling the event or opining its significance in this new doco about the first moon landing. Apollo 11 tells a…

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Roma

MA 15+, 2 hrs 15 mins Netflix Review by ©Jane Freebury 5 Stars In all the best possible ways, Roma reminded me of being a film student again. Of seminar weekends sitting watching something from the archive that proved a revelation. A meditation on the…

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Leviathan

Review by © Jane Freebury It takes a brave and confident filmmaker to begin with so little information in frame. Leviathan begins with breathless long shot of a seaside village at dawn, a single boat speeding along the breakwater. In the midground a figure emerges…

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Before Midnight

Review by © Jane Freebury In Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, the first two films of what has become an exquisite trilogy, time was of the essence. Money too. In the first brief encounter between Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke) in Vienna, it…

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