The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

  M, 107 minutes 4 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury Nic Cage playing Nick Cage in this toey new Hollywood number plays along with the persona that goes with the actor’s name. The actor’s angry, brooding screen presence and the excesses of the Hollywood action genre that go with it, are great material for… Continue reading The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

Parallel Mothers

    M, 123 minutes 4 Stars Review by © Jane Freebury There is a moment in the latest richly textured melodrama from writer-director, Pedro Almodovar, when its glamorous star stands at the sink in a plain white t-shirt with a feminist message as she peels potatoes. Penelope Cruz’s character Janis is teaching a young… Continue reading Parallel Mothers

Pain and Glory

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

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 Breakdown, and Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! It was… Continue reading Pain and Glory

Everybody Knows

Penelope Cruz (Laura) and Ricardo Darin (Alejandro)

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 Knows they are being directed by a filmmaker from a… Continue reading Everybody Knows