Tag Archives: Natalie Portman

AF French Film Festival Review: Planetarium (France/Belgium, 2016) is supernaturally addictive, but not as intriguing as it aims to be

A strong taste of the old is present in Planetarium, as Natalie Portman leads a dual-language spoken film about not only the ghosts of the supernatural around us, but also those which come from within before the dawning of a new war era.... Continue Reading

Interview: Planetarium director Rebecca Zlotowski discusses her unique foreign film and how an Oscar winner came to be involved

As the 28th annual Alliance Francaise French Film Festival makes its way across the major Australian states through March and April, the toast of French cinema will be at the ready for audiences seeking a sense of European style.  One film sure to hold interest throughout the festival is Planetarium, a lush pre-war drama starring Natalie Portman and Lily-Rose Depp as two American sisters in Paris whose supernatural inclinations earn the attention of a curious film director.  Talking with The Iris as the film premieres at the festival, director Rebecca Zlotowski discusses the inspiration in structuring the picture, and how a major star like Natalie Portman came to be involved.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Natalie Portman delivers a searing, Oscar-worthy performance in Jackie (USA, 2016)

Jacqueline Kennedy (Onassis) has been depicted on the silver and small screens before but Jackie is the first film to really capture the complex nature of this remarkable woman. The film is not strictly a biopic in that it only focuses on a number of key events in Kennedy’s life prior to and in the aftermath of her husband’s assassination in 1963. But what this drama does do well is hone in on these important points to create an intense and visceral film that really gets at the heart and nature of this tragedy.... Continue Reading

DVD Review: Knight of Cups (USA, 2015)

Or, as I like to call it, Special-K. Terrence Malick and his editors have modeled their film on the time and space bending properties of a psychoactive trip. One second you’re in a swanky Los Angeles apartment, the next on the ruins of a burnt-down gas station.  Sometimes it’s Rick’s (Christian Bale) voice whispering contemplative narrations in your ear, sometimes it’s his father’s, lover’s, brothers… A time comes when you wonder if it will ever end. After an eternity, it’s over before you know it.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Jane Got A Gun (USA, 2016)

Set in the Wild West, Jane Got a Gun centres around Jane Hammond (Natalie Portman), her outlaw husband Bill (Noah Emmerich) and Jane’s ex-lover Dan Frost (Joel Edgerton).  Bill finds himself in a bit of trouble from an outlaw gang and their leader Colin (Ewan McGregor) wants him dead.  In a desperate effort to save her husband and keep her family together, Jane turns to Dan for help.  This reawakens long-buried memories in both Jane and Dan, and while they fight to keep Bill safe, they also acknowledge the circumstances that brought them all together. ... Continue Reading

The Jewish International Film Festival Announces Line-Up And Dates

In October, the Jewish International Film Festival returns to Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Gold Coast and New Zealand for a run of dates that will feature 60 international premiere features and documentaries. The festival has become known for showcasing diverse cinema and engaging audiences both from the Jewish community and beyond. Every film, selected by Festival Director, Eddie Tamir, has an Australia premiere. The award-winning programme will showcase works from Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, France, as well as a range of films from Israel, and more.... Continue Reading