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Ready Player One (2018)

Published in R
Tuesday, 10 April 2018 00:05
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Science fiction themes, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Stand by.

  • Starring

    Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance, Philip Zhao, Win Morisaki, Hannah John-Kamen, Ralph Ineson, Susan Lynch

  • Directed by

    Steven Spielberg

  • Running time

    140 mins

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are shot, kicked, blasted through the air, stabbed with laser sword, shirt-grabbed, punched, slammed against a wall, pulverised (they respawn), hit with objects, drugged, kidnapped, tied up, hooded, pursued, knocked down, decapitated (zombie), attacked with axes/knives/weapons, zapped/electrocuted, dunked in freezing water, burned with blue flame, thrown out of moving vehicle. Suicide reference (a man makes to jump out of a window before being grabbed back). Man on fire. Sword fighting, axe through door, drone smashed, doors kicked in. Cars are crashed, knocked off a racetrack, cut with saw, hit by a train/truck/wrecking ball, eaten, crushed, stomped on, exploded, set on fire, rammed. Derailed train, truck rammed. Explosions. A residential tower block explodes (occupants inside). Mass panic. Screaming, roaring, arguing, yelling. Blood/gore: Corpse in coffin. River of blood. Robot's fingers blown off, a robot is set alight, a robot falls into lava. Rotting woman/zombies, arm falls off, eyeball dislodges and rolls away, decapitated zombies. A dinosaur is neck-sliced. An alien (costume) breaks through a man's chest, a character has a skull in his chest. Bloody arm, nose. Cut on face, bruised/scraped faces. Skull gun. When avatars are killed in virtual reality some gore is visible; some throw out coins.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing, flirting. Nude female in bathroom (breasts exposed). Cleavage, skimpy costumes. A character says, "like hos on Santa". A flashing sign advertised exotic dancers.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Characters are drugged. Alcohol (beer bottles, wine bottles). Smoking (cigar). Nightclub setting.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, s-words, balls, p*ssed. Name-calling (d*ckweed, idiot, losers, corporate a**hole, hater, maniacal overlord, bad*ss, newbie, buckaroo, colossal douchebag, etc). Religious references (goddamn, how the hell, damn, etc). Obscene finger gesture.

  • THEMES

    Virtual reality, gaming, Easter eggs, avatars, quests, missions, puzzles, 1980s, Stephen King, The Shining, zombies, corporate greed, slave labour, breadcrumbs.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead colleague/friend/icon. Dead aunty. Dead wife mentioned (news article about cancer death), dead parents, dead father mentioned. King Kong character, Chuckie doll. Brief subtitles. Based on the novel by Ernest Cline.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Action-packed, upbeat, fast-paced, astonishing, relentless, nostalgic, immersive, mesmerising, blockbuster, crowd-pleasing, stylised, clever, frenetic, fun. Overwhelming CGI, effective motion-capture performances, ever-changing landscapes, rock-heavy soundtrack, satisfying conclusion.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Overlong. Begins with a mountain of voice-over, drags a little toward the end, lacks character development/drama, lacks nuance, relies on narrative covenience/coincidence, half-assed/inauthentic love story.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

Published in R
Friday, 16 December 2016 08:38
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  • Rating

    M: Science fiction violence.

  • The pitch

    Trust the force.

  • Starring

    Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk (voice), Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Riz Ahmed, Mads Mikkelsen, Jimmy Smits, James Earl Jones (voice)

  • Directed by

    Gareth Edwards

  • Running time

    134 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are shot, hooded, chained, imprisoned, kicked, punched, hit with objects, thrown to the ground, blasted through the air, slapped, roundhouse kicked, flipped over, grabbed, pushed, crushed by falling debris, choked. Characters dangle precariously, fall from high ledges. Explosions, grenades thrown. Air/space battles, tanks. Planets exploded, buildings/cliffs collapse. Aircraft downed/rammed. Burning aircraft/trees/AT-ATs/objects. Theft. Arguing, yelling. Aggravated assault, resisting arrest, war zone, super-weapon, suicide pact, spies, assassins mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody foreheads, eyebrows, noses, head, face, hair, cuts, arm. Oxygen mask, milky/blind eyes. Scars.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Man in steam room (full nudity implied). Hand-holding, hugging.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    None.

  • LANGUAGE

    What the..? Name-calling (liar, troublesome, crazy, defector, hostile, dreamers, fool, traitor, etc). Religious references.

  • THEMES

    Star Wars, betrayal, rescue, trust, hope, the Death Star, data transmissions, evil, hidden secrets, hologram messages, the Rebellion, father-daughter relationships, brilliant scientists, sacrifice, smugglers.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead wife/mother, dead husband, dead friends, estranged father. Prison settings. Creatures with leathery skin, tentacles, enlarged heads/eyes/noses, fur, etc. Thunder. Brief subtitles.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Action-packed, engaging, entertaining, rough, rugged, intimate, spectacular, dark, earnest, crowdpleasing, sleek, witty, exhilarating, good-natured, enjoyable, energetic, fresh, aggressive, triumphant. Gigantic/ballsy/triumphant/thundering/surprisng third act, distinctive production/costume design, several breath-stopping sequences, wondrous CGI, stunning locations, solid score, crammed with cameos/callbacks, eerie/jaw-dropping/creepy/spooky digital resurrection of beloved characters, delicious/hissable/booable/villainous/pleasingly unpleasant performance by Ben Mendelsohn, spirited/intense/game performance by Felicity Jones, scene-stealing sidekick excellently voiced by Alan Tudyk, earth-ripping set pieces, brisk editing, crackling script, diverse/eclectic cast.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Melodramatic, safe, frustrating, parasitic, forced. Mostly forgettable characters, multi-branched/muddled/choppy/clunky/overstuffed/suffocating first act, uneven/turgid middle section, underdeveloped characters, expository dialogue.

Black Sea

Published in B
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 09:38
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  • Rating

    M: Coarse language, themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    Dark waters.

  • Starring

    Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn, Scoot McNairy, Tobias Menzies, David Threlfall, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Michael Smiley, Karl Davies, Konstantin Khabenskiy, Daniel Ryan

  • Directed by

    Kevin Macdonald

  • Running time

    114 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are stabbed, scalded, thrown to the ground, grabbed, knocked unconscious, drowned, bludgeoned, held at gunpoint. Objects smashed, burned. Fire, explosions, cracked glass, leaking vessel. Images of Hitler, Stalin, swastikas, nuclear submarines, missiles, explosions. Suicide, cannibalism, killing, eating your liver mentioned. Yelling, arguing, screaming. Submarine collision. Blood/gore: Dead bodies, skeletons. Bloody heads/faces/wounds/clothing, blood spatter. Charred flesh. Object protruding from flesh.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Shirtless men. Family in swimwear. Tattoo of nude female figure. Thinking about sex, virginity mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Prescription pills consumed. Alcohol (beer, spirits, hip flask). Smoking. Pub setting. Anti-depressants, gambling problem, drug overdose (pills) mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, bastard. Name-calling. Slang for genitals and bodily fluids. Derogatory term for women. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Marine salvage, teamwork, rivalry, submariners, sonar, greed, murder, redundancy, job loss, suicide, money, superstition, pregnancy, betrayal, piracy, diving, lying, vengeance, grudges, class warfare.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Job loss, CPR, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, estranged wife/son, dead colleagues/friends. Cancer, claustrophobia, emphysema mentioned. Pub, underwater settings. Dog, seagulls. Spitting, vomiting. Some Russian language (subtitles, translation).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Engrossing, claustrophobic, effective, satisfying, tense, enjoyable, enthralling, low-key, watchable. Intermittently gripping, superbly shot, strong sense of dread/danger, flawed/relatable characters, excellent supporting cast, assured performances, chest-tightening tension, striking contemporary resonance, old-fashioned storytelling, outstanding production design, action sequence near the end is ambitious/magnificent.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Illogical, almost-terrific. Clichéd/predictable subplots, heavy use of stereotypes, Jude Law's Scottish accent is distracting/unconvincing, uninspired direction, some ideas/conclusions/scenes make no sense.

Exodus: Gods and Kings

Published in E
Monday, 08 December 2014 21:33
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  • Rating

    M: Mature themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    Holy Moses.

  • Starring

    Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver, María Valverde, Indira Varma, Ben Kingsley, Golshifteh Farahani, John Turturro, Ben Mendelsohn, Emun Elliott, Tara Fitzgerald

  • Directed by

    Ridley Scott

  • Running time

    150 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are whipped, shot (arrows), dragged, trampled, thrown through the air, stabbed, punched, tripped, impaled, slashed, flogged, hit with objects, threatened, killed, face-grabbed, buried alive, cut, hit, kicked, dragged from their homes, hanged, attacked by animals, swept away, drowned, set alight, burned. Animals shot, slaughtered, eaten, attacked. Objects set alight, burning objects, explosion. Rioting, theft. People/animals.objects fall from high cliff. Killing first-born children, drowning babies, starvation mentioned. Blood/gore: Dead people (men/women/children/babies) and animals, swinging corpses, carcasses, mummified baby/adult, coffins. Cut throat, torn/eaten limbs. Blood in water, spitting blood, bleeding, bloody arm/leg, animal blood, bloody objects, licking blood, bloody cuts, hair matted with blood. Animal entrails removed, animals butchered, human excrement eaten. Scars, sunburn, windburn, sores, pustules.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Sex implied (off-screen). Kissing, flirting, undressing. Revealing clothing, cleavage, shirtless men, married couple in bed (nudity implied).

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Possible alcoholic drinks.

  • LANGUAGE

    Discrimination (anti-Hebrew, sexism). Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Egyptian mythology, Christianity, slavery, slave labour, emancipation, poverty, dehydration, storms, locusts, plague, slaughter, death, grief, genocide, trade, ceremony, ritual, corruption, exile, religion, faith, miracles, sibling rivalry.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Parents' reactions when they find their dead babies. Wedding, funeral, prison settings. Horses, crocodiles, flies, oxen, locusts, sharks, vultures, birds, leeches, snake. Waterspouts, tornadoes, fish, frogs, maggots. Animal-skin rugs. Roasting animals over fire. 

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Imposing, momentous, mighty, lavish, intelligent, respectful, grounded, absorbing, revisionist, transporting, grand, bold. Searching/non-doctrinaire approach, exquisite costumes, strong performances, crisp/present-tense retelling, exciting/savage/uncompromising action sequences, sensational/brilliant/sensational/suspenseful ending, ornate screenplay, profound/affecting closing tribute from Scott.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Long, camp, grim, stodgy, dragging, inert, flat, uninspired, dull, bland, matter-of-fact. Improbably Anglo-Saxon cast, horrendous/bombastic/histrionic score, some wasted talent, acting varies between good and ordinary, overly serious, plays it safe, limp ending, stone-faced dialogue.

Adore (Adoration/Perfect Mothers)

Published in A
Tuesday, 17 September 2013 09:42
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  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong sex scenes and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Unbeli-oedipal.

  • Starring

    Robin Wright, Naomi Watts, Xavier Samuel, Ben Mendelsohn, James Frecheville, Sophie Lowe, Jessica Tovey, Gary Sweet, Alyson Standen

  • Directed by

    Anne Fontaine

  • Running time

    111 minutes

  • Rated

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are punched, wrestled, slapped, near-drowned. Surfing accident. Blood/gore: Bloody gash. Bandage. Leg in traction.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Frequent sexual intercourse (different couples). Kissing, flirting, caressing. Previous relationships discussed. Infidelity, adultery. Swimwear, beachwear, skimpy clothing, plunging necklines. Shirtless men, naked male bums, woman in underwear, nude (implied) couple between sheets. Half-naked woman (genitals visible). Fully nude women seen from behind. Cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine, beer, spirits, shots, champagne). Smoking (cigarettes). Smoking marijuana referenced.

  • LANGUAGE

    C-word (barely audible), f-words, bastard, wanker. Name-calling. Derogatory term for homosexuals, frequent references to mistaken sexuality. Religious exclamation.

  • THEMES

    Friends, family, surfing, beach life, inappropriate relationships, infidelity, revenge, narcissism, single parenting, age differences, resentment, consequences, morality, truth, love, ageing, rehabilitation, mother-son relationships, grandmothers, taboo subjects.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Deceased husband/father, estranged husband/father, second family, pregnancy, adultery. Wedding, church, funeral, cemetery, hospital settings. Dolphins. Based on the novella The Grandmothers by Doris Lessing. Alternative titles are Perfect Mothers and Two Mothers.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Fascinating, odd, provocative, sympathetic, allegorical, engrossing, engaging, decadent, intimate, tender, compelling, dangerous. Controversial premise, brave performances, perfectly cast, idyllic location.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Unlikely, overlong, bland, clunky, breathless, deplorable, one-note, episodic, absurd, ludicrous, melodramatic, miscalculated, shallow, superficial. Some dreadful dialogue, takes itself way too seriously, lacks variety, lacks passion.

Killing Them Softly

Published in K
Thursday, 09 May 2013 22:36
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong violence, drug use, sexual references and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    The American Dream quietly eviscerated.

  • Starring

    Brad Pitt, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, Vincent Curatola, Trevor Long, Max Casella, Sam Shepard

  • Directed by

    Andrew Dominik

  • Running time

    97 minutes

  • Rated

    MA15+ (Australia), 18 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot at point-blank, close-range and mid-range with handguns, shotguns. Multiple people are threatened at gunpoint. A man is pistol-whipped. Armed robberies (one in flashback). Dog-stealing. A man is pushed through a window, shoved. A man is severely beaten, punched, kicked. Rape, carving up a prostitute, suicide mentioned. Threats made. Vehicle collisions, explosion. Man hit by car. Shattering glass, head cracks windscreen. A man is slapped. Yelling, shouting, pleading. Speeding. Geese-hunting mentioned. Blood/gore: Yeah, it's a bloodbath. Blood on faces, heads, blood splatter, blood spray, blood pools, smeared blood. Broken jaw, ribs, nose, teeth, damaged spleen mentioned. Vomiting. Spitting blood. Corpses in morgue are toe-tagged and slid into mortuary refrigerator.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Sexual activity, sodomy, masturbation, erection, bestiality references. Implied sex between a man and a prostitute. Past and intended sexual activity discussed. Infidelity. Woman in underwear.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Injecting drugs (presumably heroin), drug-induced behaviour. Drug-dealing. Buying drugs discussed. A man consumes unknown pills from a vial. Alcohol (beer, spirits, cocktails). Smoking. Gambling (card games).

  • LANGUAGE

    Frequent f-words, s-words, a-words, derogatory terms for females, slang for male genitalia, bastard. Cultural, ethnic and genre stereotypes. Name-calling, homophobic references. Religious references and exclamations. Obscene finger gesture.

  • THEMES

    US Presidential Election 2008, politics, economic downturn, corporate American, destitution, the mob, gangsters, hitmen, organised crime, gambling, film noir.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Mortuary setting. Dogs, dog poo. Belch, farting. Cancer, pant-wetting, divorce mentioned. Thunder, lightning, sparks, fireworks. Hallucinogenic, visceral visuals.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Intelligent, suspenseful, visceral, mesmerising, wicked. Sharp, witty dialogue and intense characters.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Brutal, cynical.