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The Star (2017)

Published in T
Sunday, 26 November 2017 12:12
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  • Rating

    G: Some scenes may frighten very young children.

  • The pitch

    A little bit...myrrh.

  • Starring

    (voices of): Steven Yeun, Keegan-Michael Key, Aidy Bryant, Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, Christopher Plummer, Ving Rhames, Gabriel Iglesias, Kelly Clarkson, Anthony Anderson, Patricia Heaton, Kris Kristofferson, Kristin Chenoweth, Mariah Carey, Oprah Winfrey

  • Directed by

    Timothy Reckart

  • Running time

    86 minutes

  • Rated

    G (Australia), U (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are hit by objects, pursued, covered in paint/feathers, thrown to the ground, swallowed/spat out, lassoed, slammed into a cart, mocked, throat-grabbed, kicked, dragged, caught in a stampede. A character drops two dogs over a high cliff (they are saved). A barn is set alight, objects smashed/crashed into/rammed/crushed, a marketplace is damaged. A bird is slammed against a wall/crushed by a falling creature. A donkey injures his leg (caught in rope). Characters fall over high cliff ledges/down a well, dangle precariously. Barking, screaming, panic, arguing. Reference to king killing all children (the Massacre of the Innocents). Torture mentioned. Characters say "We're gonna die", "Someone's gonna die". Blood/gore: None.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (None): Pregnancy. Newborn baby. Kiss on forehead. Close up of donkey bum. Bum-wiggling.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    (None)

  • LANGUAGE

    Poop. Name-calling (old-timer, rotten, good-for-nothing, silly, crazy/dumb as a box of rocks, nightmare wearing a helmet, useless, crazy-eyed, bad dogs, etc). Religious references.

  • THEMES

    Christmas Star of Bethlehem, the birth of Jesus, religion, faith, friends, immaculate conception, bravery, Mary and Joseph, prayer, the Three Wise Men, forgiveness, angels, nativity, ambition, teamwork.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Wedding feast. Baluchistan pygmy jerboa, camels, pigeons, sheep, cows, cat, donkeys, horses, chickens, dogs, goats. Lightning, thunder.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Kid-friendly, decent, good-hearted, innocuous, playful, charming, amusing, contemporary, animal-centric, fun, entertaining, glossy, serviceable. Spirited voice work, silly humour, brief/flavourful cameo by Kris Kristofferson, never gets pious/gushy/preachy, some lovely images, a cute idea.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Uneven, clumsy, derivative, dull. Unremarkable writing/voice acting/storytelling, uninspired/basic/cheap/simplistic animation, awkward wedding feast scene, heavy-handed dialogue/song choices.

The Night Before

Published in T
Friday, 04 December 2015 13:43
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  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong drug use, nudity, sex scene and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Puts the crack in Nutcracker.

  • Starring

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie, Jillian Bell, Lizzy Caplan, Michael Shannon, Heléne Yorke

  • Directed by

    Jonathan Levine

  • Running time

    101 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are dragged, near-hit by a car, punched, tackled, hit with/by objects, nailed, glassed/stabbed, pursued. People slip/fall over. Rambling references to harming/killing a child/woman. Objects exploded, knocked out of hands, broken. Dangerous driving, vehicle collision, broken window. Rat thrown at man's face. Theft. Screaming, shouting, arguing, yelling. Blood/gore: Bloody/bleeding nose, bloody/pierced hand, dripping blood, drinking blood (accidental). Injection into buttock, hand nailed to wall. Black eye, bruising. Coffins.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A couple has bathroom sex, oral sex. Kissing (female-female; male-female), sexting, face-licking (male-male). Strip club/bar settings, suggestive dancing. References/slang for sex; sexual innuendo. Women in underwear, exposed breasts, skimpy clothing, cleavage. Picture of penis. Having sex with girlfriend's parents mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drugs (cocaine, marijuana, mushrooms, steroids, pills, boxes of drugs). Drug-induced behaviour (blurred vision, freaking out, hallucinations, sweating, hearing voices). Alcohol (spirits, beer, champagne, cocktail, wine). Intoxication. Smoking (marijuana, cigar, pipe). Gambling (poker). Crackheads, drug taking, drug dealing, buying weed, performance-enhancing drugs/steroids mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    C-words, f-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch. Name-calling. Slang and actual terms for genitals/bodily functions. Obscene gestures. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Relationship issues, best friends, Christmas, fatherhood, bromances, strip clubs, grief, car accidents, traditions, drugs, intoxication, partying.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Funeral/cemetery, strip club, bar settings, marriage proposal. Dead parents (killed by drunk driver), being an orphan mentioned. Horse, rat. Toilet, urination, vomiting.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Funny, wild, heartfelt, knowing, manic, touching, wacky, satisfying, energetic, madcap, raucous, heady, scruffy. Big ensemble cast, excellent chemistry, lively supporting roles and cameos.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Overstuffed, uneven, schmaltzy, scattered, ephemeral, sloppy, lazy, shambling. Middling comedy, many gags fall flat, tedious story arc, familiar tropes.

Love the Coopers (Christmas with the Coopers)

Published in L
Thursday, 26 November 2015 00:22
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  • Rating

    PG: Mild themes, sexual references and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Some comfort, some joy.

  • Starring

    Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Amanda Seyfried, Alan Arkin, Marisa Tomei, Olivia Wilde, Jake Lacy, Marisa Tomei, Alex Borstein, Timothée Chalamet, Maxwell Simkins, Blake Baumgartner, June Squibb, Anthony Mackie, Steve Martin (voice)

  • Directed by

    Jessie Nelson

  • Running time

    107 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are handcuffed, arrested, punched, dacked, thrown against a wall, hit with objects, pushed, ridiculed, knocked over. Stealing, objects knocked over. Arguing, yelling, screaming. People appear to turn into ice then shatter apart; a boy's head appears to explode. Dissecting rats mentioned. Blood/gore: Collapsed man, patient in hospital bed, IV drip, bruising, scar on wrist. Stroke mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing, tongue-licking, ogling, undressing, infidelity. Cleavage, shop mannequins in lingerie, man in underwear, skimpy clothing. A little girl lifts up her dress to reveal her underwear. Reaching orgasm, sex life, homosexuality, sleeping with a married man, BJ (blow job), woman pouncing on man at a party/unexpected pregnancy mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits, cocktails, shots, champagne). Woman passed out drunk. Bar setting. Photograph of teen with (assumed) joint. Getting stoned, caught holding a bong, being a smoker/alcoholic mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    S-words. Name-calling. Slang for genitals. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Christmas, family, memories, marriage, separation, job interviews, classic movies, unlikely friendships, relationships, counselling, second chances, forgiveness, grief, death of a child, sisters, mall Santas.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Deceased mother/wife, sister/daughter, engagement mentioned. A deceased toddler is seen in flashback. Hospital, bar, airport settings. Dogs. Vomiting, spitting, underarm sweat, bad smells, snort laughter. A child has a bathroom accident (implied). Hitch-hiking. Power blackout. Roast turkey seen. People dressed in penguin suits. Also released as Christmas with the Coopers.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Moving, starry, amusing, sweet, sincere. Impressive cast, standout performance by Olivia Wilde, some of the storylines have charm, throwback soundtrack, sleek lensing.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Depressing, formulaic, soppy, frustrating, tangled, fabricated, contrived, tasteless, tedious, numbing, slushy, overstuffed, over-narrated, jumbled. Annoying jokes/tropes, often unfunny/hackneyed humour, distracting camerawork, unnecessary flourishes, wasted cast, cringeing dialogue, smeary direction.

Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas

Published in T
Tuesday, 31 December 2013 21:41
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  • Rating

    PG-13 (USA): Sexual references, crude humor and language.

  • The pitch

    Dreaming of a black-and-white Christmas.

  • Starring

    Tyler Perry, Anna Maria Horsford, Tika Sumpter, Eric Lively, JR Lemon, Larry the Cable Guy, Kathy Najimy, Chad Michael Murray, Alicia Witt, Noah Urrea

  • Directed by

    Tyler Perry

  • Running time

    100 minutes

  • Rated

    CTC (Australia), NR (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Children are bullied, teased, tied up. Vehicle explosion, burning debris. People are punched, threatened. Theft. Arguing, screaming. Ku Klux Klan meeting. Objects kicked. Knocking someone out, choking someone (comic) mentioned. Getting beat up at school, bullying mentioned. Blood/gore: Bruising, scraped forehead. Bandage.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing, flirting. Shirtless man. Sexual innuendo and crude humour.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Viagra, growing marijuana mentioned. References to smoking drugs. Alcohol (moonshine seen).

  • LANGUAGE

    A-words. Bleeped f-word and s-word. Slang terms for genitals and bodily functions. Name-calling, belittling. Derogatory term for women. Religious references and exclamations. Regional, racial, age, family, relationship, religious stereotypes.

  • THEMES

    Christmas, eloping, customer service, budget cuts, parent-teacher relationships, farming, road trips, sponsorship, corporate greed, vegetarianism, Ku Klux Klan, political correctness, prejudice, intolerance, child labour, mother-daughter relationships, interracial relationships, singing, malapropism.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Job losses. Murdered father/husband, deceased grandparents/parents, deceased uncle mentioned. Divorce, relationship breakup, cancer, heart attacks, asthma mentioned. Death by cancer, being hit by a bus, drowning mentioned. Horse, cows, pig-sty. Mid-credits scenes.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Involving, amusing, well-intentioned. Good improv. Kathy Najimy and Larry the Cable Guy provide the most fun.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Unfunny, ignorant, forced, over-familiar, shambling, slapdash, torturous, outrageous, over-plotted, stupid, propogandist, tasteless, rushed, ungainly, cliched, sloppy, insulting, lightweight, backward, regressive, muddled. Terrible sub-plots, contrived story, crass humour, clunky dialogue, sprawling style, cheap-looking graphics, poor editing, lazy film-making, abrupt ending, fails miserably.