Displaying items by tag: Cinemum Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Moana (2016)

Published in M
Saturday, 03 December 2016 21:49
MOANA is preceeded by short film INNER WORKINGS featuring cartoon images of inside the human body (brain, heart, veins, lungs, etc), man in shower, people in swimwear, urination, coffins/funerals, man electrocuted/eaten by shark/growing obese then having a fatal heart attack/laughed at/chopped up by a falling chainsaw (implied)/knocked...

Additional Info

  • Rating

    PG: Some scenes may scare small children.

  • The pitch

    I never knew The Rock had so much heart.

  • Starring

    (voices of): Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger, Alan Tudyk, Oscar Kightley

  • Directed by

    Ron Clements, Don Hall, John Musker, Chris Williams

  • Running time

    103 minutes

  • Rated

    PG (Australia), PG (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are shot at (arrows/darts/fireballs), hit with tranquiliser darts, punched/struck from the sky, thrown overboard, near-drowned, trapped underwater, grabbed, urinated on (comic), slapped, ear-pulled, hit/prodded with objects, shut in a cave, flicked, throat-grabbed, pursued, tackled, head-slammed, swooped by winged monsters, near-eaten, thrown through the air/against rocks, caged, hair-grabbed, dragged. A character tells how a baby was rejected by its mother and thrown into the sea. Boats capsize. A chicken accidentally sets its tail feathers on fire. A monster character eats another monster. Explosion. Theft. Inescapable death, suicide mission, killing/cooking a chicken, murdering pirates, I will smite you, he will kill you, human sacrifice, I ate my grandma, tear you apart, time to take apart your heart, I'm not killing myself mentioned. Yelling, shouting, roaring, arguing, screaming. Blood/gore: Tongue, hands chopped off. Bruise/graze on foot. A character's skin turns black/ashen when splashed with water. Characters wear necklaces made of teeth, a girl is imprisoned in a cage made from bones. Tattooing. A baby faints. A girl sees apparitions of her dead ancestors. Rotten/diseased fruit seen. Burning and eating eel, ripped off his leg mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Shirtless villagers/children. Hugging.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    None.

  • LANGUAGE

    Oh sh--arkhead. Butt, heinie, pee. Name-calling (crazy lady, mentally challenged, lying/slimy/sonofa--, bottom feeder, princess, buttercup, bait, chicken, funny-looking, dumb, etc). Religious references.

  • THEMES

    Legends, identity, family, Disney princesses, voyagers, shapeshifting, wayfinding, grandmothers, mental illness, bravery, responsibility, elders, ancestors, hero worship, demigods, forgiveness.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead mother/grandmother. Dead best friend (drowning). Hawk, lizard, beetle, birds, turtles, stingrays, fish, chickens, pig, dolphins, whale, crab. Giant volcanic demon; monsters with multiple limbs, wings, claws, sharp pincers, thorns. Fireworks (opening credits), lightning, thunder, black/shadowy darkness, rolling black clouds, waterfall. Pork, fish eaten. Regurgitation, spitting/spurting water. Post-credits scene (stay right until the very, very end!)

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Dazzling, delightful, pitch-perfect, charming, modern, special, colourful, vibrant, inventive, charming, crowd-pleasing, entertaining, progressive, crisp, sweet, sunny, poignant, cheerful, fresh. Smart/diverse/convincing/fiery/spirited heroine, terrific voice cast, stunning/state-of-the-art/breathtaking/beautiful/vivid animation, traditional storytelling, witty screenplay, infectious/soul-stirring/mighty/buoyant/catchy/emotional/original/propulsive songs, lush landscapes, zany Mad Max Fury Road-style coconut sequence, brilliant cameo from Jemaine Clement, culturally sensitive, pleasing messages about identity and eco-awareness.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Formulaic, safe, low-stakes. A little episodic/dull in parts.

Hell or High Water (2016)

Published in H
Tuesday, 25 October 2016 08:18
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong violence.

  • The pitch

    The things we do for our kids.

  • Starring

    Jeff Bridges, Ben Foster, Chris Pine, Gil Birmingham, Dale Dickey, Katy Mixon, Marin Ireland, John-Paul Howard, Margaret Bowman

  • Directed by

    David Mackenzie

  • Running time

    102 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, threatened at gunpoint, held up (bank robberies), hair-pulled, punched, head-slammed, grabbed, pursued, slapped. Brothers playfully kicked/slap/wrestle. Cars/windows shot. Stolen cars, car chases. Burning field/cars. Explosion. A law enforcer comments that criminals should be hanged. Yelling. Shooting a man, being jailed, shooting coyotes, threatened family, killing father in a "hunting accident", assault, robbery mentioned. Blood/gore: Dead bodies. Bloody gore in hat. Bloody bullet wounds/cuts/eye/face/head/forehead/hip/clothing. Blood spatter, bleeding, dripping blood, blood pool. Arm brace, wound-dressing.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A couple have background sex in a hotel bedroom (full nudity - side view). A woman is groped beneath her skirt. Flirting, caressing. Shirtless man, cleavage, man in underwear. Pimp mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, shots, spirits). Smoking. Vials of prescription pills seen on dresser. Tweakers mentioned. Casino setting (slot machines, poker played).

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, sonsofb*tches, bastards, p*ssed. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations (what in the devil, dammit, who the hell, goddam). Frequent jokes/insults regarding race/culture/countryfolk/small towns/Native American Indians/religion.

  • THEMES

    Brothers, poverty, bank robbers, bank holdups, getaway cars, child support, retirement, Texas, small towns, family ranches, unemployment, corporate greed, oil, money-laundering.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead partner, dead brother, estranged wife/children. Dead mother, dead wife, foreclosure, divorce mentioned. Casino setting. Horses, cows, snake, dog. Steak eaten.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Thrilling, good, gripping, offbeat, moral, high-stakes, entertaining, engaging, effective, well-paced, soulful, compelling, rangy, violent, cynical, elegiac, surprising, gritty, riveting, uproarious. Brilliant cast/performances, rich/textured characterisation, tight/sinewy direction, evocative visuals, handsome cinematography, eloquent framing, excellent/sharp/fantastic/terrific screenplay, snappy lines, twangy/jangly/great score, strong technical credits, rich sense of place.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Familiar genre beats, could do with a better title.

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

Published in T
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 23:05
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Violence.

  • The pitch

    An Irishman, a Chinaman, a Mexican, an Indian, a bounty hunter, a scalp collector, and an angel of death walk into a bar...

  • Starring

    Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Byung-hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Haley Bennett, Peter Sarsgaard

  • Directed by

    Antoine Fuqua

  • Running time

    132 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A man sacrifices himself (suicide mission). People are shot (arrows/bullets; many), stabbed (some repeatedly), exploded in dynamite blasts, stomped on, trampled, pushed, wrestled, knocked to the ground, punched, kicked, pistol-whipped, robbed, lassoed, slashed with blades, tackled, thrown through windows, hit/flicked with objects, thrown from horses, pushed/thrown from high landings, choked. Animals (horses) assumed killed in explosions/gunfire. Buildings badly destroyed by gunfire. Burning objects, burning building (church). Explosions. Yelling, arguing, screaming. People boast about the number of people they have killed. An empty noose is seen hanging. Killed at the Alamo, mauled, smashed a boulder over a man's head, collecting scalps, slaughter, raped mother, murdered sisters mentioned. Blood/gore: Many corpses. Man on fire. A dead animal is sliced open/bloody organ removed and eaten raw. Ear shot off (pieces of flesh seen on ground). Bloody faces, heads, hands, nose, eye sockets, bullet/arrow wounds, clothing, bandage, objects; blood smear on wall. Scars, empty eye sockets, arm in sling, eye patch, missing teeth, skulls (animal/human), objects protruding from bodies. Cemetery with freshly dug graves, coffins. Smell of blood mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Shirtless men, cleavage. Prostitutes (no sex/nudity seen). Sexual innuendo (poking). Whores, raped mother mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits, ale, hip flask); intoxication. Smoking. Gambling (cards).

  • LANGUAGE

    S-words, a-words, sonofabitch, balls, p*ss. Name-calling. Frequent religious references and exclamations (God, the Lord, what the hell, goddam, Jesus wept, by God, God bless you; prayer).

  • THEMES

    Bounty hunters, warrant officers, mercenaries, outlaws, revenge, good guys v bad guys, prayer, religion, death, shootouts, magic card tricks, panic attacks (PTSD), legends, capitalism.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Husbands/brothers murdered in front of families. Raped mother, murdered sisters mentioned. Church, cemetery settings. Horses, goats, sheep, chickens, buzzing flies, cows, donkeys. Spitting. Fur/skins worn. Brief Comanche language (subtitles).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Fun, fresh, timely, funny, diverse, satisfactory, competent, cheeky. Great chemistry between impressive/diverse/revisionist cast, dedicated performances, crisp action, enormous/well-staged shootouts, stylish genre callbacks (eg nod to Elmer Bernstein's score on the soundtrack), reasonably engaging.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Familiar, unsatisfying, lacklustre, disappointing, square, hollow, uninspiring, sluggish. Long dull patches, Chris Pratt's Faraday character (while entertaining) seems to belong to an entirely different movie, pointless damsel-in-distress moment from an otherwise strong female character (Haley Bennett's Emma), Peter Sarsgaard overdoes the villain character (Bartholomew Bogue).

Blair Witch (2016)

Published in B
Tuesday, 20 September 2016 05:48
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong supernatural themes.

  • The pitch

    Sticks and stones may break your bones.

  • Starring

    James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Corbin Reid, Brandon Scott, Wes Robinson, Valorie Curry

  • Directed by

    Adam Wingard

  • Running time

    89 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are terrorised, grabbed, pushed/shoved, dragged, stabbed, pushed from a high ledge, crushed under a falling tree, slammed against a wall, knocked unconscious, trapped underground. Loud noises, cracks, animal sounds, branch-snapping sounds, heavy-breathing, groaning, static, rumbling, door-slamming, running footsteps heard. Objects fly through the air, crash. Footage of search party looking for missing teenagers. Teens play a shooting video game. Stories told of a man who killed 7 children, hearing voices, a man hanged for his crimes, a girl drowned in a river, a hand coming out of water and snatching a child, bodies that are never found, taking blood from children, townspeople hanging a suspected witch from a tree and weighting her body so she stretched. Yelling, arguing, screaming, panic, hysterics, gurgling. Creepy stick/rock symbols. Witchcraft, eaten by animals, dying of exposure, curses, spells mentioned. Blood/gore: Twisted/snapped body. Bloody cut, foot, clothing, hair, head, mouth, nose, bandage; spurting blood. Foam/pus oozes from wound. A veiny/bony tendril is removed from a wound. Knife protruding from neck. Fever mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A nude creature is seen in the background. A character eats a sausage suggestively. Females in short-shorts. Flirting, hugging.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, cocktail, spirits). Intoxication, hangover. Club setting. Getting drunk last night, [drugged us] with sleeping pills mentioned. A character says "what are they smoking?" (metaphoric).

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-word, p*ss. Obscene finger gesture. Religious references (what the hell, oh my God, Jesus Christ, goddamit).

  • THEMES

    Found footage, witches, The Blair Witch Project, missing persons, creepy woods, camping, horror, documentary, technology, cameras, drones, social media, legends, fake scares, getting lost, sacrifice.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Missing sister (presumed dead). Dogs, tank fish, bees. Helicopter (news footage), Confederate flag. Cooking meat. Lightning, thunder. Urination. Shaky camerawork.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Slow-burning, effective, good, scary, excellent, intense, imaginative, solid, fun, surreal, nightmarish, jumpy, accomplished, entertaining, aggressive, heart-pounding, slick. Fine cast, fast/justified/careful visuals, creative new camera technology, excellent/forceful sound design, claustrophobic climax, sporadically funny, reasonably satisfying, incredibly faithful to The Blair Witch Project.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Familiar, safe, uninventive. Too many false jump scares, scripted/conventional characterisation.

Snowden (2016)

Published in S
Monday, 19 September 2016 00:10
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Coarse language and sex scene.

  • The pitch

    Snowden seeks the protection of his Guardian.

  • Starring

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Rhys Ifans, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson, Scott Eastwood, Ben Schnetzer, Bhasker Patel, Edward Snowden

  • Directed by

    Oliver Stone

  • Running time

    134 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Animals shot (hunting). A man collapses/suffers seizures. Drone footage of people being targeted/exploded. Footage of 911, Osama bin Laden, burning police car, people in gas masks, rioting. A private drone crashes to the ground and frightens party-goers. In-depth discussion of government agencies illegally monitoring people's private emails/text messages/webcams and hacking/sabotaging infrastructure of hostile and allied countries. Stories heard of a daughter overdosing (near-fatal) on sleeping pills, people being detained/extradited, targeting and killing a whole family while at their son's funeral. Armed soldiers. Yelling, arguing. Terrorism, dirty bombs, Iraq, Afghanistan, Desert Storm, executing leaders, Al Qaeda, extremists, nuclear war, World War 3, cyber attacks, Nuremberg trials, Nazis, death sentence mentioned. Blood/gore: Metal rods protruding through leg (surgical), leg in bandage. Patients in hospital beds. Dead birds. Bloody knife/chopping block seen in background (hunting). Brief image of dental procedure, whole-body and internal scans seen. Broken legs mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A couple have bedroom sex (sideview of full female nudity, sideboob seen). Kissing, flirting, ogling, undressing. Men visit a strip club (near-nude poledancing, women in skimpy lingerie seen). Men watch a woman undress without her knowledge. Cleavage, shirtless man, photos of girls in bikinis, photos of near-nude woman. Online dating. Sexual innuendo (wordplay on Bush). References to infidelity, prostitution. Whorehouse, sex on the first night, getting laid, threesome, sex scandals mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (champagne, wine, spirits, beer). Smoking. Gambling (personal bet). Drugs and booze, drunk driving, near-fatal overdose of sleeping pills, Tegretol mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, bastards. Religious exclamations (what the hell, oh my God, Jesus).

  • THEMES

    Edward Snowden, National Security Agency (NSA), covert communication, secrets, security, whistleblowing, information leaks, CIA, special forces, spying, intelligence, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), investigative journalism, privacy, illegal wire tapping, hackers, malware, polygraph testing, epilepsy, photography, exile, political asylum.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Relationship breakup. Divorcing parents mentioned. Dogs, planes. Barbecuing meat. Brief Russian and sign languages (no translation/subtitles). Based on true events. Based on the books The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man by Luke Harding and Time of the Octopus by Anatoly Kucherena. Extra footage during end credits.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Important, exciting, relevant, riveting, controversial, interesting, watchable, earnest. Crisp/magnetic/meticulous/strong/understated/committed performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, multi-dimensional/layered performance by Shailene Woodley, outstanding/lively/engaging/charming supporting performance by Ben Schnetzer, authentic use of language/jargon.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Safe, conventional, underwhelming, unenlightening, unengrossing, flat, dull, lackluster, dry, uninvolving, timid, uninspired. Pedestrian/disjointed script, by-the-numbers editing/cinematography, never as suspenseful as Laura Poitras' Academy-award winning documentary Citizenfour, lacks charm/humour/dramatic tension/urgency/suspense, feels old/dated.

Storks (2016)

Published in S
Saturday, 17 September 2016 21:21
This feature is preceeded by short film THE MASTER featuring a man and chicken whom are kicked, grabbed, thrown through the air, crushed under falling objects, punched and left dangling precariously from high ledges. Themes include compromise, martial arts, ninjas, fighting, intros and legendary warriors.   DISCLAIMER: The informatio...

Additional Info

  • Rating

    G: Some scenes may scare very young children.

  • The pitch

    Baby pow(d)er.

  • Starring

    Andy Samberg, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell, Kelsey Grammer, Katie Crown, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Anton Starkman, Danny Trejo, Stephen Kramer Glickman

  • Directed by

    Nicholas Stoller, Doug Sweetland

  • Running time

    89 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A character falls to (assumed) certain death. Characters get gummed, feather-plucked, eye-poked, licked, beak-grabbed, lip-pulled, pursued, covered in mess, whacked with objects, knocked unconscious, tied up, hung upside-down, rammed, ear-pulled, bitten, stabbed with fork, electrocuted, catapulted, trapped. Characters plummet toward the ground, run into glass/knock themselves out, hit their heads, jump out of a window. Aircraft crash. Objects smacked out of hands, accidentally set on fire, smashed, stabbed. Images of exploding buildings/cities/planet/trees. Montage of mothers shielding babies from fiery arrows/sabre-tooth tiger attack. A helicopter explodes. A penguin is eaten by a walrus. Building collapse, mass property destruction. Ethnic tension, panic room, eating a baby, bite arm off, glueing eyes shut mentioned. Screaming, arguing, growling, snarling, crying, belching. Blood/gore: Mangled/broken wing. Fork sticking out of an animal's chest. Fainting, nappy-sniffing. Wing in sling. Cracking bones heard. A tooth falls out of a singed bird's mouth. Internal bleeding mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Nude baby-bums. Pixelated bird-bottom.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    None.

  • LANGUAGE

    Peed. Name-calling.

  • THEMES

    Delivery, flight, family, babies, power, promotion, orphans, horrible bosses, teamwork, bonding, hopes, disappointment.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Missing family, job loss, cease and desist notice served. Birds (lots!), wolves, polar bear, arctic monkey, hare, cats. Full moon, plane, avalanche, waterfall, blizzard, rapids. Vomiting (off-screen). Brief subtitles.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Charming, poignant, hilarious, worthwhile, amusing, buoyant, madcap, lively, fun, offbeat, wacky, witty, warm, inventive, energetic, colourful. Terrific voice cast, some inspired comedy moments, crisp/brightly rendered animation, nurturing/understated score, progressive montage about modern parenting, lessons never feel saccharine.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Broad, silly. A little overstuffed, messy plot, noisy/chaotic ending, some lazy plot devices.

Spin Out (2016)

Published in S
Saturday, 17 September 2016 11:09
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Sexual references, coarse language and nudity.

  • The pitch

    A load of B&S.

  • Starring

    Xavier Samuel, Morgan Griffin, Travis Jeffery, Lincoln Lewis, Melissa Bergland, Eddie Baroo, Tessa James, PiaGrace Moon, Lisa Kowalski

  • Directed by

    Tim Ferguson, Marc Gracie

  • Running time

    90 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are grabbed, finger-twisted, slapped, pushed, wrestled, punched, kicked, thrown into mud, jumped on, threatened, hit with objects/mud. Car kicked; a driverless car spins out of control/drags driver, reckless driving. Objects exploded. Being picked on in high school, saving someone from drowning, breaking leg, shooting [object] in the head, sniper, armed robbery mentioned. Arguing, yelling. Blood/gore: Blood smear on ear, cut on eyebrow, bruise on cheek. Man covered in excrement. Bandaging/icing. Animal skull on car. Castrating bulls mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Threesome (implied). People in background having sex in toilet. Couple sleeping together in underwear (sex implied). Kissing, flirting, bum-groping, bum-slapping. Full-frontal male nudity, male bums. Man groping at fake plastic breasts. Silhouette of naked woman on flag. People in underwear, bikinis. Shirtless/near-nude men. Sexual innuendo/banter, hip-thrusting. Condoms. Infidelity, unwanted pregnancy, sexual deviances, sex with a sheep mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, shots, wine). Drinking games, intoxication. Dog drinking alcohol from cup on floor. Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, bastard. Slang words for sex, defecation, genitalia, urination. Crude nicknames. Homophobic jokes, cross-dressing. Obscene finger gestures. Religious exclamations (OMG, OMFG, Jesus). Golden shower mentioned.

  • THEMES

    B&S (Bachelor and Spinster) balls, romance, welfare, fast cars, feelings, Aussie bush.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Fireworks. Dog. Vomiting.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Okay, mediocre, heartwarming, cheesy, fast, furious. Some funny moments, quality soundtrack, beautiful photography of the Australian countryside.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Messy, unintelligent, disappointing, unoriginal, broad, frustrating, homophobic, insulting. Cringe-worthy/offensive caricatures, basic plot, poor editing, jarring title cards, cliched ending.

Sully (2016)

Published in S
Monday, 05 September 2016 06:06
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Mature themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Just a man doing a job.

  • Starring

    Tom Hanks, Laura Linney, Aaron Eckhart, Anna Gunn, Mike O’Malley, Jamey Sheridan

  • Directed by

    Clint Eastwood

  • Running time

    96 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Planes crash into buildings/water. Explosions. Cars thrown through the air. A man is near-hit by a car. A woman says she feels like "running over the press [media] with a car". Blood/gore: A woman holds her leg in pain. Medical examination. Severe laceration, tourniquet, the shakes, rapid heartbeat, blood and urine test mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Shirtless man (man in towel).

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits, beer). Bar setting. Drink, drugs, breathalyser mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, s-words, a-word, sonofab*tch, bastard. Religious references and exclamations (what the hell, oh my God, please God, Jesus).

  • THEMES

    Chesley Sullenberger, Flight 1549, human performance, emergency procedures, aviation investigation, bird strikes, procedure, professionalism, unlikely heroes, dual engine failure, water landing, National Transport Safety Board (NTSB), risk assessment, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Plane, light plane, jets, plane crashes. Flock of birds. Vision under end credits, mid-credits scene. Based on a true story. Adapted from Chesley Sullenberger's Miracle on the Hudson.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Vigorous, involving, taut, vivid, elegant, eloquent, to-the-point, upbeat, comprehensive, well-crafted, riveting, stirring, exciting, moving, non-sensationalist, unfussy, honest, skillful, effective, thrilling, feel-good, crowd-pleasing. Alarming opening sequence, wonderful performances, sure-handed direction, crisp cinematography, first-rate/seamless digital effects, swift/fleet-footed/masterful editing, remarkable true story.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Feels a little padded, one-dimensional secondary characters.

Free State of Jones (2016)

Published in F
Thursday, 01 September 2016 09:46
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    A conflicted Reconstruction.

  • Starring

    Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Keri Russell, Christopher Berry, Sean Bridgers, Jacob Lofland, Thomas Francis Murphy

  • Directed by

    Gary Ross

  • Running time

    139 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, slapped, beaten, whipped (implied), raped (implied), hunted, bitten, threatened with guns/knives, hanged (including children), strangled, dragged, kicked, mutilated (genitals cut off - implied), terrorised. Animal stabbed repeatedly. Battles, skirmishes, cannon fire, explosions. Ku Klux Klan members seen. Homes/businesses/cotton/fields burned. Young girls armed with shotguns. Stealing, arson, ransacking. Collapsed buildings. Hanging deserters, starvation mentioned. Screaming (childbirth), shouting. Blood/gore: Hanged corpses (including children), coffins. Soldiers marching over dead bodies. Pigs eat a dead man's stomach. Corpse being loaded onto mule for return home. Mothers cut down hanged sons. Exploding heads (shot), leg blown off (blood/bone/muscle/sinew visible). Bloody legs, arms, clothing, faces, bullet wounds, heads, torsos, backs, objects, bandages, water, floor. Black eye, scars, scratches. Face/head caved in; open skull. Medical tent (lots of blood). Man using saw on patient. Stitching, wound-cleaning, limping. People with bloody stumps, infection, branding scar on face. Dog roasted/eaten; pig roasted/eaten/cut up. Photos of dead bodies. Man with metal neck contraption (slavery device). Child with high fever.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    References to rape. Blood on woman's back after being beaten for denying sex. Kissing, flirting, holding, comforting.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits). Smoking (cigarettes, pipes). Intoxication.

  • LANGUAGE

    N-word. Name-calling. Religious references (prayer) and exclamations (God, Jesus).

  • THEMES

    Newton Knight, nineteenth century American history, American Civil War, slavery, death, grief, segregation, race, drafting, abolitionists, deserters, freedom, injustice, uprising, enlistment, mixed-race relationships, Reconstruction, miscegenation.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    American Civil War, funeral, courtroom settings. Estranged (sold) family mentioned. Birth scene. Pigs, dogs, mule, snake, horses, flies. Based on a true story.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Quiet, deliberate, relevant, horrifying, ambitious, powerful, comprehensive, honest, good, important, absorbing, educational, well-intentioned. Career-best/empathetic/solid performance by Matthew McConaughey, bracing/chilling opening sequence, compelling/intriguing/little-known/fascinating story, Gary Ross establishes a thoughtful/non-sensationalistic/unsentimental tone, lush rural locations, sets and costumes have a lived-in-and-died-in look.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Imperfect, workmanlike, dry, sober, studious, drab, dogged, pious, stiff-jointed, cautious, confused, rambling, drippy, vanilla, overlong, inert, inelegant, problematic. Recurring flash-forward scenes are distracting/out of place, shapeless story.

Captain Fantastic (2016)

Published in C
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 22:56
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Mature themes, coarse language and nudity.

  • The pitch

    Power to the people.

  • Starring

    Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Samantha Isler, Annalise Basso, Nicholas Hamilton, Shree Crooks, Charlie Shotwell, Trin Miller, Kathryn Hahn, Steve Zahn, Missi Pyle, Frank Langella

  • Directed by

    Matt Ross

  • Running time

    118 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Suicide mentioned/discussed (slit wrists). An animal is hunted/stabbed/throat-cut/trussed/skinned. A child falls from a high ledge (loud crack heard as head hits pavement). Weapons training/sparring; kids handling weapons. A boy stabs a wall in anger, a boy slips while rock-climbing and slams wrist (likely broken). Children play a violent video game. Screaming, yelling, arguing. Theft. Genocide, fascists, militants, dictators, child molester, rape mentioned. Blood/gore: Sliced throat (animal), deboning animal. Corpses (human/animal), animal skeletons/bones. Bloody hands, fur, forehead, knife, smear, grazes. A bloodied animal organ is eaten raw. A dead animal is skinned. Head brace, crutches, bandage. Heart attack, X-ray. Bipolar affective disorder, psychosis, violent mood swings, severe depression, CAT scan, fracture mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Full frontal male nudity (adult), rear male nudity (boy), cleavage. A father explains sexual intercourse to his children/gives his young child a copy of The Joy of Sex by Alex Comfort. Kissing, flirting. Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita discussed.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine, beer). Underage drinking. Smoking. Bar setting/wine aisle in supermarket (bottles of alcohol seen in background). Crack, cocaine, crackheads mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, b*tch, butt, whores. Name-calling. Terms for genitals. Religious references and exclamations (Jesus Christ, God damn it). Obscene finger gestures.

  • THEMES

    Family, alternative lifestyles, non-conformity, anti-establishment, suicide, death, grief, capitalism, idealism, rock-climbing, real world education, tough love, survival, home schooling, literature, Noam Chomsky, parenting, funerals, exhumation, socialisation.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Funeral, cemetery, bar, church, airport settings. Grave exhumation. Deer, sheep, chickens. Waterfall, thunder, lightning. Fur worn, meat killed/cooked/eaten, roast chicken eaten. Nose-picking. Brief Esperanto (no translation/subtitles). Some high aerial cinematography.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Touching, tender, charming, eccentric, brisk, enthralling, engaging, gripping, thought-provoking, terrific, complex, theme-rich, polished, relatable, fantastic, refreshing. Noteworthy/fine/inspired/sensational/pitch-perfect/impressive/effortless performances, brilliant cast, honest/superb writing and direction, stunning/luminous/gorgeous photography.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Frustrating/overlong/mushy/ragged finale.