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Queen of Katwe (2016)

Published in Q
Thursday, 24 November 2016 02:43
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  • Rating

    PG: Mild themes.

  • The pitch

    The small one can become the big one.

  • Starring

    Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o, Martin Kabanza, Taryn Kyaze

  • Directed by

    Mira Nair

  • Running time

    124 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are face-grabbed, wrestled, criticised for being female/poor, oinked at, slapped, almost swept away by flood waters, ear-pulled. A child is hit by a motorcycle. A woman kicks a motorbike. Objects knocked over in anger. Arguing. A boy screams. Getting robbed mentioned. A man says he is glad he didn't take his life when he was younger. Blood/gore: Bloody face, head, leg, bandage, hands. Wound-dressing, stitching (off-camera). Cannula removed. Man in neck brace, IV drip. Broken/breaking bones mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A married couple hug, kiss, hold hands. Flirting. Jokes about exchanging goods for (implied) sexual favours. An older teenager announces she is pregnant. Woman in singlet top/bare shoulders/cleavage; shirtless boys/men. Women seen bathing (clothed). A background sign reads "virginity is healthy for young girls". Background poster of girl in bikini top.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    (None). Children bet on a chess game.

  • LANGUAGE

    Pee mentioned. Very mild name-calling (hyena, disease, underprivileged, bad smell, silly, madam, etc). Religious references and exclamations (my god, thank god).

  • THEMES

    Phiona Mutesi, chess, Uganda, Katwe, slums, championship, tournament, strategy, family, mother-daughter relationships, unlikely heroes, street selling, soccer, sport, poverty, survival, literacy, losing, victory.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Relationship breakup. Dead father, dead mother, dead sister/daughter, dead/estranged family mentioned. Plane setting. Fireworks (opening credits). Pigs, goats, chickens, cattle, ducks, water birds, fishing, dead fish. Bare feet/soles. Meat on a stick, fried chicken eaten. Spitting. Some Bantu (subtitles). Based on a true story. Based on the book by Tim Crothers.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Inspirational, humanistic, powerful, heartwarming, vivid, evocative, compelling, engaging, fresh, zesty, intelligent, earnest, uplifting, sympathetic, big-hearted, feelgood, positive, pleasant, crowdpleasing, universal. Terrific/inhabited/authentic/nuanced/disarming/natural/radiant/beautiful performances, fascinating story, infectious score, palpable/intimate visuals of Uganda, charming closing credits sequence, irresistible message.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Cliched, predictable. Gets a little melodramatic/manipulative at the end.

A United Kingdom (2016)

Published in A
Monday, 07 November 2016 11:29
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  • Rating

    PG: Mild themes, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    No man is free who is not master of himself.

  • Starring

    David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Jack Davenport, Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael, Terry Pheto, Jessica Oyelowo

  • Directed by

    Amma Asante

  • Running time

    111 minutes

  • Rated

    PG (Australia), 12A (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A man is jumped by several men in the street: men punched/tackled/thrown to the ground; woman slapped. An angry mob are beaten with sticks, a man is pelted with objects. Men in boxing ring (punching/headbutting). A man is repeatedly threatened. Drawing of lynched man with the words "N*ggers out"). A woman jabs her baby to make her cry (off-camera). Arguing, yelling. Objects thrown/knocked off table. Fighting, bloodshed, violence, war, injured fighter pilots, Stalin, Jim Crow, atomic bomb mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody head, nose, eye. Childbirth scene (woman screaming in pain). A woman collapses. Woman in hospital beds. Malnutrition, diptheria, malaria mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Couple kiss/caress/undress (sex implied). Couple seen in bed together. Flirting, kisssing, hugging. Shirtless men.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits, beer, cocktail, sherry). Bar setting, intoxication. Smoking (cigarettes, pipes).

  • LANGUAGE

    Name-calling (monkey, n*gger, fool, coon, scum, slut, whore, bastard, savage, yobs, pawns, etc). Religious references and exclamations (oh God, what in God's name, what the devil, deal with the devil).

  • THEMES

    Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana, Ruth Williams, racism, sexism, colonialism, love, apartheid, segregation, British rule, exile, scandal, discrimination, post-war London, childbirth, equality, family, duty, mining, history, true stories.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Engagement, wedding, childbirth scene. Estranged family, estranged uncle. Dead parents, divorce mentioned. Giraffe, rhino, goats, cows, horses, water birds. Planes. Animal heads on walls/animal skin seen. Brief subtitles. Based on Colour Bar: The Triumph of Seretse Khama and His Nation by Susan Williams. Inspired by true events.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Rich, stirring, satisfying, rousing, crowd-pleasing, earnest, warm, idealist, romantic, gutsy, solid, competent, heartfelt, sweet, compelling, moving, handsome. Believable chemistry between David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike, remarkable true story, compelling subplots, lovingly photographed, romantic score, near-flawless period look.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Cautious, straight, cosy, sentimental, basic, oversimplified. Gets a little sentimental/schmaltzy/dry/boring, workmanlike/clumsy screenplay, expository/on-the-nose dialogue.

A Most Violent Year

Published in A
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 12:43
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  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Standard film oil.

  • Starring

    Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Albert Brooks, Elyes Gabel, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Peter Gerety

  • Directed by

    J.C. Chandor

  • Running time

    125 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot (suicide), shot at, punched, hit with objects, carjacked, punched, pursued, slapped, tackled. An animal is hit by a car/shot. Smashed glass/windscreen, car accident, vehicle rollover. A child plays with a loaded gun. An object is pressed into a man's eye socket. Yelling, arguing. Shot police, murders, rapes, corruption, schoolyard shooting, killing wife, stabbing deaths, misconduct, fraud, tax evasion mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses (animal, human). Dead/dying animal. Bloody cuts/feet/face/grazes. Blood splatter/spatter, pooling blood, blood on objects. Bandage, crutches. Bruising. Hospital setting. Broken jaw mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Couple in bed together. Kissing. Cleavage, nightwear, shirtless man.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine, spirits). Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE

    C-words, f-words, s-words, a-words. Derogatory term for women. Slang for female genitalia. Religoius references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Business, investment, real estate, New York City, family, victims of crime, suicide, vulnerability, police investigation, money, contracts, compromise, corruption.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Jailed father mentioned. Hospital setting. Job termination. Dog. Spitting. Brief Spanish language (subtitles).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Impressive, slow-burning, rewarding, thrilling, surprising, peculiar, powerful, experience-oriented, stylised, tough-minded, bracing, brunt, compelling, tense, engrossing, timeless, tough, gritty, atmospheric, solid, grown-up, seductive, rigorous, resourceful, smart, neck-prickling, nuanced, sombre. Stunning performances, detailed character work, great screenplay, impeccable pace, dramatically/artistically appealing backdrop, impressive/considered/emotional cinematography, terrific chase sequences, perfect costuming, subtle period craftmanship, fantastic score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Solemn, talky, deliberate, abstract, hollow. Melodramatic/too-neat conclusion.

Selma

Published in S
Thursday, 15 January 2015 04:36
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  • Rating

    M: Violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Crosses a bridge.

  • Starring

    David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, André Holland, Tom Wilkinson, Giovanni Ribisi, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Colman Domingo, Omar J. Dorsey, Common, Tessa Thompson, Dylan Baker, Stephan James, Trai Byers, Henry G. Sanders, Keith Stanfield, Cuba Gooding Jr, Tim Roth, Martin Sheen, Oprah Winfrey

  • Directed by

    Ava DuVernay

  • Running time

    128 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, punched, beaten, kicked, hit with objects, pushed, pursued, hit, wrestled, whipped, tear-gassed, throat-grabbed, threatened. Explosion, rubble. Racially motivated murders, Vietnam War, Kennedy assassination, Malcolm X assassination, killing children, Klansmen, murdered woman mentioned. Screamiing, arguing, shouting. Blood/gore: Corpses (including children). Bloody faces, heads, clothing. Blood splatter. Gunshot wound, scars. Bandages, sling. Fractured ribs, heads, arms, legs mentioned. Many wounded people.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Sounds of a couple having sex are heard. Shirtless male (corpse). Infidelity references.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, n-word, sonofab*tch, bastard. Derogatory terms for African Americans, white people. Racial abuse, name-calling. Slang for genitals. Religious references and exclamations. Obscene finger gesture.

  • THEMES

    Martin Luther King Jr, Selma-to-Montgomery march, justice, dignity, segregation, civil rights, Nobel Peace Prize, emancipation, protest, factions, speeches, hatred, prejudice, President Lyndon B Johnson, Malcolm X, J Edgar Hoover, forgiveness, marriage.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Church, prison, funeral settings. Horses, helicopter. Spitting.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Vital, funny, human, complex, astute, panoramic, choral, stunning, inventive, urgent, nuanced, vibrant, subtle, strong, furious, gutsy, timely, great, ambitious, important, gripping, inspiring, terrifying. Graceful/majestic/magnificent/tremendous/sensitive/spellbinding lead performance by David Oyelowo, excellent ensemble cast, superb/well-researched screenplay, arresting set pieces, outstanding cinematography.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Overlong. Needs timeline/date-stamps, clumsy closing credits, dialogue-heavy, no sense of the rain/mud/hardship that the real Selma marchers endured, heavy-handed score.

Lee Daniels' The Butler

Published in L
Thursday, 29 August 2013 02:20
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  • Rating

    M: Mature themes, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Serves it up on a platter.

  • Starring

    Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Liev Schreiber, David Banner, Michael Rainey Jnr, Mariah Carey, Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Redgrave, Jim Gleason, Isaac White, David Oyelowo, Terrence Howard, Tyson Ford, Cuba Gooding Jnr, Lenny Kravitz, Robin Williams, John Cusack, Olivia Washington, James Marsden, Clarence Williams III

  • Directed by

    Lee Daniels

  • Running time

    132 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A woman is raped (implied), a man is executed. People are beaten, kicked, shoved, slapped, mocked, bullied, tormented, racially abused, burned with hot liquid, shot at. Rioting, explosions, burning debris, brawling, broken glass, burning vehicle, arson. Rifles fired, gunshots heard, Molotov cocktail thrown, break-and-enter. Television footage of protestors (trampled, beaten, pursued, dragged), racial abuse. Yelling, arguing, screaming. Vietnam war footage (explosions, soldiers, gunfire). MLK murder, JFK assassination, slavery, concentration camps, apartheid, racial oppression, killed kids, murdered neighbour (shot), terrorism, gutting, killing mentioned. Blood/gore: Hanged corpses, bloody corpse, bloody hand, dripping blood. Swelling, bruising, bandages, wound-dressing.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Shirtless man. Half-naked couple beneath sheets. Skimpy dancewear, cleavage. Kissing. Innuendo. A wife cheats on her husband.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, champagne, wine, cocktails, spirits), intoxication, alcoholic wife/mother. Being passed out drunk mentioned. Smoking. Gambling (cards). Prescription pills seen.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, n-word, b*tch, p*ss. Racial abuse, derogatory slang, name-calling, mocking. Religious references and exclamations. Gender, class, racial, ethnic stereotypes.

  • THEMES

    Servitude, civil rights, black power, white supremacy, equality, Freedom Riders, Black Panthers, US politics, slavery, racism, bigotry, prejudice, sit-ins, protest, biography, father-son relationships, cotton-picking, Eugene Allen, the White House, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Ronald Reagan, Barack Obama, Ku Klux Klan, dignity, subservience, conflict, bitterness, survival, 1970s America, Birmingham riots, Kennedy assassination, infidelity.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    A child sees his father murdered (shot), mother raped (off-camera). Deceased father, deceased son/brother, deceased wife, son in jail. Passed out drunk, financial problems mentioned. Cemetery, church, jail cell settings. Cat, parrot, horses, dogs, aquarium fish, thunder, lightning. Man on toilet, spitting. Roast chicken, ham eaten. Inspired by A Butler Well Served by this Election by Wil Haygood, an article published in 2008 in the Washington Post.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Familiar, welcoming, radical, nuanced, melodramatic, alluring, anxious, sweeping, moving, remarkable, exhilarating, affecting, blunt, gut-wrenching, character-driven. Phenomenal performances, dazzling cast, definitive period detail, potent re-creation of horrific historic events.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Histrionic. Robin Williams is distracting, unconvincing as Eisenhower. Dressed-up history, covers too much ground, lacks humour, too fictionalised.