Displaying items by tag: JK Simmons Friday, 29 May 2020

The Snowman (2017)

Published in T
Saturday, 28 October 2017 03:32
...

Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    Let it go.

  • Starring

    Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jonas Karlsson, Michael Yates, Ronan Vibert, J.K. Simmons, Val Kilmer, David Dencik, Toby Jones, Chloë Sevigny, James D'Arcy, Genevieve O'Reilly

  • Directed by

    Tomas Alfredson

  • Running time

    119 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are slapped, pushed, hit with objects, stalked, garrotted, kicked, thrown to the ground, held/pinned down, grabbed, maimed (finger cut off), bound, gagged, shot, stabbed with a fork. A woman deliberately drowns herself, a man falls through ice and drowns. A woman beheads a chicken (graphic). Flashback re-enactment of man shooting himself in face. A dog is shot at, a man fires a gun to frighten birds. Door kicked, pills thrown, break and enter. Yelling, screaming. Blood/gore: Decapitated corpse, decapitated head, bloodied corpse, detached finger. Birds/chickens feeding on human corpses. Syringes in necks. Bloody feathers, blood spray (decapitation), bloody graze, bloody gash, stab wound. Photo of corpse with decapitated limbs/blood on snow and clothing. Photo of alleged shooting suicide victim (missing face/blood spray on wall/bloody objects). Collapsed man. Frozen limbs. Blood tests mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Couple in bed together (man appears to be masturbating). A woman straddles a man on the floor (kissing, caressing, foreplay). A man takes a photo of a woman's breasts. A man makes a masturbation/orgasm gesture. Exposed breasts. Nude statues. Woman in nightwear, man in underwear, man in bath. A woman cautions a man "You're not going to try and sleep with me?" Affairs, infidelity, unwanted/illegitimate pregnancies, paternity, infertility mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drugs (a victim is injected in the neck with an unknown sedative; Diazepam, Valzetat). Alcohol (spirits, wine, champagne). Smoking. Reference to underage drinking. Detected drugs, addict mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, balls. Name-calling (drunk, halfwit, pr*ck, idiot, suicidal maniac, creep, drunk, etc). Religious exclamations (Jesus Christ, how the hell, Jesus, etc).

  • THEMES

    Murder, serial killing, paternity, illegitimacy, police detective work, missing persons, father figures, abortion, family values, drowning.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Missing mother, dead father, dead women. Dead uncle, dead child, estranged wife, estranged fathers mentioned. Horses, birds, tank fish, chickens. A child wears a creepy donkey mask. Fur worn. Full moon. Fireworks. Based on the novel by Jo Nesbø.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Serviceable, watchable, chilly, classy, polished. High-caliber international talent, excellent supporting cast, magnificent landscapes, gruesome images.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Laughable, dreary, lifeless, ponderous, cold, pedestrian, turgid, humourless, flaccid, choppy, damp, bleak, uninteresting, clichéd, nonsensical. Countless plot holes/contrivances/inadequacies, silly/unwieldy/unfeasible EviSync machine, wayward/bizarro/dubbed performance by Val Kilmer, zero on-screen chemistry, clunky dialogue, perfunctory characterisation, wearily familiar plot, increasingly silly red herrings, weird non-sex sex scene, methodical/yawnsome direction, anticlimactic ending, lacking tension; release is unfortunately timed amid the Weinstein debacle.

La La Land (2016)

Published in L
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 07:31
DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this website is intended for general entertainment, interest and educational purposes only. It does not constitute, and should not be relied upon as, professional, legal, medical, financial, psychological, personal or other industry advice. Cinemum.net is not responsible for any injury or hardshi...

Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Here's to the ones that dream.

  • Starring

    Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, J.K. Simmons, Rosemarie DeWitt, Claudine Claudio, Jason Fuchs, Finn Wittrock, Josh Pence

  • Directed by

    Damien Chazelle

  • Running time

    128 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shoved, slapped (playful). A man breaks a restaurant sign. Objects thrown at a car. Yelling, arguing. Blood/gore: None.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing, hand-holding. Cleavage. Women flash their underwear while dancing. People in swimwear, nightwear. Couple in bed together (clothed). Woman in towel.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine, champagne, beer, cocktails). Bar, club settings.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, s-words, a-word. Obscene finger gestures. Name-calling (weirdo, baby, etc). Religious exclamations (God help us, oh my God, my Lord, holy hell, goddamn, etc).

  • THEMES

    Romance, musicals, Hollywood, jazz, fame, success, auditions, collectibles, theatre, bands, live music, touring, career, relationships, fusion, duets, ambition, sacrifice, heartache.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Job loss, relationship breakup. Fireworks. Meat eaten. Bright camera strobe/flashes.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Remarkable, romantic, sun-drenched, absorbing, dazzling, distinctive, sweet-natured, energetic, dreamy, optimistic, happy, wonderstruck, joyous, sad, magical, daring, beautiful, sophisticated, unexpected, original, transportative, audacious, starry-eyed, ambitious, vibrant, bittersweet, elating, ardent, passionate; a masterpiece. Charming/terrific/excellent/appealing lead performances, powerful/convincing chemistry between leads, simple storytelling, gob-smacking/raucous/exhilarating opening scene, evocative soundtrack, gorgeous/expert/superb/kinetic cinematography, instinctive/intense direction, alluring backdrops/set pieces, buoyant/charming/memorable/melodious/infectious musical numbers, elegant costumes, sensational finale.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Overlong. A little too discordant/melancholy, the momentum stalls at times, some songs are a little indistinct/forgettable.

The Accountant (2016)

Published in T
Tuesday, 18 October 2016 07:22
DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this website is intended for general entertainment, interest and educational purposes only. It does not constitute, and should not be relied upon as, professional, legal, medical, financial, psychological, personal or other industry advice. Cinemum.net is not responsible for any injury or hardshi...

Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong violence.

  • The pitch

    It's all in the trailer.

  • Starring

    Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, John Lithgow, Jean Smart, Robert C. Treveiler

  • Directed by

    Gavin O'Connor

  • Running time

    128 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot (often point-blank to face/head), punched, kicked, wrestled, slammed against walls/objects, grabbed, dragged out of a car, taken hostage, held at gunpoint, strangled/neck-snapped, throat-grabbed, restrained, elbowed, pursued, shot with a nail-gun, tortured, tied up, thrown over a balcony, flipped, used as a grenade shield. Home invasion. A house is badly shot up. Archival vision is seen several times of men being stabbed (blood spatter seen). A man is blackmailed into suicide (drug-overdose; death not seen). Children engage in a street brawl. A man hits himself with an object. Objects thrown, smashed, kicked, snapped in half, shot, kicked in, rammed. Target shooting, hand-to-hand combat training. Arguing. A story is heard of a girl losing her legs in a car bomb. A story is heard of a woman giving a drug dealer cocaine then locking him in the trunk of a car. Flashback vision shows how a man was tortured to death. A story is heard of a man breaking a prison guard's skull. Weapons charges, assault and battery, attempted murder, Taliban, Al Qaeda, drug cartels, arms brokers, killing/violating your wife mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses. Bruised/burned corpse in body bag. Corpse in coffin. Bloody heads, noses, mouths, teeth, knees, legs, cuts, grazes, walls, bullet wounds, clothing; pools of blood, blood spatter. Bruising. Neck-snap heard. Nail shot into man's hand. People with missing limbs/body parts. Man on EMT stretcher.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Flirting. Shirtless man, shirtless boy.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Zoloft tablets consumed. Vials of insulin seen. Fatal drug overdose (discussed). Opium pipeline, drug cartels, cocaine, dogs playing poker, blackjack, card counting, drug use, possession, quitting drinking mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, cr*p, p*ss, sonofab*tch, fart. Name-calling. Obscene finger gesture. Religious references (goddam, Christ, oh God, Jesus, Mary and Joseph).

  • THEMES

    Forensic accounting, fraud, neuroscience, high-functioning autism, stimming, prosthetics, mathematicians, brothers, crime families, conspiracy, strict military fathers, priceless goods/artworks, social cues.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead father, dead mother, estranged mother, dead best friend. Prison setting. Bacon eaten. Strobe lighting. Brief subtitles (French and Japanese).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Unusual, oddball, engaging, ludicrous, layered. Intriguing/ attention-grabbing/well-choreographed action, intense violence, fresh concept/premise, nice chemistry between leads, fantastic cast, memorable performance by Jon Bernthal, subtle/mischevioius performance by Ben Affleck.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Uneven, unthrilling, goofy, frustrating, overcomplicated, style-less, formulaic, tone-deaf, dumb. Unclear/unconvincing/mundane/clichéd/ridiculous/derivative plot devices, uninterestingly written support roles, lousy title, lugubrious script, sterile visuals, takes a long time to get going.

Kung Fu Panda 3

Published in K
Sunday, 20 March 2016 09:38
DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this website is intended for general entertainment, interest and educational purposes only. It does not constitute, and should not be relied upon as, professional, legal, medical, financial, psychological, personal or other industry advice. Cinemum.net is not responsible for any injury or hardshi...

Additional Info

  • Rating

    PG: Mild animated fantasy violence.

  • The pitch

    This is how they roll.

  • Starring

    (voices of): Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, J.K. Simmons, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, Kate Hudson, James Hong, Randall Duk Kim

  • Directed by

    Alessandro Carloni, Jennifer Yuh Nelson

  • Running time

    95 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are bound, chained, punched, kicked, shot at (arrows), drained of life energy, hit with objects, knocked to the ground, thrown through the air, rammed, near-choked, held down, flipped, spun, pursued, near-bitten. Blades fly through the air. Buildings, mountains, objects smashed; debris. A character lays eggs in fear, characters fall out of hammocks. Weapons training. Theft, lying. A cloud shape is beheaded. Yelling, snorting. A character asks "If I step on you will I die?". A flashback scene shows a mother abandoning her child/being (implied) attacked by baddies with torches. Slayer, master of pain, beast of vengeance, maker of widows, zombies mentioned. Blood/gore: Walking wounded (no blood/gore visible). Burning/singed fur, burning ear/paw. Back-cracking sounds heard.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Flirting, hand-kissing, hugging. Character in the bath. Mild innuendo (reference to "dumplings").

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    None.

  • LANGUAGE

    Butt, peed. Name-calling. Oh my gosh.

  • THEMES

    Identity, family, father-son relationships, inner peace, chi, faith, respect, teaching, mortality, healing, quests, secrets, adoption, sacrifice, enlightenment.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    References to deceased mother/wife. Pandas, rabbits, turtle, ducks, goose, tiger, praying mantis, monkey, snake, yak, crane, pigs, bear, chicken, crocodile, dragon, porcupine. Scary jade creatures with dazzling green eyes. Dry-retching/gagging. Full moon, waterfalls, firecrackers. Some dizzying visuals.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Brisk, delightful, dark, scary, bouyant, witty, whimsical, elegant, rough-and-tumble, cohesive, cathartic, gorgeous, charming, disarming, colourful, effervescent, entertaining, audience-pleasing, heartfelt. Exemplary/gifted vocal cast, brilliant/impressive/inventive animation, stunning/dramatic visuals, fluid direction, sharp/witty comedy, worthy themes, affecting emotional beats, age-appropriate humour, memorable sound design, thrilling climactic action sequence; builds on the previous two films but you don't need prior knowledge to enjoy it.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Hectic. Serviceable script, recycled themes, fitfully amusing.

Zootopia (Zootropolis)

Published in Z
Sunday, 13 March 2016 08:37
DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this website is intended for general entertainment, interest and educational purposes only. It does not constitute, and should not be relied upon as, professional, legal, medical, financial, psychological, personal or other industry advice. Cinemum.net is not responsible for any injury or hardshi...

Additional Info

  • Rating

    PG: Mild themes and threat, some scenes may scare young children.

  • The pitch

    Totally Wilde.

  • Starring

    Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, Nate Torrence, Bonnie Hunt, Don Lake, Tommy Chong, J.K. Simmons, Octavia Spencer, Alan Tudyk, Shakira

  • Directed by

    Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush

  • Running time

    108 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are slashed with claws, bullied, teased, kicked, pushed, chained, restrained, poisoned, knocked to the ground, punched, handcuffed, pursued, shot with toxin-filled dart, pursued, near-hit by a train, throat-grabbed, thrown through the air, hit with objects, dangled over freezing water, attacked, muzzled, bound, caged, flushed. Characters dangle precariously, fall from very high ledges, smash through windows. Explosions. Boxing training, mouthgard knocked out. Reckless driving, speeding, train carriage derailment. Door slammed in face. Buildings knocked over. Objects thrown, ripped apart. Theft, robbery, break-and-enter. Deep claw marks seen on objects (struggle/aggressive behaviour implied). Taser, pepper spray, bootleg movies seen. Roaring, arguing, shouting, snarling. Treachery, bloodlust, murder weapon, felony tax evasion, unchecked rage, aggression, bitten mother, imprisonment, mauled animal mentioned. A character says, "she wishes you were dead". Blood/gore: Bloody faces, leg, gash, scratches; small blood spray. Patient on gurney (TV news report). A cloth is wrapped around an injured leg. An actor simulates a bloody death using ketchup. Characters with scary eyes, sharp teeth, eye patch. Brain scans seen. Snot, mucous mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Nude animals. Characters in dancewear. Hugging, handholding. A character is pregnant. Pregnancy, breeding rate frequency (rabbits) mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    A character is seen brewing a toxic substance (Breaking Bad is referenced). Characters are shot with toxin-filled darts. Wine glass on table. Antidote mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    Butt, jerk. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Animals, policing, dreams, predators, prey, bullying, betrayal, forgiveness, scams, missing persons, insubordination, yoga, parking fines, detective work, evidence, power, greed, inclusivity, prejudice, gender, stereotypes, diversity.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Hospital, operating theatre, prison settings. Dead grandmother mentioned. 64 different animal species appear in the film, including: rabbits, foxes, tigers, gazelle, buffalo, pigs, hamsters, otters, zebra, elephants, rhinos, hippos, mice, shrews, bears, badger, ram, jaguar, sheep, lambs, lion, panthers, cheetah, leopards, camels, giraffes, armadillo, porcupines, beavers, moose, weasel, yaks, lemmings, buzzing insects, sloths, timberwolves, caribou, koala. Toilets. Fireworks (opening credits), rainbow (headpiece), firecracker, waterfall. Spitting, sneezing. Job loss threatened. Fur rug mentioned.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Vibrant, layered, surprising, entertaining, detailed, amusing, unpreachy, clever, sparky, zippy, fun, relevant, engaged, all-animal, expansive, refreshing, audacious, ambitious, modest, revisionist. Genuine chemistry between leads, terrific voice work, gorgeous/popping visuals, intelligent/fascinating world-building, lively characters, snappy scenes, gentle/timely/welcome/well-intended message, sharply observed satire, nimble direction, buoyant score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Funny but not hilarious, has some dead stretches.

Terminator Genisys

Published in T
Sunday, 28 June 2015 01:23
DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this website is intended for general entertainment, interest and educational purposes only. It does not constitute, and should not be relied upon as, professional, legal, medical, financial, psychological, personal or other industry advice. Cinemum.net is not responsible for any injury or hardshi...

Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Science fiction violence and infrequent coarse language.

  • The pitch

    John Connor has an axel to grind.

  • Starring

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, Matt Smith, Courtney B. Vance, Byung-hun Lee, Michael Gladis, Sandrine Holt, Wayne Bastrup, Gregory Alan Williams

  • Directed by

    Alan Taylor

  • Running time

    126 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are shot, punched, kicked, wrestled, burned, grabbed, hit with objects, slammed into poles/fences/objects, thrown through the air/against objects, handcuffed, hit by vehicles, speared, tripped, decapitated, acid-burned, tasered, hog-tied, near-choked, head-butted, magnetised, dangled precariously, stabbed, elbowed. Nuclear blasts, explosions, missiles fired. Train, bus, motorbike, helicopter, aircraft crashes/rollovers. Major landmarks damaged, extensive property destruction/devastation, smashed windows/glass/windscreen. Military vehicles/personnel, weapons bunker. Nuclear fire, burnt eyebrows, exploded cabin mentioned. Arguing, screaming. Blood/gore: Exposed skin/insides/bones; severed limb. Bloody face/head/hand/clothing/skin/knuckles/bullet wounds/holes/slashes/gashes/arm/objects. Pooling blood, melting flesh. Skulls, scars, bubbled skin, butterfly bandages, staples. Ash-covered objects. Corpse in bodybag. Three billion peope dead mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Nude males (rear/side views), nude female (shadow), shirtless men, man in underwear. Kissing, undressing. Swimwear, skimpy clothing, cleavage. References to mating/pregnancy.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, champagne). Smoking (cigar). Healing spray applied. Moonshine mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, sonofab*tch. Name-calling. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Humanity, time travel, father figures, technology, trust, hope, identity, choices, self-awareness, artificial intelligence, apps.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Hospital setting. Plane, lightning, dogs. Mid-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Entertaining, clever, retro, expensive, decent-looking, diverting, cheeky, self-conscious, enjoyable. Superb/praise-worthy production design, frantic script, flashback feel, welcome inclusion of J.K. Simmons.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Flimsy, messy, uninspiring, lumbering, nervy, silly, misguided, humourless, ludicrous, depressing, kid-friendly. One-note Sarah Connor, confusing story, serviceable performances, perfunctory/diluted fight scenes, staged violence, rote/unimaginative time-travel scenes, exposition-soaked dialogue scenes.

Whiplash

Published in W
Thursday, 02 October 2014 09:26
DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this website is intended for general entertainment, interest and educational purposes only. It does not constitute, and should not be relied upon as, professional, legal, medical, financial, psychological, personal or other industry advice. Cinemum.net is not responsible for any injury or hardshi...

Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Gets under your skin.

  • Starring

    Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Paul Reiser, Melissa Benoist, Austin Stowell, Nate Lang, Chris Mulkey, Damon Gupton, Max Kasch, Suanne Spoke, Charlie Ian

  • Directed by

    Damien Chazelle

  • Running time

    106 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are hit with objects, tackled, yelled at. Man trips and falls down stairs. Vehicle accident, reckless driving. Objects smashed, thrown, kicked. Suicide (hanging), dead man (car accident), "gut you like a pig" mentioned. Yelling, arguing. Blood/gore: Bloody hands, fingers, bandages, clothes, face. Blood on objects. Finger in splint. Bandages, callouses.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing, caressing, flirting. Sexual-themed insults.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits).

  • LANGUAGE

    C-words, f-words, s-words, b*tch. Slang for genitals and bodily fluids. Name-calling, misogyny, belittling. Derogatory terms for women, homosexuals. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Drumming, music, teachers, taskmasters, pressure, ambition, family, outcasts, tension, break-ups, expulsion, practice, conservatories, psychology, failure, jazz, rivalry, potential.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Meat, fish eaten.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Stunning, impressive, ferocious, high-energy, visceral, frenzied, crowd-pleasing, blistering, intense, exhilarating, electrifying, astounding, extraordinary, unapologetic, breathtaking. Wonderful performances, sensational soundtrack, unexpected twists, thriller-level tension, exceptional scene-building, jazzy visuals, outstanding editing, seismic final scene.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    A tad melodramatic. Thinly written female characters.

Labor Day

Published in L
Friday, 07 February 2014 02:12
DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this website is intended for general entertainment, interest and educational purposes only. It does not constitute, and should not be relied upon as, professional, legal, medical, financial, psychological, personal or other industry advice. Cinemum.net is not responsible for any injury or hardshi...

Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Mature themes and sexual references.

  • The pitch

    Hard labor.

  • Starring

    Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith, Tobey Maguire, Tom Lipinski, Maika Monroe, Clark Gregg, James Van Der Beek, JK Simmons

  • Directed by

    Jason Reitman

  • Running time

    111 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot at, coerced, threatened with a weapon, bound, grabbed, headlocked, slapped, pushed. A child is threatened, a baby drowns (implied). Armed police, theft. Jail, murder, kidnapping, delinquency mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses (adult, baby). Wound-dressing, stitches, infected wound. Bleeding, blood on clothing, bloody wounds. Scar.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Flirting, touching, kissing, undressing. References to sex. A mother talks to her child about sex. Couples have (implied) sex in a vehicle, bedroom, hayloft. Sexual noises. Shirtless man, woman between sheets (nudity implied), woman in underwear. Swimwear, cleavage, loose-fitting clothing. Infidelity mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, spirits). Smoking mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    Name-calling. Incest jokes, reference to inappropriate touching. Derogatory references to homosexuals. Religious exclamation.

  • THEMES

    Fugitives, understanding, disability, youth, mother-son relationships, anxiety, depression, innocence, prison escapees, puberty, paternity, stillbirth, miscarriage, Bonnie & Clyde, unconditional love, being reclusive, single parenting.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Stillbirth, deceased babies, anxiety attack. Miscarriages, eating disorder, hospitalised father mentioned. Prison setting. Raw meat. Toilet. Based on the novel by Joyce Maynard.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Passionate, sensitive, delicate, restrained, nuanced, emotional, touching, wrenching, riveting, rewarding, heart-tugging, real, immersive, resonant. Superb acting, intelligent treatment of the novel, delicate story, modest production values, graceful storytelling, top-notch cast.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Implausible, strange, lifeless, contrived, sappy, melodramatic, overheated, ridiculous, unsubtle, bizarre, counterfeit. Sluggish pace, clichéd dialogue.

Jobs

Published in J
Tuesday, 13 August 2013 10:05
DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this website is intended for general entertainment, interest and educational purposes only. It does not constitute, and should not be relied upon as, professional, legal, medical, financial, psychological, personal or other industry advice. Cinemum.net is not responsible for any injury or hardshi...

Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Coarse language and drug references.

  • The pitch

    Ashton does Steve's jobs.

  • Starring

    Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, Matthew Modine, JK Simmons, Lesley Ann Warren, Ron Eldard, Ahna O'Reilly, Victor Rasuk, John Getz, John Woods

  • Directed by

    Joshua Michael Stern

  • Running time

    122 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A video game shows a planet being blown up. An advertisement shows an object being smashed, riot police. Road rage. Shouting, yelling, screaming. Flag (USA) desecration.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Couple seen beneath bedsheets (sex implied). Kissing. A woman sits in a man's lap. Accusations of infidelity. Foreplay mentioned. Half-naked couple in bed (no genitals seen). Shirtless man. Poster of bikini-clad woman.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    A woman holds a joint. Drugs (LSD), drug-induced behaviour. Alcohol (wine, cocktails, spirits). Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, sonofab*tch. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations. Cultural and racial stereotypes. Jokes about weight, nationality (Polish).

  • THEMES

    Steve Jobs, Apple, iPod, business, corporate back-stabbing, mental health, relationships, alienating people, unwanted pregnancy, fatherhood, responsibility, greed, computers, technology, communication, IBM, Atari, college dropouts, entrepreneurs, Silicon Valley, biography, Steve Wozniak, arrogance, selfishness, obsession, temper, cancer, travel, university, art, meditation.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Estranged father, job loss, pregnancy, denial of paternity, cancer. Infidelity, visitation, paternity rights, adoption mentioned. Camel, bee. Close-up of bare feet (soles).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Informative, entertaining, decent, engaging, stylish. Impressive impersonation by Ashton Kutcher. Symphonic score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Superficial, tedious, overly-sentimentalising, excruciating, prosaic. Lacks technical detail, too courteous, unsophisticated storyline.

Dark Skies

Published in D
Thursday, 11 April 2013 21:16
DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this website is intended for general entertainment, interest and educational purposes only. It does not constitute, and should not be relied upon as, professional, legal, medical, financial, psychological, personal or other industry advice. Cinemum.net is not responsible for any injury or hardshi...

Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Horror themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    A family of space cadets experience some unwanted guests.

  • Starring

    Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo, Kadan Rockett, JK Simmons

  • Directed by

    Scott Stewart

  • Running time

    97 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A boy discusses a game of modern warfare. Boys tell scary stories. A man smacks his car with an object. Asthma attack. Great White shark attack (on television). Yelling, shouting, bickering. A father tears his son's bedroom apart. Screaming. People experience blackouts, seizures, behave as if possessed. Tall alien-like beings are seen. Head-banging. A boy is shot with a paintball gun. A man attacks a child. Men fight, wrestle, punch. Eyeless face. Photos, news articles of missing children seen. Doors smashed. Home invasion. Gunfire, knife raised. Suicide by gunshot (implied). Abduction, missing child. Blood/gore: Animal blood smears windows, walls. Heavy blood splatter on cupboards, walls, people. Corpse. Bites, scars, bruising. Bloody nose, bloody clothing.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Boys watch a pornographic film. Two females have their clothed breasts squeezed by males. Kissing. Spicing up sex life (mentioned). Swimwear, clingy nightwear.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Marijuana, drug paraphernalia. Stoned behaviour. A woman consumes pills. Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits). Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE

    S-words, derogatory terms for females, slang for male and female genitalia. Name-calling. Cultural and gender stereotyping.

  • THEMES

    Science fiction, aliens, abduction, child abuse, families, failure, financial difficulties, stress, unemployment, extra-terrestrials, allergies, illness, unexplainable events, possession, alien markings, skepticism, alien encounters, hallucination, suicide, paranoia.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    July 4th setting. Full moon. Barbecuing meat, bacon. Lizard (without tail), flocks of birds, dead animals, cats, dog. A boy kicks a dead animal. Spitting. Sleepwalking. Bad dreams, rehabilitation, the Sandman, sleep-eating disorder, avian flu, hailstorms, lightning, seizure, MRI, emotional trauma, cancer (mentioned). A family experiences financial troubles. Urine-soaked shorts. Fireworks, firecrackers. Murdered mother seen (dream). TV picture distortion creates strobe effect.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Spooky. Moments of disconcerting drama. Slow-burn approach to narrative (which doesn't work, incidentally). Best thing about the film is the Arthur C Clarke quote that opens it.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    No suspense or plot unravelling, lacks atmosphere. Terrible sceenplay, performances. Absurd, boring, bad, superficial. You might believe in aliens but the actors clearly don't. Pointless sub-plots. Formulaic.