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X-Men: Apocalypse

Published in X
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 23:56
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  • Rating

    M: Frequent action violence and infrequent coarse language.

  • The pitch

    The earth moves for Michael Fassbender.

  • Starring

    James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Oscar Isaac, Rose Byrne, Evan Peters, Josh Helman, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Lucas Till, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Hardy, Alexandra Shipp, Hugh Jackman

  • Directed by

    Bryan Singer

  • Running time

    144 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, punched, kicked, thrown through the air/against walls, crushed, twisted, burned, electrocuted, threatened with a knife, elbowed, throat-grabbed, absorbed into walls/the ground, pistol-whipped, swooped by birds, decapitated, pursued, buried alive, slashed, stabbed, flipped, slapped, lassoed, arm/leg-snapped, slammed into objects. A flashback scene shows parents being shot. Explosions, burning objects/people. Mass destruction, collapsing buildings/bridges, vehicles thrown/torn apart, mass panic, property damage, debris. Major world landmarks destroyed. Missiles, rockets launched. Military personnel/aircraft/tanks/vehicles, armed men. Theft. Aircraft crash. Swastika seen; references to the Holocaust. Objects thrown, rattled, banged, burned, obliterated, smashed. Growling, roaring, screaming, yelling, arguing. Television footage of soldiers, submarines, an atomic mushroom cloud, weapons, religious and political leaders etc. Vietnam War, attacked president, killing mentioned. Blood/gore: A torso is sliced open with a knife before healing itself. Rib bones seen protruding through skin. Necks sliced; heads appear to fall off. Bloody faces, chest, shoulder, mouths, teeth, hand, knuckles, objects, clothing, feathers, walls, cuts, wounds; pooling blood, blood spatter, bleeding. Burning flesh, peeling skin, exposed sinew/veins, skeletons, slashed skull. Objects protruding from skin, objects removed from flesh. Body parts seen protruding from walls/floor. Bloodshot/red/glowing/cloudy/black eyes. Lots of dead bodies. Scars, bullet wounds, slice wounds. CPR. A bluish spirit is seen transfering between bodies. Cutting hand off mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing, flirting. Shirtless men/boys. Skimpy clothing/costumes, cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Syringes/vials of blue liquid seen. Alcohol (beer, spirits). Bar setting. Smoking. Television footage is seen of Las Vegas, gambling, cash. Meds mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, a-words, p*ss. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Mutants, the end of the world, betrayal, cage-fighting, nemeses, telepathy, mind control, ancient Egypt, teamwork, CIA operations, false gods, power, 1980s culture, disarmament, family, acceptance, death, grief, vengeance.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead wife/daughter, brother (presumed). Taken/murdered parents, earthquake mentioned. Auschwitz, underground tomb, submarine, bar settings. Horses, birds, chickens, deer, camel, bees, dog, fish, stingray. Planes, jets, helicopter. Lightning. Mutants with wings, tails, blue skin, scales etc. Toilet, spitting. German, Polish, Arabic, Hebrew, ancient Egyptian languages (subtitles). High, sweeping aerial cinematography; fast-paced camerawork/editing.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Big, propulsive, poignant, entertaining, epic, thrilling, goofy, cartoonish, action-heavy, extravagant, ambitious. Formidable/impressive cast, top-notch effects, driving/sweeping score, fun/lively 1980s period costume/details, imposing production design, coherently choreographed action set pieces, some funny in-jokes, promising early scenes, explains how Professor Charles Xavier lost his hair.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Generic, conventional, confused, messy, exhausting, CGI-reliant, overstuffed, seen-it-before, bloated, monotonous. Too many characters, some dreadful dialogue, uninteresting villain, choppy/jumbled narrative, Mystique doesn't convince as a war hero, Sophie Turner doesn't have the complexity/allure of Famke Janssen, weak/nonsense script, regulation city-smashing finale.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Published in X
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 11:25
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  • Rating

    M: Science fiction themes, violence and infrequent coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Are you up to the Trask?

  • Starring

    Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Peter Dinklage, Ellen Page, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore, Josh Helman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart

  • Directed by

    Bryan Singer

  • Running time

    131 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, stabbed, impaled, hit with objects, combusted, torn apart, thrown through the air, punched, burned, hit, kicked, frozen, tasered, throat-grabbed, crushed, decapitated, slashed, wrestled, near-choked, drowned, gaffer-taped, kneed, threatened, thrown from high cliff, held at gunpoint. A crowd is fired upon, The White House is attacked. A character jumps through a second-storey window. Mid-air incident, aircraft explosion, police car crashes. Explosions, fireballs. Vietnam War, Cuban Missile Crisis, Battle of Iwo Jima, JFK assassination, killing the (US) president, stealing mentioned. Stolen goods, shattered glass, stadium collapse. People captured, tortured, experimented on, butchered (mentioned/photos seen). Screaming, arguing, shouting. Military vehicles, aircraft, personnel. Blood/gore: Piles of corpses, mass grave, skeletons, skulls. Singed body, burning man, character covered in blood. Bloody bullet wounds, blood in water, blood splatter, dripping blood. Bloody cuts, grazes. Scars, missing limbs, wound-dressing, wound-stitching. Hypodermic needles, blood sampling. Images of DNA strands.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Couple seen in bed together (sex implied). Nude male (rear view). A female character wears a form-fitting bodysuit. Shirtless men, woman in lingerie, cleavage, skimpy clothing, exposed midriff.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits, champagne, cocktails). Smoking (cigar, cigarettes). A man injects serum into his arm (needle, belt around arm). Being "on acid" mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, s-word, a-word, p*ss. Name-calling, discrimination. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES

    X-Men, mutants, civilisation, destiny, time travel, history, the Pentagon, superhuman powers, disability, hearing voices, mind-reading, hope, telepathy, choice, redemption, faith.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Saigon, hospital, underground bunker, prison cell, future settings. Planes, helicopters, fireworks, lightning. Sharp fangs, white eyes, black eyes, extended (snake-like) tongue, dogs. Vomiting, nausea. Roasting meat. Brief Vietnamese language (subtitles). Fast-moving editing. Post-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Ambitious, scaled, stealth, playful, suspenseful, fantastic, vast-scaled, decades-leaping, fun, dark, dystopian, satisfying. Superb cast, sly humour, lavish fx, expert choreography, minimal widespread destruction, fleet running time, revisionist style, exceptional use of 3D, new recruits, top-notch visuals, tight opening sequence, breezy script, show-stopping prison breakout, symphonic climax.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Muddled. Some explanation is missing (best not to ponder it too heavily), no clear villain, some undernourished story parts, temporal paradoxes, labyrinthine plotting, fumbled set pieces, not enough of Quicksilver, squandered cast.

Muppets Most Wanted

Published in M
Sunday, 30 March 2014 23:27
Preceded by PARTY CENTRAL, a MONSTERS UNIVERSITY short film featuring monsters, cups/cans of (implied) alcohol, college/frat party stereotypes, explosions and a mention of a monster's girlfriend making out with another guy.   DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this website is intended for general entertainment, interest and educ...

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  • Rating

    G: General.

  • The pitch

    Kermit gives you what you want.

  • Starring

    Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey, Steve Whitmire, Eric Jacobson, Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta, David Rudman, Matt Vogel, Peter Linz, Hugh Bonneville, Jemaine Clement, Sean Combs, Rob Corddry, Mackenzie Crook, Céline Dion, Lady Gaga, Zach Galifianakis, Josh Groban, Salma Hayek, Tom Hiddleston, Ray Liotta, James McAvoy, Chloë Grace Moretz, Usher Raymond, Miranda Richardson, Saoirse Ronan, Danny Trejo, Stanley Tucci, Christoph Waltz

  • Directed by

    James Bobin

  • Running time

    107 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are kicked, fired through the air, headbutted, arrested, slapped, bitten, hit with objects, bound, straight-jacketed, muzzled, tasered, threatened at gunpoint, head-slammed. Characters fall from a high ledge, dangle precariously. Prison escape, theft, break-and-enter, priceless objects smashed, broken mirror, bribery, dangerous driving. Armed soldiers, explosions, war trenches re-enactment, grenade thrown, ticking bomb, machine-gun fire. Arguing, screaming. Blood/gore: Bones, carcasses, skeleton.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing. Skimpy costumes/dancewear. Men in long underwear. A character wears lingerine. Very mild innuendo.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (champagne). A bartender mixes cocktails.

  • LANGUAGE

    Name-calling. Police, gender, cultural stereotypes. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES

    The Muppets, art theft, weddings, sequels, stage fright, world tours, performance, team work, museums, the Crown Jewels, betrayal, auditions, cabaret, friendship, forgiveness, mistaken identity, heists.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Prison, church, bar settings. Wedding proposal. Fireworks, helicopter, full moon, lightning, thunder. Animal puppets (pigs, frogs, bears, chickens, bulls, penguins, unicorn, armadillo, rats, flamingos). Dogs, pigeons, ravens, flocks of birds. Grim reaper, fur rugs. Brief subtitles, some German, some Spanish.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Ridiculous, better, fun, smart, sweet, gratifying, special, entertaining, charming, self-mocking, breezy, charismatic, clever, globetrotting, caper-filled, wacky, mirthful, pun-packed, fast-paced, wholesome, campy, good-humoured. Star-studded cameos, amazing characters, inspired casting, terrific soundtrack, epic production numbers, consistently funny.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Episodic, under-plotted, overlong, uneven, tiresome, grating. Predictable ending, not enough Beaker.

Filth

Published in F
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 04:17
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  • Rating

    R18+: High impact sex scenes.

  • The pitch

    Total pish and bollocks.

  • Starring

    James McAvoy, Imogen Poots, Jamie Bell, Emun Elliott, Joanne Froggatt, Iain De Caestecker, Jim Broadbent, Shirley Henderson, Eddie Marsan, Martin Compston, Shauna Macdonald, Kate Dickie, Gary Lewis, Brian McCardie, Mitchell Mullen

  • Directed by

    Jon S Baird

  • Running time

    97 minutes

  • Rated

    R18+ (Australia), 18 (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are bashed, murdered, headbutted, kicked, beaten, slapped, grabbed, shoved, punched, tied up, bullied, tormented, near-choked, drugged, threatened, blackmailed, thrown against walls, wrestled, bitten, thrown through a window. Attempted suicide (wrist-slashing), suicide (hanging). Police raid on home, police brutality, intimidation, corruption. Nazi references. Graffiti, intentional and accidental property damage. Screaming, yelling, arguing, raised voices. Television footage of animal attack. Accidental death/smothering of a child discussed. Blood/gore: Bloody head, bloody knuckles, pooling blood, blood-stained bandages, bloody cuts, bruising, scars. Collapsed man.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Frequent scenes of intercourse, masturbation, prostitution, threesomes, phone sex, oral sex, erotic asphyxiation, infidelity. Fully nude males (rear-views), exposed breasts, penis, pictures of male genitals, semi-naked men and women, women in lingerie. A man watches pornography while masturbating. Kissing (male-female, female-female, male-male), flirting, nipple-pinching, cross-dressing. Brothel, strip club settings. Slang for sexual acts, genitalia. References to underage sex, sodomy, oral sex, intercourse.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    People snort cocaine, consume lithium carbonate. Drink spiking, drug dealing. Asthma medication inhaled. Alcohol (beer, spirits), intoxication. Bar setting. Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE

    Frequent c-words, f-words. S-words, a-words, bastard, w*nker. Slang terms for genitalia, bodily fluids. Derogatory terms for women, disabled people, homosexuals, police. Name-calling, belittling language, racism, homophobia, misogyny. Cultural, regional, gender, police, mental health, homeless, freemason, homosexual stereotypes. Religious exclamations. Fat jokes. Obscene finger gestures.

  • THEMES

    Personal demons, police work, office politics, promotion, manipulation, Scotland, paranoia, corruption, infidelity, Christmas, death, grief, hallucination, pornography, addiction, prank telephone calls, depression, office Christmas parties, Freemasonry, breakdown, promiscuity, amorality.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Deceased husband/father, estranged wife/child. Deceased brother, estranged wife mentioned. Medical procedures: CPR, ambulance, stretcher, semen samples. Urination, farting, spitting, vomiting, drool. Plane, fireworks. Ghostly apparition of deceased child, people in hallucinatory animal masks (pig, sheep, bird, elephant) seen. Tiger rug and African animal motifs. Closing credits animation of pig, blackbird, wolf, chicken. Based on the cult novel by Irvine Welsh.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Dark, depraved, funny, energetic, savage, sleazy, entertaining, punky, unguarded, ballsy, bonkers. Cool soundtrack, ugly performance from McAvoy, zesty tech credits, clever in-jokes, tonal shifts in second half are well-earned, good cameos, fairly faithful adaptation of the novel.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Relentless, disjointed, cartoonish, caricatured, messy. Bizarre choice of animation during closing credits. Dated themes and premise. Tone is muted compared to the novel. Tapeworm plot device does not translate well to the big screen. Pace and energy lag.

Welcome to the Punch

Published in W
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 02:24
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  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong violence.

  • The pitch

    Cops and dobbers.

  • Starring

    James McAvoy, Mark Strong, Andrea Riseborough, Johnny Harris, Daniel Mays, David Morrissey, Peter Mullan, Jason Flemyng, Elyes Gabel, Natasha Little

  • Directed by

    Eran Creevy

  • Running time

    99 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Lots of people are shot and killed. People are shot at, punched, kicked, beaten, strangled, headlocked, pistol-whipped, elbowed, hit with objects, pursued, threatened at gunpoint. A murdered youth is frequently discussed, seen in newspaper report. Shootouts, objects destroyed, smashed mirror, building explosion, fireball. Armed men wear gas masks. Dangerous driving, break-and-enter, car rammed. Kidnapping, killing, robbing, murder, car accident, false identity, shoplifting, arrests, smuggling guns mentioned. Screaming. Blood/gore: Many corpses. Bloody bullet wounds, blood spray, dripping blood, blood splatter, bloody fingerprint. Blood on heads, faces, clothing, objects. Fluid is frequently extracted from a knee wound (syringe, needle in flesh, extraction, fluid seen). Scars on leg, face; bruising. Photo of corpse.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Flirting. Pornographic magazine is seen from a distance.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Smoking. Prescription pills seen. Minor drug offense mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, pr*ck, p*iss, b*tch, bastard. Name-calling. Religous references and exclamations. Gender, genre, ethnic stereotypes.

  • THEMES

    Police work, corruption, justice, revenge, murder, politics, campaigning, evidence, dirty cops, grief, cops and robbers, conspiracy.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Son killed, friend killed, dead police officer. Aircraft, hospital, morgue, tattoo parlour settings. Medical procedures (CPR), medical instruments and equipment noises (flatlining), cardiac arrest, tattooing. Dog, planes, helicopter. Animal-skin rug, animal skull on wall. Bright fluorescent lights.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Firmly British, mostly quality cast, intriguing characters, slick action, confident, ambitious, inspired, stylish. London looks gorgeous on screen. Stunning lighting and location choices. Memorable performance from Mark Strong.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    McAvoy doesn't suit role. Too plot-driven, solemn, fast-paced and neon-lit. Screenplay weakens, momentum runs out of steam, storyline becomes convoluted. Almost entirely set at night, unoriginal.

Gnomeo & Juliet

Published in G
Tuesday, 30 April 2013 00:28
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  • Rating

    G: General.

  • The pitch

    You're Avon a laugh!

  • Starring

    James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Ashley Jensen, Michael Caine, Matt Lucas, Jim Cummings, Jason Statham, Stephen Merchant, Ozzy Osbourne, Patrick Stewart, Julie Walters, Hulk Hogan, Richard Wilson, Dolly Parton

  • Directed by

    Kelly Asbury

  • Running time

    84 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Dangerous driving, vehicle collisions. Gnomes and animal statues fight, kick, throw things at one another. Food fight. Things get smashed, broken, damaged, ransacked, thrown. A gnome dresses up in ninja gear (war paint, balaclava). A gnome hangs precariously from a high ledge; falls through a glass ceiling. A gnome is glued to a pedestal. Raised voices, arguing. Death, suicide, killing (mentioned). Explosion. Blood/gore: Heimlich manoeuvre. A gnome's hat is smashed off. A gnome is presumed dead; gnomes are presumed crushed. Scratches, chips. Dismembered gnome limbs.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing. Innuendo. A gnome wears a mankini. Cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    None.

  • LANGUAGE

    Name-calling, teasing and mocking insults.

  • THEMES

    Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, forbidden love, tragedy, rivalry, star-crossed lovers, feuding, competition, cheating, sabotage, enemies, hatred, forgiveness, revenge, grief.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    A gnome is separated from his family/community. Deceased wife/mother, husband/father mentioned. Snail, rabbits, chicken, pig, frog, fish, dog, deer, flamingo, buzzing insects, hippo, crocodile, mushrooms, snail slime, dog drool. Toilet, graffiti, leg-waxing.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Lively, entertaining, charming, bright, quirky. Smart script, great performances, catchy soundtrack.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Unoriginal, one-dimensional story. Best suited for very small children only. A promotional vehicle for Elton John.

Trance

Published in T
Monday, 29 April 2013 00:24
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  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong themes, violence, nudity and sex scenes.

  • The pitch

    A psychological game of heist and seek.

  • Starring

    James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, Vincent Cassel, Danny Sapani, Matt Cross, Wahab Sheikh, Tuppence Middleton

  • Directed by

    Danny Boyle

  • Running time

    101 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, punched, hit with objects, tasered, hit by vehicles, held at gunpoint, shot at, butt-whipped, strangled, slapped, sliced, near-drowned, near-burned alive, near-choked, sprayed with fire-extinguisher. Gas canisters are fired into a crowded room. Attempted rape, torture, live burial. Yelling, shouting, screaming. Things get smashed. Stealing (painting, car). Smashed glass; ransacked house. Sexual/physical abuse (discussed). A car is dowsed with fuel and set alight; man trapped inside. A car and two men are rammed off a pier. Killing people in Iraq (mentioned). Killing, death threats. Blood/gore: Blood spray, splatter, bloody gashes, bloody bandages. Open wounds, exposed flesh, bleeding, bruising, head blown away. Decomposing corpse. Head surgery, brain scans, MRI.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Sexual intercourse. Kissing, flirting, touching, undressing, cleavage. Voyeurism. Nudity: Male nudity from behind and front (no genitals visible). Female nudity (full-frontal and behind; genitals visible). Nude paintings. People in underwear. Hairless pubic region (discussed).

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine, spirits). Gambling (poker). Gambling addiction and outstanding debts discussed. Drug dealing mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words. Name-calling and insults. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Psychology, hypnosis, post-hypnotic suggestion, regression, betrayal, art theft, art dealing/auction, trauma, mind manipulation, addiction, obsession, seduction.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Hospital scene; mouth tube, operation, stretcher. High ledge camera perspective with street-view below. Birds, maggots, flies, whales (on television). Flashing lights with strobe effect. Witches (painting). Frying sausages. Fireball.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Plot twists. Good performances. Beautifully shot.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Not compelling, intriguing or tense enough to convince. Shapeless. Forgettable soundtrack.