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Love & Mercy

Published in L
Sunday, 07 June 2015 21:13
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  • Rating

    M: Mature themes, drug use and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Just like Brian Wilson did.

  • Starring

    Brian Wilson, Elizabeth Banks, John Cusack, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Jake Abel, Kenny Wormald, Joanna Going, Dee Wallace, Brett Davern, Erin Darke, Jonathan Slavin

  • Directed by

    Bill Pohlad

  • Running time

    121 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A boy is slapped, a man is almost hit by a car. Object whacked. Domestic violence (father taking belt to child/causing deafness; spankings, beatings), suicide mentioned. A man says, "I am going to kill you". Arguing, yelling. Blood/gore: None.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A couple has sex in the shower (implied). Man in underwear. Couple beneath sheets (nudity implied). Half-nude woman (rear view). Kissing. Swimwear, cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Lots of prescription pills taken/seen, drugs (LSD). Smoking (joint, cigarettes, pipes). Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits). Drugging, junkies, penicillin, cocaine mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, b*tch, p*ss. Slang for breasts. Derogatory term for women. Religious reference and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Brian Wilson, music, genius, creativity, experimentation, father-son relationships, over-medication, music recording, paranoid schizophrenia, dating, manipulation, therapy, domineering fathers, grief, marriage.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Deceased brother (drowning), estranged mother, ex-wife mentioned. Plane, dogs, panic attack. Chicken eaten. Mid-credits scene. Based on a true story.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Beautiful, unusual, moving, thrilling, memorable, vibrant, engrossing, canny, satisfying. Expert performances, simple/effective/split/non-traditional structure, sharp photography, superb/ace editing, complex audio design, haunting/supportive/spare score, unfussy direction, human/happy/thrilling ending, emotionally exhilarating/involving, dark at times, undercurrent of sadness.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Some too-obvious metaphors, some crucial parts of Wilson's life are underplayed or ignored, Paul Giamatti's performance is slightly overcooked.

Salinger

Published in S
Thursday, 12 September 2013 03:04
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  • Rating

    M: Mature themes and war footage.

  • The pitch

    The Catcher in the Wry.

  • Starring

    Stephen Adly Guirgis, Judd Apatow, A. Scott Berg, John Cusack, Danny DeVito, E. L. Doctorow, Elizabeth Frank, John Guare, Philip Seymour Hoffman, A. E. Hotchner, Joyce Maynard, David Milch, Jean Miller, Edward Norton, JD Salinger, Margaret Salinger, Martin Sheen, Gore Vidal, Robert Towne, Tom Wolfe

  • Directed by

    Shane Salerno

  • Running time

    120 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), NR (USA), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Frequent WWII archival footage featuring soldiers, tanks, artillery, land raids, gunfire, explosions, missiles, air raids, D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge, V-Day, concentration camps, military training, bayonets, cannons, landing craft, burning buildings, extensive property damage, debris, Nazis, swastikas. Holocaust, interrogation mentioned. Archival footage of John Lennon murder, attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan, Rebecca Schaeffer murder. Fictional references to suicide (shooting). Rape mentioned (figurative). Blood/gore: WWII images feature corpses (burned, buried, mass graves, skeletons), severely wounded soldiers (blood-splattered heads, missing limbs, torn clothing, victims on stretchers). Arm blown off, victims burned alive mentioned. Painting of bloody soldier.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing. References to sexual relationships. Virginity, infidelity, infatuation with younger girls mentioned. Swimwear, dancewear. Cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine, spirits, cocktails). Smoking (cigarettes, cigars, pipe). Poker mentioned. Doing drugs mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    Crap, bastard. Religious references. Telepathy mentioned.

  • THEMES

    JD Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, photojournalism, writing, editing, publishing, proofreading, perfectionism, biography, documentary, manuscripts, literature, fiction, ego, military service, enlistment, World War II, The New Yorker, rejection, humiliation, hero worship, movie making, fans, marriage, relationships, obsession, genius, fatherhood, patriotism, counter-intelligence, history, reclusion, anonymity, piracy, personal demons, Oona O'Neill, Charlie Chaplin.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Relationship breakups, marriage, divorce, PTSD, war flashbacks discussed. Deceased wife, foster homes mentioned. Military burials, Nuremberg Hospital setting. Dogs, seagulls, cat (drawing), horse, planes. Phobias (fire, elevators, tunnels) mentioned. School expulsion, nervous breakdown, insanity, trauma mentioned. Fur worn. Some flash editing has mild strobe effect.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Effective, comprehensive, informative, fascinating, revelatory. Compelling and captivating at times, exhaustively researched.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Overlong, repetitive, histrionic, sensationalist, superficial, disappointing, idiotic, sloppy, dull, heavy-handed, hyperventilating. Bombastic style, preposterous score, tacky re-enactments, overstated dramatics, frequent timeline jumps, unqualified interviewees, distracting narrative techniques, assumes prior knowledge, puts positive spin on callous behaviours, neglects any mention of Salinger's actual prose/style/language.

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.

The Numbers Station

Published in T
Thursday, 11 July 2013 02:37
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  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong violence.

  • The pitch

    Not much adds up.

  • Starring

    John Cusack, Malin Akerman, Liam Cunningham, Richard Brake, Bryan Dick, Finbar Lynch, Lucy Griffiths, Joey Ansah, Victor Gardener, Joe Montana

  • Directed by

    Kaspar Barfoed

  • Running time

    89 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Many people are shot, shot at, stabbed, maimed, hit with objects, punched, kicked, near-strangled, dragged, threatened. Explosion, ambush, stolen car, vehicle collision. Soldiers with guns, explosions, burning vehicles, burning objects, broken glass seen in credits footage. Dissection of a dead man, troops in Afghanistan, illegal missions mentioned. Screaming. Blood/gore: Corpses, blood splatter, blood on clothing, bloody bullet wounds, bloody face, bloody leg. An object is removed from skin, fainting, injections (syringes seen), stitching skin (needle and entering skin seen). Victim on stretcher, people lying in hospital beds.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A man places his hand on a woman's bum.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Painkillers are injected into a woman's arm. Alcohol (spirits, shots). Alcoholism, teetotal mentioned. Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, wh*re-house, pr*ck.

  • THEMES

    Intelligence encoding, cryptology, broadcasting, psychiatric evaluation, re-assignment, security, profiling, compromise, survival, remorse.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Bunker, hospital settings. Aircraft (drone), helicopter. Heart-attack mentioned. Sweeping aerial cinematography.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Decent shootouts, soulful performances, well-written script.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Unclear plot, joyless, glum, routine, ill-defined setting, flat, airless, dim lighting. Takes itself too seriously.