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Dance Academy: The Movie (2017)

Published in D
Saturday, 25 March 2017 22:52
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  • Rating

    PG: Mild themes.

  • The pitch

    They're totally doing it.

  • Starring

    Xenia Goodwin, Alicia Banit, Dena Kaplan, Thomas Lacey, Jordan Rodrigues, Keiynan Lonsdale, Miranda Otto, Tara Morice, Nic Westaway

  • Directed by

    Jeffrey Walker

  • Running time

    101 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Several flashback sequences show a dancer experiencing a bad fall (woman on stretcher, sirens/bone-cracking sounds heard, "I can't feel my legs" mentioned). Blood/gore: Bloody ballet shoe. A girl cuts skin from a blister on her foot. A man scratches an angry red rash. Man in hospital bed, people on stretchers, IV drips, breathing tubes/mask, IV tube filled with blood entering neck, etc. MRI, x-ray slides. Broken back, broken hip, organ transplant, stress fracture mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Topless photo (pixellated breasts). Kissing, hugging. Couple in bed together (sexual relationship implied). Skimpy clothing/dancewear, shirtless man, cleavage. Parents say "they're totally doing it" with regard to their son and his friend.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (champagne, cocktails). Bottles of spirts on wall in bar/club. Prescription pills consumed.

  • LANGUAGE

    Name-calling (vultures, etc). Religious exclamations (oh my God).

  • THEMES

    Dance Academy, ballet, friends, relationships, writing, dreams, auditions, injury, flashbacks, lawsuits, liability, New York City, celebrity, performance, leukaemia, social media.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Relationship breakup. Hospital, bar, nightclub settings. Dead friend mentioned. Fart, lightning, thunder. Ribs eaten.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Fan-friendly, satisfying, bright, bubbly, energetic, well-paced, well-intentioned, entertaining, refreshing, fun, standalone, feel-good, enjoyable, crowd-pleasing. Sophisticated acting/visuals, exceptional/beautifully choreographed dance sequences, deft script, clean-cut/relatable characters, realistic dialogue, moving/understated melodrama, family friendly, accessible to people who haven't seen the television series.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Predictable. More televisual than cinematic.

Reaching For The Moon (Flores Raras)

Published in R
Friday, 01 August 2014 03:31
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  • Rating

    M: Mature themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    One art of losing.

  • Starring

    Glória Pires, Miranda Otto, Tracy Middendorf, Marcello Airoldi, Lola Kirke, Tânia Costa, Marianna Mac Niven, Marcio Ehrlich, Treat Williams

  • Directed by

    Bruno Barreto

  • Running time

    118 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 12 (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Suicide (pills). People are slapped, near-hit by a car, hit by an object, dragged, committed to an asylum. Explosion. Play-fighting. Arguing, shouting, screaming. Woman thrown aside by military, military coup mentioned. Blood/gore: Facial swelling.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A female couple has sex. Kissing (female-female), caressing, flirting, ogling, undressing. Bum-grabbing, thigh-rubbing, groping under skirt, bum-kissing. Topless women, nude back/bum (full nudity implied), shirtless men. Nightwear, swimwear. Infidelity. Sex acts, sexual attraction mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine, spirits, champagne, beer). Intoxication. Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, sonofab*tch. Slang for bodily fluids/functions, slang for genitals. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Elizabeth Bishop, Lota de Macedo, Brazil, homosexuality, lesbianism, relationships, alcoholism, addiction, poetry, infidelity, superstitions, allergic reactions, mental health, adoption, jealousy, insecurity, depression, relationship breakups, love triangles.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Suicide, deceased father, mentally ill mother, stroke mentioned. Hospital settings. Cat. Some Portuguese language. Original title is Flores Raras.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Exotic, empowering, vivid, emotional, classy, grown-up, intimate, affecting, nonjudgemental. Saucy/bold/intelligent performances, catchy soundtrack, lush cinematography, decorative retro detail, straight-shot appeal, some beautiful editing, worthy subject.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Shapeless, episodic, blunt, pedestrian, languorous, trite. Lumpy pace, lacks drama, saccharine score, uninspired direction, tinny screenwriting.

I, Frankenstein

Published in I
Monday, 03 February 2014 01:36
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  • Rating

    M: Fantasy violence.

  • The pitch

    NOT Frankenstein.

  • Starring

    Aaron Eckhart, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Bill Nighy, Jai Courtney, Socratis Otto, Aden Young

  • Directed by

    Stuart Beattie

  • Running time

    92 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are attacked, near-choked, thrown though the air, vaporised, stabbed, beheaded, pursued, punched, bound, chained, slashed, punched, burned, throat-slit, threatened, strangled. A body is thrown from a bridge, a character hangs precariously, characters fall from a high ledge. Animal testing, stick-fighting. Collapsed building, smashed objects, broken glass, property damage. Screaming, roaring, growling, shouting, arguing. Bludgeoning mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses. Wound-stitching, bloody cut, bloody mouth. Wrapped corpse, body bags. Facial scars, stitched flesh. Graphics and drawings of organs, veins.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Shirtless males. Cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits). Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE

    S-word. Religious references and exclamation. Name-calling.

  • THEMES

    Frankenstein's monster, Doctor Victor Frankenstein, mad scientists, demons, immortality, curses, reincarnation, reanimation, animal testing, transformation, journals, betrayal, ascension, the supernatural.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Murdered wife. Cemetery setting. Burial. Gargoyles, demons, fiery/winged creatures, sharp teeth, horns, rat. Lightning, fire, fireballs, sparks. Drool.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Solid performances, good special effects, good makeup, adequate fight scenes, muscular setting, trashy fun, gothic score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Soulless, humdrum, economical, processed, franchise-ready, cheesy, familiar, unfun, ludicrous, gloomy, dumb, clumsy, ill-advised, tedious. Underwritten mythology, gaping plot holes, visually confusing battles, bizarre casting choices, nonsensical storyline, comic dialogue, mediocre production design, uninspired 3D.

The Turning

Published in T
Saturday, 24 August 2013 20:46
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  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Vicious circles.

  • Starring

    Rose Byrne, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Richard Roxburgh, Miranda Otto, Callan Mulvey, Miles Pollard, Susie Porter, Mirrah Foulkes, Dan Wyllie, Robyn Nevin, Harrison Gilbertson, Matt Nable, Brenna Harding, Kate Mulvaney

  • Directed by

    Jonathan auf der Heide, Tony Ayres, Jub Clerc, Robert Connolly, Shaun Gladwell, Rhys Graham, Justin Kurzel, Yaron Lifschitz, Anthony Lucas, Claire McCarthy, Ian Meadows, Ashlee Page, Stephen Page, Simon Stone, Warwick Thornton, Marieka Walsh, Mia Wasikowska, David Wenham

  • Running time

    180 minutes (with intermission)

  • Rated

    MA15+ (Australia), NR (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People attempt suicide (mentioned), drown, self-harm. People get raped (spousal), buried alive, punched, slapped, pinched, bullied, high-tackled (football), tormented, near-strangled, thrown against objects, threatened at gunpoint, verbally threatened. Domestic violence, schoolyard brawling, school expulsion, provocation, burning home, burning vehicle, arson, DUI, gunshots, vandalism, disobedience, break-and-enter, house raid. Multiple references to suicide, suicidal thoughts/intentions. A boy handles a loaded rifle, bow-and-arrow seen. Objects get thrown, smashed. Dead child, dying parent, police brutality, petty crime, failed suicide attempt (shotgun), stealing, hanging, fatal mining accident, fatal car accident, domestic violence, missing hiker, mutilated pornography mentioned. Screaming, yelling, shouting, arguing. Blood/gore: Animal carcasses/offal (meatworks), animal blood on clothing and floor. Blood on palm, bloodied clothing, bloody grazes, split lip, bruising, blistering, scars, dressed wound, blood in water, bloody forehead, bandaging. Stung foot, missing finger, broken leg. Broken legs mentioned. Gunshot injuries (craniofacial) discussed. Speared animals.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Non-consensual sexual intercourse (spousal rape). A couple are interrupted during (implied) sex. Masturbation, bum-slap. Kissing, caressing, touching, propositioning, undressing. Sexual banter, discussion of sex acts, innuendo. Voyeurism. Shirtless men, male bottom, man in underwear, woman in lingerie. Teenagers in underwear, beachwear, swimwear. Skimpy clothing, skimpy dancewear, nightwear. Cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    People share marijuana cigarettes. Painkiller consumed. Drugs, drug addiction, giving up a child due to a drug habit, scoring drugs mentioned. Alcohol (beer, wine, champagne, hip flask), drink driving, underage drinking, drinking on duty, intoxication, alcoholism. Recovering addict. Smoking (cigarettes, joint), chain-smoking.

  • LANGUAGE

    C-word, f-words, s-words, a-words, bugger, bloody, bastard, p*ss. Teasing, bullying, mocking (child, deformity, religion), name-calling. Sexual slang, derogatory slang insults, slang terms for genitalia. Religious references and exclamations. Hippie, gender, religious, family, police, tourist, regional stereotypes.

  • THEMES

    Bullying, victimisation, revenge, remorselessness, drowning, psychological triggers, domestic violence, child death, police corruption, bribery, physical deformity, accidents, alcoholism, drug addiction, sobriety, abuse, turning points, marriage, road trips, journeys, abandonment, revenge, vindictiveness, visions, pressure, unsupervised children, fear, paranoia, rules, lying, repression, longing, regret, spiritual transformation, obsessive compulsion, transformation, friendship, religion, faith, the sea, surfing, fishing, trap-shooting, fire, Western Australia.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Drowned child, bones of dead child found, shark attack, unfair job dismissal. Dying mother, motorcyclist killed, motorcyclist/car accident, attempted suicide, murdered father (patricide), deceased wife/mother, estranged wife, abortion, alcoholic mother, alcoholic husband/father mentioned. Meatworks, remote woodland, fairground settings. Fish, crab, shark (animation), horses, tadpoles, sheep, chicken, cows, seagulls, dogs, buzzing insects, goldfish, flock of birds, shark jaws, full moon, thunder. Animal skins, spear fishing, hooking bait, scaling fish, bucket of dead fish (bait), baked ham. Campfires, bonfires, drum fires. Urination, vomiting, burping, farting, cat poo. White noise, high-pitched tones, loud engine-roar on audio track. Giddying road-level cinematography, bright camera flash. Based on the novel by Tim Winton.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Poignant, familiar, ambitious, remarkable, tragic, funny, moving, warm, chilling, stylish, graceful, purposeful, inspiring, unforgettable, spectacular, audacious, cohesive, well crafted, satisfying, engaging, entertaining, mesmerising, affecting, evocative. Unmistakeably Australian, consistent tone, risky filmmaking. Excellent music, sound design, cinematography and performances.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Vignettes and characters aren't as well connected as in the book. Long running time. A few minor missteps (odd transitioning between one set of vignettes, some slightly muddled storytelling, some tonal imbalance and flow disruption).