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The Star (2017)

Published in T
Sunday, 26 November 2017 12:12
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  • Rating

    G: Some scenes may frighten very young children.

  • The pitch

    A little bit...myrrh.

  • Starring

    (voices of): Steven Yeun, Keegan-Michael Key, Aidy Bryant, Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, Christopher Plummer, Ving Rhames, Gabriel Iglesias, Kelly Clarkson, Anthony Anderson, Patricia Heaton, Kris Kristofferson, Kristin Chenoweth, Mariah Carey, Oprah Winfrey

  • Directed by

    Timothy Reckart

  • Running time

    86 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are hit by objects, pursued, covered in paint/feathers, thrown to the ground, swallowed/spat out, lassoed, slammed into a cart, mocked, throat-grabbed, kicked, dragged, caught in a stampede. A character drops two dogs over a high cliff (they are saved). A barn is set alight, objects smashed/crashed into/rammed/crushed, a marketplace is damaged. A bird is slammed against a wall/crushed by a falling creature. A donkey injures his leg (caught in rope). Characters fall over high cliff ledges/down a well, dangle precariously. Barking, screaming, panic, arguing. Reference to king killing all children (the Massacre of the Innocents). Torture mentioned. Characters say "We're gonna die", "Someone's gonna die". Blood/gore: None.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (None): Pregnancy. Newborn baby. Kiss on forehead. Close up of donkey bum. Bum-wiggling.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    (None)

  • LANGUAGE

    Poop. Name-calling (old-timer, rotten, good-for-nothing, silly, crazy/dumb as a box of rocks, nightmare wearing a helmet, useless, crazy-eyed, bad dogs, etc). Religious references.

  • THEMES

    Christmas Star of Bethlehem, the birth of Jesus, religion, faith, friends, immaculate conception, bravery, Mary and Joseph, prayer, the Three Wise Men, forgiveness, angels, nativity, ambition, teamwork.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Wedding feast. Baluchistan pygmy jerboa, camels, pigeons, sheep, cows, cat, donkeys, horses, chickens, dogs, goats. Lightning, thunder.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Kid-friendly, decent, good-hearted, innocuous, playful, charming, amusing, contemporary, animal-centric, fun, entertaining, glossy, serviceable. Spirited voice work, silly humour, brief/flavourful cameo by Kris Kristofferson, never gets pious/gushy/preachy, some lovely images, a cute idea.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Uneven, clumsy, derivative, dull. Unremarkable writing/voice acting/storytelling, uninspired/basic/cheap/simplistic animation, awkward wedding feast scene, heavy-handed dialogue/song choices.

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.