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The Promise (2016)

Published in P
Monday, 12 June 2017 09:55
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  • Rating

    M: Mature themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    Trust no-one.

  • Starring

    Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon, Christian Bale, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Marwan Kenzari, Angela Sarafyan, Tom Hollander, Numan Acar, Jean Reno, James Cromwell, Roman Mitichyan

  • Directed by

    Terry George

  • Running time

    133 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Murder/suicide (TNT explosion/people thrown through the air). People are shot, driven into desert and killed (including women and children), placed on trial for treason, malnourished, crammed into train cars, hit with objects (vegetables/baton/firearm/log/rocks), pursued, punched, kicked, tackled, forced to knees, pistol-whipped, pushed into walls, forced into army/labour camps, executed, kicked to the ground, threatened, dragged by the hair, knocked out of lifeboats, drowned (graphic). A man falls from a moving train into a river. Story of men gunned down with machine guns after completeing work with survivors spared to dump bodies in ravine. Story of wife stabbed and pregnant belly ripped open to remove unborn child from womb. Story of orphans whose parents were murdered in front of them. Villages burned, explosions, coach on fire, possessions looted, houses trashed. Protests/rioting (flag burned, shop windows smashed, shops set alight). Attempt at forcing someone to sign a false confession of espionage. Story of mother and son fighting. Bribery. World War I setting (military personnel/warships/parades, conscription, etc). Destroyed boats, real photos from the war. Arguing, screaming. Arrests, killing, massacre mentioned. References to person dying in the Civil War, to World War II (Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour). Blood/gore: Pile of corpses. Dead bodies strung up with messages around their necks. Cadaver opened by medical students/spleen removed causing excrement to spurt out of body. Bloody heads/bodies/clothes/bandages/objects. Cuts on hands/faces, man on crutches (leg missing), leg wounds, neck wounds. Broken ankle, bruising, split lip, bandages, fainting. Bullet wounds on dead bodies. First aid stations with nurses attending to wounds/patients on cots; field surgery (bullet removed from neck). Funeral rites heard. Anatomy diagrams seen in background. Reference to bullet still lodged in face. Reference to 0.5 million deaths, 4000 people rescued from Turkish-Armenia conflict.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Two scenes showing couples in bed together beneath sheets (sex implied). Kissing, flirting, hand-holding, hugging, undressing, slow dancing. Skimpy clothing, belly-dancing outfit, cleavage, bare shoulders, shirtless men, man in nightshirt. A man says "Female anatomy, that's my passion". Infidelity.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Making and administering potions for illnesses (apothecary). Alcohol (wine, champagne, absinthe). Intoxication. Smoking (cigar). Reference to opium dens.

  • LANGUAGE

    S-word. Racist slurs and name-calling (Armenian dog, Armenian's are a tumour in our midst, witch, baron, infidel, etc). Religious exclamations (oh Jesus, thank you Jesus, thank God she died, oh my God, etc), religious ceremonies and iconography.

  • THEMES

    World War I, Ottoman Empire, genocide, massacre, spies, death, love triangles, grief, labour camps, Turkish massacre of Armenians, religion, persecution, debts, infidelity, atrocity, journalism, war reporters, survival.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead family, dead parents, dead father, dead wife, dead villagers. Dead mother, dead father (suicide), dead ex-wife (thank God she died), woman married off for dowry (400 coins) mentioned. Horses, dogs. Vomiting. Children begging in street. A woman suffers a difficult pregnancy (malnourishment/need for vitamins).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Involving, well-intentioned, solid, earnest, event-stuffed, didactic. Extravagant/colourful/ultra-crisp/arresting/eye-pleasing visuals, vivid historical recreation of Constantinople, watchable cast, solid direction, horrifying/worthy subject matter.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Clichéd, soapy, dusty, familiar, workmanlike, predictable, stuffy, musty, stagnant, contrived, boring, flat, stifling, slow-paced, monotonous, fragmented, disappointing, weak, atonal, turgid. Some hammy scenes/dialogue, little chemistry between leads, unnecessary romantic subplot, underdeveloped protagonists, threadbare plot.

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.

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Published in S
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 21:40
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  • Rating

    M: Science fiction themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    Chewie, we're home.

  • Starring

    Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Peter Mayhew, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Billie Lourd, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie, Domhnall Gleeson, Kenny Baker, Lupita Nyong'o, Andy Serkis

  • Directed by

    J.J. Abrams

  • Running time

    135 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are shot, punched, kicked, pursued, eaten, handcuffed, taken hostage, restrained, interrogated, mind-controlled, hit with objects, tasered, slashed/burned, blasted through the air/against a tree, throat-grabbed, choked, thrown to the ground, grabbed, impaled (lightsaber). Massacre. Heavy gunfire/battles, explosions, fireballs. Objects set alight, blasted, slashed, slapped. Burning objects, village. A child appears to have been taken from her family (implied in flashback). Aircraft crashes/collisions/explosions. Planets destroyed/invaded/exploded. Earthquakes. Screaming, roaring. Poisoning (gas), thieving, stealing mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody faces, handprint, heads, hair, objects. Severed limbs (tentacles), slime. Wound-dressing. Corpses, skull.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Some characters hug, kiss affectionately. Some tight-fitting clothing but nothing revealing.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Bar patrons hold cups of unknown liquid (possibly alcohol but not specified).

  • LANGUAGE

    Name-calling. Religious exclamation.

  • THEMES

    Star Wars, rescue missions, salvage, traitors, betrayal, battles, patricide, non-conformity, insubordinance, death, identity, invasions, stormtroopers, adventure, legends, grief, maps, missing pieces, secret messages, good guys, bad guys, cool gadgets.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Murdered father, estranged friends/family. Alien creatures (leathery skin, big bitey teeth, tentacles, giant eyeballs etc) and languages (some subtitles). Vulture, birds. Flash/strobe lighting. Fast-moving flying.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Nostalgic, fresh, fun, intelligent, funny, gritty, electrifying, accessible, satisfying, thrilling, enthralling, clever. Breakneck pacing, full-bodied performances, likeable/engaging new characters, punchy action sequences, shocking twists, glorious visuals, ambitious plotting, terrific sight gags/nods to previous films, Chewbacca still maintains a scene-stealing presence, strong female protagonist, feels like a continuation/reboot of the franchise.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Imperfect, familiar. Equally satsifying and empty, distracting overlord, some miscasting/convoluted plotting, routine storyline, some moments in the third act feel rushed, some moments feel flat, 3D doesn't add all that much.

Ex Machina

Published in E
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 23:44
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  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong themes, violence and nudity.

  • The pitch

    Beauty is only skin deep.

  • Starring

    Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander, Sonoya Mizuno, Corey Johnson, Claire Selby, Symara A. Templeman, Gana Bayarsaikhan, Tiffany Pisani, Elina Alminas

  • Directed by

    Alex Garland

  • Running time

    108 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People/robots are stabbed, punched, tackled, face-grabbed, hit with objects, dragged, trapped, maimed, destroyed. Object knocked over, smashed/broken glass. Yelling, arguing. Fatal car crash, had people killed mentioned. Blood/gore: Slicing arm, opening wound, bleeding, smearing blood. Bloody arm/clothing/floor/objects. Peeling skin from bodies, object protruding from skin. Human-like body parts seen. Skulls (decorative). Scar.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing, caressing, undressing, flirting. Sex implied. Full female nudity (front and back), shirtless men, skimpy clothing/underwear, man in shower. Sexuality, oral sex, pornography discussed.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits). Intoxication.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Artificial intelligence, the Turing test, consciousness, body language, coding, non-disclosure agreement, surveillance, lying, betrayal, invention, search engines, intellect, manipulation.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead parents mentioned. Helicopter, waterfalls, tank fish. Slicing/eating raw fish. Bright camera flash. Based on the novel by writer/director Alex Garland.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Slick, contemporary, taut, literate, tense, gorgeous, triumphant, tight, fascinating, gripping, brilliant, terse, unsettling, impressive, imaginative, heady, compelling, smart, excellent, stylish, elegant, creepy, cerebral, satirical. Sensational performances, perfect title, big ideas, sparse dialogue, controlled storytelling, crisp/clean cinematography, remarkable production design, sharp editing, throbbing/ominous score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Some clunky plotting, slight pacing lag, obvious twists, the 'power cut' device strains credibility.

A Most Violent Year

Published in A
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 12:43
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Standard film oil.

  • Starring

    Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Albert Brooks, Elyes Gabel, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Peter Gerety

  • Directed by

    J.C. Chandor

  • Running time

    125 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot (suicide), shot at, punched, hit with objects, carjacked, punched, pursued, slapped, tackled. An animal is hit by a car/shot. Smashed glass/windscreen, car accident, vehicle rollover. A child plays with a loaded gun. An object is pressed into a man's eye socket. Yelling, arguing. Shot police, murders, rapes, corruption, schoolyard shooting, killing wife, stabbing deaths, misconduct, fraud, tax evasion mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses (animal, human). Dead/dying animal. Bloody cuts/feet/face/grazes. Blood splatter/spatter, pooling blood, blood on objects. Bandage, crutches. Bruising. Hospital setting. Broken jaw mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Couple in bed together. Kissing. Cleavage, nightwear, shirtless man.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine, spirits). Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE

    C-words, f-words, s-words, a-words. Derogatory term for women. Slang for female genitalia. Religoius references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Business, investment, real estate, New York City, family, victims of crime, suicide, vulnerability, police investigation, money, contracts, compromise, corruption.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Jailed father mentioned. Hospital setting. Job termination. Dog. Spitting. Brief Spanish language (subtitles).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Impressive, slow-burning, rewarding, thrilling, surprising, peculiar, powerful, experience-oriented, stylised, tough-minded, bracing, brunt, compelling, tense, engrossing, timeless, tough, gritty, atmospheric, solid, grown-up, seductive, rigorous, resourceful, smart, neck-prickling, nuanced, sombre. Stunning performances, detailed character work, great screenplay, impeccable pace, dramatically/artistically appealing backdrop, impressive/considered/emotional cinematography, terrific chase sequences, perfect costuming, subtle period craftmanship, fantastic score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Solemn, talky, deliberate, abstract, hollow. Melodramatic/too-neat conclusion.

The Two Faces of January

Published in T
Friday, 16 May 2014 00:42
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  • Rating

    M: Violence and infrequent coarse language.

  • The pitch

    A marriage in ruins.

  • Starring

    Kirsten Dunst, Oscar Isaac, Viggo Mortensen, David Warshofsky, Daisy Bevan, Yigit Özsener

  • Directed by

    Hossein Amini

  • Running time

    96 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are accidentally murdered, shot, threatened at gunpoint, wrestled, punched, hit, shoved, blackmailed, framed, cheated for money, dangled overboard, arrested. Fatal head injury, fatal fall. Fake passports. World War II, Normandy, Bourdon mentioned. Fraud, illegal share trading, larceny mentioned. Arguing, yelling. Blood/gore: Corpses. Bloody head, bloody cut, pooling blood on ground, bloody mouth. Bruising.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A couple kiss, caress in bed (foreplay). A man examines/smells bedsheets to detect sexual activity. Woman in underwear (rear view). Undressing. Low-cut gowns. Infidelity mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits, champagne, shots). Intoxication. Smoking (cigarettes, sheesha). Gambling syndicate, taking sleeping pills mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Murder, accomplices, tour guides, Greece, debt, blackmail, accidental death, grief, desperation, con artists, love triangles, amorality, father figures, duplicity, jealousy.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Deceased wife. Deceased father, funeral mentioned. Bar, funeral, grave, cemetery settings. Thunder. Cats, pigeons. Octopus prepared for eating (slapped against rocks, hung over rails). Brief Greek language (subtitles). Based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Seductive, suspenseful, golden-hued, elegant, pleasurable, commendable, tidy, precise, classy, tight, economical, evocative, old-fashioned, unpredictable, atmospheric, character-driven, psychological, quiet, graceful. Subtle tensions, terrific performances, dramatic score, crisp visuals, neat 1960s costuming.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Half-baked, sterile, tentative. Relentlessly linear, lacks some groundwork, no chemistry between Collette and Rydal, Dunst's role is underwritten, too much literal explanation.

Inside Llewyn Davis

Published in I
Monday, 13 January 2014 03:31
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  • Rating

    M: Frequent coarse language and mature themes.

  • The pitch

    Queer as folk.

  • Starring

    Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Ethan Phillips, Robin Bartlett, Max Casella, John Goodman, Jeanine Serralles

  • Directed by

    Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

  • Running time

    104 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are punched, kicked, pushed, arrested, prodded. An animal is hit by a car. Suicide mentioned (hanging, jumping). Yelling. Blood/gore: Blood on object. Collapsed man.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Man in sleepwear (t-shirt, boxers). Kissing. Sexual-themed discussion.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drug overdose, seizure (injecting drugs implied). Alcohol (spirits, wine). Bar setting. Smoking (cigarettes, cigar).

  • LANGUAGE

    C-word, f-words, s-words, a-words, bastard, crap. Slang terms for genitals. Name-calling, belittling, mocking. Religious exclamations. Gender, musician, marine, army stereotypes.

  • THEMES

    Folk music, guitar, songwriting, unwanted pregnancy, failure, hardship, Greenwich Village, 1960s New York City, infidelity, paternity, cats, responsibility, abortion, squandered potential, hitchhiking.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Pregnancy. Abortion discussed. Funerals mentioned. Cat, pigeons. Man on toilet. Spitting.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Melancholic, funny, special, surreal, enigmatic, irresistible, uproarious, profound, pitch-perfect, comic, dark, outstanding, original, compulsive, watchable, sweet, sad, satisfying, captivating, brooding. Tender mood, lustrous images, resonant soundtrack, gorgeously crafted, beautifully written, terrifically acted, superbly designed. 

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Tiresome, overrated, problematic.