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Pete's Dragon (2016)

Published in P
Monday, 29 August 2016 03:52
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    PG: Mild violence.

  • Starring

    Oakes Fegley, Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, Oona Laurence, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Isiah Whitlock Jr.

  • Directed by

    David Lowery

  • Running time

    103 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Fatal car accident (crashing/crashed car seen). Characters are shot (tranquiliser darts), chained, pursued, thrown through the air/to the ground, dropped from a stretcher, roped, hit with a stick, sedated, near-burned, grabbed. Characters dangle precariously, fall from a tree, fall from a bridge, hit their heads, trip over. A man stabs his knife into wood. A boy jumps off a cliff. A driver rams through a wall, rams another vehicle; smashed cars. A bridge begins to collapse. Objects burned, twisted, uprooted (tree), thrown, smashed, rammed. Theft. Growling, howling, roaring, screaming. Blood/gore: Scratches on face, bloodied knee (injury detail not seen), broken tooth. People are covered in gooey snot/sneeze. Children seen in hospital beds, leg in plaster cast, man on stretcher.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Shirtless boy.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    A character is sedated (shot with tranquiliser dart).

  • LANGUAGE

    Name-calling. A man says "redheads" to indicate his frustration at a ginger-haired woman. A woman is accused of "stepping on her husband's toes" career-wise.

  • THEMES

    Adventure, orphans, family, survival, friendship, invisibility, deforestation, logging, hunting, father-daughter relationships, endangered species, magic.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead parents. Dead mother mentioned. Hospital setting. Deer, wolves, rabbit, birds, bear, owl, butterfly, dog, cows, dragons. Balloon. Tongue-poking.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Delightful, surprising, stylish, old-fashioned, sturdy, sensitive, calm, assured, lovely, lyrical, funny, magical, intimate, lovable, full-hearted, warm, wistful, wonderful, sincere, rewarding, low-key, disarming, gentle, worthy, uplifting, small-scale, charming. Timeless human moments, dark/heartbreaking/haunting opening scene, warm cast, praise-worthy/convincing/terrific/muted performance by Oakes, Fegley, exceptional Weta Digital animation, stunning/endearing/doglike dragon, folky/evocative/uplifting/spirited store, intricate sound design, gorgeous vistas, lush/luminous cinematography, family friendly.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Formulaic. Gavin's character motivations feel a little forced/insincere, perfunctory/too-neat finale.

We Are Your Friends

Published in W
Tuesday, 01 September 2015 00:07
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Are we ever gonna be better than this?

  • Starring

    Zac Efron, Wes Bentley, Emily Ratajkowski, Jonny Weston, Shiloh Fernandez, Alex Shaffer, Jon Bernthal

  • Directed by

    Max Joseph

  • Running time

    96 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are punched, tackled, pushed, throat-grabbed. A man is threatened playfully with a nailgun, people watch a MMA wrestling match on TV. Object thrown. Footage of a cannon being fired. Screaming, arguing. Blood/gore: Corpse (drug overdose). Bloody eye, lip, scratches. Bruising, scar, split lip. Animation of hearts beating, skeletons, blood flow, brain/nerve function. X-ray scans.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Couples have sex in the car/hotel room. Men visit a pole-dancing club. Kissing, caressing, breast-touching, undressing, flirting, ogling, propositioning. Topless women, shirtless men, close-up of female bottom, swimwear, people in underwear, cleavage, underboob. Infidelity. Sexually suggestive dancing, pole-dancing. Porn/porn industry mentioned. References to sex acts/masturbation/fingering. Drawing of nude female (no genitals).

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Fatal drug overdose. Drugs smoked/snorted/swallowed/sold (PCP, marijuana, laced drink). Hallucination/trip sequence. Packets of drugs. Alcohol (beer, wine, champagne, spirits, sake, cocktails, shots, hip flask). Smoking. Club/rave settings. Spliff, weed, PCP, uppers, downers, screamers, louders, MDMA, blackjack, betting mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    C-word, f-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch. Name-calling. Slang for genitals. Gender stereotyping. Obscene finger gestures. Religious reference and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    DJing, electronic dance music (EDM), subculture, friends, music, home studios, recording, drugs, partying, infidelity, betrayal, real estate foreclosure, personal assistants, sushi.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Deceased friend. Estranged mother implied. Funeral, club settings. Sushi prepared. Lions (on television). Vomiting. Strobe/flash lighting. Vision under end credits, mid-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Fun, energetic, ridiculous, thumping, fast, feel-good, sweet, goofy, entertaining, sweaty, silly, raw, dumb, bro-heavy, earnest. Killer beats, fast editing, underplayed/capable performance from Zac Efron, scene-stealing performance from Wes Bentley, occasional directorial flourishes, unexpectedly moving climax.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Predictable, tacky, flawed, misshapen, mediocre. Clunky subplot, clichéd premises, cardboard characters.

Interstellar

Published in I
Saturday, 08 November 2014 10:45
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Science fiction themes and infrequent coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Rage against the dying of the light.

  • Starring

    Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Wes Bentley, Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon, Mackenzie Foy, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow

  • Directed by

    Christopher Nolan

  • Running time

    169 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are tackled, electrocuted, hit with objects, near-frozen, punched, headbutted. Explosions, broken glass, burning crop (arson). Dangerous driving, object thrown. Airship crashes, dropping bombs, starving people, suffocation, schoolyard brawling, killing yourself mentioned. Screaming, arguing. Blood/gore: Patients in hospital beds, nasal tubes. Floating corpse.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    None.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, spirits). Dramamine consumed.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, a-words, sonofab*tch. Name-calling. Religious references.

  • THEMES

    Space exploration, relativity, gravity, quantum mechanics, time, father-daughter relationships, corn farming, baseball, binary code,legacy, sacrifice, hopelessness, survival, humanity.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead wife, dead father/grandfather, dead child mentioned. Dust storm, giant waves. Poltergeists mentioned. High camera aerials. Bright strobe lights.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Exhilarating, imaginative, visionary, stirring, formidable, cerebral, handcrafted, personal, thrilling, well-staged, spectacular, overwhelming, immersive, time-bending, long, grand, strange, demanding, bold, beautiful, surreal, dreamlike, sharp, tense, moving, hypnotic, challenging, provocative, gorgeous. Laconic/effortless/self-assured performance from McConaughey, majestic celestial landscape, extraordinary mid-film emotional climax, complex character motivations, visually/conceptually audacious, emotionally accessible, wonderful sound design, imaginative/inventive score, narrative twists/reversals, jaw-dropping cinematography.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Thudding, prosaic, strident, overbearing. Familiar plot, bombastic score, some weak writing, convenient sentimentality, ruptured script, unnecessarily tide resolutions, gaping plot holes.

The Hunger Games

Published in T
Monday, 18 November 2013 00:41
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  • Rating

    M: Mature themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    The first course.

  • Starring

    Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Wes Bentley, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz, Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Banks, Amandla Stenberg, Dayo Okeniyi, Willow Shields

  • Directed by

    Gary Ross

  • Running time

    142 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are hacked, slashed, stabbed, speared, bludgeoned, hit with objects, near-choked, poisoned, murdered, slapped, thrown against a wall, wrestled, pursued, grabbed, punched, kicked, strangled, manipulated, snared, stalked, burned, threatened, bitten, mauled. Suicide references, explosion, cannon fire. People fall down embankments, out of trees. Video footage of atomic mushroom cloud, explosions, burning debris, armed soldiers. Weapons training (stick-fighting, hand-to-hand combat, archery, blade-throwing, sword-fighting), mercy killing, underground mine explosion, rioting, smashed glass, objects knocked over, property damage, brawling. Bushfire, fireballs, kids play-fighting with swords. Animals stabbed, arrowed, roasted, eaten. Killing animals mentioned. Screaming, arguing, pleading. Cutting out tongues, war, uprising, treason, being burned to death/blown sky-high mentioned. Blood/gore: Blood splatter, bloody faces, bloody legs, blood on clothing/objects, bloody cuts, bleeding, blood spots, bloody fingerprints, burned/charred skin, swollen/bruised skin, welts. Corpses, skulls (video), neck-breaking. Finger prick, objects inserted into skin.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing. Man in underwear. Low-cut gowns.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits, cocktails, wine). Hip flask, intoxication. Healing salves applied to wounds. Hallucinations.

  • LANGUAGE

    Name-calling. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Fight to the death, starvation, poverty, class warfare, survival, reality television, media, broadcast, tradition, hunting, siblings, relationships, archery, chance, fate, lottery, mentoring, fame, disguise, tactics, rules, alliance, betrayal, young love, healing, hope, sacrifice, dystopia, oppression, renegades.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Deceased father/husband. Childless mother, orphans, widows mentioned. Cat, deer, dogs, pigs, horses, wasps, buzzing insects, birds, butterfly. Wasp attack, dog attacks. Roast meat, grilled fish eaten. Animals spit-roasted, roast pig seen. Shaky handheld camerawork. Soles of feet, eyebrow-plucking, waxing, spitting. Based on the novel, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Tough-spirited, exciting, thought-provoking, memorable, muscular, honorable, unflinching, horrific, brutal, tense, allegorical. Strong performance from Jennifer Lawrence, terrific supporting cast, magnificent costumes and makeup, vivid set design, irresistible energy, faithful onscreen adaptation.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Overlong, cheesy, sprawling, sometimes sluggish, manipulative. Weak chemistry between leads, shaky handheld camerawork is stomach-churning.

Lovelace

Published in L
Thursday, 22 August 2013 09:35
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong themes, sex scenes and drug use.

  • The pitch

    Goes deep.

  • Starring

    Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Sharon Stone, Robert Patrick, Juno Temple, Chris Noth, Bobby Cannavale, Hank Azaria, Adam Brody, Chloë Sevigny, James Franco, Debi Mazar, Wes Bentley, Eric Roberts

  • Directed by

    Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman

  • Running time

    93 minutes

  • Rated

    MA15+ (Australia), 18 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A woman is raped/gang-raped (implied), shoved, thrown, slapped, threatened at gunpoint (pistol), tormented. A man is belted, a man behaves aggressively during sexual intercourse, pimps out his wife. Objects thrown and smashed. Domestic hitting, yelling, gunshot heard. Fatal car crash, World War II, Korea, the Hindenburg mentioned. Blood/gore: Scar, bruising, bloody face, bloody knuckles.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Frequent oral sex scenes and implied sex. Masturbation, pimping. Kissing, flirting. People watch pornographic movies. Sexual revolution, prostitution, aphrodisiac, swinger parties mentioned. Sexual banter, innuendo, provocative dancing, sex toys (blow-up doll, dildo). Woman frequently seen topless. Shirtless man, male bottom. Nude bodies (video footage). Swimwear. Cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Cocaine-snorting, joint-smoking. Unknown pills consumed. Being stoned, smoking grass mentioned. Alcohol (beer, cocktails, spirits, champagne). Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words. Slang and actual terms for genitalia. Religious references and exclamations. Racial stereotypes.

  • THEMES

    Linda Lovelace, domestic violence, pornography, adult movies, home movies, Deep Throat, film-making, fame, infamy, single parenting, rejection, debt, family, mother-daughter relationships, autobiography, legacy, polygraph, pop-culture.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Unwanted pregnancy, child given up, circumcision, divorce, heart attack mentioned. Prison setting, overbearing mother. Fireworks, thunder. Fur worn, oysters eaten. Based on Ordeal  by Linda Lovelace.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Cautionary, empowering, revealing, memorable, unflinching, mesmerising, heartbreaking, miserable, dispiriting, sobering. Stellar performance from Amanda Seyfried, terrific supporting cast. Authentic 1970s setting.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Faltering, limp, jumbled, predictable, melodramatic. Flat ending, weak dialogue, distracting cameos. Amanda Seyfried and James Franco bear little resemblance to their characters. Should be more shocking, disturbing than it is (omits several more troubling details about Lovelace's life).

The Time Being

Published in T
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 01:54
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Coarse language.

  • The pitch

    A blank canvas.

  • Starring

    Wes Bentley, Sarah Paulson, Corey Stoll, Frank Langella, Ahna O'Reilly, Jeremy Allen White, Aiden Lovekamp, Gina Gallego, Sandra Seacat

  • Directed by

    Nenad Cicin-Sain

  • Running time

    85 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A man is hit with an object.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Inference to paedophilia/deviance. Painting of nude women. Man, woman in underwear. Shirtless man.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine, spirits). Smoking a joint mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, wh*re.

  • THEMES

    Art, painting, photography, benefactors, commissions, video, family, motives, morals, ethics, suspicion, eccentricity, dying wishes, selfishness.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Marriage separation. Malignant tumour, radiation mentioned, a man collapses. Towed car. Birds (seagulls). Fish skeleton, crocodile toy. Toilet. IV drip seen.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Glorious visuals. Confident debut from first-time director Cicin-Sain.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Expressionless performance from Bentley, over-active score, tonally confused, clichéd dialogue, insufferably portentous, lazy characterisation. Airless, empty, pretentious, contrived, glum, boring, dissatisfying, flimsy, banal, a melodramatic slog.