Displaying items by tag: advice Wednesday, 17 July 2019

La La Land (2016)

Published in L
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 07:31
DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this website is intended for general entertainment, interest and educational purposes only. It does not constitute, and should not be relied upon as, professional, legal, medical, financial, psychological, personal or other industry advice. Cinemum.net is not responsible for any injury or hardshi...

Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Here's to the ones that dream.

  • Starring

    Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, J.K. Simmons, Rosemarie DeWitt, Claudine Claudio, Jason Fuchs, Finn Wittrock, Josh Pence

  • Directed by

    Damien Chazelle

  • Running time

    128 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shoved, slapped (playful). A man breaks a restaurant sign. Objects thrown at a car. Yelling, arguing. Blood/gore: None.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing, hand-holding. Cleavage. Women flash their underwear while dancing. People in swimwear, nightwear. Couple in bed together (clothed). Woman in towel.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine, champagne, beer, cocktails). Bar, club settings.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, s-words, a-word. Obscene finger gestures. Name-calling (weirdo, baby, etc). Religious exclamations (God help us, oh my God, my Lord, holy hell, goddamn, etc).

  • THEMES

    Romance, musicals, Hollywood, jazz, fame, success, auditions, collectibles, theatre, bands, live music, touring, career, relationships, fusion, duets, ambition, sacrifice, heartache.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Job loss, relationship breakup. Fireworks. Meat eaten. Bright camera strobe/flashes.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Remarkable, romantic, sun-drenched, absorbing, dazzling, distinctive, sweet-natured, energetic, dreamy, optimistic, happy, wonderstruck, joyous, sad, magical, daring, beautiful, sophisticated, unexpected, original, transportative, audacious, starry-eyed, ambitious, vibrant, bittersweet, elating, ardent, passionate; a masterpiece. Charming/terrific/excellent/appealing lead performances, powerful/convincing chemistry between leads, simple storytelling, gob-smacking/raucous/exhilarating opening scene, evocative soundtrack, gorgeous/expert/superb/kinetic cinematography, instinctive/intense direction, alluring backdrops/set pieces, buoyant/charming/memorable/melodious/infectious musical numbers, elegant costumes, sensational finale.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Overlong. A little too discordant/melancholy, the momentum stalls at times, some songs are a little indistinct/forgettable.

Captain Fantastic (2016)

Published in C
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 22:56
DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this website is intended for general entertainment, interest and educational purposes only. It does not constitute, and should not be relied upon as, professional, legal, medical, financial, psychological, personal or other industry advice. Cinemum.net is not responsible for any injury or hardshi...

Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Mature themes, coarse language and nudity.

  • The pitch

    Power to the people.

  • Starring

    Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Samantha Isler, Annalise Basso, Nicholas Hamilton, Shree Crooks, Charlie Shotwell, Trin Miller, Kathryn Hahn, Steve Zahn, Missi Pyle, Frank Langella

  • Directed by

    Matt Ross

  • Running time

    118 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Suicide mentioned/discussed (slit wrists). An animal is hunted/stabbed/throat-cut/trussed/skinned. A child falls from a high ledge (loud crack heard as head hits pavement). Weapons training/sparring; kids handling weapons. A boy stabs a wall in anger, a boy slips while rock-climbing and slams wrist (likely broken). Children play a violent video game. Screaming, yelling, arguing. Theft. Genocide, fascists, militants, dictators, child molester, rape mentioned. Blood/gore: Sliced throat (animal), deboning animal. Corpses (human/animal), animal skeletons/bones. Bloody hands, fur, forehead, knife, smear, grazes. A bloodied animal organ is eaten raw. A dead animal is skinned. Head brace, crutches, bandage. Heart attack, X-ray. Bipolar affective disorder, psychosis, violent mood swings, severe depression, CAT scan, fracture mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Full frontal male nudity (adult), rear male nudity (boy), cleavage. A father explains sexual intercourse to his children/gives his young child a copy of The Joy of Sex by Alex Comfort. Kissing, flirting. Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita discussed.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine, beer). Underage drinking. Smoking. Bar setting/wine aisle in supermarket (bottles of alcohol seen in background). Crack, cocaine, crackheads mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, b*tch, butt, whores. Name-calling. Terms for genitals. Religious references and exclamations (Jesus Christ, God damn it). Obscene finger gestures.

  • THEMES

    Family, alternative lifestyles, non-conformity, anti-establishment, suicide, death, grief, capitalism, idealism, rock-climbing, real world education, tough love, survival, home schooling, literature, Noam Chomsky, parenting, funerals, exhumation, socialisation.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Funeral, cemetery, bar, church, airport settings. Grave exhumation. Deer, sheep, chickens. Waterfall, thunder, lightning. Fur worn, meat killed/cooked/eaten, roast chicken eaten. Nose-picking. Brief Esperanto (no translation/subtitles). Some high aerial cinematography.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Touching, tender, charming, eccentric, brisk, enthralling, engaging, gripping, thought-provoking, terrific, complex, theme-rich, polished, relatable, fantastic, refreshing. Noteworthy/fine/inspired/sensational/pitch-perfect/impressive/effortless performances, brilliant cast, honest/superb writing and direction, stunning/luminous/gorgeous photography.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Frustrating/overlong/mushy/ragged finale.

Mr. Right

Published in M
Tuesday, 14 June 2016 06:56
DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this website is intended for general entertainment, interest and educational purposes only. It does not constitute, and should not be relied upon as, professional, legal, medical, financial, psychological, personal or other industry advice. Cinemum.net is not responsible for any injury or hardshi...

Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    That was fun-ish.

  • Starring

    Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick, Tim Roth, James Ransone, Anson Mount, Michael Eklund, RZA

  • Directed by

    Paco Cabezas

  • Running time

    95 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, tasered, kicked, punched, stabbed, handcuffed, dragged, kidnapped, hit with objects, bludgeoned, roundhouse kicked, bumped into, spat on, arm-snapped, shoved, elbowed, smacked, slapped, head-rammed, kneed, bound/gagged, pursued, bitten, throat-grabbed, tackled, handcuffed, rammed against a wall. A man falls down stairs. Objects thrown, shot, knocked over. Story heard of bullying kid, crushing a small animal. Fistfighting, Mexican standoffs. Roaring, screaming. Killing husband, scratch face off, choke a goat, waterboarding, cut head off, Serbian war zone, World War II, duck hunting, blew up a building, suicide mentioned. Blood/gore: Dead bodies. Victim wrapped in plastic/thrown from a bridge. Bloody faces/chest/heads/arm/noses/lips/clothing/cuts/scratches/grazes/objects/wounds. Blood spatter, spitting blood, pooled/smeared blood. Scar, bruising, bandage. Knives seen protruding from throat/bottom/foot areas. Cancer, brain damage mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A cheating couple are caught during foreplay. Couple in bed together (sex implied), couple in shower together. Kissing, flirting, caressing, leg-squeezing. Woman in lingerie, skimpy clothing. Infidelity. Rack of condoms. Threesome proposed. Fisting, showing boobs/bodies, fake pregnancy claim, being naked, casual sex, gays, homophobia, pervert mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    A character rolls a marijuana joint. Alcohol (wine, spirits, beer, cocktails). Bar, club settings. Intoxication. Drugs, heroin, crackheads, cokehead, dose you up mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    C-word, f-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch. Name-calling. Slang for genitals and bodily functions. Derogatory terms for women. [Being] racist mentioned. Religious exclamations (Jesus Christ, what the hell?, God etc).

  • THEMES

    Romance, hitmen, infidelity, relationship rebounds, reflexes, dancing, New Orleans, anger management, redemption, brothers, contract killing, fratricide, normality.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Relationship breakup. Cats. Nose-picking, spitting. Lightning (opening titles), bright camera flashes. Frying fish, eating hot dogs, roasted animals/drying fish seen in marketplace. Animal skull on wall, animal skin rug on sofa, stuffed animal on desk. Urination mentioned.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Screwball, violent, funny, crowd-pleasing, fizzy, cute, bouncy, quirky, oddball, bloody, high-danger, diverting, bright, fast-paced, fun. Wonderful/delightful/adorable chemistry between leads, efficient cast, clever banter, bouyant pop tunes, flashy editing, wacky costume design, has some amusing charm, RZA gets the best line.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Thin, dumb, forgettable, peculiar, broad, one-dimensional, lazy, sloppy, hackneyed. Forced cleverness, silly story, cheesy dialogue, garish/desperate action, some mind-numbing/nonsensical sequences, uneven sound mixing, Tim Roth has a terrible southern accent, plays like a watered down Leonard/Demme/Tarantino film, mildly offensive.

Daddy's Home

Published in D
Friday, 22 April 2016 09:17
DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this website is intended for general entertainment, interest and educational purposes only. It does not constitute, and should not be relied upon as, professional, legal, medical, financial, psychological, personal or other industry advice. Cinemum.net is not responsible for any injury or hardshi...

Additional Info

  • Rating

    PG: Mild crude humour, sexual references and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    A stepdad is thunderstruck.

  • Starring

    Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, Thomas Haden Church, Owen Vaccaro, Scarlett Estevez, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Cannavale, Bill Burr, LaMonica Garrett, John Cena, Olivia Renee Dupepe, Didi Costine, Alessandra Ambrosio

  • Directed by

    Sean Anders

  • Running time

    96 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are electrocuted, bullied, hit with objects, tackled, punched, shoved, kicked, threatened. People crash into a house/wall, fall down. Men teach a child to fight. A motorcycle crashes into a house, car. Road rage. Damaged house, vehicle, wall. Object thrown. Arguing, yelling, growling (dog), screaming. Drawings of man with knife on head, with poo dropping on head, burning, being tortured, being kicked. Stories are told to children about dragon-slaying, people being threatened with various weapons, etc. Military/Ku Klux Klan references. Killing you/a dog, fighting styles, want kids/parents dead, bullying, punched a kid mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody cuts on leg. A victim lays unconscious (stopped heart and not breathing assumed). CPR, dental procedure (x-ray), medical examination (testicles). Cloudy eyes. Bandaid, wound-dressing.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A man watches porn (sperm donation setting). Animals mating (TV show); a dog humps a toy. Shirtless men, cleavage, photo of topless woman (breasts obscured), skimpy dancewear. A man's (clothed) genitals are x-rayed. People examine a man's genitals (off-screen). A man is seen naked from the waist down by a group of people. Topless maid/waitress mentioned. Mild innuendo. Stories heard about infidelity. Photos of couple kissing. References to childbirth, conception, penis size, sperm count, fertility, virility, sex.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, wine, excessive drinking, intoxication). Roids mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    S-words, a-words, freakin'. B*tch, bastard. Name-calling. Slang for genitals, bodily fluids. Derogatory term for women. Religious references and exclamations. Jokes about race, relationships.

  • THEMES

    Family, step-dads, biological fathers, exes, rivals, music executives, smooth jazz, conflict resolution, bullies, oneupmanship, fertility.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Church, dental surgery, bar settings. Divorce, visitation mentioned. Dog, aquarium fish/stingray, pony, puppy. References to defecation, body odour, urination.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Enjoyable, mediocre, watchable, silly. Good chemistry between Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, game performances, rousing/cornball ending, a handful of funny moments, clever cameo by John Cena.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Hackneyed, predictable, dumb, obvious, meaningless, saccharine, formulaic, sluggish, mean-spirited, tedious, trite. Lame jokes, thudding/deliberate/predictable gag setups, tired concept/material, flimsy structure, brazen product placement, by-the-numbers filmmaking, Linda Cardellini is wasted.

Kung Fu Panda 3

Published in K
Sunday, 20 March 2016 09:38
DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this website is intended for general entertainment, interest and educational purposes only. It does not constitute, and should not be relied upon as, professional, legal, medical, financial, psychological, personal or other industry advice. Cinemum.net is not responsible for any injury or hardshi...

Additional Info

  • Rating

    PG: Mild animated fantasy violence.

  • The pitch

    This is how they roll.

  • Starring

    (voices of): Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, J.K. Simmons, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, Kate Hudson, James Hong, Randall Duk Kim

  • Directed by

    Alessandro Carloni, Jennifer Yuh Nelson

  • Running time

    95 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are bound, chained, punched, kicked, shot at (arrows), drained of life energy, hit with objects, knocked to the ground, thrown through the air, rammed, near-choked, held down, flipped, spun, pursued, near-bitten. Blades fly through the air. Buildings, mountains, objects smashed; debris. A character lays eggs in fear, characters fall out of hammocks. Weapons training. Theft, lying. A cloud shape is beheaded. Yelling, snorting. A character asks "If I step on you will I die?". A flashback scene shows a mother abandoning her child/being (implied) attacked by baddies with torches. Slayer, master of pain, beast of vengeance, maker of widows, zombies mentioned. Blood/gore: Walking wounded (no blood/gore visible). Burning/singed fur, burning ear/paw. Back-cracking sounds heard.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Flirting, hand-kissing, hugging. Character in the bath. Mild innuendo (reference to "dumplings").

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    None.

  • LANGUAGE

    Butt, peed. Name-calling. Oh my gosh.

  • THEMES

    Identity, family, father-son relationships, inner peace, chi, faith, respect, teaching, mortality, healing, quests, secrets, adoption, sacrifice, enlightenment.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    References to deceased mother/wife. Pandas, rabbits, turtle, ducks, goose, tiger, praying mantis, monkey, snake, yak, crane, pigs, bear, chicken, crocodile, dragon, porcupine. Scary jade creatures with dazzling green eyes. Dry-retching/gagging. Full moon, waterfalls, firecrackers. Some dizzying visuals.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Brisk, delightful, dark, scary, bouyant, witty, whimsical, elegant, rough-and-tumble, cohesive, cathartic, gorgeous, charming, disarming, colourful, effervescent, entertaining, audience-pleasing, heartfelt. Exemplary/gifted vocal cast, brilliant/impressive/inventive animation, stunning/dramatic visuals, fluid direction, sharp/witty comedy, worthy themes, affecting emotional beats, age-appropriate humour, memorable sound design, thrilling climactic action sequence; builds on the previous two films but you don't need prior knowledge to enjoy it.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Hectic. Serviceable script, recycled themes, fitfully amusing.

Grimsby (The Brothers Grimsby)

Published in G
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 04:20
DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this website is intended for general entertainment, interest and educational purposes only. It does not constitute, and should not be relied upon as, professional, legal, medical, financial, psychological, personal or other industry advice. Cinemum.net is not responsible for any injury or hardshi...

Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong crude sexual humour and nudity.

  • The pitch

    A load of bollock.

  • Starring

    Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong, Isla Fisher, Rebel Wilson, Johnny Vegas, Ricky Tomlinson, Gabourey Sidibe

  • Directed by

    Louis Leterrier

  • Running time

    83 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot (including child), throat-grabbed, thrown down stairs/over railings (including child in wheelchair, dog), whacked, wrestled, hit with objects, pursued, hit by a car, pushed aside, shoulder-charged, kicked, thrown from a moving vehicle, interrogated, glassed, exploded, near-drowned, injected with a tracking device, poisoned, headbutted, threatened at gunpoint, punched, waxed, chained/hung up, strapped to table (video footage), roundhouse kicked, blasted with water, impaled. An animal is shot. A man crashes through plate glass windows. Reckless driving, vehicle collisions, bike accidents, vehicle crashes into river. Explosions. Mass panic. Capture, stealing, assassination attempt, kill order, burning down school, dying in war mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses. Bloody heads, mouths, noses, knee, bullet wounds; blood spatter. Wound-sucking. Bruising, bandage, arm in sling, child in wheelchair, patients in hospital beds. Injections (needles, syringes) seen. Funeral, cemetery, coffins seen. Timelapse footage of infected person dying. Shattered ankle, open sores mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Sex scenes (caressing, finger-sucking, kissing, grinding, orgasm). Animals mating (penis, vagina/uterus, ejaculate seen). An animal is manually stimulated. Tea-bagging, flirting, undressing. People stick objects up their bottoms. A woman spreads her legs (inviting oral sex). A man's neck and genitals are sucked. Testicles, anuses, nude and near-nude women, ejaculate, pubic hair, streaker seen. Shirtless men/boys, nude bottoms, skimpy clothing, women in lingerie, cleavage, man in underwear, (implied) nude men in bath together. Nude tattoo. References to homosexuality, rape, Bill Cosby, oral sex, incest, threesome, bestiality, registered sex offenders. Promiscuity, seduction, hickey mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drugs (buying/selling/injecting/trafficking heroin; people are injected with lethal toxins; blue meth seen on television show). Alcohol (beer, cocktails, shots, champagne, wine). Drink-driving. Smoking. A child jokes about smoking crack. Vial of antidote seen. A child is seen holding a beer. Vaping mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch, bastards, bollocks. Name-calling. Terms for genitals. Derogatory term for police officers. Obscene finger and hand gestures. Religious references and exclamations. Jokes about childhood leukaemia, paedophiles, HIV, AIDS, celebrity, bestiality, incest, anal penetration, excrement.

  • THEMES

    Brothers, family, scum, MI6, undercover operations, philanthropy, charities, football, soccer, betrayal, HIV, AIDS, infection, orphans, adoption, lonomia caterpillar toxin, flashbacks, drug dealing, abandonment, pitch invasion, global terrorist plots, chavs.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Funeral, cemetery, orphanage, hospital settings. Missing sibling, childhood leukaemia, bedwetting mentioned. Helicopter, plane, toilet, fireworks. Zebra, elephants, chickens, cheetah. Spitting, fart, urination. Frozen/gutted fish seen. Poo discussed. Go-Pro style point-of-view cinematography (slightly disorienting). Mid-credits and post-credits scenes. Also known as The Brothers Grimsby.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Ribald, gross-out, fast-paced, spoofy, edgy, naughty, silly, raucous, juvenile, chaotic, crude, unflinching, half-successful. Some funny jokes, game performances, proficient/exciting/spirited action sequences, handsome locations, mischievous production design.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Lowbrow, offensive, convoluted, uneven, strained, non-sensical, xenophobic, racist, misogynist. Broad/sometimes-cruel comedy, patchy narrative, thankless female roles.

Sherpa

Published in S
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 12:31
DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this website is intended for general entertainment, interest and educational purposes only. It does not constitute, and should not be relied upon as, professional, legal, medical, financial, psychological, personal or other industry advice. Cinemum.net is not responsible for any injury or hardshi...

Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Mature themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    A tall subject.

  • Starring

    Phurba Tashi Sherpa, Karma Doma Sherpa, Russell Brice, Ed Douglas, Jamling Tenzing Norgay, Pem Pem Tsershing, Greg Smith, Mark Woodward, Dawa Steven Sherpa, Glenn Johnson, Jeff Brown, Annie Doyle, Joby Ogwyn, Ed Wardle, Sumit Joshi, Tim Medvetz, Dave McKinley, Joe French, Jing Wang, Bhim Prasad Acharya, Sangay Sherpa, Charlie Linville

  • Directed by

     Jennifer Peedom

  • Running time

    96 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are slapped, kicked. Rock thrown. Frantic voices heard over talkback. Arguing, protest. War, Russian roulette, fighting, trying to kill us, threats of breaking legs/being beaten up, terrorists, terrorism, April 2015 earthquake, 1000 people dead mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses (seen from distance). Recovery of injured people/corpses. Reports of many deaths. People in oxygen masks. Swollen faces, terrible headaches, head injury, internal bleeding, fracture, bruising, ECG, dead bodies, blood stains, debris, faces not recognisable, graveyard mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    None.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Got drunk on chaang (rice beer) mentioned. Cans of beer seen.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, p*ssed. Religious references.

  • THEMES

    Mount Everest, 18 April 2014, base camp, prayer, faith, ritual, family, grief, Tenzing Norgay, ethnicity, reincarnation, respect, sacred sites, expedition, risk, Khumbu Icefall, climate change, altitude sickness, discontent, compensation, injustice.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead friends/fathers/husbands. Dead brother mentioned. Memorial service. Full moon, yaks, blackbirds. Avalanches, helicopters, plane. Meat eaten, fur worn. Shaky camerawork, time-lapse. Indo-Aryan/Nepali language (subtitles).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Towering, gripping, polemic, spectacular, riveting, remarkable, hopeful, exquisite, unforgettable, sly, heartfelt, rich, textured, topical, timely, breathtaking, intimate, personal, exceptional, absorbing, moving, impartial, responsive, large, beautiful, captivating, respectful. Sure-handed direction, visually magnificent, stunning photography, compelling narrative, unforgettable characters, ominous score, outstanding sound design, seamless editing, politically urgent.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    tbc

Kill The Messenger

Published in K
Thursday, 09 October 2014 03:41
DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this website is intended for general entertainment, interest and educational purposes only. It does not constitute, and should not be relied upon as, professional, legal, medical, financial, psychological, personal or other industry advice. Cinemum.net is not responsible for any injury or hardshi...

Additional Info

  • Rating

    R (USA): Language and drug content.

  • The pitch

    Contra-versial.

  • Starring

    Jeremy Renner, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rosemarie DeWitt, Barry Pepper, Oliver Platt, Andy Garcia, Paz Vega, Michael Sheen, Ray Liotta, Yul Vazquez, Lucas Hedges

  • Directed by

    Michael Cuesta

  • Running time

    112 minutes

  • Rated

    CTC (Australia), NR (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are held at gunpoint, kidnapped, pursued. Objects punched/kicked, window smashed. Images of soldiers carrying guns, explosions, weapons firing, burning buildings, people being handcuffed. Rapists, paedophiles, killing people, dying children, suicide mentioned. Yelling, arguing. Blood/gore: Bloody scratch, bloody hand. Bandages. Images of corpses, body bags, blood-covered fabric, baby in ICU.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Couple in bed (sex implied). Kissing. Swimwear, nightwear, cleavage, shirtless men, men in underwear. Infidelity discussed.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Images of illegal drugs, drug dealing, drug-taking, drug paraphernalia. Prescription drugs consumed. Alcohol (beer, champagne, wine, cocktails). Underage drinking. Smoking. War on drugs, drug abuse, heroin, marijuana, crack cocaine, narcotics, dope mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, bastard, b*tch. Name-calling. Slang for bodily functions. Religious exclamations. Obscene finger gesture.

  • THEMES

    Gary Webb, Dark Alliance: The Story Behind the Crack Explosion, US government, conspiracy theories, news reporting, investigative journalism,informants, lies, power, bribery, corruption, drugs, drug dealing, racism, father-son relationships, infidelity, awards, motorcycle maintenance, Nicaragua, San Jose Mercury News.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Deceased mistress (suicide) mentioned. Suicide (gunshots) mentioned. Prison, courtroom, airport settings. Plane, helicopters, ducks, horses, tank fish. Cooking hamburgers, hot dogs; roast chicken eaten. Urination. Based on a true story.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Assiduous, engrossing, flinty, brainy, fact-based, gritty, cautionary, painful, worthwhile, compelling, coherent, ballsy, sincere, well-meaning, admirable. Excellent performance from Jeremy Renner, topnotch cast, steady flow of tension, great story, standout performance from Lucas Hedges, the film has passion/heart.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Patchy, unsubtle, idealistic, generic, sprawling, overstuffed, strained, dated, self-congratulatory, clichéd. A little too sympathetic toward subject, overuse of news exposition montages, plot holes, mismatched tones, glorified cameos.