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Love the Coopers (Christmas with the Coopers)

Published in L
Thursday, 26 November 2015 00:22
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  • Rating

    PG: Mild themes, sexual references and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Some comfort, some joy.

  • Starring

    Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Amanda Seyfried, Alan Arkin, Marisa Tomei, Olivia Wilde, Jake Lacy, Marisa Tomei, Alex Borstein, Timothée Chalamet, Maxwell Simkins, Blake Baumgartner, June Squibb, Anthony Mackie, Steve Martin (voice)

  • Directed by

    Jessie Nelson

  • Running time

    107 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are handcuffed, arrested, punched, dacked, thrown against a wall, hit with objects, pushed, ridiculed, knocked over. Stealing, objects knocked over. Arguing, yelling, screaming. People appear to turn into ice then shatter apart; a boy's head appears to explode. Dissecting rats mentioned. Blood/gore: Collapsed man, patient in hospital bed, IV drip, bruising, scar on wrist. Stroke mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing, tongue-licking, ogling, undressing, infidelity. Cleavage, shop mannequins in lingerie, man in underwear, skimpy clothing. A little girl lifts up her dress to reveal her underwear. Reaching orgasm, sex life, homosexuality, sleeping with a married man, BJ (blow job), woman pouncing on man at a party/unexpected pregnancy mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits, cocktails, shots, champagne). Woman passed out drunk. Bar setting. Photograph of teen with (assumed) joint. Getting stoned, caught holding a bong, being a smoker/alcoholic mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    S-words. Name-calling. Slang for genitals. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Christmas, family, memories, marriage, separation, job interviews, classic movies, unlikely friendships, relationships, counselling, second chances, forgiveness, grief, death of a child, sisters, mall Santas.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Deceased mother/wife, sister/daughter, engagement mentioned. A deceased toddler is seen in flashback. Hospital, bar, airport settings. Dogs. Vomiting, spitting, underarm sweat, bad smells, snort laughter. A child has a bathroom accident (implied). Hitch-hiking. Power blackout. Roast turkey seen. People dressed in penguin suits. Also released as Christmas with the Coopers.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Moving, starry, amusing, sweet, sincere. Impressive cast, standout performance by Olivia Wilde, some of the storylines have charm, throwback soundtrack, sleek lensing.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Depressing, formulaic, soppy, frustrating, tangled, fabricated, contrived, tasteless, tedious, numbing, slushy, overstuffed, over-narrated, jumbled. Annoying jokes/tropes, often unfunny/hackneyed humour, distracting camerawork, unnecessary flourishes, wasted cast, cringeing dialogue, smeary direction.

Pan

Published in P
Sunday, 20 September 2015 07:03
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  • Rating

    PG: Mild themes and violence; some scary scenes.

  • The pitch

    I believe.

  • Starring

    Levi Miller, Garrett Hedlund, Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara, Amanda Seyfried, Cara Delevingne, Kathy Burke

  • Directed by

    Joe Wright

  • Running time

    111 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot (off-screen), kicked, punched, hit with objects, slapped, thrown through the air, body-slammed, headlocked, caned (implied), elbowed, made to walk the plank, thrown overboard, near-crushed, pursued/attacked by animals, hung upside-down, tied up, bounced, smacked, stepped on, grabbed. People fall through a trapdoor, dangle precariously, fall from great heights. London is bombed (The Blitz) by Luftwaffe; downed aircraft/engine failures. Explosions, damaged/burning buildings, rubble. Children are stolen from their beds. An animal is speared. Flying ships are shot with cannons, rammed. A kingdom is set alight. A window is smashed. Break-and-enter, theft. Yelling, arguing. Suicide, uprising mentioned. Animation sequences show fighting, skulls, dead mother. Blood/gore: Bloody cut on head, bloody mouth/lip/nose, bloody/blistered hand. Skull-and-crossbones flag. Scar, discoloured eye, bloodshot eyes, bandages.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Flirting. Shirtless men. Tribal-wear, exposed midriff.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    A character inhales a rejuvenation powder.

  • LANGUAGE

    Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations. Obscene finger gestures.

  • THEMES

    Peter Pan, orphans, Captain Hook, pirates, fairies, child labour, walking the plank, traitors, prophecy, trust, tribe, ritual, memories, rejuvenation.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Deceased/estranged mother. A baby is abandoned. Orphanage setting. Butterflies, fish, birds, crocodiles, never birds (giant skeletal birds), chicken, pig's ear, frogs, mermaids. Full moon, military aircraft, pirates with clown faces. Strobe-effect lighting, fast-moving/close-up editing, high/sweeping/vertiginous camerawork.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Busy. Assured/engaging performance by Levi Miller, solid action sequences, striking cinematography, lavish design, wild/flamboyant/eye-catching costumes, interesting visuals.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Bungled, CGI-heavy, repetitive, bloated, ugly, shrill, unpleasant. Unappealing characters, limited sense of fun, tired storyline.

Ted 2

Published in T
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 12:32
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong drug use, crude humour, sexual references and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Ted, also.

  • Starring

    Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth, Giovanni Ribisi, Morgan Freeman, Patrick Warburton

  • Directed by

    Seth MacFarlane

  • Running time

    115 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are punched, hit, slapped, wrestled, tackled, thrown against walls, kicked, hit with objects, thrown from a balcony, hit with objects, tied up, elbowed, shoved, crushed, near-stabbed. Rifle shot. Brawling. Dangerous driving, vehicle collisions/damage. Objects knocked over, smashed; broken glass. Arguing, yelling, screaming. Cutting someone, 9-11, Germanwings crash mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody nose/face. Bruising. Patient in hospital bed, flatlining.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Lots of sperm. Exposed breasts, video of animals mating. Kissing, crotch-grabbing. Skimpy clothing/dancewear, girl in bikini (advertisement), cleavage, bum crack. References to sex, masturbation, porn, fetishism, prostitution, incest. Phallic object.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Smoking/eating marijuana (joints, bongs); field of marijuana plants. Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits, champagne); bar setting. Snorting powder/lines, doing drugs, excessive drug use, drug convictions, getting stoned, epinephrine mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch, bastard, p*ss. Name-calling. Derogatory terms for women, African Americans, homosexuals. Slang terms for genitals. Gender/marriage stereotypes. Jokes about race, culture, gender, sexuality, slavery, disability. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Marriage, civil rights, drugs, best friends, sperm donation, conception, adoption, starting a family, practical jokes, comedy improv, Comic-Con, road trips, lawsuits, legal representation, bearknapping, bromance.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Deceased friend, job loss, marriage annulment. Wedding, church, courtroom settings. Divorce, cancer mentioned. Deer, raccoon, porcupine, squirrel, rabbit, fox, fish, monkey, penguin, lobster. Full moon. Gagging. Steak bones on plate. Mid-credits scene. Dizzing aerial/handheld cinematography (brief).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Puerile, likable, funny, crass. Unapologetically idiotic, anarchic/vulgar/unexpected/sharp humour, extravagant opening number, beautiful original ballad by Amanda Seyfried, infectious chemistry between Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane, seamless motion-capture vfx for Ted, some great cameos.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Ungainly, overstuffed, bumpy, imperfect, overlong, one-note, stupid, familiar. Tiresome courtroom melodramatics, some flat/unfunny/stale/repackaged jokes/scenes, ambling storyline, penchant for casual cruelty, Ted isn't particularly likable.

A Million Ways to Die in the West

Published in A
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 02:26
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  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong sexual references, crude humour and comedic violence.

  • The pitch

    Woolly rocks.

  • Starring

    Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Giovanni Ribisi, Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Silverman, Christopher Hagen

  • Directed by

    Seth MacFarlane

  • Running time

    116 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, shot at, punched, kicked, headbutted, elbowed, glassed, dragged, thrown through the air, head-slammed, throat-stabbed, crushed, knocked over, hit with objects, stomped, burned alive, gored, slapped, pursued, bound, poisoned. Bar brawl. A man falls from his horse. Killing family and burning house down, committing suicide, stage collapse, drownings mentioned. Images of hanged man, diseased body. Property damage, broken glass, animals knocked over. Blood/gore: Corpses, severed limbs, broken limbs. Bloody cut, pooling blood. Animal entrails.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Couple in bed together (sex implied). Brothel setting (sex noises heard), prostitution, masturbation. Kissing. Reference to being molested by uncle, reference to child sex. Frequent sexual-themed discussion, mention of sex acts. Semen, penises (animal) seen. Simulated sex acts. Cleavage. Bare (male) bum, shirtless men. Infidelity (kissing). People in 1880s-style underwear.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    A man drinks a powerful hallucinogen. Pot cookie eaten, a drink is spiked. Cart of healing toxins and elixirs. Cocaine, morphine, overdosing on recreational drugs mentioned. Alcohol (beer, spirits, shots), Saloon setting, intoxication. Smoking (cigars). Gambling (cards).

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch, bastard. Derogatory terms/references/jokes for women, foreigners, Chinese, Muslims, Jews, Christians, Parkinson's disease, Indians, slaves. Slang and actual terms for genitals and bodily functions. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    1880s America, the old West, brothels, county fairs, revenge, death, virginity, relationships, gunfights, moustaches, photography, modern medicine, marksmanship, infidelity.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Relationship breakup, birth scene. Burying parents, killed teenage son mentioned. Church, bar, brothel, jail settings. Horses, sheep, gopher, dog, condor, snake (diamondback), goat, wolves, fly, bull, bird (bluejay), fish. Full moon. High, sweeping camera aerials. Farting, diarrohea, urination, faeces (animal and human), spitting. Tribal language (subtitles).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    tbc

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    tbc

Lovelace

Published in L
Thursday, 22 August 2013 09:35
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  • 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).

Epic

Published in E
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 02:58
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  • Rating

    PG: Mild animated violence.

  • The pitch

    Epic visuals.

  • Starring

    (voices of): Amanda Seyfried, Colin Farrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Jason Sudeikis, Steven Tyler, Christoph Waltz, Chris O'Dowd, Pitbull, Blake Anderson, Aziz Ansari, Josh Hutcherson

  • Directed by

    Chris Wedge

  • Running time

    102 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    In an epic battle sequence, people and creatures (Boggans) are shot with arrows, elbowed, punched, crushed, hit with sticks and branches. Tiny people fall from very high distances. Leaders die in battle. Creatures are punched, prodded, kicked, swallowed. A girl is shrunk, electric-shocked, vaccumed. A mouse's whisker is cut off with a sword. People are shoved, chased, outnumbered, dangle precariously. Smashed glass, swordfights. Blood/gore: Arrow in chest. Dog with a missing limb and a missing eye. Dead turtle mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    None.

  • LANGUAGE

    Name-calling, sexism.

  • THEMES

    Forestation, conservation, environmentalism, experiments, invention, ceremony, legacy, battle, nature, inter-connectivity, destiny, father-daughter relationships, grief, social media.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Son dies in battle. Deceased wife/mother, deceased father mentioned. Many birds, dog, butterflies, buzzing insects, fly, dragonflies, snail, slug, frogs, bee, grub, stick insect, moths, mouse, caterpillar, deer, mole, larvae, fireflies, cobweb, bats. Animal fur, feathers, teeth, bones worn. Full moon. High-perspective aerial cinematography. Inspired by The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs by William Joyce.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Enjoyable, colourful, vibrant, family friendly, sweet. Brisk pace, buoyant score. Great cast and voice work. Eco-friendly message, clean jokes.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Uninventive, uninspired story and storytelling. Predictable, lacks charm.

The End of Love

Published in T
Tuesday, 14 May 2013 01:45
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  • Rating

    CTC.

  • The pitch

    The beginning of Isaac.

  • Starring

    Mark Webber, Isaac Love, Shannyn Sossamon, Amanda Seyfried, Jason Ritter, Michael Cera, Jocelin Donahue, Frances Shaw, Aubrey Plazz

  • Directed by

    Mark Webber

  • Running time

    92 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A man describes how a woman was killed in an accident between a car and a motorcycle; snapped neck, died instantly. A father explains life/death to his son. Song lyrics mention war in Afghanistan and an old lady killed. Russian roulette (handgun). Shouting. Blood/gore: Scratch on little boy's leg.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Flirting, kissing. Innuendo. Man in underwear.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine), intoxication. Smoking. People share a joint.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, p*ss. Name-calling. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Single parenting, coping, grief, relationships, kids, acting, auditions, rushing into things, responsibility, humility, father/son relationships, unemployment, loneliness, insecurity.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Deceased mother/wife mentioned, seen in flashback. Pregnancy mentioned. Lizard, goldfish, chirping birds, snakes (mentioned), dead goldfish. Urination. Full moon.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Powerful, intimate, special. Autobiographical tone. Adorable Isaac steals the show. Naturalistic improvisation. Perfectly captures the ups and downs of parenting a two-year-old.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Too personal, self-indulgent, tepid.

The Big Wedding

Published in T
Monday, 06 May 2013 03:11
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong coarse language and sexual references.

  • The pitch

    One big crappy family.

  • Starring

    Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, Robin Williams, Ben Barnes, Christine Ebersole, David Rasche, Patricia Rae, Ana Ayora

  • Directed by

    Justin Zackham

  • Running time

    89 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A man gets punched, slapped in the face. Pushing, shoving. Fraud investigation (mentioned). Screams. Blood/gore: Bloody nose. Vomiting, fainting.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Couples have sex; noises are heard. Oral sex, hand job, fondling, kissing. Sexual banter. Erection, virginity, birth control, orgasm, tantric sex, fetishism, lesbianism, paedophilia (mentioned). Infidelity. Nudity: Nude female (seen from behind). Nude sculpture and portrait (female). Skimpy workout gear.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine, champagne, spirits, cocktail), drunken behaviour. Sobriety, abstinence (discussed). Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE

    C-word, f-words, s-words, a-words, derogatory names for females, slang and actual terms for male genitalia and sex acts. Name-calling, insults. Ethnic stereotyping and racism. Religious references (confession, preaching) and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Marriage, family, blended families, adoption, divorce, love triangles.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Hospital (maternity ward), church and wedding settings. Wedding proposal. Divorce, separation, infidelity, incest, cheating, infertility, pregnancy, fear of heights (mentioned). Dogs, swans, pigs (mentioned).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Impressive cast, good performances.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Corny, contrived, strained, vapid. Thin sub-plots and one-dimensional characters. Unnecessarily crude.

Les Misérables

Published in L
Sunday, 17 February 2013 04:52
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Mature themes, violence and sexual references.

  • The pitch

    Exquisite adaptation of the theatrical adaption of Victor Hugo's epic novel.

  • Starring

    Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried, Samantha Barks, Daniel Huttlestone, Isabelle Allen, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter

  • Directed by

    Tom Hooper

  • Running time

    158 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A woman's teeth are pulled out as punishment. A man is crushed beneath a cart. Battle sequences feature heavy gunfire, fist-fighting, swords and bayonet attacks with multiple fatalities and injuries to men, women and a child. Shots are fired at close, mid- and long-range distances. A man kills himself by jumping off a bridge; his dead body is seen on the ground below before being washed away. Suicide by explosion is threatened. Multiple beatings with sticks, stones and fists. Multiple dead bodies including a wrapped baby (death is implied). Scars, bandages, missing limbs. Thieving, lying, blackmail. Yelling, pleading, arguing, cries for mercy. Death and starvation are frequently discussed. Blood/gore: Bloody gunshot wounds, bloody clothing, dead bodies, dead and mutilated animals, blood flowing on ground, gushing wounds, bruising and swelling.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Prostitution. A stranger has sex with an unwilling prostitute. Kissing and touching. Promiscuity. Nudity: Prostitutes wear revealing clothing. The lower part of a man's bum-cheeks are seen.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, wine, champagne). Smoking (pipes).

  • THEMES

    Death, starvation, impoverishment, imprisonment, injustice, revenge, capture, fortitude, abandonment, single-parenting, protection, custody, hope, dreams, desperation.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Spitting. Urinating. Vomit is seen. Animals are killed or mutilated then turned into ground meat. Filthy city streets. Impoverished people are filthy and hungry. Feverish hallucination.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Performances are a-may-zing, especially from Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway. Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter are a riot. Direction is visceral and well executed. The camera assumes the role of the theatrical spotlight by using tight framing during gut-wrenching solos shot (usually) in one take. Hooper manages to bring the stage to the screen with an incredible intuition.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Fans of the stage musical will love this; fans of the novel will likely be left out in the cold. The thrilling musical score sounds outdated on the big screen. If you don't already know who Prisoner 24601 is then you probably won't enjoy this introduction. Russell Crowe's performance is self-conscious.