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Julieta (2016)

Published in J
Tuesday, 13 September 2016 04:23
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Mature themes and sex scenes.

  • The pitch

    Grieving over the living.

  • Starring

    Adriana Ugarte, Emma Suárez, Daniel Grao, Rossy de Palma, Inma Cuesta, Michelle Jenner, Darío Grandinetti, Nathalie Poza, Pilar Castro

  • Directed by

    Pedro Almodóvar

  • Running time

    99 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A man is hit by a train (off-screen suicide). A woman is hit by a car. A bedroom is trashed in anger. Objects thrown, smashed, dropped. A woman is hit on the head by a bag. Capsized boat mentioned. Blood/gore: Covered bodies seen on stretcher/medical examination table. A woman identifies her missing husband's body (off-camera). A corpse is understood to have been found "not intact". Cuts/abrasions. Bruising, bandaged limb. Patients in hospital beds. Scattering ashes. A woman is paralysed down one side. Drowned child mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Couples have sex in the bedroom, on a train, on a boat. Kissing, undressing, flirting, finger-sucking, breast-grabbing. Nude/near-nude couples (woman in lingerie, shirtless man, exposed breasts, nude bum). Nude male statues. A woman says "teachers are not supposed to have sex with pupils" to a student. Infidelity (a woman has an affair with a married man, a daughter learns her father is having an affair with a live-in helper, a woman learns her husband has infrequent sex with a mutual friend).

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine, spirits). Smoking. Drunk, sedated, addict, relapse mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    Whore. Religious references and exclamations (my God, hell).

  • THEMES

    Family, mother-daughter relationships, estrangement, loss, grief, burden, journaling, death, suicide, regret, depression, friendship, miscommunication, guilt, multiple sclerosis, teaching, sculpture,  bereavement.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead husband/father, dead friend. Dead child mentioned. Dead wives/mothers, wife in coma mentioned. Stag, dog. Thunder, lightning. Spanish subtitles. Adapted from short stories Chance, Soon and Silence from the collection Runaway by Alice Munro.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Female-centric, sombre, ravishing, moving, compelling, lush, lean, gorgeous, anxious, tantalising, sinuous, elusive, enigmatic, rich, art-house, fluent, engaging, intriguing, painful, absorbing, elegant, surprising, sincere. Classy cast, good performances, exquisite cinematography/design/costumes, magnificent/lithe/mournful/jazz-infected score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Slight, conventional, straightforward, unadventurous, fragmentary, somber. A little overcooked/melodramatic, heavy use of omens.

Free State of Jones (2016)

Published in F
Thursday, 01 September 2016 09:46
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    A conflicted Reconstruction.

  • Starring

    Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Keri Russell, Christopher Berry, Sean Bridgers, Jacob Lofland, Thomas Francis Murphy

  • Directed by

    Gary Ross

  • Running time

    139 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, slapped, beaten, whipped (implied), raped (implied), hunted, bitten, threatened with guns/knives, hanged (including children), strangled, dragged, kicked, mutilated (genitals cut off - implied), terrorised. Animal stabbed repeatedly. Battles, skirmishes, cannon fire, explosions. Ku Klux Klan members seen. Homes/businesses/cotton/fields burned. Young girls armed with shotguns. Stealing, arson, ransacking. Collapsed buildings. Hanging deserters, starvation mentioned. Screaming (childbirth), shouting. Blood/gore: Hanged corpses (including children), coffins. Soldiers marching over dead bodies. Pigs eat a dead man's stomach. Corpse being loaded onto mule for return home. Mothers cut down hanged sons. Exploding heads (shot), leg blown off (blood/bone/muscle/sinew visible). Bloody legs, arms, clothing, faces, bullet wounds, heads, torsos, backs, objects, bandages, water, floor. Black eye, scars, scratches. Face/head caved in; open skull. Medical tent (lots of blood). Man using saw on patient. Stitching, wound-cleaning, limping. People with bloody stumps, infection, branding scar on face. Dog roasted/eaten; pig roasted/eaten/cut up. Photos of dead bodies. Man with metal neck contraption (slavery device). Child with high fever.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    References to rape. Blood on woman's back after being beaten for denying sex. Kissing, flirting, holding, comforting.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits). Smoking (cigarettes, pipes). Intoxication.

  • LANGUAGE

    N-word. Name-calling. Religious references (prayer) and exclamations (God, Jesus).

  • THEMES

    Newton Knight, nineteenth century American history, American Civil War, slavery, death, grief, segregation, race, drafting, abolitionists, deserters, freedom, injustice, uprising, enlistment, mixed-race relationships, Reconstruction, miscegenation.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    American Civil War, funeral, courtroom settings. Estranged (sold) family mentioned. Birth scene. Pigs, dogs, mule, snake, horses, flies. Based on a true story.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Quiet, deliberate, relevant, horrifying, ambitious, powerful, comprehensive, honest, good, important, absorbing, educational, well-intentioned. Career-best/empathetic/solid performance by Matthew McConaughey, bracing/chilling opening sequence, compelling/intriguing/little-known/fascinating story, Gary Ross establishes a thoughtful/non-sensationalistic/unsentimental tone, lush rural locations, sets and costumes have a lived-in-and-died-in look.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Imperfect, workmanlike, dry, sober, studious, drab, dogged, pious, stiff-jointed, cautious, confused, rambling, drippy, vanilla, overlong, inert, inelegant, problematic. Recurring flash-forward scenes are distracting/out of place, shapeless story.

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016)

Published in T
Thursday, 01 September 2016 05:36
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Coarse language.

  • The pitch

    To the top, Johnny.

  • Starring

    Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Richard Curtis, Eddie Izzard, Whoopi Goldberg, Neil Aspinall, Elvis Costello, Richard Lester, Malcolm Gladwell, Larry Kane, Sigourney Weaver, Dr Kitty Oliver, Howard Goodall, Jon Savage, Ed Freeman. Archival footage of John Lennon, Brian Epstein, George Harrison. Voices of Derek Taylor, George Martin.

  • Directed by

    Ron Howard

  • Running time

    106 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Archival footage of people being crushed/mobbed in crowds; a man is pursued/hit with object/tackled to ground by security. Newspaper article and telegram announce John F Kennedy assassination, footage of Texas sniper Charles Whitman and casualties. Photos of band with doll parts and cuts of meat draped over them. Images of nuclear testing (Atoll), race riots, explosions/fighting during Vietnam War, Project Gemini I launch, tanks, armed soldiers, objects being smashed/burned. Screaming, fainting. Casualties, missing civil rights activists, bomb scare mentioned. Blood/gore: Image of woman with bloodied face/clothes. Images of patients being treated from crowd crush. Footage of body bag.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    People in swimwear, shirtless men. A billboard sign advertises a strip club. A woman (seen in shadow) strips in front of a live audience. A man says "The maid wants a piece of you - I don't mean sexually".

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Image of man smoking a (assumed) marijuana joint. Alcohol (wine, beer). Smoking. Being stoned/high on marijuana mentioned. 

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, s-words, crap. Religious references and exclamations (hell, oh my God).

  • THEMES

    The Beatles, Beatlemania, live performance, songwriting, fame, touring, lads, British humour, star quality, fan mail, controversy, phenomenon, blasphemy.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead mothers mentioned (cancer, car accident). Planes, helicopters, horses, dogs. Footage and audio soundbites during end credits, full 30-minute performance of Shea Stadium concert after credits.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Delightful, nostalgic, immersive, intimate, fleet, bubbly, fresh, crowd-pleasing, compelling, fun, diverting, affectionate, absorbing. Crisp/deft editing, lively/engaging interviews, remarkably candid archival footage, Shea Stadium footage is sublime.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Conventional approach, some perplexing/random interviewees.

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.

David Brent: Life on the Road (2016)

Published in D
Monday, 22 August 2016 10:54
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong coarse language.

  • The pitch

    That's Brentertainment.

  • Starring

    Ricky Gervais, Doc Brown, Tom Basden, Tom Bennett, Andy Burrows, Steve Clarke, Michael Clarke, Stuart Wilkinson, Diane Morgan

  • Directed by

    Ricky Gervais

  • Running time

    96 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A woman is accidentally hit in the face with an object. A man falls over. Mates playfight (pretending to punch one another). A man shouts at a co-worker. A woman throws water in a colleague's face. Slaughtered Native Americans, scalping mentioned (song lyrics). Blood/gore: Dead bee. Bloody bandage. Bruised/red face. Tattooing.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Flirting, hand-holding. A man leads a woman out of her club (sex implied). A woman says she is getting off with a bloke. Shirtless man, man in bathrobe, cleavage. A man wears a dildo on his nose. Penis-shaped toys. Obscene hand gestures. Boxes of sanitary products, loose tampons seen. Frequent innuendo/allusions to sex, ejaculation, dating, genitals, breasts. Coming on to a married man, sexist jokes, jailed for sexual assault, pervert, rape, prostitution mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drugs (a man wears a t-shirt with a marijuana leaf print). Alcohol (beer, champagne, wine, spirits). Bar, club settings. Intoxication. Smoking. Painkillers, Prozac, drugs raid, marijuana, weed, gambling mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    C-word, f-words, s-words, n-word, a-word, b*tch, bollocks. Name-calling. Slang for genitals and bodily fluids. Jokes about weight, race, culture, Native Americans, Chinese people, gender, homosexuality, colour, disability, AIDS, rape, violence against women. Obscene hand gestures. Religious references and exclamations (Oh God, Christ).

  • THEMES

    David Brent, infamy, salespeople, failure, reality television, unfulfilled dreams, inappropriate behaviour, office politics, desperation, mental illness, rapping, live performance, wanting to be liked, ambition, success, inadequacy, tossers.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Bar, club settings. Dead bee. Fainting, tattooing. Bare soles of feet seen.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Entertaining, fan-pleasing. Sporadically amusing, some laugh-out-loud moments, the David Brent character is still sharply realised, some excellent comic songs, diehard/loyal fans will enjoy.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Excrutiating, meandering, trying, disappointing, self-indulgent, patchy, uneven, bad, small, shabby, outdated. Too many spiteful/nasty/unfunny/crass/eye-rolling/un-PC moments, artificial sentimentality, tired execution, weak gags, lazy ending.

War Dogs (2016)

Published in W
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 23:15
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Mature themes, violence, sexual references, coarse language and drug use.

  • The pitch

    All the money is made between the lines.

  • Starring

    Miles Teller, Jonah Hill, Ana de Armas, Julian Sergi, Kevin Pollak, Daniel Berson, Steve Lantz, Gregg Weiner

  • Directed by

    Todd Phillips

  • Running time

    114 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot at, punched, kicked, wrestled, slammed against objects, kidnapped, arrested, hooded, threatened at gunpoint, grabbed. Bar fight. Archival footage of wars (World Wars I & II/Vietnam/Iraq), soldiers, military vehicles, explosions. Gunfire, warehouses of ammunition/arms. Objects thrown, smashed, shot, set alight, kicked. Stealing, lying. Yelling, screaming. Blood/gore: Corpse with bloody bullet wounds. Bloody noses. Bruising.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A man says he is with a prostitute. Nude man on table (rear view). Nude woman seen in background. Shirtless men, women in skimpy dancewear, cleavage, people in swimwear, woman in underwear. Flirting, kissing, crotch-adjusting. References to prostitution, ejaculation, masturbation.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drugs (snorting powder, smoking joints/bongs, drug deal). Alcohol (spirits, wine, champagne, beer). Smoking (cigars, cigarettes). Gambling (blackjack).

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, n-word, s-words, a-words. Name-calling. Slang for genitals. Religious references and exclamations (OMG). Cultural stereotypes/jokes. Obscene finger gestures.

  • THEMES

    Efraim Diveroli, David Packouz, international arms dealing, Iraq War, fraud, smuggling, procurement, contract bidding, friends, big ideas, masseuses, parenting, pregnancy, wealth, greed, national security, duplicity, sleaze, hubris.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Missing husband (presumed dead) mentioned. Funeral, cemetery, casino, warzone, nightclub settings. Dogs, planes, helicopters. Urination, ultrasound. Cooking sausages. Based on a true story. Based on Guy Lawson's 2011 Rolling Stone article "The Stoner Arms Dealers: How Two American Kids Became Big-Time Weapons Traders". Bright white flash.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Scruffy, nimble, gripping, terrific, funny, slick, fun, breezy, energetic, solid. Likably repulsive/nuanced/funny/sharp performance by Jonah Hill, unbelievable/implausible true story, tidy script, great soundtrack.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Enervated, flat, unchallenging, airless, lazy. Lifeless performance by Miles Teller, poorly written script/dialogue, downbeat ending, rote storytelling, underdeveloped female character, over-reliance on narration/freeze-frames/title cards/"remember when" stories.

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

Published in K
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 04:02
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    PG: Mild themes and violence, some scenes may scare young children.

  • The pitch

    Don't mess with the monkey.

  • Starring

    (voices of): Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes, George Takei, Rooney Mara, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Brenda Vaccaro

  • Directed by

    Travis Knight

  • Running time

    101 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are capsized, thrown overboard, near-drowned (assumed), scalded, hit with objects/whipped, thrown through the air, poked, grabbed, pursued, near-stomped, near-eaten, chained up, kicked, hypnotised, slapped, attacked. Sword battles. Characters hit their heads, fall from high ledges. Animated origami animals are cut up, maimed, throat-cut. Fish are speared/chopped up/eaten. A village is destroyed (burned to the ground). Objects thrown, broken. Explosions. Yelling, roaring. "They'll kill me and take out your eye", "I'm going to stab him" mentioned. Blood/gore: Blood oozes into water when a character hits her face on a sharp rock. Bloody cuts. Red paper spurts like spraying blood. Giant eyeballs spurt inky liquid when shot with arrows, sword in eyeball. Whale carcass, pile of animal bones, giant skeleton with swords in skull. Scars, bruising, eye patch, bandage.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Flirting.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Smoking (pipe).

  • LANGUAGE

    A character says "food" in place of another f-word. Name-calling (show-off). Religious references.

  • THEMES

    Family, quests, faith, magic, origami, mother-son relationships, death, sacrifice, loss, memorialising, grief, storytelling, ceremony, evil sisters, destiny, betrayal, blindness, dreams, mortality, Obon Festival, mythology.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead parents. Dead mother. Dead father/husband mentioned. Cemetery setting. Ghostly spirits of deceased loved ones, witches, giant skeleton with fiery red eyes, giant eyeballs. Tidal wave, snowstorm, full moon, thunder, lightning, waterfall, rockfall. Monkey, beetle, fireflies, heron, box of fish (market), origami animals (snake, deer, dragon, tiger, spider, shark, chicken, birds, mosquitoes). Snail/slug cooked and eaten. Feathers worn. Gagging, slurping, licking. Bright white flashes. Vision over end credits, mid-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Staggering, beautiful, unforgettable, immense, true, emotional, powerful, poignant, engaging, immersive, funny, assured, tender, original, dark, thrilling, spectacular, magical, wondrous, inventive. Jaw-dropping/distinctive craftmanship, inspired/richly inspired/tactile/ingenious/ravishing production design/stop-motion, gorgeous/striking/dazzling/eye-popping/evocative/tremendous visuals, lush/lively/stirring/Asian-accented score, obsessive attention to detail, excellent voice cast, warm/engaging characters, often-harrowing/dream-like narrative, cutting-edge technology.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Incessant references to the storytelling process, non-Asian cast, some underdeveloped characterisation.

Sausage Party (2016)

Published in S
Monday, 08 August 2016 23:44
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Additional Info

  • Rating

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

  • The pitch

    Food porn.

  • Starring

    (voices of): Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Edward Norton, Kristen Wiig, Paul Rudd, James Franco, Bill Hader, Salma Hayek, Michael Cera

  • Directed by

    Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon

  • Running time

    89 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A character commits suicide. Characters are shot, chopped, sliced, diced, boiled, fried, cooked, eaten, binned, thrown through the air, squished, squashed, torn up, juiced, tied up, smashed, minced, grated, beheaded, eye-plucked, grated, microwaved, slapped, knifed, cut in half, grabbed, thrown to the ground, poked, neck-broken, scalded, wrestled, drugged, near-strangled, hair-pulled, head-slammed, smacked, bitten, stomped on, hit with objects, fizz-bombed, hung upside-down, frozen, blasted. Characters bang their heads, run into objects, fall from high ledges. Explosions, fireballs, property damage. Jokes about genocide, Hitler, Nazis, World War II. Exterminating juice (ie Jews), just kill yourself, murder mentioned. Yelling, arguing, screaming, growling. Blood/gore: Decapitated head, detached eyeball. Spilled/squished foods and liquids resemble blood/gore/guts. A tampon sucks up red liquid resembling blood. "Bloody" hand mark, missing "limbs", bitemark, bandage. Bottled characters have their liquids drunk (sadistic). A character injects himself with a drug (needle seen).

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Food orgy, group (food) sex, oral sex, analingus, dry-humping, leg-spreading, groping, masturbating. Kissing (m-m; m-f; f-f), ogling, flirting, undie-snapping, caressing, crotch-grabbing, finger-sniffing, motorboating. Objects inserted up/pulled out of bottoms. Jokes about tea-bagging, tips, masturbation, homosexuality, ejaculate, virgins. One character is an animated vaginal douche (that's not an insult, btw. He really is a douche - ed); another character is a talking (soiled) condom. Cleavage, testicle, skimpy clothing, butt-crack, exposed man-belly. Food are designed with implied breasts, bottoms, anuses, breasts, genitals. Obscene hand and finger gestures. Trash talk. MILF mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drug deal. Characters get stoned (bath salts/marijuana), shot with drug-laced arrows. Animated bottles of beer, cocktails, peyote, spirits. Intoxication, hallucination, tripping. Cigarette butts, drug paraphenalia seen.

  • LANGUAGE

    C-words, f-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch, bastard, butts. Name-calling. Slang for genitals, bodily fluids. Derogatory terms for women. Jokes about race/ethnicity/religion/sexual/gender/politics/disability. Religious references and exclamations (God, hell, Jesus, the devil). Obscene hand and finger gestures.

  • THEMES

    Perspective, religion, faith, community, equality, food puns, revenge, proof, sex, orgies, chaos, cartoons, horny food, hope, rebellion, drugs.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Fireworks. Poo on ground. Toilet. Nose-wiping, spitting.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Funny, fast-paced, irreverent, crass, foul-mouthed, outrageous, intelligent, amusing, colourful, entertaining, raunchy, raucous, madcap, offensive, hilarious, creative, witty. Silly/clever/funny premise, sharp/well-timed humour, crazy set pieces, inventive direction, interesting detaills, good-looking animation, exciting action scenes, freaky horror moments, jaw-dropping finale.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Disgusting, infantile, terrible, crap, disingenuous, immature, painful, unfunny, distasteful, disturbing, disappointing. Racially charged/strained/lame stereotypes, terrible puns, non-stop sexual gags/references.

Neruda

Published in N
Saturday, 06 August 2016 10:03
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    CTC.

  • The pitch

    Catch Neruda if you can.

  • Starring

    Gael García Bernal, Alfredo Castro, Antonia Zegers, Luis Gnecco, Pablo Derqui, Alejandro Goic, Mercedes Morán, Marcelo Alonso, Michael Silva

  • Directed by

    Pablo Larraín

  • Running time

    107 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot at, detained in concentration camps, hair-pulled, dowsed, hit with objects, punched, wrestled/fought/beaten, arrested. Door smashed. Attack our police, burn churches, killing Communists, torture, suicide, exile, imprisonment, persecution mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpse. Blood dripping down clothing onto snow. Chopping up carcass/meat. Body in coffin.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A man has (implied) sex with several women. Kissing, breast-touching, cross-dressing. Full female nudity, exposed breasts, partial male nudity (chests/bottoms), women in underwear/lingerie. References to sex, prostitution, propositioning. Nude/semi-nude prostitutes are assessed by potential clients. Veneral disease mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drugs (opium dens). Alcohol (spirits, wine, beer, champagne). Intoxication. Smoking (cigarettes, cigars).

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch. Name-calling. Slang for genitals, derogatory term for homosexuals. Religious references.

  • THEMES

    Pablo Neruda, biography, post-World War II Chile, poetry, traitors, fugitives, manhunts, concentration camps, torture, Fascism, Communism, self-discovery, snobbery, Nobel prize winners.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Brothel, opium den settings. Relationship breakup. Estranged father mentioned. Coffin. Horses, dog, stuffed ostrich. Urination.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Riveting, clever, beautiful, powerful, dexterous, mischievous, intelligent, inventive, conceptual, demanding, fascinating, lyrical, sensory, absorbing, ambitious, self-aware, smashing, surreal, entertaining, unconventional, playful, provocative, funny, droll, original, unsettling, illuminating, meta, refreshing. Exemplary/outstanding/smart/astonishing performances, inventive direction, rich/lush/meticulous/ravishing/breathtaking/handsome/superb cinematography, richly detailed art design/production design/music, gorgeous interiors, sumptuous locales, impeccably dressed characters, memorable closing shots, poignant/compelling/surprising finale.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Tonally uneven/distracting at times.

As it is in Heaven 2: Heaven on Earth (Så ock på jorden)

Published in A
Thursday, 04 August 2016 06:42
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Mature themes, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Over-orchestrated.

  • Starring

    Frida Hallgren, Niklas Falk, Eric Ericson, Björn Granath, Jakob Oftebro, Lennart Jähkel, Axelle Axell

  • Directed by

    Kay Pollak

  • Running time

    144 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are pushed, slapped, shaken, pursued, punched, pulled down, grabbed, drowned. People crawl/fall out of a car, trip up stairs. A baby is stolen. Shotgun fired. Yelling. Suicide references (hanging, self-harm; I want to die). Photo in newspaper of car crash. A child is blamed for a crash that killed parents. Blood/gore: Birth scene. Bloody noses, hand, cloth, face. Cut wounds (implied suicide attempts), taped nose, bruising, scar. Fainting. Coffin. Hands reach between woman's legs (off-screen) to unwind umbilical cord from a babies' neck. Fatal heart attack, bled to death, abortion, bleeding mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Implied sex scenes (including in a church). Flirting, kissing, groping, close dancing, undressing, skinnydipping. Teacher/student sexual relationship implied. References to sex. Nude baby, people in underwear. Poster of woman in swimsuit, picture of nude woman on truck.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, spirits, wine). Intoxication, alcoholism.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, cr*p. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations. Offensive hand gestures.

  • THEMES

    Music, prejudice, suicide, childbirth, abortion, faith, home birthing, depression, religion, blame, single-parenting, pregnancy, snowstorms, Handel's Messiah.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead father (heart attack), wife, daughter (car accident) mentioned. Childbirth scene. Vomit/vomiting, toilet. Dogs, mouse/rat. Original title is Så ock på jorden. Swedish language (subtitles).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Enjoyable. Strong/engaging/assured/warm/infectious performance by Frida Hallgren, strong sense of place, superb/triumphant cinematography.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Messy, misjudged, offkey, flat, slow-paced, contrived, unappealing, implausible, over-acted, overlong, tired. Manipulated/over-cooked melodrama, weak/clunky screenplay, thin story, rushed/semi-satisfying conclusion.