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Red Dog (2011)

Published in R
Sunday, 18 September 2016 10:22
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    PG: Mild themes, coarse language and sexual references.

  • The pitch

    A Dog for everyone.

  • Starring

    Noah Taylor, Josh Lucas, Rachael Taylor, Rohan Nichol, Luke Ford, Arthur Angel, John Batchelor, Koko

  • Directed by

    Kriv Stenders

  • Running time

    92 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Suicide attempt (drowning/shark attack). People are tackled, slammed against walls, headlocked, punched, shoved, wrestled, attacked by a cat, killed in a motorcycle accident (implied-carnage seen). Explosion (man killed). Animals are held at gunpoint, poisoned (off-screen, possibly by accident), near-hit by car, attacked by a cat, shot/shot at. People encourage a dog to maul a live bird. Arguing, scream. Slit your throat, stick him like a pig, man attacked by a great white shark, wife and child kid in auto accident, acts of violence, family rescued from fire mentioned. Barking, growling, hissing. Blood/gore: Corpse, coffin. An animal is operated on (in background), given an enema (off-screen). Dead/bloodied roo on road. Bloody cut, bandage. Wound-dressing. Severe sunburn, bite scars. Stitches mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Couple in bed together (sex implied). Flirting, kissing. Men in singlets/short-shorts, underwear; shirtless man. A man talks about beautiful women/fighting over women. Whoring mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer). Intoxication. Bar setting. Gambling (betting on eating competition). Anti-convulsants, [on] drugs mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    Cr*p, bastard, p*ss, ass. Name-calling. Religous exclamations (by God, oh my God).

  • THEMES

    Western Australia, mining towns, best friends, community, loyalty, jealousy, relationships, town pets, the outback, romance, love, engagement, humour, stories, suicide, death, grief, hitchhiking, unlikely friendships, mates.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead fiance, dead pet. Dead wife/daughter mentioned. Birth scene, engagement, wedding scene, funeral scene. Dogs, puppy, flock of birds, chicken, cat, shark. Dog farts. Fishing. Meaty dog bone, barbecuing meat. Light plane. Based on real events. Based on the book Red Dog by Louis de Bernières.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Charming, quirky, endearing, funny, moving, Aussie, vibrant, loveable, rare, heartwrenching, delightful, witty, funny, nostalgic, intimate, rewarding, involving, entertaining, eccentric, enjoyable, touching. Emotionally engaging, superb cast, terrific performances, lovely story, likeable/colourful characters, strong sense of place, great chemistry between Josh Lucas and Rachael Taylor, beautiful/superb/vivid/rich cinematography, wonderful/impressive 1970s period design, real-non-CGI performance by Koko as Red Dog.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    A liitle overacted/overstated/sentimental/episodic.

Miracles from Heaven

Published in M
Monday, 21 March 2016 00:36
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    PG: Mild themes, some upsetting scenes.

  • The pitch

    A miracle Beams in Texas.

  • Starring

    Jennifer Garner, Kylie Rogers, Martin Henderson, Brighton Sharbino, Courtney Fansler, Queen Latifah, Eugenio Derbez

  • Directed by

    Patricia Riggen

  • Running time

    109 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shirt-grabbed, near-hit by car, air-lifted after an accident. A child falls from a tree. Family pillow fight. A car is hit, kicked, damaged. Yelling, arguing. Blood/gore: Bloody face, arms, clothing (child); extracting blood, blood in tube. Unconscious child, concussion, bruising, scar, abdominal distension, fever, pain, hair loss, oxygen mask, IV drips, MRI, chemotherapy, endoscopy (internal organs visible on monitor), patients in hospital beds. Feeding tube inserted/removed through nose, needle inserted into arm, chest tube inserted through pectoral. Surgery on dog. Child with walker, a child thrashes/moans from pain. References to people dying, spinal injuries, head injuries, side effects of medication (diarrhoea/headaches/cardiac arrhythmia), childhood depression. Lactose intolerance, reflux, twisted intestines, body unable to process food, no cure, tubal feeding mentioned. Discussions of surgery, illness, quality of life, pain control, vomit, cancer, bone disease, fear of death.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Flirting. Kisses, hugging. Smack on bum (playful). Shirtless man, low-cut dresses/cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drugs (prescription pills, schedule). Reference to quitting smoking.

  • LANGUAGE

    Name-calling. Religious themes, references and exclamation.

  • THEMES

    Pseudo-obstruction motility disorder, illness, diagnosis/misdiagnosis, medical procedures/treatment, childhood cancer, chemotherapy, near-death experience, incurable diseases, family, faith, belief, hope, death, sin, depression, mother-daughter relationships.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Hospital, doctor's surgery, church settings. Divorce, mother leaving, financial difficulties, impact on marriage mentioned. Dog. Vomiting. Barbecuing meat. Based on a true story. Based on the memoir Miracles From Heaven: A Little Girl, Her Journey to Heaven, and Her Amazing Story of Healing by Christy Beam.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Thoughtful, well-intentioned, likeable, accessible, effective, decent, good, intimate. Solid/memorable/compelling/real/solid performance by Jennifer Garner, impressive performance by Kylie Rogers, honest depiction of childhood depression, calm/un-showy direction, based on an amazing true story.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Preachy, predictable, sappy, cloying, middling, manipulative, judgemental, prickly, overlong, overwrought, hollow. Simplistic/one-track narrative, second-act humour tries a little too hard, inauthentic/misattributed quote from Einstein used repeatedly.

London Has Fallen

Published in L
Monday, 14 March 2016 01:22
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong action violence.

  • The pitch

    Drones on.

  • Starring

    Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Alon Aboutboul, Waleed Zuaiter, Michael Wildman, Radha Mitchell, Angela Bassett, Morgan Freeman

  • Directed by

    Babak Najafi

  • Running time

    99 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot (many), blown up (grenades), crushed by falling debris (implied), hit by a car, pursued, thrown through a windscreen, squashed against a wall, impaled, hit with objects, suffocated, pistol-whipped, punched, stabbed (some repeatedly), dragged, bound, threatened, caught in fireballs/explosions, head-rammed, neck/bone-snapped, shoulder-charged, tackled, choked, kidnapped. Helicopters shot down, helicopter crash, air raid siren. Attacks on world leaders/major London landmarks. Mass shootouts, mass panic, bridge collapse, suicide missions. Drone attacks, car bomb, explosions, burning debris/objects/vehicles, shattering windows. Reckless driving, vehicle rollovers, damaged/crushed/rammed cars, motorcycle accidents, car hit by truck, cars fall into river. People crash through windows, doors. Armed soldiers/guards, military satellite images. Footage seen of aftermath of hotel bombing. A man says, "You want to run him over [with the car] for me?" (comic). Screaming, shouting. Massacre, selling arms, eliminated general, dead prime minister/world leaders, murder our families, send poor [people] to die, execution, slow torture/death mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses on ground, bloodied body part seen protruding from bag. Bloody faces, hands, chests, scratches, abrasions, clothing, objects, wounds. Blood spatter. Objects protruding through flesh/clothing/eye. TV reports mention very high numbers of police/people killed/wounded. Footage of bloodied victims on stretchers. Man in wheelchair with missing legs. Snapping sounds heard (neck-breaking implied). Fatal heart attack mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A man jokes that another man has "come out of the closet". A married couple kiss and hug. Off-colour texts mentioned. Pregnant woman, baby seen.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine on table). Bourbon, poisoning, anaesthesia mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, bastards, sonofab*tch. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Security, POTUS, bodyguards, imposters, terrorism, state funerals, intel, vengeance, corruption, betrayal, suicide missions, social media, Islamophobia, execution, impending parenthood.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Wedding setting. Dead friends/colleagues. Dead daughter/sister mentioned. Helicopters, plane, jets. Power blackouts. Brief Japanese, Italian, French languages (subtitles). Jarring visual effect before opening credits - similar to TV scanlines fading on/off. Green night-vision used.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Brash, big, loud, ultra-violent, ludicrous, brutal, fast-paced, ridiculous, self-aware. High-octane/kinetic action, profane one-liners, committed performances; high-concept pulp.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Sloppy, monotonous, camp, clichéd, dumb, racist, implausible, nasty, xenophobic, cruddy, snarling, vindictive, presumptuous, Islamophobic, murky. Cheap-looking digital effects, daft plotting, tone-deaf plotting; requires a huge suspension of disbelief.

Zootopia (Zootropolis)

Published in Z
Sunday, 13 March 2016 08:37
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Additional Info

  • Rating

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

  • The pitch

    Totally Wilde.

  • Starring

    Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, Nate Torrence, Bonnie Hunt, Don Lake, Tommy Chong, J.K. Simmons, Octavia Spencer, Alan Tudyk, Shakira

  • Directed by

    Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush

  • Running time

    108 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are slashed with claws, bullied, teased, kicked, pushed, chained, restrained, poisoned, knocked to the ground, punched, handcuffed, pursued, shot with toxin-filled dart, pursued, near-hit by a train, throat-grabbed, thrown through the air, hit with objects, dangled over freezing water, attacked, muzzled, bound, caged, flushed. Characters dangle precariously, fall from very high ledges, smash through windows. Explosions. Boxing training, mouthgard knocked out. Reckless driving, speeding, train carriage derailment. Door slammed in face. Buildings knocked over. Objects thrown, ripped apart. Theft, robbery, break-and-enter. Deep claw marks seen on objects (struggle/aggressive behaviour implied). Taser, pepper spray, bootleg movies seen. Roaring, arguing, shouting, snarling. Treachery, bloodlust, murder weapon, felony tax evasion, unchecked rage, aggression, bitten mother, imprisonment, mauled animal mentioned. A character says, "she wishes you were dead". Blood/gore: Bloody faces, leg, gash, scratches; small blood spray. Patient on gurney (TV news report). A cloth is wrapped around an injured leg. An actor simulates a bloody death using ketchup. Characters with scary eyes, sharp teeth, eye patch. Brain scans seen. Snot, mucous mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Nude animals. Characters in dancewear. Hugging, handholding. A character is pregnant. Pregnancy, breeding rate frequency (rabbits) mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    A character is seen brewing a toxic substance (Breaking Bad is referenced). Characters are shot with toxin-filled darts. Wine glass on table. Antidote mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    Butt, jerk. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Animals, policing, dreams, predators, prey, bullying, betrayal, forgiveness, scams, missing persons, insubordination, yoga, parking fines, detective work, evidence, power, greed, inclusivity, prejudice, gender, stereotypes, diversity.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Hospital, operating theatre, prison settings. Dead grandmother mentioned. 64 different animal species appear in the film, including: rabbits, foxes, tigers, gazelle, buffalo, pigs, hamsters, otters, zebra, elephants, rhinos, hippos, mice, shrews, bears, badger, ram, jaguar, sheep, lambs, lion, panthers, cheetah, leopards, camels, giraffes, armadillo, porcupines, beavers, moose, weasel, yaks, lemmings, buzzing insects, sloths, timberwolves, caribou, koala. Toilets. Fireworks (opening credits), rainbow (headpiece), firecracker, waterfall. Spitting, sneezing. Job loss threatened. Fur rug mentioned.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Vibrant, layered, surprising, entertaining, detailed, amusing, unpreachy, clever, sparky, zippy, fun, relevant, engaged, all-animal, expansive, refreshing, audacious, ambitious, modest, revisionist. Genuine chemistry between leads, terrific voice work, gorgeous/popping visuals, intelligent/fascinating world-building, lively characters, snappy scenes, gentle/timely/welcome/well-intended message, sharply observed satire, nimble direction, buoyant score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Funny but not hilarious, has some dead stretches.

10 Cloverfield Lane

Published in 0-9
Thursday, 10 March 2016 03:29
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Sustained threat, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Be prepared.

  • Starring

    John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr., Douglas M. Griffin, Suzanne Cryer, Bradley Cooper

  • Directed by

    Dan Trachtenberg

  • Running time

    105 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, chained, dropped from a high distance, grabbed, injected, glassed, ear/hair-pulled, acid-burned, crushed beneath falling objects, near-stabbed, leg/foot-grabbed, pursued, gassed, near-abducted. Car accidents, vehicle rollover/down embankment; a car hits an object. Smashed glass. Burning objects, explosions, fireballs, Molotov cocktail. A man slams his fist on the table. Arguing, shouting. Nuclear attack, contaminated air, Al Qaeda, Waco, father yanking girl by the arm/hitting her, child abduction, missing person mentioned. Loud banging, roaring noises heard. Blood/gore: Corpses (rotting, melting, human, animal, bloody); body in vat of acid. Bloody scratches, abrasions, cuts, gashes, forehead, face, bandage, objects. Blood spatter (with chunks of gore), wound-stitching (needle seen moving through flesh), wound-dressing. Burned/melting flesh, bruising. IV drip in arm, leg brace, injection (needle and syringe seen), arm in sling. Shock, zombies mentioned. A VHS cover has the title Cannibal Airlines.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Woman in underwear and singlet; cleavage. A magazine shows people in swimwear. Pervert mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drugs (Toradol; a sedative is injected). Alcohol (spirits). Getting wasted mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, s-word, b*tch. Slang for bodily functions. Religious references.

  • THEMES

    Doomsday preppers, fate, luck, unlikely relationships, survival, fashion design, underground bunkers, regrets, board games, gratitude, paranoia, child abduction, alien invasion.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Relationship breakup, dead friend. Dead loved ones, estranged wife, estranged daughter mentioned. Power blackouts mentioned. Helicopter sounds heard. Underground bunker, air vent settings. Toilet, lightning, thunder. Tank fish, flock of birds, pigs, flies. Metallic-looking creatures with razor-sharp teeth.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Entertaining, dynamic, alive, smart, psychological, refreshing, effective, taut, satisfying, surprising, claustrobhobic, chest-tightening, unexpected, suspenseful, tense, lean. Unnerving/terrifying/rich performance by John Goodman, tight action/pacing, unsettling tone, cool/meticulous/inventive screenplay, intimate camerawork, harrowing final moments, cool opening credits, deft direction, crisp editing, brooding orchestral score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Depends on too many coincidences. Payoff is a littlle antic-climactic, hokey and staged.

The Lady in the Van

Published in T
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 02:29
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Mature themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    It's all yellow.

  • Starring

    Maggie Smith, Jim Broadbent, Clare Hammond, Alex Jennings, Roger Allam, Dominic Cooper, Deborah Findlay

  • Directed by

    Nicholas Hytner

  • Running time

    104 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are grabbed, whacked, harrassed, threatened, blackmailed. A motorcyclist collides with a vehicle. Smashed windscreen. Vehicle kicked, rocked. Hit-and-run, the war/blackout, Communists, spies, strangulation, [lunatic] asylum mentioned. Yelling, arguing, scream. Blood/gore: Corpses, coffin. Bloody head, windscreen; pooling blood. Coughing. Rheumatic fever, mumps, broken hip, antibiotics, coma mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A mother kisses her son on the lips. Woman in bathrobe. Cleavage. Photo of shirtless man and children on beach (side of screen). References to genitals (hygiene), homosexuality. Play about sex, pregnant hamster mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine). Smoking. Whiskey, taking tablets, had too much to drink mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, b*tch, sodding, p*ss. Name-calling. Religous references.

  • THEMES

    Unlikely friendships, squatters, homelessness, do-gooders, dignity, personal hygiene, mental illness, Englishness, playwrights, disenfranchisement, humanity, music, absolution, faith, ascension, failure.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead friend. Dead father/husband, mother mentioned. Funeral, cemetery, church settings. Thunder, snake, peacocks. Faeces, toilet. Urine, incontinence mentioned. Some French language (no subtitles or translation). Based on a true story. Adapted from the play by Alan Bennett.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Cosy, comic, entertaining, big-hearted, funny, unshowy, fine, moving, enjoyable, incisive, honest, peppery, excellent, inventive, theatrical, witty, dark, assured, sweet, smart, amiable, bright, polite. Maggie Smith is wonderful/excellent/terrific, sprightly score, pleasing cameos, filmed in the actual house/street where the events took place.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Slight, singular, gimmicky, caricature-heavy, glib. Thin plot, some distracting sub-plots, split-persona narrative can be a little difficult to keep up with.

Son of Saul (Saul Fia)

Published in S
Monday, 29 February 2016 01:08
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Holocaust themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Best foreign film; worst foreign event.

  • Starring

    Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnár, Urs Rechn, Todd Charmont, Jerzy Walczak, Gergö Farkas, Balázs Farkas, Sándor Zsótér

  • Directed by

    László Nemes

  • Running time

    107 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, beaten, pushed, manhandled, grabbed, punched, threatened at gunpoint, gassed (including men, women, children, babies, elderly), slapped, shoved, knocked aside, suffocated, near-drowned, pursued, taunted, stripped, herded. Suicide attempt. Armed soldiers. Brawling, uprising. Rooms on fire, debris (flying/falling), Molotov cocktail thrown, explosions. Banging and screaming from inside chamber. Bribing, lying, blackmail, stealing possessions from the deceased. Killed workers, burning bodies mentioned. Blood/gore: Blood on floor, hands, coat, cloth, body, table. Blood spatter, bloody bullet wounds. Bodies on floor, on autopsy table and piled in room; bodies dragged, bodies going into furnaces. Busted lip, bruising, scars. Gasping, gurgling (child survivor of gas chamber). Civilians herding/cleaning up dead, shovelling ashes. Autopsy discussed/sounds heard/tools seen. Bodies burned (off-screen). Mention of thousands of people needing to be "treated". Body parts "pieces" mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Full frontal nudity of corpses (m-f). Breasts, bottom. Flirting. Women discussed. Shirtless men, undressing. Reference to illegitimate son.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Smoking (cigarettes).

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, sonofab*tch, bastard. Name calling and anti-Semitism; taunting. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    The Holocaust, Jewish persecution, concentration camps, genocide, Sonderkommando, anti-Semitism, prisoners, forced labour, dehumanising, fatalism, body disposal, suicide, anguish, horror, Kaddish, uprising.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead son. Concentration camp setting. Funeral rites. Babies and women crying; barking dogs. Hungarian, German and Yiddish languages (subtitles). First person, over-the-shoulder point-of-view. Fast-moving camerawork. Original title is Saul Fia.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Outstanding, astonishing, devastating, terrifying, urgent, important, cautionary, stunning, horrifying, confronting, intimate, focused, courageious, extraordinary, hypnotic, near-wordless, visceral, honest, gripping, tense, absorbing, powerful, grim, unyielding, masterful, rare, realistic, cogent, confident, galvanizing, thoughtful, nightmarish, brave, bold, ruthless. Powerful central performance by Géza Röhrig, continual frenetic action, visually striking, oppressive/multi-layered sound design, a remarkable debut by László Nemes.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    May be difficult/uneasy viewing.

Gods of Egypt

Published in G
Thursday, 25 February 2016 05:37
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Fantasy themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    Death is not the end.

  • Starring

    Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Brenton Thwaites, Elodie Yung, Abbey Lee, Courtney Eaton, Geoffrey Rush, Rufus Sewell, Chadwick Boseman, Emma Booth, Bruce Spence, Bryan Brown, Goran D. Kleut

  • Directed by

    Alex Proyas

  • Running time

    127 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are stabbed, impaled, run through, punched, kicked, hit with objects, knocked down, thrown through the air, slammed against objects, singed, stomped on, shot (arrow), throat-grabbed, slashed, dragged, beheaded, crushed (implied), near-eaten, pursued, headbutted, caged/trapped, taunted. People fall over, hit their heads, fall from high ledges, have their eyes plucked out/wings cut off, limbs removed. Objects knocked over, smashed, destroyed, thrown. Destroyed buildings, temples, structures. Fireballs, explosions, lightning beams. Stealing. Billowing smoke (burning village implied). Yelling, arguing, mass panic. Feed them to the jackals, I'll snap your neck mentioned. Blood/gore: Eyes are removed/inserted. Wings/leg/head cut off. Brain, heart removed. Some characters bleed golden blood (on faces, heads, clothing, ground, objects). Bloody wound, face, mouth. Hanging lion (corpse), burning animal. Some characters have dead-looking faces with missing noses and exposed/decayed bone and skin. Human skulls, sarcophagi. Dead animals, body cut into pieces, liquified brain mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A man goes to bed with his mistress (sex and full nudity implied). Kissing, flirting, ogling, massaging. Shirtless men, women in very skimpy clothing, bare-backed woman, cleavage. Dressing. Statues of creatures with exposed breasts. Fornicating mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    People lie comatose (intoxication implied). People hold goblets of unknown liquid (wine assumed). Wine mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

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

  • THEMES

    Egyptian gods and goddesses, love, power, masculinity, family, offerings, fratricide, revenge, betrayal, slavery, exile, demons, creation, reincarnation, knowledge, lying.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead brother/father, dead girlfriend. Dead mother (suicide) mentioned. Flocks of birds, horses, underworld creatures that resemble animals (snakes, rams, dog, horse, eagle, scarabs, giant wormlike creature with many teeth/Apophis), skeletal creatures, beasts with tentacles, elephants, scorpions, woman with forked tongue. Waterfalls. Feathers, leather worn. Spitting. Some sweeping/dizzying camera angles, bright strobe flashes of light.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Surreal, effects-driven, extravagant. Busy visuals, corny humour, audience-friendly cast, ornate costumes, passable chemistry between leads, serviceable performances, the opening isn't terrible.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Overlong, silly, tedious, repetitive, uninvolving, cliched, puzzling, whitewashed, ersatz, dreadful, chintzy, self-indulgent, interminable, overstuffed, wilted, bloated, shoddy, flat, bonkers, ridiculous, cheesy. Baffling characters, numbing/unimaginative action, unresolved conflicts, superficial imagery, unengaging narrative, over-emphasised aesthetics, weird accents, nervous editing, shlocky/unimpressive CGI.

Sherpa

Published in S
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 12:31
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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

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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong bloody violence.

  • The pitch

    The call to prayer.

  • Starring

    John Krasinski, James Badge Dale, Pablo Schreiber, David Denman, Dominic Fumusa, Max Martini, Alexia Barlier

  • Directed by

    Michael Bay

  • Running time

    144 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, dragged, held at gunpoint, blasted through the air, hit by cars, run over, pushed, shoved, shirt-grabbed. Air attacks, many weapons (RPGs, AK47s, Molotov cocktails, pistols, shotguns, mortars etc). High-speed car chases, explosions, collisions, stolen vehicles, reckless driving, drive-by shootings, car bombs, snipers. Burning buildings, vehicles, objects, trees. Objects smashed, dropped, shot, exploded; debris. Mexican standoffs, arson. Footage of 9/11, bombings, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, surveillance. Armouries, military personnel/vehicles/aircraft, crashed vehicles/aircraft. People play a violent (shooting) video game. An insect is swatted (implied). Yelling, arguing, screaming, insubordinance. Revolution, Holy war, suicide missions mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses (high body count), identifying the dead, flag-draped coffin, body bags, IV drip. Broken limbs (exposed bone/flesh), torn bodies. Corpse dropped from roof. Bloody faces, clothing, objects, water, cuts, wounds. Blood spatter, torn flesh, spitting/vomiting/spurting blood. Wound-cleaning, wound-dressing, tourniquet. Slaughterhouse seen (no animals are harmed). Skull motifs. Cut throats, blown eardrum mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Bum squeezing/slapping. Shirtless men, men in tight-fitting clothing, man in swimwear, man in towel. People watch a video of rabbits mating. Dating, pregnancy, stripper name, spooning (m-m), flirting mentioned. "I'm sexy and I know it," song lyrics.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, wine). Smoking (cigarettes, cigar, sheesha).

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch. Name-calling. Slang for genitals and bodily functions. Religious references and exclamations. Obscene finger/hand gestures.

  • THEMES

    2012 attack on US consulate in Benghazi (Libya), terrorism, GRS (Global Response Staff), anti-Americanism, sieges, fiasco, CIA special ops, intel, interpreters, insubordinance, grieving, loss, bureaucracy, diplomacy, security.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead friends/fathers/husbands. Airport setting. Fireworks, firecrackers, planes, helicopters, cemetery, full moon. Sheep, goats, praying mantis, dogs. Spitting, gagging, vomiting. Shaky camerawork, night-vision cinematography. Based on the book 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi by Mitchell Zuckoff. Based on a true story.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Gripping, harrowing, heartfelt, chilling, action-heavy, patriotic, intense, effective, persuasive, nail-biting, noisy, nerve-frying, immersive, visceral, urgent, acute. Authentic feel, first-rate action, logistics of the situation are well conveyed, comprehensive wounding detail, vivid/evocative locations, staggering images, intricate production design, robust technical credits, not entirely one-sided.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Overlong, ponderous, clichéd, head-scratching, disruptive, exhausting, scornful, political. Blunt script, rote performances, terrible dialogue, calculated/banal sentimentality, cartoonish characters, confusing/incoherent editing.