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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

Published in F
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 00:15
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Fantasy themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    Pack your suitcase.

  • Starring

    Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp, Gemma Chan, Ezra Miller, Katherine Waterston, Colin Farrell, Zoë Kravitz, Ron Perlman, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Carmen Ejogo

  • Directed by

    David Yates

  • Running time

    133 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are killed/stunned into unconsciousness, shot at, punched, hit, pushed, shoved, knocked to the ground, blasted through the air, hit with wand strikes/objects, bumped into, bitten, pursued, frozen, dragged, teleported, obliviated, handcuffed, sentenced to death, face-grabbed, thrown over a railing/from up high, bound, jailed. A creature crashes through walls/rooms/cars/crowds/windows. Buildings/vehicles/shops/apartments/subway stations trashed. Cracks appear in walls/floors/roads. Smashed/shattered glass; objects kicked in/thrown through the air/dropped/smashed/snapped in two. Creatures eaten by other creatures. Characters fall through a shopfront/out of a tree/from a chandelier. Many items stolen. A story is told how a woman beats/mistreats her many adopted children. References to fighting in World War I. A child sings a song about destroying witches ("gonna watch her burn"). Not going to poison you, killed by a kid, mass slaughter, picking locks, I'd rather chop off my hand mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpse with dark veins beneath skin. A young male seems to explode/tear apart. Bloody bite mark on neck, scratches/slashes on palms. Wound-dressing, wound-healing. Scabby mark on face. Sides of meat are cut up and fed to creatures. A creature has its tongue on a man's eyeball ready to suck out his brain. Skull susceptible to breakage mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Mating call/dance. A creature chases a man hoping to mate with him. Woman in lingerie, cleavage. Flirting, kissing. Man in shower (no nudity seen). A woman with mind-reading powers says she knows what every guy is thinking when they see her. A woman asks a man if his wife knows he has a mistress.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits, shots). Bar/speakeasy setting (bottles of liquor on shelves). Adults drink giggle water (alcoholic). A man takes a pill/drinks a potion. Smoking (cigar).

  • LANGUAGE

    Bugger, anus. Name-calling (pilfering pest, incorrigible, freak, wicked, unnatural, fools, etc).

  • THEMES

    Witches, wizards, beasts, endangered creatures, quests, 1920s New York City, rejection, mind-reading, romance, dreams, pastries, cooking, research, betrayal, bigotry, adoption, child abuse, fear.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead mother, dead son/brother. Dead mother mentioned. Thunder, lightning. Dogs, horses, lion, monkey, birds, hippo, elves, cockroaches, seal. Creatures with similarities to: platypus, eagle, stick insects, snakes (with wings), jellyfish, octopus, sloth, mice, hedgehog, insects, winged creatures (bats/pterodactyls), dung beetles, chickens, owl, butterflies, mosquito, sloth. Scary dark masses with black sand/tendrils. Characters with white eyes, blue eyes, invisibility, mind-reading, ability to see into the future, scales, very sharp teeth, pointy ears, fur, tentacles, large eyes, twisted fingers, long fingernails. Power blackout. Some fast editing/bright flashes of white light.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Wonderful, enjoyable, glorious, rich, baroque, detailed, fun, buoyant, irresistible, unpretentious, good-natured, inventive, smart, engaging, spry, blithe, thrilling, effects-heavy, satsifying, sophisticated, spellbinding, polished, action-packed, relevant. Lovely/geeky/charming/bookish performance by Eddie Redmayne, terrific chemistry between cast, breathtaking/stylized/period-specific/nostalgic/otherworldly/spectacular/dazzling 1920s Manhattan setting, vivid CGI, sumptuous visuals, outstanding costumes, light-hearted premise, dark moments, inventive language, cacophonous/rousing finale, memorable cameo at the end of the film, impeccably crafted, doesn't talk down to its audience.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Episodic, overstuffed, incohesive, meandering. Feels franchise-y/lifeless/padded, lacks magic.

Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

Published in H
Tuesday, 11 October 2016 05:55
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong battle violence, blood and gore.

  • The pitch

    Quite a wall to climb.

  • Starring

    Andrew Garfield, Teresa Palmer, Sam Worthington, Rachel Griffiths, Hugo Weaving, Vince Vaughn, Luke Bracey, Matt Nable, Nathaniel Buzolic, Richard Roxburgh

  • Directed by

    Mel Gibson

  • Running time

    139 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, stabbed, bayoneted, set alight, thrown/blasted through the air, hit with objects, throat-grabbed, dragged, near hit-by vehicles, found crushed beneath a car, slapped, teased, bullied, beaten, rammed against a wall, buried alive, throat-sliced (off-camera/sound heard), sabotaged, captured, beheaded, sacrificed (harakiri). Explosions. Siblings wrestle/fight/punch/kick; a boy hits his brother over the head with a brick. A woman is threatened by an alcoholic husband. A man holds his father at gunpoint. A father threatens to beat/whip his sons. A story is heard of two young men committing suicide because they were declined entry into the military. Newreel footage of Nazi soldiers/flags. Objects thrown, smashed, exploded, grabbed, punched. Very intense and grisly battle scenes. Military vehicles/training/ships/aircraft, grenades, satchel charges, bayonet attacks, mortars. Yelling, arguing, screaming, battle cries. Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses (many - fresh/decomposed/piled up). Bloody heads, hands, faces, hair, legs, clothing, ground, wounds, linen, cuts, scrapes; blood on headstone, spots of blood spray, spurting blood, blood extraction. Torsos cut in half, missing limbs, spilled guts, visible bone/flesh. Torsos/bodies used as shields. Needles injected into skin (one seen in close-up). People on stretchers, hospital beds. Bandages, tourniquets, bruising, bloodshot eyes, scarred (burned) face/arm, rope burns. Surgery, vials of blood/plasma. Knife protruding/removed from boot.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A couple kiss in their bedroom on their wedding night (sex implied - not seen). Nude man (genitals mostly obscured - full rear view seen), shirtless men, men in loincloth underwear, cleavage. Kissing, flirting. A man reads a 1940s girlie magazine. Married to first cousin, lover, mistress, concubine mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drugs (morphine). Alcohol (beer). Intoxication, alcoholic husband/father. Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE

    S-words, a-words, son-of-a-bitch. Name-calling. Slang words for genitals/bodily functions/women. Heavy religious references and exclamations (damn, what the hell, Satan, the Sabbath, good Christian, good Lord). Derogatory references/jokes about religion, women, American Indians, countryfolk.

  • THEMES

    Desmond Doss, conscientious objectors, army medics, faith, religion, Seventh Day Adventism, World War II, the Battle of Okinawa, court martial, stubbornness, pride, dating, imprisonment, morals, nightmares, rescue, heroes, brotherhood, mateship.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Cemtery, church, courtroom, hospital, war settings. Alcoholic husband/father. Dead friends. Marriage proposal, engagement, woman stood up at altar, man tells how he was given up to an orphanage as a child. Rats, maggots. Waterfall. Toilet. Vomiting. Vision at end credits. Based on a true story.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Thrilling, riveting, maddening, gruesome, effective, bloody, brutal, powerful, visceral, devastating, potent, bombastic, crowd-pleasing, pounding. Extraordinary second half, lucid/clear/violent/long/gut-wrenching/blistering/relentless/delirious/kinetic/staggering/skillfully choreographed action, captivating/sincere/winning/inhabited/committed/likeable/believable performance by Andrew Garfield.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Derivative, cheesy, programmatic, safe, overdone. Conventional/corny/groan-worthy/clichéd first half, promotes pacifism by celebrating violence.

Don't Breathe (2016)

Published in D
Saturday, 08 October 2016 03:14
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong themes, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Will press your panic button.

  • Starring

    Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto

  • Directed by

    Fede Alvarez

  • Running time

    88 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, stabbed, grabbed, rammed against walls, held at gunpoint, punched, dragged, tied up, gagged, near-molested, hooded, pursued/hunted, near-choked, thrown through plate glass, attacked by a dog, head-slammed, hit with objects, kicked, glassed, face-grabbed, headlocked, bludgeoned, handcuffed, hair-pulled, stomped on. People crash to the ground from upper floors. An animal is sedated, trapped. Break-and-enter, stealing. Objects thrown, smashed, punched, shot, shoulder-charged, cut with scissors. Daughter killed in fatal car accident (mentioned and newspaper headlines). A female tells how she was locked in the trunk of a car as a child. A man was reportedly blinded by shrapnel while serving at war. A photograph of a child is positioned upside-down (creepy). Larceny, double homicide mentioned. Heavy breathing, creaking floorboards. Screaming, growling, snarling. Blood/gore: Dead bodies. Bloody heads, faces, necks, foreheads, hair, mouths, knuckles, hands, walls, bullet wounds, objects, clothing; blood spatter, spurting blood, pooling blood. Chunks of flesh fly off when people are shot. Scars, bruising, swelling, dried blood, bandage, drool. Patient with oxygen mask on stretcher. Milky white (blind) eyes.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A woman is almost forcibly inseminated. Semen is squirted into a man's face/mouth. Vial of semen. Undressing, woman in lingerie, cleavage. A woman makes an oral sex gesture with her fist. Jerk off, rape, masturbation mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits). A dog is sedated with a laced chew. Smoking (possible joint).

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, b*tch, bastard. Name-calling. Slang for genitals. Religious exclamations (Jesus, there is no God).

  • THEMES

    Home invasion, blindness, home security, crime, theft, survival, guard dogs, kidnapping, panic alarms, senses, revenge, artificial insemination.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead daughter, dead woman (pregnant). Estranged father mentioned. Dog, ladybugs. Urination. Power blackout.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Elegant, fast-paced, dazzling, inventive, unsettling, claustrophobic, lean, mean, intense, streamlined, crowd-pleasing, muscular, brutal, relentless, immersive, unpredictable, suspenseful, gruelling. Basic setup, enticing premise, fierce/fantastic/powerful/menacing/intimidating/imposing/excellent/physical performance by Stephen Lang, murky/decrepit production design, shadowy cinematography, layered/effective/atmospheric/intense sound design, eerie finale.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    A little implausible, gets a bit ridiculous/repetitive toward the end, cheap/misjudged/grotesque psychosexual moment.

Deepwater Horizon (2016)

Published in D
Monday, 03 October 2016 05:25
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Mature themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    This is not a drill.

  • Starring

    Mark Wahlberg, Dylan O'Brien, Kate Hudson, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Ethan Suplee, Trace Adkins, Brad Leland

  • Directed by

    Peter Berg

  • Running time

    107 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are crushed, pinned, thrown through the air/against objects, covered in mud, banged against railings, hit by projectiles/flying glass, burned, scalded, covered in debris, knocked unconscious, slammed against a wall. A man bangs his head against a glass mirror. People jump/are thrown from high ledges. Explosions, fireballs, burning water/objects. Damage, debris, broken/smashed glass. Birds fly into a helicopter/a boat. Yelling, screaming, arguing, mass panic. Indictment for manslaughter mentioned. Blood/gore: Broken leg (protruding bone), broken glass protruding from skin. A falling body hits a metal air vent (fatal). People are covered in blood, scratches, cuts. Swollen eye, bruising, bandages, crutches. A long shard of glass is removed from skin. Dead/oil-covered bird. Roll call of deceased.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Couple in underwear (sex implied). Kissing. Shirtless man, man in shower (no nudity seen). A man says his cat used to try and mount his dog.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer). A man is asked if he is on medication. Receiving/drinking a bottle of wine mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, s-words, a-words, b*tch, bastard, p*ssed. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations (so help you God, oh my God, goddamit, Jesus).

  • THEMES

    Deepwater Horizon, oil drilling, rigs, disaster, oil spills, mud displacement, pressure levels, scandal, safety, corporate greed, environmental catastrophe, testing, awards, rescue, chaos.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Ocean/underwater setting. Fishing photo (catfish). Helicopters. Taxidermy animals seen in background. Strobing lights. Based on true events. Based on Deepwater Horizon's Final Hours by David Barstow, David Rohde and Stephanie Saul published in The New York Times.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Rugged, realistic, action-packed, vivid, fast-paced, spectacular, harrowing, courageous, angry, effective, brave, unsentimental, gruelling, no-nonsense, thrilling, white-knuckle, stunning, human, plausible, visceral, solid, tense, unsettling, impressive. Excellent/fantastic/relatable performances, seamless special effects, terse/tense/technically complex/cleverly incoherent dialogue, disorienting/smart editing, hyper-real sound design, a worthy tribute to the people involved.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Thin characterisation, treacly/clumsy song over end credits, doesn't address the environmental impact of the tragedy.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

Published in M
Saturday, 01 October 2016 03:59
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Fantasy themes and violence, some scary scenes.

  • The pitch

    The bird will explain everything.

  • Starring

    Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson, Judi Dench, Rupert Everett, Allison Janney, Chris O'Dowd, Terence Stamp, Ella Purnell, Finlay MacMillan, Lauren McCrostie, Hayden Keeler-Stone, Georgia Pemberton, Milo Parker, Raffiella Chapman

  • Directed by

    Tim Burton

  • Running time

    127 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are shot with arrows (crossbow) and bullets (.38), hit by vehicles, grabbed, laughed at, knocked unconscious, hit with objects, impaled, stabbed, splashed with beer, set on fire, thrown through the air, slammed into walls/windows, knocked aside, roped, frozen, trapped beneath ice, near-hit with knives, attacked by birds/bees, punched, stomped on, bitten, turned to stone/shattered, eye-gouged, slashed on face, cleavered, dropped to the ground. Characters slide down a rooftop. Objects smashed, kicked, thrown, shoulder-charged, set on fire, thumped. Explosion. Air raid/bomb dropped on house. A teddy bear is torn in half, an inanimate object is brought to life then killed in a fight. Children wear World War II-style gas masks. Trashed houses, broken glass, swastikas seen, air raid siren heard. Children enter a sideshow haunted house (fluorescent skulls, giant spiders seen). A man watches a TV program of birds attacking carrion. References to "monsters" (ie Nazis) in Poland during World War II. A newspaper article mentions the sinking of a luxury cruise liner. A story is told of a German air raid on a children's home leaving no survivors. A boy asks, "Do you want to know who killed me?" Yelling, screaming, mass panic. Killing people, [being] brutally attacked mentioned. Blood/gore: A man's eyes are plucked out (many others implied). A pile of eyeballs seen; eyeballs are eaten. Jars of organs seen. Organs are inserted into inanimate objects/a boy to bring them to life. Skeleton characters are blown apart (skulls, pelvic bones etc seen flying off). Bloody objects, hand, organs, scratches. Inky blood seen. Welts seen on face. Corpses (adult/children/animal), skeletons, skulls. Injured bird. Characters with empty eye sockets. Smoke rises from people being experimented upon. Stitching (doll). Nightmares, anxiety mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing, flirting, hand-holding, hugging. An invisible child is frequently understood to be naked. Two teens undress to 1940s-style underwear. A man says he suspected his late father of infidelity.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer). Smoking (pipe, cigarettes). Pub setting. Prescription pills mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    Bollocks, crap, what the..? Name-calling. Religious exclamations (God bless him, oh my God, thank God, Heaven knows).

  • THEMES

    Adventure, grandfather-grandson relationships, special powers, time travel, fathers, therapy, jealousy, power, factions, experiments, therianthropy (shapeshifting), immortality, birdwatching, Ymbrines, Hollowgasts, Wights, invisibility, resurrection, maps.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead grandfather. Birds, crabs, bees, squirrel, ocean fish. Planes (Messerschmitt), toilet. Characters with glowing white eyes, long tentacles, eyeless faces, large/sharp/scary teeth, super powers, amphibious limbs, empty eye sockets, monkey tail/legs. Roast meat eaten. Spitting (water). A character removes his contact lenses. Based on the novel by Ransom Riggs.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Stylish, mordant, charming, funny, pleasing, singular, admirable, macabre. Outstanding characters, gripping/crowd-pleasing finale, sensational costumes, elaborate/meticulously detailed set design, marvelous effects/CGI, some glorious visuals, lush cinematography, clever jump cut after opening credits, sharp contrast between real and fantastic worlds, good use of metaphor about the horrors of World War II.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Predictable, clichéd, disappointing, complicated, trite. Straightforward/restrained filmmaking, underused cast/characters, stuffy/dreary/dull in parts, excessive exposition, senseless final battle, off-kilter accents, the only non-white actor plays the villain.

The Space Between (2016)

Published in T
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 22:53
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Coarse language and brief sex scene.

  • The pitch

    la dolce vita.

  • Starring

    Flavio Parenti, Maeve Dermody, Elettra Dallimore Mallaby, Alberto Torquati

  • Directed by

    Ruth Borgobello

  • Running time

    100 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Head-on car collision (fatal) - car flipped, crumpled car seen against tree, newspaper headline announcing death in crash. Threat to cut off finger (joke). Blood/gore: Coffin, funeral. Blood pressure test, panic attack (shortness of breath/pale and sweaty skin). Dead fish being cleaned/cooked. Erupting hernia (joke) mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Implied sex (couple in bed together; couple seen beneath sheets). Kissing, hugging. Shirtless man, bare backs/shoulders, women in pyjamas/underwear, man in underwear, people in swimwear. Reference to oral sex. Joke about cat's sex life ("your mother's been getting around").

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drugs (marijuana - implied). Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits). Smoking (cigarette, cigars). Drinking to cope with grief. Reference to father's medication.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words. Slang for genitals and bodily fluids. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations. Obscene finger gesture (album cover).

  • THEMES

    Tragedy, loss, aged care, relationships, work-related stress, redundancy, car accidents, grief, depression, prophetic dreams, family obligations, personal sacrifice.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Funeral, cemetery settings. Dead grandparents, mother (stroke) mentioned. Urination, vomiting. Fish, octopus, roast meat cooked/eaten.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Touching, sensory, stylish, emotional, beautiful, thoughtful, warm, celebratory, dreamy, autumnal, big-hearted. Dazzling landscapes/locations, good chemistry between leads, first Australian-Italian co-production.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Undercooked. Weak dialogue.

Sully (2016)

Published in S
Monday, 05 September 2016 06:06
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Mature themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Just a man doing a job.

  • Starring

    Tom Hanks, Laura Linney, Aaron Eckhart, Anna Gunn, Mike O’Malley, Jamey Sheridan

  • Directed by

    Clint Eastwood

  • Running time

    96 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Planes crash into buildings/water. Explosions. Cars thrown through the air. A man is near-hit by a car. A woman says she feels like "running over the press [media] with a car". Blood/gore: A woman holds her leg in pain. Medical examination. Severe laceration, tourniquet, the shakes, rapid heartbeat, blood and urine test mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Shirtless man (man in towel).

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits, beer). Bar setting. Drink, drugs, breathalyser mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, s-words, a-word, sonofab*tch, bastard. Religious references and exclamations (what the hell, oh my God, please God, Jesus).

  • THEMES

    Chesley Sullenberger, Flight 1549, human performance, emergency procedures, aviation investigation, bird strikes, procedure, professionalism, unlikely heroes, dual engine failure, water landing, National Transport Safety Board (NTSB), risk assessment, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Plane, light plane, jets, plane crashes. Flock of birds. Vision under end credits, mid-credits scene. Based on a true story. Adapted from Chesley Sullenberger's Miracle on the Hudson.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Vigorous, involving, taut, vivid, elegant, eloquent, to-the-point, upbeat, comprehensive, well-crafted, riveting, stirring, exciting, moving, non-sensationalist, unfussy, honest, skillful, effective, thrilling, feel-good, crowd-pleasing. Alarming opening sequence, wonderful performances, sure-handed direction, crisp cinematography, first-rate/seamless digital effects, swift/fleet-footed/masterful editing, remarkable true story.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Feels a little padded, one-dimensional secondary characters.

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.

David Brent: Life on the Road (2016)

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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.