Displaying items by tag: biography Tuesday, 22 October 2019

The Mercy (2018)

Published in T
Thursday, 08 February 2018 09:12
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  • Rating

    12A (UK): Infrequent strong language.

  • The pitch

    Men do not decide to become extraordinary.

  • Starring

    Rachel Weisz, Colin Firth, David Thewlis, Mark Gatiss, Andrew Buchan, Finn Elliot, Jonathan Bailey, Genevieve Gaunt, Ken Stott, Anna Madeley

  • Directed by

    James Marsh

  • Running time

    101 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Suicide reference (possible drowning). Possible man overboard. Man bangs his head, falls down. Objects thrown/smashed/cracked/leaking. Yelling. Churchill, when the bombs were falling, you served your country, capsized boat mentioned. Blood/gore: A man cuts his hand (bloody palm). Bandaging hand. A man lances/squeezes a large pimple on his forehead. Drops of solder fall onto a man's leg. Gout mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Hugging, caressing. Shirtless man, woman in bikini.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, wine, champagne, spirits). Pub setting. Smoking (cigarettes, pipe, cigar).

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, bloody hell. Name-calling (you must be drunk or mad, bastards, etc). Religious exclamations (how in God's name, Godspeed, what the hell, Jesus Christ, etc), nuns arrive at a house.

  • THEMES

    Donald Crowhurst, sailing, 1968 Golden Globe Race, round-the-world yacht racing, survival, family, loneliness, navigation, desperation, hubris, commitment, failure, boat-building, delays, financing, radio silence.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead husband/father (implied). Dolphins, seagulls, dogs, horses, whales. Dead horses, dead/cooking fish, a man removes a fly from his glass of water, fish in bowl released into ocean. Full moon. Vomiting, hallucinations. Based on a true story.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Uncompromising, astonishing, brutal, sad, strange, profound, intelligent, sober, contemplative, absorbing, handsome, heart-tugging. Terrific/nuanced/reliable/solid performance by Colin Firth, gentle/good-humoured chemistry between Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz, impressive recreation of 'Teignmouth Electron', warm/buttery cinematography, breezy pace, some impressive sailing sequences, remarkable story stylishly told.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Muted, disconsolate, uninspired, flat, functional, middlebrow, conventional. Dialogue is filled with cliched phrases.

The Post (2017)

Published in T
Thursday, 11 January 2018 21:00
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  • Rating

    M: Coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Stop the press.

  • Starring

    Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, Bruce Greenwood, Sarah Paulson, Matthew Rhys, Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, Jesse Plemons, David Cross

  • Directed by

    Steven Spielberg

  • Running time

    116 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Brief battle scenes (Vietnam War setting, explosion, soldiers being shot/carried/loaded into rescue helicopters, body bags, bloody hand, etc). Street protests seen (people being pushed/whacked with batons). A man running across the road almost gets hit by a car. A man smacks a rolled newspaper on a desk in anger. Assassination of John F Kennedy discussed. Burglary shown in progress. Theft. Yelling, arguing, shouting. Dead husband (suicide), reported hijacking, bombing, Hindenberg disaster, D-Day mentioned. A character in a film (on TV) says, "lying in the gutter somewhere with a knife in your back". A man says rhetorically, "we could all be executed at dawn". A man jokes about another man being hypothetically hit by a truck twice. Blood/gore: Bloody hand. Blood on the floor, blood on pink suit mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (None) Women in nightgowns/in bed. Cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine, spirits, cocktail). Smoking (cigars, cigarettes, pipe). Buying heroin in Saigon, drunken birthday cruise, vodka mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, s-words, a-words, p*ss. Name-calling (pirate, bastard, pricks, sonofab*tch, liars, etc). Religious exclamations (oh God, oh Jesus, Jesus Christ, thank God, damn it, goddamn, Christ, my God, so help me God, hell, like hell, hot damn, etc). Obscene finger gesture.

  • THEMES

    The Pentagon Papers, The Washington Post, Vietnam War, The New York Times, journalism, newspaper publishing, leaked documents, security breaches, Patricia Nixon's wedding, injunction, accountability, government secrets, censorship, editorial, sources, collusion, the Espionage Act, Ben Bagdikian, Kay Graham, Ben Bradlee, Daniel Ellsberg, Robert McNamara, non-conformism, the First Amendment.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead husband/father (suicide) mentioned. Courtroom setting. Inspired by true events.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Thrilling, intimate, dynamic, vital, funny, moving, spectacular, entertaining, topical, timely, exhilarating, riveting, crowd-pleasing, suspenseful, unsubtle, vital, lean, mean, confrontational, solid, dramatic, urgent, sincere, earnest, stirring, contemporary, triumphant, rousing. Charismatic cast, excellent/effortless performances, nuanced/fraught/powerful/grounded/quiet/riveting/captivating performance by Meryl Streep, smart/extravagant storytelling, magnificent/polished script, rich characterisation, intuitive/assured/fluid/thrilling directing, exquisite period costume design, immaculate set design, gorgeous period detail, precise timing; Meryl Streep's name gets first billing in the closing credits.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Fate of Daniel Ellsberg is left unexplained/unexplored, contains a few pat moments (stereotypical chanting anti-war mob; women gazing in awe at Streep's Katharine Graham).

The Greatest Showman (2017)

Published in T
Monday, 01 January 2018 00:41
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  • Rating

    PG: Mild themes.

  • The pitch

    Something sensational; something that isn't stuffed.

  • Starring

    Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Austyn Johnson, Cameron Seely, Keala Settle, Sam Humphrey, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Eric Anderson, Ellis Rubin, Skylar Dunn

  • Directed by

    Michael Gracey

  • Running time

    105 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are punched, kicked, spat at, flipped, thrown through the air/to the ground, head-locked. A boy is slapped across the face, pushed to the ground, grabbed. Angry protesters yell and shout obscenities at performers. Arson, burning building, character rescued from burning building, building collapse, rubble. Theft. Guns fired (theatrical). A guillotine blade falls to simulate decapitation. Arguing, screaming, panic. Blood/gore: Bloody face, open wound on forehead, burns on skin, scratches, bloodied hands/fingernails. Bruising, bandages, red mark on cheek (from being slapped).

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (None) Kissing, flirting, handholding. Cleavage, skimpy costumes, shirtless men. Pregnant woman. Born out of wedlock mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (champagne, beer, wine, shots, spirits, hip flask). Bar setting. Drunk people slumped in bar.

  • LANGUAGE

    Shut up. Name-calling (flop doodle, freaks, criminal, degrading, fraud, scandal, peanuts, prima donnas, suffocating, highbrows, snobs, offensive, indecent, prigs, oddities, scoundrel, joyless, insignificant, the help, small-minded, careless, spooks, thugs,  etc). Religious exclamations (God no, thank God, etc).

  • THEMES

    Phineas Taylor Barnum, P.T. Barnum, Charity Barnum, Jenny Lind, circuses, success, failure, society, poverty, family, daughters, hoaxes, scams, deformity, ballet, wishes, finance, loans, museums, business, rejection, imagination, critics, publicity.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead father (implied). Engagement, bankruptcy, job loss, eviction, separation. Cemetery, funeral, hospital, bar settings. Horses, zebras, elephants, lions. Stuffed animals (giraffe, elephant, monkey, bird, ostrich, etc). Fur worn. Full moon. A girl spits out her tea.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Soaring, crowd-pleasing, old-fashioned, cornball, flashy, romantic, swirly, shiny, spectacular, joyful, wild, ridiculous, cheesy, charming, cheerful, glittery, glossy, aggrandised, showy, bright, colourful, dazzling, exhilarating, fun. Irresistible/effervescent/rapacious/relatable performance by Hugh Jackman, terrific chemistry between Zac Efron and Zendaya, rich cinematography, artistic sets, kinetic editing, maddeningly catchy/rousing songs, family friendly.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Unsubtle, familiar, shameless, predictable, shallow, sanitised, over-produced. Basic storyline, simple conflicts, pedestrian themes, cardboard characters, ignores the racist/exploitative side of P. T. Barnum.

The Disaster Artist (2017)

Published in T
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 22:28
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  • Rating

    M: Coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Tommy's world.

  • Starring

    Dave Franco, James Franco, Seth Rogan, Ari Graynor, Alison Brie, Jacki Weaver, Paul Scheer, Zac Efron, Josh Hutcherson, June Diane Raphael, Megan Mullally

  • Directed by

    James Franco

  • Running time

    103 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    An actor theatrically kills himself (gun in mouth) for a movie scene. An actor in a movie scene is shoulder-charged, shirtgrabbed, held at gunpoint. Actors throw a chair, fall off a ladder, punch a wall, bang fists on table, fall over. Men wrestle on the ground, a man throws a football at another man. A man recalls a near-death experience after a driver ran a red light and caused a car accident. Two men discuss James Dean's death and visit the site of his death. A newspaper stand is thrown/kicked. Glassware accidentally smashed, room trashed, TV thrown out of window. Yelling, arguing, scream. Blood/gore: A movie scene shows a dead man (suicide) on a bloody pillow. A woman collapses from heat exhaustion.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Actors perform a sex scene in a movie (fully nude male with genitals obscured). A movie scene shows a woman flirting with her boyfriend's best friend. Crotch-grabbing. Cleavage, woman in bikini. A prostitute is seen standing on a street corner. Shirtless men. Sex life, porno, affair mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits, champagne, wine). Nightclub setting.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words. Name-calling (weird, smart guy, nosey guy, babyface, a**hole, b*tch, robot, puppy, crazy, stupid, unique, disgusting, malevolent, villain, greedy, c*cksucking, motherf*cker, monster, vampire rapist, idiot, Frankenstein, clumsy, etc). Religious references (Jesus, my God, Jesus Christ, oh my God, goddamn, etc).

  • THEMES

    The Room, Tommy Wiseau, filmmaking, acting, success, infamy, football, movies, talent, bad acting, rejection, casting, trust, betrayal, jealousy, ambition, dreams, friends, roommates, cult films, vanity projects.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    A woman in a movie scene says she has breast cancer. End-credits scene comparing scenes from The Room and The Disaster Artist. Based on the book by Tom Bissell and Greg Sestero.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Hilarious, uproarious, sharp, funny, sad, endearing, layered, exuberant, disarming, earnest. Hysterical/masterly/beautiful/honest performance by James Franco, all-star ensemble cast, great chemistry between James Franco and Dave Franco, targeted in-jokes, viewers don't need to see The Room to enjoy this movie, a loving tribute.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Laughs might make you feel conflicted (are you laughing at Wiseau or with him?), opening montage of celebrity testimonials is a bit naff.

Final Portrait (2017)

Published in F
Tuesday, 05 September 2017 09:16
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  • Rating

    M: Mature themes, coarse language and nudity.

  • The pitch

    Sitting still has its challenges.

  • Starring

    Armie Hammer, Clémence Poésy, Geoffrey Rush, Tony Shalhoub, James Faulkner, Sylvie Testud, Kerry Shale, Philippe Spall

  • Directed by

    Stanley Tucci

  • Running time

    90 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A man confesses he fantasises about murdering women after raping them. A man tells a story of a neurotic friend committing suicide. Suicide methods discussed (think about it every day/cut one's throat from ear to ear/take sleeping pills/cutting your own wrists/burning yourself to death). A man tells a story of a climber falling off a mountain to his death. Objects thrown, burned. Smashed glass/trashed room. Friendly jibes at a man's appearance (you look like a brute/thug/degenerate; you will be put in jail/the asylum). Arguing, yelling. Blood/gore: A man has his temperature taken/lies ill in bed.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A man visits a brothel and escorts a prostitute to a room (sex implied). A man frequently flirts/kisses/hugs/caresses his prostitute/girlfriend, often in front of his wife. A man negotiates with/pays his prostitute's pimps. A man caresses a married woman (relationship implied). Topless woman, nude woman in gown, man in swim shorts. Drawings, paintings and sculptures of female nudes. A man recites a lewd limerick.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits, wine, champagne). Bar settings. Smoking (cigarettes).

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words. Name-calling (whore, old dog, trite bourgeois little girl, thief, pussies; a man refers to himself as a liar/capitalist/dishonest/neurotic). Religious exclamations (Jesus, for God's sakes, oh God, God no, etc).

  • THEMES

    Alberto Giacometti, James Lord, portrait-sitting, sculpture, art, 1960s Paris, prostitution, obssession, eccentricity, self-doubt, infidelity, art dealing, brothers, unfinished work, muses.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Cemetery setting. Brief French and Italian languages (some subtitles). Ham and eggs eaten. Based on a true story. Based on the book A Giacometti Portrait by James Lord.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Charming, modest, captivating, amiable, scruffy, tactile, art-house, escapist, entertaining, witty, amusing, astringent, theatrical, mature, wise, cinematic, diverting, delightful, delving, nimble, thought-provoking. Exuberant/rumpled/stooped/dishevelled/shaggy-haired/stellar/persuasive/inhabited/spirited performance by Geoffrey Rush, elegant/bold/invigorating camerawork, meticulous/vibrant production design.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Slight, anti-climactic, stagey, unambitious. Thin/stretched material, not enough insight about James Lord.

Victoria and Abdul (2017)

Published in V
Monday, 04 September 2017 03:55
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  • Rating

    PG: Mild themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    The eyes have it.

  • Starring

    Dame Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Michael Gambon, Olivia Williams, Eddie Izzard, Simon Callow, Tim Pigott-Smith, Adeel Akhtar

  • Directed by

    Stephen Frears

  • Running time

    112 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are smacked, shirt-grabbed, bumped into, threatened with job loss, throat-grabbed, pushed aside. Objects pushed off desk in anger, house trashed, personal objects burned out of spite/revenge. Story of man suffering an accident with an elephant. Indian Rebellion of 1857 (uprising against British soldiers by Indian Muslims who believed that weapons cartridges were made from pig and cow fat) discussed. References to Boer War. Shouting, arguing. Fear of assassination, smashing of the Peacock Throne, "chop your balls off", "I will see to it that you die here" mentioned. Blood/gore: Dead body. Coughing up blood, bloody tissue, fainting/collapse. Funeral scene. Death notice. Mention of rebellion where over 2000 personnel were murdered. Eating pig's blood and sheep's brains, gelatine made from cow bones mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (None): A doctor inspects a male's genitals (obscured from view). Feet-kissing, hand-holding. Statue of semi-nude figures (breasts exposed). Bottom hole, the clap, gonorrhea, fertility issues, collapsed uterus mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Smelling salts. Alcohol (spirits, wine, champagne). Smoking (cigarettes). Medicine for constipation (Bonjer's mixture?) mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    S-words, a-words, crap, bloody, balls. Name-calling (oppressor, barbarians, depressing, fools, idiot, stupid, exploiters, vain, jealous, an embarrassment, fat, lame, silly, impotent, old, brown, little, Uncle Tom, bigamist, Ali Baba, d*cks, low-born, imposter, fraud, common, despicable toads, racialists, pox-ridden, coloured, dreary, morbidly obese, cantakerous, boring, greedy, selfish, myopic, ill-tempered, insane, short-sighted, vultures, etc). Religious references (prayer, crucifixes, etc) and exclamations (Jesus Christ, for god's sake, thank heavens, what the hell, oh my God, oh God, Allah, damn, etc). Insults about race, culture, colour, religion, stuttering.

  • THEMES

    Queen Victoria, Abdul Karim, the Munshi, unlikely friendships, British royal family, racism, teaches, language lessons, history, privacy, protocol, servility, companions.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead mother/friend. Dead friend/colleague. Dead husband, dead wife (died in childbirth), dead friend mentioned. Goats, horses, dog. Meat/egg eaten. Taxidermy animals/antlers on wall. Snoring. Eating pig's blood mentioned. Bowel movements discussed. Some Hindi and Urdu languages (subtitles/translation). Based on a true story. Based on the book Victoria & Abdul : The True Story of the Queen's Closest Confidant by Shrabani Basu.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Glossy, moving, touching, sumptuous. Superb/shrewd/affecting/classy/sensational/rich/mischievous performance by Dame Judi Dench, fascinating story, appealling cast, splendid production design, beautiful costumes, intimate score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Lazy, cutesy, creaky, sorry, dodgy, conservative, farcical, uncomfortable, unenlightened. Unconvincing chemistry between leads, uninteresting/doe-eyed/fawning/blank performance by Ali Fazal, lacks moral complexity, lacks a character arc/dimension for Abdul Karim.

American Made (2017)

Published in A
Friday, 01 September 2017 10:15
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  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Seal's the deal.

  • Starring

    Tom Cruise, Sarah Wright, Domhnall Gleeson, Caleb Landry Jones, Jesse Plemons, Lola Kirke, Jayma Mays, Connor Trinneer

  • Directed by

    Doug Liman

  • Running time

    115 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot (off-screen), killed with car bomb (explosion), slapped, pushed, threatened with guns, shot at, held down while sunglasses and boots are stolen, swooped by low-flying aircraft, threatened ("pull his head off"). Burning car. Images and news footage: boxing, burning house, riots, soldiers, burning flags, references to Cold War, burning pictures, person being kicked, Vietnam War. Aircraft hit by machine-gunfire; burning aircraft, engine failure. Dangerous piloting of a commercial aircraft (causing people to be knocked around in their seats/luggage falling from overhead conditions); pilot falls asleep while captaining aircraft; low-flying over residential area/landing in street narrowly avoiding a vehicle and knocking over a stop sign; flying in a thunderstorm. Plane wreckage, destroyed ships in sea, wreckage of car after bombing. Descriptions of possible torture: pull tongues out, cut up, etc. Cartoon featuring an eagle and a bear fighting, missiles, and submarines. Confederate flags in backgrounds. Images of search and seizure by police. References to insurgents, freedom fighters, military police, Al Capone, plane being shot down, police raid, bribing, money laundering, three strike system, hiding evidence of murder, destroying evidence, US disputes with Colombia/Nicaragua/Soviets/Cuba. Yelling. Blood/gore: Dead body. Blood and dirt in clothes. Bullet tears in plane seat. Implied police brutality (person with missing tooth and cuts and bruises on their face after being arrested by Colombian police). Dead/killed pilots mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Sex scene (woman guides hand beneath skirt/climbs onto lap). Sex scene montage (implied nudity/moaning sounds). Nude people (rear view) jumping into pool. Couple in bed together. Pornographic magazines (nude woman on cover page with obscured genitals). Bum-groping, nude male bum. Man dating underage (15yrs) girl. Shirtless men, women in underwear/lingerie/bikinis, revealing/sheer clothing. Innuendo.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drugs (cartels, police raids, bodies strapped with cocaine, smuggling cocaine, War on Drugs campaign, blocks of cocaine explode over smuggler). Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits, cocktails, shots, champagne). Smoking (cigarettes; co-pilot asleep with lit cigarette). Gambling (betting on person's survival). References to cocaine, dope, opium.

  • LANGUAGE

    C-word, f-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch, p*ss. Name-calling (fatter than f*ck, dumb f*ck, gringo, etc). Religious references (crucifix on wall and on necklace) and exclamations (what the hell, my God, etc). Chauvinistic attitudes toward women.

  • THEMES

    Barry Seal, drug smuggling, CIA, betrayal, aviation, drug cartels, covert operations, insurgents, corruption, criminality, anti-heroes, morals, surveillance, the American Dream.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Estranged wife and children mentioned. Colombian prison cell setting. Birth scene. Urination. Snake, iguana, bull. Fireworks. Brief subtitles. Based on a true story.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Energetic, stylish, funny, pacy, inventive, unpredictable, dog-eared, scraggy, gleeful, entertaining, tense, brash, busy, hyperactive, hectic, true-life, sharp, loose, light, jaunty. Unbelievable/dizzying story, swaggering/charming/compelling/breezy performance by Tom Cruise, fancy/impressive flying stunts.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Familiar, exhausting, anxious. Messy/underused supporting characters, haphazard editing, after-the-fact camcorder confessions are a clunky/flimsy framing device, a little superficial/monotonous at times, smug/see-sawing camera movements, incessant use of orange colouring for Central and South American settings.

The King's Choice (Kongens nei) (2016)

Published in T
Thursday, 24 August 2017 20:52
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  • Rating

    CTC.

  • The pitch

    Gives all for Norway.

  • Starring

    Jesper Christensen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Karl Markovics, Tuva Novotny, Katharina Schüttler, Erik Hivju, Svein Tindberg, Arthur Hakalahti, Menig Fredrik Seeberg

  • Directed by

    Erik Poppe

  • Running time

    133 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, face-slapped, thrown through the air (grenade), separated from loved ones, poked, dragged, blindfolded. Sea battle/ship hit by cannon fire/burning ship/explosion/sinking ship. Air raids, ground assault. Mass panic. Bombing/explosions, burning barn, burning debris. References to Nazi Germany (voice of Adolf Hitler on telephone, swastikas, Fuhrer mentioned, etc). Arguing. Being "captured by Soviets and taken prisoner" mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses on ground. Open bloody wound/exposed flesh. Bloody heads/clothing/snow/cuts on face; blood spatter, dried blood on face. Dead men, massacre, bloodbath mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (None): Rear view of nude statue. Shirtless man. Kissing, hugging (platonic).

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Smoking (pipe, cigarettes).

  • LANGUAGE

    (None): Name-calling (dense, amateur, miserable creature, etc). Religious exclamations (oh God, etc).

  • THEMES

    King Haakon VII, German invasion of Oslo, World War II, 1940s Norway, invasion, evacuation, Norwegian royalty, coup d'état, diplomacy.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead wife/mother mentioned. Horses, flies. Taxidermy bird. Norwegian, German and English languages (subtitles).

Maudie (2017)

Published in M
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 11:33
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  • Rating

    PG: Mild themes and sexual references.

  • The pitch

    Maud Lewis's life, framed.

  • Starring

    Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Kari Matchett, Zachary Bennett, Gabrielle Rose, Billy MacLellan

  • Directed by

    Aisling Walsh

  • Running time

    115 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A man slaps a woman. A woman catches a chicken and places its head upon a chopping block/woman tells man that she killed the chicken in the soup he eats. Stories heard of a deformed baby dying shortly after birth, a baby being sold, a baby being buried. A man bangs his fist on a shop counter. A man throws a woman's treasured possessions on the floor. Shouting, arguing. Blood/gore: An unwell patient dies peacefully in a hospital bed. A woman experiences difficulty breathing, walking, etc. An elderly woman has an oxygen tank beside her. Patient on hospital gurney. Emphysema, arthritis mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Couple in bed together (sex implied). Sex before marriage discussed.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Smoking (cigarettes; frequent). A woman holds a bottle of (assumed) alcohol while at a bar/club. A woman appears to be intoxicated.

  • LANGUAGE

    (None): A-words. Name-calling (idiot, cripple, lazy-ass, princess, stupid, know-it-all, love slave, silly, etc). Religious exclamtion (lordy). A man frequently compares a woman to a dog/animals.

  • THEMES

    Maud Lewis, Everett Lewis, painting, art, juvenile arthritis, marriage, brother-sister relationships, cranky aunts, love, emphysema, disability, happiness, housekeeping, outcasts, eccentrics, family secrets.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead wife. Dead baby discussed. Orphanage, hospital, wedding settings. Dogs, horses, chickens, cat, dead fish, buzzing insects, flock of birds. Spitting. Based on a true story. Real-life footage of Maud and Everett Lewis before end credits.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Touching, cheering, convincing, intimate, sympathetic, observant, small, claustrophobic, romantic, modest, affecting, absorbing, lovely. Stellar/warm/persuasive/big-hearted/captivating/splendid/bruised/sweet/powerful/exquisite performance by Sally Hawkins, precise/sympathetic performance by Ethan Hawke, evocative location cinematography, meticulous production design, elegiac/charming/folk-music score, fascinating character study.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Familiar, uneven. Ethan Hawke isn't entirely believable as Everett Lewis, score is cloying/emotional at times, feels a little flat, too sentimental/saccharine at times, romance plot overshadows artistic awakening plot.

Churchill (2017)

Published in C
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 11:48
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Mature themes.

  • The pitch

    The man behind the smokescreen.

  • Starring

    Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson, John Slattery, Ella Purnell, Julian Wadham, Richard Durden, James Purefoy, Danny Webb

  • Directed by

    Jonathan Teplitzky

  • Running time

    98 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A woman slaps her husband's face. A man is pushed aside. A man thumps his fist on a desk and yells at a female employee. A man swipes objects from a table and throws a bottle while arguing with his wife. Kids play with toy rifles. Discussion about war and war tactics includes mentions of: Nazis, Hitler, dropping bombs, Allied forces, the Blitz, beach landings, many men/soldiers/civilians will be killed/slaughtered/butchered, casualties, poison gas, Boer War, Gallipoli, etc. Yelling, arguing. Sound effects of bombing, explosions, cries of pain, screaming heard. Blood/gore: A man walks through a muddy field littered with dead soldiers on ground/in barbed wire. Bloody sea water. A man says "their blood soaks my hands" referring to casualties of war. A man describes battle injuries ("eyes shot out, legs blown up by land mine, many dead or maimed, shellshocked, bloody sea foam", etc.) A man walks with a cane.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (None): Man in underwear, man in robe. Perverted mentioned (malapropism).

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits, hip flask). Smoking (cigars, cigarettes).

  • LANGUAGE

    S-word, bastards. Name-calling (smug, puffed up little sh*t, bloody fool, stupid girl, etc). Religious references (prayer) and exclamations (Jesus Christ, bloody hell, for Christ's sake, goddamn, God knows, oh Heavens, God speed, etc).

  • THEMES

    Winston Churchill, World War II, D-Day, Operation Overlord, Eisenhower, Allied forces, US-UK relations, 1940s Britain, leaders, history, speeches, heroes, duty, marriage.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Marriage separation, extra-marital affairs mentioned. Based on a true story.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    (tbc)

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    (tbc)