Displaying items by tag: cinema Wednesday, 20 November 2019
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  • Rating

    M: Supernatural themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    There's something in the water.

  • Starring

    Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Kevin McNally, Golshifteh Farahani, David Wenham, Stephen Graham, Angus Barnett, Martin Klebba, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley

  • Directed by

    Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg

  • Running time

    129 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    (Most of the violence is bloodless/implied/off-screen/in shadow.) Characters are shot, run through, stabbed, sliced, thrown overboard/down stairs/from a horse/off a roof/into burning water/through the air, pushed aside, pursued, punched, flipped, tackled, held at gunpoint, held at knifepoint/swordpoint, impaled, imprisoned, throat-grabbed, neck-snapped, knocked to the ground, dragged, tied up, gagged, chained/shackled, shoved against a wall, handcuffed, near-executed (woman with noose around neck, man in guillotine), blasted with water, slapped, near-eaten by a shark, caught in a net, beaten, hung upside down and speared, hit with objects, squished between two boats, possessed, drowned (implied). Sword seen piercing through chests, explosions seen blasting through people's chests. Survivors wading in water during a sea battle are ordered to be shot. A boy throws himself overboad while tied to a bundle of rocks (possible drowning implied). Ships are attacked with cannonfire; explosions, burning ships, sinking ships, burning flag. A ship opens up like a spider/skeleton and "eats" other ships. A ship teeters on the edge of a waterfall (tense). Part of a boat is eaten by a shark. A village is near-destroyed during a robbery (buildings/overpass damaged, falling debris, mass panic). A rat is thrown into a boiling cauldron, a shark is hit with an oar. Smashed bottle, broken glass. Bank robbery, lock-picking, bribery. Yelling, arguing, screaming, hissing. Painful cries and yelps heard as sailors are killed (implied); slashing/slicing sounds heard. A character is known as "the butcher of the sea", an area of land is called Hangman's Bay. Objects/people fall over, people fall from high up. Swordfights, fist fights. Beating, execution, hanging, disembowelment, firing squad, guillotine, stoning, tortured and killed, we will beat your captain to death, mutiny mentioned. Blood/gore: Decapitated/bloody heads in basket. Dead bodies on deck, floating in the sea. Ghostly resurrected sailors have white/scaly/cracked skin, missing limbs and body parts, exposed skeletons/bones, ash flying around them, decay, husky/wheezing voices, dark eyes, missing heads/faces/torsos, black goo oozing from mouths, bloodshot eyes, the ability to walk on water. Bloody cuts, cheek, lip, mouth, hands, palm, bullet wound, slash on arm, clothing, floor, compass; dripping blood, blood moon. Characters disappear into a cloud of dust and die. People try and tear a man's toenail off. Scars, peg leg, stitches on head. Walls are filled with skulls on shelves, furniture and railings are made from skeletons/bones. Faces covered in barnacles, people covered in mud, people with dirty faces, sunburned skin. Patients in hospital beds. Skull and crossbones insignia seen. Hanging described (eyes bulging, tongue lagging, breaking neck, etc). Cart loaded with coffins. Scabies mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing, hugging, hand-holding, flirting, ogling, undressing. Skimpy clothing, cleavage. Couple seen in bed together (asleep/clothed). Infidelity implied (a clothed woman is found with a man who is not her husband). Sexual-themed euphemisms ("no woman has ever handled my Herschel", "18lb balls - that's why he walked funny", "I'm not paying you for that", "shacking up with sister", "she's a horologist you know - my mum was a horologist (ie prostitute", etc).

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (rum). Intoxication. Pub setting. A witch drinks a potion (resembles runny petroleum jelly).

  • LANGUAGE

    Possible f-word (muffled), bugger, p*ss. Name-calling (pathetic bilge rats, disturbed, stupid, devil, witch, wench, wicked lass, trollop, filthy, pirate, worthless braggard, swine, coward, evil spawn, cursed eunuch, common, dimwitted, scum, stupid, it, filthy beast, etc). A woman is mocked for being fat and ugly. Religious references (crucifix on wall, confession heard, etc) and exclamations (my God, Devil's triangle, etc).

  • THEMES

    Trident of Poseiden, curses, pirates, estranged fathers, father-son relationships, orphans, battles at sea, bank robbery, treason, execution, revenge, sacrifice, astronomy.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead father, dead captain, dead shipmates. Kill her brother, estranged fathers, cursed father, widowed sister mentioned. Hospital, pub, underwater, wedding settings. Thunder, lightning, earthquaking, parting of the sea. Resurrected brids, fish and sharks (skeletons/missing body parts), horses, donkeys, pigs, rats, ocean fish, flies, monkey, bird poo. Giant skeleton character. Spitting. Bedwetting mentioned. Post-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Rollicking, enjoyable, swashbuckling, emotional, romantic, entertaining, surprising, diverting, fun, admirable, playful, absorbing, fresh. Impressive opening sequence, well-staged/thrilling action, memorable set pieces, beautiful locations, colourful cinematography, some spectacular CGI, easy-to-follow narrative, delightful/funny cameo by Sir Paul McCartney, satisfying/neat finale, captures some of the essence/charm of the original Gore Verbinski film.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Overengineered, unnecessary, nonsensical. A little overstuffed/incoherent/messy, slim character evolution, few new ideas, some long stretches of fruitless exposition, panto-ish performance by Johnny Depp, some jokes fall flat.

Don't Tell (2017)

Published in D
Friday, 12 May 2017 00:27
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  • Rating

    CTC.

  • Starring

    Sara West, Aden Young, Jack Thompson, Jacqueline McKenzie, Rachel Griffiths, Susie Porter, Gyton Grantley, Robert Taylor, Martin Sacks, Robert Coleby, Leeanna Walsman

  • Directed by

    Tori Garrett

  • Running time

    110 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Implied suicides (hanging legs of girl; man dead in car with hosepipe attached to muffler). A woman explains the details of the sexual abuse she experienced as a child (see Sex/Nudity category). A woman experiences frequent flashbacks of her molester/the abuse she suffered. A man is kicked, face-grabbed. A woman shoots a door, fires a gun into the air. A couple is held at gunpoint. A woman looks at crime scene photos/suicide note of her dead abuser. Video seen of police interviewing a child abuse victim. Screaming, yelling, arguing. Suicide, child abuse, paedophile, arrests, stolen car, self-harm discussed/mentioned. A woman mentions a legal case (Deatons Pty Ltd v Frew) where a barmaid threw a glass at a patron causing blindness. A man walks into an animal pen with a gun ready to shoot a lame kid goat/a crying woman tenderly holds the animal while gesturing her disagreement/the scene ends implying that the animal was saved. Blood/gore: Corpses (hanging legs/body in car).

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A  male teacher is seen grooming a young girl for sex (touching/caressing/kissing/undressing/handing her notes/making her promise not to tell anybody about his behaviour/asking her to lie down). A woman describes the sexual abuse she received as a child (mostly mentioned or implied in flashback sequences); a trusted male is seen touching/caressing/undressing/grooming her; digital penetration/full sex/kissing her breasts, nipples and between legs/placing her hand on his penis/erection/"something wet might happen"/inserted penis into vagina mentioned. A woman describes how a teacher put his hand on her breast when she was a schoolgirl, a woman describes how a teacher put his hand up her school uniform touching her thigh up to her bikini line, a woman describes how she saw a male teacher watching female students as they showered. A woman experiences flashbacks of previous sexual abuse during sex (girl in bra/man in shirt/thrusting/sex noises). A woman hears her partner having sex with another woman. Cleavage, skimpy clothing, kids in swimwear, shirtless man.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits, shots, wine, intoxication). Smoking (cigarettes - frequent). Self-medicates, drugs, alcohol mentioned. Pub setting.

  • LANGUAGE

    A handful of f-words, s-words, a-words, bloody. Name-calling (crazy b*tch, cow, meathead, pr*ck, surly, rebellious, angry, volatile, serial predator, bastards, b*tch, Judas, etc). Religious references and exclamations (oh my God, Jesus, Heaven, gospel, for Christ's sake, etc).

  • THEMES

    Sexual abuse, child abuse, rape, PTSD, Toowoomba Prepatory School, Lyndal, victims, cover-ups, Kevin Guy, denial, investigation, justice, abusers, suicide, Stephen Roche, lawyers, family, quiet country towns.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Courtroom, pub settings. Divorced parents mentioned. Sheep, goats, cows. Based on a true story. Based on the book Don't Tell by Stephen Roche.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    tbc

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    tbc

Their Finest (2016)

Published in T
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 00:58
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  • Rating

    M: Mature themes, sex scene and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    She's mustard.

  • Starring

    Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Jack Huston, Paul Ritter, Rachael Stirling, Richard E. Grant, Henry Goodman, Jake Lacy, Jeremy Irons, Eddie Marsan, Helen McCrory

  • Directed by

    Lone Scherfig

  • Running time

    117 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A man is crushed beneath scaffolding, a woman's home is destroyed in a raid. Bombing raids (blasts heard, falling debris, smoke, mass property damage, burning objects, deaths). Military soldiers, aircraft, vehicles, ships (some theatrical). Workers produce bullets in a propoganda war film, swastikas seen. Film scenes show people being shot/dying from injuries. Yelling/arguing. Getting bombed, bombing, shelling, strafing, Dunkirk, the Blitz, Hitler, parachute bomb mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses (bloodied/burned). Bloody clothing, head. A man identifies his friend/colleague's corpse. Morgue full of bodies under sheets on tables. Hospital setting (patients in hospital beds, IV drips). Dead sheep's head (dog food). Slash on the bicep, leaking spleen, hundreds of thousands dead (Dunkirk) mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A couple has bedroom sex. Kissing, hugging, flirting. Topless woman (breasts mostly obscured), shirtless men. Infidelity. Carnal knowledge, intercourse, erotic proposition mentioned. A woman tells her dog to stop licking his balls in public.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

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

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, a-word, bloody. Name-calling (stooge, bully, drunk, belligerent, old maids, spy, squalid, stupid, fool, disgusting, etc). Religious exclamations (for God's sake, for Christ's sake, God bless, Jesus, ungodly, etc).

  • THEMES

    Filmmaking, propoganda war films, British cinema, World War II, screenwriting, film production, romance, infidelity, death, grief, opportunity, cinema-going, marriage, betrayal, rewrites, workplace equality, morale, actors, agents.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Relationship breakup, infidelity, dead friends/brother/colleague/lover. Dead uncle, invalid wife, dead grandson, dead father, dead landlady mentioned. Dogs. Vomiting. Brief German (subtitles). Adapted from Their Finest Hour and a Half by Lissa Evans.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Charming, rousing, sentimental, warm, feminist, breezy, entertaining, heart-tugging, affecting, enjoyable, delightful, old-fashioned, infectious, crowd-pleasing. Top-notch/strong British cast, scene-stealing/wry/self-mocking performance by Bill Nighy, believable/clean/bright depiction of wartime London, handsome production design, swoon-worthy score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Contrived tragedy, hits familiar rom-com notes.

Live By Night (2016)

Published in L
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 00:47
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  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Repent, repent.

  • Starring

    Ben Affleck, Chris Messina, Elle Fanning, Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana, Brendan Gleeson, Robert Glenister, Chris Cooper

  • Directed by

    Ben Affleck

  • Running time

    129 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, punched, beaten, thrown from high ledges, stabbed, throat-slit, threatened, grabbed, thrown up against walls/to the ground, stomped on, kicked, slapped, hit with objects, robbed, pistol-whipped. Members of the Ku Klux Klan, burning crucifix seen. A man canes his daughter. Businesses are shot up, exploded, robbed. Shootouts (high body count). Images of WWI action (soldiers, trenches, explosions, corpses, injuries, bandages, etc). Footage of Nazi Germany (soldiers, swastikas, etc). Car chase, vehicles/street stalls rammed, car in lake, burning vehicles, car crash, car rollover. Houses burned/shot. Bottle thrown/smashed. A man says "I will cut your tits off and throw you in the dump" to a woman. People are threatened with being shot, thrown under a train, throat-slit, tarred and feathered. Death penalty, cop killer, woman cut her own throat mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody heads, faces, mouth, teeth, chin, cuts, grazes, bullet wounds (open flesh seen), bandages, clothing. Blood spatter, pooling/gushing/dripping blood. Burning/bloodied corpses. Bruising, bandages, scar. Images of dead man in barbed wire, man with shot/bloodied face, corpses. Cemeteries. People on crutches, in wheelchair. Broken nose, broken ribs, man in coma mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Couples have sex in bedrooms, on couch. Flirting, kissing, caressing, undressing, suggestive dancing. Pictures of semi-nude girl in evocative positions (breasts exposed). Cleavage. A woman says her father was a pimp. A man blackmails another man with information about the former's homosexuality. Libidinous behaviour, fornication, bestiality mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Junkie daughter (needle tracks on arms seen). Alcohol (beer, spirits, champagne). Smoking (cigarettes, cigars). Poker game. Bar settings. Narcotics, hooch, heroin, gambling, casino, booze, drug addicts mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, n-word. Name-calling (dumb, stupid, wops, rough, trash, mole, putana, whore, gangster, dirty spics, diego, daygo, inbreds, bootlegger, fornicator, sh*tpickers, Communist, crook, darkies, mick, nance, n*gger, smart guy, dunce, etc). Religious references and exclamations (Jesus, devil, Catholics, hellfire, Christian, God, heaven, hell, Jesus Christ, etc).

  • THEMES

    1920s USA, Prohibition, gangsters, mob families, corruption, speakeasies, racism, bootlegging, drug addiction, sin, penitence, betrayal, gambling.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead father, dead girlfriend, dead wife. Dead mother mentioned. Cemetery, bar, prison/asylum, church settings. Marriage proposal. Animal fur rug, sides of hanging meat, fur coats. Vomiting. Horses, dolphins, alligators. Fireworks. Brief Spanish (subtitles).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Watchable, stylish, bloody, ambitious, well-intentioned. Fabulous costumes, sleek/resplendent production design, elegant framing, gorgeous cinematography, richly detailed period pieces, unexpectedly timely white supremacy plot thread, engrossing/compelling at times.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Messy, sprawling, over-plotted, unexceptional, cramped, rote, sappy, over-engineered, bewildering, overstuffed, disappointing, baggy, mediocre, unfocused, slow, serious, peculiar, dim, dull, sleepy, humourless. Muddled/halting storytelling, too many sub-plots, some flavourless/underdeveloped/perfunctory characters, lifeless/bland performance by Ben Affleck, anticlimatic finale.

La La Land (2016)

Published in L
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 07:31
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  • Rating

    M: Coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Here's to the ones that dream.

  • Starring

    Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, J.K. Simmons, Rosemarie DeWitt, Claudine Claudio, Jason Fuchs, Finn Wittrock, Josh Pence

  • Directed by

    Damien Chazelle

  • Running time

    128 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shoved, slapped (playful). A man breaks a restaurant sign. Objects thrown at a car. Yelling, arguing. Blood/gore: None.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing, hand-holding. Cleavage. Women flash their underwear while dancing. People in swimwear, nightwear. Couple in bed together (clothed). Woman in towel.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine, champagne, beer, cocktails). Bar, club settings.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, s-words, a-word. Obscene finger gestures. Name-calling (weirdo, baby, etc). Religious exclamations (God help us, oh my God, my Lord, holy hell, goddamn, etc).

  • THEMES

    Romance, musicals, Hollywood, jazz, fame, success, auditions, collectibles, theatre, bands, live music, touring, career, relationships, fusion, duets, ambition, sacrifice, heartache.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Job loss, relationship breakup. Fireworks. Meat eaten. Bright camera strobe/flashes.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Remarkable, romantic, sun-drenched, absorbing, dazzling, distinctive, sweet-natured, energetic, dreamy, optimistic, happy, wonderstruck, joyous, sad, magical, daring, beautiful, sophisticated, unexpected, original, transportative, audacious, starry-eyed, ambitious, vibrant, bittersweet, elating, ardent, passionate; a masterpiece. Charming/terrific/excellent/appealing lead performances, powerful/convincing chemistry between leads, simple storytelling, gob-smacking/raucous/exhilarating opening scene, evocative soundtrack, gorgeous/expert/superb/kinetic cinematography, instinctive/intense direction, alluring backdrops/set pieces, buoyant/charming/memorable/melodious/infectious musical numbers, elegant costumes, sensational finale.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Overlong. A little too discordant/melancholy, the momentum stalls at times, some songs are a little indistinct/forgettable.

Red Dog: True Blue (2016)

Published in R
Monday, 12 December 2016 22:06
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  • Rating

    PG: Mild themes and coarse language.

  • Starring

    Levi Miller, Jason Isaacs, Hanna Mangan Lawrence, Bryan Brown, Thomas Cocquerel, Justine Clarke, Steve Le Marquand, Zen McGrath, Kee Chan, Winta McGrath

  • Directed by

    Kriv Stenders

  • Running time

    88 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are chased by a horse, slapped over the back of the head, wrestled, spanked (implied). An animal is struck by lightning. Motorbike crash (off-screen). An animal is prepared for branding. A man throws a stone at an animal. A tree crashes through a window. A lad tells a story of a constable who was shot, gang members hung. Strychnine poisoning, Vietnam [War] mentioned. Yelling, arguing, barking, growling, howling. Blood/gore: Corpse (animal). Butchering a side of meat. Vaccinations (needles jabbed into skin). Bruising, scars. Milky/blinded eye.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing, flirting, ogling, hand-holding. Shirtless man, short shorts, woman in pyjamas. Orgies, San Francisco summer of love mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, spirits). A man is handed a vial of pills (medication assumed).

  • LANGUAGE

    Crap, bloody, bugger. Name-calling (trickster, dumb, blackfellas, whitefellas, stupid, idiot, scaredy-cat, daft, crazy, mystery, strange, soft, goannas, orphan, etc). Religous references and exclamations (Jesus, for God's sake, damn, etc). Obscene finger gesture.

  • THEMES

    Best friends, grandfathers, father-son relationships, outback Australia, Pilbara region, loneliness, adventure, cattle stations, first love, mental illness, coming-of-age, Aboriginal Dreaming, bushfires, spelunkering, Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead father/grandmother mentioned. Funeral setting. Estranged mother. A woman is wheeled into a room in an asylum. Lightning, thunder, fireworks, full moon. Dogs, horse, cows, kangaroos, chickens, birds, lizards, flies. Light aircraft, helicopter. Grilling/eating beef. A dog farts, urinates. Vision during end credits.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Sweet, enjoyable, creative, smooth, well-paced, fun, wholesome, respectable, funny, poignant, great, delightful, satisfying. Colourful/eccentric/likeable characters, beautiful/stunning cinematography, delightful score, terrific/scene-stealing cameo by John Jarratt, family friendly.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Contrived. Not as memorable/enjoyable/original/emotional/funny as the first film.

Lion (2016)

Published in L
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 00:00
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  • Rating

    PG: Mild themes.

  • The pitch

    It's all about the journey.

  • Starring

    Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, David Wenham, Sunny Pawar

  • Directed by

    Garth Davis

  • Running time

    118 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A child is hit by a motorbike, pushed/shoved, taken away screaming/kicking, near-hit by a bus, dragged. Suggestion of possible child molestation/beating/child abduction (man examines boy/touches arms and legs/ says "he's exactly what they're looking for"). A child repeatedly hits his head against a wall, slaps own head, lashes out, screams. A person is grabbed by the hair. Furniture kicked, wall punched. Theft. Blood/gore: Corpse, funeral. Bloody hand, forehead. Dying mother/refusing chemo. Scar. Eighty thousand children go missing in India each year mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Sex scene, implied sex (couple in bed together). Caressing, hugs, kissing. Men and children shirtless, boys in shorts/underwear bathing. Woman in nightgown.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits). Smoking. Reference to alcoholic father. Being "back on the hard stuff" (drugs implied) mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    None. Religious references and exclamation.

  • THEMES

    Adoption, family, poverty, homelessness, child abandonment, orphans, identity crisis, depression, Google Earth, reunions, brothers, poverty.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dying mother. Estranged son/family. Orphanage setting, funeral procession. Lost child, child scavanging for food/eating apple core from floor. Adapted from A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley. Based on a true story.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Sober, stirring, enthralling, emotional, uplifting, wrenching, classy, crowd-pleasing, engrossing, harrowing, heartbreaking, poignant, sensitive, dignified, authentic, moving, gritty, powerful, distressing, gripping, involving. Superb performances from strong cast, tremendous/moving/affecting/nuanced/heartfelt/intricate performance by Dev Patel, excellent/sensitive screenplay, spectacular/arresting/gorgeous cinematography, striking camerwork/framing/production design, international themes, elegant score, stellar direction, incredible/amazing/astonishing/overwhelming true story.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Formulaic. Pedestrian middle section, slightly melodramatic/manipulative, overused flashbacks, second half not as special as first half.

Underworld: Blood Wars (2016)

Published in U
Tuesday, 06 December 2016 11:27
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong violence, blood and gore.

  • The pitch

    Bloody hell.

  • Starring

    Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Lara Pulver, Charles Dance, Tobias Menzies, Bradley James, Alicia Vela-Bailey, Daisy Head, Trent Garrett

  • Directed by

    Anna Foerster

  • Running time

    91 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are punched, kicked, elbowed, kneed, stabbed/sliced (swords/knives/spears/objects/stars), impaled, shot (handguns/automatic weapons/assault rifles/arrows), killed, bitten, exsanguinated (needles/bites/strung up/drained), hit with objects, headbutted, shoved/slammed into and through walls, thrown, throat-grabbed/choked, poisoned, garrotted, drowned, tackled over a cliff, run through with sword, neck-broken, throat-slit, head-slammed into wall, burned to ashes, hung upside down/bloodlet, strapped to table, beheaded. Vampire children shot/killed, vampires burning/exploding in sunlight. References to armies/war/assassinations, people referred to as Death Dealers. Car chase, motorcycle crash, burning cars. Explosives used to get through door. Blood/gore: Dead bodies, cocooned bodies, charred remains, partial skeletons, ashes, werewolf skull, severed head. Lots of blood spatter, pools of blood, bloody faces/heads/mouths/chins/throat/hands/clothing/cuts/gunshot wounds/needle tip, people covered in blood, blood bags, spurting blood, drinking blood. Head sliced in two, skin sliced with scalpel to extract bullets, objects protruding from head/eye, blood pouring from slit throat. Arm cut off, body parts broken/twisted, monster ripped apart, werewolf sliced in two (organs and bones visible), face exploded, throat torn, hand plunged into person's back and spine ripped out. Close up of needle inserted/extracted from flesh. Person bites own wrist to feed vampire. Veins beneath skin become visible/red. Urns of ashes. Scan showing bullet burrowing into body. Scars. Blood restarting a dead person's heart mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Sex scene flashback (brief), oral sex. Flirting, kissing (m/f, f/f), woman running hand up man's back. Women in revealing/transparent clothing, cleavage. Shirtless men. Sex lives mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drinking blood.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word.

  • THEMES

    Vampires, blood, healing, werewolves, the supernatural, mother-daughter relationships, teleportation.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Mother dying giving birth mentioned. Estranged mother/daughter. Vampires, werewolves.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    (tbc)

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    (tbc)

Moana (2016)

Published in M
Saturday, 03 December 2016 21:49
MOANA is preceeded by short film INNER WORKINGS featuring cartoon images of inside the human body (brain, heart, veins, lungs, etc), man in shower, people in swimwear, urination, coffins/funerals, man electrocuted/eaten by shark/growing obese then having a fatal heart attack/laughed at/chopped up by a falling chainsaw (implied)/knocked...

Additional Info

  • Rating

    PG: Some scenes may scare small children.

  • The pitch

    I never knew The Rock had so much heart.

  • Starring

    (voices of): Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger, Alan Tudyk, Oscar Kightley

  • Directed by

    Ron Clements, Don Hall, John Musker, Chris Williams

  • Running time

    103 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are shot at (arrows/darts/fireballs), hit with tranquiliser darts, punched/struck from the sky, thrown overboard, near-drowned, trapped underwater, grabbed, urinated on (comic), slapped, ear-pulled, hit/prodded with objects, shut in a cave, flicked, throat-grabbed, pursued, tackled, head-slammed, swooped by winged monsters, near-eaten, thrown through the air/against rocks, caged, hair-grabbed, dragged. A character tells how a baby was rejected by its mother and thrown into the sea. Boats capsize. A chicken accidentally sets its tail feathers on fire. A monster character eats another monster. Explosion. Theft. Inescapable death, suicide mission, killing/cooking a chicken, murdering pirates, I will smite you, he will kill you, human sacrifice, I ate my grandma, tear you apart, time to take apart your heart, I'm not killing myself mentioned. Yelling, shouting, roaring, arguing, screaming. Blood/gore: Tongue, hands chopped off. Bruise/graze on foot. A character's skin turns black/ashen when splashed with water. Characters wear necklaces made of teeth, a girl is imprisoned in a cage made from bones. Tattooing. A baby faints. A girl sees apparitions of her dead ancestors. Rotten/diseased fruit seen. Burning and eating eel, ripped off his leg mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Shirtless villagers/children. Hugging.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    None.

  • LANGUAGE

    Oh sh--arkhead. Butt, heinie, pee. Name-calling (crazy lady, mentally challenged, lying/slimy/sonofa--, bottom feeder, princess, buttercup, bait, chicken, funny-looking, dumb, etc). Religious references.

  • THEMES

    Legends, identity, family, Disney princesses, voyagers, shapeshifting, wayfinding, grandmothers, mental illness, bravery, responsibility, elders, ancestors, hero worship, demigods, forgiveness.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead mother/grandmother. Dead best friend (drowning). Hawk, lizard, beetle, birds, turtles, stingrays, fish, chickens, pig, dolphins, whale, crab. Giant volcanic demon; monsters with multiple limbs, wings, claws, sharp pincers, thorns. Fireworks (opening credits), lightning, thunder, black/shadowy darkness, rolling black clouds, waterfall. Pork, fish eaten. Regurgitation, spitting/spurting water. Post-credits scene (stay right until the very, very end!)

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Dazzling, delightful, pitch-perfect, charming, modern, special, colourful, vibrant, inventive, charming, crowd-pleasing, entertaining, progressive, crisp, sweet, sunny, poignant, cheerful, fresh. Smart/diverse/convincing/fiery/spirited heroine, terrific voice cast, stunning/state-of-the-art/breathtaking/beautiful/vivid animation, traditional storytelling, witty screenplay, infectious/soul-stirring/mighty/buoyant/catchy/emotional/original/propulsive songs, lush landscapes, zany Mad Max Fury Road-style coconut sequence, brilliant cameo from Jemaine Clement, culturally sensitive, pleasing messages about identity and eco-awareness.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Formulaic, safe, low-stakes. A little episodic/dull in parts.

Sing (2016)

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Additional Info

  • Rating

    G: General.

  • The pitch

    Animals Got Talent.

  • Starring

    (voices of): Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Tori Kelly, Taron Egerton, Nick Kroll, Nick Offerman, Garth Jennings, Peter Serafinowicz, Jennifer Saunders, Rhea Perlman, Jennifer Hudson

  • Directed by

    Garth Jennings, Christophe Lourdelet

  • Running time

    108 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A building is flooded with rushing water, building collapse. Objects (eg lights) crash/break/catch alight. Characters are swept away, crushed by a falling sandbag, near-drowned, near-eaten, slapped, arrested (implied), imprisoned, kicked, pierced with flying porcupine quills, near-hit by cars, shirt-grabbed, stepped on, pursued, prodded with a cane, throat-grabbed, thrown through the air, hit with objects/splashed with food, thrown out of a restaurant, hung upside-down. Characters jump through glass, break out of prison, thump their fists on tables/benches, accidentally trip/knock over objects, dangle precariously. Reckless driving, minor car crash. Robberies (masked characters, bags of loot, getaway cars, sirens, police cars, etc). Raised voices, arguing, screaming. Blood/gore: A character is loaded into an ambulance. A glass eye frequently dislocates/is almost swallowed. Many characters have porcupine quills protruding from heads/faces. Going to a funeral mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A married couple kiss, talk in bed. Fliriting. Skimpy dancewear/dress. Animals in brief swimwear.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (empty wine glasses seen on tables). Gambling (a character cheats at blackjack). A character finds a small object and says "what do you smoke out of this?" Ashtma inhaler seen.

  • LANGUAGE

    Name-calling (crazy, stubborn, useless, skunk, fool, artsy-fartsy, awful, mean, intolerable egomaniac, liar, suckers, , ghastly, old fart, moody teenager, total superjerk dinkleschplat, porky, loose cannon, walking disaster, bunch of bumbling amateurs, danger to society, deluded, washed-up charlatan, pipsqueak, bozos, etc). Religious reference and exclamations (Oh my gosh, holy moly, what the heck, etc).

  • THEMES

    Singing, theatre, auditions, prize money, competition, debt, family, gangs, robberies, foreclosure, nerves, optimism, second chances, father-son relationships, prison, construction, teamwork, car washes, fundraising, underdogs.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    A character frequently refers to his father (assumed dead). Relationship breakup. Animals (lots!): koala, pigs, piglets, elephants, mouse, porcupines, llamas, chameleon, giraffes, penguins, gorillas, chimpanzees, camels, moose, rabbits, dogs, polar bear, brown bears, lizards, chickens, turtles, cats, squid, spiders, whale, fish, rhinoceros, hippos, antelope, snakes, crocodiles, sheep, cow, kangaroo, shrimp, beaver, birds, snail, frogs, buffalo, etc. Farting, spitting out water. Full moon, helicopter. Some fast-moving and sped-up camerawork, one bright light flash. Vision during end credits.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Catchy, entertaining, funny, kid-friendly, pacey, colourful, warmhearted, well-meaning, joyous, dazzling, crowd-pleasing. Impressive/outstanding/memorable/A-list/stellar voice cast, show-stopping musical numbers, inventive/detailed visuals, cute/relatable characters, crazy/unexpected action sequences, unexpected/irresistible finale, clever nods to other films/musicals.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Clichéd. Generic-looking/underwritten/uninspired characters, wobbly/formulaic script, perhaps a little long for smaller children.