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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.

American Honey (2016)

Published in A
Saturday, 29 October 2016 03:27
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong coarse language, sex scenes and nudity.

  • The pitch

    Star viewing.

  • Starring

    Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough, McCaul Lombardi, Arielle Holmes, Crystal Ice, Veronica Ezell, Chad Cox, Garry Howell, Kenneth Kory Tucker, Raymond Coalson, Isaiah Stone, Dakota Powers, Shawna Rae Moseley

  • Directed by

    Andrea Arnold

  • Running time

    163 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot at, tackled, slapped, attacked (off-screen/yelling/car-screeching heard), pushed/forced into a swimming pool, stomped on. People playfight, wrestle. Onlookers cheer on two men fighting. Trashed room. A child stabs an uncooked roasting chicken (bulging flesh, bloody water). Stolen car/jewellery. A story is heard about a woman who was attacked by meth heads/raped/killed/buried. A teen explains his teeth are missing because he was hit by a car as a child. Fathers killed in Afghanistan/Iraq, hunting/shooting turkey mentioned. Yelling, arguing, howling. A song lyric says "I kill children". Blood/gore: Bloody clothing, face, fingers, grass, shoes, tampon.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Couples have (realistic) sex in the car, in a field, against a van (m-m). An 18-year-old girl escorts/masturbates a man in return for cash. A male inserts his fingers inside a female then sniffs them to determine whether she has had sex with another man. A man calling himself Daddy gropes a young female in his care. Men seen in hotel room with female (threesome implied). Orgasms, kissing, caressing, flirting, undressing, bum-squeezing, neck-licking. Full male nudity, exposed breast, female crotch area seen, mooning (male bum), shirtless males, woman in skimpy bikini, skimpy clothing, cleavage. Provocative dancing. A man rubs sunscreen over a woman's body. Sexual-themed banter and jokes. Porn mags, prostitutes mentioned. References to ejaculate, erection.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drugs (smoking bongs/cones/joints; marijuana leaf symbols on clothing/objects). Alcohol (spirits, beer, wine, mescal). Bar setting. Intoxication. Smoking (drugs, cigarettes). Get you drunk, crack, sell dope, acid, stoner, get high, mother died from meth, ecstasy, meth heads mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    C-words, f-words, s-words, a-words, butt, b*tch. Name-calling (stupid, paedophile, etc). Slang for genitals. Religious references, exclamations (God, damn, God's a c*nt) and jokes. Obscene finger gesture.

  • THEMES

    Youth, misfits, counter-culture, rural America, survival, road trips, friendship, money, independence, identity, coming-of-age, new girls, lower class/welfare families, door-to-door selling, jealousy.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Abandoned/estranged children. Sifting through trash for food, sleeping rough. Mum with cancer, dead mothers mentioned. Tongue-poking. Dogs, moths, spider, tadpoles, cockatoo (caged), frog, bee, bird, sugar glider, bear, horses, cat, grasshopper, fireflies. Urination. Fireworks. Spam eaten, mescal worm swallowed, cooking steaks. Shot in 4:3 ratio. Loosely based on "For Youths, a Grim Tour on Magazine Crews" by Ian Urbina (The New York Times, 2007).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Astonishing, devastating, fresh, rapturous, scuzzy, electrifying, open-ended, backwater, unwashed, ravishing, scrappy, sprawling, sensual, grimy, fascinating, magisterial, worthwhile, immersive, poignant, unsentimental, penetrating, bold, intoxicating, atmospheric, intriguing. Striking/riveting/astonishing/magnetic performances, electric/enticing chemistry between Sasha Lane and Shia LeBeouf, breathtaking/astounding/stunning/rich/sensual/startling/vivid/terrific/sun-soaked cinematography by Robbie Ryan, beautiful/wild editing, exhilarating/remarkable soundtrack, largely non-professional cast.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Intentionally exhausting/meandering/plotless/patchy/overlong; won't be for everybody. Some improv-ish dialogue, a little episodic/clichéd.

Snowden (2016)

Published in S
Monday, 19 September 2016 00:10
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Coarse language and sex scene.

  • The pitch

    Snowden seeks the protection of his Guardian.

  • Starring

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Rhys Ifans, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson, Scott Eastwood, Ben Schnetzer, Bhasker Patel, Edward Snowden

  • Directed by

    Oliver Stone

  • Running time

    134 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Animals shot (hunting). A man collapses/suffers seizures. Drone footage of people being targeted/exploded. Footage of 911, Osama bin Laden, burning police car, people in gas masks, rioting. A private drone crashes to the ground and frightens party-goers. In-depth discussion of government agencies illegally monitoring people's private emails/text messages/webcams and hacking/sabotaging infrastructure of hostile and allied countries. Stories heard of a daughter overdosing (near-fatal) on sleeping pills, people being detained/extradited, targeting and killing a whole family while at their son's funeral. Armed soldiers. Yelling, arguing. Terrorism, dirty bombs, Iraq, Afghanistan, Desert Storm, executing leaders, Al Qaeda, extremists, nuclear war, World War 3, cyber attacks, Nuremberg trials, Nazis, death sentence mentioned. Blood/gore: Metal rods protruding through leg (surgical), leg in bandage. Patients in hospital beds. Dead birds. Bloody knife/chopping block seen in background (hunting). Brief image of dental procedure, whole-body and internal scans seen. Broken legs mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A couple have bedroom sex (sideview of full female nudity, sideboob seen). Kissing, flirting, ogling, undressing. Men visit a strip club (near-nude poledancing, women in skimpy lingerie seen). Men watch a woman undress without her knowledge. Cleavage, shirtless man, photos of girls in bikinis, photos of near-nude woman. Online dating. Sexual innuendo (wordplay on Bush). References to infidelity, prostitution. Whorehouse, sex on the first night, getting laid, threesome, sex scandals mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (champagne, wine, spirits, beer). Smoking. Gambling (personal bet). Drugs and booze, drunk driving, near-fatal overdose of sleeping pills, Tegretol mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, bastards. Religious exclamations (what the hell, oh my God, Jesus).

  • THEMES

    Edward Snowden, National Security Agency (NSA), covert communication, secrets, security, whistleblowing, information leaks, CIA, special forces, spying, intelligence, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), investigative journalism, privacy, illegal wire tapping, hackers, malware, polygraph testing, epilepsy, photography, exile, political asylum.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Relationship breakup. Divorcing parents mentioned. Dogs, planes. Barbecuing meat. Brief Russian and sign languages (no translation/subtitles). Based on true events. Based on the books The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man by Luke Harding and Time of the Octopus by Anatoly Kucherena. Extra footage during end credits.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Important, exciting, relevant, riveting, controversial, interesting, watchable, earnest. Crisp/magnetic/meticulous/strong/understated/committed performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, multi-dimensional/layered performance by Shailene Woodley, outstanding/lively/engaging/charming supporting performance by Ben Schnetzer, authentic use of language/jargon.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Safe, conventional, underwhelming, unenlightening, unengrossing, flat, dull, lackluster, dry, uninvolving, timid, uninspired. Pedestrian/disjointed script, by-the-numbers editing/cinematography, never as suspenseful as Laura Poitras' Academy-award winning documentary Citizenfour, lacks charm/humour/dramatic tension/urgency/suspense, feels old/dated.

Madame Bovary (2014)

Published in M
Monday, 06 July 2015 22:52
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Sex scenes and mature themes.

  • The pitch

    Mme attempts a status update.

  • Starring

    Mia Wasikowska, Ezra Miller, Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans, Logan Marshall-Green, Laura Carmichael, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Richard Cordery

  • Directed by

    Sophie Barthes

  • Running time

    118 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Suicide (overdose). Hunting, an animal is throat-sliced (implied/heard). Gunshot sounds. A man twists a child's ear. Screaming. Beating (domestic violence) mentioned. Blackmail, lying. Blood/gore: Spurting blood. Bloody knife/elbow/clothing. Animal blood/organs/head/hoof. Broken elbow, club foot/tendon surgery. Burn marks. Bleeding, leeching, convulsions, botched surgery, gangrene, amputation mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Sex scenes, woman in bath. Kissing, flirting, dressing. Shirtless male, topless female (bare breasts). Infidelity/adultery. Sexual favours mentioned; reference to sex as 'part of nature'.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Poison consumed (suicide). Alcohol (beer, cider, wine, spirits, champagne); alcohol used as anaesthetic. Gambling (poker).

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamation. Slavery reference.

  • THEMES

    Extra-marital affairs, suicide, class, society, status, convent life, poverty, debt, surgery, exhaustion, selfishness, blame, inheritance, loveless marriage, ambition.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Deceased mother/father mentioned. Wedding setting. Taxidermy bird, horse. Manure. Based on Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Lucid, enveloping, measured, absorbing, slow-burning, classy, brooding, realistic, refined, respectful, quasi-faithful, somber, intelligent, interesting, attractive, passable, watchable. Unsympathetic performance from Mia Wasikowska, exquisite visual sense, spare/sumptuous production design, earthly lensing, bleak/socio-realist style, meticulous attention to period detail.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Inessential, miscast, calculated, passionless, uneven, disappointing, tedious. Streamlined narrative, heavy-handed symbolism, restrained/flat/enervating tone, frustrating accents, lacking emotional intelligence, ending revealed in first scene.

Terminator Genisys

Published in T
Sunday, 28 June 2015 01:23
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Science fiction violence and infrequent coarse language.

  • The pitch

    John Connor has an axel to grind.

  • Starring

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, Matt Smith, Courtney B. Vance, Byung-hun Lee, Michael Gladis, Sandrine Holt, Wayne Bastrup, Gregory Alan Williams

  • Directed by

    Alan Taylor

  • Running time

    126 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are shot, punched, kicked, wrestled, burned, grabbed, hit with objects, slammed into poles/fences/objects, thrown through the air/against objects, handcuffed, hit by vehicles, speared, tripped, decapitated, acid-burned, tasered, hog-tied, near-choked, head-butted, magnetised, dangled precariously, stabbed, elbowed. Nuclear blasts, explosions, missiles fired. Train, bus, motorbike, helicopter, aircraft crashes/rollovers. Major landmarks damaged, extensive property destruction/devastation, smashed windows/glass/windscreen. Military vehicles/personnel, weapons bunker. Nuclear fire, burnt eyebrows, exploded cabin mentioned. Arguing, screaming. Blood/gore: Exposed skin/insides/bones; severed limb. Bloody face/head/hand/clothing/skin/knuckles/bullet wounds/holes/slashes/gashes/arm/objects. Pooling blood, melting flesh. Skulls, scars, bubbled skin, butterfly bandages, staples. Ash-covered objects. Corpse in bodybag. Three billion peope dead mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Nude males (rear/side views), nude female (shadow), shirtless men, man in underwear. Kissing, undressing. Swimwear, skimpy clothing, cleavage. References to mating/pregnancy.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, champagne). Smoking (cigar). Healing spray applied. Moonshine mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, sonofab*tch. Name-calling. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Humanity, time travel, father figures, technology, trust, hope, identity, choices, self-awareness, artificial intelligence, apps.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Hospital setting. Plane, lightning, dogs. Mid-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Entertaining, clever, retro, expensive, decent-looking, diverting, cheeky, self-conscious, enjoyable. Superb/praise-worthy production design, frantic script, flashback feel, welcome inclusion of J.K. Simmons.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Flimsy, messy, uninspiring, lumbering, nervy, silly, misguided, humourless, ludicrous, depressing, kid-friendly. One-note Sarah Connor, confusing story, serviceable performances, perfunctory/diluted fight scenes, staged violence, rote/unimaginative time-travel scenes, exposition-soaked dialogue scenes.

Tomorrowland

Published in T
Sunday, 24 May 2015 09:38
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    PG: Mild science fiction violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Saving humanity in the Nix of time.

  • Starring

    Britt Robertson, George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy, Thomas Robinson, Pierce Gagnon, Matthew MacCaull, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key

  • Directed by

    Brad Bird

  • Running time

    130 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People/robots are vaporised, stabbed, zapped with laser weapons/beams, thrown through the air, threatened, pursued, shot at, kicked, punched, bashed, hit with objects, decapitated, maimed, arrested, attacked by an animal, thrown through a windscreen, hit by a car, magnetised, frozen, near-blasted, catapulted, knocked out, dragged, jerked around/forward, kneed, tackled, crushed. People/robots fall from high ledges/distances, hit their head, fall down stairs/through trap door. Explosions, crash landings, uncontrolled freefalling, mid-air collision, dangerous driving, burning vehicle, building sideswiped, flooding, devastation. Vandalism, trespass, handcuffed man, hand-to-hand combat. Objects knocked over, smashed. Video footage of riots, extreme weather events (cyclone/tornado), burning forest, nuclear mushroom cloud. Famine, war, environmental collapse, terrorists, murder, joining a cult, Doomsday, the apocalpyse, epidemics, dead animals, widespread annhilation mentioned. Arguing, screaming, yelling. Blood/gore: Bloody graze on chin, gash on arm, burned skull, twisted/smashed face (no gore). DNA scan, a girl's torso opens out to reveal a storage pocket. Significant injury, loss of blood sugar mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    People in swimwear. Mini-skirts, some slightly transparent/revealing clothing.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    People consume a sherbert-like powder. Being on drugs mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    P*ss, sonfa---, bollocks, bloody, peeing. Name-calling. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES

    The future, invention, New York's World Fair 1964, Disneyland, jet-pack flight, optimism, cynicism, humanity, engineering, space travel, surveillance, father-daughter relationships, super strength, programming, the Eiffel Tower, deportation, dreamers, self-fulfilling prophecy, tachyonic energy, anything is possible.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Fireworks, welding sparks, power blackout. Birds (mechanical), dogs, buzzing insects. Tongue-poking, burping. Being stung by a bee mentioned. Brief French language (no subtitles), brief robot language (subtitles). Also known as Tomorrowland: A World Beyond and Disney Tomorrowland: A World Beyond.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Big-budget, futuristic, effects-heavy, star-driven, fantasy-oriented, audience-friendly, sparkling, philosophical, big, flashy, fun, brave, high-budget, accessible, rip-roaring, funny, surprising, wondrous, sugared-up, awestruck, emotional, throught-provoking, subversive, globe-trotting, time-traveling, optimistic, exhilarating. Gorgeous world, inventive images, carefully choreographed/tense action, compelling/solid performances, beautiful/enlightened future, playful tone, energetic score, glorious/bright/clean/smooth production design, retro references, politically astute commentary, substantial ideas, weighty/provocative/worthwhile themes.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Overlong, exhausting, preachy. Ho-hum story, some awkward third-act twists, some sermonising, thin/unsatisfying world-building, flat finale, ultimately succumbs to blockbuster trappings.

Spy

Published in S
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 00:39
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong violence, coarse language and brief nudity.

  • The pitch

    I Spy.

  • Starring

    Rose Byrne, Jason Statham, Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law, Morena Baccarin, Alicia Vela-Bailey, Allison Janney, Bobby Cannavale, Zach Woods, 50 Cent, Peter Serafinowicz

  • Directed by

    Paul Feig

  • Running time

    120 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, punched, kicked, elbowed, thrown to the ground/into walls/through the air, handlocked, headlocked, kicked/hit in genitals, stabbed, hair-pulled, attacked (bat), knocked out, poisoned, tackled, impaled, head-slammed, shoved, hit with objects, headbutted, garrotted, choked, pistol-whipped, groped. People fall from a building, a helicopter. Bombs, explosions, plane crash, helicopter crash, weapons testing. Car crashes (other vehicles, tree); tyre shootout; reckless driving. Poison-dart rape whistle. People eat rat poo/an object. Death threats, threat of nuclear weapon, hand-to-hand combat, slamming door, breaking window, theft, break-and-enter. Schoolyard bullying, pushed out of/hit by a plane, haemorrhoids, defibrillator, arm ripped off, both legs broken, being on fire mentioned. Yelling. Burned-out building, picture of building on fire. Blood/gore: Dead bodies. Bloody bullet wounds, blood spatter, pools of blood, burning (acid) throat. Blood on faces, bodies, clothing, objects. Pressing on wound. Objects through hand/torso, breaking neck/hand/ankle. Image of toe with fungal infection. Bruising, fainting. Cut-off hand (implied).

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Couple in bed together (sex implied), oral sex, women groped on bottom and breast, man's head up skirt, man and woman in sexually suggestive position. Skimpy clothing, pictures of penises, man in undershirt, naked shoulders. Kissing, flirting, leering. Sex tape discussed. Bad pick-up lines, innuendo, sexual-themed comments. Porn-name game.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    A woman is poisoned. Chloroform, anti-fungal spray, stool-softener pills. Alcohol (champagne, spirits, cocktails, wine). Gambling (baccarat, roulette, poker). Smoking. Intoxication. Ingesting poison, roofies mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    C-word, f-words, s-words, a-words. Name-calling, belittling language, elitism. Actual and slang terms for genitals. Derogatory terms for handicapped people, women; non-pc humour. Religious reference and exclamations. Obscene finger gesture. Abortion mentioned (derogatively).

  • THEMES

    CIA operations, espionage, secret agents, surveillance, vengeance, high-tech gadgetry, allergies, arms dealing, nuclear bombs, analysts, disguise, novices.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Funeral scene. Estranged boyfriend mentioned. Job firings. Plane, helicopter. Bat, mice, rats. Vomiting. Subtitles.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Entertaining, delirious, uproarious, laugh-stuffed, femme-centric, fun, enjoyable, great, bawdy, bloody, generous, pleasurable, smart, hilarious, endearing, crowd-pleasing. Perfect casting, superb supporting cast, delightful performances, visceral action scenes, scenic international locations, slick lensing, elaborate production design, sexy-satirical/Bond-style opening credits, giddy sense of glee.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Uneven, long. Convoluted/overstuffed plot, some exhausting comedy.

Woman in Gold

Published in W
Sunday, 17 May 2015 10:33
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Infrequent coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Does the story justice.

  • Starring

    Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl, Katie Holmes, Tatiana Maslany, Max Irons, Charles Dance, Antje Traue, Elizabeth McGovern, Frances Fisher, Moritz Bleibtreu

  • Directed by

    Simon Curtis

  • Running time

    109 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are manhandled, pursued, belittled, intimidated, kicked, tackled, shot at. Anti-Semitism, Nazism, swastikas, armed soldiers. Homes are ransacked. Persecution, murder, destroyed family, killed friends, Hitler, death camps, Holocaust, looting, great grandparents murdered, Treblinka mentioned. Arguing, shouting. Blood/gore: Bloody cut above eye. Meningitis mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Cleavage. People in clingy nightwear, exercise clothing.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Pharmaceutical drugs on shelves/bedside table, cough drops. Alcohol (spirits, champagne, beer). Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, s-word. Name-calling (including 'pigs'). Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    The Woman in Gold/Portrait Of Adele Bloch-Bauer I by Gustav Klimt, Maria Altmann, Randol Schoenberg, art restitution, high-profile lawsuits, anti-Semitism, justice, society, people smuggling, escape, family, pregnancy, labour, custody, national treasures, Belvedere Palace, World War II, Nazis.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead sister, dead uncle, dead aunty/wife, dead husband, dead father mentioned. Cemetery, funeral, wedding, courtroom, airport settings. Spitting. Pigeons, plane. Fur worn. Some German language (subtitles). Some high aerial cinematography.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Fascinating, important, enjoyable, engaging, classy, intelligent, enthralling, heart-tugging, emotional, well-meaning, feel-good, moving, stirring, absorbing. Brilliant/towering performance by Helen Mirren, beautifully photographed, impressively staged, gently humorous, some sharp dialogue, nice cameos, potent material, extraordinary story.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Conventional, familiar, schmaltzy, workman-like, clunky, superficial, banal, simplistic, ordinary, pedestrian. Shamelessly sentimental, Ryan Reynolds in miscast/uneven, biopic oversights, ungainly structured flashbacks, schematic writing, insipid style, on-the-nose dialogue.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Published in A
Sunday, 19 April 2015 04:29
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Action violence.

  • The pitch

    Integration successful.

  • Starring

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chris Evans, Elizabeth Olsen, James Spader, Cobie Smulders, Idris Elba, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Linda Cardellini, Hayley Atwell

  • Directed by

    Joss Whedon

  • Running time

    141 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are shot, punched, kicked, elbowed, zapped, dragged, thrown through the air, jumped on, shoved, blasted, thrown through windows, neck-grabbed, throat-grabbed, maimed, pursued, hit by a car, near-hit by train, imprisoned, face-grabbed. Characters fall/are thrown from high cliff ledges. Explosions, burning objects, mass property destruction, collapsed buildings, earthquake, bridge collapse, falling debris. Objects thrown/smashed/blown apart, broken glass. Vehicle rollovers, train crash, motorcycle crash, truck crash. Military vehicles/weapons, blue lightning bolts, grenades, guns, arrows. Trees/buildings damaged. Mass panic, evacuation. Images of conflict, war, explosions, plane. Screaming. Omaha Beach, parents killed in bombings mentioned. World War II references. Blood/gore: Heart removed. Bloody face, heads, nose, mouth, neck, hands, arms, feet, clothing, cuts, grazes, bullet wounds, graffiti. Branding scar, facial scars, bruising, mouthless children. Man on stretcher, IV drip, bandage, hooded man. Injured people, dead bodies, missing limb. Creating tissue, flatlining mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing, flirting. Shirtless man, cleavage, skimpy clothing, dancewear, bulging biceps. Sexual-themed innuendo (comic).

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, champagne, cocktails, spirits, shots). Hallucinations/flashbacks.

  • LANGUAGE

    S-word, a-word, sonofab*tch, bastard. slang for genitals and bodily fluids. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Avenging, artificial intelligence, global destruction, robonics, mind control, peace, twins, super speed, fear, rage, family, vibranium, teamwork, regeneration, infertility, legacy, hackers, extinction, evolution, bio-organics, trust, failure.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead heroes, dead brother. Dog. Church setting. Sterlisation mentioned. Power blackout. Creepy red/white/blue eyes, masked characters. Throwing up mentioned. Mid-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Impressive, action-packed, large-scale, high-stakes, hilarious, entertaining, globe-trotting, stunning, bigger, darker, operatic, mad, exuberant, silly, exhilarating, energetic, fun, sleek, fast, spectacular. Enormously enjoyable performances, enormous/charismatic/compelling cast, gifted character development, near-flawless visual effects, sure-footed direction, massive/impressive final battle sequence, expert editing.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Formulaic, dense, exhausting, long. Some lackluster action scenes/half-formed ideas, underwhelming mid-credits reveal.

Gemma Bovery

Published in G
Sunday, 19 April 2015 02:59
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong sex scene.

  • The pitch

    The pain of infidelity.

  • Starring

    Fabrice Luchini, Gemma Arterton, Jason Flemyng, Isabelle Candelier, Niels Schneider, Mel Raido, Elsa Zylberstein, Pip Torrens, Kacey Mottet Klein, Edith Scob

  • Directed by

    Anne Fontaine

  • Running time

    99 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A man is punched, wrestled, thrown against a wall. Burning objects, bonfire. Dead insect, rodent. World wars, suicide, choked to death mentioned. Screaming, yelling, arguing. Blood/gore: Dead body on floor/stretcher. Injection given.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A couple has sex in the living room, dining room. Nude male (rear view), woman in lingerie, exposed nipples, breast-sucking. Infidelity. Love bite. Kissing, ogling, flirting, undressing. References to having sex, desire.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (champagne, wine, spirits). An antihistamine is administered (injection). Smoking. Bottle of wine, taking drugs, arsenic mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-word, a-words. Slang for bodily functions. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamation.

  • THEMES

    Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary, infidelity, love, classic literature, baking, life imitating art, middle age obsession, adultery, tragedy, diaries, betrayal, family, antiques.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead wife/lover. Wedding, cathedral, funeral settings. Ex-wife mentioned. Dogs, cows, mouse, fireworks. French language (subtitles). Based on the novel Gemma Bovery by Posy Simmonds.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Charming, intriguing, layered, affecting, hilarious, funny, quirky, pleasant, short, focused, lighthearted, farcical, winning, tragicomic, buoyant, dramatic. Excellent casting, Arterton is alluring/charming/fetching, terrific performances, intense chemistry between leads, beautiful cinematography/camerawork, lavish visuals, remarkable tonal control.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Pedestrian, predictable. Bizarrely climactic/far-fetched finale.