Displaying items by tag: content breakdown Sunday, 21 July 2019

Incredibles 2 (2018)

Published in I
Tuesday, 12 June 2018 02:20
INCREDIBLES 2 is preceded by short film BAO featuring themes of parenting, family, raising children, protection, belligerence, engagement, moving out of home and reconciliation. Meat served/eaten, comic cannibalism reference.
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  • Rating

    PG (USA): Action sequences and some brief mild language.

  • The pitch

    Heavyweight problems need heavyweight solutions.

  • Starring

    (voices of): Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Catherine Keener, Eli Fucile, Bob Odenkirk, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Bird, Sophia Bush, Brad Bird, Phil LaMarr, Isabella Rossellini, Jonathan Banks

  • Directed by

    Brad Bird

  • Running time

    118 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are thrown through the air/against objects/to the ground, hit with objects, memory-wiped, vacuumed up, thumped, jackhammered, punched, near-crushed, held at gunpoint, slapped, kicked, bitten, near-shot with laser beams, eye-pulled, hypnotised, kicked out of a plane/helicopter, tasered, pursued, tackled, mind-controlled, tied up, frozen, shot at with lightning bolts, squeezed/near-crushed, beaten, near-strangled, teleported, fire-extinguished. Cars thrown/smashed, monorails/trains derailed, helicopter crashes, plane crash, boat crash, mid-air collision. Explosions, windows smashed. Burning baby/table. Building collapse, bridge collapse. Mass panic. Bank robbery; a child watches a bank robbery movie. Fists slammed on table, door slammed. Screaming.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (None). Kissing. A baby poos in its nappy (implied). Nude baby (genitals obscured).

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits, champagne).

  • LANGUAGE

    Name-calling (idiotic, jerks, sheltered, passive, punk, ghastly, super freak, surly, child, weak, etc). Religious exclamations (oh my god, damned, etc).

  • THEMES

    Family, superheroes, siblings, crime fighting, stay-at-home dads, new jobs, working mothers, jealousy, hypnosis, mind control, legislation.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead father (shot), dead mother mentioned. Raccoon. Spitting. Flashing/strobing lights.

Chappaquiddick (2017)

Published in C
Saturday, 05 May 2018 21:13
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  • Rating

    M: Mature themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    History has the final word.

  • Starring

    Jason Clarke, Ed Helms, Jim Gaffigan, Kate Mara, Bruce Dern, John Fiore, Gillian Mariner Gordon, Olivia Thirlby, Clancy Brown

  • Directed by

    John Curran

  • Running time

    106 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A car drives off a pier and flips (one dead). Drowning (banging on windows of submerged vehicle/screaming). A car almost collides into another vehicle; driving under the influence. People are tackled, slapped; a man throws an object at another man. Yelling, arguing. Suffocation, Cuban Missile Crisis, involuntary manslaughter, Bay of Pigs, two months in jail mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpse, body in body bag, body in open coffin. Cut on shoulder. Neck brace, man in wheelchair. Cerebral concussion, shock mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (None.) People kissed in greeting, caressing. Shirtless men, people in swimwear, cleavage. Men undress to their underwear then dive underwater. Man in bath.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits, cocktails, beer, intoxication, drunk driving). Smoking (cigarettes, cigars). Sedatives mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, s-word, damn, ass, sonofab*tch. Name-calling (mental patient, putz, flawed, stupid, etc). Religious references (what the hell, oh my god, for Christ's sake, thank God, Jesus, good lord, God's blessing, to hell with you, Moses, Peter, prayers, etc).

  • THEMES

    Mary Jo Kopechne, Ted Kennedy, tragedy, accidental death, negligence, the Kennedy curse, politics, cover-ups, scandal, the 'boiler room girls', history, media, the Apollo 11 space mission, sailing, grief, father-son relationships, morality, ethics, legacy, pride, hubris, immoral conduct.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead daughter/friend/colleague. Church, funeral settings. Dead father, dead brothers, dead sister mentioned. Full moon.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Compelling, nuanced, damning, ambiguous, suspenseful, meticulous, riveting, tense, scrupulous, absorbing, fascinating, compact, restrained, level-headed, tough, smart, fair, uneasy, challenging, ominous. Excellent/fine/multi-dimensional/layered/impressive/strong/plausible performance by Jason Clarke, terrific supporting cast, tight/sharp/believable/authentic script, light direction, some dark humour.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Low-key. Bland/clinical direction, some clumsy expository dialogue, sporadic pacing, whimpering ending, lacks any sense of justice for Mary Jo Kopechne.

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Published in A
Wednesday, 25 April 2018 20:04
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Fantasy themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    The universe lies within your grasp.

  • Starring

    Josh Brolin, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Tom Holland, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pratt, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Elizabeth Olsen, Zoe Saldana, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dave Bautista, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Idris Elba, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Carrie Coonm Sebastian Stan, Chadwick Boseman, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Benicio Del Toro, Kerry Condon, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, Peter Dinklage, Don Cheadle, Benedict Wong

  • Directed by

    Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

  • Running time

    149 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are shot, lanced, tortured, grabbed, tackled, punched, kicked, tied up, muzzled, thrown through the air/against objects, smacked, thumped, hit with objects, pile-driven, impaled, threatened at knife-point, beaten, arm-grabbed, throat-grabbed, shirt-grabbed, near-hit by car, crushed beneath objects, disintegrated, impaled, stood on, stabbed, slashed with a blade, broken up into pieces, pulled apart, pierced by crystal blades, sucked into space, neck-snapped, caught in web, attacked by creatures, roped, face-grabbed, headbutted, struck by meteor shower. Mass shooting (genocide). A character is thrown from a high cliff (sacrifice). A character tries to stab herself (attempted suicide). Spaceships, planets, buildings, objects attacked/destroyed. Explosions, ground torn apart, flying debris, mass devastation. Massive battle scene (humanoids/creatures). Burning objects/trees, smashed objects, debris. Cars sliced, thrown, crashed; helicopter crash. Roaring, arguing, screaming, mass panic, snarling. Stole my ship and slaughered my people/that would be suicide mentioned. Blood/gore: Many bodies on ground, bodies and debris floating through space. Huge hole in head. Body in pooling blood. Severed limbs/torsos, burning skin, neck-snapping sounds. Bloody mouths, foreheads, faces, noses, arms, legs, cuts, scratches, gashes. Blood spatter (blue/green/red), pooling blood, bleeding, bloody drool. Veins, light seen under skin. Eye patch, dislodged eyeball, eyeball inserted into eye socket. Scars, singed hand, missing hands (replaced by gloves).

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (None.) Shirtless men, skimpy costumes, cleavage. Kissing, flirting.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    (None.)

  • LANGUAGE

    S-words, a-word, pee, nutsack, crap, chill the F, p*ssed, screw you, motherf--. Name-calling (douchebag, chattering animal, Squidward, d-hole, weirdos, rabbit, morons, fool, criminals, insane, bastards, dipsh*t, stupid, madman, insect, monster, a**hole, etc). Religious exclamations (oh my god, god no, I swear to god, what the hell, damn it, Jesus, etc). Obscene finger gesture.

  • THEMES

    Power, greed, destiny, teamwork, diversity, loyalty, father-daughter relationships, mentors, sacrifice, patricide, genocide, pop culture references, good vs evil, self-destruction.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead sibling, lover, leaders, friends. Dead mothers, fathers, sisters, uncle, daughter, mentioned. Bright light flash. Ghostly hooded figure with missing nose/flesh, character with horns on head, scary creatures with sharp teeth/leather skin/drool/sharp claws. Post-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    High-stakes, effective, super-heroic, dramatic, uproarious, confident, apocalyptic, colossal, cataclysmic, delirious, preposterous, dark, spectacular, amusing, overwhelming, bizarre, exciting, silly, smart, epic, exhilarating, fast-paced, cohesive, big, pulpy. Powerful/interesting/complex/ferocious/menacing/worthy/tragic/riveting villain thunderously voiced by Josh Brolin, supersized set pieces, fine performances, sharp one-liners, surprising deaths, technically wondrous fight scenes, frantic/furious action, adroit management of tone, supremely watchable, stark/shocking/gut-punch/giddy/breathless ending.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Busy, long, crammed, exhausting, formulaic. Messy battles, a little disjointed/monotonous/forgettable at times, some viewers might feel cheated with so many loose ends left dangling.

Ready Player One (2018)

Published in R
Tuesday, 10 April 2018 00:05
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Science fiction themes, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Stand by.

  • Starring

    Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance, Philip Zhao, Win Morisaki, Hannah John-Kamen, Ralph Ineson, Susan Lynch

  • Directed by

    Steven Spielberg

  • Running time

    140 mins

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are shot, kicked, blasted through the air, stabbed with laser sword, shirt-grabbed, punched, slammed against a wall, pulverised (they respawn), hit with objects, drugged, kidnapped, tied up, hooded, pursued, knocked down, decapitated (zombie), attacked with axes/knives/weapons, zapped/electrocuted, dunked in freezing water, burned with blue flame, thrown out of moving vehicle. Suicide reference (a man makes to jump out of a window before being grabbed back). Man on fire. Sword fighting, axe through door, drone smashed, doors kicked in. Cars are crashed, knocked off a racetrack, cut with saw, hit by a train/truck/wrecking ball, eaten, crushed, stomped on, exploded, set on fire, rammed. Derailed train, truck rammed. Explosions. A residential tower block explodes (occupants inside). Mass panic. Screaming, roaring, arguing, yelling. Blood/gore: Corpse in coffin. River of blood. Robot's fingers blown off, a robot is set alight, a robot falls into lava. Rotting woman/zombies, arm falls off, eyeball dislodges and rolls away, decapitated zombies. A dinosaur is neck-sliced. An alien (costume) breaks through a man's chest, a character has a skull in his chest. Bloody arm, nose. Cut on face, bruised/scraped faces. Skull gun. When avatars are killed in virtual reality some gore is visible; some throw out coins.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing, flirting. Nude female in bathroom (breasts exposed). Cleavage, skimpy costumes. A character says, "like hos on Santa". A flashing sign advertised exotic dancers.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Characters are drugged. Alcohol (beer bottles, wine bottles). Smoking (cigar). Nightclub setting.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word, s-words, balls, p*ssed. Name-calling (d*ckweed, idiot, losers, corporate a**hole, hater, maniacal overlord, bad*ss, newbie, buckaroo, colossal douchebag, etc). Religious references (goddamn, how the hell, damn, etc). Obscene finger gesture.

  • THEMES

    Virtual reality, gaming, Easter eggs, avatars, quests, missions, puzzles, 1980s, Stephen King, The Shining, zombies, corporate greed, slave labour, breadcrumbs.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead colleague/friend/icon. Dead aunty. Dead wife mentioned (news article about cancer death), dead parents, dead father mentioned. King Kong character, Chuckie doll. Brief subtitles. Based on the novel by Ernest Cline.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Action-packed, upbeat, fast-paced, astonishing, relentless, nostalgic, immersive, mesmerising, blockbuster, crowd-pleasing, stylised, clever, frenetic, fun. Overwhelming CGI, effective motion-capture performances, ever-changing landscapes, rock-heavy soundtrack, satisfying conclusion.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Overlong. Begins with a mountain of voice-over, drags a little toward the end, lacks character development/drama, lacks nuance, relies on narrative covenience/coincidence, half-assed/inauthentic love story.

Early Man (2018)

Published in E
Thursday, 01 March 2018 02:58
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  • Rating

    PG (UK): Infrequent mild bad language, threat.

  • The pitch

    Early Man united.

  • Starring

    (voices of): Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall, Richard Ayoade, Mark Williams, Nick Park, Miriam Margolyes, Rob Brydon, Johnny Vegas, Kayvan Novak, Selina Griffiths, Simon Greenall

  • Directed by

    Nick Park

  • Running time

    89 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters get squashed by slabs of rock, thrown through the air, hit with objects, bitten, shot at (spears), punched, knocked/pushed over, splattered with goo/hot tea/bird poo, nose-squeezed, dowsed with water, chased by a giant duck, squirted in the eye, hooded, kidnapped, tied up, shirt-grabbed, tripped, dacked. Characters fall over, bump their heads, fall into a fissure, slam into one another, slide down an embankment. A man is rammed down another man's throat. An animal is tied up and hung over a campfire. An inanimate character is beheaded. A character makes a throat-slitting gesture across his neck. Animals are used as musical instruments, boots. Break and enter. Dinosaurs fighting, cavemen fighting. Burning object. Asteroid hits a planet. Characters say, "Let's kill something", "we're gonna get slaughtered", "take him away and kill him slowly", "tell chef to boil the bird up into a cassoulet". Growling, barking, screaming, howling. Blood/gore: Dead dinosaurs. Teeth marks on limb, red hand print on nose. Human skeletons, dinosaur skeletons, dinosaur bones, eyeballs floating in soup. "Your funeral" mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing, hugging, hand-holding. Nude man (genitals obscured; bum visible). Paintings of characters mooning. Shirtless men. A crocodile bites a man's crotch area (implied), man holding crotch area. A man blows kisses at the screen. Man in shower, man in bath, back massage. A man slides to a stop beneath another man's legs in the shower.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    None.

  • LANGUAGE

    Crap. Name-calling (fool, primitives, idiots, crow, savages, silly old bat, crazy, angry pan girl, losers, stupid, gormless halfwits, stupid old bird, silly, disgrace, etc).

  • THEMES

    Football, soccer, cavemen, ancestors, hunting, mining, greed, teamwork, bronze, the beautiful game, practice, training, cave paintings, pre-history, under-Dugs.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Erupting volcano, thunder, lightning, full moon. Cavemen fight over a giant drumstick, animal fur/animal skins/antlers worn, zebra skin on ground, animal tail waved around like a flag. Rabbit, butterflies, dinosaurs, badgers, mammoth, squirrel, hog, crocodiles, beetle, spider, spider web, lizard, buffalo, giant rat (mascot), pigeon, crab, duck, slime creatures, caterpillar. Face-licking, toe-sucking.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Endearing, old-school, charming, appealing, character-driven, detailed, silly, glorious, funny, innovative, joyous, likeable, easy, welcome, timely, warming, homey, retro, kid-friendly. Uproarious/rich/high-profile voice work, daffy/pun-heavy/good-natured/gentle/goofy/winning humour, thowaway/clever sight gags, old-fashioned/straightforward storytelling, slightly off characters, adorably ugly characters, lovably British, painstakingly hand-crafted stop-motion animation, trademark style, crisp editing.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Familiar/mediocre sport-based narritive, not as warm/witty/clever/eccentric/madcap/genius/satirical as prevous Aardman animations.

Black Panther (2018)

Published in B
Monday, 19 February 2018 04:00
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Action violence.

  • The pitch

    Panther is the new Black.

  • Starring

    Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, Florence Kasumba, John Kani

  • Directed by

    Ryan Coogler

  • Running time

    134 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, poisoned, kicked, hit with objects, flipped, thrown into objects, speared, hit, roundhouse-kicked, wrestled, buried alive (ceremonial), headbutted, head-slammed, impaled, thrown through the air/over a balcony, stabbed, punched, arm-snapped, shirt-grabbed, ran over (car), thrown out of moving car, throat-grabbed, handcuffed, tied up, thrown over a waterfall, near hit by downed aircraft, throat-slit, blasted with electricity bolt, beaten, shoulder-charged. A man's prosthetic arm is ripped off. Stick fighting, fist fighting. Vehicle chases, vehicles crash into trees/cars/busy pedestrian areas, car flipped, car blown apart. Air battles; downed aircraft. Explosions, grenade thrown, objects shot, burning objects. Smashed glass, theft. Animation sequence of tribal wars (guns/spears), military aircraft. People wear scary tribal masks with sharp teeth. Yelling, roaring, screaming, gorilla grunting. Many lives lost, terrorist attack, assassinated leaders, killed own brother, confirmed kills in Afghanistan, war in Iraq mentioned. A man says, "I will feed you to my children". Blood/gore: Dead bodies. Bloody mouth, faces, heads, cuts, scratches, chest, gashes, bullet wounds, spear wounds, shirt; sliced torso, cheek, arm, leg. Body bag dragged. Red/swollen lips, scars, scarification. Bone-cracking, arm-snapping sounds heard. Patient on stretcher.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Shirtless men, skimpy (traditional) clothing. Kissing.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine, cocktails, spirits). People drink a sacred potion that makes their veins blacken beneath their skin. People drink a potion that puts them into a trance where they can speak with deceased ancestors. Casino, bar settings. Streets run with drugs mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    S-word, a-word. Name-calling (genius, murderer, idiots, showoff, outsider, crazy, coloniser, charlatan, killmonger, clown, princess, etc). Obscene finger gesture. Religious exclamations (whatever the hell, oh my god, hell off a move, what the hell, etc).

  • THEMES

    Tribes, leadership, family, tradition, community, ceremony, exes, pride, identity, responsibility, victory, healing, arms dealing, fratricide, siblings, race wars, CIA, vibranium.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead son. Dead husband/father (seen in flashback), dead girlfriend. Casino, bar settings. African animals, panthers, barking dog, horses, cattle, sheep, flock of birds, giant rhino creatures. Waterfall, helicopter. Tanning/drying animal skins. Fur worn. Ivory traders mentioned. Subtitles. Mid-credits scene, end-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Spectacular, real, roaring, grounded, fantastical, joyous, quirky, confident, stylish, epic, gripping, soulful, nuanced, political, cultural, grounded, Afrocentric, feminist, high-tech, earnest, excellent, rousing, dramatic, relevant, thrilling, alive, fresh, subversive, uproarious, surreal, fun, futuristic, exciting, funny, unique. Memorable/superb/stellar/sensational/terrific/appealing cast, gogreous/vivid/indominitable/non-nonsense/strong/fully formed female roles, standout/tragic/fascinating/charismatic villain, insane action sequences, culturally significant, thematically rich, real-world relevant, wildly inventive costumes/sets/special effects/cinematography, propulsive/rhythmic score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Starts slowly with an underwhelming action sequence, some battle scenes are shot in turbulent closeup, CG backdrops verge into screensaver territory, occasional pacing lapses, overfamiliar/conventional three-act story.

The BBQ (2018)

Published in T
Monday, 05 February 2018 23:02
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  • Rating

    PG: Mild themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Shane Jacobson is captain Cook.

  • Starring

    Shane Jacobson, Magda Szubanski, Manu Feildel, Frederik Simpson, Julia Zemiro, Nicholas Hammond, Lara Robinson

  • Directed by

    Stephen Amis

  • Running time

    87 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A chef throws a knife at a cook. A man is punched/thrown to the ground. Schoolyard brawl (pushing/yelling). Suicide reference ("I thought she was going to do herself in"). Theft, cheating. Objects dropped/knocked over/thrown. Champagne bottle broken on ship's bow. Joke about Ned Kelly hanging. "She'll kill me", "he tried to kill me", "I'm gonna crush you" mentioned. D-Day, Watergate, Joan of Arc burned at the stake, Anzacs at Kokoda mentioned. Blood/gore: Sides of hanging meat; butchering raw meat. Bloody lip. Man on stretcher/in ambulance. Bone-cracking sounds heard. Hypoglycemia, blood-soaked hands leaking of death, war injury mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A man says he got his wife pregnant twice in his car. A man (fearing parentage and child support says, "All we did was hold hands","she was pregnant already" and "that's not my child". A wife kicks her husband out. A husband and wife hug/kiss.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (champagne, wine, beer, spirits, shots, cocktail). A dairy farmer feeds wine to cows.

  • LANGUAGE

    Naff off, crappity, bollocks, wherever the f*** you want, crap, shite. Name-calling (intellectual giant, meathead of the week, convict, primitive, neanderthal, numpty, froggy, fat cow, daft git, fat little mooer, philanderer, Captain Undercooked, scary, useless pillock, the botulism butcher, lazy, arrogant, dirty, stubborn, underdog, stinker, etc). Gender, racial and cultural stereotyping. Religious exclamations (how the hell, hell's teeth, cleanliness is next to godliness, for God's sake, thank God, good Lord, etc) and references (clean as a nun's night dreams, Hindu Dharma Mahabharata mentioned).

  • THEMES

    Backyard barbecues, family, cooking competitions, veganism, rivalry, Australian history, ancestry, food poisoning, family tradition, retail, neighbours, Wagyu beef, marbling, in-laws, marriage difficulties, betrayal, revenge, grudges, turmeric.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead father (heart attack) mentioned. Courtroom setting. Butchering, grilling, eating, massaging, skewering, carving, basting meat (steaks/sausages/chicken/chops/prawns). Meat spat out/thrown in bin. Vomiting, spitting. Dogs, cows. Fishing, dead fish, tank fish. Brief subtitles (cows) and translation (Japanese).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Good-hearted, diverting, amusing, charming, feel-good, cheerful. Shane Jacobson is perfectly cast, family friendly.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Formulaic, unambitious, cliched, unoriginal. Low-budget feel, thin story, full of stereotypes, weak antagonist, inconsequential/distracting subplots, questionable/distracting product placement.

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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Additional Info

  • 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.

Wonder (2017)

Published in W
Sunday, 31 December 2017 04:21
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    PG: Mild themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Where there's a Jack Will, there's a way.

  • Starring

    Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Izabela Vidovic, Mandy Patinkin, Noah Jupe, Bryce Gheisar, Elle McKinnon, Daveed Diggs

  • Directed by

    Stephen Chbosky

  • Running time

    113 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Children get into fist fights where kids are punched, kicked, wrestled, slammed up against objects, knocked to the ground, tackled, hit with dodgeballs. A boy hits his head sharply on a rock when pushed to the ground. A boy with a physical disability is frequently mocked/given nasty letters (eg "do yourself a favour and die"). Object thrown. Arguing, yelling. A character says, "it's like leading a lamb to slaughter". A characters says, "If I looked like him I'd kill myself". A character says that their pet dog bit their mother. Blood/gore: Deformed face, scarring. Bleeding head/arm (blood not seen). Vomit on clothing. Dog vomit frequently mentioned. Twenty-seven surgeries, plastic surgery, facial reconstruction mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (None) Kissing, hugging. Cleavage. A husband and wife joke over the contents of a box that she will keep "for later" (sex implied).

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (wine; alcoholic mother implied). A teen girl swigs from a wine bottle. A woman says "let's get drunk" to her husband. Benadryl/poison mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    Crap, pee, fart, butts. Name-calling (Tushie, buttman, buttface, freak, crazy, jerk, weird, Darth Hideous, Barf Hideous, ugly, bully, phony, losers, orc, Gollum, hick, etc). Religious exclamations (dear God, oh my God, Jesus, God no, etc).

  • THEMES

    Disability, determination, family, dreams, middle school, siblings, friends, Minecraft, apology, science fairs, bullying, school trips, Star Wars, geeks, betrayal.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Childbirth scene (mother screaming; child wrapped up and rushed out of delivery room). Dead dog (implied). Dead grandmother, Dad/husband has new wife mentioned. Dog. Fireworks. Steak eaten. Belching, urinating. Based on the novel by R.J. Palacio.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Sweet, delicate, feel-good, witty, self-aware, assured, nuanced, touching, resonant, honest, heart-tugging, effective, emotional, generous, tasteful, inspirational, instructive, good, complex, funny, probing, earnest, kid-centric, observant. Exceptional/effortless performance by Jacob Tremblay, solid ensemble, understands children, is a little heavy-handed at times but mostly avoids sentiment/cliché.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Manipulative, linear, predictable, sappy, judgemental. Some interminable/predictable moments, a little heavy-handed/mawkish/touchy-feely at times, everything has a way of working out with tidy benevolence.