Displaying items by tag: content description Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Chappaquiddick (2017)

Published in C
Saturday, 05 May 2018 21:13
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Additional Info

  • 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.

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.

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 Mercy (2018)

Published in T
Thursday, 08 February 2018 09:12
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    12A (UK): Infrequent strong language.

  • The pitch

    Men do not decide to become extraordinary.

  • Starring

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

  • Directed by

    James Marsh

  • Running time

    101 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

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

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Hugging, caressing. Shirtless man, woman in bikini.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

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

  • LANGUAGE

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

  • THEMES

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

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

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

  • CRITICS LIKE

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

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

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

The BBQ (2018)

Published in T
Monday, 05 February 2018 23:02
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Additional Info

  • 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.

Sweet Country (2017)

Published in S
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 22:18
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong violence.

  • The pitch

    Revenge is Sweet.

  • Starring

    Hamilton Morris, Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Tremayne Doolan, Trevon Doolan, Anni Finsterer

  • Directed by

    Warwick Thornton

  • Running time

    110 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are raped, shot, beaten, chained, grabbed, hit with objects, pushed, handcuffed, hit, threatened (I'll skin him and then I'll skin you and then I'll tie up that young one/I'll cut your f*cking hands off/I'll shoot you for desertion/not until that murdering bastard is swinging by his neck), speared, punched, knocked to the ground, bitten (scorpion), stomped on, pursued, pistol-whipped, imprisoned, sprayed with blood spatter. A woman is knocked to the ground and held there (potential rape implied). Door/house shot up with occupants inside. A scorpion is crushed underfoot. A man who "just came back from the [Western] Front" appears to suffer from PTSD. A bull's testicles are castrated/fried/eaten. A man raises his gun/fists toward his wife. Theft. Object thrown. Yelling, shouting. Blood/gore: Bloody corpses. Bloody faces, mouths, heads, neck, forehead, shirt, knife, bullet wounds, clothing, open gash; blood spatter, spurting blood, gurgling blood. Chunks of gore around bloody bullet wounds/fatal head gash. Swollen black eye. Funeral.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A woman is raped (offscreen/noises heard). Unwanted pregnancy. A man says he was hoping to have sex with a young girl. Couple in bed together (sex implied). Ogling, flirting. Nude man (genitals obscured). Shirtless men. Infertility mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits, beer). Intoxication, alcoholism. Smoking (pipe, cigarettes; spitting tobacco). Pub setting.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, p*ss. Name-calling (idiot, black bastard, wanker, blackfellas, black stock, little thief, mad, bloody dog, whitefella, mild breed, prisoner, cheeky, miserable, murderer, not right in the head, dolt, d*ckhead, cowards, etc). Religious references (reading from the Bible, prayer) and exclamations (in the eyes of the Lord, the Christian thing to do, what the hell, Jesus Christ, etc).

  • THEMES

    Arrernte people, Australia, indigenous history, racism, inequality, sexual abuse, alcoholism, tracking, murder, injustice, revenge, mercy, surrender, grief, death, self-defense, guilt, oppression, prejudice.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Funeral, court, prison cell, pub settings. A hangman's noose is tied. Horses, dog, cows, bulls, scorpion, flies. Vomiting, lightning, thunder, rainbow. Roast chicken eating. Some subtitles. Inspired by a true story.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Harsh, beautiful, lyrical, beautiful, angry, poetic, vivid, phenomenal, intelligent, stark, lean, splendid, solemn, muscular, quiet, urgent, tragic, subtle, clear-eyed, full-hearted. Excellent/stunning performances, richly drawn characters, sparse/moving dialogue, understated costume/production design, measured/unhurried/beautiful pace, layered/lithe/soaring storytelling, riveting second half, ravishing/striking/magnificent/scorched landscapes, arresting/accomplished/handsome/expressive/breathtaking/stunning/epic/panoramic cinematography, music-free soundtrack.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Some characters are less satisfying drawn/some flavourless dialogue.

Lady Bird (2017)

Published in L
Saturday, 16 December 2017 12:11
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    R (USA): Language, sexual content, brief graphic nudity and teen partying.

  • The pitch

    Lady Bird sheds her wings.

  • Starring

    Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Beanie Feldstein, Jordan Rodrigues, Timothée Chalamet, Odeya Rush, Lucas Hedges, Tracy Letts

  • Directed by

    Greta Gerwig

  • Running time

    94 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    A teen girl hits a computer monitor in frustration, a woman throws a notepad, a teen girl steals classroom files then puts them in the bin, a teen girl manipulates her maths test results, a teen girl is suspended from school, a teen girl is scolded for defacing a nun's car (not seen). Story heard of teen seeing somebody getting knifed. Story heard of a man's son dying at 17 years old (possible suicide). Mention of great aunt dying (suicide). Story of fatal drug overdose. A teen girl jumps out of a moving car. Shoplifting. 9/11 Remembrance poster, background references to Iraq War. "I'd kill your family", attack on Baghdad mentioned. Arguing. Blood/gore: Nosebleed. Plaster cast on arm. People in hospital beds. Child with bandaged head/eye.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Teens have (awkward) bedroom sex. A girl reads a pornographic magazine (pictures of nude men seen). Kissing (m-f/m-m), flirting. Parents discuss whether their son and his girlfriend are having sex. Platonic hugging. Girls in swimwear, cleavage, girl in bra/underwear, girl in towel, teen girls in low-cut dresses. Students listen to an anti-abortion lecture (photos of unborn foetuses seen). Sperm, boobs, penis, premarital sex, fake tits, abortion, dry-humping, touch my breasts, touching genitals, California hedonism mentioned. Sex talk, discussions about losing virginity, masturbating in the shower.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Smoking (marijuana, tobacco). Alcohol (champagne, spirits, beer). Intoxication. A girl is hospitalised from excessive drinking. Vials of pills in cupboard (depression implied). Teens smoke, drink alcohol, smoke marijuana, smoke a clove cigarette. A woman says, "My mother was an abusive alcoholic". Irish girls got sloshed, suicide by overdose mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    C-words, f-words, s-words, p*ssed, fart. Name-calling (d*cks, b*tch, moron, infuriating, crazy, passive aggressive, scary, gay, racist, evil, liar, a**holes, weird, etc). Religious references (church setting, prayer, statue of Jesus on crucifix with bloody gash in side, eating communion wafers, etc). Religious exclamations (thank God, hell yeah, Jeez, oh my God, damn it, oh Jesus, oh God, Jesus Christ, six inches for the holy spirit, etc).

  • THEMES

    Adolescence, high school, mother-daughter relationships, family, drama, awkward young love, premarital sex, betrayal, lust, coming-of-age, identity, virginity, friends, jealousy, rejection, college applications, jobhunting, communication, New York City, teen rebellion.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Church, psychiatric ward, hospital settings. Dead friend, son died at 17 years old (possible suicide), Dad has cancer mentioned. Dog. Vomiting. Eggs eaten.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Sweet, personal, pitch-perfect, semi-autobiographical, smart, wry, compassionate, refreshing, female-centric, thoughtful, generous, deep, rare, loving, uproarious, beautiful, special, funny, perceptive, truthful, insightful, poignant, winning, witty, snarky, sincere, edgy, unpredictable, wise, assured, near-perfect, affecting, strong, bold, tragi-comic, snappy, spirited, modest, miraculous, honest, frank, charming, impeccable. Entrancing/amusing/touching/beautiful/star/compelling/authentic/crackling/extraordinary/marvellous/excellent/sensational lead performance by Saoirse Ronan, invincible/fantastic/heartfelt performance by Laurie Metcalf, superb/impressive side characters, delightful screenplay, avoids tropes of a downbeat family drama, flashes of comedic inspiration, mature production design, believably rocky tone, loose structure, intimate cinematography, soulful score, wry/knowing ending, shrewd storytelling.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    N/A

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)

Published in J
Thursday, 14 December 2017 05:55
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    PG: Mild fantasy violence, sexual references and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Are you game?

  • Starring

    Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Rhys Darby, Bobby Cannavale, Nick Jonas, Alex Wolff, Ser'Darius Blain, Madison Iseman, Morgan Turner

  • Directed by

    Jake Kasdan

  • Running time

    119 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot at, crashed into, eaten by an animal, kicked, bitten by insects, pursued, roundhouse-kicked, hit with objects, ear-pulled, thrown into a rock wall/through the air/to the ground/through columns and walls, pushed off a cliff, slapped, punched, smacked, knocked aside, punched through a ceiling, slashed at with swords, neck-snapped, head-slammed, near-sliced by giant blades, stung by a scorpion, tackled, foot-stomped, arm-snapped, crushed by stampeding animals, flipped, dragged, tied up, held at gunpoint, elbowed, bitten by a snake. People fall from very high up, jump into a ravine, explode into red mist, dangle from a helicopter. Missiles are fired at a helicopter/emergency warnings/helicopter spirals out of control. Market fight/market stalls destroyed. Object banged with fist, door kicked in, motorcycles knocked over, bowling ball dropped on object to smash it. Insect swatted, snake de-fanged. Explosion, smoke bomb. A teen plays a Mortal Kombat-style fighting video game. A character is called "killer of men". Story heard of a pilot bwing shot down. Battle of Gettysburg mentioned. Screaming, roaring, hissing. Blood/gore: People explode into red mist when they die in a game. People "melt" as they are sucked into a game. Acentipede crawls into a man's ear. Cloudy eye. CPR, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Row of hanging dead birds/bats. Slaughter mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (None). A female wears a skimpy outfit with exposed midriff. Flirting, kissing. A woman grabs her own breasts. A man describes a female as "fly". A man says "You'd probably want to hit that" about a female. References to penis size/function/erection.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (teens drink Margaritas). Intoxication. EpiPen, Claratyn mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    Fricken, s-words, penis, butt, b*tch. Name-calling (super weird, bada**, stupid a**, overweight, middle-aged, diminutive, sidekick, self-absorbed, judgy, annoying, lunatic, rude, drunk, freaks, jacka**, nerd, douchebag, etc). Religious exclamations (what the hell, Jesus, God, thank God, etc).

  • THEMES

    Adventure, avatars, board games, teamwork, unlikely friendships, curses, cartography, strengths, weaknesses, levels, high school, detention, health, sacrifice, body-hopping, YOLO.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Relationship breakup mentioned. Helicopter. Squirrel, bird, hippo, eagle, mice, tarantula, centipede, black mamba snake, vulture, alligators, scorpion, rhinos, jaguars, elephant. Saliva, urination, spitting. Lightning, thunder, waterfall, bright green light flash. Based on the original book by Chris Van Allsburg.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Entertaining, engaging, colourful, enjoyable, funny, action-packed, endearing, crowd-pleasing, likeable, big, brash, amiable, amusing. Excellent cast, charming/fun/endearing/self-deprecating performances, decent action-adventure set pieces, sly comedy, smart script, family friendly.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Formulaic, familiar. Cheesy/obvious dialogue, dated/low-hanging-fruit comedy, retrograde view of gender roles.

Ferdinand (2017)

Published in F
Saturday, 09 December 2017 11:08
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    G: Very mild themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    A-dora-bull.

  • Starring

    (voices of): John Cena, Jerrod Carmichael, Lily Day, Kate McKinnon, Anthony Anderson, Peyton Manning, David Tennant, Gina Rodriguez, Daveed Diggs, Gabriel Iglesias, Flula Borg, Sally Phillips, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Boris Kodjoe, Raúl Esparza, Bobby Cannavale, Colin H. Murphy

  • Directed by

    Carlos Saldanha

  • Running time

    106 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are headbutted, kicked, pushed aside, pursued, blasted through the air, sat on, stung by a bee, bitten, prodded, mocked, hit by objects, near-crushed by slaughter machinery, frozen, lassoed, near-impaled by matador spikes, held at swordpoint. A fly is chopped in half. A baby is thrown through the air/dangles precariously from a high wire. A character slides down an embankment. A flower is crushed underfoot. A marketplace is accidentally trashed. Dangerous driving, cars crashed into, finger trapped in car window, car crushed. Roaring, screaming. A character says, "When I beat you to a pulp". Blood/gore: Scars, broken horn. CPR/mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, fainting. Abbatoir setting.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (None)

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    (None)

  • LANGUAGE

    Butt. Name-calling (loser, weirdo, wimp, puny bag of bones, soft, monster, scary beast, ginormous, chumps, sizeist, big tough guy, jerk, filthy weasels, beady-eyed, little thieves, meatheads, sucker, ugly beast, stinky one, numpty, teacher's pet, scared little coward, killing machine, meat, glue stick, pasty-faced, show ponies, ballerinas, gerbils, etc). Religious references and exclamations (Jeez, holy cow).

  • THEMES

    Bullfighting, matadors, pacifism, friends, family, teamwork, slaughterhouses, competition, animal rights, compassion, non-conformity, kindness.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead father (implied). Bull horns of dead bulls on wall. Bulls, horses, bee, dog, butterflies, caterpillar, chickens, chick, cat, goat, pigs, rabbit. Lightning, thunder, full moon. Raspberry-blowing, sneezing, gagging, vomiting. Based on The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf. End credits bonus scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Delightful, pacifist, relevant, endearing, vibrant, sincere, likeable, funny, entertaining, relatable, charming, silly, inoffensive. True to its source material, nimble voice work, nails Spanish topography/faces, some hilarious sight gags/slapstick.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Strains/stalls at times, Nina character doesn't age, heavy non-Spanish voice casting, too many characters, weak soundtrack.

Call Me By Your Name (2017)

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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Sex scenes, nudity and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Truly special.

  • Starring

    Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar, Esther Garrel, Victoire Du Bois, Vanda Capriolo, Antonio Rimoldi

  • Directed by

    Luca Guadagnino

  • Running time

    132 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    (None): The Battle of the Piave River, World War I mentioned. Blood/gore: Nosebleed, bloody cloth. Grazed side (from unseen bicycle accident).

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Sex scenes (m-f/m-m). Oral sex (m-f/m-m). A man masturbates with a piece of fruit. A man wipes ejaculate from his chest. Erection visible beneath jeans. Kissing, caressing, flirting, undressing, crotch-grabbing, hand-holding. Nude men (genitals obscured), topless female, woman in underwear, people in swimwear, shirtless men, cleavage. Nude male statues.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits, wine, beer, shots, champagne; intoxication). Smoking. Gambling (cards).

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words. Name-calling (arrogant, mad, a**hole, a pain, traitor, ridiculous, etc). Religious references and exclamations (oh my God, etc).

  • THEMES

    Love, research assistants, family, relationships, 1980s Italy, piano, archeology, art history, music, reading, swimming, cycling, coming-of-age, attraction, sexuality, self-discovery, summer.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dying fish. Toilet, urination, vomiting. Waterfall. Brief Italian and French languages (subtitles). Based on the novel by André Aciman.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Superb, major, touching, masterful, rich, deep, insightful, sensual, moving, unforgettable, steamy, powerful, aching, beautiful, personal, ravishing, transcendent, seductive, immaculate, lingering, sentimental, swooning, voluptuous, triumphant, intoxicating, sexy, disarming, exquisite, human. Palpable chemistry between leads, excellent cast, breathtaking/incredible performances, tasteful sex scenes, lustrous/sun-bathed locations, mesmerising/magnificent final shot, outstanding production design, glorious/perfect score; one of the best exchanges between father and son in the history of cinema.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

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