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The Star (2017)

Published in T
Sunday, 26 November 2017 12:12
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  • Rating

    G: Some scenes may frighten very young children.

  • The pitch

    A little bit...myrrh.

  • Starring

    (voices of): Steven Yeun, Keegan-Michael Key, Aidy Bryant, Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, Christopher Plummer, Ving Rhames, Gabriel Iglesias, Kelly Clarkson, Anthony Anderson, Patricia Heaton, Kris Kristofferson, Kristin Chenoweth, Mariah Carey, Oprah Winfrey

  • Directed by

    Timothy Reckart

  • Running time

    86 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are hit by objects, pursued, covered in paint/feathers, thrown to the ground, swallowed/spat out, lassoed, slammed into a cart, mocked, throat-grabbed, kicked, dragged, caught in a stampede. A character drops two dogs over a high cliff (they are saved). A barn is set alight, objects smashed/crashed into/rammed/crushed, a marketplace is damaged. A bird is slammed against a wall/crushed by a falling creature. A donkey injures his leg (caught in rope). Characters fall over high cliff ledges/down a well, dangle precariously. Barking, screaming, panic, arguing. Reference to king killing all children (the Massacre of the Innocents). Torture mentioned. Characters say "We're gonna die", "Someone's gonna die". Blood/gore: None.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    (None): Pregnancy. Newborn baby. Kiss on forehead. Close up of donkey bum. Bum-wiggling.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    (None)

  • LANGUAGE

    Poop. Name-calling (old-timer, rotten, good-for-nothing, silly, crazy/dumb as a box of rocks, nightmare wearing a helmet, useless, crazy-eyed, bad dogs, etc). Religious references.

  • THEMES

    Christmas Star of Bethlehem, the birth of Jesus, religion, faith, friends, immaculate conception, bravery, Mary and Joseph, prayer, the Three Wise Men, forgiveness, angels, nativity, ambition, teamwork.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Wedding feast. Baluchistan pygmy jerboa, camels, pigeons, sheep, cows, cat, donkeys, horses, chickens, dogs, goats. Lightning, thunder.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Kid-friendly, decent, good-hearted, innocuous, playful, charming, amusing, contemporary, animal-centric, fun, entertaining, glossy, serviceable. Spirited voice work, silly humour, brief/flavourful cameo by Kris Kristofferson, never gets pious/gushy/preachy, some lovely images, a cute idea.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Uneven, clumsy, derivative, dull. Unremarkable writing/voice acting/storytelling, uninspired/basic/cheap/simplistic animation, awkward wedding feast scene, heavy-handed dialogue/song choices.

Warcraft

Published in W
Tuesday, 07 June 2016 07:00
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: fantasy violence.

  • The pitch

    Getting along can be really Orc-ward.

  • Starring

    Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Robert Kazinsky, Clancy Brown, Daniel Wu, Ruth Negga, Anna Galvin, Callum Keith Rennie

  • Directed by

    Duncan Jones

  • Running time

    123 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are shot, punched, bludgeoned, slashed, run through, neck-sliced, thrown through the air/against objects, crushed, throat-grabbed, caged, life-sucked, chained, grabbed, hit with objects, stabbed, clubbed, blasted with lightning bolts, maimed, burned, pursued, bitten, kicked, decapitated, rammed, headbutted, transformed into an animal, kneed, slapped, pushed off a cliff, neck-snapped, disembowled. Extended battle sequences. Animals are life-sucked, thrown, skinned (implied), rammed, leg-grabbed, speared, run through. A character stands with a recently speared fish. Collapsed building, burning/ransacked villages. Explosion. Objects thrown, thumped. Roaring, screaming, yelling, arguing. Poisoning, killing, suicide (metaphoric), rip heart out mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses (decomposing, fresh, animal, human, orc etc). Corpses thrown through the air. Bloody faces, mouths, chin, arms, hand, fingers, wounds, objects, armour, cuts; blood/goo spatter, dripping blood. Missing hand/fingers, broken tusk, decapitated head. A tooth is extracted. Skulls, skeletons, horns, bones seen. Objects/fingers protruding from/into skin. Scars, bruising, swelling, reddened skin, blackened veins, glowing eyes. Blue baby (implied death during birth). Eating your blood mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Birth scene. Caressing. Skimpy clothing, shirtless males, cleavage, exposed midriffs. A female character invites a male to lie with her. Mating, love mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    A character lies in a healing pool. Medicines mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    None.

  • THEMES

    World of Warcraft, battle, clans, orcs, humans, war, enemies, pregnancy, birth, portals, orphans, betrayal, traitors, guardians, greed, magic, incantations, tradition, dark magic, heroes, death, grief, beginnings.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Blue baby (implied death during birth). Son killed in front of parent. Dead parents. Mother burned alive, estranged/missing family mentioned. Funeral setting. Creatures with green/blue/grey skin, pointy ears, glowing/coloured eyes, spiky shoulders. Giant bird creatures/gryphons, horses, sheep, orcs, wolf-creatures, creepy shadowy figure, demon. Waterfalls, full moon, volcano, thunder, lightning. Spitting. Skulls, skeletons, fur, feathers, skins worn. Meat eaten. Brief Orc language (subtitles/translation). High/sweeping camera angles, bright light flashes. Also known as Warcraft: The Beginning.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Character-driven, epic, crafty, spell-binding, grand, spectacular, detailed, live-action, expensive, high-fantasy, vivid, well-intended, fantastical, laudable. Body-slamming/blood-stirring battle sequences, warm performance by Toby Kebbell, intriguing characters, state-of-the-art digital animation, striking/dazzling effects, believable/staggeringly crafter world-building, elaborate visuals, simple story, elegant/ominous/buff score, some fan-pleasing Easter eggs.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Lumbering, crammed, flat-footed, generic, tropey, naff, dizzying, unoriginal, noisy, sludgy, excessive. Frustrating/lifeless/two-dimensional storytelling, unnecessary plot turns, some deadpan performances, some moments are dull/camp/uninvolving/unconvincing/disengaging/empty/impenetrable.

The Conjuring 2

Published in T
Monday, 06 June 2016 12:11
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  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong supernatural themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    Wise men say only fools rush in.

  • Starring

    Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Madison Wolfe, Frances O'Connor, Lauren Esposito, Benjamin Haigh, Patrick McAuley, Simon McBurney, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Simon Delaney, Franka Potente, Bob Adrian

  • Directed by

    James Wan

  • Running time

    134 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Suicide reference (a child moves to leap from a window to certain death). A family is shot/stabbed (flashback). People are throat-grabbed, neck-snapped, run through, levitated, bitten, teleported, terrorised, pushed, possessed by demons, teased by school bullies, shoved, thrown through the air/into objects, grabbed, threatened, lunged at, near-suffocated, pulled under water, scalded, cut by flying glass. A child stubs their toe, a child ties herself to an object, a child has nightmares/falls out of bed, a child speaks in a demonic tongue, a child brandishes a knife. Unexplained banging, thumping, door-slamming, whispering, breathing, noises, whistling, electrical faults. Objects move by themselves, shake violently, shatter. Objects thrown, smashed, axed, slashed, stabbed, hit by lightning, bent. Shadowy apparitions seen. Trashed rooms. Archival footage of riots, armed police, burning/thrown objects. Brutally murdered family mentioned. A man mentions that he was once hit so hard in the face by an object that it drew blood. Screaming, arguing, yelling, roaring, growling. Blood/gore: Slashed side, bloody bullet wounds, blood spatter, nosebleed, slashed face. Burned/reddened/blistered skin. Demons with white eyes, yellow eyes, red eyes, milky eyes, sharp teeth, greying skin, white/pale skin, long creepy fingers, bloody mouth, devil horns. A child appears a little feverish. Frothing at the mouth. Man with breathing mask/tank, breathing difficulties. Blindness, fatal haemorrhage mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    People in sleepwear. Bare back (male). A mother kisses her child on the head. Cheating ex-husband mentioned. A wife says she'll give her husband "something to look forward to when we get home".

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Smoking (cigarettes - including children; pipe). Alcohol (pub setting, beer).

  • LANGUAGE

    A-word, wanker, bloody, butt. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES

    The Enfield Poltergeist, Lorraine and Ed Warren, Amityville Horror, demonic possession, single parenting, ouija boards, visions, premonitions, stuttering, bullying, sleepwalking, biscuits, creepy paintings, haunted houses, council housing, hoaxes, skeptics, faith, zoetropes.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Estranged/cheating father/husband, mother in hospital, daughter died in car accident mentioned. Dogs, thunder, lightning. Spitting. Séances. Denture seen. Some fast editing, mid-credits scene. Also known as Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist. Based on a true story.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Excellent, atmospheric, unsettling, unnerving, slow-boiling, smooth, efficient, sophisticated, satisfying, tense, realistic, scary, slick, stylish, suspenseful, solid, smart. Lived-in performances, ace cast, well-drawn characters, crazy-creepy Marilyn Manson-style demon, chilling opening sequence, powerhouse finale, extraordinary production design, authentic period detail, superb camerawork, spine-chilling choral score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Repetitive, bloated, familiar, exaggerated, sound-stagey. Bad/cheesy/historically inaccurate choice of "London Calling" by the Clash on the 1977 soundtrack, some inconsistent characterisation, unnecessary side-plots.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Published in T
Sunday, 05 June 2016 01:13
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    PG: Fantasy violence.

  • The pitch

    The pizza resistance.

  • Starring

    Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Laura Linney, Stephen Amell, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson, Tyler Perry, Brian Tee, Stephen Farrelly, Peter Donald Badalamenti II, Tony Shalhoub (voice), Brad Garrett

  • Directed by

    Dave Green

  • Running time

    112 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Characters are shot at, hit with objects, kicked, punched, flipped, flicked, swiped at (knife), exploded (grenade), thrown from moving vehicles (truck/plane), thrown through the air/into objects, shoulder-charged, head-banged, slammed to the ground, shot with a serum dart, teleported, tasered (friendly), headbutted, elbowed, pursued, grabbed, kneed, slapped/hit, frozen, near-hit by cars, maimed, crushed, wrestled, near-blasted, arrested, bound, teased. Characters bump into one another, slide/fall from very high ledges. Vehicles rammed, flipped, crashed, exploded, burning. Rollovers. Plane, cars, truck, motorcycles crash. Reckless driving. Explosions. Armed personnel, tank. Businesses are smashed up; broken glass, property damage. Objects thrown, smashed, exploded. A buzzing insect is swatted. Theft. News reports headline a city under siege. Yelling, arguing, growling, scream. First degree murder, end of the world mentioned. Blood/gore: A character's arm is cut off. Scarred face. Image of changing human cells (darkened veins, reforming blood cells, restructuring DNA strands). Brain-shaped character with tentacles, sharp teeth and lots of saliva. Bulging eyeball. Nosebleeds mentioned. Skeletons/skulls (Halloween references).

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Skimpy clothing, bare midriff, woman dressed in schoolgirl's outfit, cleavage. Magazine cover of people in swimwear. Shirtless characters. Two male characters look down their trousers and seem impressed with what they see.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drugs (characters are shot with a mind control serum). Alcohol (champagne, beer, shots); bar settings.

  • LANGUAGE

    A-word, sonofab*tch, butt. Name-calling. Religious references.

  • THEMES

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, brothers, teamwork, villains, New York City, evil plots, teleportation, portals, prison escapes, heroism, acceptance, ninjas, rivals, secrets, betrayal, nemeses, corruption, freefalling/skydiving, hockey, The Knicks.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Bar, detention centre settings. Planes, helicopter. Waterfalls, rapids, lightning, thunder. Turtles, rat, rhino, warthog, buzzing insect, tortoise, caged animals. Fart, spitting, used chewing gum. Bright light flashes.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Energetic, fun, silly, entertaining, shiny, colourful, loud, gleeful, grim. Amiable/goofball humour, effortless/seamless CGI, good relationship-building between the Turtles, well-staged action sequences, slick technical credits, targeted at kids.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Noisy, nonsensical, empty, messy, uninspired, bland, patience-testing, lowbrow, witless, long. Thin/incoherent plot, uninteresting human characters, halfhearted fun, strict blockbuster formula.

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

Published in M
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 03:02
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  • Rating

    M: Action violence.

  • The pitch

    You want drama, go to the opera.

  • Starring

    Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, America Olivo, Alec Baldwin, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Hermione Corfield

  • Directed by

    Christopher McQuarrie

  • Running time

    131 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, gassed, bound, punched, kicked, hit with objects, elbowed, hair-grabbed, near-choked, tackled, headlocked, neck-grabbed, stabbed, slashed, head-butted, hit by vehicles, impaled (implied), thrown from a moving vehicle, tasered, defibrillated, pursued, kidnapped, hooded, rigged with explosives, trapped. Car/motorbike chases/accidents/rollovers. Assassination attempt, drowning. Car bomb, explosions, door rammed, broken/smashed glass. Break-and-enter, theft. A man plays a violent video game. Images of mass wreckage/devastation, car accidents. Missing aircraft, civil war, gassed village (2000 dead) mentioned. Blood/gore: Dead bodies, images of dead people. Snapping bones (neck). Bloody hand/skin/face/cuts/scratches/bullet wound/clothing. Bruising. Medical instruments seen. Defibrillation implied. Killing innocent people mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Shirtless man, woman in underwear (rear view), bikini, skimpy clothing, cleavage. Dressing, undressing. Poster of lingerie girl, neon sign a for lap-dancing club.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    People are drugged (gas, serum, darts). Vials and syringes seen. Alcohol (wine, champagne). Gambler, antidote mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    S-words. Religious exclamation.

  • THEMES

    International terrorism, stealth operations, ostracisation, infiltration, assassination, rogue agents, trust, betrayal, opera, loyalty, identification, security, mind control, drowning, cool gadgets.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Missing flight mentioned (reference to MH370). Cemetery setting. Planes, helicopter, goats, donkey. Used chewing gum, spitting. Brief Russian, German languages (subtitles). Very high camera angles.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Funny, self-aware, surprising, fast-paced, spry, satsifying, winking, gripping, intelligent, sexy, propulsive, crowd-pleasing, solid, suspenseful, entertaining, old-fashioned, diverting. Delightful comic chemistry between Tom Cruise and Simon Pegg, credible performances, sharp script, absorbing plot, great locations, hilarious/gigantic plane stunt, spectacular set pieces, gorgeous/crisp/clean/precision action cinematography, non-stop score, real-world echoes.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Formulaic, exhausting, uneven, empty. Lacks visual/visceral impact, uninvolving plot, blunt dialogue, settles for clichés.

Trainwreck

Published in T
Thursday, 23 July 2015 05:53
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  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong sex scenes, sexual references and coarse language.

  • The pitch

    The title says it all.

  • Starring

    Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, LeBron James, Tilda Swinton, Vanessa Bayer, Brie Larson, Mike Birbiglia, Evan Brinkman, Randall Park, Jon Glaser, Ezra Miller, Daniel Radcliffe, Marisa Tomei, Matthew Broderick, Marv Albert, Chris Evert

  • Directed by

    Judd Apatow

  • Running time

    125 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are slapped (sexual), punched. Beating up kid at school, knocked out teeth and stolen shoes, stolen bike, Dad beating up neighbours mentioned. Arguing, yelling. Raping mentioned (comic). Blood/gore: Blood spatter. Knee surgery (exposed/hammering bone), wound-stitching. Bloody clothing/face/glove/hand. Spinal/head scan images. Patients in hospital beds, IV drips, medical equipment.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A woman has sex with many different partners. Oral sex, orgasm, hitting during sex, erection beneath towel, nipple-licking. Kissing, flirting, grinding-dancing. Nude men (rear view). Woman in bra, cleavage, skimpy clothing, shirtless men. References to sex, masturbation. Threesomes, fetishes, condoms mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Snorting cocaine, vial of white powder, smoking marijuana. A patient is administered a sedative intravenously. Alcohol (beer, spirits, cocktails, wine, shots). Club, bar settings. Intoxication. Smoking. Viagra, Adderall, getting high, smoking pot, getting drunk/hammered, bong, champagne mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch. Name-calling, derogatory terms for women. Terms for genitals and bodily functions. Religious references and exclamations. Jokes about race, weight, age, death, homosexuality, cultures.

  • THEMES

    Monogamy, infidelity, promiscuity, love, commitment, forgiveness, father-daughter relationships, dating, NYC, assisted living, sports medicine, surgery, Doctors Without Borders, awards, recognition, fear, basketball, cheerleaders, elite athletes.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Deceased father, relationship breakup, job loss. Divorce mentioned. Lightning, dogs. Toilet. Hyperventilating, gagging, vomit. Urination, defecation mentioned. Brief Mandarin (no subtitles).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Lacerating, smart, heartfelt, raw, funny, honest, wise, hilarious, personal, charming, deft, mature, polished, enjoyable, frank, robust, plain-speaking, important. Stellar/memorable performances, real chemistry between leads, LeBron James is hilarious/scene-stealing, focused/warm script, reality-bending narrative, makes a well-trodden tale feel fresh.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Shaggy, overlong, familiar, flawed. Too many narrative detours/digressions, sags toward end, many jokes fall flat.

Paper Towns

Published in P
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 04:28
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  • Rating

    M: Sexual references.

  • The pitch

    Middle-of-the-road.

  • Starring

    Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Austin Abrams, Justice Smith, Halston Sage, Jaz Sinclair, Cara Buono, Josiah Cerio, Hannah Alligood

  • Directed by

    Jake Schreier

  • Running time

    109 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Gun shots. A boy shoves another into locker rows. Window broken to force entry into a derelict building. An animal is almost hit by a car; car spinout. Vandalism, truancy, break-and-entre, lying. Blood/gore: Dead body (suicide; gunshot) found by children. Cut on eyebrow. Urinating blood, kidney infection mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A young couple has sex (off-screen). Kissing, flirting, hugging, hand holding. Nude males (rear view). Shirtless male, girl in bra, revealing clothing, men in underwear. Sex, masturbation discussed. Sexual-themed banter/innuendo. Cheating mentioned. Strip club seen in background.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer). Teen drinking, binge drinking. Cigar-smoking mentioned. Betting.

  • LANGUAGE

    S-words, a-words, b*tch. Name-calling. Derogatory terms for women. Terms for genitals. Obscene finger gestures. Religious exclamations. Confederate flag t-shirt.

  • THEMES

    Teenagers, friends, childish pranks, running away, sneaking out, road trips, growing up, first crushes, the girl next door, bonding, revenge, mystery, infidelity.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Cheating boyfriend. Divorce mentioned. Cow, dead fish. Urination. Based on the novel by John Green.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Moving, melancholy, affecting, likeable, big-hearted, bittersweet, modest. Intriguing tale, flawed/vulnerable characters, charming character moments, funny/unforced rapport among cast, faithful adaptation to the book, offers an interesting perspective on adolescence.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Contrived, familiar, clichés. Pedestrian story, some one-dimensional performances, abrasive score, unexciting selection of songs.

Down, But Not Out!

Published in D
Monday, 20 July 2015 02:01
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  • Rating

    CTC.

  • The pitch

    Lands a few punches.

  • Starring

    Alicja Cichewicz, Anna Pazdur-Czarnowska, Przemyslaw Rydynski, Daria Strzepka, Agnieszka Szmerek

  • Directed by

    Miguel Gaudêncio

  • Running time

    71 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Boxing bouts/sparring. Blood/gore: Bloody nose/face/toe/foot. Breathing problems, hospital mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Man in underwear, shirtless men, sportswear.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    None.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words. Name-calling. Slang for genitals. Religiouis exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Boxing, weigh-in, coaching, amateur sport, tournaments, commitment, success, failure, disappointment, training, sparring, compromise, stress, emotion, tactics.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Shaky camerawork, black-and-white cinematography. Polish language (subtitles).

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Exciting, tense, intriguing, fascinating, inspirational, well-meaning, interesting, raw, pared-down, refreshing, beautiful, different, naturalistic, laid-back, honest, genre-breaking. No history/background/character development provided for fighters; viewer does all the work. Gorgeous/gritty black-and-white lensing, non-dramatic/hands-off/welcome approach, compelling/neo-noir feel.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Uninspiring. Limited audience appeal, score is heavy-handed/distracting at times, some English subtitles missing from full version.

Self/less

Published in S
Monday, 20 July 2015 00:56
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  • Rating

    M: Violence, mature themes and infrequent coarse language.

  • The pitch

    The afterlife is Albright.

  • Starring

    Ryan Reynolds, Natalie Martinez, Matthew Goode, Ben Kingsley, Victor Garber, Derek Luke, Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen, Melora Hardin, Michelle Dockery, Sam Page, Brendan McCarthy, Thomas Francis Murphy, Sandra Ellis Lafferty

  • Directed by

    Tarsem Singh

  • Running time

    117 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot, tackled, wrestled, face-grabbed, drugged, hit with objects, kicked, elbowed, arm-snapped, body-slammed, burned alive, choked, kidnapped, pistol-whipped, tasered, punched. Images of war/soldiers/tanks. Car chase, rollover, car rammed, collisions. A man collapses. Objects burned/smashed/thrown. Explosion. Suicidal thoughts mentioned. Arguing, shouting. Blood/gore: Dead bodies. Blood spatter, bloody neck/clothing/face/heads/cut, bone snaps. Injection (no needle seen). Body scan/images, MRI-type machine, flatlining. Patients on hospital beds, IV drips, bandage, scar, bruising. Anaphylactic shock, EpiPen, torn to pieces in Russian prison riot mentioned. Medical equipment seen.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A man has (mostly implied) sex with multiple partners. Woman in g-string, shirtless men, skimpy clothing, cleavage, swimwear. Kissing, flirting, undressing.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    A woman is drugged (chloroform assumed), a man suffers severe hallucinations. Prescription pills consumed. Alcohol (wine, champagne, spirits, cocktails). Club setting. Prozac, anti-rejection drugs, withdrawals mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-words, sonofab*tch, bastard. Name-calling. Slang for genitals. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Reincarnation, death, cancer, grief, father-daughter relationships, identity, wealth, biogenics, genetic engineering, legacy, rehabilitation, estrangement, promiscuity, visions, memory, betrayal, psychopathy, family, real estate tycoons, terminal illness, resurrection, immortality.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Dead fathers/husband, terminally ill children. Cemetery, funeral, airport. Losing a child, peanut allergy, parents and sister killed in car crash mentioned. Plane, horse, thunder. Vomiting, spitting, toilet. Grilling sausages. Shaky camerawork.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Effective, interesting, twisty, thought-provoking, lightweight, fast-paced. Likeable lead, classy supporting cast, good performances, well-structured script, competent direction, attractive locations, solid technical credits.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Generic, mediocre, contrived, tepid, unremarkable. Broad characters, murky story, intriguing story degenerates into an action movie, too-neat/easy conclusions, bone-headed plot holes, Kingsley's accent is terrible.

Mr. Holmes

Published in M
Thursday, 16 July 2015 02:13
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Mature themes.

  • The pitch

    The sting of ageing.

  • Starring

    Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hattie Morahan, Patrick Kennedy, Roger Allam, Philip Davis, Frances de la Tour

  • Directed by

    Bill Condon

  • Running time

    104 minutes

  • Rated

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    Suicide. Soldiers with rifles. References to the Great War. A man falls out of bed. Object thrown, smashed; burning hive. Break-and-entre, forgery. The Blitz, father's plane shot down during war, wasps killing bees mentioned. Poison purchased. Kitchen fire, explosive fire (dream). Blood/gore: Bloody cuts on arm, blood on clothing. Burns/acid scars. Dead insects. A boy pulls a bee sting out of his knee. 7863 bee stings mentioned. A man collapses. Swelling, welts, allergic reaction. Hypodermic needle seen.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Boy in swimwear.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (spirits). Smoking. Adrenaline, cigar, pipe-smoking mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    Name-calling. Insensitive remarks. Joke about religion. Religious exclamation.

  • THEMES

    Sherlock Holmes, mystery, detectives, ageing, mortality, memoir, suicide, war, miscarriage, grief, allergies, bee-keeping, royal jelly, botany, memory loss, loneliness, estrangement.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Hiroshima setting. Dead mothers, father, brother mentioned. Miscarriages. Bees, taxidermy. Palm reading. Witchcraft mentioned. Based on A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullen.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Intimate, elegiac, character-based, graceful, poignant, pleasing, ruminative, touching, intriguing, delightful. Superb/impeccable/nuanced/wily performance from Ian McKellen, beautifully understated performance from Laura Linney, elegant film-making, gently radical, leisurely storytelling, fine/sharp period detailing, rich locations, seamless editing, pretty/pensive/richly orchestrated score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Slow, slight. Shuffling pace, safe script, over-extended flashbacks.